Registration is Open for 2017 Annual Mental Health Recovery Conference: “I Am Enough” May 23-24th at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach – Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center

I AM ENOUGH. And so are you. Right now, right here, just as we are. If you are experiencing highs and lows in your recovery, I am talking to you. Or if you are strong in your recovery but worn down or burnt out from giving too much. Maybe you are feeling great and have positive vibes and wisdom to give. We invite you all.

Our keynote speaker Beth Gager is an author and a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach. Her first book, A Rooted Mind…Saying yes to beauty, wellness and deeply-rooted mental health offers a simple pathway out of what the world calls mental illness. Her second book, A Rooted Body will be published this year. In this book, Beth shows us a way to use our power to manifest a life of freedom, awakening and fulfillment. Beth has ongoing programs where she coaches people who want to claim a powerful new story for themselves about who they are and what their medicine is for the world. She offers a group called Roots and Visions at On Our Own of Charlottesville where people can discuss their experiences with voices, visions and the mystical and spiritual side of themselves. She also has a regular inspirational blog. Her website is https://bethgager.com.

If you are thinking of attending just one conference this year, consider joining us at VOCAL for statewide networking, staff and peer support continuing education, relaxation, community and fun. You may download the  CONFERENCE R E G I S T R A T I O N F O R M and return to the VOCAL office. Online registration will be available in the next few weeks.

If you would like to propose a workshop or meeting please contact yolande@vocalvirginia.org before March 1st. We also have tables for exhibitors and craftspeople. Discounts will be available for groups of 10 or more. Both single and double rooms will be available. Help spread the word by downloading and printing this poster VOCAL 2017 PDF poster


You may have noticed that we’ve made some changes this year. After reviewing feedback from prior conferences it seemed like it was time to spread the wealth to new parts of the state (Don’t worry – we will come back to JMU in Harrisonburg at some point). The hotel should provide an easy and comfortable experience with convenient parking and all lodging, meals and events in the same building. In order to keep the registration fees as low as possible while using a hotel, the Conference will be one day shorter. We will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23rd and end at 4 p.m.  on Wednesday, May 24th. For those traveling from a distance, rooms are available on Monday and Wednesday nights at a special price. As always, VOCAL will offer as many scholarships as possible.

We designed this event with the hope that it will be useful, energizing and welcoming to as many peers as possible. Programming will include experiential offerings in art, mindfulness and movement as well as educational workshops for Peer Support Professionals (and everyone else) and introductory topics for those new to recovery. We will again offer legal assistance to help you create a psychiatric advance directive. Expect old favorites like a dance party with DJ Jeff Roher, too.