San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join the Sunday Assembly’s annual conference from May 18th- 21st which is entirely dedicated to celebrating life, building communities and having a lot of fun.
San Diego on the West Coast of the USA will rock with inspirational speakers, deep thinkers and great do-ers providing you with tools to improve your life, grow your community and generally change the world.
This is get together is a must for Sunday Assembly organizers, Sunday Assembly participants, secular community builders and anyone who wants to make a difference in this one life we know we have.
Community Service event scheduled for Monday 5/22.
NEW: Group tickets: 4+ attendees buying their tickets together get a 15% discount!
NEW: Student discount tickets available now!
What is A Conference Called Wonder all about?
The Conference Called Wonder is three days entirely dedicated to celebrating life, building secular communities, and having bucketloads of fun. San Diego will rock with inspiring speakers, deep thinkers, and great doers.
Gain tools to improve your life, grow your community, and change the world. Come together for this super celebration of organisers, participants, community builders and anyone else who wants to make a difference in this one life we know we have.
What are the dates of the conference?
The Conference Called Wonder will take place in San Diego from 18-21 May 2017.
With a free and optional community service project on Monday, May 22nd.
What is Sunday Assembly?
The Sunday Assembly is a radically inclusive community that celebrates life, and has the mission of Helping Everyone Live Life As Fully As Possible. Our monthly events provide people with a space to sing together, listen to inspirational speakers, meet new people and celebrate life. This event is the springboard for a radically inclusive, caring community that goes on to volunteer locally and create peer-to-peer support groups. Since Sunday Assembly London began in January 2013, volunteers have started their own Assemblies in 70 other towns and cities across the world. Find out more at www.sundayassembly.com
How do I get tickets for the conference?
Tickets can be bought via www.aconferencecalledwonder.com
What types of tickets are available?
Weekend tickets are available at a cost of US$149.99. A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale at US$129.99. Group tickets: 4+ attendees buying their tickets together get a 15% discount!
NEW: Student discount tickets available now at US$110.00!
We hope to be able to offer some grant tickets closer to the date of the conference for those who cannot afford to pay the full price. Information tbc.
What does my ticket include?
Your ticket includes full access to the Conference Called Wonder events from Thursday 18th May- Monday 21st May.
This includes a social event on Thursday evening, full programme of activities on Friday and Saturday- with inspiring speakers, workshops and a full band. A light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are provided on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening we will host a cabaret night, and Sunday we will be hosting a Global Sunday Assembly, and a departing social, plus an organised Community Service Project on Monday 22nd.
Who is this event aimed at?
Everyone interested in how connected communities can make the world a better place! Come together for this super celebration of organisers, participants, community builders and anyone else who wants to make a difference in this one life we know we have.
We’ll be dividing the content into different tracks- so whether want to know how to live your life more fully, about new models of secular community, or how to run a music programme for a local Assembly, there’s something for everyone. We will have lots of interactive sessions, and of course our full band for sing-alongs!
Can I buy a one day ticket?
We’re only offering full weekend tickets. We believe that meaningful connections take time to develop, and the Conference is a special collective experience. We don’t want anyone missing out on important parts of it!
Is the venue Accessible?
Most of the spaces we will be using at the San Diego Woman’s Club are accessible, including the Main Hall, outdoors patio area, meeting rooms and bathrooms. However, the raised stage, the Quiet Room, and the upstairs meeting room are only accessible via stairs (no ramps or elevator available).
Some activities will take place in Balboa Park, which has ADA-accessible bathrooms, paved pathways, and ADA parking.
After I arrive to San Diego, how do I check-in for the conference?
Join us for the Welcome Social on Thursday evening (location tbc), where we will be registering attendees, alternatively, registration at the San Diego Woman’s Club will be open from 9am on Friday 18th May.
I want to tweet during the conference. What’s the conference hashtag?
We’d love to hear from you on twitter! The Conference Called Wonder hashtag is #ACCW17, and you can reach the Sunday Assembly via @sundayassembly on Twitter and Instagram. Find us on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thesundayassembly.
Will there be WIFI at the Woman’s Club during the conference?
We are working on it, but please don’t count on it.
Will there be a Community Service Project as part of the ACCW17?
Yes, we will be organising a Community Service Project on Monday 22nd May. Details of this will be shared closer to the time.
Is there a dress code?
Our dress code is ‘Come As You Are’! We want all of our attendees to feel comfortable and relaxed- so if that’s sports gear, a dress, shirt and trousers or a onesie, wear whatever that means for you!
What is the Conference Code of Conduct?
The Sunday Assembly welcomes all who welcome all.
We expect attendees to be joining us with open arms, acceptance and with love. We also expect everyone follow the Sunday Assembly Charter.
The Sunday Assembly:
Is 100% celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. Let’s enjoy it together.
Has no doctrine. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources.
Has no deity. We don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do.
Is radically inclusive. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs—this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work.
Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes (you!), we will be a force for good.
Is independent. We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside businesses, organisations, or services.
Is here to stay. With your involvement, The Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
We won’t tell you how to live, but will try to help you do it as well as you can.
And remember point 1… The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have.
Finally, have fun, be nice and join in.
Also, we expect all of our attendees to be abiding by local laws.
When and where will I get the conference t-shirt and tote that I purchased with my ticket?
Pre-ordered t-shirts and totes will be available upon registration, so you can enjoy wearing them through the conference!
Can I buy more conference t-shirts later or at the event?
There will be a limited amount of conference t-shirts available for sale at the event- but we highly recommend pre-ordering your t-shirts and totes.
What’s the best way of reaching San Diego from afar?
The best way is by flight. San Diego International Airport (SAN) being the main local airport. Other regional airports in San Diego County may work as well as the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LAX is about a 2.5 hr drive from San Diego or you take a bus to the LA Union Station and then take a train down to the Santa Fe Depot Station in San Diego (about ⅔ of the trip is very scenic as the train tracks run very close to the Pacific Ocean).
What will the weather be like?
The weather is very likely to be temperate and lovely. It is San Diego after all. The high temperature is likely to be 61 - 71 degrees fahrenheit (16 to 20 celsius).
Most years, San Diego gets less than 0.08 inches (2 mm) of rain in May. About once every four years, the city receives no rain at all this month.
The sun's rays reach the ground in San Diego during 59 percent of daylight hours on average in May, for a total of 254 hours in the month. Typically on 8 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover. May has fewer clear days than other months.
The relative humidity in San Diego during May usually peaks at 77 percent just after midnight then drops to 61 percent by early afternoon.
What’s interesting to do in San Diego?
-The venue for the event is situated just two blocks away from one of the largest contiguous city parks in the United States, Balboa Park. Less than a mile uptown (and uphill) is the lovely and lively neighborhood of Hillcrest; and less than a mile downhill is San Diego City Center and the vibrant, historic Gaslamp District. Uptown and downtown are easily accessible by city transit.
Where to stay?
As part of its commitment to conference sustainability, Sunday Assembly San Diego encourages attendees to book hotel rooms through Travel Light for guaranteed best prices on hotels and rental cars. With Sunday Assembly San Diego’s referral link, attendees get access to up to 15% discounts and full carbon offsets on hotels and rental cars. Save money and help us make A Conference Called Wonder as sustainable as possible!
There are several hotels within 1.5 miles of the San Diego Woman’s Center that can be booked for under $200 per night on TravelLight, including:
West Park Inn (.6 miles away)
Quality Inn San Diego Downtown North (0.6 miles away)
Motel 6 San Diego Downtown (0.8 miles away)
Days Inn San Diego Downtown/Convention Center (1.2 miles away)
Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego (1.2 miles away)
San Diego Downtown Lodge (1.5 miles away).
These hotels are recommended for their proximity only and we recommend you compare online reviews before selecting where you will stay. Guests who book a hotel or rental car on Travel Light will be recognized at A Conference Called Wonder for contributing to conference sustainability.
In case guests are unable to find suitable accommodations on Travel Light, we have also made the following arrangements:
We have reserved a block of 25 rooms (18 with two queen beds and 7 with one king bed) at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego. The hotel is located at 1430 7th Ave., 1.2 miles from the Woman’s Club. The room rate is $209/night, plus $16/day for self-serve hotel parking. The rate includes free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast buffet daily. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17. Call (800) 884-5788 to make a reservation, and ask for the Sunday Assembly block. Photos available on their website at: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanrx/hoteldetail
We have also reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Four Points Sheraton. The hotel is located at 1617 1st. Ave., 0.8 miles from the Woman’s Club. The room rate is $169/night, plus $32/day for valet only hotel parking. The rate includes free wi-fi. Reservations must be made and secured with your credit card by 4/17/17. Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation. Call (619) 239-9600 to make a reservation. Photos available on their website at:http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3755
Hotel Vyvant, which is located at 505 W. Grape St., 0.7 miles from the Woman’s Club. They offer a range of accommodations, from $99/night with a shared bathroom, to $199/night for a private room. There is no hotel parking, but they will assist you with finding overnight street parking. They do not block rooms, but if 15 rooms are booked, they will give each room a 15% discount. Please mention Sunday Assembly when making your reservation. Photos available on their website at: http://www.hotelvyvant.com/
The Britt Scripps Inn - no longer a recommendation as pricing was ONLY for single occupancy.
For those willing to consider a hostel, HI San Diego Downtown is a good option. Dorm style accommodations range from $33-$39/night (these are 2016 prices and may increase slightly for 2017), and private rooms are available from $156/night. Free wi-fi and breakfast are included. Parking is street parking only. Photos available on their website at: http://sandiegohostels.org/downtown/
In addition, there are several airbnb properties located within a three mile radius of the Woman’s Club. This may be a more affordable option if you are looking to share accommodations in groups of three or more.
Can I stay with a San Diego Assembler?
Sure thing! Please email Ami Leary at email@example.com and she'll help coordinate accomodations based on your needs and local availibility.