Widening The Gateway Secular AA Conference

This is a special edition podcast about the Widening the Gateway Conference that will take place on March 31, 2018, in Tacoma, Washington. Widening the Gateway is a conference of secular AA members from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Willow F. and Tom L. from the Many Paths AA Group in Burien, Washington, were my guests for this episode to provide information about the conference for those who are attending or who may be interested.  


Saturday, March 31, 2108, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Speakers, Panels, and Workshops 

Ray B. from Vancouver, BC will serve as the keynote speaker and kick off the conference at 10:00 am, Saturday morning. His talk is entitled “What Keeps Us Sober? Building Our Recovery Capital As We Trudge Our Many Pathways Of Happy Destiny.” 

The conference theme is taken from AA’s three legacies: Recovery, Service, and Unity. There will be nine breakout sessions featuring panels and workshops to explore various perspectives on each legacy. 

The closing speaker is Bruce H. from Seattle, WA., and his talk is entitled “My Life In AA: Past, Present, Future.”


Attendees may register for the conference at the conference website widengate.com. The registration fee is $45 and the hotel is offering a special rate of $99 per night for a single room with a king-sized bed or $109 for a double room with two queen-sized beds. In order to get the special rate, call the hotel at (253) 272-7737 and use the booking code “Widening the Gateway.” 


Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome, 2611 East E. Street, Tacoma WA. 98421

Contact Information

Website: widengate.com 

Email: wtgchair@gmail.com

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boyd p.
boyd p.
2 years ago

Is unity the first priority for this gathering?


2 years ago
Reply to  boyd p.

Hi Boyd – Unity is one of the topics of the theme, but none are necessarily prioritized over others. If I was pressed to state a priority, it would be creating a place for those interested in secular recovery to exchange ideas and experience. Is that Unity? Or Recovery? Or Service? Maybe all? Maybe none? I don’t know,  but if you’re planning on joining us, I look forward to hearing your perspective.