Brave Heart Workshop Mansion in the Woods at Big East Fork in Franklin, TN July 19-21, 2019

About This Center


Inspiring you to be Brave, Strong, & Courageous

Are You Ready To Do What It Takes To Become Brave & Authentic?

Brave Heart Workshops provide a compassionate way to help you “Unmask” the Masks you hide behind. The workshops provide a model of transformation which allows you to find healing, conquer fears, grieve from your losses, and find wholeness, and connection with yourself, and with others. 

The Brave Heart Workshops bring out your true “Authentic” Self and are Life-Changing. 

People are comprised of vast amounts of parts. These parts can show up out of their roles by life experiences. Our conflicted sub-personalities are our “parts”. Some are visible, and seen by others, but most are hidden.

When we have been shamed by another person, bullied or hurt by others, frightened, or abandoned through divorce or death in the past, he or she will have those “parts” carry those emotions, memories, and sensations from those experiences.

These “parts” are entangled with pain, suffering, hopelessness, struggles, anxiety, sadness, perfectionism, sickness, weakness, and are all intertwined. (Schwartz, 2007; The work is inspired by Dick Schwartz, Internal Family Systems, and Robert Landy’s work on Role Theory, and Method, and Drama Therapy Theory)

At the Brave Heart Workshops, our facilitator assists participants to discover, and feel safe with their parts that have been hidden. When confronting these major obstacles, and a break-through occurs, their parts get “unburdened”, and are transformed. As the parts become open to be seen and not hidden, the participant begins to be present in “Self”.

The participants become inspired to find their voices, a new found freedom, and empowerment. They now have more compassion, understanding, wholeness, and empathy for themselves, and become more connected, and vulnerable with others.

We encourage these “Brave Heart” participants to find hope to discover what others go through in life too. Their story is your story, and your story is their story. We really do share so much in common in life.

These Workshops allow the participants to BE BRAVE, and allow your “Authentic Self” to be Seen and Known.

BE BRAVE BE AUTHENTIC Inspiring you to be Brave, Strong, & Courageous “THE CAMARADERIE AND SENSE OF FEELING SAFE WAS FELT IMMEDIATELY” The workshop was a great experience for me, opening up a door to some issues from my past I was unaware of before. It was challenging, but one of the most enlightening opportunities of my life. I discovered the root of my trauma and was able to take home what I learned in the workshop and fully heal, conquer my fears, and confront major obstacles in my life. I learned about my strength, my desires, my needs, and my true authentic self. I found my voice and my freedom. I feel so blessed, grateful, inspired and hopeful that others can do the same. Dorothy in her 30's I had some trepidation, not fully knowing what it was about. This weekend was such a breakthrough - truly Life Changing! For all ages – I am in my 50’s, and my healing journey catapulted onto an entirely new & powerful path. Colleen; 56 years old The level of self-realization that comes from these workshops is incredible. It made more of an impact than I ever would have imagined. Laurielle 19 years old The brave heart workshops I’ve attended have both been excellent. Laura is a gifted healer & the people & accommodations were wonderful. It was one of the best experiences of its kind I’ve ever had. I’m in my 70’s and I loved it! Ann is in her 70's For anyone age 18 and over

Venue Highlights

The Mansion in the Woods is discretely located in the woods of Tennessee Green’s 1400-acre Land Trust Secluded and beautiful, the Mansion is the perfect getaway for your private party or professional getaway. The luxurious atmosphere of the Mansion is the perfect place to forget your worries and connect with what matters most to you.
Sitting room, formal dining, entertainment room, massive outdoor & screened patios, and four fridges.
Mansion with huge rooms, grand spiral staircase, library/ salon, living/media room, huge screened party deck, and unscreened-in outdoor deck. Guests staying in the Kids Room (4 twin beds downstairs) have a half bath without tub or shower.
The property sits on a ridge adjacent to Natchez Parkway and is accessible to bikers via a short shortcut through the woods. This is a wonderful place for EVENTS send a message to receive details, pricing and contract.
30 gigabytes of Satellite internet data are provided. This is enough for browsing, emails and apps.
The Mansion lies just above a pristine creek within a gorgeous valley. 20 miles from downtown Nashville and 8 miles from historic Franklin and light years away from the stress of city life.
Big East Fork Retreat, located just down the hill is part of a 1400 acre Conservation easement and features a 6 acre lake as well as Love More Cafe and a live music venue. Big East Fork Farms, just downstream, provides organic produce and hosts various livestock.


Upstairs includes large master suite King bed (bath, shower, two commodes, two vanities, walk-in closet with space for two twin beds); a room on other side of house with queen bed and full Bath; Two Bedroom suite (2 kings) w/ shared full bath and room for additional mattresses; kids room downstairs w/ 4 twins.
The Mansion has three bedrooms with their own full baths.
Guests living in the Balcony Room and Garden View Room must share the full bath (with two sinks)
There are two half baths downstairs.
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed, 1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed, 2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 Queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 Queen bed
Bedroom 6
2 single trundle beds
3 Full Bathrooms; 2 powder bathrooms


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Breakfast Items of Yogurt, Hard Boiled Eggs, Bagels, Cream Cheese, Fruit; Oatmeal and Cold Cereals
Lunch Items will be salads; Grilled Chicken; Chips; Salsa, Lunch Meat; Tortillas, Shredded Cheese, Tomatoes, Breads; Fruit
Dinners will be Chili; Stews; Soups; Salads; Salmon
Snacks; Fruit, Kind Bars, Popcorn; Cookies


Nashville International Airport (BNA)

American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Frontier Airlines
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Air Canada
British Airways
Boutique Air
Contour Airlines
Sun Country Airlines
Vacation Express

48 MINUTES 30.0 MILES from Nashville Airport to Workshop

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