It’s time for grown women across the state of Arkansas to register for summer camp!
First, some history: in 2010, a group of fearless ladies at the helm of the Arkansas Women Bloggers community held a pow wow by phone. From that conversation emerged what is today the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged (#AWBU) conference. Many of the commitments to the type of experience we wanted to create grew out of that phone call: commitments like creating an event that would be warm and welcoming above all else and that would gather women from every walk of life in unique places that were more about fun and camaraderie than your average run-of-the-mill hotel and conference center. We knew we wanted to grow and stretch bloggers as they explored or even discovered their voices, and we knew we wanted to cultivate deep connections and create an atmosphere that felt like sneaking off to summer camp with your best girlfriends.
We are proud of the nearly 50 women who joined us in 2011 in the hills of northwest Arkansas and the nearly 75 women who snuck deep into the Ozarks in 2012 because they got it – and AWBU has developed a deep following and allegiance because bloggers across Arkansas share our commitments.
It takes us a little time each year to seek out the perfect place for our very special getaway. So, we hope you will join us in our enthusiasm to announce that we will gather at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock for the third annual #AWBU conference in 2013. Ferncliff is located on 1,200 acres about ten miles west of Little Rock, and they are deeply committed to hospitality, sustainability and outreach. We think it is a perfect fit for dozens of Arkansas Women Bloggers! Another of our commitments is for this conference to be bursting at the seams with surprises while still keeping it affordable: we aim for about the cost of a two night weekend stay at a hotel, but with all your meals, lodging, activities and goodies rolled into that price.