SUS History

Our History

Year after year we keep having a great weekend of sobriety, fellowship and fun under the sun in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

2017 will be our 15th annual convention. The Convention was the concept and dream of a few people who loved AA and Alanon and Puerto Vallarta.

Each year the conference has grown in attendance, thanks to the efforts of many.

The committee of AA and Al-Anon members who help put the event on has also grown each year providing a rich experience for each who participate in being of service in “carrying the message” of recovery and learning, through participation, to “practice our principles in all our affairs”.

Each year, after listening to attendees and reviewing what worked well, the committee meets to determine what else could be added the next year to make the weekend even more fulfilling for attendees and passes these suggestions on to the next group who rotate in to be of service.

Over the years the conference has improved through adding such things as more workshops, both AA and Al-Anon speakers, bringing in local talent for attendees enjoyment of our rich Mexican music and dance culture, constantly improving the optional Saturday night dinner, adding an ice cream social and the Sunday morning breakfast all helping to make this conference truly world class.

In addition to the three day conference we also have traditionally had two other “for fun” events: a Thursday night casual beach dinner preceding the weekend and a “Sober Cruise” on the Monday following.  Both events are a great way to experience our cuisine on the beach, observe sea life in our beautiful bay and visit some surrounding villages while enjoying more fellowship and getting to know folks from around the world who all come to SUS and PV to enjoy some warm and sunny “Sobriety Under the Sun”.



Our SUS Recovery Conferences Over The Years


2016: 14th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Solving Problems Using Spiritual Principles”
  • Date: January 22-24, 2016 location: Westin Resort and Spa
  • Chair: Cynthia W.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Deb H., Fullerton, CA
    • Saturday Morning Al-Anon: Sue D., Yorba Linda, CA
    • Saturday Night AA: Keith D., Yorba Linda, CA
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Kent C., Sandusky, OH


SUSLogo2015Transp2015: 13th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Into Action” date: Jan 16-18, 2015
  • Location: Sheraton Buganvilias
  • Chair: Mike R.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Terry M., Billings, MT
    • Saturday Morning Al-Anon: Kelly P., Helena MT
    • Saturday Night AA: Bill C., Los Angeles, CA
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Don C., Colo. Springs, CO

2014: 12th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participationimage018

  • Theme: “H.O.W. It Works… Honest, Open and Willing”
  • Date: January 17-19, 2014
  • Location: CasaMagna Marriott
  • Chair: Jim H.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Katie P.: Austin, TX
    • Saturday Morning Al-Anon: Gloria H., Seattle, WA
    • Saturday Night AA: Bob D., Las Vegas, NV
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Rich B., Ocean City, MD

2013: 11th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Freedom From Bondage”
  • Date: January 18-20, 2013
  • Location: CasaMagna Marriott
  • Chair:
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Polly P., Jacksonville, FL
    • Saturday Morning Al-Anon: Kathy H., Cincinnati, OH
    • Saturday Night AA: Dave P., Jacksonville, FL
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Angie P., Cincinnati, OH

2012: 10th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Attitude of Gratitude”
  • Date: January 20-22, 2012
  • Location: CasaMagna Marriott
  • Chair:
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Bob Z., Thousand Oaks, CA
    • Saturday Morning Alanon: Betty Ann Z., Thousand Oaks, CA
    • Saturday Night AA: Steve L., Brentwood, TN
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Debbie D., Concord CA

2011: The 9th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participationimage012

  • Theme: “Sunlight Of the Spirit”
  • Date: January 28-30, 2011
  • Location: NH Krystal
  • Chair: Sandy M.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Shannon F., Los Angeles, CA
    • Saturday Morning Alanon: Jack C., Sylmar, CA
    • Saturday Night AA: Leslie C., Sylmar, CA
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Matt M., Long Beach, CA

2010: The 8th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Mental, Physical, Spiritual”
  • Date: Jan 29-30-31 2010
  • Location: NH Krystal
  • Chair: Craig A
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Lynn H., Mercer Is., WA
    • Saturday Night: Alanon: Ellen C. – Dallas, TX. AA: Dayle P., NYC, NY
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Tom W., Oakland, CA.

image0092009: The 7th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation

  • Theme: “Sunlight of the Spirit”
  • Date:  Jan 23-25 2009
  • Location: NH Krystal
  • Chair: Christie S
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Sharon B-C, LA, CA & Alanon: Beverly B, Lewisville, TX
    • Saturday Night: Dave C, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Tom I, Pinehurst, North Carolina

image0072008: The 6th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation. First year of the bookmarks

  • Theme: “Attitude of Gratitude”
  • Date:  Jan 25-27, 2008
  • Location: NH Krystal
  • Chair: Barbara D.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA: Debbie G., Carlsbad, California & Al-Anon: Beverly R., Ft. Worth, Texas
    • Saturday Night: Bob B., St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Jerry J., Lake Whitney, TX

image0062007: The 5th annual SUS AA convention with Al-Anon participation. First year with a theme, creation of timeline, committee service position descriptions, budget, financial reports and podium “Bible”.

  • Theme: “Happy, Joyous and Free”
  • Date:  Jan 26-28, 2007
  • Location: NH Krystal
  • Chair: Barbara H.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday Night AA: Gary L, Vancouver, B.C. Canada & Al-Anon – Sheila G, Brownsville, TX
    • Saturday Night AA: Reggie D, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada
    • Sunday Spiritual Breakfast: Patrick Francis T, Rancho Mirage, CA

image0012006: The 4th SUS annual AA convention, 1st with Al-Anon participation. 1st year of the logo and website:

  • Date:  Jan 13-15, 2006
  • Location: Canto del Sol
  • Chair: Heather M.
  • Speakers:
    • Friday AA-Barbara H. Seattle, WA & Al Anon-Jim H. Seattle, WA
    • Saturday AA-Karen G. Venice, CA
    • Sunday AA – Ed R. Terre Haute, IN

2005: The 3rd annual SUS AA convention

  • Date: Jan 14-16, 2005
  • Location: Canto del Sol
  • Chairs: Faith H. and Cheryl W.

2004: The 2nd annual AA convention. The name was changed to “Sobriety Under the Sun”.  This was called the 1st convention by some as it was the first time the Serenity Group officially “sponsored” it, per an article Angela C. wrote for the PV Mirror that year.

  • Date: Jan 16-18, 2004
  • Location: Canto del Sol
  • Chairs: Faith H. and Cheryl W.

2003: Since it was decided to move the convention from October to January no convention was held in 2003.

2002: The 1st AA convention, put together by various members of the Puerto Vallarta Serenity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, was called “Soberfest 2002”

  • Cate: October 2002
  • Location: Villas Vallarta


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