FAQ & Logistics
Who typically attends?
The summit attracts media practitioners from a range of fields -- documentary film, photography, journalism, gaming, the arts, poetry, marketing/advertising, and more. It also attracts a fair number of people from academia, as well as individuals who aren't in media but care about its impact on society. Some of the richest conversations happen between those who are in media and those who aren't, so we encourage people from all fields to attend.
Why should I go?
The summit offers attendees a chance to meet people from around the world who share a passion for storytelling and care about the impact that media has on people and communities. Attendees say the summit allows them to step back from their work, consider its meaning and become re-energized. It offers a lasting support network of like-minded media makers. It provides examples of award-winning, meaningful media making and inspires new ideas. It is a weekend of passionate discussion on what makes media socially meaningful. And above all, it is a chance to relax, eat well and enjoy a remarkable group of inspired and inspiring colleagues. Many say the long weekend is "a breath of fresh air," “thought-provoking,” and even “life-changing.”
Who is ivoh?
At Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), we believe that media can create meaningful, positive change in the world. Our global community includes journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers, gamers, advertisers, and more. We believe the stories we tell create the world we live in and that stories can restore hope and strength to communities.
To us, positive change is about focusing on the world we want to live in or the world we want to create —not only problem solving the world we have. It’s not about glossing difficult truths. It’s about amplifying the best in human nature and whenever possible shining a light on the steps we can take towards the future we want. The summit is one of the key ways that we do this.
Where will it be held?
The Summit will take place at Peace Village in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. It’s a spiritual retreat center in the Catskill Mountains, and as such the overnight accommodations are modest.
Rooms are shared accommodations complete with two full-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms and internet access via wifi. If you wish to be assigned a particular roommate, please let us know in advance otherwise you will be paired with another attendee. Single accommodations, in-room televisions, refrigerators, and telephones are not available. Should you require these amenities, there are local bed & breakfasts that we can recommend.
Wifi & Cell Phone Connection
Due to the mountain location, cell phone coverage areas are very limited - although Skype or WhatsApp are great alternatives if you'll need to make calls, since there's a wifi connection in most rooms. There are also public phones available in common areas.
Vegetarian Meals & More
All meals are vegetarian and lovingly prepared onsite. Guests are asked to refrain from bringing alcohol or to smoke on the premises. Please help us to maintain this peaceful environment by using headphones to enjoy any music or video in your room.
How do I get there?
The transportation hubs closest to Peace Village are Albany airport (ALB) and Hudson, NY train station (HUD). Although participants might find less expensive flights at NYC airports, they are considerably farther away and conference shuttle service is only offered to/from the above locations.
Please be advised that Fridays and Sundays are peak days on the train and tickets should be purchased in advance on the Amtrak website to guarantee a seat.
There is also a Trailways bus from NYC Port Authority that stops in Hunter, NY and drops passengers at the base of Peace Village's driveway. For more information, contact Trailways at (800) 776 - 7548.
Those that wish to drive will find ample free parking at Peace Village and detailed driving directions here on the Peace Village website.
SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM AIRPORT & TRAIN:
If you are arriving via Albany airport or Hudson train station, it will be most cost effective to reserve a seat on the conference shuttle service. When making travel plans please note that the trip from Peace Village to either destination takes approximately one hour. Uber or Lyft may be sporadically operating from either location but are not reliably available.
Reserve Your Shuttle:
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your shuttle before you purchase your airfare/train tickets in order to ensure that there is a shuttle available close to the time of your arrival/departure.
Shuttle service must be arranged in advance, and the cost for this service is $25 per trip, payable in advance.
How much does it cost?
We encourage you to make a voluntary donation to Peace Village to help cover the cost of your food and lodging, which is free.
Most rooms at Peace Village are doubles, but we do our best to accommodate attendees who ask for single rooms and grant them on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also some local B&Bs, if you'd prefer to stay off-site. We recommend Rose Haven Inn, which is just down the street from Peace Village.
How long has ivoh held its Summit?
The Summit has been ivoh's signature event since the early 2000s and is entering it’s 20th year! It remains an integral part of ivoh's work and offerings. To get a better sense of our past events, you can read highlights and see photos from our 2016, 2015, and 2014 summits.
How can I register?
You can register by clicking here. There is no deadline to register, but we encourage you to register sooner than later as we limit attendance to 100.
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The variety of experiences and backgrounds represented made the discussions and seminars that much more interesting and impactful. I felt that each of us was able to take what we needed most from the discussions in the way that helped us grow most, both personally and professionally.
It’s been more than a year since the ivoh summit, and I still keep in touch with several of the people I met during the event. I think the very theme of the event – communicating hope and resilience – created personal and professional bonds that will last for years to come.”