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Appreciative Inquiry: Past, Present and Future | Feb. 19-21

Fri, February 19, 2016

through Sun, February 21, 2016

Celebrating with Jane Magruder Watkins
Appreciative Inquiry: Past, Present and Future


Celebrating the Contributions of Jane Magruder Watkins

February 19 - 21, 2016
Williamsburg, Virginia, at the College of William & Mary, School of Education

Please join us as we gather to explore the Past, Present and Future of Appreciative Inquiry with top thought leaders in the field of AI. We will celebrate with Jane Magruder Watkins her life’s work in bringing Appreciative Inquiry and positive change to the world. We will gather in Williamsburg, VA to share stories of working and learning together. Come be part of this thriving community as we rekindle old connections and make new ones to broaden and expand Appreciative Inquiry theory and practice.

We will begin Friday evening with a casual opening reception. Saturday we will spend in dialogue following the 4-D framework to explore the great stories of where our journeys with Appreciative Inquiry have taken us. In the evening, we will have a dinner and slideshow where we can laugh and learn about Jane and her contribution to the world. Sunday we will have an open space to further explore what the world is calling for us to do to continue bringing appreciative practices to our work. We plan to end around noon.

The registration fee includes: program materials, the opening reception, and three meals on Saturday and Sunday morning. There will be a cash bar available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

With the proceeds from the conference the Taos Institute will inaugurate the Jane Magruder Watkins Scholarship Fund, which is set up to support students from developing countries and those with financial need to participate in the graduate programs of the Taos Institute. We will be accepting donations to this fund at the time of registration. You may also donate at this link > click here.


Registration Fees

Student Rate = $199
 General Rate - between Jan. 16th - Feb. 19th = $399

If you (or a guest) are only attending the Saturday evening dinner (not the program days): $40 per person

To REGISTER: Click here to register.

Location: The College of William & Mary, School of Education, The Dogwood Room, 301 Monticello Ave.

Shuttle Service from airports: Taos participants are being offered a discount - schedule your shuttle at


Hotel Information: http://www.wm.edu/about/visiting/accommodations/

Also, see below for specific accommodation ideas. 

Travel Information: http://www.wm.edu/about/visiting/directions/index.php

Campus Map: http://www.wm.edu/about/visiting/campusmap/index.php

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The Planning Committee:
 Dawn Dole – [email protected]
 Maureen McKenna - [email protected]
 Jackie Stavros - [email protected]
 Megan Tschannen-Moran - [email protected]

Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Ideas: 

  • The very closest hotel is just about a three block walk, although it is just a 2-star hotel.
     Days Inn Williamsburg Colonial Area, 902 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • The Williamsburg Manor Bed and Breakfast Bed & Breakfast, 600 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, (757) 383-9001
  • Applewood Colonial Bed and Breakfast, 605 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185. This one is nice because in keeping with the apple theme, there is always an apple pie in the fridge for a midnight snack!)
     Alice Person House, 616 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3540
  • Fife & Drum Inn. This one is in downtown Williamsburg, near the historic area. 441 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3619, www.fifeanddruminn.com, Phone: (757) 345-1776, Tollfree: (888) 838-1783, [email protected]
  • Cedars of Williamsburg Bed & Breakfast, 616 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 3 stars. This one is not quite as close as those on Richmond Road, but is a short drive through campus to get to the School of Education.
  • If you want to go upscale, I would recommend the Williamsburg Inn, 136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 855-637-1352. This is where the Queen of England has stayed twice on her visits to her former colony, and where dignitaries of all sorts stay.

There are also a couple of resorts nearby, if you want that experience.

  • Williamsburg Plantation Resort, 4870 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
  • The Historic Powhatan Resort By Diamond Resorts, 3601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Then there are plenty of hotels. Here are a few of the newer or better:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg , 1624 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 855-277-5057
  • Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway, 331 Bypass Road (Virginia), Williamsburg, VA 23185, 3-star hotel
  • Hampton Inn & Suites-Williamsburg, hamptoninn3.hilton.com, 718 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 229-7330
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg, 1880 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 855-271-3622
  • Country Inn and Suites Williamsburg, Bypass Road, Williamsburg, VA, 3-star hotel

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