Women's Learning Community

"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 course to their own authentic life.

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.

The Women's Learning Community began in 2001. This year will represent the eleventh time we have presented this program. Over 80 women have participated in the WLC since its inception. Some of their comments. e Women's Learning Community program is being offered

again beginning in September 2016!

Dates for the 2019 - 2020 Program coming!

(the following information was for 2016 - 2017)

The program will begin and end with overnight retreats at Garden Inn at Bee Rock, about 90 minutes east of Nashville. The Opening Retreat on September 24-25 will offer 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 wants to see.

Seven monthly meetings will follow on Saturday mornings from 9 am - noon at my home in Nashville. The program will conclude on May 6-7, 2017 with a second overnight retreat. 

Meeting dates*

September 24-25, 2016- Opening Retreat

October 22, 2016

November 19, 2016

December 10, 2016

January 7, 2017

February 4, 2017

March 4, 2017

April 1, 2017

May 6-7, 2017 - Closing Retreat

*It is not unusual for someone to have to miss 1-2 of the Saturday morning meetings, however, attendance at the Opening Retreat is essential.

Program Fee -- $2400

The program fee includes meals at both retreats, snacks at the monthly meetings and all materials. Three private individual coaching sessions and email/phone contacts between meetings are part of the program at no additional charge. Participants are responsible for the basic cost of their rooms ($155 per night) at the retreats. (Room taxes and gratuities are included in your program fee.) 



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 have an inquiring mind and an open heart, this experience is likely just right for you.  You are welcome regardless of age, race, education and work background, religious beliefs, marital status, or sexual preference.

If you 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 30 when the full payment is due. After that date no refunds will be given. Debit and credit card payments will be accepted by clicking here.  Cash and checks are also accepted and participants who prefer to pay 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 thelma@thelmakidd.com

Or you can mail it to:

Thelma Kidd

 305 Culpepper Ct.

Brentwood, TN 37027

To learn more about this experience or to determine if it might be right for you,

contact Thelma Kidd at 615-300-4552.

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Read what previous participants in the Women’s Learning Community

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