Starting a Women’s Group

Have you thought about starting a women’s group?   Maybe you stop yourself because you don’t know where to begin or have some idea but can’t seem to find the time to organize the group.    It does take some time to organize the group – though not as much as you may think – and the benefits all the women in the group receive are significant.

Women seem to naturally come together to share everyday activities.  Life is easier when you can shop, exercise or share a problem with a friend.  So creating a group around a specific topic feeds us emotionally.

We have different relationships in our lives, all of which are important.   Yet it’s the women in our lives who add silly laughter, endless hours of conversation, caring for us when we are ill, and a loving ear when we are hurting.  Are you more relaxed with your women friends? 

We started our women’s group 11 years ago with the vision that women know how to naturally brainstorm and help each other problem solve.   We meet once a month over dinner and the hostess picks a topic for the evening, usually around self-help.  In the past, we’ve had psychic readings and massages, too.   After 11 years, we have a special bond with each other.  We’ve shared problems, joys, celebrations and grandchildren.   More importantly, we have each grown because of our consistent connections with each other and the topics that we have chosen to discuss.

When you first start a group, it may seem a bit awkward.  The excitement is there yet you haven’t bonded as a group. Over time, the group creates itself and the power of gathering together impacts each one of you individually.

Why would you want to start a group?   There are many reasons why women gather.  In the old days, women formed “quilting bees” where they talked and shared the sewing together.   It’s all about sharing.   So what would you like to share with other women?  

To jumpstart your thinking, here are some ideas that women are interested in:  

Parents gather together who have similar aged children.
Women want to become financially savvy so they start investment clubs.
Spiritual circles – sharing a spiritual lifestyle together. 
Women at work – professional women creating mastermind groups to move them forward in their careers. 
Working moms – Moms don’t have to be alone in finding solutions to the challenges of working and creating a satisfying home life.
Community oriented – helping impact the communities we live in.
Building a stronger family – helping each other brainstorm on how to create a loving and caring family.
Cultural – plan outings to different cultural events.
…and more!

Society has changed significantly.   For women in the past, we were part of a large, strong and extended family network.   For some of us that may still be true.  For many of us, our families reside in different places nowadays.   So our women connections fill in the gaps. Each one of us can build stronger lives on the strength of our connections with other women.   Why not gather in one room, each member bringing their unique selves to share with others, so all of us can grow and build stronger lives.

In today’s busy world, we need to find a place that is there for us, and building a community of women adds a lot of value to your life.

Some of the women in our community here have already downloaded our FREE “9 Steps to Starting a Women’s Group.”  If you are interested in reading this e-book, sign up now.    If you have already downloaded the e-book and are still unsure how to move forward, let us know.   We can provide what we know and as you develop your own group, you will add more ideas to the e-book.

 

 

 

9 Responses to “Starting a Women’s Group”

  • moira walsh Says:

    I would love to start a womens group. I have for some years been a carer for my mother who has now deceased. I have limited connections unfortunately, so I dont know how to go about this. I can only think of advertising, but this could attract the wrong type.

  • Taran Dhillon Says:

    Your best bet is to talk to your friends, neighbours or your childrens friends’ parents, or may be even teachers if you have school going children. Doctor’s surgery is another place to spread a word. Start small; even as few as 3 to 4 women; it will grow gradually. Don’t despair – keep up with the continuity which is most important. These things take time.

    Good Luck!

    Taran Dhillon
    Education Therapist
    Author – NGV

  • Pat Says:

    Taran…thanks for the ideas. You are right to advise starting small and let it grow.

    Moira, can you post a notice at your local libray? Your original members can invite one of their friends to be part of the women’s group. Don’t lose the desire to form a group. I’m am so grateful for the wonderful women who are in my group.

    Pat

  • Debbi Briggs Says:

    I am interested in your e-book about starting a women’s group. I’ve started a group that meets for a pot luck dinner once a month and always get great feedback but don’t have a steady group. I need ideas to make it work!
    Thanks, Debbi

  • Pat Says:

    Debbie
    Just sign up for your free ebook and it will be sent to you.
    Pat

  • Denise Poynter Says:

    I have the ” 9steps to starting a women’s group” book, although our group is part of the Country Women’s Association, I find the book invaluable for advice and reference purposes. We are looking at ways to help ‘new member’s’ settle into the group and I am sure there is very helpful advice to assist with new member’s. I truly recommend the “9 Steps” book to assist with not only setting up a group but also to continue on with the group, using the advice and tips. I’m a very satisfied reader of the Busy Mom website. Regard’s Denise Poynter

  • tresa Says:

    very good idea much needed. especialy these days with everyone so busy.taking time out to be communal is much needed.

  • rekha Says:

    I am from India and was going through the site and I am very much interested in starting womens group.But wondering????????

  • Diana Davis-Lopez Says:

    I have been in womens groups most of my life. The idea of having women friends is very important to me. I would be interested in getting together with other women who live in or near Sonoma and discuss forming a group. Is anyone interested in joining me? I am retired a social worker, married, mother and grandmother. Full of life.

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