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2023 IHLRN Conference

2023 IHLRN Conference
November 5 - November 12, 2023

"The Many Sides of Satir"

Come celebrate our 54th annual IHLRN conference November 5-12, 2023 at the historic Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.


This beautiful destination resort is located on the Atlantic Ocean situated between the ocean and the bay. You can walk right out of the hotel and be on the beach or out the back and be on the marina side with boats - so we can watch both the sunrise and the sunset. This is the kind of soul nourishing setting that Virginia felt was such an important part of the IHLRN experience. Do check out their website for photos and more information about this lovely area.


Conference details:

Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach, NC 29480, 800-541-1161

It is located just outside of Wilmington, NC, so we fly into Wilmington and take an Uber or a taxi to the hotel. Wilmington airport is less than 10 miles away. We open the conference with a cocktail reception on Sunday at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 and a brief conference opening at 8pm. All meals for the week will be buffet.


Rates: Our hotel faces both east and west and offers single, double queen, and king rooms but no sofa beds. A cot or roll away can be brought in for the triple. Cost below is per person, all inclusive. Please note our hotel block is released October 5. We therefore cannot guarantee a room after that date, but we we will do everything we can to secure you a room if there is a problem. 


Standard Harber View Rooms


Single:       $2,435

Double;      $1,835

Triple:       $1,745


Standard Ocean View Rooms


Single:       $2,597      

Double:      $1,917 

Triple:        $1,805     



These rates include: conference registration, HOTEL ROOM, seven breakfasts, five lunches (no lunch on Thursday or Sunday), six dinners, the resort fee, all taxes, as well as the annual $25 IHLRN association fee.

DAY RATES: Day rate is $110 per day including lunch. $155 per day including lunch and dinner. Those eligible for the IHLRN day rate include students/participants who have attended any of these courses sponsored by the UNC-CH School of Social Work in Chapel Hill: Use of Self, The Satir Model, The Summer Intensive and Family Reconstruction. The deadline for registering for day rates is October 22. The day rate includes the informal evening programs. There are no presentations on Thursday. We will have “greeters” for the folks who are not here for the whole so you can understand how things work and feel part of the group.


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’s reservation (no partials). All payments must be made in US dollars. Foreign registrations must be drawn in US dollars on a US dollar account or  international money order. If paying by ACH transfer, contact Joanne Kennedy (360 870-9071); joanne.b.kennedy If paying by check, please send it to Andris Baltins at Further info on Contact Us page. This year you have the option of also paying with Zelleor Venmo, as well as Paypal. We appreciate Zelleor Venmo payments because there are no fees involved.  For Venmo, send to AndrisBaltins@IHLRN; For Zelle, send to

1- If paying by Venmo or Zelle, make your payment first via Venmo or Zelle.
2- Then return to the website and make your registration choices, it must equal the same amount you paid via Zelle or Venmo.
3- When "checking out" and paying on the website, use either the code Venmo2023 or Zelle2023 as a coupon code, it will show you paid 100% of the fee.

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 2022 conference, and other association expenses. If you attend the conference these fees are included in your registration fee.


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 or stay later, you must make arrangements through M.A., ( NOT THE HOTEL. The cost for the room is $157/night Harborside, $180/night Oceanview (taxes included).


Cancellations: Our cancellation policy is based on the hotel contract.  

  1. Registrations cancelled 10 days prior to conference (by October 25) will be refunded.
  2. Cancellations after October 25-- we will do our very best to issue you a refund if we can fill your spot or if the hotel agrees not to charge us. The contracted catering charge of $950.00 per person is set and final 10 days prior to the conference and is owed to the hotel regardless of cancellations.
  3. Room charges are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the conference. The hotel will not issue refunds after that date.
  4. All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee which includes IHLRN associates dues. 

Scholarships:  The new deadline for submission of scholarship applications is Oct 15, 2023. 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: Please note that if you do not register by Oct. 5, our room block is released and we cannot guarantee a room.  

Thursday Activities
:  There are many options for our day off. We are right on the beach and the bay so there are boating and water sports activities as well as many local options - also the full spa is right there on the property! Think about bringing family. There is plenty to keep them busy!


CECs:  There are many CEC presentations. See program page for details. There is  a $40 processing fee if you would like CEC’s. Sign up for CECs when you register.


Weather:  Early November weather should be very comfortable in the 60-70’s.


Need Help?


Contact site coordinator M.A. Bjarkman at 317-850-5111; (California time zone), for assistance with hotel logistics, early arrival or late departure, roommate assistance, schedule changes, dietary restrictions.


Contact Joanne Kennedy for technical assistance with registration- (360) 870-9071; 


Contact Lois Gold, Conference Co-Chair, for program questions or general questions.  (503 703-1740;

Contact Betsy Gast –CEC chair, for CEC submissions or questions. (253)278-9446.



We REALLY hope you will join us and be part of our 54th annual IHLRN Conference/family reunion. If you are new to IHLRN, this is an opportunity to participate into the lived Satir experience and be part of the unique yeasting and learning that happens when we are together.  If you are new or from outside the USA, please consider applying for a scholarship. We have had generous donors and more scholarships are available. Register soon because we hope to fill quickly, and we don’t want you to end up on a waiting list.


        Conference Underwriting $1000Conference Underwriting $500 
Conference Underwriting $250Conference Underwriting (other amount) 
Scholarship Form 2023


Sunday, November 5, 2023 to Sunday, November 12, 2023
Blockade Runner Resort
275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC  29480

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
M.A. Bjarkman
Site Coordinator, hotel, departures, dietary, etc.
(317) 850-5111 (p)
Lois Gold
Conference Co-Chair, general questions
503-703-1740 (p)
Betsy Gast
CEC chair, for CEC submissions or questions
253-278-9446 (p)
Joanne Kennedy
Technical Assistance with Registration
360-870-9071 (p)
360-870-9071 (c)
Annual IHLRN Conference
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
The refund policy is set by IHLRN. See above
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Day Rates 11/06 NO Dinner
Day Rates 11/06 with Dinner
Day Rates 11/07 NO Dinner
Day Rates 11/07 with Dinner
Day Rates 11/08 NO Dinner
Day Rates 11/08 with Dinner
Day Rates 11/10 NO Dinner
Day Rates 11/10 with Dinner
Day Rates 11/11 NO Dinner
Day Rates 11/11 with Dinner
Standard Harbor View - Double Room
Standard Harbor View - Single Room
Standard Harbor View - Triple Room
Standard Ocean View - Double Room
Standard Ocean View - Single Room
Standard Ocean View - Triple Room