Spouse/Guest Program

Become immersed in the best that Oakland has to offer with experiences that cannot be had anywhere else. The spouse program this year will include three full days of local art, gardens, fantastic food, and more.

Monday, MAY 2nd                                                                                 

5:30    Opening Ceremony and Reception

Tuesday, MAY 3rd                                                                                  
8:30    Meet and Greet

Meet the other guests and get the conversation started.

11:30  Awards Luncheon

Join attendees for the presentation of our 2021 chapter awards followed by lunch.

1:00    Ways to Wellness with Helen Stone

Spend the afternoon focusing on YOU! WCISA Past President, Helen Stone, will lead the group through a series of activities including introduction to restorative yoga.  

5:30    Happy Hour with Outdoor Exhibits

Wednesday, MAY 4th                                                                  
8:30    All day excursion – includes lunch  

Kitchen on Fire

Knife Skills Class – become confident with an array of cuts including slicing, dicing, mincing, chopping, julienne and oblique.

Oakland Museum 

We will have lunch at Café followed by scheduled gallery tour and leisurely garden walk. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop. 

4:00    Return to Hotel

6:00    Annual Banquet, Silent Auction and Officer Installation eremony

Thursday, May 5th                                                                      
7:00    Women in Arboriculture Breakfast

8:30    Yoga with Helen Stone

Discover ways to continue your wellness journey after the conference is over.

10:00  Arts & Crafts with Mary Pendleton

Every nature lover needs a flower crown! Join us for a fun craft session with Mary Pendleton creating an everlasting flower crown. You’ll leave this session with a custom crown, fit for tree royalty.

11:30  Program ends

1:00    Optional Field Tours (additional ticket required)

Ways to Wellness with Helen Stone
WCISA Past President, Helen Stone, discovered yoga late in life and never looked back. She became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2019 and now shares her love of breath and movement with students at Hayfork Yoga Center in Northern California. She teaches Ananda-style yoga, which uses body alignment, mindfulness, and affirmations to create a gentle practice that anyone can enjoy. She has designed a wonderful program especially for our conference guests.

Our global culture gives us glimpses of new ways to enhance healing and health. Many practices are proven science; all have benefits. Come dive into the world of crystals, Reiki, sound healing and more. Learn how breath work, meditation and yoga can reduce stress and increase wellbeing.

Next, enjoy a full restorative yoga session. You’ll be gently supported by blankets, bolsters and pillows, allowing you to relax completely while gently stretching away tension and worries.

Craft – Create Everlasting Flower Crowns an Interactive session with Mary Pendleton
Every nature lover needs a flower crown! Join us for a fun craft session with Mary Pendleton creating Everlasting Flower Crowns out of silk flowers and greenery. All supplies are included but feel free to bring your own foliage if you have something specific in mind! You’ll leave this session with a custom crown, fit for tree royalty. Mary Pendleton is a social media manager and crafty mom of 3 in San Francisco. She has grown up in the tree industry and currently supports The Britton Fund’s social media efforts.
Knife Skills Class @ Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley
We will be joining Kitchen on Fire for a fun and informative class on the most important cooking tool in the kitchen. Learn the techniques and tricks to become confident with an array of cuts including slicing, dicing, mincing, chopping, julienne and oblique. Also explore topics such as sharpening and honing, choosing the right knife for you, and the differences in cutting boards. Light brunch offerings, sparkling water & spa water will be served.

Oakland Museum of California

Lunch at Town Fare Café

We will preorder lunch to be enjoyed on arrival to the Museum.

Self-guided gallery tour at 1:30

Explore California art, history, and natural sciences in our galleries and special exhibitions. Situated between Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is one of the most significant architectural examples of mid-century modernism in the United States. When the Museum opened in 1969, OMCA’s design by Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche was acclaimed for its bold and innovative premise: a museum that also serves as a vibrant urban park and public space. OMCA’s terraced roof gardens and central courtyard, originally designed by noted landscape architect Dan Kiley, continue to draw Oakland residents and visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. 

OCMA Store

Discover a wide selection of locally made items and books for all ages at the OMCA Store. 100% of your purchase helps OMCA share the stories that unite Oakland and California as a community.