Narcotics Anonymous Way of Life


NEW MINUTES UPDATED MAY 2004

Conference and Workshop
CHRONOLOGY

"Where the book 
came from..."

 

This work began when my sponsee Dale A. suggested I write some original writing on the spiritual principles of NA. In particular, the writing was to address how these principles would in application prevent or limit some or our early service disorders. This resulted in the original material on the principles. The list was taken from the Twelfth Step in the Book, Narcotics Anonymous. Expansion included looking up synonyms and antonyms for clarity. Later, in 1990 or early 1991, the expansion of the original material into other areas of interest began. Staying clean, going to meetings and discovering the many things brought to us by the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, writing them down became a habit it me. I sought and found many items written by friends in the program and much if not all of the material has been work-shopped many times in many places. At some point, I realized that the material is consistent with the dialogues shared with friends in recovery on the telephone, in meetings and in person. That is the true source of this material. If ever there should come a time when the truth needs to be known or spoken, write it down. All the material has been on the World Wide Web at www.nawol.org, the acronym for NA Way of Life. This has let countless thousands of members download the material for free either by chapter or the entire work. This current 2002 Form is the most current and the first that is nearly typo free. The typos came from the inclusion of material from various sources and the incredible task of 'smoothing' it all into one form. Deepest, heartfelt thanks to all the many good members who have worked with me so hard over the 12 years it has taken to produce the current work. Nobody makes it alone. 

In Loving Service,

Bo S.  

Table of Contents
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Clarklake. MI Workshop
December 28, 1991
South Orleans, MA
Workshop
January 18, 1992
Reading, PA Workshop
February 9, 1992
WELCOME TO LIFE
FREDERICK, MD

February 27, 1992
LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA
March 7, 1992
HOLLYWOOD WORKSHOP
April 5, 1992
LEXINGTON WORKSHOP
"Welcome to the Miracle"
April 18, 1992
HOLLYWOOD II WORKSHOP
April 19, 1992 Easter
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Ripley, West Virginia
May 9, 1992
HOLLYWOOD III WORKSHOP
FLORIDA - May 1992
WALKERSVILLE WORKSHOP
Walkersville, Maryland

June 16, 1992
AURORA WORKSHOP
Wells College, New York

July 25, 1992
MORGANTOWN WORKSHOP
Morgantown, West Virginia

September 20, 1992
FRONT ROYAL WORKSHOP
Front Royal, Virginia

October 10, 1992
FREDERICK WORKSHOP
Beckman House - Jefferson, Maryland

November 21, 1992
ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
March 8, 1994
ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
July 30, 1994
Mid-Atlanta Convention
of Narcotics Anonymous

August 6, 1994
WCNA-24
Baltimore, Maryland
September 2&3, 1994
ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
December 3, 1994
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
LACNA Convention - First Nat. Lit
January 20-21, 1995
SOUTH BELOIT, ILLINOIS - RRCNA-4 CONVENTION
February 12, 1995

Rural Retreat Virginia

June 23-25, 1995
Stronghold Retreat
Oregon, IL  
November 3-5, 1995
Second National Literature Conference
November 23-25, 1995
RRCNA-5
South Beloit, Illinois
February 5, 1996
Third National Literature Conference
Clark Lake, Michigan
March 8-10, 1996
FUN IN THE SUN CONVENTION
Panama City, Florida
April, 1996
STRONGHOLD RETREAT
Oregon, IL
June 7-9, 1996
FOURTH NATIONAL LIT CONFERENCE
Washington D.C.
June 14-16, 1996
5TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE - Rockford, IL
October 18-20, 1996
6TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE
Isle of Capri, Florida
February 21-23, 1997
7TH NATIONAL LIT CONFERENCE - Jonesboro, GA
June 20-22, 1997
8TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE
Toronto, Canada
October 31 - November 1, 2, 1997
GRCNA
Atlanta, GA
February 1998
9TH NATIONAL 
LITERATURE CONFERENCE
 
 Moultrie, Georgia
March 27 - March 29. 1998
COASTAL AREA CONVENTION
Statesboro, Georgia

April 17, 1998
Miami – Naples
May 1998
CHALKBOARD
May 1998
BOARDMEMBERS
May 1998
10TH NATIONAL 
LITERATURE CONFERENCE
 
 
Dalton, GA

July 31-Aug 2, 1998
TURIN, GA WORKSHOP
September 19, 1998
Marietta Literature Conference
Fall 1999
Dalton Literature Conference
January 29 and 30, 2000
Doerun Literature Conference
March 25, 2000
Marietta Literature Conference II
May19-21, 2000
TYBEE ISLAND III
October, 2000
VIDEO TAPE AVAILABLE
Moultrie, Georgia
March 23, 24 and 25, 2001
Tybee Island IV
October 11, 12 and 13, 2002
VIDEO TAPE AVAILABLE 
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Any material that belongs in
this table please send for display.
Miami Literature Conference
May 25 to 28, 2001
Colchester, United Kingdom
June 2001
NA Foundation Group
Smyrna, Georgia- 1998 to present
Dalton Literature Conference
May 2002
If we missed any intervening conferences,
please email us with info. - Ed
Draper Lit Conference I
Draper, Virginia
November 1-3, 2002
Draper Lit Conference II
Draper, Virginia
June 13-15, 2003
NAPLES LITERATURE 
CONFERENCE

September 19, 2003
Knoxville Lit Conference I
Knoxville, Tennessee

May 7-9, 2004
Draper Lit Conference III
Draper, Virginia
June11-13, 2004
Knoxville Lit Conference II
Knoxville, Tennessee
April 29, 30, May 1, 2005
Draper Lit Conference IV
Draper, Virginia
June16-19, 2005
Knoxville Lit Conference III
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tallahassee Lit Conference
Edited Traditions
Spring of 2007
2008 Form 
Installed to website
Standard size book
Summer of 2008
2006 to 2008
editing by various groups in and out of formal sessions to root out typos and poorly expressed ideas. Middletown, CT edits the 12 Principles.
 

 


Clarklake, Michigan Workshop
December 28, 1991

The first Fellowship workshop of the material took place at a members home in Clarklake, Michigan. Over a dozen members showed up and the result was increased interest in the work, the addition of a glossary in the back and changes in the introduction and preface.

There was agreement that our work wasn't against anything. One member shared his intent to input to the It Works, How and Why material and others in the group supported continued support of the `official' efforts to carry our message in writing. We want to have fun, discover basic values in spiritual principles for ourselves and have another book written by addicts, for addicts. The more diverse the material, the more complete it will be in relating to the needs of all our members, not just the educated or literate professionals.


South Orleans Workshop
January 18, 1992

A member announced and held a workshop in South Orleans, Massachusetts. He got up at seven in the morning to prepare food for attending members. Several members said they were coming as late as the preceding evening at an NA meeting. No one called or showed up. Still, we are grateful to the member who did the footwork and sorry for the members who were unable to attend.


Reading, PA Workshop
February 9, 1992

Report: 1:30 am Sunday morning at MARLCNA in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Twelve members gathered in room 422 for input session on Way of Life book. Opened with We form Serenity Prayer and George R. read chapter on Personal Responsibility. We wrote for fifteen minutes and read our input in group. Closed at 2:15 A.M. Everyone relaxed and happy. All input factored into March version.


WELCOME TO LIFE - FREDERICK, MD
February 27, 1992

A disk with this text on it was translated from the original software by a member of the Welcome to Life group in Frederick, MD. The members of the Home Group rallied to "proof," re-format, copy and distribute this text. Copies were made available to the Frederick Area through the Home Group, as part of a broader effort to provide literature by and for addicts, free of charge. Expenses for this are covered by the Home Group.

A piece about Home Group membership was also developed and submitted for this text. Their original Home Group piece is formatted following the traditions, and is distributed to the Frederick Area to provide an example for others who wanted to strengthen their Home Groups. As part of their fellowship, they meet weekly to do (write) step work, or to read, write, and respond to NA literature.


LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA
March 7, 1992

Six members gathered in a workshop at FSSBNA III during the spring break at the Ramada Inn in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. The reading was from the Twelfth Step. While short, the workshop demonstrated the technique and hopefully there will be more work done in South Florida. Enthusiasm and spirit are strong in support of a Fellowship effort. All input was factored into the material for the April version.


HOLLYWOOD WORKSHOP
April 5, 1992

In a Pink House, fifteen members spent all Sunday working on input for Steps Four and Five as well as the chapter from the principles on Honesty. Members came from South Florida, Naples on the West Coast with two members from Pennsylvania. Work on a keyword analysis and a Memphis flow reading of our input brought to life techniques of the literature process that was used on the Basic Text. Substantial input was shared in writing and went into the book. Additional workshops are planned. New material written on the NA Society was read and will be included in future drafts. All input was factored into the May 1992 version. Special thanks to the extra love and effort given by local members to allow this miraculous workshop to occur. Many copies were given away free in photo copy form for the workshop.


LEXINGTON WORKSHOP - "Welcome to the Miracle"
April 18, 1992

The workshop took place at 10:30-11:30 p.m. at the Kentuckiana Regional Convention VI. Eight members gathered in a room in the Hyatt to work on a section. The group was sponsored by members from Frederick, Maryland. The topic chosen (spiritually/randomly) was "Honesty".

Issues discussed included controversy and the need for sharing in recovery. Non-addicts should not be writing literature for addicts because they can not relate. In discussing the piece with members prior to the workshop, many asked if this would be submitted to World Literature Committee. Some asked that the WSO never be allowed to sell it, and other asked why members of this effort were not involved in the World Lit. Committee.


HOLLYWOOD II WORKSHOP
April 19, 1992 Easter

Back at the Pink House, eight members gathered to input on the first six Traditions. Around ten pages of original material was developed.

Encouraging calls came in from Ohio, Maryland, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania. Everyone enjoyed a spaghetti dinner before taking off to meetings.


OUT OF THE SHADOWS
May 9, 1992

Mountaineer Regional Convention, Out of the Shadows, in Ripley, West Virginia workshop held with fifteen members present. Not all participated. Six pieces of input gathered. In response to several questions preceding the workshop, the entire preface was read. The chapter on trust was read and responded to in the writing.


HOLLYWOOD III WORKSHOP
FLORIDA - May 1992

Additional work on the Traditions completes input to all Twelve Traditions. Thanks guys (and gals!). [Input received June 1, 1992]


WALKERSVILLE WORKSHOP - Walkersville, Maryland
June 16, 1992

Following a barbecue at a member's house, a number of "Welcome to Life" home group members along with an addict from Pennsylvania and an addict from Northern Virginia descended up Shilo Apartments in Walkersville, MD, with full bellies and rolled-up sleeves, ready to write about recovery. After writing together about "trust bonds" (Step 5), "outward" (Step 3), and noting the lack of written material on key words in Step Two, the approach of searching through key word lists and finding what "clicked with the spirit" of each writer and going with it was suggested. Members wrote about various key words on their own. After each period of writing, together and independently, each writer shared aloud. We read together the section entitled "NA Society," then after a break, closed with the Serenity Prayer.


AURORA WORKSHOP - Wells College, New York
July 25, 1992

Four members met and work-shopped several chapters in one of the dormitory rooms. One member was from Texas, one from New York State and two from Pennsylvania. A fair amount of input was gathered.


MORGANTOWN WORKSHOP
Morgantown, West Virginia

September 20, 1992

Seven addicts gathered at an A frame home with a small lake outside like a swimming pool in the ground and a spiral stair case made of wood. Some of the attending members were a little uneasy. One lady voiced some of our feelings. She said, "Anything recovering addicts do for recovery is NA. Treat it with respect and let it go to benefit addicts. If something belongs to everybody, why do some want to own it?"


FRONT ROYAL WORKSHOP
Front Royal, Virginia

October 10, 1992

Ten NA members sat at an outdoor table under a tarp. The air was cooling and yet it was a beautiful day. Some of the addicts had been involved with the process for quite some time, others were brand new to the work. All held copies of the material, now at one hundred seventy seven pages. The group elected to read from and write on the Disease Concept and Spiritual Standards.


FREDERICK WORKSHOP
Beckman House - Jefferson, Maryland

November 21, 1992

A workshop took place in the Frederick Area, co-sponsored by the Special Events Committee and the Welcome to Life Group. A hall was rented from 10 am to 6 p.m. on a nearby mountain, and several of the writers reconvened after the evening meeting at a member's home in town. There were over 20 participants in all, from Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The agenda was set by the participants, and goals were set and met. Input for the existing text focused on the Traditions section and the chapter on parenting children. Work on the existing text produced suggestions on the stage of completion the existing chapters have reached, and included combining some chapters, making others into pamphlets, and need for more input. Chapters Four and Five are looking "complete." These suggestions will be further group-conscienced.

Five new chapters were introduced and reached various levels of progress. Three were small group efforts: "Gender and the Message" was outlined with key words and phrases for more input later; "The NA Atheist" was outlined and some sections were completed with more input to follow; and "Youth in Recovery" was suggested by a teenage member, who cranked out pages of input. Two working groups were also formed which produced several (read more than fifteen) pages of input. "Loneliness and Reaching Out" generated several individual efforts in the usual workshop sense, after which the group members worked on outlining key concepts around which to structure their writing. The largest group worked on a new chapter about abuse: Though the writing at the workshop focused on the problems faced by recovering addicts who were sexually abused as children, discussion also covered domestic violence, and physical and emotional abuse and neglect suffered as a child. The work served as a forum for sharing the pain AND the struggles recovering addicts have in trying to apply the principles in this area of their lives. The chapter will offer information about symptoms of abuse to those who have not had the experience (but who may be a sponsor or spouse of someone who has). It will also serve to reach out to those who have suffered, to let them know that they are not alone and that the NA program can help them in all areas through the process of recovery and growth beyond the violence and lack of loving, caring support of our past lives.


ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
March 8, 1994

2141 N. Central Avenue -The Rock River Area Group Services (RRAGS) ASC Literature Committee has taken the NA Way of Life book on as their primary literature project and continue to meet three times a month since the first meeting in March. The committee is working its way through the book in numerical order of chapters, writing new input and Group Conscience editing the pieces which have come in. Members are encouraged to jump ahead and write about later chapters if they feel inspired by a particular topic, but as a committee, we are progressing in order. We are currently working on Chapter 4 (as of 8-15-94), Personality Change. Average attendance at the Literature Committee meeting is 4-6 addicts although we have had others come and participate for a meeting or two then move on.


ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
July 30, 1994

4747 W. Riverside Blvd. - We held a benefit Mini-Conference & dance in Rockford on July 30 to raise awareness of the book and funding for the Hospitality room at WCNA-24. Over 100 addicts attended and we were able to raise $812.11 for the WCNA-24 effort. Receipts for all expenditures will be reported at the ASC meeting, thus maintaining the accountability of funds. We sold approximately (10) books to addicts from Wisconsin and Chicago. They promised to read the book and write input so we are looking forward to working with them.



Mid-Atlanta Convention of Narcotics Anonymous

August 6, 1994

ATLANTA, GA - A fourteen hour workshop was held at the MACNA with approximately 25 addicts participating. Input was collected on a variety of topics and chapters. It is currently being keyed into a computer and will be incorporated in the Way of Life Document as soon as that operation is done.


WCNA-24 - Baltimore, Maryland
September 2&3, 1994

We held a hospitality room at the world convention. Free coffee, snacks and informational literature were available to anyone who wished to take it. Experienced Way of Life workers were on hand to answer questions about the project and offer encouragement to interested members. Approximately 300 members stopped by the Hospitality Room to pick up literature and to find out more about the project. We distributed over 50 hard copies of the book and 40 copies on diskette. Sixty NA members signed up to be added to the NA CHRONICLES (an informational newsletter) mailing list, promising to make at least 10 copies and send them to addicts who will do the same and so on. Addicts who showed interest and signed on as volunteers came from all sections of the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. We spoke with some members from Okinawa, Japan but their fellowship is still small and struggling so they opted not to get involved with the Way of Life project right now. They wished us luck and gave us a white book printed in Japanese.

Because we were 4 blocks away from the convention center and 29 floors up, almost all of the people who came by, did so because they were interested in the literature project (instead of the free coffee.

On Saturday, we held an informal business meeting of members active with the project who happened to be at WCNA-24. By gathering active NA WOL participants from many different areas, we began to find out who is working on what chapters in what general part of the country. A good time was had by all.

We now have several working groups editing and inputting material on a regular basis. Any member is welcome to join the working group near them or begin their own. Call for information on a working group near you!


ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
December 3, 1994

Northwest Community Center - Eleven members, including one who drove nine hours from Kansas, worked for approximately seven hours and generated 20 new pieces of input. There were plenty of manuscripts available for people to review privately. We had two adjoining classrooms in the center. We used a reading, writing, sharing format. It went like this:

  1. We began with a group prayer asking our Source to guide us.
  2. For the next hour and a half everyone read and wrote on a topic of their choice. The time we would stop writing was announced at the onset so people knew when to wrap things up. This seemed to work well.
  3. We picked up the materials we had been working on and moved to the next room for editing. Participants were told that the move was both practical and symbolic. Practical because we could all fit around the one large table in the Center's library, symbolic because as we left the room where we did our writing we were asked to leave all feelings of ownership in that room as well. When we crossed over into the library the works would no longer be our own they now belonged to the Fellowship.
  4. Participants were asked to keep all comments loving and constructive before we began the readings and this suggestion did not need to be repeated for the remainder of the day. We mixed the pieces up and passed them out so no one read their own work. One by one we read the input and as each person finished, the chairperson asked if there were any comments. Members gave specific feedback on what they liked and what they thought needed more work. Notes were made on the original input and the feedback will be incorporated into the material.
  5. Next we broke for a potluck lunch and repeated the same process in the afternoon.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - LACNA Convention
January 20-21, 1995

We held the first Planning Conference for active Way of Life working groups and interested members. Approximately 20 addicts participated from Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia and Pennsylvania. We unanimously approved the NA Foundation Charter. We talked about the copyright. All members shared what their hopes and vision for the book is. While there were differing opinions on the details, everyone present agreed that the NA Way of Life book should become a Narcotics Anonymous approved piece of literature and that Narcotics Anonymous should publish it.

It was decided to hold the first National Literature Conference in Rural Retreat, Virginia on June 23-25. Enthusiasm and excitement was high among all who attended at the prospect of having the conference.

We discussed the structure of the Way of Life committee and how Group Conscience should be collected but nothing definite was decided. Three addicts volunteered to work together to develop a rough draft and submit it to all the working groups for input.


SOUTH BELOIT, ILLINOIS - RRCNA-4 CONVENTION
February 12, 1995

Six addicts participated in a two hour workshop on Sunday morning. We wrote input for the chapter on MIRACLES. An addict from Kansas turned in input for several chapters that was developed at two workshops they held in his home area. All input was entered into the current Way of Life document. While the turnout was lower than expected, the quality of the input generated was excellent.


Rural Retreat Virginia
June 23-25, 1995

Twenty three addicts from eight states worked in the rural setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains from June 23-25. We produced an outline for Chapters one and three, categorized the input received thus far, and assigned work to carry on until the next conference. Clean time of participants ranged from a few days to 24 years and everyone participated fully.

Our goal is to bring Chapters 1, 2 and 3 up to review and input quality by the end of this year. If we can reach this goal, we feel that awareness of the NA WAY OF LIFE will spread faster through the fellowship and the project's pace will accelerate due to the increase in participation.

Many thanks go out to Brian and Bird who opened their home to host this spiritual gathering. Miracles were not in short supply due to the loving atmosphere of recovery. One of the fascinating sights of the weekend was watching dozens of wild hummingbirds fly up to the front porch every morning to feed on the sugar water containers.


Stronghold Retreat - Oregon, IL  
November 3-5, 1995

The RRAGS (Rock River Area Group Services of Northern IL) Literature Committee is hosted a weekend retreat in Oregon, IL on NOVEMBER 3-5. Workshops consisted of writing and editing for the LEARNING TO LIVE chapter of the NA WAY OF LIFE book with a good measure of recovery topics thrown in. Twelve addicts participated and we were able to finish small group editing on LEARNING TO LIVE. The work will be turned over to the national conference in Alliquippa later this month.


Second National Literature Conference
November 23-25, 1995

Alliquippa, PA - The second NA WAY OF LIFE Literature Conference held Thanks-giving weekend continued the format set down at the previous Lit Conference. We reviewed the revised work on Chapter 1, Learning to live. The Rock River Area Group Services Literature Committee had done extensive work on the first chapter, combining several pieces of input into one flowing piece. After review by conference participants and suggestions for additional material, Chapter 1 was handed over to the Cranberry, PA working group for further work.

Chapter 3 was turned over to the RRAGS Lit. Committee to bring it up to working form quality. They plan to have it ready by April 1.

NA members from Atlanta, GA, northern Illinois, eastern Ohio and central Michigan came to the conference as well as a dozen or so members from the local fellowship. Some members turned in pieces of input they had written prior to the conference which will be incorporated into future editions of the manuscript.

On Saturday, time was set aside to discuss future plans for the book, how to implement a system where working groups can contribute to the NA WAY OF LIFE (either within or outside of the normal service structure), and how can we best adhere to the intent of the NA Foundation Charter. After much discussion it was decided that the necessary steps should be taken to incorporate the NA Foundation.

After much discussion on the need to balance open participation with a history of involvement with the project, the following NA members were nominated to serve on the Foundation BOD: Bo S. (PA), Carl D. (MI), Jeff B. (IL), Jim M. (OH), Kathy N. (GA), Jeff B. (MI), Joy T. (IL), Greg W. (IL), Greg P. (TN), John B. (PA), and Roman S. (OH).

Last, but not least, we rewrote the informational pamphlet that describes the NA WAY OF LIFE project. It is now only four pages instead of eight.


RRCNA-5 - South Beloit, Illinois
February 5, 1996

The RRAGS (Rock River Area Group Services of Northern IL) annual convention made a conference room available this year from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. for addicts to write input for the NA WAY OF LIFE. Three separate workshops were conducted and over ten pieces of input collected for the DISEASE CONCEPT chapter as well as several others. Several members expressed a desire to be placed on the CHRONICLES mailing list and want to contribute more in the future.


Third National Literature Conference - Clark Lake, Michigan
March 8-10, 1996

The third NA WAY OF LIFE Literature Conference held March 8-10 in Clark Lake, Michigan consisted of a dozen members who put the finishing touches to the first Chapter, Learning to live. It is now up to Review and Input level. This means that any suggested additions or changes to the first chapter should be submitted by citing page and line numbers. A flow reading of this chapter was done at a workshop in Panama City, Florida at the Fun In The Sun Convention and was well received by all the participants. Many thanks to everyone who worked on this chapter so far! If this is an indication of the rest of the book, we have a miracle in progress.

There was considerable time discussing the incorporation of the NA Foundation to protect the copyright of the work. A Michigan attorney was present to give legal counsel. Everyone agreed that we should move forward as soon as possible. On the advice of the attorney, officers of the B.O.D. were elected among the participants present. They are as follows:Bo S. (PA) - President, Carl D. (MI) - Agent, Jeff Bo. (MI) - Secretary Additional board members will be elected in Washington D.C. at the June 14 - 16 Conference. Carl D. is working on bylaws to be approved and has sent an informational package including a cover letter to the World Service Office. We will be soliciting input from you in the near future on the development of the bylaws.

Thanks to Dick H. for hosting the Conference in his home. Thanks to Mike D, Rick F. and everyone else who helped with the arrangements which included a chef for all meals.


FUN IN THE SUN CONVENTION - Panama City, Florida
April, 1996

Seven addicts attended a two hour workshop for the NA Way of Life at the "FUN IN THE SUN" convention sponsored by the Atlanta, Georgia Area. Participants discussed the project, wrote input for the chapters of their choice and read the finished work back to the group. There was great interest in the writing project. Eighteen manuscripts were purchased by conventioneers and eight of those asked to be added to the CHRONICLES mailing list.


STRONGHOLD RETREAT - Oregon, IL
June 7-9, 1996

The main goal of this retreat was to get Chapter 3, THE DISEASE CONCEPT, ready for the Washington, D.C. Conference the following weekend. Ten NA members worked for three days to accomplish the goal. This retreat has become a favorite among some of the local NA members because of the rustic setting, mixture of literature work and recovery meetings, and delicious home cooking.


FOURTH NATIONAL LIT CONFERENCE -Washington D.C.
June 14-16, 1996

Approximately 30-35 NA members worked on the Rock River draft of THE DISEASE CONCEPT chapter. After minor editing and much review and discussion the group felt we have a second chapter up to Review and Input quality.

A group of addicts (under the age of 20) sub-divided from the main group and reviewed the chapter YOUTH IN RECOVERY. As a result, they have committed to write more input for this chapter in the coming months. We did a flow reading on the first 12 chapters and got input from everyone on possible rearranging of the topic (Chapter) sequence. We will use this input for the next manuscript to see how well it works.

There were addicts present from Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.


5TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE - Rockford, IL
October 18-20, 1996

Around 25 members attended.


6TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE
Isle of Capri, Florida
February 21-23, 1997

Approximately 30-35 NA members worked on the draft of RELATIONSHIPS and the ABUSE chapters. Some time was also spent on the GOD chapter. There were addicts present from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.


7TH NATIONAL LIT CONFERENCE - Jonesboro, GA
June 20-22, 1997

Approximately 35 to 40 people attended over the weekend. Many thanks for having us in her home go to Robin D. There were copies of the ‘Book’ available for sale. $12.00 for a full version and $6.00 for a half version. Carl D inspired everyone with the comment, "Our efforts serve both our society and the greater society – our progress is more important than the product."


8TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE
Toronto, Canada
October 31 - November 1, 2, 1997

Worked on the GOD chapter, et. al.


GRCNA - Atlanta, GA
February 1998

There were eight addicts present and some input was obtained.


9TH NATIONAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE - Moultrie, Georgia
March 27 - March 29. 1998

Considered the massive changes in NA Service Structure and discussed concerns over misperceptions of members around fellowship. Accepted Kathy N to BOD in lieu of election due to her considerable interest and long term involvement. Nominated and elected Charles M. of Moultrie who has worked and showed support for years. Attending members Joe M and Victor C of Miami, Jeff Bo. of Michigan, and Bo S. Worked on Chapter Ten, Getting over Abuse and Neglect reading and reorganizing the two sections appearing in WOL book since Capri into one form that attempts to contain all significant portions of both. This seems to be a difficult chapter because subject is so crucial to our disease. Also, Jeff brought input from lesbian concerned about language she perceived as derogatory in Sex Chapter. We accorded on changes to be put up on Nawol.org in both chapters. On Sunday, agreed in Board meeting to file copyrights immediately.

"For clarity, it was made clear that copyrighting now has nothing to do with any past events or personalities. At the time of copyrighting, the only concern was to protect the material now that the portions of the service structure that used to provide security and predictability are being abolished if the motions in the Conference Agenda Report pass. In retrospect, it was good we moved to file quickly for the motions passed. They replace the defined service structure which has stood since 1975 with a new system that has not yet been defined. Also, it was found that we had confusing and contradictory material on part of our web-site which has been removed. It is my commitment and hope that we will continue with the approved plan of writing this book in a open, participatory manner, protect it from forces that would rewrite our work as a commercial piece destined to make money for those who sell it and breaking faith with those of us who have written it." –

Thanks to the community in Moultrie for the love, hard work and spiritual support they have given!


Statesboro, Georgia
April 17, 1998

Workshops with reading and discussion of material, Missy from Coastal ASC, Joe M and Victor C from Miami and Bo S from Atlanta.


Miami – Naples
May 1998

Special trip to South Florida to visit with directors and answer concerns over copyrights. Really crazy month wherein we made a fortune for the Bell system.


CHALKBOARD - May 1998

Posts on Quest Forum and some new material added to the CHALKBOARD section of our web site.


BOARDMEMBERS - May 1998

May and June monthly letters went out to Board of Directors and posted to Chalkboard for viewing by general membership. This was discontinued both due to technical difficulties when the board crashed and also, the organizational aspect of the NA Way of Life Project changed to that of a world wide home group. Problems of money, property and prestige just about broke us up. - Ed.


10TH NATIONAL LIT CONFERENCE - Dalton, GA
July 31-Aug 2, 1998

Approval of a motion from the Atlanta Working Group to revert to the ’93 Version and to merge the current ’97 version as input. Reviewed the first ten chapters which had been through this process. Discussed the next workshop in Turin on September 19, 1998.

"The NA Foundation" – We hear that there was a ‘board meeting’ held in Michigan last weekend of former board members who have chosen to form a breakaway NA Foundation in Michigan without our knowledge, participation, or support. It has been stated that these individuals have formed a legal corporation in Michigan. We will, if and when necessary, write a letter to World Services explaining that the Michigan Corporation doesn’t represent us and has no authority concerning "The NA Way of Life Book". We state clearly that we are not responsible for and will not be accountable for their actions. We deliberately choose not to directly participate with these individuals lest we be diverted from the writing of "The NA Way of Life Book" We put our trust in a Higher Power.

Several important discoveries were made this weekend. First of all, that the goals of "The Way of Life Book" can be reached without making any deals with the devil. We have proven, once again, that when we try to merge spiritual principles with law and government, we always end up with controversy and conflicts of interest. Second, this is at the root of all the problems that we now have in world services. We find that we must steer clear of these hot spots to get any work done. Third, that incorporation is about control, government, laws, and courts. Incorporation is about business. Above all else, it is about money. All of these things place spiritual principles in opposition. It appears impossible for them to co-exist in the same plane. Therefore, we have decided not to incorporate. We now identify "incorporation" as a fear-based action designed to control through the use of force. Incorporation for all practical purposes is about self.

Where do we go from here? – After some discussion on reforming the NA Foundation and much dissention, it was decided to form a NA group. The precedent for this was the Anonymi Group that provided a special atmosphere of acceptance, understanding, and recovery for the traveling members working on the writing of the Basic Text. Every time we try to proceed as a corporation, we get bunched up and argumentative. Proceeding to organize as a group seemed to fit all circumstances we might need. After further discussion, we chose the name The NA Foundation Group and registered with World Services. The copyrights will be placed in a legal trust for the NA Foundation Group when that body deems the book to be complete.


TURIN WORKSHOP
September 19, 1998

We met for the day with the lofty goal of reading and reviewing nine of the remaining chapters. There were 9 addicts in attendance and surprisingly we achieved the goal that had been set. This only leaves us with 9 chapters to merge, edit, read, and review. Next Conference set for November 21-22, 1998 in Moultrie, GA.


Moultrie
November 21-22, 1998

Not clear if this workshop took place or not. It was planned but the best recollection I have is that is was cancelled. We have records but edit and review take priority right now. If you have any record, please contact us. - Ed


1999 Presentation Form Christmas Day, 1998

Thanks, God!


Moultrie
March or April 1999
Ditto - Ed


Marietta Literature Conference   (Link to Minutes)
Fall 1999

Details of minutes, discussion log and attendance at the Rising Sun Clubhouse


Dalton Literature Conference (Link to Minutes)
Minutes. New Table of Contents:
chapter #'s and titles renumbered and retitled.

January 29 and 30, 2000


Doerun Literature Conference   (Link to Minutes)
Minutes, Edits of Youth and Trust, New material on Mid-Age Crisis
March 25, 2000


Marietta Literature Conference II   (Link to Minutes)
May19-21, 2000
7 Chapters Edited


TYBEE ISLAND III    (Link to Minutes)
Discussions and a video tape of general Fellowship concerns and issues. Held at Tybee Island, Georgia, off the Georgia coast, the Gatherings offer a chance to let our hair down and intercommunicate across political lines to get down to facts about NA today. - Ed.
October, 2000


Moultrie, Georgia  (Link to Minutes)
March 23, 24 and 25, 2001


Miami Workshop   (Link to Minutes)
May 25 to 28, 2001
Broke through the wall to editing all chapters.

"Our Rooms Clubhouse" 8603 SW 40th Street Bird Road, Miami, Florida


Colchester, United Kingdom
June 2001

Small afternoon workshop on the Abuse and Neglect chapter. It was amazing to see our process work so well will very little preparation. It was a very moving experience and the English are very good with words! - Ed.


NA Foundation Group
May 12, 2002

Atlanta, Georgia

New Form of the book has been on the website in in print for about a month now. It is the result of editing that took place in a variety of places including Tybee Island IV in October 2001, Gayle, myself, the Smyrna NA Foundation Group, Bob F. from Jax,   Rob D. from Huntsville and Rob A. and members in Colchester, UK. This editing had mainly to do with locating and correcting typos, redundancies and confusing paragraphs. As with all our work, if you know of something important that was not edited to your satisfaction, hurry to bring it to our attention and we will respond. It is our hope that this will be your work, not ours. For that to become a reality, you must enter the picture. Tearful and joyous gratitude to all those who have helped along the way. - Bo S.


Dalton Literature Conference - Flyer
May 2002


Draper Lit Conference
Draper, Virginia
November 1-3, 2002


Draper Lit Conference - "Fire Bad" (Link to Minutes)
Draper, Virginia
June 13-15, 2003


NAPLES LITERATURE CONFERENCE (link to Minutes)
Naples, Florida
Friday - September 19, 2003

Work-shopped Chapter 14 When it gets tough from NA Way of Life. We had every sort of trouble from stolen books to working from wrong version of chapter (!) and still came away with a good feeling inside, restructuring of chapter, input to slogans and new members who gained insight into the NA lit process. Star, Lisa, Maddie, my Dad, Bonnie, Jason and Joe Curcie who hosted us - we had a great site, food and worked very hard, overcoming obstacles as fast as they came up. About ten hard back books disappeared which we choose to take as a strong show of support. The group can afford it - God takes care of us!


Knoxville Lit Conference - "Dig It" (Link to Minutes)
East Knoxville, Tennessee
May 2004

Seven to nine members gather to go over Chapter 14 of the Traditions War: a pathway to peace. While around a hundred and fifty flyers were sent out, it is understood that they were sent late and that our supporters are being asked to change gears a little from working only at home thought the computer and making prior arrangements to attend. Chapter 14 deals with the disenfranchisement of members from a position of controlling their Fellowship through the group conscience processes of voting group, area, region and world. Most members even today do not know this was done. So, the extra time and attention was warranted due to the sensitive nature of the material. As with other entries herein, simply click on the bold print above to see the minutes and newest chapter of Traditions War. Much thanks to the hard work and strong spirits of Chris, Paul, John, Jeff, Lavel and others who worked hard to make this possible. 


Draper Lit Conference II - "Fire Bad II" (Link to Minutes)
Draper, Virginia
June 11 to 13th, 2004

Seven to twelve members met at home along Claytor Lake to work on Traditions War update and Chapter 4 - Spiritual Standards from NA Way of Life book. New NA Foundation Groups starting in Indiana and elsewhere. Completely beautiful and productive weekend conference. Asking members everywhere to work on last minute updates to NAWOL for a 2004 form. We will finalize this at or before the Conference in Lost City, Oklahoma.


Knoxville, Tennessee "2nd Annual"  (Link to Minutes)*
April 29, 30, May 1, 2005

2nd Annual Lit Conference. Edited Chapters 14 and 20. Reviewed Flyer for "What is a NA Foundation Group?"
submitted by local NAFG. Great time. Great Fellowship, Great progress. Members from Oklahoma, Ohio, Virginia and New Jer..Hampshire...New chapters posted on website.

*Note: FOR THOSE NOT USED TO .PDF DOWNLOADS - WAIT, IT TAKES LONGER TO DOWNLOAD THAN ORDINARY FILE. TRADE OFF IS THEY LOOK BETTER AND CAN'T BE ALTERED.- ED


Draper Lit Conference
Draper, Virginia
June16-19, 2005

Fire Bad III - this is a joke from David H. article "We created a Frankenstein monster (in our service structure) who could only look at the fire of NA enthusiasm and creativity and say, "Fire Bad!" or something like that.


Knoxville Lit Conference III
Knoxville, Tennessee
October 21-23rd, 2005

Conference went great although small turn out. Got lots done. Chapter 1, 2, 3 and 13 subjected to intense discussion, review and edit. Currently displayed on main nawol page.

We have to have more support before we can do a week long conference with 200 members in a university dorm for a week. This is what we are working towards. Many book orders. Much thanks to Chris, Paul and Richard for hosting conference! - Bo S. 


Knoxville Lit Conference IV - Link to Minutes
Knoxville, Tennessee
March 24th and 25th, 2006

Report on Titusville Wolf Group of NA (Way of Life Foundation Group) in Florida, New NAFG in Toronto, "Book Club in Ottawa - groups still cooking in Phoenix, Smyrna and Knoxville. Work on Chapter 4 - input on "Foster Mother" - Thanks to Chris for hard work putting together the gathering. We were well received at local meetings but few came to participate. - Bo S. 


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