Registration & Fees


The only conference registration requirement this year is to reserve a seat. The conference is limited to 125 people and we strongly urge you to register early — space will fill up rapidly. Link here or on the image at the right to register.

NOTE: The hospitality staff at the Schoodic Institute will manage lodging and meals for conference participants. Please refer to information behind the “Lodging & Meals” tab on the top navigation for everything you need to know about on-site lodging and meal plans. 

Conference Fee

The cost for the 3-day conference, exclusive of lodging and meals, is $160 per person. There are no pre- or late-registration fees. In addition, a discounted rate of $130 is available for full-time students currently enrolled in an academic program. Please indicate your school name on the registration form and be prepared to show your student ID when picking up registration materials. A limited number of partial scholarships may also be available for those needing assistance. Please contact the Rev. Claudia Smith at 207-374-5200 to discuss.

Please link to “About Lodging” and “Meals” to determine housing and food costs (available under the “Lodging & Meals” tab on the top navigation bar).

Registration Process

Registering online allows you to pay with a credit card. Using our safe online registration site locks in your registration immediately. You may also register online and pay by check by downloading a registration form in PDF format to fill out and mail in with payment. You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation of your registration, but your status will be considered “pending” until your payment is received. Keep in mind that if you register by mail closer to the conference date, you run the risk that the conference is filled.

Please read the registration tips below before you begin the registration process. These explain how the system works and what you should know before you register.


You have until July 7 to cancel your reservation for the conference and request a refund minus a $25 handling fee. After July 7, there are no refunds, but we will take into consideration personal crisis situations. Please contact the Rev. Claudia Smith at 207-374-5200 or by e-mail at

Conference Materials

Conference materials, including campus maps and an updated printed schedule, will be placed in a program packet created for you based on your registration information. These packets will be available at the conference Registration Desk from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Registration Desk is located at Moore Auditorium. Lodging and meal confirmations will be provided separately by the Schoodic Institute at room check-in.

Registration Tips

Read the following information about the registration process BEFORE you begin.

  • Your registration is tracked via the e-mail address you provide. You may only sign in once using this address.
  • Each registration is a separate financial transaction. All transactions are managed through ProPay, a secure and confidential financial transaction system. Event coordinators do not have access to credit card information. If you need help, contact a conference coordinator at or by calling 207.374.5200. We will work work with you to cancel your current registration and help you re-register with the new information.
  • If you wish to pay by check rather than by credit card, please go through the registration process and select check as the payment option. You will receive a confirmation of your registration but it will be considered “pending” until your payment is received. A blank registration form in PDF format is available for download that can be filled out and submitted with a check. Conference coordinators will manually enter your registration information, which will be tracked via your e-mail address, and send you an e-mail confirmation message. Please keep in mind that if you register by mail closer to the conference date, you run the risk that the conference or other events are filled. Download the form here. (Can’t open a PDF? See the FAQs for help.)
  • Please mail checks to the address below:

Downeast Spiritual Life Conference
c/o The Spiritual Life and Learning Center
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 76
Blue Hill, ME 04614

NEED HELP? Contact us at or call us at 207.374.5200.

The Schoodic Institute

Located on more than 2,000 acres within Maine’s Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Institute features over 10 miles of accessible ocean shorefront, miles of peaceful nature trails, and a state-of-the-art lecture hall, as well as meeting and breakout rooms.


Up to 300 event attendees can be accommodated in its state-of-the art meeting facilities, and its lodging options can host more than 100 overnight guests.


The Schoodic Institute was created in 2004 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting scientific research in the park and throughout the region, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become a new generation of stewards who will help conserve our natural and cultural treasures.

It is one of 20 research learning centers located at national parks across the United States and is the largest of all these facilities.