Registration Info

Upper_Lake_2Full registration information for the 2015 conference will be available by the end of 2014, but here is information from 2014 for the curious

The conference officially begins at dinner (6 p.m.) Fri., Sept. 18 and ends after lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 20. We will be set up to check you in all day Fri., and if you plan to arrive early enough for lunch, please let us know. If you plan to come for pre-conference workshops, and you’re coming a distanct, you can arrive Thurs., Sept. 17. We will be here ready to check you in at 3 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 17. If you are flying, Kansas City International airport is 35 minutes away (shuttle and car rental information below). If you plan to join us for pre-con. workshops and arrive on Thurs., you can plan to land anytime Thurs. If you plan to arrive Fri., plan to land before 5 p.m. if possible. For leaving Sun., you can plan on flights 2 p.m. or later. It is possible to stay at the camp an additional night if need be.Please contact Deb Hensley, TLAN Coordinator at  if you would like to reserve a room for Sunday night. 

How to Register

You will be able register with ease for the conference, pre-conference workshops, lodging and meals, and/or just meals at our secure Eventbrite site. There is a small fee — a 1.5% charge — for online registration (the full charge is 3%, but we’re splitting it with you). If you would prefer to register by mail, please email Deb Hensley at or 207-382-6317, our coordinator, to make arrangements (she can calculate your registration costs and sign you up; you can then send a check). We have additional information below and on the registration page.


The conference super early bird rate is $160. The regular early bird rate, beginning 12/15/14, is $190 for members/ $200 non-members. After 5/1/15, the regular conference rate of $230 members/ $240 non-members take effects. After 8/15/15, rates go up to $250 members/ $260 non-members.

Lodging: At Camp Doniphan

The lodging package for this event covers Friday and Saturday night as well as provided refreshments (coffee, tea, snacks, etc) through the day.  If you plan to attend pre-conference workshops, we also have lodging available Thursday. If you would like to stay an extra night on Sunday, that option can be arranged for separately. Lodging and meal packages will likely begin at $150 and go up to $240 (two night’s lodging and all meals).

We are also reserving a block of rooms in serveral nearby hotels. For more information about this please don’t hesitate to contact the  TLAN Coordinator. 

CAMPING: If you wish to camp (bringing your own tent), you can do so. The full weekend rate is $80 (two nights of camping and six meals). You can find this option on our registration site.

Lodging: Off-Site

In addition to lodging at the camp, there are other lodging options: We have a block of rooms reserved in nearby Kearney, MO at the Super 8 Motel: 1-866-460-7456, and the Terrace Ave. Inn (816) 792-0418 in nearby Liberty, MO. Both are about 10-12 miles away from Excelsior Springs, and you will need your own transportation. Be sure to mention that you are with the Transformative Language Arts Network Power of Words Conference. We also recommend the Elms Hotel and Spa, which often has rooms on and other sites for $144 on up. Again, Excelsior Springs is 3 miles away, and you will need your own transportation. If you are staying off-site, you are responsible for your own reservations and transportation.


Paying for meals means you get Friday dinner, all meals Saturday, and Sunday breakfast and lunch at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center. When you register you can let the kitchen know if you have dietary needs and they will do their best to accommodate them (by dropping Deb a line at However, if they cannot, or if you’d like to bring your own food for dietary reasons, you do not need to purchase the meal package.  Commuters can select to have meals provided for them at the venue by selecting “Commuter Meals.” (Registration  for this option will open in early 2014). Pre-conference meals begin with dinner Thursday and include breakfast and lunch on Friday. Meal packages (no lodging) are $78 for the conference (six meals), and $39 for the pre-conference (three meals, with the option for lunch only on Thurs. for a lower price).


There are two “types” of events that you can register for: Pre-Conference workshops, or the Conference itself. Pre-Conference workshops are on Friday and you can register for each of them separately.  The Conference itself runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. There are different rates for each event depending on whether or not you are a Member of the Network, with Membership giving you up to a 20% discount on full registration. If you would like to become a Member or renew you membership you can do that here or on our registration page.

For Pre-Conference

Thursday night pre-conference events will be announced by 1/1/15 along with pre-conference workshops in early 2015.

Upper_LakeGetting To the Conference

Flying in: We will be sharing information soon on shuttle service and rental car discounts from Kansas City International Airport. We also will set up communications for people flying in to coordinate car rental and shuttle service.

Driving in: We will contact you late summer to ask if you’re interested in offering anyone a ride or if you need a ride so that people can coordinate carpooling. Directions to camp here.

Train or Bus: The Greyhound station and the Amtrak station is in downtown Kansas City. You can arrange to take a taxi. More information forthcoming.