Drupal Association blog: Find Your Sense of Calm Within DrupalCon Portland 2022

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The excitement is building for DrupalCon Portland 2022! I cannot wait to meet some of my colleagues for the very first time, face-to-face, without the aid of Zoom or Google Meets. I look forward to meeting my coworkers that I have not seen in person for 2+ years. I’m already planning meetings to grab a coffee or even a beer with our partners, competitors, and other Drupal enthusiasts I have yet to even meet. The sessions look awesome, too, with speakers being some of the best and brightest Drupal minds the world has to offer. This conference is everything I have been clamoring for since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Then why am I feeling so anxious?

If you are anything like me, you are a bit out of practice in traversing the “real” world after expertly navigating the virtual world for so long. Let’s face it, the idea of jumping on a plane to cross the country or the globe feels different than it did a few years ago. I think it’s safe to say, I’m not the only one feeling this way.

Take a deep breath for the DrupalCon Portland 2022 team has your back! They will be providing dedicated spaces for anyone needing time to step away from the hustle and bustle of the conference.  The spaces can be used for “alone time,” time to ponder, or as a way to slowly ease into the energy of the conference. Need dedicated, fully equipped rooms to pray? Yep, they have thought of that too! Want to spend some time with a small group of like-minded individuals learning chair yoga and meditation? Of course you do!

At DrupalCon Portland 2022, you have options to get away from it all should you crave some alone time:

Quiet Space 

Where: Room A103

This room is for those who need space free from interaction with other participants in an environment where they feel free and safe. The quiet rooms are free of conversation and interaction of any kind. They can be used for meditation, journaling, reading, or just silence away from the buzz of the Con! 

We ask that participants use hushed voices when necessary but practice silence as much as possible to respect other attendees who may be using the space. If you are using electronic devices, please ensure to silence them without vibration and that you use headphones. 

Non-Denominational Prayer Space

Where: Room C127

This room is reserved for those who wish to practice their faith in a quiet and respectful environment. Spiritual texts and prayer rugs are provided. We ask that participants use hushed voices when necessary, but practice silence as much as possible to respect other attendees who may be using the space.

If you are using electronic devices, please ensure they are silenced without vibration and that you use headphones.

Any DrupalCon participant of any faith is welcome to use this space!

Chair Yoga and Mindful Meditation  

Where: Rooms G129-G130 

Our Chair Yoga and Mindful Meditation, facilitated by Dori Kelner from Insightful Culture, is beginner-friendly! No previous experience or skills are needed to attend. We’ll be offering four sessions, once each day of the conference. 

35 person cap, first come, first served each session 
2 morning sessions @ 8a-8:30a on Tuesday & Thursday 
2 evening sessions @ 4:45p-5:15p on Monday & 5p-5:30p on Wednesday

Add Chair Yoga and Meditation to your schedule now! 

Want even more resources for keeping calm while in Portland? Check out these links to great local content:

The 12 Best Tea Houses in Portland 
Ways to Practice Self-Care in Portland 
Forest Park Conservancy