2014 Thistle Farms National Conference

Nashville, Tennessee
Sunday, October 12, 2014
2014 Thistle Farms National Conference
Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:30 PM -
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9:00 PM (Central Time)

Scarritt Bennett Center
615-340-7500
1008 19th Ave South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
United States

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ROOTS:
Digging Deep & Growing Hope

"Roots lie below the surface and are the beginning of a story that is deep enough to heal us. So roots are a great metaphor and practical illustration that individual women can thrive in the wake of universal issues of violence by digging deep and growing strong together."  Becca Stevens - Founder, Magdalene & Thistle Farms

Last year, we welcomed 250 people from 31 states to our first national conference and in the past three years close to 2,000 unique visitors have attended our monthly education workshops. In response to the growing demand to share best practices, we are thrilled to host our second national conference. 

Join us as we Dig Deeper into the Causes and Lift Up Solutions for women's freedom. During our time together, we will explore the following (5) ROOT CAUSES of trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and offer (5) SOLUTIONS for healing:
  1. Root Cause: ISOLATION and Solution: COMMUNITY
  2. Root Cause: ADDICTION and Solution: RECOVERY
  3. Root Cause: CHILDHOOD TRAUMA and Solution: ACCESS TO TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE
  4. Root Cause: POVERTY and Solution: SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL STABILITY
  5. Root Cause: COMPETITION and Solution: COOPERATION



This year, we are joined by extraordinary keynote speakers including Magdalene/Thistle Farms founder BECCA STEVENS,  THE REVEREND CANON GIDEON BYAMUGISHA from Uganda and Pulitzer prize-winning writer SHERYL WUDUNN, co-author of the 
NY Times best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women. During the conference, WUDUNN will present her latest book release, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, also co-written with her husband Nicholas Kristof, at a special book signing event. 

And what would a trip to Nashville be without music? Our keynote speakers will share the stage with stellar,
award-winning talent including MAURA O'CONNELL, ASHLEY CLEVELAND, DON SCHLITZ, MARCUS & LEVI HUMMON and more!


OUR GOAL is to share inspiration and best practices for meeting the recovery needs of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and to grow the Shared Trade network among Thistle Farms and other social enterprises whose primary mission is moving women permanently out of poverty. 

• INSPIRATION for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and the Communities where they Live 
• INFORMATION on Shared Trade, a Global Network of Social Enterprises in which the Workforce is the Mission 
• REJUVENATION and Connection through Story & Song

COST
General Registration:  $230.00 
Group Discount:  $10 off per registration fee is available to groups of 5 or more.
Fee includes entrance to all keynote sessions and breakout discussion groups, bus transportation to off-site excursions offered by the conference, meals as noted on the schedule, a ticket to our annual event at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and more. Airfare, lodging, remaining meals and transportation (not directly related to conference events) are the responsibility of the attendees. See Locations & Accommodations tab above for lodging options at Scarritt Bennett and other area hotels. 

SHARED TRADE: A FAIR SHARE FOR WOMEN
Shared Trade is a coalition of social enterprises united by a common goal - to move marginalized women permanently out of poverty by using our collective vision and experience and growing a movement for women's economic freedom. For more information, contact sharedtrade@thistlefarms.org.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) 
8 CEUs sponsored by Mental Health Association of Middle TN and 8 contact hours provided in partnership with MTSU Department of Social Work. 

   

Photo credits: "Tree Roots" by Jonathan Sloman, 2013. Conference photos by Peggy Napier and Erin Lee. 




WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE: A Global Movement for Community Healing


•  INSPIRATION for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and the 
    Communities where they Live
•  INFORMATION on the Shared Trade Alliance, a Global Network of 
    Social Enterprises in which the Workforce is the Mission
•  REJUVENATION and Connection through Story & Song




OUR GOAL is to share inspiration and best practices for meeting the recovery needs of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and to launch a shared trade alliance among Thistle Farms and other social enterprises whose primary mission is moving women permanently out of poverty. In the past two years more than 1000 unique visitors from over 100 cities have visited Magdalene and Thistle Farms for our monthly education workshops. In response to the growing demand to learn about our model, we are thrilled to be hosting our first national conference. 


OBJECTIVES:
1. Share the vision of Magdalene's model of long-term housing and treatment for women recovering from trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
2. Help others duplicate the model by providing education and best practice tools for creating and operating a sustainable social enterprise. 
3. Launch the Shared Trade Alliance and invite others to join this movement with a common commitment to bringing women permanently out of poverty through recovery from violence and sustainable employment, to closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and to stewardship of the environment. 
4. Inspire and offer an opportunity for meditation and renewal


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS will include Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Martina Vandenberg, founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and Dr. Nicholas Hitimana, founder of Ikirezi, a social enterprise for widows and orphans in Rwanda. Workshop leaders include Magdalene and Thistle Farms staff and graduates, representatives from sister organizations in New Orleans and St. Louis and our Nashville community partners who provide treatment, recovery and criminal justice support to Magdalene residents and graduates. 




THE LOCATION of the conference is Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center, a nonprofit retreat center committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education on women’s issues and spiritual renewal. It's located on ten tree-filled acres within walking distance of shops, restaurants and Vanderbilt University. Attendees will have access to private bus transportation to and from Thistle Farms for conference activities and offsite excursions. On Tuesday night, October 15, we will welcome all conference registrants along with 1200 local supporters to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for Magdalene’s annual fundraising event. The event is an inspirational evening of music and story that honors the supporters and survivors who make up our community of healing and freedom for women.


COST General Registration: $195.00 Fees includes entrance to keynote sessions and workshops, bus transportation to off-site excursions, light Sunday evening supper, two breakfasts and Tuesday lunch. Lodging and remaining meals are the responsibility of the attendees. See Locations & Accommodations for a low-cost lodging option at Scarritt Bennett. Discount of 10% off registration fee is available to groups of 5 or more. Allow at least 30 days for any refunds due in conjunction with the group discount. For more information about the group discount, contact conference@thistlefarms.org. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) 9 CEUs sponsored by Mental Health Association of Middle TN and 9 contact hours provided in partnership with MTSU Department of Social Work.
THE SHARED TRADE ALLIANCE is a new coalition of social enterprises committed to bringing women permanently out of poverty through sustainable employment and recovery from violence. Groups participating in the alliance are working towards closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and stewardship of the environment. Shared Trade Alliance members include small and large social enterprises around the globe that share best practices and marketing strategies for economic leverage. By becoming part of the Shared Trade Alliance, communities pledge to believe that united we can create work environments that are peaceful, healing and empowering. 


 

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Registration Closed - sold out

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE: A Global Movement for Community Healing
•  INSPIRATION for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and the 
    Communities where they Live
•  INFORMATION on the Shared Trade Alliance, a Global Network of 
    Social Enterprises in which the Workforce is the Mission
•  REJUVENATION and Connection through Story & Song


OUR GOAL
 
is to share inspiration and best practices for meeting the recovery needs of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and to launch a shared trade alliance among Thistle Farms and other social enterprises whose primary mission is moving women permanently out of poverty. In the past two years more than 1000 unique visitors from over 100 cities have visited Magdalene and Thistle Farms for our monthly education workshops. In response to the growing demand to learn about our model, we are thrilled to be hosting our first national conference. 

OBJECTIVES:

1. Share the vision of Magdalene's model of long-term housing and treatment for women recovering from trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
2. Help others duplicate the model by providing education and best practice tools for creating and operating a sustainable social enterprise. 
3. Launch the Shared Trade Alliance and invite others to join this movement with a common commitment to bringing women permanently out of poverty through recovery from violence and sustainable employment, to closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and to stewardship of the environment. 
4. Inspire and offer an opportunity for meditation and renewal

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
will include Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Martina Vandenberg, founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and Dr. Nicholas Hitimana, founder of Ikirezi, a social enterprise for widows and orphans in Rwanda. Workshop leaders include Magdalene and Thistle Farms staff and graduates, representatives from sister organizations in New Orleans and St. Louis and our Nashville community partners who provide treatment, recovery and criminal justice support to Magdalene residents and graduates. 

THE LOCATION of the conference is Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center, a nonprofit retreat center committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education on women’s issues and spiritual renewal. It's located on ten tree-filled acres within walking distance of shops, restaurants and Vanderbilt University. Attendees will have access to private bus transportation to and from Thistle Farms for conference activities and offsite excursions. On Tuesday night, October 15, we will welcome all conference registrants along with 1200 local supporters to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for Magdalene’s annual fundraising event. The event is an inspirational evening of music and story that honors the supporters and survivors who make up our community of healing and freedom for women. 

COST
General Registration: $195.00 
Fees includes entrance to keynote sessions and workshops, bus transportation to off-site excursions, light Sunday evening supper, two breakfasts and Tuesday lunch. Lodging and remaining meals are the responsibility of the attendees. See Locations & Accommodations for a low-cost lodging option at Scarritt Bennett. Discount of 10% off registration fee is available to groups of 5 or more. Allow at least 30 days for any refunds due in conjunction with the group discount. For more information about the group discount, contact conference@thistlefarms.org.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) 
9 CEUs sponsored by Mental Health Association of Middle TN and 9 contact hours provided in partnership with MTSU Department of Social Work. 



THE SHARED TRADE ALLIANCE
 is a new coalition of social enterprises committed to bringing women permanently out of poverty through sustainable employment and recovery from violence. Groups participating in the alliance are working towards closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and stewardship of the environment. Shared Trade Alliance members include small and large social enterprises around the globe that share best practices and marketing strategies for economic leverage. By becoming part of the Shared Trade Alliance, communities pledge to believe that united we can create work environments that are peaceful, healing and empowering. 


Registration Closed - sold out

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE: A Global Movement for Community Healing
•  INSPIRATION for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and the 
    Communities where they Live
•  INFORMATION on the Shared Trade Alliance, a Global Network of 
    Social Enterprises in which the Workforce is the Mission
•  REJUVENATION and Connection through Story & Song


OUR GOAL
 
is to share inspiration and best practices for meeting the recovery needs of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and to launch a shared trade alliance among Thistle Farms and other social enterprises whose primary mission is moving women permanently out of poverty. In the past two years more than 1000 unique visitors from over 100 cities have visited Magdalene and Thistle Farms for our monthly education workshops. In response to the growing demand to learn about our model, we are thrilled to be hosting our first national conference. 

OBJECTIVES:

1. Share the vision of Magdalene's model of long-term housing and treatment for women recovering from trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
2. Help others duplicate the model by providing education and best practice tools for creating and operating a sustainable social enterprise. 
3. Launch the Shared Trade Alliance and invite others to join this movement with a common commitment to bringing women permanently out of poverty through recovery from violence and sustainable employment, to closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and to stewardship of the environment. 
4. Inspire and offer an opportunity for meditation and renewal

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
will include Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Martina Vandenberg, founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and Dr. Nicholas Hitimana, founder of Ikirezi, a social enterprise for widows and orphans in Rwanda. Workshop leaders include Magdalene and Thistle Farms staff and graduates, representatives from sister organizations in New Orleans and St. Louis and our Nashville community partners who provide treatment, recovery and criminal justice support to Magdalene residents and graduates. 

THE LOCATION of the conference is Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center, a nonprofit retreat center committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education on women’s issues and spiritual renewal. It's located on ten tree-filled acres within walking distance of shops, restaurants and Vanderbilt University. Attendees will have access to private bus transportation to and from Thistle Farms for conference activities and offsite excursions. On Tuesday night, October 15, we will welcome all conference registrants along with 1200 local supporters to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for Magdalene’s annual fundraising event. The event is an inspirational evening of music and story that honors the supporters and survivors who make up our community of healing and freedom for women. 

COST
General Registration: $195.00 
Fees includes entrance to keynote sessions and workshops, bus transportation to off-site excursions, light Sunday evening supper, two breakfasts and Tuesday lunch. Lodging and remaining meals are the responsibility of the attendees. See Locations & Accommodations for a low-cost lodging option at Scarritt Bennett. Discount of 10% off registration fee is available to groups of 5 or more. Allow at least 30 days for any refunds due in conjunction with the group discount. For more information about the group discount, contact conference@thistlefarms.org.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) 
9 CEUs sponsored by Mental Health Association of Middle TN and 9 contact hours provided in partnership with MTSU Department of Social Work. 



THE SHARED TRADE ALLIANCE
 is a new coalition of social enterprises committed to bringing women permanently out of poverty through sustainable employment and recovery from violence. Groups participating in the alliance are working towards closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and stewardship of the environment. Shared Trade Alliance members include small and large social enterprises around the globe that share best practices and marketing strategies for economic leverage. By becoming part of the Shared Trade Alliance, communities pledge to believe that united we can create work environments that are peaceful, healing and empowering. 


Registration Closed - sold out

WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE: A Global Movement for Community Healing
•  INSPIRATION for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and the 
    Communities where they Live
•  INFORMATION on the Shared Trade Alliance, a Global Network of 
    Social Enterprises in which the Workforce is the Mission
•  REJUVENATION and Connection through Story & Song


OUR GOAL
 
is to share inspiration and best practices for meeting the recovery needs of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness and to launch a shared trade alliance among Thistle Farms and other social enterprises whose primary mission is moving women permanently out of poverty. In the past two years more than 1000 unique visitors from over 100 cities have visited Magdalene and Thistle Farms for our monthly education workshops. In response to the growing demand to learn about our model, we are thrilled to be hosting our first national conference. 

OBJECTIVES:

1. Share the vision of Magdalene's model of long-term housing and treatment for women recovering from trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
2. Help others duplicate the model by providing education and best practice tools for creating and operating a sustainable social enterprise. 
3. Launch the Shared Trade Alliance and invite others to join this movement with a common commitment to bringing women permanently out of poverty through recovery from violence and sustainable employment, to closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and to stewardship of the environment. 
4. Inspire and offer an opportunity for meditation and renewal

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
will include Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Martina Vandenberg, founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and Dr. Nicholas Hitimana, founder of Ikirezi, a social enterprise for widows and orphans in Rwanda. Workshop leaders include Magdalene and Thistle Farms staff and graduates, representatives from sister organizations in New Orleans and St. Louis and our Nashville community partners who provide treatment, recovery and criminal justice support to Magdalene residents and graduates. 

THE LOCATION of the conference is Nashville’s Scarritt Bennett Center, a nonprofit retreat center committed to addressing social justice issues through programming that promotes cross-cultural understanding, education on women’s issues and spiritual renewal. It's located on ten tree-filled acres within walking distance of shops, restaurants and Vanderbilt University. Attendees will have access to private bus transportation to and from Thistle Farms for conference activities and offsite excursions. On Tuesday night, October 15, we will welcome all conference registrants along with 1200 local supporters to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for Magdalene’s annual fundraising event. The event is an inspirational evening of music and story that honors the supporters and survivors who make up our community of healing and freedom for women. 

COST
General Registration: $195.00 
Fees includes entrance to keynote sessions and workshops, bus transportation to off-site excursions, light Sunday evening supper, two breakfasts and Tuesday lunch. Lodging and remaining meals are the responsibility of the attendees. See Locations & Accommodations for a low-cost lodging option at Scarritt Bennett. Discount of 10% off registration fee is available to groups of 5 or more. Allow at least 30 days for any refunds due in conjunction with the group discount. For more information about the group discount, contact conference@thistlefarms.org.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) 
9 CEUs sponsored by Mental Health Association of Middle TN and 9 contact hours provided in partnership with MTSU Department of Social Work. 



THE SHARED TRADE ALLIANCE
 is a new coalition of social enterprises committed to bringing women permanently out of poverty through sustainable employment and recovery from violence. Groups participating in the alliance are working towards closing the gap between producers and consumers in the value chain and stewardship of the environment. Shared Trade Alliance members include small and large social enterprises around the globe that share best practices and marketing strategies for economic leverage. By becoming part of the Shared Trade Alliance, communities pledge to believe that united we can create work environments that are peaceful, healing and empowering. 


 

Contact Information


  • REGISTRATION QUESTIONS:
    Kim Fletcher
    kim@thistlefarms.org
    615-714-1885

    GENERAL CONFERENCE QUESTIONS:
    Deb Markland
    deb@thistlefarms.org






Payment Instructions

  • Cancellation Policy:
    A full refund (less our $8 online registration fee) is available through September 29, 2014. After September 29, all registration fees are non-refundable as we will have finalized our headcount for catering and materials. 

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