Conferences

The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
August 11 – 13, 2017


DoubleTree near
Bradley International Airport
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT


Conference Goals
– To help stop future occurrences of ritual abuse
– To help survivors of ritual abuse
– To name the groups that have participated in alleged illegal activities
– To unite those working to stop ritual abuse


Internet conference information:
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

For  those looking for more information about the strong accuracy and validity of ritual abuse research:
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Ritual_Abuse Ritual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journal articles, web pages and criminal convictions of crimes against children and adults.


https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/  Has additional articles and research about child and ritual abuse.


Freedom from Mind Control – Neil Brick

Subliminal methods and mind control influence our lives in all areas. Social and cultural forms of mind control keep us from growing as human beings.  These forms of control make it difficult for us to grow and learn as survivors. They make it more difficult to work through  cult control programming to free our minds and our lives. Recovery techniques will be discussed that can help survivors and others break through their mind control programs and influences.


Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. His work continues to educate the public about child abuse, trauma and ritual abuse crimes. His child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter S.M.A.R.T. has been published for over 20 years. http://neilbrick.com

How to Decrease Internal System In-Fighting and Increase Respect for The Gifts of All Internal Parts – Eileen Aveni
This presentation will focus on understanding the internal systems that may be present in a survivor, and how to work with them to gradually enable them to work together for true safety and healing.  Often internal parts are at odds with each other (such as higher level alters, reporter alters, persecutor/protector alters, and other internal alters) because they are used to ‘doing their jobs” and following orders.  But they are really allies in the system and can be helped to learn better and more effective ways to keep everyone in the system safe and help heal the system.  The focus will be on how to communicate with parts who might seem particularly difficult to work with, learn to recognize their true gifts to the internal system, and how to develop a community of mutual respect.

Eileen Aveni, LMSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD is a psychotherapist with 30+ years in medical and psychiatric settings working alongside other DID, Ritual Abuse, & Mind Control treatment specialists and law enforcement involved in these cases.  She has learned from and regularly presents nationally and internationally with some of the noted researchers of this field, and consults internationally.  Eileen created and led an 8-year long-term therapy for DID/RA/MC survivors, and helped run a safe-house for survivors for several years.  In private practice in Michigan and in northern Virginia, she also sees clients online with a Skype-like secure video platform.  She also provides clinical supervision and case consultation.  She is immediate Past Chair of the Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Special Interest Group, a division of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is a Board Member of Survivorship.

Visual Art and Writing Workshops – Cynthia Mochowski and Pia Moorland
Cynthia and Pia have used various art forms as part of their healing and prioritize safety and supportive environments. This weekend, they will offer two workshops – one visual art and one writing – so you may see the value in the different forms.

Pia has done numerous workshops over the years for survivors. She knows that art serves as a visual expression of something where words may fail us, that allow us the freedom to express something where our words fail us.  She will guide participants through making a mini collage.  It could just be soothing to focus on making something for ourselves as we go along the process of looking at colors and feeling materials. We will have a positive, tangible item that we created to carry with us long after our experience is over.  No artistic or writing experience necessary is necessary.  In fact, the focus is on the process – not the product.  

Cynthia has participated in and led writing workshops for survivors. She knows that sharing our words and bearing witness to others helps with the healing process. In this workshop, there will be prompts to assist you with getting started for each short, timed session for writing.  It could be something inspired from the weekend or something else entirely.  Participants have the option to share their writing.   No artistic or writing experience necessary.  In fact, the focus is on the process – not the product.

Pia Moorland
, a survivor, is a self-taught mixed media artist for the last 20 years. She uses art as a way of creating a safe avenue to give voice to often difficult or painful emotions. Pia recently self-published Plaid, a memoir on healing from her experiences. Pia has exhibited her art at the Massachusetts State House and in a variety of avenues geared towards increasing public awareness about the impact of violence on our lives.

Cynthia Mochowski
, an incest survivor, believes healing happens when we allow ourselves to share and bear witness to one another’s journeys.  An English teacher by trade, she uses her own writing as a way to heal.  She knows we can become our authentic selves, and one of the best ways to is by offering one another support on our healing paths.

Mindfulness: Strive to Be in the Present – Manjot Singh Khalsa
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what is going on around us and inside of us and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by it.  Mindfulness is more readily available to us when we practice it regularly.  This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to practice mindfulness by engaging in  activities/mindful exercises and the chance to reflect on and understand what mindfulness is all about.

Be Here Now – Manjot Singh Khalsa
Manjot Singh Khalsa is the creator of a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation curriculum, “Be Here Now:  Yoga, Meditation & Mantra for Trauma Survivors”.  In today’s experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to stretch, breathe, strengthen and rest in a safe space. No previous yoga experience necessary. Participants will choose to sit in a chair or on the floor during this workshop.

Manjot Singh Khalsa is a Masters Level, Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker. He has been in private practice since 1997. He has an eclectic practice for those clients who are interested in holistic healing practice. He has cultural competency in working with individuals and families of varied backgrounds.  He specializes in several areas, including: Sexual & Gender Identity, Trauma & Dissociative Identity Disorder & Holistic Healing and works with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger management and relationship and family issues.he is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Reiki Master and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher. He is a member of NASW, ISSTD, WPATH and ACFE. He works with clients court-ordered to treatment for Anger Management, Substance Abuse and evaluations.


Conference Registration
(Please read the entire brochure before registering.)
Registration is not guaranteed, please wait for approval before making travel arrangements. Or you can preregister via E-mail at: SMARTNEWS@aol.com Please mail registration form and checks (US Banks only please), money orders (US) to: RA Conference, c/o S.M.A.R.T., P O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027 USA

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Fees
Early registration fees (all fees are per person)
(note: fees must be received by the due date below to get the special prices)

All conference registrations will include a complimentary lunch for that day (Fri night has a complementary deli dinner).

Special Early Registration Deal:

Register and pay before June 10, 2017 – Fri night, Sat and Sun only $175

Before July 1, 2017 – Fri night, Sat and Sun only $195.

Saturday and Sunday Two Day Registrations

before August 1, 2016 – $225
after August 1, 2016 – $250


Paying at conference add $20 to two day and three day fees
(All fees must be received by due dates above.)

One Day Fee $125 – Please specify which day _________

(Circle one – Sat – Sun for one day registrations)

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To add Friday night get together, deli dinner and dessert to two day registrations  – $50.00

Donation to help those on fee waiver (not tax deductible):

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Total Amount Due _____________

special meals needed ____________________

Please make checks payable to S.M.A.R.T. (US banks only, please.)

Refund Policy: Fees will not be refunded after July 12, 2016. Please send us written notice. Refund will be minus $80.00 deposit per registree.

Please note: S.M.A.R.T. has no paid employees and all money paid to S.M.A.R.T. goes toward efforts to educate survivors and the general public about survivor issues and research.

If you would like to pay using paypal: Please send us the form above filled out (you may cut and paste it into your e-mail and send it to smartnews@aol.com or mail it to SMART P O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027 USA with your e-mail address or phone number) and please wait for approval before paying.


Registration Fees




Conference Information

Conference Participants
The conference will include all those either recovering from ritual abuse and/or fighting against ritual abuse. This includes survivors, co-survivors, therapists, other helping professionals, lawyers and all others interested in learning more about ritual abuse.

Members of secret organizations, acting out perpetrators, and/or members of unsympathetic organizations are excluded from the conference. This is for the protection and safety of those in attendance.


S.M.A.R.T. recommends that survivors try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques and staying with that person or another safe person during the conference.
S.M.A.R.T. recommends learning about mind control techniques before attending conferences or other survivor events. This article may be helpful: How to Avoid Being Mind Controlled at a Conference  https://survivorship.org/survivorship-articles/how-to-avoid-being-mind-controlled-at-a-conference 


S.M.A.R.T. 2017 Conference Schedule – August 11 – 13
(Fri, Sat. and Sun.)
(Please note : this schedule may be subject to change. Please write us for the latest schedule.)

Friday
7 – 9:00 PM – Dinner for Registered Attendees

Saturday
9:00 – 5:00 pm with evening presentations

Sunday
9:00 – 5:00 pm

Sponsorship Information

The conference is sponsored by S.M.A.R.T., a newsletter that examines the possible connections between ritual abuse and secretive organizations. SMARTNEWS@aol.com http://ritualabuse.us/


Registration Discounts
Fee waiver application fees are $125.00 for two days and $65 for one day, and are non-refundable. Please do not send fees until your application is accepted. Please add $40 to attend the Friday night early registration, get together and dessert buffet. Applications will not be accepted after July 1, 2017, payment must be made by July 15, 2017. Acceptance will partially be contingent on the number of paid applicants. Fee waiver registrees must volunteer for four hours at the conference. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay any travel expenses. Please E-mail or regular mail us for a fee waiver application.

Transportation
There is a free shuttle to and from the airport. Hotel parking is available at no charge for those attending the conference. Conference sponsors, etc. assume no responsibility for ground and/or air transportation arrangements. Conference sponsors cannot assume responsibility for additional expense or losses due to illnesses, cancellation of flights, strikes or other causes.


Accommodations
Room rates at the DoubleTree Hotel at Bradley International Airport (CT) are $95 a day for one person (not incl. tax), please mention the SMART 2017 conference to get the special rate. This rate is guaranteed until 7/28/17 or all rooms at the special rate are gone. Call 860-627-5171 for information.


Lunch will be free both days for all conference attendees that register before August 4, 2017. The hotel has no information about the conference, other than room information.


Attendance Policy
Survivors should try to bring a support person with them to the conference. Presentation of a picture ID will be required of all conference participants, unless prior arrangements are made. This is for the protection of all participants. Some of the topics discussed may be very heavy for survivors. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. Conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, organizers and exhibitors assume no responsibility for any reactions resulting from attending our conference. Statements made and materials exhibited and distributed by attendees, speakers and exhibitors are their own and don’t necessarily represent the policies or views of conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, exhibitors, organizers or attendees. Children are not permitted to attend the conference. S.M.A.R.T. and its representatives also reserve the right to remove anyone from the conference at any time. Photographing, audio taping and videotaping without written permission from S.M.A.R.T. are prohibited.


Exhibitors
Tables and half tables will be available for exhibitors. All exhibitors and their materials, etc. must be pre-approved. Write for more information. Whole tables are $50, half tables are $25. Take one table fee is $10.00 per item.


Conference Donations

Please consider sponsoring a full or partial registree, so that all are able to attend the conference. Thank you. (Donations are not tax deductible.)


For those interested in helping to promote the conference, please write smartnews@aol.com to receive a press release to forward to others.


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