April 2021 OA Events

Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole. Spiritual principle: Autonomy

Events are added as announced…keep coming back for updates!

friday-fun-danceApr 16 New! 1st & 3rd Fridays: Friday Fellowship Dance Party We invite you to dance, shake and play—turn on your video or feel free to turn it off …you get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA Silicon Valley IG]

Spring-into-RecoveryApr 16-18 Fri 7:00pm-9:00pm PT & Sat-Sun 9:00am-3:00pm PT
Spring Into Action! Virtual Weekend Retreat. Two invited presenters will share their experience living the OA 12 Step Program of Recovery. Two different tracks to participate in with workshops on topics such as: Stop eating your feelings; Developing a Plan of Eating/Action Plan; Living in Recovery: Steps 4-9 as a Trauma and/or Abuse Survivor; and Carrying the Message in All Our Affairs—plus specialty workshops on Meditation, Yoga, etc. Registration is $28.16 USD. See Event Flyer and Registration Site for more details and contact Sonoma County OA Intergroup with any questions. 

taylor-heery-GiTCeEq0pwY-unsplashApril 17 12:00pm-2:00pm PT The Joy of Living Six Speakers share on how they’re experiencing JOY as a result of practicing the program of recovery outlined in our literature. There will be time for 3 minute pitches. [OA LAIG]

April 18 1:00pm–4:00pm PT Flexibility Alongside Discipline
balanceInitially beginning a disciplined relationship with our primary love object, our food, seems similar to starting any other diet. Later as the body and mind clear and we grow along spiritual lines, we learn about mindful eating, portion control, and leaning in to longing as well as joy. Then we are moving toward establishing a more moderate relationship with food and life becomes more balanced and food plans become more moderate. Do you agree or disagree? Want to learn more about this from longtime members? Join them to discuss and develop organic and sensual experiences to continue living a recovery centered life with less fear and more joy. [OA RISE]

April 24 9:30am-11:00am PT After Relapse…Recovery Is Possible (Zoom info on flyer)

April 24 5:00pm-7:00pm PT Let’s Make a Meal” Bingo – Fundraiser for San Fernando Valley IG – tickets $12 or $20

recovery-connectedApril 25 1:00pm-3:00pm PT Super Sunday Recovery During COVID-19: Physically Distant But Socially Connected – Flyer – Suggested donation $6 but no one will be turned away. Sponsored by St. Luis OA Abstinence First/Newcomer Meeting

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Previous April Events

spiritualApr 4 Struggling in Program: Trudging the Road of Happy Destiny Two members share their experience, strength, and hope around struggle within Program. They talk about abstinence, struggle, relapse, and recovery in their lives—and about the actions that have helped them deal with life’s challenges on a day-to-day basis. Time for questions and feedback from listeners. [OA RISE]

April 6 R2 Public Outreach Service Monthly Public Information call (7:00pm-8:00pm PT): support, brainstorming, training, collaborating in all things Public Outreach. [OAR2]

Big Book Step StudyApril 11 A Spiritual Toolkit (Zoom info on flyer) Hear from 3 members for 10 minutes each; Questions for the speakers and open sharing time to follow. [OA Virtual IG]

April 11 6:00-7:00 pm PT Chat with the Region 2 Chair on Zoom. Topics: Anything regarding OA Region 2 Assemblies, Intergroups, Meetings, Service, 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts of Service, etc. Just call in and ask your questions! [OAR2]

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Participate! Diversity Survey

OA Region 2 Diversity Committee Wants to Hear from You!

“Feeling welcome and included in Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is an important component of recovery. We are all united in the desire to stop eating compulsively (Tradition 3). The purpose of the OA R2 survey is to capture individual experiences of feeling welcome or unwelcome, included or excluded within OA. All SurveyMonkey settings have been set to protect your anonymity, including all answers and your email address. Thank you in advance for your participation – please feel free pass along to other OA R2 members.” —OAR2

Learn more and start survey here:
OA R2 Diversity Community Awareness Survey

InterVoice | Mar-Apr 2021

Focus on Recovery

You can read or download the current edition here: Mar-Apr 2021 InterVoice.

  • Simple12Abstinence Vision / Affirmation from the Abstinence and Plan of Eating Handouts
  • Recovery Recordings–including historic keynote speeches from our founder Rozanne S.
  • Zoom Around the World Contest
  • PayPal Instructions for 7th Tradition
  • CIIG Workshop: Fitting the Pieces Together – Steps 5, 6, 7
  • Outreach Committee needs your help!
  • Spiritual Insight & Inspiration
  • Meeting List

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.

March 2021 OA Events

Events are added as announced…keep coming back for updates!

Tradition 3: The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
Spiritual principle: Identity

CIIG Zoom Meetings Contest

All month! Click for regions & contest info

Outreach Service OpportunitiesMarch 31 Wednesdays 6:00 pm -7:00 pm CIIG Outreach CommitteeWe need you to join us in fun and fellowship to get outreach projects from concept to reality! Currently meeting Wednesdays as we get started. Please reach out even if you can’t attend the meeting—you can contribute ideas & project work outside of the committee meeting! Click here to learn more

Previous Events

Check host site for event recordings

March 2 R2 Public Outreach Service Monthly Public Information call support, brainstorming, training, collaborating in all things Public Outreach. [OAR2]

friday-fun-danceMar 5 & 19 New! 1st & 3rd Fridays: Friday Fellowship Dance Party We invite you to turn on your video or feel free to turn it off and just dance, shake and play. You get to choose your groove! Anyone wanting to stay after and share, there will be time for that as well. Send your favorite song(s) to c2b@comcast.net. Click for Zoom info. [OA Silicon Valley IG]

March 6 Perseverance: Working the Program Through Good Times and Bad. Five men and women from various places in North America each speak for approx. 60 min, followed by time to share for 20 minutes and then a 10-minute break. For info, contact easterniowaintergroup@gmail.com. [Promises of Eastern Iowa IG]

March 6 Young People’s Retreat “Entire Psychic Change”
Twelve hours of recovery! Topics relevant to young people in OA (defined as ages 18-30 and/or having come into OA at those ages)—however, all ages are welcome! • The entire personality change experienced as the result of working the steps • Many members, many kinds of eating disorders • Coming of age in OA: navigating college, parties, dating & relationships as a young person • What keeps us coming back: fellowship, service, home groups, and more • Higher power of your own understanding + spiritual awakening vs. spiritual experience • Emotional sobriety: What is it, and how do I get it? • Sponsoring: We can’t keep what we don’t freely give away • Threefold recovery: physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual. [Metrowest, Serenity in the Desert , and Foothills Intergroups]

let-it-goMarch 7 The Twelve Steps and Forgiveness We release the past so that we are free in this moment for all that is possible now….We are a sponsor and sponsee, both OA long-timers, who have found incredible peace through forgiveness and working the 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous. [OA RISE]

writingMarch 13 What Does Writing Have to Do With Abstinence? …food plans, inventories, lists, journaling, drawing, … “Putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper, or describing a troubling incident, helps us to better understand our actions and reactions in a way that is often not revealed to us by simply thinking or talking about them.” (OA Tools of Recovery Pamphlet, p. 4) [N.VA IG]

Courage-to-changeMarch 14 Courage to Change the Things I Can “2nd Sunday Workshop” Hear from 3 members for 10 minutes each; Questions for the speakers and open sharing time to follow. [OA Virtual IG]

Mar 19-20 R2 Spring Assembly: New Frontiers – all are welcome! The Assembly Packet is your indispensable “map” to the R2 Spring Assembly, including agenda, minutes of the previous meeting, board and committee reports, and important motions that will be voted on at the upcoming assembly.​

March 19-21 Let Your Recovery Bloom! Region 3 Convention & Assembly Program 
Three streams providing a variety of topics, formats and speakers.
1) Stepping through your Recovery Garden – A Walk through the Steps
2) Zoom Stream of Topic Based Recovery Meeting
3) An Open Hospitality Zoom Hangout Room, where you can find a friend to chat, play a virtual game, or find some serenity and solace as needed.

promisesMarch 21 1:00-4:00pm PT Promises, Promises – 164 pages of ‘em! At many OA meetings, a lot of members hear ‘the 9th step promises’ read before the close. What a lot us don’t realize is, that there are a whole bunch of ‘Promises’ peppered all thru the first 164 pages of the Big Book from “Bill’s Story” to “A Vision for You”! Join us as we find them & talk about where they are. The amount of hope in these ‘Promises’ thru out the BB is absolutely amazing. Guaranteed! [OA RISE]

March 27 Newcomers: A New Path to Live Two members will speak for 15 minutes each, followed by time for questions for the speakers and open sharing.  OA Virtual Regioncasey-horner-7FHN1gFyf9I-unsplash

ongoing Saturdays  Working All Twelve Steps!  Are you ready? Do you want support? Using Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve Step Workshop and Study Guide. First meeting is an introduction. [OA Virtual TSW]

March 28 1CIIG Presents: Fitting the Pieces Together
Fitting  • See Event Page for details & share the flyer: CIIG Presents Steps 5 thru 7
A Workshop Exploring Steps 5, 6, & 7 and sharing our experience, strength, and hope. You will need AA and OA literature,  note paper, colored markers, a few small rocks or feathers, colored paper, Willingness (or willing to be willing) (or willing to be willing to be willing), and Hope.

CIIG Presents: Steps 5-7 Workshop



March 28 1:00pm-3:00pm PT
Exploring STEPS 5, 6, & 7 and sharing our experience, strength, and hope.

Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Spiritual Principles: Integrity, Willingness, Humility

OA Steps WorkshopWhat you will need…

  • AA Big Book
  • AA 12 & 12
  • OA 12 & 12
  • Notebook, Journal, or Paper
  • Colored markers or pencils
  • 2 or 3 small rocks (plain) or feathers
  • Colored paper or Post-Its
  • Willingness (or willing to be willing) (or willing to be willing to be willing)
  • Hope

See & share the workshop flyer: CIIG Presents Steps 5 thru 7

Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM PST
Meeting ID: 819 3027 8561 PASSCODE: 393367
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81930278561?pwd= N3hXYlYrRXVFdW1lZ1J5NVpKUFdQQT09
Dial In: (669) 900-9128

Donation of $10 is suggested (see instructions for PayPal or send check to CIIG, PO Box 1321, Summerland, CA 93067)

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Channel Islands Intergroup is excited to present this series of workshops based on the results of our Member Survey. To listen to Step 1, 2, 3, and 4 Workshops, see the Podcasts page for options. 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.

Zoom Around the World Contest

CIIG Zoom Meetings ContestFeb. 13th through March 31st
Contest winners will be announced on April 5th

The OA Channel Islands Intergroup has a challenge for you! Go to a meeting in every OA Region in the world (there are 10), keep your records on this Zoom Meeting Log, and email the completed form to natalieg.oa@gmail.com by March 31st. All completed forms will be entered in a raffle to win a copy of OA’s newly published book, “Body Image, Relationships, and Sexuality.” Start connecting with our worldwide fellowship today! Together we can… Recover!

~Please note the raffle is only open to members of OA Channel Islands Intergroup, but we encourage all members of OA to Zoom around the world. ~

If you’re up for a challenge and wish to find your own meetings, we encourage you to explore on your own by doing the following:

  • CIIG ZoomUse OA’s “Find An Online Meeting” tool to find a Virtual Meeting that uses the Zoom Platform…just enter your Time Zone and get an index of worldwide meeting options with the start time noted in your local time!
    — OR —
  • Search the Internet with these specific words: Overeaters Anonymous Zoom
    Results will display a multitude of listings for Intergroups and Regions with lists of local
    meetings. If you don’t know a specific area you want, scroll to the bottom of search and choose “NEXT.”

Remember: All OA meetings are open to anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively.

Unity Day : Sun Feb 28 @ 11:30

Feb 28 11:30am OA World Service Event Day
Unity Day is a day to celebrate the connection of all members and groups of OA to one another. At 11:30 a.m. local time, all members of OA are encouraged to take a moment of silence to express their gratitude for the OA Program.


(also known as ‘The OA Promise’ and ‘Rozanne’s Prayer’)

I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.


  • Feb 28 7:30am-10:30am PT (9:30am-12:30pm CT St. Louis Bi-State IG)
    Unity With Diversity Flyer: Unity Day Diversity
    Just as it is weakness, not strength, which binds us together, so it is diversity, not uniformity, which expands our understanding and compassion for everyone in the rooms of OA. See flyer to join.
  • Feb 28 10:00am-1:00pm PT (1:00-4:00pm ET Cape Cod & South Coastal Mass IGs)Unity-2021
    Love Across the Fellowship
    Flyer: Unity Day Fellowship
    Celebrate OA Unity with Diversity! 3 Speakers and Breakout sessions.
    Join us virtually on Zoom > Registration Required > To Register, email: OASCMI@gmail.com
  • Funityeb 28 1:00pm-2:30 pm PT (Chico OA Meetings)
    ersonal Recovery Depends Upon OA Unity
     Event Flyer  
    Speakers, open sharing, fellowship. Join on Zoom Meeting ID: 983 9803 7574 Passcode: 588589 Phone: +1 669 900 6833. SacValleyoa.org
  • Feb 27-28 8:00am-3:30pm PT (OA Southern AZ)
    Big Book Zoom Workshop…A Unity Day Project Info & Agenda
    Two-day Big Book Workshop
    : A speaker with 27+ years of abstinence will apply directions from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous for working the Twelve Steps to the OA experience. Saturday 7 hours + Sunday 6.5 hours with 30 min lunch break each day. | Register here | OA So Az

Join OA Fellows worldwide…
CIIG Zoom Meetings Contest

February 2021 Events


Feb 27-28 8:00am-3:30pm PT Big Book Zoom Workshop…A Unity Day Project
Two-day Big Book Workshop: A speaker with 27+ years of abstinence will apply directions from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous for working the Twelve Steps to the OA experience. Saturday 7 hours + Sunday 6.5 hours with 30 min lunch break each day. Info & Agenda here |Register here | OA So Az

OA-UnityFeb 28 11:30am OA World Service Event Day | UNITY DAY
Unity Day is a day to celebrate the connection of all members and groups of OA to one another. At 11:30 a.m. local time, all members of OA are encouraged to take a moment of silence to express their gratitude for the OA Program.

Previous Events – check host site for recordings

Feb 2 Public Information Monthly R2 Support Meeting – Learn how you can help carry the OA message of hope and recovery. Support, Brainstorming, Training, Collaboration, and a Guest Speaker. – OAR2

Feb 7 Surrender and Step One The speaker is “a grateful member of OA since June of 2007 who learned very quickly that I must surrender to a power greater than myself  if I wanted to be relieved of my binging and purging. Today I experience the beautiful Promises of this program and a life beyond my wildest dreams.” Join us to hear hope & recovery! OA Rise

chris-liverani-YBR-AWm1HQ4-unsplashFeb 14Sought thru prayer and meditation” ~Developing a relationship and an ongoing connection with my Higher Power. OA Virtual Region 2nd Sunday e-workshop  e-Workshop Playback

Loving-recoveryFeb 14 Loving My Recovery—A Fellowship Workshop Bring Some Arts & Crafts Materials, Play some games, and Come in a Heart Themed Costume! Flyer with details, phone only & pw | Join Zoom Workshop| Co-hosted by WUIG & Nassau County Intergroup!

OA R2 Chair ChatFeb 14 Chat with the Region 2 Chair. Just call in from 6p-7p PT and ask your questions! Anything regarding Meetings, Service, 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts of Service, Intergroups, OA Region 2 Assemblies, etc. Repeats 2nd Sunday of even months. Info at oar2.org

Feb 20-21 OA Virtual Convention: THERE IS A SOLUTION
Keynote speakers, workshops, interactive sessions, relay marathon. Interpreted in may languages. See full schedule here | OA Virtual Region

Feb 21 1:00-4:00pm PT Get a Sponsor and Follow Direction. The speaker  has been coming and going to program since the 80s and found recovery in 2005. Still a compulsive overeater but today he can walk and talk and breathe all at the same time! – OA Rise

Living-TraditionsFeb 21 2:00-4:00pm PT Living the Traditions: Applying the Traditions to all Relationships Inside and Outside of OA. Flyer with Zoom link | desertoa/UDDI

Feb > Saturdays 3:00pm PT Chronic Illness Focus meets Saturdays in 2021:
New ‘Special Topic’ OA Meeting – See & Share the Flyer

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 SOFTCOVER

e-book: Amazon: Kindle; Barnes & Noble: Nook; Apple: Apple Books

January 2021 OA Events

Events for a Happy, Joyous & Free New Year

Check host site for recordings

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

ACTJan 23 Using the Action Plan to Manage Our Abstinence Because we must take ACTION to find abstinence & recovery! Join us. for workshop activities including writing, sharing in small groups, breathing, and movement. Flyer | OASV

roadmapJan 23 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 UPDATED Flyer for revised link info and get ‘Road to Recovery Roadmap’ here – OA Northern Nevada Sierra

meditateJan 23 Meditation Workshop Presenter teaches an easy meditation technique, as shared at the R2 Convention. Speaker shares experience with the meditation practice, followed by Q&A Session. Flyer South Bay Intergroup

Jan 24 Turning Character Defects Into Strengths (flyer) Start with SELF, then take the Steps. 12 Step Within Committee – oasouthernaz.orgBalance

Jan 30 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 ESH. OA Mid-Peninsula IG

Chronic-SatSaturdays Chronic Illness Focus New ‘Special Topic’ OA Meeting, meets each Saturday in 2021 – See & Share the Flyer

step4-burstJan 31 CIIG PresentsStep 4 Workshop
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Spiritual principle: Courage
If you think you are or might be a compulsive eater you will not want to miss this workshop. →See Event Page for details. Recording will be available on  OA CIIG Podcast channels soon

pasted-image-small-32Jan 31 Daily* 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 from Jan 24-Feb 5. Details & links. Hosted by Nassau OA; series repeats Feb 14-26.