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      ADODI SOUTHERN REGION NINTH ANNUAL WINTER RETREAT COMES TO NEW ORLEANS in Kenner


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      January 17, 2020

      Friday   4:00 PM

      1501 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
      Kenner, Louisiana 70062

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      ADODI SOUTHERN REGION NINTH ANNUAL WINTER RETREAT COMES TO NEW ORLEANS

      The ADODI SOUTHERN REGION will host the NINTH ANNUAL WINTER RETREAT in New Orleans, LA during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Weekend. The theme is "Truth In Love". There will be empowerment affirmation sessions, workshops, talent sharing, & fellowship. This is an alcohol & drug free weekend. The Adodi Southern Region consists of the 16 Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & West Virginia. Also included is the District of Columbia Full Registration package includes two-night hotel accommodations, Reception Dinner (Friday), Lunch & Dinner (Saturday), Conference Materials, & Special Adodi Southern Paraphernalia. Retreat Ony Package includes, Reception Dinner (Friday), Lunch & Dinner (Saturday), Conference Materials, & Special Adodi Southern Paraphernalia.  For those individuals not needing accommodations, the registration is $180. Those individuals needing accommodations, the registration is $280 (double) & $410 (single). Breakfast is included with the hotel accommodations. Parking is free. METHODS OF PAYMENT Online registration through Eventbrite (full payment required). Partial payments can be made through PayPal, sending to adodisouthern@yahoo.com, using the prompt "send to friends & family". Also, partial payments can be mailed into Adodi Southern Region, P. O. Box 4805, Columbia, SC 29240. Deadline for the online registration is Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 12:00pm EST & PayPal for the Full Retreat Package is on Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 12:00pm EST. Full payments (cash or money orders for the non-hotel package) can be accepted @ the door on the first day of the retreat. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm EST. The Closing Event will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 12:00noon EST. RETREAT REFUND POLICY In the event, for any reason, you cannot attend the retreat after you have registered, the following policies will apply. TRANSFERRING YOUR REGISTRATION TO A 3RD PARTY In the event that you cannot attend the retreat but know of someone who can take your place, you can transfer the full amount of your fees paid to the 3rd party without penalty, on condition that we are notified promptly by both parties of this transaction. IF YOU CANCEL MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE RETREAT: (BEFORE December, 17, 2019) The balance of your fees paid will be refunded to you after a cancellation fee of 30% of your registration fee for administrative costs. IF YOU CANCEL LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE RETREAT AND YOU CANNOT FILL YOUR PLACE: You will forfeit a full refund and receive 50% to dedicate to a futureretreat. WHAT IS ADODI Adodi is dedicated to the mutual acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, & affirmation of same-gender-loving men of African descent. Our purpose is to foster & encourage the self-discovery, validation, empowerment, & liberation of all members of our diverse community. We provide a safe space to same-gender-loving men of African heritage who seek a better understanding of their own spirituality, self-expression, & sexual identity. During the last 30+ years, same-gender-loving brothers have gathered under the banner of ADODI to affirm, celebrate, & honor themselves & each other. THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF ADODI Spiritually Guided We seek alignment with the Divine Energy that unites & centers all our spirits @ the beginning & closing of all we do. Honesty, Openness, & Clarity We stand personally responsible for communicating thoughts and feelings in a sincere & concise manner. We clearly & fully articulate our ideas, suggestions, insights, & needs while being mindful of our body language. Sensitivity to Feelings We utilize active listening as a means of respect, acknowledgment, & validation of the feelings or viewpoints expressed & implied by our brothers, whether or not we agree with them.  Carefronting We reach out to support  & assist each other in a caring & effective manner. When coming face to face with each other around sensitive & challenging issues, we always address each other from a place of love & openness to facilitate healing & intimacy, versus aggression & antagonism which leads to hurt & distance. Resolution We take collective care, within the bounds of all we do, to allow space for individual members to achieve closure on matters discussed while monitoring the process & the time constraints. When necessary, we can establish a specified time & setting where unresolved matters can be further explored. The Five A's: Acknowledge, Appreciate, Affirm, Accept, Ache' We use The Five A's as ideal dynamics when responding to each other.

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