Self-Advocates Join Together for a Two-Day Retreat at Callaway Gardens

Uniting for Change: Growing the Self-Advocacy Movement in Georgia


Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT


Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Mountain Creek Inn at 
Callaway Gardens

17800 US-27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822

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Register Now!Registration will close APRIL 1, 2019.

For questions, contact: 

Sara Bailey



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Self-advocates, along with their chosen allies and supporters, will gather May 3 - 5 for a weekend of learning and discovery at Callaway Gardens' Mountain Creek Inn in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Together, we will explore how to expand and strengthen Georgia’s self-advocacy movement. There will be opportunities for advocates to connect with and learn from each other. 

Workshop sessions will be designed and delivered by self-advocates for self-advocates. Topics will include: Supported Decision Making, Graphic Facilitation, Using Social Media, Telling Your Story, and more! 

The retreat costs $50 per person.

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 Registration will close April 1, 2019.

Self-advocates who bring an ally, supporter, or family member will need to pay an additional $50 as each person needs to register separately and pay $50.  Allies, supporters, professionals or family members should only attend to support a self-advocate who is attending. The sleeping rooms at the Mountain Creek Inn can accommodate up to four guests. You need to list your hotel roommate in your registration form. If you plan to stay alone in the hotel, please tell us that in the registration form. 

Registration includes:

  • Hotel room with another guest (you'll list your hotel roommate in registration form)
  • Five meals (Dinner Friday & Saturday, Breakfast Saturday & Sunday, Lunch Saturday)
  • Conference bag with retreat materials
  • Workshops and plenary sessions led by well-known and emerging self-advocates and supporters
  • Friday evening networking by the fire
  • Saturday evening festivities
  • Free admission to the Gardens (

The Uniting for Change retreat is for self-advocates and is supported through the Expanding Self-Advocacy Grant from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. We are also seeking funding from other agencies in Georgia that support self-advocacy in order to keep registration costs affordable for self-advocates to attend.

There is an option to donate more than the $50 registration fee in the registration form if you are willing and able which helps fund the total costs of the retreat. 

More Details about the retreat: 
Participants should arrive Friday afternoon, May 3, to check-in between 3:00 and 4:30. Registration is in the lobby of the Mountain Creek Inn at Callaway Gardens.
We will start at 5:00 Friday as a group in the main conference room and will have dinner together.  After our opening Friday, we will have time for connections and networking by the fire outside. 

After breakfast on Saturday, we will spend the day learning. We'll have plenary sessions, lunch and a variety of workshops. Saturday evening brings dinner and a glitter party into the night. Sunday, we will follow breakfast with a few more sessions and will wrap up and conclude by noon.

The Mountain Creek Inn Features:

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (bring a swimsuit if you'd like)
  • Fitness Center
  • Onsite Restaurant & Lounge – Spirit of ’52
  • In-Room Coffee Maker
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary WiFi Access
  • Outdoor seating on the patio with a fire pit (plan to spend time here Friday night)