ISO of COSA Convention Information

Orlando 2017



Welcome to the Convention Home Page

Click on the tabs at the top of this page to learn more about how to register, convention location and transportation details, speaking and workshop opportunities, service opportunities, and scholarships.

If you are a delegate for your meeting, or interested in what the delegates are working on this year click on the Delegate tab at the top of this page.


Register for the Convention online!
Early Registration Ends May 10!

Welcome to Oakland, CA
This is the once-a-year event where you may obtain valuable information about working the Steps, reflect and grow in your recovery, and connect with other COSAs. It is a unique opportunity to share experience, strength, and hope with people from many regions. The convention kicks off with a speaker on Friday night followed by two days of workshops and panels on a variety of recovery topics. Special functions will feature speakers who share their recovery stories. There will be a variety of COSA Twelve Step meetings, a meditation room, and many opportunities for fun and fellowship. Please join us!

Workshop Proposal -- Deadline is February 15, 2018


Speaker Nomination -- Deadline is February 15, 2018


COSA Speakers & Meal Options
Each day of the conference, COSA offers a special session that features a COSA’s recovery story in which he or she shares his or her experience, strength, and hope. The first speaker is part of the Friday night convention opening. On Saturday, a luncheon will also include a COSA speaker. On Sunday evening there will be a dinner event featuring a COSA speaker as well as a guest speaker. The Sunday night COSA Banquet is open so members may purchase additional tickets in order to bring a guest(s). NOTE: Early Bird Registrations and Pre-registrations include Saturday Lunch and Sunday dinner. When COSAs purchase convention meals, we help the fellowship save a great deal of money by fulfilling our contract with the hotel to purchase a minimum number of meals – and we give ourselves another fellowship opportunity.

Registration Fees and Meals

Orlando 2018 Fees



Hotel & Convention Location – book your hotel room at the The Washington Inn
This year’s convention will be held at The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street, Oakland, California 94607. Our contracted nightly rate is $129/night (single or double occupancy) (plus tax). To ensure you receive the special rate, please call The Washington Inn at (510) 452-1776 and reference the room block for "ISO18". This is critical so you get the discounted rate and COSA is not charged for unused rooms. You must book prior to May 3, 2018.
Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay area offer plenty of attractions for COSAs who want to come a few days before or stay a few days after the Annual Convention which will be held May 25-28.

Looking for a Roommate? The Convention Committee will help to facilitate the efforts of those who wish to find a roommate during the COSA Convention send an e-mail to Roommate@cosa-recovery.org


Service Scholarships – still available!
The COSA service scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to COSAs on a first-come, first-served basis, helping with the registration cost. COSA service scholarships are funded entirely by fellow COSAs; donations to this fund are greatly appreciated. To apply for a scholarship, please check the appropriate box indicated for a scholarship request. Service scholarships are provided in exchange for service hours at the convention (4-hour minimum) and are limited. A $50 administrative fee ($25 is nonrefundable) is required for every registrant requesting a scholarship. Please include this in your total registration payment.

Care & Support
Part of the convention experience is receiving recovery support. Convention mentors are available to attendees to guide them through the convention process. Indicate your need for a mentor or willingness to serve as a mentor on your registration. COSA members also provide support to attendees throughout the convention.


Volunteering – see a list of positions
Our convention is run entirely by volunteers. Please consider helping with registration, hospitality, Twelve Step meetings, the silent auction, sound recording of meetings, or in other ways. Indicate your willingness to help when registering and you will be contacted by the Volunteer Committee.


Silent Auction Donations – see note on making donations
A fun way of raising seed money for the next convention is our silent auction. Please consider a donation, which you can bring or ship to the convention. You can donate even if you don’t attend. For any questions, including shipping instructions, please contact silentauction@cosa-recovery.org.

For additional information, contact the COSA Convention Committee at convention@cosa- recovery.org.

Additional Information

First-time Convention Attendees: Orientation Presentation (mp3 recording)