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Welcome to “Pay it Forward”!


75th Anniversary!


Registration Closed


Welcome to 2018 Educational Conference in Ocean Shores, September 14 – 16. This year is the 75th Anniversary of AMTA.  Your board and volunteers have worked hard to make this weekend special and magical.  Our Educational Conferences are packed tightly in a great weekend of educators combined with the scenic location of Ocean Shores.  There are many choices to stay and everything is within walking distance from the Shilo Inn, the host hotel.


For those that are wanting to volunteer, please contact office@amta-wa.org.  We still have many opportunities to help with the Conference over the weekend.


This year is very special since the theme is “Pay it Forward”.  We have the largest membership of Washington’s History.  The board is overwhelmed with the number of members that continue to join AMTA.  We strive to make all events special.  AMTA National requires that we spend down our reserves, so the cost for AMTA Members is very low.  $50.00 for early bird and $100 after, Non-members early bird is $295 / $395 after June 15, 2018.


This year is also a first for Transportation to Ocean Shores.  AMTA Members can board Royal Coach lines at the designated Departure Locations on the I-5 corridor for FREE.  You can pack your tables and luggage underneath the coach and leave the driving to the professionals. Space is limited so plan accordingly.

We also have a U-Haul truck that will leave Seattle and stop in Olympia and off to Ocean Shores with supplies for the Conference. We will be happy to pack your tables and / or luggage as well.  Leaving you room to relax in your own vehicle or ride share.


More details about transportation and Conference will follow on our Facebook page AMTAWASHINGTON.  Make sure you “Like Us” to receive notifications.


We have awesome instructors and we wish you could take all the classes, but time is of the essence. Whether you want to take a two day course or a la carte, you will find it all here over the weekend.


This year’s benefit for the Massage Therapy Foundation is “Casino Royale Night”.  Casino Fantasy Parties will be entertaining us with a DJ, Fantasy Gambling and Impersonators.  Saturday night is always spectacular and lots of fun, food and entertainment!


On behalf of the AMTA-WA Board




Michael J. Mandell, LMT

AMTA-WA Chapter President 





Conference Sponsor


Friday, September 14

7 AM – 9 AM – Check-in / Continental Breakfast

7:45 AM - Blessing by Luata Bray
8 AM – 8:45 AM – Keynote Speaker
9 AM – 1 PM – Education Classes
1 PM – 2 PM – Box Lunches
2 PM – 6 PM – Education Classes


Saturday, September 15

8 AM – 9 AM – Continental Breakfast
9 AM – 1 PM – Education Classes
1 PM – 2 PM – Box Lunches
2 PM – 6 PM – Education Classes
7 PM – 11 PM – Dinner & Fantasy Casino to benefit Massage Therapy Foundation

Sunday, September 16

8 AM - 9 AM -  Continental Breakfast

9 AM – 1 PM – Education Classes
Drive Safely Home!



Click here to register (Closes 8/31/18)
Click here for registration instructions

Click here for the full course schedule
Click here for Schedule At a Glance and Instructor Bios [PDF]
Click here for Sponsor Opportunities




AMTA Member


Early Bird ends 06/15/18 $50.00 $295.00
June 16 - August 31, 2018 $100.00 $395.00


Online Registration Only

Pay by Visa or MasterCard at: amta-wa.org/EC2018. When registering online, you will know right away if your class choices are available. If one of your class choices is full, you can request to be placed on a waiting list.  No onsite registration will be available.


Onsite Check-in

Due to being a destination conference, the Check-in Desk will only be open on the first day of the event.  7 AM – 9 AM Friday September 14. We will not have onsite Registration for this event. Everything needs to be purchased in advance including the Massage Therapy Foundation Dinner on Saturday Night. If you find you can’t make this time, please make arrangements with Teri Hoskins.


Transportation via Royal Coach

You have the option of traveling by Royal Coach from the pickup points below.  Members receive complimentary transportation and non-members pay $75.00.


Please choose a pick up location. Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time

  • 2:00 PM Angle Lake Park n Ride – 19955 28th Ave S - SeaTac
  • 2:40 PM Tacoma Dome Station 610 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma
  • 3:20 PM I-5 and Martin Way, Lacey

AMTA-WA will provide you with Round Trip Transportation via Royal Coach. Royal Coach will drive you from a pick up along I-5 corridor and whisk you away to Ocean Shores. Lean back and enjoy the ride out to the Washington Coast.  


The Bus will be leaving Shilo Inn on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2pm dropping off at the same locations.

All times are Estimated depending on Traffic. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time of the pickup location.


Lodging and Convention

Shilo Inn
707 Ocean Shores Blvd NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Group rates $129-$149 
In order to receive the special group rate you must call the Shilo Inn directly at 360-289-4600 and mention AMTA 2018 Conference.

Website: https://www.shiloinns.com/shilo-inns-ocean-shores

The Grey Gull
651 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW   Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Reservations Only: 1.800.562.9712 
20% off room rates if you mention that you are with ATMA 2018 Conference.

Website: www.thegreygull.com
The Grey Gull’s 37 unique and charming, independently-owned condominiums feature gas fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens in most units, and ocean or pool views.

Workshops will be held at the following two locations; they are within one block of each other.

Shilo Inn
707 Ocean Shores Blvd NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W. Chance A LA Mer Avenue
Ocean Shores, WA 98569



We are allowing for online registration only for this event.  Confirmations are sent via email through the online registration system. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of registering, please send an email to office@amta-wa.org.  Space is limited so plan accordingly.



A continental breakfast will be available for attendees Friday, Saturday and Sunday AM as part of your registration.  Box Lunches will be available Friday and Saturday only. These will be available in the Ballroom at the Shilo Inn.

The fundraiser Saturday evening is a ticketed event and can be purchased separately at time of registration.  We cannot sell tickets at the door due to Licensing for Casino Parties and the WA State Casino Board.


Cancellation Policy

Your convention fees will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee if written notice by email or is postmarked by July 31. No refunds will be issued after July 31, 2018.

  • On-site registration will not be allowed.
  • Mail-in registrations will not be accepted. Online registration only.
  • Online registration closes August 31, 2018.

Phone Registration Not Available

We are not able to take registrations by phone due to volunteer availability. If you have issues, please send an email to Office@amta-wa.org and we’ll try to accommodate special circumstances. One of your board members will connect with you to make the registration if needed. You will be subject to class availability at the time of registration.


ADA Accessability

AMTA-WA will make all reasonable accommodations for those members that need extra help during the 2018 Educational Conference.  Please contact Teri Hoskins, office@amta-wa.org if you require additional assistance while in Ocean Shores and the events throughout the weekend.  Make sure you also designate on your registration that you need assistance.



AMTA-WA and the instructors have taken precautions to provide a safe environment. However, it is impossible to guarantee absolute safety in every instance. Successful completion of each AMTA-WA course does not assume proficiency in a modality or business practice. Massage therapists have the responsibility for ensuring client safety by conducting a thorough intake, devising a treatment plan, working within their scope of practice and adhering to the AMTA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Massage therapists are advised to practice the techniques prior to utilizing them in a clinical setting.

  • I assume the responsibility for safety by complying with the instructor or staff’s directions and by disclosing any contraindication to receiving a massage in class.
  • I agree to release AMTA, AMTA-WA and my class instructor from all liability and responsibility for any injury, loss or damage suffered by me, my property or my clients as a result of my participation in the class and/or knowledge I have received from this course.
  • By attending this event, I agree to give AMTA-WA permission to use my photograph and/or video image in future communications and marketing materials, should my photograph or video image be taken.
  • By registering for this event, I acknowledge that I agree to the above terms.
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