Super Early Bird Rate
$45 off regular rate, available through January 31, 2020
$430 for members
$450 for non-members
Conference registration fee includes all meals, refreshments, and facilities fees throughout the conference.
Please note that this fee is only a modest increase over previous Power of Words conferences; it looks to be higher because it includes all but the cost of the hotel room.
Hotel reservations are made directly through the Eldorado Hotel & Spa (see below).
Power of Words Conference
Join us Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the 17th Annual Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word. Discover and share more of your voice and vision with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.
The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.
Santa Fe combines the cultural sophistication of an urban center with the centuries-old traditions of its Spanish and Native American heritage.
The internationally acclaimed outdoor Opera; festivals of film, theatre, music and dance; and the famed Native American markets draw collectors from around the world to one of the premier art markets in the country.
This unique AAA Four-Diamond-rated Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel and spa is located in the heart of Santa Fe, just steps away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Eldorado Hotel & Spa is ranked one of Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice top 10 hotels.
Check back to find links to our roommate-matching site if you wish to find a roommate.
The cost for a room at the Eldorado for conference attendees is $139 per night, plus tax. Rooms are available at the conference rate through September 28, 2020, after which attendees will be charged the hotel's prevailing rate, based on availability.
Reservations can be made online, or by calling 1-800-955-4455.
When making room reservations, make sure to reference either the group name or group code. The first night’s room and tax deposit will be processed at the time of booking.
Group Name: Transformative Language Arts Network
Group Code: 201025TLA
Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.
Her nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.
She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. Harjo’s latest is a book of poetry from Norton, An American Sunrise. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Testimonials from Past Conferences
"Come and meet some seriously interesting and diverse people with a love of transformational politics, poetry and language. I loved the whole experience!"
"I always appreciate the comraderie at this event. People are non-judgemental and open. I don’t think it would be possible to feel more accepted or at peace. This truly satisfies and transcends the human experience by combining heart with art."
"The Transformation Language Arts conference provides a home for artists, writers and musicians who want to help create a peaceful world. I go to learn, I go to contribute, I go to sustain hope."
"As an artist and philanthropist who participates in artistic/humanities conference and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East - I'm very impressed with the Vermont conference! The workshop and performance presenters were diverse; audience participants supportive; key note speakers memorable; staff magnificent. A genuine pleasure to be in attendance!"
"The TLA Conference is an adventure of diving into a deep pool of unexpected discoveries. Some are delightful and awe-inspiring, some frightening and strange, but the immersion in diversity and the authenticity of the presenter's (and participant's) stories and presence is palpable and real. A necessary reminder of what we are so starved for in the current climate of media and political rhetoric. If change is going to be sustainable and humane, we need more people trained and working with the qualities of these warriors. The Conference is a way to either dip a toe in or dive in head first."
— Robin Russell
"The Power of Words at Goddard College in the fall of 2018...in the midst of the unpredictability of daily life, for a few precious days I found myself surrounded by beauty, reminded yet again how art and wordcraft are not luxuries, to paraphrase Audre Lorde, but tools for survival, 'sanctuaries and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas.'
We think and language into existence, whether our language takes the shape of words, images, sounds, or movements, summoning new worlds with our breath and our bodies. And as we come together to share we move away from isolation and fear and into one another, drawing close to the hearth where we warm and nourish ourselves before heading back out.
This is the power of words -- that something so fragile, awkward, limited and limiting can, in the end, still be a way in: a key in a lock, a warm breeze signaling an end to winter's slumber, a torch to light the way."