SMOUP - Central Nashville

  • May 29, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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The continuing central Nashville SMOUP!

Our next date/location:

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at a private house, near Centennial Park/Vandy/Belmont area. If you RSVP with a Yes, you will get an email a few days before the event with the address and a phone number in case you get lost.

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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 Nashville region into 5 regions to make SMOUPS convenient to everyone: Central Nashville, East Nashville, West Nashville, and North Nashville.

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

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  • Terra F.

    Little domestic accident cleaning the tub and now a cracked rib! Can't tolerate driving the truck without pain pills and don't want to drive under the influence....

    May 29

    • Franko H.

      Argh. We will miss you, take care of yourself!

      May 29

    • Robert

      Sorry to hear about your accident. I SWEAR that when I changed from a yes to a no that I didn't mean to start anything!

      May 29

  • Robert

    I won't be there afterall. We have a training exercise coming up and I've to make a meeting that night that I just found out about. Don't count me out yet!

    May 28

    • Franko H.

      Duly noted. No worries, we'll keep the light on for ya'! For the next meeting, that is.

      May 28

  • Franko H.

    Theme for this meetup! We are to each bring personal resolutions
    or goals and what will help to strive towards balance in achieving
    them. And what would hinder them.

    May 21, 2014

    • Robert

      Sounds like a really interesting topic. I plan to be there, just shoot me an email with the location; I already RSVP'd. How difficult will it be to get me into wherever you're going to meet, as I'm in a wheelchair? Fortunately, I'm light and the chair is titanium, so you're looking at lifting a total of just under 160 pounds, assuming that there are some steps.

      May 22, 2014

  • Diane

    Can't make it to this one either, but short of a flat tire I will make it to the one 6/12. Have a great time, all!

    May 22, 2014

    • Franko H.

      Ok, Diane. We'll see you, then.

      May 22, 2014

  • Sara

    Are all four SMOUPS formed yet? I live in Murfreesboro so am closest to East Nashville. Central is not an awful lot farther though.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Sara

      This is the first post I've seen about SMOUPS. I was just wondering if there actually is an East Nashville SMOUP yet as it would be a tad closer for me.

      May 17, 2014

    • Franko H.

      I think The East Nashville group has been meeting in the neighborhood called "East Nashville" instead of the area to the East of Nashville, as originally planned. Therefore, Central would be about the same. We will be meeting in an Assembler's house in the Vandy/Belmont area this time. Two weeks later, we will be in someone's house in "East Nashville" - the neighborhood area. You're very welcome to join us, if you wish.

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • David L.

    Sorry that I have to miss this one. See you all In two weeks.

    May 14, 2014

    • Franko H.

      No worries. "A rabbit's gotta do what a rabbit's gotta do!" - Roger Rabbit in the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

      May 14, 2014

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