We understand that the idea of a women’s group might be new to you. So, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
- Unlike groups whose meetings are run by paid professionals, wForum is peer-facilitated.
- We are not a social club, although strong relationships usually grow out of the shared experience.
- We are not a therapy group, yet most of us find a good laugh or a few tears to be therapeutic.
- We are not a business advisory group, yet members share expertise and networks from a wide range of professions and backgrounds.
- We are not a religious or church group, but our principles and practices nurture a spiritual sensibility.
- A yearning for meaningful connection
- Time to ponder the missing pieces in our lives
- The opportunity to speak free of judgment, criticism, or advice
- Encouragement to aspire and grow in new directions
- To know we’re not alone in our uncertainty
- Reminders of good people and positive forces at work in our world
- Playmates for creative self-expression and fun
- Confidantes who preserve our dignity when life gets messy
- Advocates for our next chapter, wherever it may take us
- 22% New Groups – Organizing and guiding new wForum groups through the initial stages of development.
- 33% Program Development –Sharing learning resources, creating content for members and hosting community events for networking, creative exploration and pure fun.
- 21% Facilitator Training – The Facilitator Network meets bi-monthly for live calls offering a regular dose of inspiration for practical, creative and spiritual exercises to share your wForum.
- 19% Infrastructure – Website, newsletters, social media, bookkeeping and business management.
- 5% Scholarships – To underwrite our educational offer and ensure membership access.
Testimony from Seattle Chapter President Elizabeth Miller
Over the course of my life, I have gathered women to learn about a variety of topics from parenting to spirituality. In doing so, I discovered that what I am most passionate about is empowering women to discover their greatest teacher…themselves.
In 2012 I formed a small women’s group offering experiences designed to enhance personal growth. When I discovered wForum, it was clear to me that Adelaide’s work offered a sophisticated scaffolding that would strengthen our bonds to last a lifetime. My role as chapter president evolved when I recognized that many women in my Seattle community wanted their own women’s group and I felt they would benefit from knowing of wForum.
As Seattle Chapter President my role is tremendously gratifying. It is my honor to have the opportunity to form groups where women have a safe community to rest into themselves, discover their path, and strengthen their inner teacher.
Ensuring the success of our newly formed wForum groups and providing opportunities for more women to join is my primary focus. It is an investment of my time; usually 5-6 hours a month. I am present for questions from facilitators and participate in the Facilitator Network conference calls. I host an annual gathering for existing members and host a second gathering for prospective members. Like the Aspen Chapter, we have grown by word-of-mouth.
I am extremely indebted to Adelaide who is always available to offer her wisdom and resources in support of my work and the health of our Seattle wForum community.