Welcome to Spoken Lives

Stories Women Share

These vibrant evenings are creating new connections for women. Four women speak from the stage at each gathering and we see ourselves in their stories.

These women share stories of adventure, success and what they learned along the way. They offer inspiring stories from the stage, share their challenges and triumphs, and that motivates the women who attend. Real life stories are also shared at the tables by audience members. These evenings are often enriched by a massage therapist onsite.

Authentic women sharing stories of adventure, triumph and success with real women.


We have a new chapter in Kingston, Ontario. Read more about the curator, Sheri Godfrey here.


See what our participants are saying


Spoken Lives has become quite a tradition for my friends and I. We all have busy lives and getting together is imperative but sporadic. Spoken lives has provided a chance for quality time, dinner, refreshments and an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Alone or with friends, I always feel welcome. Elizabeth Verwey has brought together an interesting and inclusive group of women from all walks of life. Both the audience and the speakers are real woman with real stories with experiences and wisdom to share. If you’re looking for a safe, friendly, openminded, expansive evening please join us at the paintbox for dinner beforehand at 6pm or 7pm for the Speaker series. You’ll find me there. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Come with friends or solo, everyone is very friendly and welcoming.

Lynne P. McNelly

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Wild Woman Project Circle Leader Toronto

Spoken lives is much more than an event, It has become a community of women who speak from the heart and soul. This collaborate group of individuals share their passions, moments of triumph , bringing strength and awareness to a room filled with people listening from the edge of their seats to every word spoken , listening for the gold. This group becomes more expansive with each event, as we certainly always want to bring someone else in our lives to share the experience with. The space provides an atmosphere for all of us to connect with one another, share our own lives, and create deeply connected relationships. Spoken lives is more than an event, it has become a community.

Megan Sheppard

RE/MAX Hallmark realty

I’ve been attending ‘Spoken Lives’ evenings since their inception and I have to say I wouldn’t miss one of them for the world.  Elizabeth has done an incredible job of curating a roster of truly amazing women who ‘bare their souls’ each and every time.  They say that ‘everyone has a story’ and boy, do you ever realize how very true that is when you attend an event. The women who speak do it from the heart with such passion and eloquence that you wonder how they can all be in the same room at the same time!  I have learned so much since attending. The themes are always fascinating and relevant to my life in one way or another.  I have met incredible women and have gone away just that much ‘better’ as a person myself having interacted with such inspirational people.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for creating such a wonderful, genuine and loving experience for us.

Karyn Spiesman

from Toronto

Upcoming Events


Tuesday January 8th, 2019

Toronto West

Monday January 21st, 2019

Toronto Central

More information coming soon

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Curated by: Sheri Godfrey

I believe that we all have a story deep inside and the lessons we have learned by living that story are worthy of sharing. I have had my struggles and have often wondered ‘why me’ as the weight on my shoulders seemed just too much to bear!

After overcoming those struggles and gaining the strength needed to endure, I realized that sharing my journey was healing. Verbalizing helped release the pain of that moment and sharing the triumph of making it through helped me ‘own’ that victory. I have also found that sharing my journey gives others the strength and courage to keep trudging onward through their own journey.

I am grateful for the support of those around me and I am truly grateful of the gift that each day brings. I am a Certified Life Coach and Personality Dimensions Facilitator at “Respire & Evolve” Transitional Coaching and have a love and passion for speaking and sharing stories.

I am excited to be the curator of Spoken Lives - Kingston Area and I welcome you to join in this adventure. As women we can share from our hearts and touch other people’s lives with the stories we share. Together we can make a difference.

Originally from Nova Scotia, I now call Kingston (well technically Amherstview) Ontario, home. Tim (my hubby) and I have 4 Children and are now enjoying the role of Nana and Papa.  I look forward to sharing in your journey as we come together in a safe, heart felt space to lift each other up.  



Curated by: Elizabeth Verwey

After 36 years of marriage, we went through a divorce. I had to learn to live alone for the first time in my life. I turned to friends during this life makeover and invited them to my new place for a series of Nurture Nights. We shared food and stories at these pot luck evenings. Women shared their challenges and the life lessons they learned while meeting their life challenges.

These events grew as friends invited their friends and we needed to move these gatherings to a public space to make room for everyone who wanted to join these wonderful evenings.

Now, we’re creating circles of support and making “herstory” by sharing our stories with one another in a more formal way. Four speakers share from the stage and other stories are shared at the tables. I’m looking for awesome women in other cities to open chapters to support the women they know.

Authentic Women. Genuine Community. Real Stories.



Curated by: Martha Henderson

“Take my hand, and we will make it, I swear!” was the promise I made to my sailing crew as we trained to compete for Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games. I had always been a Bon jovi fan and this song came on just as we needed it the most. I grew up surrounded by Olympians. I worked with Olympic Athletes and hopefuls in my business career but had shelved the idea that this was ever something that I could do even though I coached and competed with and against Olympic sailors. I was always “too [insert negative comment here]” to take action on my Olympic Dream. After a 15 year career in marketing, it took a decision of not wanting to live a life of “what if” that propelled me into action.

I am so excited to give the opportunity for women to tell their stories and inspire others – since it was listening to another woman’s story that inspired my action – and that has made all the difference.



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