Retreats

2021 CUB Retreat - Marina del Rey, CA - October 22-24

Early Registration Now Open!

Online Registration  /   Print/Mail-In Registration  /  Book Hotel ($175/night) CUB block rate expired 9/30

We are so excited to be hosting our annual retreat this year in person and hope you consider joining us for a weekend of learning, connection, and healing. We have some terrific sessions planned with authors, therapists, filmmakers, and legislative advocates. But don't worry, we have plenty of time baked in to just relax and connect with each other, something we know is always important to our retreat attendees. We welcome anyone to attend our retreat including birth/first mothers, fathers, siblings, adoptees, adoptive families, and professionals who work with our community.

Here's a look at our schedule so far. Please note that like anything these days, it is subject to change but we'll try to keep this as up to date as possible. You will also find information about our hotel and air/ground transportation.

Schedule

Thursday Oct. 21st

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. National CUB Board Meeting

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats and Drinks

(Hospitality Suite is a generous donation to us in honor and memory of former CUB Board Member Arlene Donovan)

Friday Oct. 22nd

9:00 a.m - 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks by CUB President, Deb Myers

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Loss Throughout the Lifespan: Healing Complicated Grief

with Dr. Tracy Carlis, Lesli Johnson, MFT & Leslie Pate Mackinnon, LCSW

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Free Time

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Adoption Closet: The lifelong impact of secrets in families

with Amy Barker-D‘Alessandro, LMHC

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Support Groups

6:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner & Special Presentations

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Film: Reckoning With The Primal Wound [This is the first official

private screening of the film!]

9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats & Drinks

(Hospitality Suite is a generous donation to us in honor and memory of former CUB Board Member Arlene Donovan)

Saturday Oct.23rd

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Harnessing The Power of Mothers: Where do we go from here?

with Eileen McQuade, Karen Quesnel, & Desiree Stephens

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Free Time

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Author Panel with Gabrielle Glaser ("American Baby"),

Alicia Lanier ("My Unspeakable Loss"), & Dawn Hogan ("Unbroken Bonds")

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Support Groups

6:00 p.m. Hosted Dinner

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Film: @ghostkingdom, a film by Brian Stanton

9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats & Drinks

(Hospitality Suite is a generous donation to us in honor and memory of former CUB Board Member Arlene Donovan)

Sunday Oct. 24th

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Hosted Breakfast & Closing Remarks


Hotel/Accommodations

Our venue and hotel for the retreat will be the Courtyard Marriott Marina del Rey located at 4360 Vía Marina, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292. Complimentary breakfast is included with all reservations.

While our September 30th deadline has passed for booking within our discounted room block, it's possible our representative at the venue can find you a room at or near our contracted rate of $175 per night. As of September 30, there were very few rooms even left in the entire hotel so we recommend booking quickly. Our representative is  Jan Drumright and her cell phone number is 562-685-5153. Call her and let her know you're with CUB and she will be able to find you the best rate.

If you are interested in finding a roommate to share a hotel room with at the retreat, you can sign up here: 2021 CUB Retreat: Roommate Request Sign-Up. Note: CUB is not responsible for roommate matching or booking your room with the hotel. We are simply providing a way for you to connect with other attendees who are interested in sharing a room at the retreat. It's up to you to coordinate and book your room after signing up.


Air/Ground Transportation

We know many of you travel from all over to join us for our retreat. The nearest major airport is Los Angeles International (LAX) where you are sure to find many direct flights to/from your home.

The hotel is only 7 miles from Los Angeles International (LAX) but the hotel does not operate a shuttle service. However, one of our members who has a van will be running a FREE shuttle service for our attendees to and from the airport. Once you know your flight numbers, go ahead and fill out this google form and we'll be in touch with you to confirm and coordinate your pick-up/drop-off.

Taxis and ride apps are the recommended options for transportation between LAX and the hotel. The ride apps currently operating at LAX are Lyft, Opoli, and Uber. Fares vary depending on the time of day your ride is requested.


COVID-19 Safety Policy

The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority for the retreat. As such, proof of vaccination, or a negative covid test within 72 hours of the start of the retreat, will be requested by all attendees. We will be following the mask policy put forward by Los Angeles County where our retreat will be held: masks are required to be worn indoors by all persons regardless of vaccination status. We sincerely thank you in advance for your adherence to this safety protocol.