Your ticket to the Symposium for Goodness’ sake at Community First! Village covers the program cost and four meals (breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, plus happy hour on Wednesday). The ticket price does not include lodging. We do have a number of great lodging options available through our onsite Community Inn, ranging from camp-style tipis to unique micro-homes and RVs. To see our options and book a unit, please visit our Community Inn website or contact our Community Inn staff at communityinn@mlf.org.

Please refer to your confirmation email and the Community Inn’s policies. If you have further questions, you can reach out to our Community Inn staff at communityinn@mlf.org.

Community First! Village is located approximately 10 miles from the Austin airport. It’s about a 20 minute drive. If you’re not renting a car, you can take advantage of one of Austin’s ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft or RideAustin) or take a taxi to the Village.

The Mobile Loaves & Fishes team takes Symposium participants on a deep dive into the philosophy, approach, and processes behind making such an operation work. Through interactive talks, workshops, and an extensive tour, we aim to give Symposium attendees the benefit of more than two decades’ worth of experience. You’ll hear from representatives from the Village’s staff and missional community. For a more detailed list of topics and presenters, please see our sample Symposium Agenda.

Community First! Village is a wonderful place to spend a few days! To really experience the heart of the Village, we would suggest your guest sign up for some of our volunteer activities, which we offer nearly every day of the week. You can explore and sign up for available opportunities on our volunteer calendar. We also have lots of beautiful spots to relax around the Village, including two chapels, a memorial garden and several spots with hammocks. You can find a playground (located behind the main gardens) for children to enjoy. Additionally, Austin is full of many attractions.

Some of our favorites include:

Guests can order breakfast, lunch, and beverages directly from our Goodness Grill, which is open Wednesday through Friday. If you plan on ordering from the Grill, please email education@mlf.org to verify that the Grill will be open.

Please email education@mlf.org with any food sensitivity and special dietary requirements. Please include “Symposium attendee – food sensitivity” in your subject line.

We recommend business casual attire with comfortable walking shoes. Community First! Village is a 51-acre property, so you’ll want to have comfortable shoes to fully explore all that the Village has to offer. We highly recommend bringing sun protection (SPF lotion, sunglasses, hats) for your comfort on the Symposium tour. We also recommend bringing a jacket or sweater to keep you comfortable in the meeting room during sessions, especially if you tend to be cold-natured.

Yes, at the conclusion of the Symposium, each attendee will receive a link via email that includes all of the materials that were shared during the Symposium.

All Symposium ticket purchases are final. If you are unable to attend the Symposium, you may transfer your registration to another staff member, board member or volunteer who is involved with your organization or ministry. All transfer requests must be sent to education@mlf.org and must be received at least one week prior to the event date.

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Our Quarterly Symposiums are held in February, May, August and November. We are returning to this quarterly schedule beginning in May 2022. Registration for Symposiums is by email invitation only. Subscribe below to indicate your interest in attending a future Symposium!

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