At the end of each workshop cycle, usually at the beginning of the Twelves, we will ask everyone who has made it that far in the cycle to complete a 15-20 minute survey. Participant feedback is imperative to our provision of the best possible workshop experience to everyone who joins us. If you join us for a workshop cycle, please keep in tune with your experiences with the following topics and subtopics. If there is anything we can do to improve your personal experience, please don't hesitate to ask us for additional help via

As it's written now, the survey focuses on three specific areas of participant experience, including particular emphasis and numerical ratings on the subtopics included below: 

General Experiences — Communication from workshop leaders before and during the cycle; workshop materials 
from workshop leaders; and the workshop sessions

Connections and Cycle Goals — Connection with study buddy; connection with fellow participants; connection with workshop leaders; synthesis of 72 DA and BDA program elements; strengthening of the BDA fellowship; and fundraising for the DA and BDA service structure

Progress in the DA and BDA Program — Progress on the Steps; completion of the Steps; preparation to be a sponsor
or a more confident sponsor; preparation to serve beyond your group or to be a more confident trusted servant;
preparation to be a business owner or a more confident business owner 

This cycle of workshops has been developed to assist you in all of the above focus areas and more. Please click on the image below to see all of the survey responses from cycle one workshop participants.

2020_06_20 - Bill and Bob Do BDA survey


"I believe this workshop is ideal for those new and/or returning to DA/BDA. I’m returning to BDA, and it’s served as a great 're-entry' platform. I very much appreciate the format, giving equal emphasis (at least that’s how it seemed to me) to the principles and tools as to the Steps."  

"Be sure to join every week and read the material; participation is the key."

"I found printing, reading, and highlighting materials ahead of the workshop session to be very helpful. I hole punched in a binder."

"Plan on doing the Steps at the same time you are doing this workshop. Even if you have already done them."

"This is a workshop and will require WORK between sessions. This is how you will get the most out of the workshop. It will be best to have a study buddy, so do what is possible to find one early on."

"I have been in AA for many years and have worked the steps many times, I gained so much insight using these materials ... that I am using them in AA sponsorship."


"I appreciate going in-depth on the Traditions and the Concepts. I’ve been in 12-Step programs a long time and while I can always learn something new about the Steps, I really appreciate the discussions about the Traditions and Concepts because they are seldom discussed at the meeting level. As a result, many in the fellowship don’t understand the importance and value of these principles.  Those who have participated in higher-level service such as GSR, ISR, GSB, etc. get to learn first-hand how important those principles are (IMHO) to the organization itself and, in turn, why that’s important to each of us in recovery."


"Appreciated staying after for questions and open discussion."

"Email connection [with workshop leaders] is amazing; also appreciate availability after the meeting ended."


"I feel launched into another level of recovery in each area. I will be reviewing this material for years."

"I thought it was extraordinary! Great work to weave together into a cohesive package the entirety of the [DA and BDA] program. It made sense to me."

"Interesting and relevant."


"Much appreciated to cover all the material so thoroughly and leave room for discussion, questions, and shares."

"It’s great that people everywhere can participate and enhance their recovery."

"Definitely brought us together."


"I really appreciate the accountability that’s been demonstrated by the financial reporting throughout the workshop term. The one thing I would add to the content (and perhaps it was there and I missed it) is more emphasis on the 7th Tradition as an offering that demonstrates gratitude for our recovery and for value received. I believe these contributions increase our sense of well-being and the flow of prosperity." 

"Outstanding. I made donations to help the DA GSB, it made me feel good to do so."

"I experienced a lot of growth as a result of these workshops — it isn’t about the debt or the alcohol, those are symptoms … it’s about the spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps that allows me to live in the world humbly, honestly, with honor and integrity."

"I gained many new insights of my past and how I want to show up differently now and going forward."

"Definitely made progress. Need to make more."

"PRGs and the tools are great, but without the Steps I don’t have a chance of staying solvent."

"I am starting to sponsor in DA, and this was an excellent opportunity to get grounded again in the program."

"More info about program makes me a better / more confident sponsor."


"I participated because I wanted to connect with other business owners and re-establish myself in the B/DA programs after having focused on another program for the last few years. It definitely inspired me and strengthened my commitment to be self-supporting, accountable, and get with the program!"

"It gave me a 'formal Concepts training.' I already had lots of 'Traditions and Service' training."

"My participation reinforced my commitment to the B/DA program and confirmed for me that I can be a business owner who operates with sanity, clarity, and integrity."

"Helped me to surrender each aspect of my business to God."


"The basic format of each leader speaking on three topics per week is good, very orderly, makes sense. Questions and Answers section was a good use of the time. Shares on topics helped keep the shares focused on the matters at hand, topics of the week."


These series of workshops are being presented not only to serve our DA and BDA community but also to perform grassroots fundraising services, with all post-expense proceeds to be distributed evenly between the GSB and BDA Intergroup each month, for their use on behalf of the fellowship and the debtor who still suffers. 

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