The W.A. World Service Organization holds an international conference each year so that members can share their recovery and conduct any fellowship business face-to-face. For many members, an annual conference was their first opportunity to actually meet other recovering workaholics in person - important connections that promote a lasting commitment to wellness. Newcomers are very welcome and strongly encouraged to attend!

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W.A. Conference 2020

Workaholics Anonymous has moved our 2020 Annual WA conference to Zoom, instead of in-person in Albany as previously announced. We will still hold our annual gathering of recovery on the same weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct 2-4. The cost to attend is much lower because the conference is virtual. To request a fee waiver, please go to the registration site.
 
These changes, while necessitated by the pandemic, have the silver lining of making the conference/retreat far more accessible to many more members worldwide. We expect an amazing weekend of WA recovery and connection. We hope you can join us for some or all of this year's conference!
 
We need lots of volunteers to make it successful—many hands make light work. We also welcome help with setting up international meetings to accommodate different time zones and meetings in other languages. But also “Just because there’s a need, doesn’t mean it’s mine to fill”.
 
Please plan to join us for what is bound to be a retreat for the record books! 
 
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, here's how to contact the conference committee:
 
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If you previously paid for registration for the in-person conference, we will refund your fees. If you'd like to donate your registration fees, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations help Workaholics Anonymous defray the costs of putting on the conference, providing recordings of speakers, doing outreach, and producing literature. Thank you!

What Happens at a W.A. Conference?

Conferences are a time to connect with other recovering workaholics. In a retreat-like setting, we meet to work the Steps, discuss the Tools and Principles, develop abstinence plans, and enjoy plenty of free time relaxing, eating, exploring nature, and socializing. Some people find or meet with sponsors. We hold a silent auction fundraiser and game night, and there are optional yoga/meditation times as well as "night owl" candlelight meetings.

There are often also meetings for family and friends of workaholics through the fellowship of Work-Anon.

Testimonials

"I felt like I was bathing in WA sobriety for three days, surrounded as I was by people both committed to recovery and very, very kind. I not only got a lot of good tips, I felt such a sense of connection with the WA recovery movement, being part of something bigger than myself or my own small group. It helped me drop my anchor down deep in recovery waters."

  -  Pat S

 

"I attended my first WA conference in 2018 in Philadelphia. After being limited to the small group in Albany, it was overwhelming to be among so many dedicated workaholics in recovery. I found the conference very moving and enlightening and I left energized for my recovery and feeling very supported in my struggle. I was so excited, I agreed to coordinate the 2020 conference in Albany! 2019 brought me to Chicago where my recovery deepened and strengthened. I connected with “old friends” from Philadelphia and met new ones as well. Since returning home I have been focusing on my program with more intensity than I had for years. Both were wonderful experiences for me and I hope those who have never been to a conference can join us in 2020."

  -  Alan K

 

"I attended my first WA World Service Conference fairly early in my WA recovery. It was so transformative that I have attended as many others as I have been able. I was excited to be able to attend this year’s Conference in Chicago.
Here are some of the highlights of the Conference for me:

  • Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones
  • Meditating in a group with fellows in the mornings, which brought richness and depth to my meditation
  • Feeling immersed in all the recovery conversations around me
  • Waking in the middle of the night due to jet lag, and finding someone else awake, to have a wonderfully connecting talk with
  • Hearing so much openness, vulnerability, strength, experience and humour
  • The excitement of seeing new literature, hearing about next year’s Conference and seeing the inner workings of how these things come about
  • Staying an extra couple of days to relax and have fun with a few other members, and deepening our friendships with shared experiences
  • Feeling lovingly held, right in the heart of the fellowship
  • Drinking in the beauty of the scenery and beauty around the Cenacle Retreat Center, particularly the early morning sun filtering through the leaves around the Lily Pool"

  -  Morrie H.