The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia


Thursday, January 9th

6:00 pm   Dinner – Restaurant of Your Choice

People who arrive early for Awakening can make reservations at a hotel cafe or Sea Island restaurant. We often dine in groups so let us know if you want to be included in a block of reservations. This is a “Dutch” treat where everyone is responsible for their own expenses.
The Cloister restaurants reservation number is: 855-572-4975

8:00 pm   Fireside Chat

Coffee, Warm Cookies and Lively Discussion

Colonial Lounge, Fireside, The Cloister

After a scrumptious meal we will gather for a “Fireside Chat” led by the sapient, Ed Meese, former Attorney General in the Reagan administration. General Meese is astute, experienced and erudite. This is a “No Holds Barred” session where the subject(s) are chosen by you, the participant. Discussing everything from NSA to First Principles to Cultural shifts to Economics the floor is open for lively dialogue and intrigue.

“Awakening Official Start”

Friday, January 10th

10:00 am – 6:00 pm   Registration

Hospitality Desk

Sapelo Room

Awakening has a long tradition of swapping books. There will be a table where you may bring up to three of your favorite books (fiction or non-fiction) and leave them. On Saturday morning you may choose as many books as you have brought to take home. Some of our most favorite books were found at this table.

Awakening Golf Tournament: Plantation Golf Course

Complimentary Shuttle from Cloister to Lodge Every 30 minutes

10:00 a.m. – tee times

This course is a great Oceanside golf course. It begins with a shotgun start and all levels of talent play! Box lunch and cooler on golf cart.

12:30 pm     Luncheon

Cloister II

Speaker: Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America (SFLA)

Mrs. Hawkins is a bright, young star shining for conservatism on the horizon. An Author and Executive, she will inform AND inspire you.

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm Expose

“The Three I’s in the Middle East”



This year, renowned national security commentator Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, will awaken us to the facts and the fictions about this Middle East trio. Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, and received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award.  Not a session to miss! The only plenary workshop of the weekend!

1:45-3:45 pm


Hang at the Beach, Poolside or Lawn

6:30 pm   Welcome Reception

Cloister Patio

Dress for this event is what we call in the South as “Sunday” dress. Men wear sport coats and ties and women wear dresses or slacks. The children can wear any attire that their parents deem appropriate

7:00 pm   Family Dinner

Keynote Speaker

Senator Marco Rubio, (R, FL)

Cloister Ballroom

At this dinner the children will sell stock options for $1(the maximum purchase is 5 shares) for their capitalist endeavor on Saturday. Larry Kudlow has said that this was his best stock purchase for the year, so bring your cash and be prepared to make a little money off your investment.

9:15 pm   Dessert Extraordinaire and Coffee

Cloister Foyer II

What adjectives can you add to chocolate, coconut, strawberry, apple …whipped cream???

 Saturday, January

7:00 – 8:30 am   Awakening Breakfast Buffet

Cloister II

This breakfast offers early discussion and meeting and greeting. The attire is resort casual!

8:30 am   Book Swap Start

Across from Hospitality Desk


Okay, now is the time to go select the same number of books that you brought! Happy Reading!!!

Art Display

Cumberland Room

Featuring: Judith Pond Kudlow

Anthony Quickle


8:45 am – 10:30 am

“Immigration: Forging an American Solution”


Senator Jeff Sessions (R/AL)

Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation

Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

“Grand Illusion: Planned Parenthood”

Cloister I

Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life

Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review

Plugged-In #1 – Wired but disconnected?

“Plugged-in—Wired but Disconnected?”(Teens)

Lucas Ramirez

 We live in a sea of social media, likes, shares, iPhones, tweets and comments. This session will allow students to unpack the good and bad of this trend in order to identify how to swim in the ocean of technology. This critical conversation will help to develop healthy habits of listening and speaking through the static and noise.

Young Capitalist Corporation(Children 3-11 years old)

Oglethorpe Room

Ernest and Jan Taylor

Katrina Bue, Awakening Instructor

Dustin Brown, Awakening Instructor

Ernest Taylor will help you name your company/decide on costs/advertise and “manufacture” your goodies.  At the session break you will sell your cookies and make some cash. Sunday, we will pay a good dividend to our stockholders.  


10:45 am – 12:30 pm

“Political Forecasting: A Look at the 2014, 2016 Elections”


Steve Hayes, The Weekly Standard
Whit Ayres, North Star Opinion Research

“How Can Conservatives Speak to the Cities!”

Cloister I

Robert Woodson, President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
Fred Siegel, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute 

Plugged-in-Social Media Scavenger Hunt(Teens)

Lucas Ramirez

Come have fun on this Social Media Scavenger Hunt around the resort!

Reptile Roundup

Oglethorpe Room

Katrina Bue, Awakening Instructor

Dustin Brown, Awakening Instructor

Off to The Cloister turtle pond and then back to Create a Masterpiece. Children 3 -11 years of age)

12:30 pm   Low-Country Lunch

Black Banks Terrace (Weather Permitting)
Weather Alternative: Cloister II Ballroom

Weather permitting we will have a low-country lunch outside with warm sunshine and a multitude of friends!


1:50 – 3:55 pm 

“IRS Outrage…Tax Reform”
Cloister I
Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
JD Foster, Deputy Chief Economist, US Chamber of Commerce

“OBAMACARE: 2014 Mandates”
Dr. Robert E. Moffit, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Congressman Tom Price, (R-GA)

Plugged-In-How to Use Technology as a Tool and Not a Trap (Teens)
Lucas Ramirez

Relationships are one of the most important parts of life. This session will focus on practical ways to establish genuine relationships in a networked world. We need friendships that last, not superficial digital relationships. This session will provide practical ways to use technology as a tool to enhance relationships.

Our Founding Forefathers(Children 3-11)

Oglethorpe Room

Katrina Bue, Awakening Instructor

Dustin Brown, Awakening Instructor

6:30 pm Reception

Cloister II Foyer

 (Teens and Adults)

This reception’s attire is black-tie optional. This is a lovely occasion to “dress up” and enjoy the evening with conservative friends


Oglethorpe Room

Pizza Party and Desserts Galore

Cliff Patton, Balloonist and Magician Extraordinaire

Games, Fun and Delight

(Ages 11 and Under) Sitter Required

7:00 pm Black Tie Dinner

Cloister Ballroom

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Governor Sam Brownback (R, Kansas)

Great American Award Presentation

Awakening’s Great American Award sponsored in memory of William Amos, Senior a co-founder of Aflac will be announced.

Sunday, January 11th

7:45 – 8:30 am

Church Service –The Cloister Chapel

This non-denominational church service is led by Lucas Ramirez. Lucas is on the Awakening Advisory Board and Executive Director of The Gathering Place is a community-based ministry that has served the youth of Brunswick and the Golden Isles since 1981. Every year we come away grateful we attended this service.

8:00 a.m.   Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Cloister Foyer


9:00a.m. -10:45 a.m.

“State of the Economy”
Larry Kudlow, Host of CNBC Kudlow Reports
Steve Moore, Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

“Leave Me Alone!(But Please Catch the Terrorists)”,
Cloister I

Beth Cook,  US Department of Justice
Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Creating: A “Hands On” Skill(Children 3-11 years of age)
Oglethorpe Room

 Katrina Bue, Awakening Instructor

Dustin Brown, Awakening Instructor

11:00 a.m.   Family Brunch

Cloister II Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Steve Hayes

Now we are all informed and ready to go home but we have one last time to gather and be inspired. Steve Hayes, The Weekly Standard, will deliver our parting talk and inspire us to go and make a difference for America. 

12:00 noon   Awakening 2014 Concludes