General Format of ACA Fall Retreat

This year’s ACA Fall Retreat theme is Relationships. Here is some general information about past retreats as shared by a member who has attended several:

The retreat is planned and workshops given by volunteers.  In the past, there have been workshops on many subjects of interest to ACAs and codependents, such as the ones we have presented on grieving, bullying, and working with our inner child; also finding a HP, changing our self-talk, mirror work, collaging, storytime.  There is a chance to share a few times daily in a small “family group” with an abbreviated 12-step meeting, plus time for walking in the woods around the lake, or the labyrinth.  The dining hall, play and craft room, and sometimes the workshop rooms are available for folks to gather or work alone.  (Coffee and tea on tap.)  The cabins are a short walk from the lodge, and there is also space there for hanging out.  There is often dance music on in one room, and regular events include a dance on Saturday eve, a bonfire, an affirmation circle, a candlelight meeting.  Everything is optional!  There is a safety committee of folks available for a private talk if emotional issues arise.
The beginning is a potluck 6pm Thursday eve, and some like to arrive a little earlier to settle into their cabin space.  Workshops are planned for about 10-5 FridaySaturday, and Sunday morning.  Meals are buffet style and do not conflict with other offerings.  We depart after lunch and closing, about 2pm Sunday.
Please look a few posts below to find registration information.

Argentine Tango!

It has been said, “It takes two to tango,” but as a student and teacher of the dance for 13 years, I see tango as more than the cliches – I see it as a tool for understanding a balanced partnership, in life as well as on the dance floor. Come learn to work with a partner in a playful and creative way, by learning the basics of Argentine Tango with your fellow ACA’s!

Beginning Argentine Tango Lesson for ACA
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
6:30p – 7:30p
Ankeny Street Studios
Ankeny Street & SE 9th Avenue, Portland, Oregon


Mark Your Calendar – September 28 Speaker Panel Meeting

ACA Intergroup will be hosting our next Speaker Panel Meeting on Sunday, September 28th from 1p-3p. It will be held at Good Samaritan Hospital at 1015 NW 22nd Ave in Portland. Come and hear fellow ACA members share their experience on Blameless Inventory and Replacement Behaviors. Please bring a dish to pass if you’d like. More details will be posted here on the ACA site.

25th ACA International Convention

25th Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) International Convention
February 27-March 1, 2015
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel and Marina
Redondo Beach, California 

Were your parents regularly drunk or high when you were growing up?  Were you a victim of child abuse or was your mother a victim of domestic violence? Have you ever wondered why you’re always attracted to people whose problems seem to be worse than your own?  Do you wish there was a place where you could share your feelings with those who have traveled down the same road? Are you looking for a solution that can help change your life?


Then come to Southern California for the 25th Annual Adult Children of Alcoholics International Convention where the average temperature in February is 70 degrees.  At this year’s convention you will have an opportunity to nurture your Inner Child, enhance your recovery program and take the family or just yourself to Disneyland all at the same time.  With 450 fellow travelers expected, it will be the largest gathering of adult children in the world. 


The theme of the 2015 Convention is “Taking the Action that Heals Us.”Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. one of the original pioneers of the adult child movemen

t is this year’s keynote speaker.  Dr. Brown will give two presentations.  Her keynote address is titled: “The Adult Child and Today’s Fast Paced Society: How to Stay Sane in an Insane World.” On Sunday she will discuss “Adult Children in Healthy Relationships: Moving from Trauma and Defense to Coping and Cooperation.


On Friday and Saturday night Howard P. and Mary Lee Z. of Florida will tell their personal stories of recovery based upon their 31 years of involvement in the ACA Fellowship. Friday night’s presentation will be followed by a comedy show and on Saturday there will be a dance. 


Herb K. of Rancho Palos Verdes, best  known best for his 12-step and Emotional and Spiritual Sobriety workshops, will facilitate a workshop titled “Spirituality: Where was God when I was Growing Up?” 


In addition to the 4 major presentations, there are ten workshops, six ACA 12-step meetings, an ice cream social, a mixer and a harbor excursion.


For more information and to register please visit our website or email