What is Woman Within?
We’re women offering programs to help other women know and embrace all parts of themselves. Some join us through a Woman Within Circle®; others through a Woman Within Weekend®. All are welcome. Our nonprofit communities encourage women to support each other in fully living the lives they want.
Our mission is simple: to help women throughout the world to empower themselves. We help women see which parts of themselves need further acknowledgement and integration so that they can live their lives to the fullest. For centuries, women have gathered together to see, hear and support each other. Through these experiences, we can be held when we feel alone, challenged when we’re stuck and loved when we believe that we aren’t worthy.
In 1987, our founder, Char Tosi, and six other women sat around a kitchen table asking, “ What do women need most?” The result: a program they called Woman Within. Its mission: to learn how to be a woman and to celebrate its gentle power.
Soon after, the first Woman Within Weekend was held in Kenosha, Wisconsin – and since then, the program has reached thousands of women around the world. In 1999, Woman Within was established as a not-for-profit organization with an international board, an Executive Administrator, Regional boards and local community councils.
Since then, many women have contributed to Woman Within’s development, weaving together their ideas to build on the original Weekend’s program design. Every Woman Within Weekend brings new insights that help us continually hone it and assure its optimal delivery.
Woman Within programs are not based on any religion nor do we promote any one belief over another. The sessions in the Woman Within Weekend and our other workshops blend a number of experiences drawn from many cultures and practices from around the world. We invite you to honor your own beliefs and spirituality. At all times, you choose whether you want to participate in any activity.
A limited amount of financial aid is available for women in need. Woman Within often organizes fundraising efforts to assist women with scholarships that allow them to attend the Woman Within Weekend. Check with the Woman Within VP and Registrar to see if scholarships are available for which you would qualify.