Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday, 8:00 am
2- Day Education Workshop: January 17 - 18, 2022
Thistle Farms Education Center
5122 Charlotte Pike Nashville,TN 37209

Welcome to the Circle!

In response to increasing demand to share more information about our housing-first community and social enterprise model, Thistle Farms is now offering a handful of expanded  two day workshops. These extended immersion days will offer the ability to learn about the residential program, the social enterprise, or both. With the ability to devote more time to important details and relationship building we hope to better serve women around the world. For those wanting to replicate our model, or just dive deeper into the nuts and bolts, the workshops offer a forum for sharing best practices for organizations to help women recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Participants will join our morning meditation circle, tour the facility, meet the staff, participate in a Q&A with our program team, and hear from our founder Becca Stevens and CEO Hal Cato. 

Day 1 Residential

8:15am - 9:00am Registration

9:00am - 9:30am Welcome and Meditation

9:30am -10:30am Founder Overview with Becca Stevens

10:30am - 10:40am Break with Becca Stevens

10:45am - 11:30am Tour Residential and Manufacturing

11:30 am -12:30pm Lunch (working)

11:45 am- 12:15pm Meet a Founder (zoom with sister organization)

12:15pm - 12:45pm Trauma Informed Care Overview with Kaylee and Courtney

12:45pm - 1:45pm (PAWS Training) with Sara Evans

1:45 pm - 2:30pm Residential Program Overview with Shelia McClain

2:30pm - 2:40pm Break

2:40pm- 3:10pm Thistle on the Inside

3:10pm- 4:00pm Survivor Panel

4:00 pm Group Photo

Day 2 Social Enterprise

9:00 - 9:30am Meditation

9:30am - 10:30am CEO overview with Hal Cato

10:30am -10:45am Break with Hal Cato

10:45am - 11:30am Tour Manufacturing facility (Dorris) and Residential (Terrie', Angela, Shannon)

11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch (working)

11:45am - 12:15pm Manufacturing with Cyndi Demick (Go Little or Go Home)

12:15pm - 12:45pm Human Resources with Holli Anglin

12:45pm - 1:15 Marketing / Storytelling overview with Val Holden

1:15pm - 1:45pm Development / Fundraising overview with Tara Hamiliton

1:45pm Cookie Break

1:50- 2:30pm Conflict, De-escalation and the Trauma Informed Survivor

2:30pm - 3:15pm Volunteers and the Soul of Your Organization

3:15pm - 4:00pm Survivor Panel


Topics may change based on speaker availability

Preparing for the Workshop:

Prior to your visit, we encourage you to read the following books:

1) Want to take notes in a Love Heals journal? Select yours here. The journals are leather with Love Heals stamped on the front. They are made by women in Honduras from Thistle Farms Global partner Mission Lazarus. 

2)  Find Your Way Home, written collaboratively by Becca Stevens and the community of Thistle Farms, includes 24 spiritual principles for healing that are the foundation of the organization.

3)  Snake Oil - The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling, written by Becca Stevens, weaves together the beginnings of Thistle Farms with stories from her own journey as well as 20 women in the community.  Becca tells how the women she began helping 20 years ago have been the biggest source of her own healing.

4. Love Heals - written by Becca Stevens, In Love Heals, you'll find principles that have transformed lives. Drawn from the Christian tradition and Becca Steven's work as an Episcopal priest for the past 30 years, each chapter brings encouragement and practical steps for anyone going through a difficult season or searching for a deeper faith.

Both books are available for sale at thistlefarms.org.


HUTTON HOTEL1808 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203(615) 340-9333

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS5612 Lenox Avenue Nashville, TN 372091-888-465-4329

HOLIDAY INN VANDERBILT2613 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203(615) 327-4707

EMBASSY SUITES VANDERBILT1811 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203(615) 320-8899

SCARRITT BENNETT CENTER1008 19th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212(615) 340-7500

CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY: A full refund is available until two weeks prior to the workshop.  After that date, all registration fees are non-refundable as we will have finalized our headcount for catering and materials.