Extra early bird special for 2015 Region 6 Convention

R6-Convention-Logo-2014-150x150Great news for Region 6 Convention goers: Tickets for the 2015 Convention are more than half off if you register online before November 11th.

Visit the Region 6 2015 site to sign up today.

If you went to last week’s Region 6 Convention in Burlington, you know how powerful being with 500+ OA members can be. The friends from away, the powerful speakers, the new faces you meet, the recovery network you can build across state lines. Everyone pulling toward the same goal: Recovery from the devastation of compulsive eating.

It’s a great way to spend a weekend in recovery!

What Is an Intergroup, and Why Is It Like Canada Geese?

By Eric C. (Seacoast Intergroup chairperson)

Together, we can soar to new heights!

Together, we can soar to new heights!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a lot of time avoiding Intergroup service. For years in program I told myself that whatever exactly it was that those Intergroup people did, it had no bearing on me—and I wasn’t a joiner anyway.

Turns out that I joined Intergroup the moment I joined OA.

It took me a few years to realize that Intergroup is all of us who attend meetings in the Seacoast! It isn’t the boss of anyone. It doesn’t dictate what meetings should do or tell members what they should do. Intergroup doesn’t govern. Trust me, the chairperson has no real power!

What Intergroups do in OA is provide support for meetings, members, and even OAs in the making. Every Intergroup’s primary purpose is to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer. A single meeting may have trouble getting the message to a lot of people at once, but when it joins with other area meetings it can do so much more. Intergroup’s job is to facilitate those collective actions.

As an analogy, think of Canada Geese. Those V-formations you see when they migrate? Those huge flocks can fly 1,000 km in a day. A single goose won’t have enough stamina to get nearly so far. Even a small family of them can’t do it. But when the entire flock joins together, there’s enough geese that they can each take turns flying in the point of the V, sheering the wind for everyone else in the flock. In this analogy we are each a goose; our meetings are the families; Intergroup is the flock.

OK, so what actions can our Intergroup take? Our own Intergroup’s Year of Abstinence has included:

  • Two workshops
  • A new abstinence-focused meeting
  • A new website with abstinence resources
  • A 12th Step Within campaign.

These things support all of us in some way. These actions aren’t likely to occur, however, if we don’t have an Intergroup to align our efforts. For example, the background work that went into developing the Year of Abstinence included a survey of our entire membership. Our workshops depended on our Intergroup having affiliated with OA’s Region 6, which allowed us to hear about and attend events where we made contacts that made the workshops possible. Planning, logistics, project-management, and simple business. That’s what the Intergroup is for.

Our soon-to-be-finalized strategic plan demonstrates that we can be active and creative in getting the message out. It turns out that doing service at the Intergroup level isn’t what I thought it was when I was avoiding service. It’s not about attending an extra meeting once in a while to hear what the treasury’s balance is. It’s about doing our Higher Powers’ work to help others. And we get a nice spiritual jolt for doing it!

Agenda for Upcoming “Freedom Isn’t Free” Workshop

The leader for our August 16th workshop “Freedom Isn’t Free” has kindly supplied the day’s agenda, which we’ve pasted in below. It’s very solution-oriented and looks like a powerful experience.

If you haven’t registered for the event, take a look at the agenda and see if it’s right for you. If you have, this is FYI. Please remember that we are asking for registration so that we know how many handouts to make.

Register now by email or voicemail (603) 418-4398. Please provide your name, your phone number, your email address, and what Intergroup you are from.

Enjoy!

Freedom Isn’t Free: A Walk Through the Steps

Seacoast Intergroup, August 16, 2014

 MORNING SESSION: 9:00–12:30

Step 1

  • Unmasking the killer: suicide in slow motion
  • Disease, addiction, or weakness? Whose fault?
  • Cycles, stopgap interventions (tools) and honest Plans Of Eating
  • Binge food exercise—Participants
  • Food is symptom. Physical, emotional, spiritual healing required.
  • Abstinence includes healthy body weight

Steps 2, 3

  • Signing the contract
  • Surrender is not giving up—it’s deciding to cooperate.
  • Freedom/recovery is a byproduct of accumulated actions.
  • We’re in charge of actions, God’s in charge of results.
  • If we step aside, God will step in.
  • Trust the process. The process takes time.

      ● Participant writing

BREAK: ~10:00–10:15

Steps 4, 5

  • Define who we really are and what needs changing.
  • Self-destructive attitudes, beliefs, values, emotions, behaviors.
  • Free up cabinet space by cleaning out skeletons
  • Participant writing

● Participant sharing

LUNCH: 12:30–1:30

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:30−5:00

Steps 6, 7

  • Become who we’re intended to be.
  • We act our way into right thinking, not think our way into right acting.
  • No softer, easier way; half measures avail us nothing, not even half.
  • Recovery behaviors: Define specific instances where defect manifests itself; define the recovery behavior in each instance; begin practicing the recovery behavior to show God we’re really willing to change; inventory every day how we’re doing on practicing the recovery behavior.

      ● Participant writing

BREAK ~ 2:30–2:45

Steps 8, 9

  • Forgiveness of self and others
  • Stand up tall and take responsibility
  • Clean up the messes we made

      ● Participant writing           

Step 10

  • How was it living with me today, dealing with me, being me?
  • How did I do living in my recovery behaviors and thinking?

Step 11

  • God has given us life as a gift that we must open. It’s never too late to become all that God intended us to be….”His will for us and the power…”

Step 12

  • Living in—faith, acceptance, gratitude, love, service…calm mind, peaceful heart…
  • Use it or lose it
  • HP as expressed in 12,12,9, slogans
  • Daily disciplines
  • Life is to be lived, not endured.

Summary/Questions/Sharing—Participants

Register for “Freedom Isn’t Free” Workshop, August 16th in Portsmouth

break freeRegistration is now open for “Freedom Isn’t Free,” a no-cost, dynamic one-day walk through OA’s 12 Steps. This workshop will emphasize the nature of the disease, getting honest about food, and the process of change. Our guide will be a 32-year OA veteran who has led 25 Step-study retreats.

Join us if you are…
…A newcomer interested in getting your recovery rolling
…A current member who wants to restart your program 
…A long-timer who wants to kick your program into a higher gear
…Anyone who wants a JOLT! of OA energy.

Register now by email or voicemail (603) 418-4398. Please provide your name, your phone number, your email address, and what Intergroup you are from.

Please download this flyer to share at your meetings.

Registration is FREE. We ask for registration because our room is limited to 100 attendees. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. So please sign up now!

Sponsored by Seacoast Intergroup

DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS
Saturday, August 16th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Community Campus
100 Campus Drive Portsmouth, NH
Google Map

From I-95, take Exit 5 for the Portsmouth Traffic Circle
Exit the circle for Route 1 South
Follow Route 1 South for 2.7 miles
Turn right onto West Road (across from Corpus Christi Parish Church) and follow as it becomes Campus Drive
Community Campus will be on your left, please use the front entrance.

Register for “Living in the Solution” Workshop, June 1st in Portsmouth

Registration is now open for “Living in the Solution,” a workshop on abstinence, sponsorship, service, and the traditions and concepts of OA!

Register by email (preferred) or voicemail (603) 418-4398. Please provide your name, your phone number, your email address, and what Intergroup you are from.

Please download this flyer to share at your meetings.

The workshop will be June 1st in Portsmouth and will be facilitated by OA’s Region 6 trustee. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Be sure to bring a notebook and a pen!

Registration is FREE. We are limited to 50 attendees, and registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. So please sign up now!

Sponsored by Seacoast Intergroup

DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS
Sunday, June 1st, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Campus
100 Campus Drive Portsmouth, NH
Google Map

From I-95, take Exit 5 for the Portsmouth Traffic Circle
Exit the circle for Route 1 South
Follow Route 1 South for 2.7 miles
Turn right onto West Road (across from Corpus Christi Parish Church) and follow as it becomes Campus Drive
Community Campus will be on your left, please use the front entrance.

Welcome to Seacoast OA, welcome home

If you think you may be a compulsive eater and/or addicted to food, welcome. There is hope in OA for a better life.

If you’ve already decided you are one of us, we hope the resources on this site will support your recovery from this devastating disease.

If you have any questions, please see the menu item titled Talk to a Member. There you’ll find an email address and a phone number that connect you to real people experiencing recovery who can provide answers to your questions and share how their experiences helped them heal.