2017 Conference


World AWAKE Conference Information and Registration

Hello Members and Readers!

I am excited to be sending you this wonderful information on our World AWAKE 2017 Conference. We have an unbelievable program of offerings for you this year. The conference is organized by World AWAKE and is open to the general public who want to work and grow with all people in their InterSpiritual, InterFaith & InterConnected service and presence in the world.

Please see in the enclosed Conference schedule all the wonderful speakers and their workshops being offered. We will have 2 well known keynote speakers and 12 workshops. Each presenter is a professional in their field and are sharing their educational offerings with you, so you can grow personally and professionally. Read the schedule of events and see for yourself all that will be available to you at this event.

You will also have time to visit with our Exhibitors and Vendors with wonderful items from books, (several authors will be there personally signing their books) spiritual beads, stones, meditation accessories, fine art, clothing and more. We will have our popular Silent Auction table again this year with specially donated items that everyone loves to bid on. There will be entertainment in the exhibit area on Saturday evening. Sunday we will close out conference with a Sacred Vibration of
Kirtan Service, Devotional Singing & Sacred Dance.

I look forward to seeing you at conference this year!
Rev. Nancy J. Wurlitzer,
Professional Conference & Event Planner
Treasurer, World AWAKE


Note: Registration Form is now closed.

Friday - November 10 - Sunday - November 12, 2017
Sponsored by World AWAKE
Where: Bon Secours Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104. www.RCCBONSECOURS.com The center is on Baltimore's west side, conveniently off major highways; Accessible using shuttle service from Baltimore Amtrak station, or from Baltimore or DC airports (see shuttle info below).

Registration: All registration goes to and through Rev. Nancy J. Wurlitzer, Meeting Planner for World AWAKE

Early Arrival*
Anyone interested in coming in Thursday, November 9, 2017 to stay at Bon Secours, registration information and pricing is also below
Available Thursday arrival: Arrival time at Bon Secours Front Desk Check in after 3:00pm, November 10th but you can come in earlier in the day and come to our World AWAKE function room check in with World AWAKE and then at 3 go up & get your room key at the desk. - Room Check out at Front Desk is by 10:00am Sunday November 12, 2017 - departure time: any time after lunch or as needed.

Standard Arrival & Departure:
Check in is 3pm Friday, November 10, 2017 (arrive earlier in day & store luggage with World AWAKE)
Departure Time: Sunday, November 12, 2017 Room check out time by 10am.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, November 10, 2017


Title / Description

Speaker Photo

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Conference Registration - Exhibits open for viewing.

4:00 - 5:45 pm

Special Pre Conference Opening Ritual Workshop: "Walking A Sacred Path" - Learn how "Walking A Sacred Path" in the beautiful Bon Secours Labyrinth with meditation and the Crystal Singing Bowls will enlighten your mind, body & spirit. Join us as Linda Burns delivers this powerful workshop outside in the Labyrinth.


6:00 - 7:00 pm


7:00 - 7:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies - A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy Board Members Welcome: Rev. Fran Bagdasarian, AWAIC Chair
Open conference & Introduce Speaker


7:30 - 9:00 pm

"Transformation Game" - Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco, Speaker, Game Host & Facilitator
The Transformation Game Illuminates patterns, offers insights towards new directions, and supports change and transformation. The in-depth journey is marked with realizations, obstacles, angels and miracles. Gain Awareness and heal pain as you advance through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms. It's an effective way to clarify important issues, resolve conflicts and creatively enhance relationships. It is simple to play and requiring no special training. Participants will be broken into 4 major playing focus groups and have a chance to go around the board to explore personal insights, new directions and ultimately spiritual transformations


9:00 - 11:00 pm

Chairman's Reception - Join the AWAIC Board of Directors for Social gathering and visit the exhibitors tables with Spiritual Beads, Jewelry, book signings by the authors and much more (Any Questions contact - (NWurl@CapeCod.net)


Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:00 - 8:45 am


9:00 - 9:10 am

Rev. Fran Bagdasarian AWAIC Chair
Open & Introduce Speaker


9:10 - 10:15 am

"Discovering the Next Steps in Your Spiritual Life Path" Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb.
The Universe calls us to grow and evolve if we listen within to the part of us that is One with the Source of All Being and then act upon it. Discover the next steps in your spiritual life's path. Bring paper, crayons and pens or pencils.


10:20 - 10:40 am

Break - Coffee, Tea, Water

10:45 - 11:45 am

Workshops - Select one of 1 or 2

1. Aging Is NOT An Option: How We Age IS An Option! - Rev. Patricia Cassinelli.
We all will age, How we age can dramatically be altered by better understanding the power of the Body, Mind and Spirit. How we age can dramatically be altered by better understanding the power of the body, mind and spirit. You will learn practical ideas and tools for yourself and for those you serve.


2. Creating an Intimate Interfaith Worship Service with Haiku - Rev. Dr. Edwin Greenlee and Rev. Judy Vaughan-Sterling
Workshop participants will discuss classical Haiku; try their hand in crafting Haiku; receive a resource guide; and create their own simple worship service at the end of the workshop.


Noon - 12:45 pm

Lunch - Dining room - Lower Level 1st Floor

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Workshops - Select one of 3 or 4

3. The Emotional Path to Spirit - Rev. Jacob Watson, D Min.
Awaken to your natural emotions as pathways to the spiritual realm. Learn the four Quadrants/Directions as a model of health, the natural emotions as expressions of Spirit. Meditation, lecture/discussion, poetry, music and prayer.


4. Building a Multimedia Ministry, Where's Your Church? - Rev. Teal L. Gray
Learn how to reach a global audience without the use of a brick & mortar building. Finding guests and Interviews, Testing the waters, Develop your skills in public speaking, writing and pulling it all together.


2:10 - 3:10 pm

Workshops - Select one of 5 or 6

5. Forgiveness: an Introspective Workshop - Rev. Ellyn Kravette
Explore the meaning of forgiveness as well as thinking errors that promote judgement and hurtful feelings. Understand yourselves, become more instrumental in leading ourselves and others to an abundant life.


6. Intuitive Art Therapy - Rev. Teal Gray
The outdoor environment can be stimulating to your senses and bring a host of benefits to your health & wellbeing. We will explore our feelings, memories and the art of releasing stress, pain and conflict and replace it with joy and calm to enhance your life.


3:10 - 3:25 pm

Break - Coffee, Tea, Water

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Workshops - Select one of 7 or 8

7. Move Your Prayers - Rev. Stephanie Rutt
Using simple circle dance movements, we will step light to journey deep moving and sounding sacred phrases from across faith traditions. Hand in hand, breath by breath and step by step we will experience the power of the dance. Music will be provided and absolutely no dance experience is necessary.


8. Positive Energy on Demand - Rev. Kristina Elke Drumm
Learn techniques that transform and elevate energetic states incorporating the use of visualization, sound, memory and affirmation.


4:45 - 5:45 pm

Workshops - Select one of 9 or 10

9. Group Session with Lord Metatron - Rev. Deborah Steen Ross
Channel Deborah Steen Ross has the honor of allowing Lord Metatron to speak through her. His spot-on answers to individual questions asked have helped many to find their own path and purpose.


10. Poetry as a Sacred Text - Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas
Look at how poetry touches something deep in our spirits as we look at poetry as Sacred Text. Discuss how painting with words creates such powerful feelings. Bring a poem to the workshop that is sacred to you.


6:00 - 7:00 pm

Dinner and Social Time - Dining Room - Lower Level 1st Floor

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Visit Exhibits & Silent Auction & exhibitor's tables with Spiritual Beads and Jewelry, Book signing by their authors and much more!

8:30 - 10:30 pm

Celebration and Entertainment in the Exhibit Area: Lead by Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco


Sunday - Bon Secours - Guests are asked to checkout of their Bedrooms on Sunday by 10am. Put all your luggage in your car or in our meeting room before you come to breakfast and check out before you eat or during the Break time. - Please be seated before 9:00AM and DO NOT Interrupt the Program.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

8:00 - 8:45 am


9:00 - 9:30 am

Final announcements and the 2018 conference date! - Rev. Fran Bagdasarian


9:45 - 10 am

Break - Coffee, Tea, Water

10:15 - 11:30 am

Sacred Vibration of Kirtan, Devotional Singing & Sacred Dance - Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco


11:45 - Noon

Close Out Conference - Rev. Fran Bagdasarian, AWAIC Chair



Lunch & Departure from Bon Secours - See you next year!

The Sacred Vibration of Kirtan Devotional Singing and Sacred Dance
Blending East and West, this workshop immerses participants in a sacred experience of singing, call and response chanting, drumming and dancing from various faith practices and in various languages (Sanskrit, Hebrew, English). Participants will learn how to lead Kirtan, devotional singing, and sacred dance.

Participants will also learn about the energy behind this spiritual practice and the amazing benefits that calm the mind, open the heart and build deep connection with Divine energy.
This is an invitation to sing, clap, meditate and dance together to create deep connection to the secret places of your soul. - Presenter: Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco

Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco (Swami Sharadananda) is an ordained Interfaith Minister, initiated in the Hindu Sanyassi Order by her Guru Sri Swami Jyotirmayananda in the lineage of Swami Shivananda, and is the Spiritual Director and Presiding Clergy at the Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco is a graduate of The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies, holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco is also a Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice in South Florida.

Post conference: Sunday night accommodations ON-SITE may be available. Contact NWurl@capecod.net if Sunday night is needed. Or make Hotel reservations at an airport hotel for early departure the next morning; see hotel listings: http://baltimore.airporthotelguide.com

Travel and Accommodations

Shuttle Info:
Shuttle service Pick up from Baltimore Amtrak station, or from Baltimore or DC airports and Return tips back from Bon Secours. Make reservations together and save money. See below.

Airport and Train Station Discount Ground Transportation:
GO Airport Shuttle is offering discount ground transportation for to/from Bon Secours. They serve BWI Airport/Amtrak, Baltimore Penn Station, Dulles Airport and Reagan National Airport. For discount fare and how to reserve info,

Make your reservation by calling 410-381-2772 ext 2 and saying "My Profile is 165059".

At BWI you will be looking for a white van with a green GO For Southwest, go to door 6 and cross to the outer roadway. All other airlines, go to door 11 and cross to the outer roadway.
Please have your flight info handy when you call in to us to by your tickets. If you are coming with a friend on the same airline or can meet at the same terminal as one of the ticket holders, or same train and time and both going to Bon Secours you can get a discounted rate that you can split (The 1st ticket is full price 2nd is much less.) but must be called in with all info at the same time and paid by one credit card. (you can split the total costs between yourselves). Be sure to get your return tickets from Bon Secours with a Pick up at the same time. & drop off at the same place. Then you'll be all set.!


Registration Options:
Guest room Accommodations ON-SITE at Bon Secours price includes all meals & conference attendance. (See listing below)

Bon Secours room accommodations:
Bon Secours AWAIC registrations will include meals & conference registration for one person.
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Register today using the form below.

All guestrooms are private rooms
One Full-size Double bed with private shower, desk and chairs, Cable Internet and Wi-Fi access, Glorious views of Bon Secours 300-acre property, Windows that can be opened to enjoy a cool breeze and the sounds of nature, Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Card key access, Elevator access, Emergency Visual Alert system (for guests who are deaf or hearing-impaired), Six handicapped-equipped bedrooms are also available on first come first serve basis. No Children under 18 can be at the facility

Registration selections will be listed on registration form. Please read complete descriptions below so you will know which selection to make on registration form. Registration form will be quick choices example: 3 nights or 2 nights

Registration All Inclusive price provides:
3-night stay: Room Check in Thursday after 3pm. Departure Sunday after check out before 10:30am. Price includes: Private Guest room has One Standard Double Bed in room; Dinner & break room Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Coffee Break room all day Saturday and Sunday Breakfast, Lunch & Coffee Break room. Per Person Price also includes AWAIC Conference Registration pass for One person Thursday after 3pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday check out by 10:30 am.
Registration: 1-Person in room Meals & Conference - $580.00
2 people sharing same room, Meals & Conference would each pay $421.00 per person
* Optional 3 night selection: If you want to check in Friday afternoon after 3pm and check out Monday morning before 10am. It would be the same fee as the Thursday-Sunday listed above.

*Let Rev. Nancy Wurlitzer know if you want pricing for 4 night Thursday check in to Monday Check out.

2-night stay: Friday check in after 3pm All-inclusive Price includes Private guest room has , One Standard Double Bed in room: Dinner & break room Friday night and Saturday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Buffet & Break room all day and Sunday Breakfast & Lunch & Coffee Break room. Price also includes AWAIC Conference Registration pass for one person Friday, Saturday & Sunday . Sunday check out by 10:00 am

Registration: 1 Person Meals & Conference - $420.00

Registration: 2 people sharing same room & same bed, Meals & Conference would each pay $314.00 per person

Day Attendee's
For attendees registering for day rates for conference not staying a Bon Secours - Friday 4pm Pre conf. Opening Ritual "Walking the Sacred Path" Labyrinth & Meditation Dinner, Speaker & Reception after & special exhibits Saturday Opening Speaker, all day Workshops Lunch & Dinner & Entertainment - Sunday Special close out entertainment & Lunch : Attendee Fee - $275.00

For Friday evening only - 4pm Pre conference Opening Ritual "Walking the Sacred Path" & Dinner, Opening Speaker & World AWAKE 2017 Reception & exhibit tables - $125.00

Saturday Only 9am-10pm 1 day includes Lunch, Dinner, Conference Workshops, Exhibitors and Entertainment:
Attendee Fee: $175.00 Any questions: please call or email Rev. Nancy J. Wurlitzer at 508.776.1156 or Email to

PLEASE send me via Email your selections of workshops you want to attend and what date you want for registration of your room. Single or double occupancy, and a copy of your payment check.

Silent Auction

This Exciting Auction has been a fun addition to our World AWAKE conference offering for the last few years!

Please consider offering your contribution of an item or more of Jewelry, books, Scarves, CD'S or etc.

Please let me know if you will be bringing the items to conference or if you want to mail them to us ahead of time, let me know via email what you will be contributing to our fun event and I will confirm back to you with either the mailing address to send it to me or I'll put you on the list of an attendee bringing their items in with them to conference.

Thank You for your contributions to keeping the fun and excitement to our silent auction.
Contact: Rev. Fran Bagdasarian


Vendor display time at conference is a much enjoyed time for all attendees.

Everyone is always interested in all kinds of items, either for themselves personally or professionally or both.

If you are interested in having a display table at conference please let me know what your products are and if you Would need a full table or a half of a table. Display times are Friday and Saturday evenings. Send me your Request and what you would be selling.
Send to me at NWurl@capecod.net

Reverend Nancy J. Wurlitzer
12 Alexander Drive
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
InterSpiritual ~ InterFaith ~ NonDenominational ~ Ordained Minister
Personalized ~ Customized ~ Romantic Ceremonies

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