History of the Triborders Intergroup North Sea Convention

The Triborders Intergroup of English language AA groups includes groups from Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. It was decided to hold a Convention in Ostend, Belgium in 1989 modeled on a convention organized by the English language Netherlands Intergroup the year before to give members of local groups a chance to experience a greater AA world.
The Triborders convention became known as the North Sea Convention (NSC) the next year and is today held at the Vayamundo in Ostend, a quality, low-cost family vacation beachfront hotel.
It is located on the North Sea Coast beach easily accessible by public transportation including the coastal tram line, the longest tram line in continental Europe.
It is an English language AA convention with Flemish/Dutch AA and Al-Anon invited to participate. The NSC has often been the largest English language AA Convention in continental Europe with at times up to 500 participants during the weekend.

In recent years, participants have awakened on Saturday morning to discover a huge AA symbol sculpted in the beach sand in front of the hotel. Who creates the Circle and Triangle symbol remains a mystery.
You have to come and participate in the NSC to find your answer!

Years in Service




Some of the things to expect:


  • Over 50 meetings with rooms provided for spontaneous meetings in other languages such as French and German, or other recovery activities
  • Speakers for the three general sessions are local members
  • A ‘sobriety countdown’ is held on Saturday evening
  • Busloads of AA members come over from England and other neighboring countries
  • Informal and impromptu live music sessions on Friday and Saturday nights after the meetings. All attendees are welcome (and invited!) to bring their talents and instruments to participate.
  • A Saturday night disco with a live DJ right after the main meeting

Our Story

The NSC Timeline


Another Chance

Location: Ravelingen, Chair/Vice: Bill/Jean-Francois, Speakers: xxx, xxx


An Attitude Of Gratitude

Location: Online, Chair/Vice: Linda/Mattias, Speakers: Louise, Harry, Bill Ray, Tracey Al-Anon


A Prescription For A Miracle

Location: Online, Chair/Vice: Heidi/Linda, Speakers: Dorien, Karen, Tyler, Ann Al-Anon


Easy Does It But Do It

Location: Online, Chair/Vice: Mike/Casey, Speakers: Floyd, Jörg, Linda, Michael, Mike 


Half Measures Availed Us Nothing

Location: Ravelingen, Chair/Vice: xxx/Mike, Speakers: Jim, John, Julia, Levi, Nadine, Rita, Sharon, xxx Al-Anon


To Thine Own Self Be True

Location: Ravelingen, Chair/Vice: Joe/xxx, Speakers: Joe, John, Jo, Karen, Kathy, Tim, Tomasz, Patty Al-Anon, Sabrina Al-Anon, Frank Al-Anon


 Acceptance Is The Answer

Location: Ravelingen, Chair/Vice: Mario/Joe, Speakers: xxx, xxx


A We Program Of Service

Location: Ravelingen, Chair/Vice: xxx/Mario, Speakers: Jeroen, Teressa, Tess, Uschi Al-Anon, Inga Al-Anon

Volunteering & Questions