January 2021 OA Events

Events for a Happy, Joyous & Free New Year

roadmapJan 23 9:30am-12:30pm PT Road to Recovery The miracle is we are not traveling alone. Four Members will share their Experience, Strength, Hope (ESH) on the Road to Recovery. See flyer for workshop details & links and get the ‘Road to Recovery Roadmap’ here OA Northern Nevada Sierra

ACTJan 23 10:00am-12:30pm PT Using the Action Plan to Manage Our Abstinence Because we must take ACTION to find abstinence & recovery! Bring writing supplies and join us. FlyerZoom Link | OASV

meditateJan 23 1:00pm-2:30pm PT Meditation Workshop Presenter will teach an easy meditation technique, as shared at the R2 Convention. Speaker will share experience with the meditation practice, followed by Q&A Session. Flyer South Bay Intergroup

OA-chronicJan 23 3:00pm PT Chronic Illness Focus New ‘Special Topic’ OA Meeting, meets each Saturday in 2021 – See & Share the Flyer

pasted-image-small-32Daily* Jan 24-Feb 5 Discussion group for sponsors on using Newcomers’ First 12 Days Handout. Meet 30 min each day Sun-Fri (*not Sat) 6:30am PT -or- 3:00pm PT for two weeks. Details & links. Presented by Nassau OA; series repeats Feb 14-26.

BalanceJan 30 10:00am-1:00pm PT Recovery During COVID Times Three Speakers share experience, strength & hope (ESH) based on the three-legged stool of Physical, Emotional & Spiritual recovery during the pandemic. Opportunity to ask questions & share hints and recovery ESH. OA Mid-Peninsula IG

step4-burstJan 31 1:00pm-4:00pm PT
CIIG PresentsStep 4 Workshop
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Spiritual principle: Courage
See more on Event Page | See & Share Step 4 Workshop flyer
Zoom:  Click to join zoom workshop – see flyer for details or phone only

Previous events—check host site for recording

New Year, New You: Moving Forward…Looking Back. Gather the best of our past in order to move forward. Speakers & sharing… Flyer – SacValleyOA

Jan 1 Holiday Thank-a-Thon Start the New Year with GRATITUDE! One Day at a Time – speakers were recorded, see East Bay Unity IG

Jan 1 New Year’s Day phone marathon: Every Day is a Fresh Start with Step 1PacSun OA

Jan 3 Body Image, Relationships and Sexuality Workshop (based on OA’s new book). Once we are abstinent and have worked the steps, these three topics come into sharper focus – 3 speakers: find recording at OA Rise

Jan 5 7:00-8:00 PM PT Public Information Monthly R2 Support Meeting – Support, Brainstorming, Training, Collaboration, and a Guest Speaker. This month, a speaker from San Francisco will share the fabulous outreach work her Intergroup has been doing during COVID. Agenda for Jan 5 – OAR2 

Jan 9 Sponsorship Workshop – Learn how to use the new First 12 Days ~ Temporary Sponsors Handout to help guide new or returning members through their first couple of weeks. flyerSonoma County OA

Jan 10And Practice These Principles In All Our Affairs” – The Spiritual Principles of the steps. OA VR

Jan 15 OA Sydney > OA’s Birthday Celebration! Guest speakers, memories of Rozanne S (co-founder of OA), gratitude dance & singing happy birthday, shares on the theme “Beyond our Wildest Dreams” and more!

Jan 16 OA Birthday Phone Marathon “Celebrating Honesty” Telephone marathon with meetings every hour. Call 712-432-5200 Conference ID: 4285115# (For more info, contact Padma at VIGOAMarathons@gmail.com) Virtual IG of OA

Jan 16-17 OA’s 61st Birthday Party! (Virtual)—Tickets included access to all recordings. More than 1,650 fellows from all over the world attended this year’s celebration!

Jan 17 1:00-4:00pm PT Not Work, Just Life Speakers share 34 years and 32 Years ESH and discuss living the program on all three levels; readings from Seeking the Spiritual Path, Q&A and sharing. – OA Rise

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Step Four Workshop – Jan 31

Made a searching and fearless
moral inventory of ourselves.

A local member shares her experience, strength,
and hope on Step Four.
There will be exercises so bring your Big Book and the OA 12 & 12,
plus something to write with and on.
There will be time for questions and sharing.

Step 4 Principle

See & Share the Step 4 Workshop flyer

January 31st 1:00pm-4:00pm PT!
Click to join Zoom workshop

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87581492906?pwd=SlJQTWh4Z2ZSYUhtTTZCZGFrMERxdz09
By phone: (669) 900- 9128
Meeting ID: 875 8149 2906     Password: 277432

If you think you are or might be a compulsive eater you will not want to miss this workshop. Step 4 is the first action step of the 12 steps for overcoming compulsive eating as outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous that many use to achieve recovery.

No matter where you might be in the step work process, this workshop promises to be useful in deepening your understanding of this challenging step. While it is difficult, if it is completed with willingness and honesty, it is transformative.

But of course we must continue with the rest of the steps in order to recover. We will never be cured, but the Big Book promises that we can recover and in recovery, not only will the food stop calling us, but we will no longer find our lives to be unmanageable. We will step out of a life run on fear into a life that is more useful and we will find freedom and peace of mind.

We would love to have you join us.

InterVoice | Jan-Feb 2021

Happy New Year

You can read or download the current edition here: InterVoice Jan-Feb 2021

  • Learn about the OA Birthday Party, Channel Islands Intergroup ‘Step Four’ Workshop, new special topic meeting: Chronic Illness Focus, new special format meeting: Creative Reprieve, information from OA World Service about the difference between abstinence and a plan of eating, statement from the OA Board of Trustees on a balanced sponsor/sponsee relationship, the CIIG Meeting List, and more!

InterVoice is the bi-monthly CIIG newsletter, with current meeting contacts, upcoming events, service board notices, and experience, strength and hope!

See the InterVoice archive here.

Sponsor Discussion Group for Newcomers’ First Twelve Days

Series Dates: Jan 3-15 or Jan 24-Feb 5 or Feb 14-26

Discussion series on “Temporary Sponsors: Newcomers’ First Twelve Days” runs 2 weeks Sun-Fri (no Sat). Eastern times adjusted to Pacific are 6:30 a.m. OR 3:00 p.m.

Download “First 12 Days”PDF

 order Where Do I Start? Everything a Newcomer Needs to Know
—just $1 as e-book; printed adds min $5 shipping.

Hosted by Nassau NY OA

December Events Summary


Previous Events | Check host site for recording

Dec 6 Steps 10, 11, 12 Speaker has 34 years of abstinence
101112jpgWorkshop focuses on the spiritual program of action required for the “daily reprieve”…the miracle of the removal of problem…that comes through the maintenance of a fit spiritual condition (BB pg 85). OA RISE

Dec 10 Hanukkah phone marathon: Miracles of My Recovery – PacSun OA

Dec 12 A Reflection Workshop: How Do We Really Feel About Relapse & Recovery? OASF Twelfth Step Within Committee

ACTDec 12 Using the Action Plan to Manage Our Abstinence > Rescheduled to Jan 23rd Because we must take ACTION to find abstinence & recovery! Flyer OASV

Dec 12 Let’s Talk About The Food – Developing a sustainable plan of eating to begin abstaining (not recorded). FlyerOA Oregon: Miracles Group

Dec 12 OA World Service Event Day Twelfth-Step-Within Day WSO established this annual event in 2009 to support the still suffering compulsive eater within our fellowship. Carry the message of HOPE and RECOVERY! Make an outreach call! – oa.org

ron-smith-63tBU8et1YY-unsplashDec 12 12th Step Within Day phone marathon – Step 12 Spiritual Principle: Service; Am I Reaching Out to My Fellows? New meeting starts every hour – PacSun OA

tina-witherspoon-9xEOFi3uGpM-unsplashDec 12 Candlelight Promises Meeting – Light some candles & enjoy 12 speakers share on each of the 12 promises (recorded). – LAIG+SFVIG

Dec 13 Young Persons Workshop (for “Young People” in OA) – OA Virtual Region 2nd Sunday series

jacqueline-munguia-1pAwJiCD60c-unsplash (1)Dec 19 Gifts of the Program Promises Fulfilled 4:00-6:00 pm PT (7-9pm ET). Four speakers on the 12 Promises with Q&A and writing prompts. – Nassau IG

Dec 20 From Fear and Fat to Happy, Joyous and Free for the Holidays!OA RISE

Dec 24 Speaker Meeting Thurs 6pm Zoom Mtg.” – OA UDDI

Dec 24 Christmas Eve phone marathon: Abstinence Keeps Us Happy, Joyous, & Free. – PacSun OA

Dec 25 Holiday Thank-a-ThonSpeaker, shares, fellowship. East Bay Unity IG

Dec 25 Christmas phone marathon: HP Is Doing for Us What We Cannot Do for Ourselves. New meeting starts every hour – PacSun OA

Dec 24-25 Continuous Fellowship Room – Share experience, strength, hope, readings, art, humor, music, and more – Nassau OA

Dec 26 Boxing Day/Kwanzaa phone marathon: Gifts of the Program – PacSun OA

Dec 31 Virtual Bingo In the New Year – Pre-register – OA Nassau IG (New York) OA Bingo New Year

Dec 31 Speaker Meeting join Thurs 6pm Zoom Mtg. or phone only dial 669 900 6833 for Meeting ID: 378 787 982 #. – OA UDDI

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve phone marathon: Placing Principles Before Personalities with Tradition 12 Spiritual Principle: Spirituality – PacSun OA

New Book! Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality

New from OA WSO:
Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality; Personal Journeys to Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous.
“A first-of-its-kind collection of member stories about how our disease can be deeply intertwined with the most intimate parts of our lives—our deeply held traumas, personal relationships, and changing identities. In this book, OA members share openly and honestly about their journeys from unfulfilled—even shattered—existences to lives overflowing with the acceptance, freedom, and serenity found by working and living OA’s Twelve Step program of recovery. Find hope as you read in Body Image, Relationships, And Sexuality how these OA members became truly ‘Happy, joyous, and free.’ Softcover; 132 pages.” $12 ORDER

First 12 Days – New Resource

OA World Service has a new resource for recovery & sponsorship!

“Sponsorship is a vital part of the OA recovery process, as it builds a tight-knit, trusting fellowship and invests purposefully in newcomers. To this end, our newest resource intends to bolster relationships with newcomers—and instill confidence in those new to sponsoring—by partnering those new to OA with a “temporary sponsor” to guide them through the pivotal first days of their OA journey. Stamp out feelings of intimidation about sponsorship and jump-start a newcomer’s experience with our helpful introduction to program.” —Read more at OA.org

The First Twelve Days in OA provides readings and discussion topics to…

  • Help newcomers, returning OA members, and other members learn about the OA Twelve Step recovery program by using this personal, short-term introduction to Overeaters Anonymous.
  • Help sponsees learn how the OA recovery program might help them to stop hurting themselves with food.
  • Help members who may be ready to sponsor but are reluctant to do so. This is an opportunity for a member to help a newcomer in a very structured way and to experience what it might be like to be a regular sponsor.

First 12 Days – Download PDF

Event Summary | November

Meetings are Virtual…Recovery is Real
Join for Fellowship, Experience, Strength, and Hope…
Together We Get Better!


IDEA Day | International Day Experiencing Abstinence
Join OA members worldwide on Nov 22 “IDEA Day” as we begin or affirm our abstinence from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors.
– Keep good abstinence fresh: review the Strong Abstinence Checklist
– Develop sustainable abstinence: work with a sponsor…review Abstinence and a Plan of Eating

Check host site for recordings of previous November events:

Recovery Retreat Nov 6-8

OA Recovery Workshop

Big Book At-Home Zoom RetreatSee & Share the Event Flyer
(all times Pacific Standard Time)

This recovery retreat will provide a clear understanding of how to identify trigger ingredients, our powerlessness, and the spiritual solution that can take us to a personality change needed to recover from our deadly disease and stay recovered. Our speaker is a Big Book thumper, with very long term abstinence, who will take us through The Steps—bring your AA Big Book and writing materials.

Join us Friday evening through Sunday noon (with breaks):

Friday, Nov 6: 7 PM – 9 PM PST
Saturday, Nov 7: 9 AM – Noon, 1 PM – 5 PM and 7 PM – 9 PM PST
Sunday, Nov 8: 9 AM – Noon PST

After the retreat, please help us improve our value to you, our fellows, by completing a post-retreat survey. You can find the downloadable Word document and instructions on where to email it here

Channel Islands Intergroup is excited to present this series of workshops based on the results of our Member Survey. Using the survey, we developed a Strategic Plan for the next 2-5 years, a Vision Statement, a Structure, and Goals, which you can view online in this InterVoice report.