This Year's Retreat: October 17-19

For 2014, we'll be at the beautiful
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
in Safety Harbor, FL, near Tampa.


October 17 - 19, 2014

More information on accomodations below...

Here's a list of our panels and workshops.

This schedule below is close, but
this document
is the actual factual schedule.

COST: $250 (members can take a $50 discount) this includes all workshops and entertainment three meals -
two dinners and Sunday breakfast.

Update 9/17/2014:
Due to circumstances beyond her control,
Mari Steed of the Philomena Project is unable to attend the Retreat this year.
She apologizes for any inconvenience.

Thursday Oct. 16th  
10:00 a.m.-  4:00 p.m. National Board Meeting – East Room 
7:30 p.m. – 10:30p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats and Drinks 
Friday October 17th  
9:30 -10:00 a.m.  Welcome & Opening Remarks by CUB President, Patty Collings – Athena Ballroom
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Presentation:  Being Found – Blessings and Challenges – Athena Ballroom
Meet three adopted people and hear their very unique perspective on reunion.
Christine Murphy is the author of Taking Down the Wall.
Michael Turcotte is the birthson of Lee Campbell who found him when he was 15 years-old. 
Christine Koubek is an author and co-founder of the blog Secret Sons & Daughters - Adoptee Tales from the Sealed Records Era.
12:00-2:00 p.m.   Lunch on your own & Free Time:  walking, relaxing, and catching up with friends. 
 2:00-4:00 p.m. Presentation:  Adoption Mandala Art Healing Workshop – Athena Ballroom
Mandalas are a form of art and artist activist Beth Jaffe made a special mandala for the Greater Adoption Community to aide in turning adoption’s wheel of fate. This workshop has two parts. Part One is the story and Part Two is a time to make connections while creating a large community Adoption Mandala. 
4:30-6:00 p.m Discussion about Birthfathers or Free Time:  walking on the pier, in the park, exploring Main Street, relaxing, and catching up with friends.
6:30 p.m. Hosted Dinner and Special Presentation - Waterfront Tent
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Free time - check out Main Street’s Third Friday Festival
9:00 p.m.-10:30p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats and Drinks 
Saturday Oct.18th  
10:00am-12:00 p.m.    Presentation:  Open Adoption Betrayal – Athena Ballroom
Jim Gritter, a pioneer among social workers, steps out of his retirement to have his say about this unacceptable situation. So does Gail Hanssen Perry, CUB’s first secretary, doctoral researcher on adoptive parents, and policy developer for MA adoption agencies. Lee Campbell, CUB’s founder, moderates.
12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own & Free Time:  walking, relaxing, and catching up with friends.
2:00-4:00 p.m. Presentation:  Saving Our Sisters – Athena Ballroom
Three women activists will tell us about their efforts and successes in the field of family preservation. 
Carolyn Espina, Lynn Johansenn, Melynda Fitt
4:00-6:30 pm Free Time:  walking on the pier, in the park, exploring Main Street, relaxing, and catching up with friends.
6:30 pm    Hosted Dinner and Community Meeting - Waterfront Tent
9:30 p.m.-10:30p.m. Hospitality Suite for Greets, Treats and Drinks
Sunday Oct. 19th   
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Breakfast - Waterfront Tent


Ground Transportation

From Tampa International Airport (TPA), the hotel is about 20 minute drive.
Taxi & Shared Ride Vans are approximately $27 for the first person and $12 for each additional. Reservations can be made on the Super Shuttle website
or by calling 1-800-BLUEVAN.

For your return flight home, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa has a complimentary shuttle to the airport.
Be sure to make reservations with the hotel front desk when you check in.


Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
105 N. Bayshore Drive  Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Reservations should be made directly to the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
by calling 1-888-237-8772

When calling the resort, please refer to the group name: “2014 CUB Retreat”.
You must identify yourself as part of the 2014 CUB Retreat to receive the special group rate of $119 (single/double) a night plus tax.
There are several upgrades possible (view/balcony/patio).
The resort reservations department will be happy to help you make a decision.
The group rate is available until September 22, 2014.
This rate is a terrifc value because CUB negotiated that the usual $16 daily resort fee is waived for CUB and that is a big perk because so much of the resorts amenities are included at no extra charge for CUB.
After that time, the group rate will be offered rooms based on hotel availability only.