DA and BDA Visioning Conference
We will host nine workshops via video conference over two months, all focused on visioning in DA and BDA:
Sometimes one of the hardest questions to answer in life is “What do I really want?” We keep ourselves so busy doing what we have to do that we don’t get around to asking ourselves what we want to do. And sometimes we don’t know how to differentiate between what we really want and what we think we should want.
— from DA's Visions pamphlet
Because we will be welcoming DA and BDA members to share real-world details of their businesses and lives, we must ask that all workshop participants meet the only requirement for DA and BDA membership:
an ongoing desire to stop incurring new unsecured debt, one day at a time, no matter what
Please visit our Vision Galleries to see the personal and business visions created and shared by our fellow DA and BDA members in 2021 and so far in 2022. The Vision Galleries are also the best place to find the templates for each visioning activity:
Here is our summary description of how we will focus our time, attention, actions, and spirits for this two-month DA and BDA recovery event (all dates are Sundays):
Every Sunday in July and August 2022
12-2pm pacific, 3-5pm eastern, etc. PLUS one-hour After Party
July 3, 2022 — Orientation (some sharing about visions, lots of Q&A) — only this session will be recorded, audio only, and made available above and on our home page
July 10 and 17, 2022 — Visioning in words (getting our vision onto paper and reading it aloud, as part of the process of asking Higher Power for what we want, while aligning our will and vision with the Higher Power's will and vision for us) — we will spend July 10th on personal vision writings and July 17th sharing our writings about business, income, earning, employment, or service visions
July 24 and 31, 2022 — Visioning in numbers (creating vision spending plans for the lives we really, really want) — we will spend July 24th on vision spending plans for our personal visions (usually some specific area of our personal spending plan, such as a vision for a trip, a new car or boat, a down payment for a house or a remodel, a fund for our kids' education or wedding, a plan for our first year of retirement, etc) and July 31st sharing our business, income, earning, or employment vision income plans (Please note that no one will have time to develop a complete business spending plan during the Visioning Conference. There is a completely separate 3-month BDA Business Planning Conference for that beginning in September 2022 in preparation for 2023. Registration is now open.)
August 7 and 14, 2022 — Visioning in pictures (really SEEING our visions and sharing them with others — maybe vision boards, maybe vision slide decks, maybe our own artwork — show and tell for us grownups in recovery from debting) — we will spend August 7th sharing imagery related to our our personal visions and images and August 14th on business, income, earning, or employment visions
August 21 and 28, 2022 — Manifesting our visions through the DA and BDA program (ha! — did you think we were leaving out the DA and BDA principles and tools? — never!) — we will spend August 21st sharing how we bring DA and BDA into our personal visions and August 28th on business, income, earning, employment, or service visions and manifestations
NOTE: Most participants will not be able to attend all workshops in the conference. That's okay. However, registration includes all NINE interrelated events, and the more workshops you attend, the more you will get out of them. Only the orientation on July 3rd will be recorded, and then audio only.
How to register:
Please send a one-time contribution of $125 via https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BDAHelpforDebtors with a note that says:
"Visions" (along with your preferred
Please keep in mind that your $125 contribution will give you access to NINE 2-hour interrelated events, spanning two months.
All funds received will be split between our Literature Fund and our Public Information Fund — Our service vision includes paying the final balance, currently $5,000, for this year's radio PSA project by July 31st, and fulfilling an average 1.5 free conference-approved literature requests for every day in 2022. That is, almost 550 free literature requests. Please support our vision and service activities!
Please see our Treasury Plans and Reports for more financial details and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
NOTE: For newcomers to DA and BDA — we consider those in their first year of DA and BDA membership to be newcomers — who find the registration fees above beyond your resources, please feel welcome to send a one-time payment of $45, along with your preferred email address. We want to support, encourage, and welcome you as you begin the process of claiming and maintaining your solvency and of leaping into your recovery from debting, both personally and in your business(es).
We are adopting a structure for the Visioning Conference that follows the path of the 12 Steps; more specific details for each weekend have been provided in the sections further below:
In weeks two and three, the writing will be guided toward practice of the first three Steps, 1 through 3: surrendering to the recovery process and to our Higher Powers; coming to believe and overcoming the insanity of not asking for what we want; and making the decision to be solvent and in recovery, at least for the rest of the process, in this case the visioning process.
In weeks four and five, the vision spending plans will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps, 4 through 6: being honest with ourselves about what we really want, not what we think we should want, but what we really want; sharing our plans with others and with Higher Power while receiving feedback and input; and becoming entirely ready to become the people who can achieve our visions.
In weeks six and seven, the visioning visuals will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps, 7 through 9: practicing humility as we ask the Higher Power for what we want, "the difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone" (from the AA 12 and 12); letting go of any blame we feel toward others, focusing on today and the bright future ahead of us; and letting go of ALL of our past, forgiving ourselves for missed opportunities in our lives so far, and seeking alignment within ourselves and with our Higher Powers, changing our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and patterns so we can change as people and fulfill our own dreams and potentials.
In weeks eight and nine, the manifestation discussions and suggested actions will be guided toward practice of the next three Steps, 10 through 12: digging deeper into who we are and who we need to become in order to bring our visions into reality, leaning into steady improvement and maintaining the growth we've already experienced; inviting our Higher Power into every nook and cranny of our lives, every element of our reality today and our visions for tomorrow; and staying to recover, maximizing our potential as solvent debtors and business owners through practicing some part of the DA and BDA program every day, to the best of our ability and availability.
For this Visioning Conference we will have six to eight brave DA and BDA members who have committed to preparing and sharing for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, each on one of our eight visioning topics, an exciting example of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness in action:
Our summary weekly agenda — expect changes and variety from week to week — July 3 through August 28, 2022:
10 minutes: Workshop leader opens with Serenity Prayer and welcomes everyone, may share a little of her experiences from the previous weekend to warm up the registrants for the new topic (need timekeeper from beginning forward)
10 minutes: Workshop leader will share on the visioning topic for the day
10 minutes: Committed participant will share their prepared vision on the day’s visioning topic
15 minutes: Encouragement and support of our committed participant (12 minutes of participation, three minutes of wrap-up)
15 minutes: Q&A with committed participant, workshop leader will call on raised hands
5 minutes: Commercial break — ways to help and support our fellow debtors and business owners, especially through the BDA Help for Debtors (registered BDA group # 7720) — specifically free conference-approved literature, outreach to still-suffering debtors, and recovery events
At least 45 minutes: Workshop leader leads the engagement (“workshop”) period; each week at least three conference participants will have up to four minutes to briefly share the vision work they’ve prepared for the day’s workshop and on the day’s visioning topic; there will then be seven to nine minutes of encouragement and support as other participants share their experience, strength, and hope when they have pursued their own visions for themselves, their families, or their businesses; the vision sharer will then have two minutes to wrap-up the sharing period on their vision
NOTE: Depending on the number of our fellows prepared to share their visions, and the number of participants offering support and encouragement (we usually do a round robin, inviting everyone to participate), we may go over time on some weekends. Anyone who needs to leave before we close, or to take a break, will be welcome to do so.
10 minutes: Workshop leader leads us through wrap-up, preparation for next session, and close with Serenity Prayer
60 minutes: Host group member (from BDA Help for Debtors, group # 7720) will lead “After Party”
Please note that the samples and templates — provided below for the visioning topics above — are ready for immediate download and use, whether you plan to attend the Visioning Conference or not, but please do register and attend if you can. Self-help won't get you very far in DA and BDA recovery.
Please click here to download a customizable slideshow template for a personal vision in pictures, which is aligned with the categories in the spending plan template above.
Please click here to download a customizable slideshow template for a business vision in pictures, which is aligned with the categories in the spending plan template above.
Please click above to open a pdf of a two-page guide to the principles underlying DA's 12 Steps. We believe these principles, more than the DA Tools, are the path to manifestation of our personal visions. For a copy of the 12 Steps, please visit free literature on this website.
Please click above to open a pdf of a one-page guide to the principles underlying BDA's 12 Additional Tools. We believe these principles, along with the BDA Tools themselves, and our personal recovery through DA's 12 Steps, are the path to manifestation of our business visions. For a copy of either the 12 Steps or BDA Tools, please visit free literature on this website.