2018 Women’s Conference

Changing with the Seasons

61st Annual Women’s Conference
February 2nd-4th, 2018
Amagi Sanso Retreat Center

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

For the past 60 years during the season of winter, a community of women of various nationalities living in Japan take a timeout from busy schedules to gather for fellowship, reflection, laughter, joy, friendship, rest, and Sunday worship in the beautiful mountains of Izu Peninsula at the Amagi Sanso Retreat Center. (For conference registration, please click here. Please note that this conference is not able to sponsor visas.)

Changing with the Seasons is the focus of the 2018 conference.  Living in Japan, it is a natural part of life to move through four seasons of the year and to celebrate the natural bounty and beauty- sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and experiences~  that each season has to offer.

Looking at our lives as seasons of change, how can we welcome,  trust, and prepare for the inevitable life transitions ahead? What special significance does each season hold in your life journey? Are there seasons ahead that offer hope or concern?  How does God speak to us through these seasons of change in our lives?

Introducing the 2018 Conference Facilitators:

Hydi Peterson:  Born in Tokyo, Hydi is from a missionary family that has served  in Japan for three generations.  Hydi will share about the seasons of her family’s faithful ministry in Japan that have spanned from the late 1920s.  Hydi and her husband Jim serve as co-managers of the Akagi Bible Camp a retreat surrounded by beautiful mountains in Gunma Prefecture.  They have three grown children:  Miles, Kendra and Eli.  Hydi is also a sports referee and fitness enthusiast participating in trail running, tennis and triathlon events.

Keiko Suzuki:  As the founder of Footsteps, Keiko has dedicated her life to helping people from various walks of life to identify strengths and goals in order to forge new paths and beginnings.  Keiko enjoys long weekends in the Nagano mountains spent with her Canadian husband and has a dream to develop a multicultural retirement community in Japan.  Keiko has fond memories of Lake Nojiri and close family friendships, especially with the family of Phil and Tinker Williams.

Kristin Newton:  As a longterm resident in Japan, Kristin has been devoted to helping people of all generations and nationalities discover their innate artistic abilities.  Kristin worked with Dr. Betty Edwards and taught Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshops in Tokyo.  Kristin has attended Women’s Conference as a workshop leader and it is great to welcome her again as a facilitator for the 2018 life transitions team.  Kristin enjoys making stained glass and silver jewelry and spends weekends in a coastal area of Izu with her husband Sho.

Facilitators, left to right: Kristin Newton, Keiko Suzuki and Hydi Peterson.

Please contact Sarah Oba and the 2018 Planning  Committee with any and all questions at info@woconjapan.org

The presentations are given in English, but some informal translation into Japanese is available.

Childcare is not provided, but mothers of nursing infants are welcome to attend with their babies.


These per-person rates include accommodation, six meals, conference program, and one onsen admission.

EARLY BIRD (payment postmarked by November 30)
¥23,000 – shared Japanese-style room for 3 or 4
¥27,000 – Western-style room for 2 with bath

REGULAR (payment postmarked from December 1 through to the conference)
¥26,000 – shared Japanese-style room for 3 or 4
¥30,000 – Western-style room for 2 with bath

¥19,000 – shared Japanese-style room for 3 or 4
¥23,000 – Western-style room for 2 with bath

Mother-Daughter rate:
¥38,000 for two people – shared Japanese-style room for 3 or 4
¥46,000 for two people – Western-style room for 2 with bath


From time to time, we have enough donations from individuals and organisations to help women who will be otherwise unable to attend the conference. Please note that the availability is limited, and even when awarded, the recipient will still be responsible for a portion of the registration fee. Priority will be given to those who are attending for the first time. Please see the registration page for details.


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