Hello Pacific Symposium Friends,
I miss you! I miss your smiling faces. I miss your focused attention during our lectures and workshops, and I really miss your dancing at our wonderful parties. I’m sure we’re all ready to get together as soon as we can. I thought by now we’d be able to safely plan an in-person event for fall 2021. Unfortunately, due to California’s willingness to make drastic changes in rules for indoor group events with very little notice, as well as the hotel’s painful cancellation penalties, the risk is once again too great for us to simply hope for the best.
That said, after a very satisfying online event in 2020 for which the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, we are going to deliver another online event this year, but even bigger and better. While many attendees loved our stream of one-hour lectures, many of you said you would also like more in-depth workshops. You got them. This year’s schedule will closely replicate our normal onsite format with three sequential, one-hour lectures each morning, followed by three concurrent three-hour workshops. And, under the heading of “hoping for the best,” we have also scheduled an onsite, live and in person workshop with Matt Callison on the Monday after the Symposium at Pacific College in San Diego. Depending on the California rules, this workshop’s attendance will be either limited or extremely limited, so sign up early.
This year’s faculty features some new faces and some very experienced Symposium faculty. Joining us for the first time, it is my pleasure to welcome Galina Roofener, Alaine Duncan, and Carey Clark. While he’s not new, he’s been away too long, Heiner Fruehauf. Last year’s very popular quartet presentation by Lillian Bridges, Shellie Goldstein, Matt Callison, and Mary-Elizabeth Wakefield was so great that they will each be making solo presentations this year. Two years ago, Stephen Cowan presented such a well-received, pre-event workshop that we had to get him this year for the main event. The always stellar Felice Dunas, Andrew Nugent-Head, David Bomzon round out the faculty.
Our technology crew made sure last year’s event went on without a hitch and this year it should be just as smooth, if not better and more feature rich. In addition to the lectures and workshops we’ll have fun and games and opportunities to win prizes. We’ll also have a chance to get together in the now well-known break out rooms. It’ll be great to hear how you’re doing and see those smiles again.
As always, I appreciate all of your support of Pacific Symposium over these many years. I hope you’re all staying healthy. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.