shiftWhat does the Swarm fee include?  The fee (listed on the registration page) includes all presentations at the 1.5 day conference, a signed copy of Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change by Glenn Geffcken, some refreshments/snacks, and a whole lot of inspiration! There is also an optional one day workshop on Indigenous Culture with Glenn and Maria of BalancedIs.com following the Swarm, also very well priced!

Who will be at the Swarm?  A diverse group of people who care about culture.  So far, we have registrants from Princeton University, The School for International Training, IES Abroad, Warren Wilson College (a team of 15 people!), Northwestern University, Ecua Explore,  University of Georgia, Kentucky Community College System, Connect 1-2-3 Internships (Ireland), UNCA, San Juan College, AIEA, and more!

What is the refund policy?  What happens if I have to change my plans after registering? The Melibee Swarm is an intimate event without corporate sponsors. While we don’t have a “formal” refund policy, should you have to change your plans we ask that you please reach out to Melibee Global as quickly as possible. We promise to do our VERY best to work with you to minimize any financial impact to you!

Is there a Swarm hotel option?  Where should I park my car?   YES! We have arranged a great discounted rate at The Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn on Tunnel Road.  To get the discounted rate, please register through this hotel Swarm page.  Each of these hotels is less than a 10 minute drive to the Venue.  There are other hotels that are within walking distance if you prefer that option – just contact us for more options!  For those on a tight budget, there is a youth hostel close to our venue too!  Parking is available on the street (although you’d have to feed the meter or use an online app to pay) or at a local parking garage.

I have to fly to N. Carolina for this event. What airports are closest to Asheville?  Asheville has an airport that is approximately 30 minutes drive from downtown. Transportation to downtown Asheville is also available from the airport.  The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (just over the border in S. Carolina – do not fly into Greensboro, NC by mistake as it is a 3.5 hour drive from here!) is also an option.  You can also fly into Charlotte, NC (usually a bit cheaper) and take a shuttle to Asheville.

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Participants from the Swarm 2014 engage in an exercise.

What should I wear to this Swarm? We want you to “bee” you (as we are Melibee after all). We invite you to dress comfortably – whatever that means to you. (In the case of the Melibee founder, it means JEANS, but of course we’d LOVE to see people representing their own cultures – whatever that means to you!) Out of respect for people with chemical sensitivities, we ask that you not wear perfume or cologne to this Swarm.

What should I bring to this Swarm?  Good question!  Bring a pen and some paper or a journal for our reflection exercises.  You’ll also dine outside the venue, so bring your debit or credit card and some pocket change. We may hold one experiential exercise outside (weather permitting), so bring a coat and hat/gloves if you tend to run on the cold side and if you intend to do some hiking in the beautiful Asheville area. It tends to be in the 50s Farenheit here in November.) You should also pack your open heart/mind and creativity – this event definitely calls for it! 🙂  Finally, bring a photo of an elder who has impacted your life in some way. This can be a person on your family tree or someone who isn’t!

Is our meeting space (The Venue) handicap accessible?  Yes, it sure is.

I’m intrigued! When should I register?  NOW! If you can register as early as possible, it will be VERY helpful to us! Here is a link for more registration details:

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Several of my friends and colleagues would like to attend. Is there a group rate?  YES!  We consider a group TWO or more people. Email us at info(at)melibeeglobal(dot)com and we’ll set up a group rate for your group!

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Stokpic photo of yummy treats – Asheville has plenty and is especially good for those with food sensitivities.

I have a lot of food sensitivities. Are there places in Asheville where I can eat safely? YES! It is one of the things we most appreciate about Asheville.  If you are gluten intolerant, Asheville boasts a fabulous restaurant called Posana Cafe that is 100% gluten free. There are numerous other options that have menus with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options within easy walking distance of The Venue also, including The Green Sage and the Korean House. Asheville is major foodie town – you will find countless fabulous options for dining!

What ‘fine print’ do I need to know about? What haven’t I asked yet? As life happens, information and speakers are subject to change.  To help set expectations, we want to make it abundantly clear that this is not a conference about statistics, regulations, research, or data – it will be a very different “conference” experience about exploring culture, identity, and perspective. Plan to have fun, laugh and to be seriously moved by this Swarm.  We are Melibees – we don’t mess around when it comes to topics we care deeply about!  Buzz buzz!