Loved from the Beginning



Helping women access their voices, cultivate their confidence, and experience belonging


Loved from the Beginning is a Spirit-led, faith-driven, healing-centered and collaborative environment for women. It helps women to improve their relationships with themselves and with others, sharpen their interpersonal skills and incorporate constructive reflection into their personal growth routines.

The theme for 2019 was healing from the way women see themselves as a result of romantic relationships.

Stay Tuned for what this year’s focus will be.

Program participants engaged in group work activity

Groups spans across 6 weeks and are typically 4.5 hours long but can extend given the content and energetic flow of the group. Each week has a word and questions to accompany the words. The questions guide our conversations and activities. An example of one word is “embrace.” The questions that accompany this word are, “Am I living the life I was created by the Most High to live or am I someone else’s idea of life for me?” Another question we ask ourselves this week is, “Do I love myself for who I am or am I waiting for someone to love me?” Like all Rise and Thrive LLC experiences, storytelling, discussion, game-based activities, and participant-created visual art activities are elements of the learning environment. Participants benefit from cultivating their interpersonal skills which maximizes their sense of agency in their personal lives and relationships, workplace culture and climate, and community enterprise.

Loved from the Beginning restarts September 2020. 

Dates: Second and fourth Saturdays

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Location: TBD

Cost: $450

Cost includes workbook, meal functions, supplies, and networking

Street parking and free parking onsite

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Photos from previous cohorts

Cohort 3 February/March 2018



What women are saying about Loved from the Beginning

“I feel cared for. I go throughout my week giving to other people and caring for their children and no one ‘cares’ for me. When I come to the group,  I feel like I am coming to a place where I can be myself and I don’t have to worry about anything but taking care of myself. I feel at home. I feel safe to be true to myself in front of other people.” T.C. 


Cohort 2 July/August 2017



What Women Are Saying About Loved from the Beginning

“I felt like we were all there together and no one was better than any one else. I’ve always been afraid to open up and share what I don’t know because people look down on you when you’re not familiar with scripture or a song. But here I didn’t have that fear at all. There was conversation. It wasn’t like I had to to sit there and I couldn’t ask questions.” – C.H.

“This environment supports the spark in the individual. It’s about bringing life to people. Ashley is attuned to God in a way that she can speak to where women are in their lives and identify their strengths. It’s a place of peace, sanity, and vulnerability. Loved from the Beginning allows women to recognize that the Word  of God can be personalized. It’s opening the Word for women, not just preaching. We’re able to have discussing and make the Word applicable. ” – K.J.

“This is what we need.” – A.B.

Cohort 1 April/May 2017



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“I wasn’t going to say anything. I was just going to sit back and observe and maybe say a little here and there. But I was talking. What I’ve shared in this group I haven’t even shared with people who’ve known me for years. This is a safe space.” – S.W.

“As a result of being in this group, I feel closer to God than I’ve been.” – M.B.


Spirit-led, Faith-driven, Healing-Centered, Collaborative, Transformative