"An Authentic Life"
It takes approximately nine months from conception for a fetus to become fully formed and ready to emerge into the world. From that point a person begins the journey of learning who she is and what she will make of her life. For a woman this often includes caring for and helping others find their way, sometimes at the cost of being clear herself what is right for her. The Women's Learning Community experience is designed to provide an opportunity for women to spend time in solitude and with each other, as they continue the journey and chart their own course.
During each nine-month period beginning in September, a group of eight women, who are ready to contemplate their own lives, will commit to meet together monthly for the purpose of clarifying direction and enriching their lives through self-reflection, meaningful connections, and creative learning.
2013 - 2014 Program
The program will begin with an overnight retreat at Evins Mill Retreat Center in Smithville, TN, about an hour from Nashville. The Opening Retreat offers a time to relax, eat good food, and meet the other women in the group. The centerpiece of the retreat includes structured activities designed to help each woman identify where she is in her life and what differences she would like to see. By the October meeting most women have decided what is particularly important for her to focus on during the following months, however it is not necessary to have a specific goal or issue for the program to be beneficial.
Five meetings follow on Saturday mornings from 9 am - noon at my home in Nashville. The program will conclude in April 2013 with a second overnight retreat. It is not uncommon for a woman to have to miss one of the monthly meetings, however, attendance at the Opening and Closing Retreats is essential.
The program fee is all inclusive -- shared accommodations for the two retreats, meals at both retreats, snacks at the monthly meetings and all materials. Two private individual coaching sessions and email/phone contacts between meetings are part of the program at no additional charge. The program fee is $1995. A private room can be reserved at both retreats for an additional fee of $250.
The program fee will be reduced $200 for any participant paying in full by
This Learning Community experience is limited to eight participants. In order to form a compatible group that will provide an ideal learning environment for all the members, participants for the group are chosen from letters of application and personal interviews. If you are a woman with an inquiring mind and an open heart and would like to be a part of this experience, write a short letter telling a bit about yourself and why this is of interest to you. I will be in touch with you to discuss your application further. Following your acceptance into the program, a check for $250 reserves your space. Half of this fee will be refunded in case of cancellation prior to August 15 when the full payment is due. After August 30 no refunds will be given. Credit card payments will be accepted by clicking here and participants who prefer to pay with cash or check in two installments (by August 30 and December 30) may do so. Participants who pay in full by August 1 may deduct $200 from the tuition.
You can email your letter to Thelma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can mail it to:
P.O. Box 158812
Nashville, TN 37215
To learn more about this experience, contact Thelma Kidd at 615-300-4552 or click here.
Read what previous participants in the Women’s Learning Community had to say about their experience. Click here.
If you would like to look at photographs of past retreats click here.