ICSA 2019 Conference

Welcome to the International Communal Studies Association 2019 Conference webpage!

DATE: Our triennial conference will take place on July 18-21, 2019.


LOCATION: The conference will take place at the four Camphill communities located near Hudson, New York.  Please visit their websites: Camphill Village CopakeTriform Camphill CommunityCamphill Hudson, and Camphill Ghent.


REGISTRATION: Registration is closed – we will see you at the event!


CONFERENCE DETAILS: Our conference theme is “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” The conference will begin around noon on July 18 and end in the afternoon of July 21. A concurrent Camphill Research Symposium, sponsored by the Camphill Foundation, will include many sessions during the ICSA conference, as well as a few tailored specifically for Camphillers just before and after. For more information on the Camphill Research Symposium, please contact the Camphill Foundation. Participants who wish to experience a few other, nearby intentional communities may join a postconference tour on July 22-23, with cost and details to be announced later. (The previously announced preconference immersion is now fully subscribed.)


FEES: The conference registration fee is $250 That charge includes all meals. In addition, all presenters are expected to purchase a three-year membership in ICSA, which costs $100 for those with professional salaries and $50 for those who are low income or living in income sharing communities. Limited financial aid is available by request; if you request aid at the time you register you will not be asked to make any payment until after we have determined how much aid we can provide.


HOUSING: At present, all available single and double rooms at the host communities have been claimed. A limited number of dormitory style spaces at the host communities may be available, and it is also possible to stay in a tent or RV at the host communities. We will also arrange for shuttle transportation between conference locations and several nearby motels, some of which have offered discounted rates for conference participants. Please call these motels directly and mention that you are part of the International Communal Studies Association conference. These include: Holiday House in Hillsdale, NY (518/325-3030), which has discounted its double and king rooms from $105 to $75 IF conference participants fill all available rooms; Elm Tree Motel (518/851-9192 or Lilly at 518/567-8057), which has rooms for $135 per night; Yorkshire Motel (518/851-7050 or Frank at 518/601-4037), which has rooms for $75; Silvanus Lodge (518/325-3000); and 1805 House Bed & Breakfast (800/980-7948 or 518/929-5923, they will discount rooms by 10% if you mention ICSA). Please note that, because many of these places have reserved rooms specifically for our conference, they may show up as unavailable if you try to reserve rooms online or fail to mention ICSA when you call. Also, with the exception of the 1805 House, these are very low-frills motels. Our shuttle will also serve Airbnb locations located within ¼ mile of NY Hwy 23 between the town of Hillsdale and the Taconic State Parkway. We encourage those of you who will have your own transportation to seek out Airbnb locations that are not on the shuttle route.


TRAVEL: As you make travel arrangements, please know that Amtrak provides service between New York City and Hudson several times a day; it is a two hour journey. The one-hour journey between Albany and Hudson is also several times a day. (By contrast, there is not a convenient bus or train route between Boston and Hudson.) We will provide shuttle service between the Hudson train station and conference locations.


Finally, as you get ready for the conference, we encourage you to visit the websites of our four host communities: Camphill Village USA in Copake, Triform Camphill Community, Camphill Hudson, and Camphill Ghent.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have any questions about this registration site, please do not hesitate to contact Dan McKanan at dmckanan@hds.harvard.edu. Click on the links below for conference materials.