2014 Retreat Schedule


2014 OPA Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, March 19

Welcome Party

Day 1  Thursday, March 20

Morning Session Theme: Professional Issues for Practicing Astrologers

Five established professional astrologers will share how they have succeeded in launching their careers in these 30-minute presentations. They will provide the keys used to organize their consulting work and tell us how they have built their clientele and achieved financial sustainability. We will learn what it means to be successful. Use of today's technology and handling some of the consulting tools to achieve optimum outcomes will be addressed. Looking at a variety of consulting styles may release us from the feeling that there is only one "acceptable" way to do our work.

In the afternoon, we divide into small, randomly selected groups, led by an OPA group leader to further explore the information. Everyone will be able to give and receive information on each person's chart. Discovering and possibly identifying your consulting style may be worth the voyage. The afternoon will end with everyone back together with the larger group for sharing insights.

Afternoon Session: Theme Discussion in Random Group
Theme Discussion in Main Room

Optional Yoga
Evening Session: Track Immersion
Cash Bar

Day 2  Friday, March 21

Morning Session: Track Immersion

Afternoon Session: Two 20 Minute Presentations
Karianne Stenshagen

Norway • kariannestenshagen.com
The Moon in Relation to the Transpersonal Planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
The Moon in a chart represents our most personal needs. When they form aspects to transpersonal planets, these personal needs are challenged because of evolutionary pressures. In this presentation Karianne will describe how each planet influences affects the Moon.

Judy Tsafrir
Massachusetts • judytsafrirmd.com
The 2nd Saturn Return
An exploration of the second Saturn Return through the lens of personal experience. The context of the first and second Saturn return are so different - some say Saturn ages well as it reflects the wisdom needed to help us discern right alignment and conduct, and the compassion to help us take care of ourselves and each other. Judy will also provide examples of others who have moved through their second Saturn return.

OPA Annual Business Meeting
Optional Yoga  
Hospitality Suite & Cash Bar

Day 3  Saturday, March 22

Morning Session: Track Immersion

Afternoon Session: Two 20 Minute Presentations 
Sue Morris

Pennsylvania • suesalves.com
Planting by the Moon
Blend the cosmic with the practical, the heavens and the earth, and establish a natural timing and rhythm to gardening based on the sign and phase of the moon. The gardeners best tool! Plan activities for optimal success for plant growth and nutrition. Timing is everything, especially when choosing the right time for planting, mowing, harvesting, and all other garden related activities.

Gali Livneh
Israel • healingstar11.com/en
Chiron - A Journey to the Heart Center
Chiron is one of the great healers in our chart. It's not a planet, but the impact he had on astrology is very potent. Chiron connects different realms, bridges worlds and heals through living with commitment, compassion, grace and the power to sacrifice. Gail will discuss the connection of Chiron to the Anahata - the Heart chakra - and what it means to live a heart centered life and work with Chiron in the chart to heal ourselves and others.

Optional Yoga
Hospitality Suite & Cash Bar
Banquet: Celebration of Astrology Day

Day 4  Sunday, March 23

Morning Session: Track Immersion
Silent Auction Closed
Panel Presentation: The Cardinal Cross of 2014/Q & A
Hospitality Suite & Cash Bar



Articles and Testimonies

OPA Retreats: A Human Dimension to the Study of Astrology

by Maurice Fernandez
OPA RetreatI came back from the seventh Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) retreat in Asilomar, California with a hopeful outlook. One reason for my optimism was that I experienced the community of astrologers in a different light. Professionals and amateurs alike were truly interacting in meaningful ways...Read more...

Thoughts on the Retreat

by Katrina Peters
opa-retreat-2As with any trip you wonder what it will be like, whom you will meet, awaiting magical moments to unfold. It starts so slow and ends so fast, you are left wondering if you were even there. When you have an amazing time and meet wonderful people, you are ultimately left wanting more. Read more...