Inquire Within 

What makes your spirit feel cared for? At Star Union, we will spend the week tending to a loving connection between hands, heart, and mind. Using the talents and camaraderie of our community, we will aim to provide the conference with new opportunities for that connection: through making art, music, writing, and exploring the natural beauty of the island. Each morning, there will be a short and fun community activity. That will be followed by an array of mini-workshops such as printing, stitching, writing, meditation, harmonizing, or foraging. The children’s program, led by a Montessori art teacher, will enjoy similar activities and themes. In the afternoons, we’ll revive an historical Shoals tradition: a salon-style artist hang-out, enjoying conversation together while (if we wish) continuing to work on projects from the morning. We’ll also have our beloved fellowship hour, a few evening chapel services, yoga, and lots of late-night music and fun. 

Youth Programming

Youth programming for ages 6-16 for both morning and afternoon sessions, lead in the Montessori-style. Art, music, games and playtime in nature. 

Workshop Leaders

Kemp Harris will be leading music and story telling.

Kara Douglas will be our yoga teacher.

Workshops in art, music, spiritual endeavors and the natural world will be lead by the talent within our community. 

Minister of the Week

Lisa Ward, First Parish Milton, UU, Milton, Massachusetts 

Program Fees

$165 per adult

$85 per youth (6-16)

$0 under 6 

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+) 

Standard Shared: $1,169 | Standard Single: $1,590

Motel Shared: $1,439 | Motel Single: $2,112 


Under 6: Free | 6-11 years: $541 | 12-17 years: $774 

Boat Schedule

June 25: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

July 2: Depart Star Island at 8:50 AM, arrive in Portsmouth at 10:15 AM

Financial Aid

Find out more information from the Star Island Corporation Financial Grants page.


Email Bill Tibbs, conference registrar, or Stephanie Sersich, chairperson at