Men’s Sobriety Workshop #38, Oct 4-6 2019

Online Registration for the event is closed, but we will take write-ins at the retreat.

“Our mission is to foster the alcoholic man’s commitment to sobriety by providing workshops to teach and reinforce the founding steps, traditions, and principles of Alcoholics Anonymous in an atmosphere of unity and support.”

THE WORKSHOP: This weekend workshop of recovery and sharing for men will change your life. No women, no children, and no pets – just men who are serious about their recovery. This weekend is a life-saver for the newcomer, who will be immersed in the Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The old-timer’s recovery will be revitalized and enhanced. The workshop is the perfect time and place to complete that step-work you have been putting off, or to learn more about what works in recovery. Sponsors bring your sponsees and use this great opportunity to do step work.

LOCATION: Camp Buckhorn, Idllwild, CA 92549 (click here for directions)

HOW IT STARTED: In 1982 the late Dock Crandell of Roswell, Georgia started the first Atlanta Men’s Workshop. A member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Kip Collins spoke at one of those workshops and brought back word of the miracle of the great weekend. Kip got a group of men together to host a similar workshop in southern California. With the blessings of sobriety, the support of the Atlanta Men’s Workshop, the support of our workshop speakers, and the service of many volunteers, this weekend has become a reality. This is “passing it on” in action. We have been hosting the weekend twice a year, in May and October, since May of 2001.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The late Pete Hodge was instrumental in organizing and performing H&I work in southern California, often driving 100,000 miles a year to get to the incarcerated alcoholic. With this scholarship fund he continues to be of service. Click here if you need scholarship.

THE SCHEDULE: Arrive at 3pm on Friday, get checked in and unpacked. Then enjoy dinner. Following dinner experience a powerful speaker meeting. Then, stay up late and attend a Sex and Sobriety or Sobriety and Finances workshop. Then get a good night sleep.

After a hearty breakfast on Saturday we will have the Magic & Power of the 12 Steps. This is 3 speakers with various lengths of Sobriety talking about how the 12 steps have changed their lives. Take a break for lunch. Then attend the 12 steps workshops in the afternoon. Enjoy a relaxing Bar-B-Que dinner with your new friends. After dinner enjoy another speaker meeting and once again for more discussion or attend a topic meeting.

Sunday welcomes you to another hearty breakfast and then our closing, spiritual speaker meeting. This includes a rowdy sobriety countdown and a communal closing that will leave you fulfilled and strengthened.

After that we ask all attendee’s in helping us clean up the campground in the AA Spirit, after that please drive home safely and we will see you next time.


Friday: Ben S. from Eagle Rock, CA
Saturday: Ken D. from San Diego, CA
Sunday: Jeremy J. from Irvine, CA

Download/print the event flyer.

Registration for the event is $135.

REGISTRATION: Attendance is limited to the first 150 prepaid registrations. Registrations must be submitted by October 1st, 2019. The scholarship request must be submitted by September 19th, 2019 to be considered for attendance.

Registration includes two nights accommodations (Friday and Saturday), dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and a Bar-B-Q dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Additionally, we will have coffee and snacks available all weekend.

You may also order imprinted 100% cotton heavy weight T-shirts and hoodies in sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL with your payment:

  • Short sleeve T-Shirt ($15)
  • Long sleeve T-Shirt ($20)
  • Hoodie, pull-style ($35)
  • Hoodie, zip-style ($35)

REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE (without prior approval. Speakers and location subject to change.)

Click here to register/pay online, or here to register/pay by check.
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