The Transition Network

Welcome to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter includes the seven county metropolitan area that includes Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington, Carver, Scott, Wright and Anoka.

For information on our new and growing chapter, please contact us at

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter is connecting women and helping them make the most out of their "50 years and forward" transition journey. While every woman's situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.

We are constantly reaching out to as many women as possible to make connections and planning as many events as we can.  We already have active Special Interest Groups and are now in the process of creating more Transition Peer Groups. For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at  

          Chair: Jill Goski  

March at a Glance  

Join us for upcoming chapter events ----

Wednesday, March 3 - Wellness Wednesday: Tapping

     This is a second offering of the session offered on February 17 with Susan Temple

Wednesday, March 10 -Wellness Wednesday: Essential Oils

Thursday, March 18 - The Art of the Ojibwe Bag

Saturday, March 20 - Spring Equinox Celebration

Monday, March 22 - Get Connected

Wednesday, March 31 - Wellness Wednesday: Contentment and Joy


Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

February 18, 2021
Get Connected February
On February 18, ten women gathered for a fun Get Connected Event.  After checking in with each other to see how we were doing, we opened the discussion with “What was your favorite vacation?”  Members shared memories of their favorite vacations which ranged from international and statewide travel either with family and friends or traveling alone.  We all agreed that our favorite vacation brought such richness into our lives.
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On February 17, fifteen women met for a lunch and learn session on Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Due to demand, a second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 on March 3.
Register on the TTN website or Meetup and invite a friend!

After a few member jokes about needing tap shoes or a bucket for maple sap, Susan introduced herself and then gave a brief history of the technique.We then learned, practiced and discussed our reactions to the technique and how it helps people.

Susan also shared a couple quotes:
“As soon as we become aware of what is, what is changes.”    Fritz Perls

“There are only 2 mistakes one can make along the road to truth:not going all the way and not starting.”  The Buddha
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On February 10, thirteen women gathered via Zoom to participate in a meditation and mindfulness session led by TTN member and Yoga instructor, Barbara O'Sullivan. Barbara expertly guided the participants in breathing and stretching techniques to help us manage the physical and mental impact of hours spent on Zoom and the stresses of pandemic life. Thanks to Barbara for sharing her expertise with us.Read more...

On Wednesday, January 27, 22 women got together and talked about wellness. Jan Weller led a discussion about the many dimensions of wellness including Physical, Emotional, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Intellectual, Occupational, and Environmental. We utilized the Wheel of Life to document our satisfaction with each of these areas in our own lives. It was an energetic and enlightening discussion.Read more...

On Tuesday, January 19, 33 women gathered via zoom to hear local author, Laura Gilbert, share the concepts from her new book, Enough: A Retirement Life that Works for Me. This is a short and very interesting book that looks first at the retirement life one wants and then layers on the financial resources required to support that life. Laura shared that the question is actually not "Will I have enough?", but "Will I be ok?" where each individual defines what "ok" is for them. It turns out money is only one of the tools to be “ok” in retirement. 
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January 13, 2021
Get Connected January
On January 13, ten women gathered for an enjoyable Get Connected Event. After checking in with each other and sharing our experiences during the holiday season we opened the discussion with “What is the best thing you consumed lately?” Members shared titles of books,
movies they had watched, foods they had tried, and ideas for intentions for the New Year.
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December 30, 2020
Wellness Wednesday: Humor
At the December 30 Wellness Wednesday, twenty women got together to share stories and laugh together. Marilynne provided some insights about why “Laughter is the Best Medicine” is actually true as there are many wellness benefits from laughing. We learned that humor can be enhanced with practice! So, we practiced! We laughed at pictures, cartoons, and videos of people and animals. We told personal stories and laughed together.

We ended the evening with a quote by Dr. Seuss:
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."

Thanks to Jean and Marilynne for hosting.
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December 21, 2020
Winter Solstice Party
Although clouds prohibited live viewing of The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the early night sky on December 21, there was plenty of darkness on the Solstice to precipitate the need for a party. Read more...

November 18, 2020
Wellness Wednesday
In November, the Wellness Wednesday program welcomed TTN member and LAc, Melissa Cathcart, to teach a class on Bladder and Pelvic Floor Health. Thanks to Melissa for sharing her expertise with us.Read more...

November 16, 2020
Fall Recipe Challenge
During November, 13 TTN members participated in the Fall Recipe Challenge which was sponsored by the Exploring Food SIG and led by Chef Maggie Wescott of the Alternative Dish. Participants were asked to cook with vegetables they may not have tried before and even varieties they had tried but were sure they didn’t care for. During the 2 weeks, via a Facebook page, the group shared their successes, adaptations, and mishaps and Chef Maggie coached the group each step of the way. The group explored the use of eggplant, spaghetti squash, fennel, mint, beets and other seasonal produce and agreed they learned new techniques and expanded their cooking repertoire. You can see a few of the group's flavorful and colorful creations in the pictures. (Some of the recipes the group tried are available at Chef Maggie’s website:
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November 12, 2020
November Get Connected
On November 12, ten women and hosts Pat Burgraff and Jan Reisch met for an engaging Get Connected event.
After our check-in everyone shared a memory about when they “Felt at Peace.” Interestingly, most of us talked about family and being in nature.  “It’s the little things.” We ended with a discussion on other TTN events that had been attended by some of the group and the upcoming winter and how we plan to survive and thrive!
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October 28, 2020
Wellness Wednesday
On October 28, the new Wellness Wednesdays program started with a lively session on balance and preventing falls. Facilitated beautifully by Kathleen Peterson, the thirteen women in attendance covered a huge range of relevant topics, speaking from sometimes painful experience of past falls, both inside and outside and with many great suggestions for prevention of falls and improving balance overall.Read more...

Karen West, a fellow member of TTN, shared her skills in legacy writing via Zoom workshops for two evenings. She is a teacher of conscious aging and sage-ing with legacy writing part of her training by her mentor, Rachael Freed, who has written several books on legacy writing.Read more...

February 8, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Twenty-one women attended the winter quarterly program and learned valuable information from Della Johnson, TTN member and realtor, and Laurie Wrobel, Senior Move Manager and owner of Clutter 911.Read more...

On Saturday, September 7, fifteen women enjoyed a lovely morning at Debra's home in Circle Pines. Debra had invited Mary Jo Meadow to talk with us about mindfulness. Mary Jo is 83 years young and has been engaged in teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. She was a delightful woman and helped us understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. We also enjoyed a potluck brunch and shared wellness tips. Thanks to Debra for hosting this lovely event.Read more...

On Saturday, July 13, 19 women gathered at Terri’s home in St. Michael for a Garden Party. It was a warm summer day and we sat in the shade of her backyard. Terri, Deb and Grace had organized a party with an Italian theme and everything planned matched the theme. This included the activities, the food, the online cooking demonstration, the decorations – even the wine and non-alcoholic beverages were from Italy. We appreciated the stimulating activities and the opportunity to connect with women we know and others who were new to us. It was a relaxing yet engaging event to savor. Thanks to Terri for opening her home and hosting this event.Read more...

We were honored to have TTN Executive Director, Susan Collins, join us for our May 18 Celebration and get to know the wonderful women of our chapter better. We also were very excited to have Lorna Landvik join us for the afternoon and be our keynote speaker.Read more...

Material from, 17:08:22 March 5, 2021.
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