What on earth is this (in)RL conference you guys keep going on about?

Oh I’m so glad you asked! Start here, with the “Why (in)RL?” video and then we’ll try to answer other questions in the post and welcome any more in the comments!
{Subscribers, you can click here to view the video}

Why aren’t you guys just having a regular conference?

Well, we thought and prayed about it long and hard. And because the heart of (in)courage is community. We wanted to bring the conference to you rather than ask you to come to us.

We also like that it means we won’t need to limit the number of tickets. No one will have to sweat the price of travel and accommodation, and moms won’t have to leave their kids or worry about child care. We love that it means no one will have to feel left out in any way, shape or form.

But mostly we love that it gives us a chance to connect women in real life. No travel required. Just (in)courage right where you are as a way to engage with instant, local community. We believe the new friendships you’ll make will outlast anything we could organize at a specific location. We want to help you form connections that go beyond the blog post so that you can continue to (in)courage one another in real life for months and even years to come.

How much does it cost to register?

It’s only $10 and with that you get an (in)RL t-shirt as well as the Simply Marvelous card pack.

Do I need to register on Eventbrite and RSVP to a meetup?

Yup, register here through Eventbrite so we can send you your (in)RL t-shirt as well as the Simply Marvelous card pack and webcast login details. Then be sure and find a meetup near you and RSVP so that the host knows you’ll be attending. The heart of (in)RL is for women to connect in person after all.

What are the meetups for?

Because, like you, we think real life community is essential to grow in friendships and faith, we wanted to give the (in)courage community a chance to connect in real life. We figured it would be a fun surprise to discover other women right in your neighborhood that all spend time at (in)courage on a daily basis. So wouldn’t it be great if you could spend time together in real life?

Do you have to be a blogger to attend?

Nope, the (in)RL beach house parties are open to women everywhere – whether you blog, just read blogs or have never heard of a blog. Come one, come all!

What time will the (in)RL meetup start on Saturday?

That will be up to each individual host – check out your local meetup page for details.

How long will the (in)RL meetup last on Saturday?

Again, this is up to each host. But the time frame we’re recommending is about 3 hours. Meetup hosts will share time and venue based on varied time zones and we’ll be providing video content that meetups can tune into, which explore the topic of gritty, beautiful, messy, real life community together. We have a line up of 8 videos each ranging in length from 6-25 minutes for hosts to choose from on Saturday.

How do I become an (in)RL meetup host?

Yay-we’re so glad you asked! First, register for (in)RL so that we can send you your (in)RL t-shirt as well as the Simply Marvelous card pack. Then click over to our meetups page and see if there’s one planned in your area already. If there is, why not join them? If not, then go ahead and start a new community meetup.

Where should I host my (in)RL meetup?

Anywhere you feel the most comfortable. Be that your own home, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a park, a spot in your church or a barn. Wherever works for you works for us.

How can I spread the news about my (in)RL meetup?

If you are planning to host, there are downloadable (in)RL invites as well as (in)RL Save the Dates that you can customize and that are available on the Host page.

Where can I connect with other hosts {and swap ideas}

We’d love if you all (in)couraged one another – bring your questions and genius ideas over here to our ongoing BlogFrog discussion.

What is the Beach House in a Box?

The (in)RL Beach House in a Box is simply a resource for our (in)RL hosts. It includes home décor items and guest giveaway kits available for purchase the first week of February at crazy discounted prices. It’s not a must for hosts, just a lovely plus if you’re interested.

Where do I purchase a Beach House in a Box?

Starting in February there will be 3 Beach House in a Box Kits available for hosts to purchase at crazy reduced prices (Box 1: $25 for over $115 value, Box 2: $40 for $155 value, Box 3: $55 for $215 value.)

On a scale of 1 to awesome, how awesome do you think it’s gonna be?

We’re giving it a deep fried chocolate awesome two thumbs up rating. ‘Nuff said :)

Got more questions – we’ve got loads more answers over here at the (in)RL Q & A page. And we’re totally gonna be responding to every question that you can think up in the comments today - yup, go on – lay your (in)RL Q’s on us and we’ll try and bring all the A’s.

with love and anticipation,

Lisa-Jo, (in)RL fan and (in)courage community cheerleader

  • Karen Fritsch

    This sounds so fun, but i am a little afraid that i might be the only one in Gothenburg Sweden and that there won’t be anything happening in my area. What do you guys think? Should i dare to become a host and just pray and see what’s going to happen?

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Hey Karen – oh what fun imagining an meetup in Sweden! What if you planned it and invited a bunch of your friends and then anyone who signs up online would just be a bonus?

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  • http://www.justamomlikeyou.com Beth ~ Just a Mom Like You

    I signed up to be a host and I’d like to start inviting some local people, but the links to the invites don’t work. Could you please check them?

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@thegypsymama

      Beth – you’re so right. Eeeek, not sure what went wrong there. OK, links should be working now – also, you can download them right from the host page over here http://inrl.us/host.php

  • http://marinaskitchentable.blogspot.com Marina Bromley

    Yay!! SO looking forward to all this going on, promoting, encouraging, and loving on my friends the way God intended us to!
    We were meant for so much more than soap operas, Bon bons, and gossip!! Join us in the Evansville, IN area for faith, fellowship and FUN!

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Thanks for hosting!!

  • morgan

    When is the deadline to register for the conference?

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Right up until the day of (April 27) – it’s never too late :) But if you want to get your T-shirts before hand, you’ll want to register by April 2nd.

  • Patricia

    still a little confused about the agenda for Fri 27th?? I’m hosting and have printed off the invitations which I am going to put in some of my neighbours doors, but I also want to invite a few friends from another area that will be travelling and having a sleep over…Just trying to work everything out..question – should I be inviting everyone to both Fri and Sat for the conference? Also I’m hosting at our newly purchased house we are using as a weekend cottage right now (Meaford). I don’t want you to think that I’m neglecting the (Burlington, ON) community as I am still living there, but have chosen to Host the (in)RL conference at my “Beach House”..

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Hey there Patricia,

      Friday night is only going to be about an hour or so of content intended for folks to be able to watch alone from home – Saturday is our meetup day – with a line up of videos for hosts to choose from to screen. Choose one or two or all of them -it’s totally up to you!

      And we’ll be sharing the videos with hosts a week or so before (in)RL so they can choose which ones they think will work best for their meetup.

      So excited you’re hosting!

      • http://highheartedly.wordpress.com/ Beth Werner Lee

        I would love to host this, but we had plans for the symphony on Friday night.
        Is there flexibility on the timing?
        I think you just answered my question: it’s not simulcast but hosts have the material beforehand. I like it: sign me up.
        Will each participant get the Friday content at home to watch whenever?

  • BJ

    Is everyone that responds to the invites expected to register online and pay the fee?

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Yes please, for a few reasons. To make sure you get your (in)RL t-shirt as well as the Simply Marvelous card pack. And so that we can keep an accurate headcount of how many are participating in (in)RL, and because even though you’re watching at a remote venue it helps us cover the costs of bringing (in)RL to you.

  • http://gibsongirl247.wordpress.com Dawn

    I was planning on hosting, and was completely excited about it! Then I got a “save the date” card in the mail from my niece…she chose that weekend in April to get married. I’m so happy for her and her fiance…..but, now I won’t be able to participate in the conferences on Friday or Saturday:( Sigh…….

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Oh that’s too bad – but exciting for her!! And you know what, we’ll always have a backstage, all access pass after the fact so that anyone who missed it, can tune in to the videos even after (in)RL 2012 wraps :)

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  • http://www.cranberryteatime.com Rachel Lundy

    I am definitely planning on doing this, but I haven’t registered yet. We will likely be moving before the (in)RL conference. Is it possible to change my address after registering? I don’t want to register and then have my t-shirt and card pack sent to my old address. I don’t want to miss out on the t-shirt! When are they being mailed? That might help me to know when to register and which address to use.

    • Mandy

      Hi Rachel! You can register at any time– we can make adjustments to your address easily for you. We’ll start shipping the shirts out in March. Just let us know if we need to make changes to your address {incourage at dayspring . com}. Thanks!

  • http://steelmagnoliadiaries.blogspot.com Courtney F.

    Super excited about (in)RL! Can’t wait to order my Beach House in a Box & Guest Giveaways… getting ready to send my save the dates, too! :) So far there are 6 including myself… planning on hosting in my home, and having a relaxing day of webcasts, food, and fun with the girls!

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Sounds dreamy!!!

  • http://www.aLifeOverseas.com Laura Parker @aLifeOverseas

    Hi Lisa-Jo,

    I am thinking of hosting a small get-together here in Thailand, but was wondering with the time differences if that will work for us? Maybe I missed that info. somewhere? We are exactly 12 hours ahead of East Coast time, so it makes connecting things pretty tricky — ya’lls Sat. morning is our Sat. night and all. Ideas on that? Would that work somehow?

    Thanks! Sounds like such a fun, ACCESSIBLE idea. And I love that– I have been bummed that I have not been able to go to a conference like this to date!

    Love from here,

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Hey Laura –

      Yup, because there are (in)courage gals all over the world and we want them to be able to join us we’ll be offering the webcasts at several different times, so that you can pick the one that works for your time zone.

      Also? The Saturday videos will be accesible “on demand” all day – so you should be able to plan your meetup for when works for you and then just tune in :)

      Yay – LOVE that you might join us from Thailand!

  • http://theinspiredroom.net melissa @ the inspired room

    I have a question. Do you have to have internet access for the videos we can play on Saturday? Or can we download them ahead of time and play them without internet?

  • Crystal Balentine

    I registered for this conference when you guys first announced it and I haven’t received a T-shirt yet.

    • http://www.thegypsymama.com Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Hey Crystal,

      There are a few ship dates for the T-shirts – the first batch will be going out in March. So keep an eye out then :)

  • http://godsdreamsforme.blogspot.com Jeri Taira

    All of this really helped. Thank you for clearing up the Fri and Sat scheduling.

    Excited to be hosting in Honolulu, Hawaii. You’re invited to connect here:
    in(RL) Honolulu

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  • http://www.shinebrightlyforjesus.blogspot.com Lisa Maria

    I’m late to the party, but this sounds so exciting! I live in the Caribbean and I am going to check into hosting a party in my home. I think its wonderful that you all have thought of us international peeps too…thank you!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      YAY! So glad you’ll be joining us!!

  • Gaynel Carrier

    I am thinking of hosting a party! Do you know what the Topics are for the videos on Saturday? Ta

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  • Beth Williams

    I love the idea of an (in) RL conference. It looks like you women have soo much fun at the beach when you go to the conferences.

    I haven’t done a women’s conference or weekend getaway in years, probably since I got married.

    Will pray for all who attend and the speakers. May God richly bless all of you & give the speakers the words He wants everyone to hear!

    God bless you all!

  • http://ourmoderndayfairytale.blogspot.com/ Randi S

    This sounds like such a wonderful event. We will soon be moving, and thus far there is not a local meetup setup for where we will be (Indianapolis area), is there a deadline to register/signup to host? I would likely be happy to host if there isn’t anything closer to time, but wouldn’t have an exact location until we got to the area! The next 2-4 weeks or so. Would be a great way to meet new people in the area that’s for sure!!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Hey Randi –

      It’s never too late to sign up – folks will be welcome to sign up on the day of if they like :) Safe travels with the move!

  • connie

    I love this!!! just wondering if its only going to be myself watching do I need to be a host…. all of my close friends live in several different states…. I have purchased my ticket, and received an email from eventbrite and so far no meetups in my area… I live in a rural part of KY….. I just thought this would be wonderful to experience even by myself… please let me know if I will be able to join in even if I am the only one and not part of a meetup….. thank you and what a better way to experience GOD’s greatness than a BEACHCAST….. since I have lived in Sunny Florida in the past and the beach is “my heaven on earth” I wouldn’t dream of missing this…. thanks again connie

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Hey Connie – of course you’re more than welcome to tune in by yourself and join us all on line as we tweet throughout the webcast and connect with women all over.

  • Linda

    I love your site but one question … your promo for (in)RL shows many lovely YOUNG women. Can those of us in generations-slightly-beyond feel at home as well? I facilitate a ladies’ Bible Study Group at my church and we are all ages … considering hosting … but just wondering …

    • Katrina

      I have the same question!

    • http://www.incourage.me Lisa-Jo@incourage

      Oh absolutely – yes please- come one come all!!!

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  • Jenna

    Would love to do this but my home is way too small to be a host. (We live in a tiny house 480 sq ft. and already have way too many living here!) I also live in a travel area Gatlinburg , Tn so not sure if anyone would really meet up. Seems to be all tourist. Wish I lived in a real city.

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