Important Information

Please find registration, housing and transportation information below:

2016 ITLC Registration Fees

We know registration is an expense and can be expensive. As the Steering Committee we want you to know that your registration fees go a long way as we value high hospitality and community in addition to rigor. Therefore in addition to your fees supporting the costs associated with planning and executing the conference, your registration funds provide you with:

  • Full access to the conference sessions: symposia, panels, roundtables & workshops
  • Access to all conference-wide events such as the opening ceremony and entertainment
  • Access to conference venue, support services and support personnel
  • Access to exhibitor materials and ability to exhibit materials
  • Conference proceedings
  • Daily sustenance: beverages, meals, snacks and receptions (varies by day). Full conference includes: 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 receptions, and beverages throughout.
  • Transportation to/from downtown hotels to conference at Pacific Lutheran University



Time Frame




Early Bird




May 31, 2016





August 31, 2016





October 13, 2016

On Site




After October 13

Student Registration* you must be a current student in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program. The spirit of the student registration is for those who are under the heavy burden of tuition expenses with limited income. If you are a professional earner who happens to also be a student, then please register using the Regular Registration fees.

Professional Registration** includes educators, practitioners and professionals. 



Thursday / Sunday

Friday / Saturday


Daily Rate*

$75.00 per day

$175.00 per day

Online or Onsite

Partner Rate**



Online or Onsite

Daily Rate* is for participants only attending part of the conference and covers the cost of attendance for that day, including meals and other conference services.

Partner Rate** is for family members, friends and others who may be traveling with you and intend to participate in a session or two, share in meals, attend receptions and make use of conference services.

If possible, those registering for a Daily Rate and/or Partner Rate are encouraged to do so prior to October so as to help the budget and catering planning more effectively. However, it is entirely common to register onsite for these rates.


Scholarships are available for students and international attendees. Scholarships provide a reduction of conference registration fees. To apply for a scholarship, please see the Scholarship Application.  Applications are due by July 1, 2016.



There are certainly many housing choices throughout the greater Tacoma area. While the conference site of Pacific Lutheran University is 10 miles from downtown, we have opted to block rooms at three downtown Tacoma Hotels. The museums, restaurants and other aspects of Tacoma life are best accessed from the main downtown area. Complimentary shuttles will be provided to get you to and from the conference.

Please book your hotel reservation early. If the blocks fill and rooms are available then you can be added to the block. Please contact the hotels directly online or by phone. Block codes should be “International Transformative Learning Conference 2016”, “ITLC 2016” or just “ITLC”.

All three hotels are walking distance to great restaurants, museums and the Tacoma Link – the light rail that runs the length of the downtown corridor.  As mentioned, we will provide free van shuttles to and from these three hotels to campus for each day of the conference.

Hotel #1: The Holiday Inn Express

This hotel is only two years old, just one block uphill from the museums and restaurants. The hotel has lovely staff, a nice breakfast room that doubles as a workspace, a small lobby with a fireplace, an indoor pool and gym.

Room Block: 25 Rooms (1-4 people). Regular $129.00 plus tax. Suites $144.00 plus tax.

Reservations include complimentary: wifi, secure parking, hot breakfast


2102 South C Street, Tacoma, WA 98402

Tel: (253) 272-2434 • Fax: (253) 272-2764

1. Head to

2. Enter preferred arrival and departure dates

3. Under "Have a Group Code", enter the group code ITL to get the group rate

Contact Rebecca Cattnach, , if you need reservation assistance.


Hotel #2: The Courtyard Marriott

This hotel has been upgraded in recent years in keeping with Tacoma’s increase desirability for tourism and trade. It has a lovely lobby bar, bistro café, indoor pool and gym.

Room Block: 10 Rooms (1-4 people). Regular $139.00 plus tax.

Reservations include: complimentary wifi and paid secure parking.

Courtyard Tacoma Downtown,

1515 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA, 98402-3306,

Tel: (253) 591-9100

Click here to book online


Hotel #3: The Murano

The Murano is Tacoma classic, featuring glassworks by famous Tacoma Artists. The Lobby bar is a cozy space with a fireplace. This is a destination hotel and serves as a venue for weddings, conferences, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Room Block 1 is Full and Now Closed: 10 Rooms (1-4 people). Regular $129.00 plus tax 

Room Block 2: (1-4 People) $149.00 plus tax as of August 1, 2016

Reservation includes: complimentary wifi, paid parking at $12.00 per day.

Call or e-mail with code:

ITLC International Transformative Learning Conference 2016

Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway Plaza

Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone 253-238-8000 * Reservations 888-862-3255 * Fax 253-591-4105

Click here to book online


Getting to Tacoma, Flights.

Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma) International Airport is a major international airport on the west coast of the United States. Sea-Tac is located half-way between Seattle and Tacoma.

Alaska Airlines is our favorite domestic airline and often provides the best rates for direct flights from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As an international airport most international carriers arrive in SeaTac offering direct flights from places like London, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Athens, Dubai, and more.

Getting to your hotel or to campus.

Depending on your arrival date and time, you might go from the airport to your hotel or to campus. Do NOT take a taxicab!!!!

Depending on the time of day and traffic, the drive from the airport to the downtown hotels is about 30 minutes and 40 minutes to campus.

Though there are several shuttle options from the airport to the Tacoma area, Shuttle Express is what most people prefer:

They offer both Vans Shuttles and towncars. If you are traveling in a group to one destination, then a Shuttle Express towncar is most efficient and economical. As you leave the airport, use a pedestrian bridge to cross to the airport garage. Passengers are picked up at the inner drive curb on the third floor of the airport garage. You can make your reservation on site or in advance.

Getting to/from hotel to campus.

Van Shuttles: We are providing complimentary shuttles to and from the three downtown hotels and campus. We will have a morning and evening schedule.

Car. If you wish to rent or bring your own car, we will provide driving and parking directions for your convenience. Parking is free. We will also help participants ride share with those with vehicles who are willing to carpool.

Public Transportation. Tacoma and Pierce County does provide public transit, predominantly by bus. The PLU campus has a main terminal just five blocks from the main conference building. However, the system is time consuming and the bus schedule limited. 

Transformative Learning Network

Transformative Learning Network is for all who are interested in the study and practice of transformative learning. Our purpose is to provide a centralized location for you to connect with other scholars, practitioners and scholar-practitioners, as well as to receive regular updates on plans for the next International Transformative Learning Conference.


Social Network Links


Transformative Learning Conference Student Committee 

11th International Transformative Learning Conference YouTube Channel



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