Life on a Star 2 Family Conference – Awakening to a New Consciousness

August 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017

Theme Speaker

We are honored to have the Venerable Lama Konchok Sonam, founder of Boston’s Jokhang Institute, as our theme speaker. Born in Lhasa, Tibet, he became a monk at 18. In 1991, Lama Sonam was imprisoned by the Chinese government and after many years and several unsuccessful attempts, he finally escaped by walking across the Himalaya Mountains to India. While in India, he received many teachings and blessings from over 25 great masters. In 2003, he arrived in Boston to serve as the resident Lama at the Drikung Meditation Center in Arlington, MA. His vision is to build a Jokhang Temple in the USA modeled after the one in Lhasa, Tibet which is a World Heritage Site and considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet. Lama Sonam hopes to preserve the rich heritage for the exiled Tibetan community. His aim is to be a place where understanding between all religions, cultures and people may flower, where spiritual seekers, scholars and the local community may freely experience and study Tibetan cultural and spiritual practices, art and architecture. At LOAS II, Lama Sonam will encourage us through meditation, chanting and teachings to awaken love, compassion and forgiveness as part of our daily lives.

In addition to the theme talks, there will be a variety of workshops that complement the theme speaker and also allow you to express yourself through art and music.

Minister of the Week

Kimberly Quinn Johnson serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton, Long Island. She also serves on the Central Eastern Region Congregational Life Advisory Council and on the UUA Appointments Committee. Kimberly served as intern minister at 4th Universalist Society of New York and received a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Before ministry, Kimberly worked as a union organizer with the United Auto Workers. She continues to teach Women’s and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University, where she teaches classes that challenge students to think critically about intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality and ability—their impact on personal identity, human relationships, through policy and practice. Kimberly has a strong commitment to Youth Ministry and Social Justice. She is a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice. In addition, she has served as GA Youth Caucus chaplain, Minister-in-Residence for UU Summer Seminary, and Director of THRIVE—leadership school for UU Youth of Color. Kimberly is looking forward to exploring the theme of Awakenings with you this summer.

Youth Programming

Life on A Star is a family conference. Children and youth meet with their peer groups and two experienced group leaders during designated morning and afternoon times for fun and adventure (parents are responsible for their children at all other times). On any given day, you might find your child racing hand-made boats off the dock, visiting the marine lab, climbing on the playground equipment, rowing to a neighboring island or tie-dyeing. Infants and toddlers as well are supported by loving caregivers in a safe environment. Teens are challenged with collaborative games and activities as well as stimulating discussions. And while your children are busy reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, you will be free to explore workshops and special activities designed just for adults. Meals are served family style and evening activities are geared for the whole family as well. Some of the beloved LOAS 2 traditions include: the talent show, an intergenerational dance, the musicale, lobster night, a marshmallow roast on the rocks, bingo night, sharing lime rickeys at the snack bar or just relaxing over a board game with a group of old and new friends.

Program Fee:

$130 per adult; $80 per child under the age of 18

Scholarship Info

Partial financial aid is available. For more details, please click here.

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

LOAS2 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $939 $1,264 $1,156 $1,680


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

LOAS2 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $439 $627

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 19
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, August 26
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Contact the registrar, Mary Heafy at