The flyer for the January through June 2024 BDA Solvency Immersion Conference can be downloaded here.
Our workshop schedule for the first half of 2024 is available below:
OUR SUMMARY BDA SOLVENCY IMMERSION CONFERENCE WORKSHOP FORMAT
6 minutes: Host (and speaker #1) and Serenity Setter open with Serenity Prayer and gets the workshop
15 minutes: Host (this service is rotated between steering committee members and Step guides, our leaders for the conference) shares experience, strength, and hope on the DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
10 minutes: Q&A with host
5 minutes: Steering committee members — especially our steering committee leader, who also serves as our service coordinator — provide housekeeping details and conference-specific announcements
15 minutes: Guest speaker shares experience, strength, and hope on the DA/BDA topics scheduled for the current workshop
10 minutes: Q&A with guest speaker
5 minutes: 3-minute break plus hand off to the share shepherd
51 minutes (3-minute setup plus 48 minutes of sharing): Share Shepherd — usually our steering committee leader — invites conference registrants to share on each of the topics for the week individually, offering the last two two-minute shares of the day to our host and guest speaker
3 minutes: Serenity Setter leads us through wrap-up, preparation for next session, invitation to After Party, and close with Serenity Prayer
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BDA SOLVENCY IMMERSION CONFERENCE CYCLE
The first workshop in our January-June 2024 cycle will be a two-hour orientation, on January 6, 2024, and then we will dive immediately into the core topics of this 26-workshop, six-month conference in the second session, on January 13, 2024.
During this conference, we will cover many of the 12s in DA and BDA — Steps, Traditions, DA Tools, BDA Tools, and DA Promises (see our Contact page for downloadable pdfs of each list). For these 24 program principles, 24 tools, and 12 promises, we will offer specific applications for DA and BDA members who own, operate, manage, or work for businesses, either for-profit or not-for-profit. Each numbered set of recovery topics (i.e. Step One, Tradition One, etc) has been allotted two workshop sessions.
The first session of each pair will cover the relevant Step and Tradition. The second session of each pair will cover the relevant DA Tool, BDA Tool, and Promise. (As of 03-12-22, we no longer cover the 12 DA Concepts in the workshops, but we do still provide helpful questions and commentary and will provide optional support for conference registrants who want to discuss these very important program principles.) Our focus is solvent recovery, and everyone is eligible. We recommend that you prepare for each pair of workshops by reading the distributed workshop materials in full. Then please do the relevant readings from DA literature, jotting down notes and questions as you go:
Matching Step and Tradition from our DA “12, 12, and 12” book
Full description of the matching DA Tool (you can download many of the DA Tools pamphlets for free from https://debtorsanonymous.org/getting-started/free-literature/; current pamphlets can be purchased from debtorsanonymous.org or requested for free via https://www.bdaworkshops.org/free-literature.)
Full description of the matching BDA Tool from the BDA Tools pamphlet
Full description of the matching DA Promise from the DA Promises pamphlet
If you do not yet have the following pieces of conference-approved DA and BDA literature — DA’s 12, 12, and 12 book; DA’s A Currency of Hope; and ALL of the pamphlets if you're in the US and willing to receive an eBook on the Kindle app (sorry, that's US-only based on limitations on the various country-specific Amazon websites) — please visit https://www.bdaworkshops.org/free-literature to submit a literature request form.
Next, as the workshops progress, please answer the questions posed in the workshop materials for the relevant sessions that are coming up. We suggest answering every question we’ve posed; first in writing, then reading your answers aloud, sharing with a fellow BDAer or two. No long essays are necessary, just a paragraph or two in direct answer to a question. These questions are posed by the author and editors of the workshop materials based on our own experience, strength, and hope and a deep read of each of the topics presented. You’ll also find occasional exercises and activities to prepare for the upcoming workshops, especially related to the DA and BDA Tools.
While “yes” and “no” answers are rarely enough, more than a paragraph or two per question is rarely necessary or desired. Because time for sharing will be limited, we suggest finding a “study buddy” among our fellow participants and reading your written responses to one another.
Our 26th session will be a wrap-up, review, and discussion of “What’s Next?”
ORIENTATION DOCUMENT FOR THE BDA SOLVENCY IMMERSION CONFERENCE
The information you can see and download below — this is an 8-page document — is what we think is most important for our fellow recovering debtors to know before registering for the BDA Solvency Immersion Conference. Some of the information in the downloadable pdf will be covered during our orientation workshops on January 6, 2024, but most of the information will not. Please read this document, which serves as our "Letter of Agreement" with conference participants (see BDA Tool 8). If you cannot or will not agree to these terms, please seek other, different DA and BDA recovery resources. Registration for the January through June 2024 conference is now open and will remain fully open through February 29, 2024 and partially open through April 15, 2024. See the flyer and calendar above for more details.
You are welcome to download our orientation document by clicking here or on the image above.
If you can't or won't agree to the terms described, this is not the best or right recovery resource for you.
AN EXAMPLE OF THE BDA SOLVENCY IMMERSION CONFERENCE WORKSHOP MATERIALS
The workshop materials you can see and download below are those that we use for the Ones of our program principles and resources, directly related to the second and third workshops of each BDA Solvency Immersion Conference. As you'll see in the links below the image, each set of materials comes with a multi-page pdf and a much briefer word doc, containing only the questions we've posed for meditation and writing. A new set of workshop materials is provided every other week during the conference cycle, for a total of 12 sets of materials, plus a participant survey for review in week 26. Only the Ones will be posted here. All other sets will be posted in the registrants-only section of this website. Registration for the January through June 2024 conference is now open and will remain fully open through February 29, 2024 and partially open through April 15, 2024. See the flyer and calendar above for more details.
Related recordings from the first BDA Solvency Immersion Conference of 2024 can be heard by using the players below: