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Slipstreams: 2017 SoCal Slipstream – California

October 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - October 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

WHAT: 2017 SoCal Slipstream
WHERE: Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, California
WHEN: Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29, 2017
WHO: Adults (21+) with Type 1 diabetes
CONTACT: Erin Randall, Slipstream Coordinator (erin@connectedinmotion.ca)

A Slipstream Weekend is an active, social and educational weekend for adults living with Type 1 diabetes. But that explanation sounds so formal… What it really is… is a weekend jam packed full of outdoor adventure, engaging workshops, great food and incredible people. It’s a chance to connect (or reconnect) with like-minded Type 1s, get out and try something new, learn from each others’ experiences, and celebrate the year’s accomplishments – focusing on the positive aspects of what we CAN do with Type 1 diabetes.

This year, CIM will be hosting SoCal Slipstream Weekend, once again, at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. We’ll meet in San Pedro outside of LA, travel to the island together via ferry, and spend the weekend snorkelling, sailing, and enjoying a campfire on the beach. Learn from some of the industry’s best about diabetes innovation, new strategies for management, and have the chance to try out some of the latest diabetes tech. We’ll see you there!



Robert Simmons

SoCal Slipstream Co-Lead

Robbie absolutely loves Slipstream weekends because it brings together a group of people, who likely would not be meeting in any normal sense. He started going to diabetes camps when he was 12 and continued all the way through high school with various surf camps put on by the local JDRF group. Robbie was nervous about reliving those treasured memories as an adult because usually adult T1Ds are slightly disenfranchised from the groups focusing on youth T1D development, but that wasn't the case. Everyone was awesome. He has no problem saying that he was way off- Slipstream was quite honestly the best experience of my year- He was able to attend thanks to Tandem and made a lot of good friends that He has managed to keep in contact with. It's a lot more mature and grounded than he was expecting and he loved every minute of it.

Alicia de la Rosa

SoCal Slipstream Co-Lead

Alicia de la Rosa lives in San Diego, California. When she was diagnosed a little under 3 years ago, Connected in Motion was the first organization to not only connect her with other Type 1s, but to introduce her to a community of Type 1s who shared the same adventurous love for the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, working out, surfing, and traveling any moment she can. Alicia loves Slipstream weekends because there's always so much to learn from everyone and all the activities make for an awesome weekend away with others who understand what you're going through. She's excited to see old friends from Slipstream and to meet and make new ones this year on Catalina Island.

Blair Ryan

SoCal Slipstream Crew

Blair was born in California to two Canadian parents, and she’s always been happiest when playing outside. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 at 14 years old in the middle of cross-country season. She’s grateful that being an athlete was already a big part of her identity and it fueled her motivation for learning everything she could about diabetes. Since then, she has learned most from being outside with others with diabetes who have similar interests. Blair is an accomplished collegiate distance runner, cyclist, and Ironman triathlete. If time allowed, she would spend all day every day running on trails. In her professional career, Blair uses her background in anthropology and journalism to promote the idea that peer support and experiential education play vital roles in sustainable health systems. She lives and surfs in San Diego, California, with her partner Peter who also has Type 1 diabetes.

What is a Slipstream Weekend, anyway?

A Slipstream Weekend is an active, social and educational weekend for adults living with Type 1 diabetes. But that explanation sounds so formal… What it really is… is a weekend jam packed full of outdoor adventure, engaging workshops, great food and incredible people. It’s a chance to connect (or re-connect) with like-minded Type 1s, get out and try something new, learn from each others’ experiences, and celebrate the year’s accomplishments – focusing on the positive aspects of what we CAN do with Type 1 diabetes.

What goes on at a Slipstream? Do you have a schedule ready?

Of course! Check out the SoCal Slipstream 2017 Schedule below! (As always, a few things may shift and shuffle, but this is what you can expect to fill your weekend!)

Who can attend a Slipstream Weekend?

Slipstream is offered for adults who are living with Type 1 diabetes. There is something special that happens when you’re surrounded by a community of people who ‘get it’. Although we are so grateful for our support networks – our 5.5ers – Summer Slipstream is open exclusively to people living with Type 1 diabetes. (Don’t worry, 5.5ers – More coming for you, soon! Interested in getting involved in the CIM community? Learn how, here!)


What do I need to bring with me?
You can check out our program packing lists, here. If there are any special items you’ll need, you’ll hear from us via email 2 weeks before the event. We’ll expect that you’ll bring your own diabetes supplies, clothing, and toiletries. We’ll provide all of the outdoor adventure equipment, a bed to sleep in, food… Just like camp… for adults!

What is the vibe of the weekend? Is this like a conference?
Not really! Here, at Connected in Motion, we wanted to get away from the typical ‘conference’ style of learning. We want to have meaningful conversations, hands-on learning, and actually get outside and put into practice some of the strategies for living well with diabetes that we’ve all learned along the way. You can expect a mix between indoor learning sessions – sometimes we’ll bring in special guests to share with us, other times we’ll run group workshops – and outdoor adventure sessions – don’t worry, we’ll let you define adventure! Think, camp for adults!

I’m not super fit. I’ve seen some of CIM’s photos and videos – everything looks epic. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle Slipstream!
Of course you will! The CIM team are trained educators and adventure guides. We work hard to make sure that everyone experiences success, defined on your own terms. Whether that’s climbing a mountain, or just strolling to the trailhead, we’ll mould the experience to suit all ability levels. We’ll encourage you to step to the edge of your comfort zone, but we won’t push you off!

I’ve never been to something like this before – Can I bring a friend?
Slipstream is built just for adults with Type 1 diabetes – Do you have a friend with diabetes? Then, sure! Bring them along! We realize how scary it can be to jump into something like this alone and we commend everyone who has pushed themselves and join the community solo – We are proud of you! We know it’s not easy! We’ll do our best to help make joining the community easy for everyone – We’ll help arrange carpooling, make introductions throughout the weekend, plan ice breakers – whatever we need to do to make you feel welcomed. Come join us!

I have a special dietary need – celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy – Can the venue accommodate me?
We’ll be working closely with the venue to ensure that we can meet the dietary needs of all of our Slipstreamers. Food is one of the highlights of a Slipstream experience! The venue knows that we will be a group with diverse needs and will be prepared to meet the needs of our crew. We’ll also work closely with you, if you’d prefer, to make sure that you’re comfortable with the food situation. We don’t want food to be a stress!

Will there be low supplies on site, or do I need to pack my own?
Low supplies will be plentiful! We’ll supply juice boxes, glucose tabs, granola bars, etc. As always, if you have your own favorites, please bring them along! (Maybe they will become our favourites, too!)

I see a lot of cool outdoor adventure activities listed. Do I need any of my own equipment?
Nope! For every activity offered at Slipstream, gear will be provided – It’s included in your registration fee!

What is the difference between Standard and Upgraded accommodations?
Standard accommodation consists of bunk beds in a shared, dorm-style building with showers and bathrooms in a nearby building. The option to upgrade for $65 includes a 2-person shared room with private washroom and shower. There are limited upgrades available and will be given on a first come, first served basis (based on date of registration).

Do you have questions that you’d like answered? Send them to erin@connectedinmotion.ca with Summer Slipstream FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!

What's included in my registration?

  • Shared Accommodation (Upgraded accommodation available for additional fee)
  • All meals and Snacks (Usually Friday evening snack through Sunday Lunch)
  • Outdoor Programming (past examples include: Rock Climbing, Challenge Course, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, swimming, etc)
  • Ferry transportation to and from Catalina Island
  • CIM-specific programming

What is NOT included?

  • Transportation to and from the ferry terminal in San Pedro is not included
  • Diabetes Supplies

Regular Fee

$ 385

Early Bird FeeEnds September 22!

$ 335


$ 100

Per Month

Check out what other Slipstreamers have to say

I had participated in many diabetes-related events as a teenager but this was my first one with an adult group. It was a little intimidating at first but turned out to be an incredible experience! We all became one big families who was there to support one another and I left that weekend feeling refreshed, with a bunch of new friends and fun memories. Thank you for convincing me to come out, CIM! I made the right decision.

KatrinaSummer Slipstream 2016

This was my first experience with the CIM community. I have been diabetic type 1 for the past 36 years deal with this on my own. I knew there were other people who were as active as I was but didn't know anyone other than a close friend who lives in Ottawa area. The experience was so uplifting that I was not the only one and having discussions about the ups and downs on a very personal level. I am ready to do more active sessions with this community soon I hope.

MichelSummer Slipstream 2016

Although it's hard to put into words, being surrounded for an entire weekend with other T1's that totally "get it" from every finger prick, every high, every low, every carb count, every step i take in this T1 journey is beyond priceless!

GayleSoCal Slipstream 2016

I use to think and believe I was the only diabetic in the world. I really had no one to talk to about problems relating to diabetes. I attended the summer slipstream the presentations that were provided were educational and very informative. Not only did I meet new and amazing people but I met great life long friends and really a new family. It has turned my world right around my lowest A1C in 16 years and the best health I have been in 16 years because It put me in the right mind frame to conquer diabetes. This slipstream allowed me to also ask the questions that I always thought were "stupid" or everyone should know but I just didn't I would highly recommend it to anyone and in fact, I already have! Thanks CIM

PaulSummer Slipstream 2016

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October 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
October 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
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