A business designed to bring women together and heal, enrich, and rejuvenate is opening a Cache Valley chapter, and their first group class will be next month.
Time For HER classes, standing for Healing, Enrichment, and Rejuvenation, began in Midway just over one year ago. Owner Megan Olsen said she had enjoyed classes with her friends before, but they weren’t consistent.
“When these classes for women didn’t continue, I longed for them. I knew back then I wanted to curate classes for myself and other women. Last summer, I got friends together for a cooking class at my house and I just loved it,” Olsen wrote on her website.
There are now four chapters, including Midway/Heber. Other locations include Davis County, Park City, and Cache Valley. The classes are limited to 20-25 people and topics range from cooking demos to calligraphy.
After attending one of the classes, Kelsi Parry wanted to start a chapter up in Cache Valley.
“I had been looking into doing some girl getaways, and I thought these classes were perfect for what I wanted to do,” she said.
The monthly classes are offered to all women, regardless of religion, age, or interest, Parry said. Their first class in September will be a cake demo, featuring a local cake artist. Parry said each chapter offers the same themed class, but the expert teaching is local to each chapter.
Parry said a chance to regularly get together with like-minded people from around the valley is a dream come true for many women.
“We think every woman we meet has it all together, but if we start talking to them, we realize she’s going through hard things too,” Parry explained. “This is womanhood and motherhood. We’re not against each other, we’re here to help each other.”
Creating a place where women feel safe to open up and connect to those around them is the number one goal of Time for HER classes. Much of the cost of the class goes toward paying the expert and the supplies. Parry said their main goal is to make sure women walk away seeing the value in the class.
“Some classes you might go away saying, “dang, I wish I hadn’t paid for that,” but our classes are designed to be really engaging and worthwhile,” she said.
Parry is convinced that women who feel connected and make friendships are more empowered.
“Women can do a lot of good in the community, especially if we stick together in this crazy world,” she said.
One of the biggest challenges for Parry has been the vulnerability of opening up and creating classes she hopes people will attend and enjoy.
“It’s hard to put myself out there in fear of rejection, it’s really because I care about these women and I want them to feel what I have felt when I’ve attended a Time for HER class,” she explained. “I’ve had many nightmares about being the only one that shows up,” she added.
The reception has been positive, and Parry looks forward to the next several months of planned events. After September’s cake class, October will feature a floral wreath making class, November will be a watercolor class, and December will offer calligraphy- all being taught by local experts in Cache Valley.
“You can bring a friend or daughter or grandma, or come alone,” Parry said. “Hopefully it will soon become a safe haven for people to connect with each other.”
All class details can be found at www.timeforher.org.