It’s that time again! For our 49th annual conference we shall leave the US and go to the Pacific Northwest to gorgeous Victoria, BC! Located on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, Victoria is steeped in rich history, architectural charm and natural beauty. IHLRN has been twice in the past to Vancouver Island when we met at Haven-by-the-Sea on Gabriola Island. This year our site is the Coast Victoria Hotel and Harbor and it is within easy walking distance from the heart of downtown with almost-free harbor taxis and free shuttle rides around town.
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Conference details as follow:

Place: Coast Victoria Hotel, 1746 Kingston Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4, phone: 541-593-1000. If you fly into the Victoria International airport, it is a scenic easy 45 minute drive to the hotel. It is also a lovely ferry ride from both Seattle and Vancouver.

Dates:October 14-21, 2018. The conference will begin with a reception and dinner on Sunday evening, October 14, followed by a brief opening. We end after breakfast on Sunday the 21st.

Rates:EARLY BIRD special before July 15: $1495 single; $1100 per person in a double; there are options for triples ($970) and quads ($900) if folks are willing to share two double beds. After July 15 each rate goes up $100. The rooms offer one king, or one queen, or two double beds. There are no sofa beds. These rates include: conference registration, room, seven breakfasts, six lunches (no lunch on Sunday), seven dinners, the resort fee, all taxes, as well as the annual $25 IHLRN association fee.

Reservation Deadline: Take advantage of our NEW Early Bird registration rates and send your registration in by July 15, 2018. Registrations will be $100 higher after this date.

Tips: Our tradition is to provide additional tips for housekeepers, front desk staff, engineers, maintenance staff, gardeners, chefs, cooks, dishwashers and other hotel staff that work with us during the 7-day conference.  If you are able, be generous and include tips for these workers on your registration form.

Payment:  Our contract requires the full week reservation (no partials). All payments must be made in US dollars. Foreign registrations must be drawn in US dollars on a US bank or international money order.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to August 15: Complete refund less $50 per person (administrative and annual association fees). After August 15: Same as earlier refund minus any extra expense to IHLRN from the site due to your cancellation. Late cancellations may not be refunded until post conference.

Mailing List:  If you are NOT attending the conference this year but wish to remain on the mailing list and continue to receive notice of future IHLRN conferences you must return the mail list form and a $25 check for the annual fee; this covers the cost of sending your copy of the IHLRN mailing list, What’s in the Pot? for the 2018 conference, and other association expenses. If you attend the conference these fees are included in your registration fee.

NOTE: If you live outside North America and want the print version of our newsletter, WITP?, please add $5 to your $25 to cover the additional postage and increased printing expense. Otherwise you will receive an email copy of WITP?.

Early Arrival/Stay After:  You are welcome to come in early with the IHLRN Board of Directors on Friday and have a quiet weekend before the conference begins. If you choose to arrive early, you must make arrangements through M.A. The cost is $114 per room per night.

CECs:  Pending approval the Virginia Satir Global Network, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP#5224), may offer NBCC-Approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

Transportation:  Fortunately Victoria has a very nice international airport so it is easy to get direct flight there from many major cities. There is a nice round trip shuttle for the hotel for about $25. It is a comfortable 45 minute ride to the hotel. You can also get a taxi or rent a car there.

Scholarships: The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is June 15, 2018. PLEASE request one if you need one!  To request a scholarship for yourself or someone you would recommend, fill out the application form found on the IHLRN website: IHLRN.org

Weather: Mid-October weather should be very comfortable with possibility of some showers.

For more information:  Visit our website at IHLRN.org or call our conference coordinator, M.A. Bjarkman at 317-850-5111, California time zone!

We REALLY hope you will join us and be part of our 49th annual IHLRN Conference/family reunion. Act now because we expect to fill quickly and we don’t want you to end up on a waiting list.


Click here for the 2018 IHLRN Conference Registration Form

Click here for the 2018 IHLRN Mailing List Form