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The Conference

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[accordion title=”How do I register?”] Visit the Conference Page and click the form below. You can re-visit the form several times if you wish to pay for items separately such as; registration, rooms or food

 

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[accordion title=”What is the Rethinking Everything Conference all about?”] Families from around the country, sometimes the globe, come together to explore our beliefs and embrace conscious family living. Our background is in Un-schooling, but we also discuss many other topics such as parenting, wellness, death and dying, sexuality, sustainable living and much more. click here for more information on our beliefs. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Is this conference only for Un-schoolers?”] Yes and No, the 4H venue is reserved exclusively for the Rethinking Conference. Most everybody in attendance is an un-schooler, or at least considering, or a conscious family creating a life of self design, so you’re sure to be surrounded by support and encouragment. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”What is my responsibility as an guest or attendee?”]
We come from a Do No Harm philosophy. Guests are expected to honor the Freedom and Responsibility principals that made this experience special. Please click here to read the updated Freedom and Responsibility agreement, before attending, for more clarity on this topic. Other than that, show up and have fun! [/accordion]

[accordion title=”How many speakers will be presenting this year?”] This year will be very similar to years past with dozens of speakers and sessions packed into four solid days of activities and events. Visit the website under speakers for an up-to-date look, Look at this year and last to get an idea as info is added throughout the year leading up to the event. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Do I have to be an Un-schooler to attend?”] No, people attend out of general interest without kids although most families unschool.  Since we are largely a family-focused event, most individuals attending are there pre-kids (considering future life choices) or post-kids (as in empty nesters looking to stay connected to the tribe). What is important to remember (whether an individual or a family) is the significance of freedom, responsibility and the community desire to foster self designed living. The families who attend this event are brave as they  make themselves vulnerable in a potentially sensitive “life” area – parenting and children. We ask all attendees to honor this desire and support our nurturing vibe. [/accordion]

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Retreat and Immersions

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[accordion title=”How is the retreat different than the conference?”] The main difference is pace. The retreat is really a low-key after-party when families can continue to hang out and enjoy one-another’s company. We’ll have many social events planned throughout the day. Look for a discussion group schedule and designated meet up areas. It will be more casual. Immersion activities will be available for an extra fee. Please note, we are not having a seperate retreat this year. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”What are immersions?”] Immersions are intensive discussions, workshops or seminars hosted by speakers to take a deeper dive into their subject matter. Speakers provide hands-on training, counseling, advice or simply thought provoking discussions. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Is there a charge for immersions?”] There is a separate charge for the immersions and at the discretion of the speaker. A schedule will be announced closer to the event. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Will you have kid village open during the immersions?”] Kid village will be open during scheduled events and immersions, but hours will be more limited. The room will be available however; so adult volunteers can help us coordinate additional coverage for off hours.
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Accommodations & Facility

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[accordion title=”How do I reserve a room?”]
The process is the same as above with registration, simply visit the conference link or click here.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Do the rooms provide handicap accessibility?”] Yes, rooms and general access in and around the conference center and lodging rooms are handicap accessible. Please let us know of any special needs so we can help you plan accordingly. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”How many sleep per room?”] Rooms sleep between 4 to 6 people conventionally and include a combination of single beds; double beds and twin sized bunk beds.

 

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[accordion title=”Can we reserve a cot?”] The 4H center has a few cots available on a first come first serve basis. They are willing to work with us to sleep extra people in the rooms when needed, but all guest need to be registered. Some rooms fit sleeping bags or cots but need to be coordinated first.

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[accordion title=”Are there fridges in the room?”] No, there are no refrigerators in the guest rooms or loaners available. Small mini fridges or coolers can be brought in if space allows. Please let us know what your needs are and we can try to place you accordingly.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”What’s included with an RV site?”] There are two types of RV options; Dry Camping or RV sites. the differences are below:

  1. Water – Dry Camper RVs have access to a fresh water fill-up station but not a fresh water plumbing supply. RV sites have water plumbed to the site. If you do not have a fresh water holding tank and plan to dry camp, you will need to make provisions. There are public bathrooms and a shower. Portable shower and toilet stations will also be made available.
  2. Electricity – The 4H has 15 RV or trailer sites with 50 amp service to the site. Dry camping does not include electric although generators can be used. Please contact us directly with specific camping needs so we can help you plan.
  3. Dump station – The 4H has built a dump out station on the property. It is approximately 50 yards form Cabe Hall and a very short drive. There is no dump at any camp site. Dump out is free to RV sites and costs $10 per dump out for dry campers. More details to be announce soon.

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[accordion title=”What is included with a tent site?”] Campsites are power only sites. Some are shade and some are sun. Public bathrooms and showers are available in Cabe Hall, Feland Hall. Additionally, temporary bathroom facilities will be created in the main building (#3) as needed to accommodate the final number of campers. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Can we share rooms?”] Yes, registered families looking to share rooms should use the private Facebook page (RE2015) to connect with others looking to double up.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Are there TV’s in the rooms?”] Some rooms have TVs, but not every one. Please let us know if this is important to you and we can try and accommodate. Again these are on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Do the rooms have Wi-Fi?”] Yes, there is Wi-Fi throughout all of the conference and lodging buildings. The 4H just doubled their service going from 3 T1 lines to 6 T1 lines so service/bandwidth should be ample for all. [/accordion]

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Meals

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[accordion title=”How do I purchase meals?”]Same as above for Registration and Lodging, simply visit the registration form or click here.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Can I bring my own food?”] Yes, guests are allowed to bring food on the property. We actually encourage having food, at least, snacks and other family necessities, as the closest grocery store is 10 min. away.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Are there cooking ammenities?”] Yes, guests can use the kitchens in either Cabe or Feland Hall. There is one 4 burner stove in each as well as a refrigerator. Please bring your own cooking utensils, pots and pans. If fridge space runs out, there is an ice machine in both halls as well as the main concourse, so please have a cooler handy.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Do you cater to special diets?”] Yes, the 4H is working hard to cover special dietary needs and include Paleo, Vegan, Raw and vegetarian offerings. They have prepared a nice soup and salad bar option. RE is also preparing a grill and smoothie station to augment. For those wanting still more food options, we will be having outside vendors and food trucks deliver food daily. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”When is the deadline for ordering?”] Meal plans have to be ordered and paid for by August 15, 2015. Meals requested after that date will be accommodated *only* if possible.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Is the salad bar unlimited?”] Yes, the salad bar includes multiple trips but is limited to the one ticketed person per meal.

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[accordion title=”Can we share salad plates?”] Yes and No, the salad bar ticket is designed to service one per person. However, parents sharing a plate with children under 4 years of age is acceptable as long as well know in advance and counted both people in the totals. The salad bar is on the “honor system,”the 4H has given us terrific pricing, but we need your cooperation on this. [/accordion]

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Kids, tweens and teens

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[accordion title=”What is kid village?”] Kid village is a supervised day care area where children can be left to explore and play under the watchful eye of caring and responsible adults? [/accordion]

[accordion title=”What are the hours?”] Kid village is typically open for the beginning session (9:00 – 9:30am usually) each day until the end of the daily schedule (6:00 – 6:30pm usually). A schedule will be posted prior to the event.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”What can teens expect?”] We are preparing a track of teen content and activities to inspire and engage teens throughout the event. A program will be made available before the conference. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Is there a teen camp?”] Yes, Camp RE is a teen hang out geared towards teens 13 and up wanting a separate space. It will be supervised between the hours of 10am and 6pm daily. Special guest- speaker visits and activities will be scheduled throughout the event for teens at Camp. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”What can Tweens expect?”] Tweens will have a number of activities planned to engage their age group as well as the use of a Tween-room. The tween room is a gymnasium-style room where we will show movies, create projects, plan obstacle courses, etc. More information on this exciting space is coming soon. [/accordion]

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General

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[accordion title=”How far is the airport?”] The 4H center is about 24 miles / 38 minutes from the Little Rock international airport. The address is 1 Airport Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”How far is the train station?”] The Amtrak station is 18 miles / 30 minutes away. The address is 1400 W Markham St, Little Rock, Arkansas. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”How do I get from the train / bus station or airport?”] RE is coordinating a shuttle to/from the airport. A combination of volunteer vehicles and shuttles will be used. The average price is $5.00 per person each way. We will post a link on this site very soon with more info. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”How far is the bus station?”] The Greyhound Bus Station is 20 miles /33 minutes away. The address is 118 E Washington Ave, North Little Rock, AR 72114. There number is (501) 372-3007. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Does the 4H Center offer supplies?”] The 4H center has a small gift shop with some snacks and bottled water, but they do not offer supplies. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Where are local supplies and groceries?”] There are plenty of supplies about 10 minutes away. They are all in the same area. Here are a few to get you started.

Kroger:            16105 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72223.  Phone: (501) 217-7910

Target:            12700 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72211.  Phone: (501) 217-0200

Walgreens:     15500 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72211.  Phone: (501) 217-3872 [/accordion]

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