Event Summary | September

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

Sat Sep 26

  • 1:00-2:30 PM PT Step 2 Workshop – History, common challenges, how to guide sponsees – flyerLAIG Event
  • 1:00-2:30 PM PT Service is Slimming – What is service? How can I be of service? Why should I be of service? Hey, what’s in it for ME anyhow? – flyer – South Bay IG Event

Sun Sep 27

  • 1:00-4:00 PM PT OA Recovery with Mindful Meditation – Cultivate calm mind, wise heart, ease and well-being. Increase emotional regulation, decrease reactivity, improve focus and attentional skills, have greater calm and ease. – OASGVIE Event
  • 6:00-7:30 AM PT Back to Basics Big Book Study Six Consecutive Sundays thru Nov 1, Twelve Speakers, sponsors available

TBD – postponed from 9/12 – Zoom Bingo FUNdraiser OASFV

Check host site for recordings of previous September OA events:

  • Life on Life’s Terms (Sept 6 OA Rise) How program can help you meet calamity with serenity—even when NOTHING seems certain
  • Making Footprints (Sept 12 Unity with Diversity IG) Staying on the Road to Recovery in a Changing and Challenging World
  • Twelve-Stepping Your Way Through FEAR (Sept 12 Rocklin/Roseville OA) COVID-19 Stress and Life: Practical & Tactical Approaches to Abstinent Living – flyer
  • Power of Surrender (Sept 13 North Jersey IG) – flyer
  • 19 Symptoms to Relapse (Sept 13 Virtual Region)
  • Sober Eating (Sept 13 South Bay IG) A commitment to identifying those foods and behaviors which produce an allergic reaction and an alcoholic response – flyer 
  • Twelve Step Marathon (Sept 19 East Bay OA) Multiple speakers share how OA’s 12 Steps transform people’s lives & their relationship with food
  • Steps 6 & 7 (Sep 20 OA RISE) Letting go of character defects (traits, obstacles) is a spiritual process. Join us in this caring approach to release them to receive the gifts and message of this program.

Save the Date!  Upcoming Events from CIIG

  • CIIG Step 3 Workshop – Oct 4 (Sun) 1:00-3:00 PM PT INFO HERE
  • CIIG Recovery Workshop – Nov 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Our speaker is a Big Book thumper, with very long term abstinence, who will take us through The Steps, making sure we have 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.

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

Event Summary | October

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

October 2-4 Friday-Sunday

  • Oct 4 CIIG Presents: Step 3 WorkshopINFO HERE
  • Oct 2-3 Together, We Grow Our Recovery Fri Keynote: Step 1 and Sat Workshops: Getting Abstinent by the Grace of a Higher Power; What Do We Mean By Turning Our Life and Our Will Over?; Using the Steps and Traditions to Improve Relationships; Relapse Prevention – Pre-Registration Required Jefferson State OA (OR)
  • Oct 3 & 4 8:00-11:00 AM PT Dealing with Relationships Using the 12 Traditions of OAflyer| Intro | Writing Questions – OANOCO
  • Oct 4 (Sun) 1:00-4:00 PM PT Surrender & Higher Power  – OA Rise

October 10 Saturday

  • 9am to Noon PT Joys of Sponsorship – panel of long-timers, meet-n-greet for sponsors & sponsees – Flyer – Registration

October 23-25 Friday-Sunday

  • Oct 23-25 Region 6 Convention “Focus on Recovery Virtually” Eastern time zone Registration: $35 USD Info Here
  • Oct 24 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM PT Sponsorship: Walking Day by Day  A powerful and motivational day of discussion, participation, and communing with your OA fellows. LAIG Event Info

“Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If  you persist, remarkable things will happen.”Alcoholics Anonymous, Big Book page 100

Oct 30 – Nov 1 Friday-Sunday

  • Oct 30-Nov 1 – OA Men’s Workshop (Santa Cruz OA) Info Here
  • Oct 31 10:30-12:00 Abstinence Throughout the Holidays  – 3 speakers (phone only) – SacValley OA

Event Summary | November

jan-huber-9Ha7PgS8zgU-unsplashMeetings are Virtual…Recovery is Real
Join for Fellowship, Experience, Strength, and Hope…Together We Get Better!

Nov 1

  • OA Men’s Workshop (Oct 31-Nov 1) Info Here

Nov 7-8

  • CIIG Presents | Recovery Workshop  (Sat-Sun)  Our speaker is a Big Book thumper, with very long term abstinence, who will take us through The Steps, making sure we have 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.

November 13-15 Friday-Sunday

  • Nov 13-15 OA Region 1 Virtual Convention  – keynote speakers, OA meetings, topic workshops and FUN! – flyer
  • Nov 14-15 From Surviving to Thriving! OA Annual Women’s Retreat – on ZOOM Hosted by SFVIG $30 – See flyer for more info.

Step Three Workshop


Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over
to the care of God as we understood Him.
A longtime local member shares her experience, strength, and hope on Step Three. There will be exercises so bring your Big Book, the OA 12 & 12, plus something to write with and on. There will be time for questions and sharing. See & share the Step 3 Workshop flyer.

Step 3 Spiritual Principle

Join us on Zoom:

  Sunday, October 4th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (PDT)


Phone Access: 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 853 9258 1812  Password: 099337

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 the May-June 2020 InterVoice.

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 | August

pexels-lukas-296282.pngZoom into recoveryplenty of special events to connect with fellows to identify our common problem and confirm our common solution

Sponsorship Days – Worldwide OA Event – Aug 15-16
OA Quick Steps Workshop – Sat 8 & Aug 22 plus homework
Sweet Surrender Women’s (Virtual) Retreat – Aug 29

These events may have recordings on the host site if not linked below…

OAsis in the Desert (Region 3 Convention) – Aug 7-9
Healing Body Image: Shame to Sanity – Aug 8
How Shame Affects Recovery – Aug 8
New Sponsor Workshop – Aug 9
Sponsorship: Newcomers & Chronic Slippers – Aug 15
Recovery Workshop with Bulimia/Anorexia Focus – Aug 15
Simple Solid Sponsorship – Big Book 4-week method – Aug 15
**CIIG Presents!** Step Two Workshop  podcast – Aug 16 
Sober Eating Workshop (OASFVI) event recording – Aug 16
RISE There are no musts… but are there? – Aug 16
4th Step Workshop (LAIG) – spiritual dimension of Step 4 – Aug 22
OA Tools in Action (OASGVIE) event recording – Aug 29

Sponsorship Day | Aug 15-16

Celebrate Sponsorship August 15–16

forest-friends-friendship-grass-591216Sponsorship Day is celebrated the third weekend of August; this is a day set aside to acknowledge the importance of sponsoring in our fellowship. In Overeaters Anonymous, we are told that “together we can do what we could never do alone.” Nowhere is this principle more simply and clearly practiced than in the sponsor-sponsee relationship. Sponsors help us through our program of recovery on all three levels—physical, emotional, and spiritual. By working with others, sponsors continually renew and reaffirm their own recovery.

Share your gratitude with your sponsor and sponsees!

Learn more about how this valuable service helps strengthen recovery:

  • Sponsorship Workshop Aug 15 – how to help newcomers or chronic slippers
  • First 12 Days – new resource from WSO for recovery  & sponsorship
  • Sponsorship Success | Nine-part Podcast: What is a sponsor? Why should you & how can you get a sponsor? Why be a sponsor? Why be a sponsee? When can you start sponsoring? When can you start being sponsored? What are the sponsorship job descriptions—from sponsor to sponsee and back? How can you break down the barriers for both parties?What are some different sponsoring styles? How do you work the Twelve Steps with a sponsee? How do you work the Twelve Traditions with a sponsee?
  • Read Working with Others – Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., chapter 7
  • Read OA Literature

OA Quick Steps Workshop

Are you new to OA or just need help getting through the Steps? Completing this two-part OA Quick Steps Workshop may be just the answer.
Aug 8 +
 Aug 22
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Central Time
Time commitment is two Saturday sessions plus homework. Expect to be very busy working on recovery for these weeks! You will need to have a sponsor who can help you through the 4th and 5th Steps.
There are no fees for this workshop, but we will be collecting a 7th Tradition donation. To register, contact Cecelia at 205-292-5242 or calaurie78@gmail.com. Registration is required as class size is limited. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants.
The purpose of this workshop is to get people through the 12 Steps quickly, to help people obtain a successful, life-long recovery, and aid in retention and growth of recovered compulsive eaters in OA. 

Download the OA Quick Steps flyer.

OAsis in the Desert | Aug 7-9

Join us in an OAsis of recovery!

OAsis in the DesertThe Fall 2020 Region 3 Convention & Assembly “OAsis in the Desert” scheduled for August 7-9, 2020 is now a virtual OAsis at Home. Members of Overeaters Anonymous can participate virtually in a weekend of Assembly, Workshops, Marathon Meetings and Panels available via Zoom. See the schedule of events here.

Registration is $25 and now open at www.oaphoenix.org/register. Questions? Please contact info@oaphoenix.org.