NW Regional Conference at Seabeck, WA

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We offer scholarships to many young people and others with financial need from all over the US.  In addition, many of our scholarship recipients need help with transportation to the conference. Your tax-deductible contribution to FOR will help future generations learn of the transforming power of nonviolence.  Please give what you can.

Additional Information


If you are lost or need to reach a Conference participant, the phone number for the Seabeck Conference Center is 360-830-5010.

To contact the Conference Registrar directly: Louise Lansberry 206-364-2037 or seabeck@wwfor.org

Western Washington FOR: 206-789-5565 wwfor@wwfor.org www.wwfor.org

Oregon FOR: Janet C Hawkins 503-453-2903 or janetchawkins@msn.com


Lodging assignments will be made in the order received (with priority given to people staying for the whole conference and consideration of special needs when possible), so please do not delay! Register by May 29. Either go to http://www.forseabeck.org/ and register online, or send the registration form with payment.

After May 29, telephone Louise Lansberry at 206-364-2037 or email seabeck@wwfor.org.

SEABECK CONFERENCE CENTER - http://www.seabeck.org/ 

Seabeck is on beautiful Hood Canal, fifteen miles west of Bremerton, Washington. Bedding and towels are provided to guests at the Conference Center. Sleeping in RVs is not permitted. Family style meals will be served from Saturday dinner through Tuesday lunch. Vegetarian meals will be served, with meat available at some meals. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate this on the registration form. Recreation opportunities include swimming, row boating on the lagoon, tennis, horseshoes, ping-pong, volleyball, basketball, hiking, music, and crafts. Bring swimwear and comfortable shoes. Be prepared for wet, dry, warm, or cool weather.


Seabeck Conference Center’s website provides descriptions of each housing building and floor plans. Except for 10 single rooms in the Inn Annex, all rooms accommodate 2 or more, and people should be prepared to have roommates. This is a great way to make new friends. The registrar will attempt to give couples rooms without other roommates (please indicate whether you are part of a couple on the registration form) and will house families together unless other configurations are requested.


We are privileged to have Tom Rawson as song leader. Tom is a folk singer, storyteller, schoolteacher, and long-time activist with FOR. Tom and his friends Bob Morgan, Lynn Graves, and Ellen van der Hoeven have delighted Conference participants at Seabeck for many years. We invite other conference participants of all ages to contact Tom if you would like to lead a song at one of our gatherings. You are encouraged to bring musical instruments and music for informal gatherings as well as for the Monday evening talent show.

VOLUNTEER JOBS: We need your help!

We have children’s and young activist program coordinators and paid lifeguards, and the Seabeck staff provides our meals Saturday dinner through Tuesday lunch. But we need volunteers to help with:

  • Children’s program: we need attending youth and adult volunteers, both parents and non-parents.
  • Saturday greeters and registration helpers;
  • First Aid;
  • Bookstore;
  • AV/Technical support;
  • Bell ringers

Please indicate on the registration form what jobs you are willing to do. Thanks! There will be more opportunities to volunteer on-site.


We love our dogs, but pets are not allowed at the Seabeck Conference Center, so please leave them elsewhere. Info on a nearby boarding facility at http://www.campunionpetlodge.com/


Buildings are connected by paved sidewalks in hilly terrain. We will try to have the workshops of interest to wheelchair users in accessible locations, and will provide a motorized cart to be shared by our less mobile participants.


First aid services by professionals will be available throughout the conference, coordinated by the conference planning committee.


Participants are welcome to organize discussion groups and to bring DVDs, videotapes, and CDs on themes of peace and justice. We have a busy schedule, so there is a very limited time set aside for Ad Hoc Groups to meet. We will schedule rooms and equipment, but due to other activities at the conference, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests, particularly those requiring the use of equipment.


A variety of books, CDs, greeting cards, and crafts will be available for browsing and purchase -- at greatly reduced prices! Glen Gersmehl will again coordinate the bookstore. Several full tables of books on nonviolence, social change, race/gender/class, ethics, etc. include many titles recommended (and assembled) by the Peace & Justice Resource Center, which Glen coordinates. Limited space will be available for petitions and activist literature; any items to be sold must be cleared with the Planning Committee.


Long time attendees know it was our tradition to hold an auction to raise funds to help low income people come to the conference. We decided to skip an auction this year to free up more time for learning from one another and celebrating our diversity. So, if you are able, please make a generous donation to our low-income subsidy fund when you pre-register or at the conference!


We strive to help as many people attend as possible and to have diversity of income level, age, race, ethnic background, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, and family situation.



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