Conferences and cancellations

As you may have read on the SwiftCraftyMonkey Facebook page, on March 29th I had to cancel my attendance at the 2018 conference in Atlanta due to these ongoing muscle spasms I’m enjoying so much. Because the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild felt that cancelling with five weeks’ notice because I’m in agonizing pain was a “hardship on attendees”, they decided on that same day, March 29th, to cancel my attendance at the June 2018 conference in Toronto, which was still 10 weeks away.

I’m a bit confused why the American guild called my cancellation due to extreme health issues “last minute”, when they didn’t bother to announce I wouldn’t be attending the Atlanta conference until someone asked them on April 5th, a week later. I still don’t see where they’ve announced I’m not attending in Toronto yet, but I might have missed that post.

If you’d like to see what others have said about this, please visit this post on my Facebook page.

Am I upset? You’re damn right I am! I have been working on formulas, ingredient lists, and more for these conferences for quite some time now, and that time was wasted. To make all of this process worth while, I’ve started writing a series of posts I’ll be sharing here and on Facebook about my experiences with these conferences, including how much are presenters are paid – only a few are paid, the rest of us are paid in by offering us a flight, a conference pass, and one or two nights hotel – and how these presentations come together.

I won’t get to hear my chemistry idol, Dr Joe Schwarcz, speak. I suggested him to the conference as a key note speaker, and I’ll be missing it. And I won’t get to spend time with you, my tribe.

I want to say a huge thank you to my sponsors for the workshops I had planned to offer at the conferences, Voyageur Soap & Candle Company, Windy Point Soap Making Supplies Inc., and Lotioncrafter. The people who run these companies have been so kind and understanding. Since I spent ages on the materials for the various workshops and seminars, I’ll be sharing them on my blog, along with the handout for the seminar 30 people paid $89 to attend. 

Finally, huge thanks to Louise and Marg of the Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild for being so supportive and for inviting me to speak at the Canadian conference.