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Power of Words: Transformation, Liberation & Celebration Through the Spoken, Written & Sung Word

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015


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Unity Village, located 15 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Unity Village was founded 100 years ago as a quiet refuge and nurturing activities for body, mind and spirit. The 1,200-acre Mediterranean-style campus has formal gardens, magnificent foundations, walking trails, a “green” hotel and conference center, a library, a bookstore and coffee shop, historic buildings and many indoor and outdoor places of peace for prayer and meditation.

Admission Fees

Conference: The early bird rate of $210 members/$230 non-members is available until May 1st. The regular conference rate of $230 members/$250 non-members extends from May 1st to Aug 1st; after that time, rates go up to $250 members/$280 non-members. Scholarships available.

Pre-Conference: The pre-conference begins Thursday evening and ends Friday evening. The pre-conference includes a free performance of songs and stories featuring five regional artists on Thursday night and your choice of 3 workshops on Friday. You may choose to attend the whole pre-conference for $110, 2 workshops for $80 or 1 workshop for $40.

Lodging & Meals: All lodging and meals must be booked and paid for directly through Unity Village.


Join us for our 12th annual Power of Words Conference to explore how we can use our words — written, spoken or sung — to make community, deepen healing, witness one another, wake ourselves up and foster empowerment and transformation. The conference features workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators and health professionals. The 2015 conference keynoters include poet and writer Jimmy Santiago Baca, playwright Darren Canady, spoken word artists Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, and poet Xánath Caraza.

The Transformative Language Arts Network supports individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. We offer an annual conference, the Power of Words; online classes; a global community-building project, One City One Prompt; a scholarly and professional journal, Chrysalis; and more.

Contact Information

Teri Grunthaner, TLA Network Coordinator

Email: [email protected]
Mail: PO Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044


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