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50th Anniversary Events

2023 is the 50th Anniversary of the OWA. We have included a variety of events throughout the year to give our members, former members, and friends of the organization the opportunity to participate in the celebration. Our goal is to offer choices that will live up to the diverse interest of our members as well as accommodate their busy

And should you be more interested is what has been going on in the OWA in the last 50 years please visit the

Information and photos from the events when they become available are linked here:

50th Anniversary Committee

  • Carol Mancke, Mui Ho, Rachel Slonicki, Leslie Moldow (Symposium & Reception)
  • Darlene Jang, Shannan Devine, Nazila Duran (Symposium Exhibition)
  • Gilda Puente-Peters (Anniversary Voyage)
  • Rachel Slonicki (Annual Retreat)
  • Betty Woo (Garden Party )

Photo recap of Events


April 22, 2023 - Symposium

Saturday April 22, 2023

Tamalpais Room, 2F
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Suite 100
Berkeley, California

10:00AM - 5:00PM (+ lunch)
Registration opens at 9:15

OWA+DP Member: $125
Non-member: $250
Student: $30

Ticket prices include lunch
Limited seating, ticket sales close April 20, 2023

Online viewing via Zoom will also be possible, please email

Post Symposium Reception:

    Date: Saturday April 22, 2023
    Place: Cafenated Coffee Company, 2085 Vine St, Berkeley, CA
    Time: 6:00 - 9:00PM
    Tickets: $65

Visit our 50th Anniversary Symposium Page

Photos from the Symposium

June 25, 2023 - 50th Anniversary Garden Party


Event Date: Sunday, June 25, 2023
Event Venue: Ruth Bancroft Gardens
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

and will be available for purchase on the 50th Anniversary page on

Visit our 50th Anniversary Garden Party Page

August 11-13, 2023 - Anniversary Trip to Hearst Castle

Join us for a relaxing weekend trip to San Simeon and a tour of Hearst Castle with OWA+DP friends old and new.

Learn more about Julia Morgan and discuss women’s place (past, present and future) in architecture and design in California.

Friday - drive down, dinner together + social hour
Saturday Morning - Hearst Castle tour
Saturday Afternoon - free time, enjoy the pool and ocean
Saturday Evening - Dinner together & social hour
Sunday Morning - Breakfast together and ocean hike/walk
Additional details can be found here

Recommended hotel is the San Simeon Lodge

Approximate cost for the tour: $100 for the Julia Morgan Tour, 120 minutes
Costs for accommodations, transportation & meals on your own.

Sara Mae Parker can help arrange carpools and roommates if you want to share a room.

To RSVP, please fill out this form.
or email Sara Mae Parker by May 22

Photos for the Hearst Castle Trip

Sept 22-24, 2023 - Anniversary Annual Retreat

Save the Date!

The 50th Anniversary Retreat will be held on September 22-24, 2023 at Westerbeke Ranch.

Visit our 50th Anniversary Retreat Page

Photos form the Retreat

Building the Retreat Arch

Jan 19-24, 2024 - 50th Anniversary Ecuador Trip

Gilda Puente-Peters

We have planned an exciting 50th. Anniversary trip to Ecuador, a country of many cultures and ecosystems.

In this trip, we will travel through the Andean highlands, the colonial center of Quito which is the largest and most in-tact Spanish colonial city center in Latin America.

We will visit the indigenous marketplaces of Otavalo and will then travel the same route the conquistadors took down to the Amazon rainforest and learn how local people live in and from the land.

We will go to the Papallacta hot springs on our way to the rainforest.

We will visit Baños, Ambato and through a scenic ride through the Andes we will visit Cotopaxi, the largest active volcano on earth and then back to Quito.

Click here to review the Ecuador Trip Itinerary.

Trip Dates: January 19th-27th, 2024

Total Cost Per Person: $2900

Deposit of $500 is due 7/1/2023.

Remaining balances are due by 8/1/23.

Early Bird Specials
- If deposit of $500 is received by 6/8/23, a discount of $200 will be applied and total cost will be $2700.

- If deposit of $500 is received by 6/22/23, a discount of $100 will be applied and total cost will be $2800.

Lodging examples:
Gallery - Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel (
Papalllacta hot-springs
Hamadryade Lodge
Luna Volcan

For payment instructions and additional details visit basecamp.

For any questions or concerns please contact Gilda Puente-Peters

Looking forward to a memorable trip!

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