Frequently Asked Questions
Conference Registration Includes:
- All course materials and sessions,
- Access to Video Recordings of ALL conference sessions (new for 2019 … a $400 retail value),
- the program booklet,
- conference mementos,
- up to 22 CE credits (pending),
- nine delicious plant-based meals (Sunday: dinner; Monday: breakfast / lunch / dinner; Tuesday: breakfast / lunch / dinner; and Wednesday: breakfast / lunch).
Although our target audience is the healthcare community and the content of the conference is geared towards Medical Doctors and other healthcare practitioners, there is no REQUIREMENT that attendees be employed in the healthcare field.
Past conferences have had a contingent of non-healthcare practitioners and they always seem to enjoy the conference.
I would like to register for only a portion of the conference - do you offer a single day registration option?
Individual Day Registration is not available at this time. We only accept full registrations so that we can accommodate as many people as possible that are interested in and available for the entire conference. On Friday, August 16, 2019, we will evaluate the available conference room space and make a determination as to whether or not we open up single day registration. In 2017 and 2018 we DID NOT offer a single day registration because we sold out the conference so please be mindful of that as you make attendance plans for the 2019 Conference. To register for the entire conference, please visit http://pbnhc.com/registration.
The group guest room rates will be offered by the Oakland Marriott City Center up to three (3) days prior and/or three (3) days following the conference dates, subject to room and group rate availability at the time of reservation – PLEASE RESERVE EARLY. In order to take advantage of the group rate either during the conference or before/after the conference, reservations must be made before Thursday, August 29, 2019. Reservations made after this date will be subject to room and rate availability. The available rooms pre and post conference are very limited so please reserve early. Please contact the Oakland Marriott City Center for details. Make sure you reference the conference to for group rate information.
The airport nearest to the Oakland Marriott City Center (OMCC)is Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Oakland, CA. It is located 8 miles from the OMCC.
Other possible airports include:
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA is 26 miles away and is an approximate 45 minute drive.
Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA is 42 miles away and is an approximate 60 minute drive.
No, the Oakland Marriott City Center does not have shuttle service to and from the surrounding airports. However, there are a variety or taxi and car services that can be coordinated through the hotel’s concierge or by you directly. For further transportation information, please visit:
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Basic internet access (maximum of 1.5 mbps) will be provided complimentary in the sleeping rooms for Marriott Rewards Members. Non-members will be charged $1 per day.
Oakland Marriott Center offers all guests complimentary wireless internet access throughout the lobby seating areas.
There will not be internet access in the meeting space.
There are no plans for breakout sessions during the conference. However, before the official start of the PBNHC conference, we are planning additional workshops before the conference that will be offered on Saturday and Sunday September 21st and 22nd as a separate educational opportunity. Visit http://pbnhc.com/workshops for more details.
The Plantrician Project does not allow attendees, sponsors, faculty, volunteers or any third party to film during our conference. That includes, but not limited to:
- Filming the conference sessions/workshops,
- Conducting video interviews with our faculty, attendees or volunteers,
- Broadcasting “live” or doing “live updates” from the conference location.
Please refrain from this. If you are caught doing so, you will be removed from the conference.
If you are interested in helping us spread the word about our conference and The Plantrician Project, the best way to do that is to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share our tweets, feeds, posts and pics.
Thanks in advance for your corporation.
Within approximately 30 days of the completion of the conference, we will post all available faculty presentations. Keep in mind that due to various copyright issues, some presentations may not be available.
However, new for this year, all full conference attendees will be given access to the videos of this year’s entire conference for one year.
Due to the tight schedule, it may be difficult to ask questions of presenters during their presentation. However, if there is time we will try and take a few questions. The best time for questions is during the breaks. Most of the speakers are at the conference for multiple days so you should be able to get your question answered one-way or another.
During the final session of the conference, the Panel Discussion, there will be ample time for questions.
Yes. We will be filming the conference and all full conference attendees will be given FREE ACCESS to the videos of the presentations for 1 year.
For full conference attendees, a total of nine delicious, resort chef prepared meals are included with your conference registration. These include the following: dinner and reception on Sunday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Monday and Tuesday; and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday.
Yes, all meals during the conference will be nutrient dense, plant-based whole foods — representative of the optimal dietary lifestyle we’ll be discussing and advocating throughout the conference.
YES! Please read the ingredient cards carefully to avoid and potential incidents.
We will be offering a “meals only” registration for spouses/guests to enjoy our meals. Please select the “Additional Meals” option when registering for the conference online. If you neglect to register for additional meals and subsequently wish to do so, please visit https://theplantricianproject.formstack.com/forms/pbnhc_meals_2019 and register for the meals you would like to purchase. Or you can contact us at or 203-594-1632 for arrangements.
BECAUSE OF THE LARGE EXPECTED ATTENDANCE AND POTENTIAL SPACE LIMITATIONS, WE WILL MOST LIKELY BE SHUTTING DOWN THE ADDITIONAL MEAL OPTION AS THE CONFERENCE NEARS. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, PLEASE REGISTER FOR ADDITIONAL MEALS WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN ACCOMMODATE GUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL MEALS AFTER THE ORIGINAL REGISTRATION.
Regardless of other circumstances, we will not be taking any additional meal requests after Monday, September 9, 2019 and will not be able to accommodate additional meal requests on site at the conference.
Thank you for your understanding.
Standard resort check-in time begins at 4:00PM, check-out time is 11:00AM. All guests arriving before 4:00PM may be accommodated as rooms become available.
The Bell Staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.
For commuter parking at the Oakland Marriott City Center, special group pricing is being provided: Discounted daily and overnight self-parking of 20% off prevailing rates. Valet at prevailing rates. As of January, 2018, prevailing parking rates:
On-site parking, fee: 40 USD daily
Valet parking, fee: 45 USD daily
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