North American Invitational Summit:

Bonding and Attachment in the Family

Addressing the Root Causes of Social Problems at the Earliest Stages of Life

March 27-30, 2003, Santa Barbara, California





Program Summary

Who Should Attend?



Speaker/Panelist Bios

Venue and Costs

Post-Summit Workshops



La Casa de Maria's Ladera Campus was home to a former Jesuit Seminary and acquired by La Casa in 1997 to accommodate the ever-growing demand for its programs and retreat facilities. The facility flourishes in an area of outstanding natural beauty high in the Montecito hills above Santa Barbara, where the air is pure, tranquility reigns, and the mountains sweep down to meet the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. (See map.)

A self-service buffet features fresh local ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegetarian and vegan diets are offered (please indicate your preference on registration form) and salads and fresh fruits are available in generous quantities. Beverages include herbal teas, milk, rice, and soy drinks (and wečll have coffee and black tea on hand too).

Despite the notice on the La Casa website that children are not allowed, we will have exclusive use of the campus and several families are joining us. Because aTLC recognizes the fundamental importance of attachment and feels the inclusion of parents' voices is critical to this Summit, babies and children are welcome. Due to the think-tank nature of the sessions, participants accompanied by a little one should be considerate of others and be prepared to leave a session if their child becomes disruptive or needs comforting. Participants with children in attendance may wish their partners/friends to take primary responsibility for the children during the day--on or off campus. There are of lots of fun things for kids to do in Santa Barbara. Note that we are charged a $10 day-use fee for everyone who is not staying at La Casa, children included.


Registration for the Summit is $435 ($485 after February 25) and includes three lunches and three dinners at the Summit site (to encourage participants to remain on-site throughout the program). A full breakfast buffet is available for $10/day.

A single room at La Casa de Maria costs $65 (tax included--$195 for the three nights--a reduced rate is available for partners sharing a bed). The retreat facility rooms are simple, as becomes a retreat center, with bed, desk, and washbasin. Bathrooms are shared, dormitory style. Phones and dataports are available in common areas. Please do not contact La Casa de Maria directly, but email the Summit registrar with any questions and special needs.

If you are staying Sunday evening for the post-Summit workshops on Monday, a room at La Casa will cost $65. Sunday dinner and Monday breakfast and lunch are available (see registration form for costs).

Please contact us if you need a work-scholarship. (Note: You may also find that money is available in your own community, through governmental agencies, organizations, or individuals to support you and several others to come from your community, especially if you represent a minority or underserved group.)

Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided in these categories: RN, LM, LVN, LCSW, & MFT for a maximum of 30 hours.


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