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SMOUP - Central Nashville

  • May 1, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Introducing the central Nashville SMOUP! 

So what the heck is a SMOUP?

SMall grOUPS (see what we did there?) are part social group, part philosophy group, part general “let’s sit around and have a chat over a drink” group, the Smoups are all good and non-judgmental fun.

The group will meet once every two weeks for about 3 months, and we ask people to commit to attending at least 50% of the sessions, so as to build stable connections with each other. 

We limit the group number to 10 so that everyone has a chance to get heard.

What happens in a Smoup?

The sessions last between an hour and an hour and a half, are flexible in nature but have what some might call a ‘semi-structured’ feel, with a discussion topic or theme decided beforehand as well as a facilitator to help guide the conversation.  Mostly it's just great people hanging out, getting to know each other better so that we can help each other live better lives.  Board games are optional :)

The first meeting will be held in a public setting (library meeting room etc. so everyone can meet, and then subsequently meet in a home if you choose).

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Once we have group members we will find a place and time that works for the group, so if you are interested just go ahead and rsvp - we will work out the kinks later.

If your area SMOUP is full, please join the waiting list - additional groups will form and you will be notified.

We have divided our area into 5 regions to make SMOUPS convenient to everyone: Central Nashville, East Nashville, West Nashville, and North Nashville.


Please let me know if you are interested in hosting or facilitating a SMOUP!








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  • Franko H.

    Our next date/location:
    Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at Viener Fest Restaurant and Bar[masked]th Ave. North, near Centennial Park. We plan to meet outside. If there is bad weather, Panera Bread on West End is our back up location.
    Facilitator or common sense will provide guidance.
    http://www.vienerfest.com/

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Franko H.

    Thanks to all who came out to our first SMOUP! It went very well. See you in two weeks!

    May 2, 2014

  • David L.

    On the train to central London to meet up tonight with our SA Intl friends. Have a blast at our first SMOUP Central meetup and lift a glass to our SA friends around the world. See you all at our next meetup. Best.

    1 · May 1, 2014

    • Franko H.

      We know you and Landry will represent us splendidly! Will lift a glass!

      May 1, 2014

  • Franko H.

    Hey guys! I'm going to get there a little early to grab food or drink to support this fine establishment, then grab a table to be ready right @ 6:30P.M. See you soon! I'll have a SMOUP Meetup sign on the table.

    May 1, 2014

  • Kris T.

    Done! Thanks guys, there are some who also signed up at the last assembly but are not on meetup, I will notify them as well.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thursday at 6:30 at Bonga Java on Belmont works for me. See you there!

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Franko H.

      Yay! I've sent a request to Kris to set the location to Bongo on Belmont.

      April 27, 2014

  • Diane

    I haven't been to Bongo Java's on Belmont in a while either. But how awful could it be? :-) I vote for getting together there this Thursday night at 6:30, unless someone has another idea.

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Terra F.

      I'm good with that!

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Diane

    Sorry for getting your name wrong just now, Terra. Terra, Franko, are Bongo Java at Belmont or Fido's near Vandy possibilities?

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • Franko H.

      I think the Belmont one may have better areas for discussion. I think. It's been a while since I've been in there.

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Franko H.

    We need to pick an initial meeting place! Central location, public, non-smoking, relatively quiet, easy parking. A coffee house or small restaurant, perhaps? Terra & Diane, I live in East Nashville, close to downtown. EN, Vandy area, Hillsboro Village, German Town, etc. All good. Hopefully not too expensive. Ideas?

    April 26, 2014

    • Diane

      Bongo Java near Belmont is fine with me. Or Fido's near Vanderbilt. Franko? Teresa?

      April 26, 2014

  • Franko H.

    Any chance of Wednesday becoming the regular day?

    April 18, 2014

    • Terra F.

      I like Wednesday for regular time, but available other days.

      April 26, 2014

    • Franko H.

      Since David said he can't do Wednesdays in May, and I figured the activity I had on Thursdays is too much for me, let's go with Thursdays.

      April 26, 2014

  • David L.

    Through May, Wednesday evening is bad for me. (I'm home alone with the kids.) Any other evening I will make happen. After May, I expect any night of the week is good.

    April 25, 2014

    • Franko H.

      Thursday has become OK for me. That OK for the others?

      April 25, 2014

    • David L.

      Great here (but out of town May 1).

      April 25, 2014

  • Franko H.

    Prefer Wednesday, followed by Thursday and Sunday (afternoon or early evening).

    April 22, 2014

  • David L.

    Ah, and I'll be gone April 30 to May 8, but by all means the SMOUP should meet all the same. I look forward to joining you after I get back from the General Assembly in London.

    April 21, 2014

  • David L.

    As far as dates go, let's remember that May 1 was Kris T's holding date to establish a first get together. We can take it as a suggestion. What days of the week works for the folks here? I do want to be part of our SMOUP, but in fact, I'll have to miss May 1. I (and Landry Butler) will be in London representing Sunday Assembly Nashville at the SA General Assembly. I hope others will meet sometime that week to get our Central SMOUP going, and talk about a day/time for the second gathering.

    April 21, 2014

  • Sean S.

    I'll be visiting family in Mobile, so I won't be able to make it.

    April 18, 2014

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