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Beloved Conversations is an investment of both time and resources.  When you purchase the curriculum for the first time, whether as an individual congregation or as a cluster, your package includes the following:

  • A 1.5 day Opening Retreat, led by a highly trained member of the Beloved Conversations staff
  • A license to the Beloved Conversations curriculum, allowing you to re-use the curriculum and receive updates and access to new curricula as they are published
  • Four hours of coaching between your Retreat Leader and the Facilitators from your congregation, to support Facilitators before, during, and after the program
  • Access to additional Facilitator support resources, including our twice-monthly online Facilitator Support Calls (Zoom video/phone meetings led by members of our staff) and membership in our closed Beloved Conversations Network Facilitators’ group

The program is designed to be done iteratively--repeated regularly, with new participants--over a long period of time, so as to build up critical mass of people within the congregation(s) who have shared vocabulary, experience, and analysis.  Luckily, since the major financial investment in Beloved Conversations comes up front, subsequent rounds of the program are less expensive for congregations and clusters.

The following reflects our price structure for Beloved Conversations, for both individual congregations and clusters.

Individual Congregation Pricing

Many congregations choose to run Beloved Conversations as an internal program for members and friends of their own congregation.  

FIRST TIME PRICING

Costs for purchasing the Beloved Conversations package for the first time are calculated by congregational size:

ITEM SMALL MID-SIZE LARGE
Full BC Package (includes Retreat Leader fee for up to 40 participants, 4 hours of coaching with your Retreat Leader, facilitator access to Facebook group and semi-monthly online office hours, and full license to the BC curriculum) $1850 $2200 $3000

NOTE: If more than one Retreat Leader is required, add an additional $750 to total package price.

RENEWAL PRICING

There is one flat fee for individual congregations who run subsequent rounds of Beloved Conversations, based on membership size:

ITEM SMALL MID-SIZE LARGE
Renewal: BC Retreat  (Renewal congregations retain access to BC curricula, FB group, semi-monthly online office hours; coaching is NOT included in renewal pricing structure, but can be negotiated for $50/hr on an a la carte basis with your Retreat Leader) $800 $900 $1000

NOTE: If more than one Retreat Leader is required, add an additional $750 to total package price.

Congregational Cluster Pricing

Some congregations choose to partner with other UU congregations in their region to offer a joint opening retreat, which helps lower costs for all participating congregations; most congregations run the subsequent 8 two-hour sessions in their own congregations, although some choose to have groups with participants from two or more congregations.  While all clusters are unique, and we will create a custom quote for your cluster’s situation, quotes are created using the following price scale:

CLUSTERS: FIRST TIME PRICING

Opening Retreat Fee: $750 if you anticipate 40 participants or fewer; $1500 if you anticipate more than 40 participants (requires second Retreat Leader)

Coaching Fees: $200 (four shared, Zoom-based coaching hours with your lead Retreat Leader and facilitator teams from all participating congregations)

Licensing fees (determined by size):

ITEM SMALL MID-SIZE LARGE
Curriculum License $600 $800 $1000

CLUSTERS: RENEWAL PRICING

$500 per congregation + $750 Opening Retreat Fee if more than one Retreat Leader is required (more than 40 participants)

NOTE: If any new congregations who were not formerly part of the cluster and have never done BC before want to participate in a cluster retreat, we will also add a curriculum licensing fee (see table above) to the total quote for the Cluster Renewal Retreat.

Other incidental costs to congregations, not included in pricing above

Congregations are responsible for paying for all travel costs and accommodations for their Retreat Leader(s), which are not included in the purchase price of the Beloved Conversations package.  Those costs can vary tremendously depending on where the RL is coming from, whether the congregation is close to a major airport, if there are flights departing after the close of a retreat, if someone from the congregation can drive the RL back and forth, etc.  Here are a list of potential costs congregations could expect to incur, with very general estimates of how much these things could cost:

  • Flight: $200-500
  • Hotel: $100-200 per night
  • Airport Parking: $20-$50
  • Rental Car: $100-200
  • Round-trip Baggage Fees: $50
  • Meals in Transit: $15-50
  • Airport Taxi (Retreat Leader to airport at home; Retreat Leader from airport to congregation and back): VARIABLE