Date and Location: Oct 26 – 29, 2018 near Petaluma, CA at the Earthrise Retreat Center

2018 CCWR Symposium ArtPlease review the schedule before you sign up for a lab as you must attend the lab lecture to participate in the lab.

Note: There are no taxes or other fees added to the quoted price. You pay one fee for your room, all meals (including the banquet), and use of the site facilities for the length of the symposium. The only extra cost will be for labs, should you choose to register for one or more.

Members: If you log into your CCWR account, you will receive a $25 discount on any all-inclusive package when you register for the symposium. 

“All inclusive packages” covers:

  • all food (Friday dinner, all meals on Saturday and Sunday, breakfast on Monday)
  • lodging (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and access to site amenities
  • registration and banquet tickets (Sunday) for one person

Lab fees will be extra. Earthrise was very clear that if someone comes on-site they pay for three meals as they have had “freeloaders” in the past. There is no way around including the three meals per day since they are very firm on this point.

  • Double Occupancy – all inclusive – $450 per person (for one bed in a shared room  with twin beds). Maximum two people per room.
  • Single Occupancy – all inclusive – $650 for one person in a room – full size bed, maximum one person per room.
  • Couple Occupancy – total for two persons in one room – all inclusive – $850 (queen size bed, non-attending spouse already included in cost, it’s a deal if you both attend). Maximum two persons per room.

Commuter Packages (stay off-site):

  • Two Day Commuter – $175 – site access, registration, all meals Saturday and Sunday
  • One Day Commuter – $100 – site access, registration, all meals the day attended

CCWR Board (send email to the board at

The schedule is finalized and you can download the PDF version for printing, but there is always a possibility of last minute changes based on speaker availability. The presentation abstracts and speaker biographies are also collected in one PDF document, for you to download and view/print.

Scholarships applications for 2018 are closed. Applicants will be notified by October 5, 2018.




We are proud to announce that our 24th Annual CCWR Symposium will be held Oct 26 – 29, 2018 near Petaluma, CA at the Earthrise Retreat Center. We greatly appreciate the feedback that we requested last December about this type of venue. This will not be your normal symposium experience and wanted to make sure that our members would accept a small change.

We believe that after a very intense year with fires and other natural disasters, that our members really needed a retreat. Somewhere we all could go, pay one fee, be together surrounded by beautiful oak woodlands, and have three locally sourced, sustainable and healthy meals a day. The venue is so beautiful and peaceful, it was hard to pass up to opportunity.

However, with this venue comes certain constraints. First, we will have to cap our attendees to 150 people a day. This is because meals are included and the kitchen can only accommodate 150 people. The site can sleep 120 people, so there is room for some to come in just for a day – it just depends on the number of people staying on site. There are 40 rooms with two beds, so the idea is to have a roommate, which most of us do already. There are also 23 rooms with one bed for couples or single occupancy. This set-up gives us an amazing opportunity to network and get to know each other outside the chaos of the season.