Speaking and Sample Topics
I am humbled and honored to have people share how my teaching and experiences have reconnected their relationships. I love getting to hear people's stories and share in their lives, even for just a moment. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see a mother and daughter, who came to a retreat disconnected and barely speaking, laughing and holding hands or, seeing a woman come to terms with her past in a way that brings hope to her future. God has called me to share a message of truth, love, hope, and healing to women, youth, and families.
Do you have an upcoming women’s or youth event? Whether you are hosting a luncheon, dinner, weekend retreat, or week-long camp, I would love to learn more about your group to see if we can help your group reconnect with hope across generations.
It only takes a few minutes with Trish to see that she is a devoted Christ Follower. She is passionate about God, the Bible, and helping people discover Jesus on their own. Her passion and excitement for truth is evident in her teaching. She brings personal stories, and animated illustrations to her topics, which make the serious nature of her sessions, seem very friendly, relevant, and approachable. With a laugh, she says, “I am fifty four years old and I finally found out what my big mouth is for.”
She is not a comedienne by any stretch of the imagination. But, she is transparent, honest, real, and willing to take on the difficult topics. Her personal story is incredible and her focus on the value of the journey makes even the most painful life experiences seem purposeful. Her message of redemption brings hope to broken people.
Look through these available topics Trish has to offer for your next retreat, camp, or conference. If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact Trish to discuss other options.
Book Trish for Your Next Event
Trish is available to speak at luncheons, special events, seminars, and retreats. Topics will be adjusted to fit your specific event and can be designed for one-hour to four-day event schedules. Sessions may include, multi-media presentation, handout materials, and devotionals or other curriculum.
Most topics can be adapted to a wide variety of women and youth events:
- Multi-Generational Retreats and Events
- Mother Daughter Retreats and Events
- Women’s Retreats and Events
- Faith based events
- Youth Camps and Events
- Home Education Events
- Secular Events for schools, community organizations, businesses
- Corporate Wellness Seminars
- Sexual Assault Awareness events
- Crisis Responder Training
Mother Daughter Tea Parties
Looking for a light, fun, and fancy event for the mothers and daughters in your group? Perfect for a luncheon or mother/daughter or cross- generational event, Mom and Me Time for Tea might be just what you are looking for. This topic is adapted from the Raising Little Women of God Curriculum. Emphasis is on social etiquette and how our minute-by-minute behavior is a reflection of the God we serve. This material provides fun mother/daughter interaction with stories, role-playing, and skits. It is geared for girls ages 8-14 and their mothers although women of all ages will enjoy this fun and fancy event.
"George Washington…really? I had no idea. What a wonderful story to get us thinking about our relationship. We had a great time!" - Grandmother and daughter attendees
"Tricia has a way about her that is endearing to children as well as parents. God has blessed Tricia with the amazing ability to communicate His truths in an inspiring and humorous way. My high energy, nature-loving daughter actually sat for over an hour captivated by Tricia's teachings on manners. Mind you, this is no small feat! I would highly recommend seeing Tricia speak; you will leave feeling inspired & rejuvenated!" - Kris, mother/daughter event
"Mom, she was the best speaker I ever heard!" – Mother/daughter tea attendee age 8
Light For The Journey
For women ages 8-80, 'Light for the Journey' will help strengthen your multi generational relationship by embracing God’s original plan for you as women. Women of all ages in this generation often find themselves confused and disconnected in their roles. This message challenges mothers and daughters to reclaim their God given purpose as they pursue this holy partnership. This topic is perfect for your next mother daughter retreat or event. A shorter program called "Grab Your Lantern: Shining light on the next generation is a great luncheon topic or community outreach program. Devotional materials and a separate break out session on confession can be integrated.
“What a lovely event. It struck at the heart of every woman and required us to determine if we really believe what we say we believe.” –Luncheon attendee
“My girls and I needed this today. I often question what I have to offer God. This is a reminder that all he wants is my heart.” – Grandmother and mother of three adult women
“Great speaker. One of the best I’ve heard. Trish was transparent, real, and endearing. Women were changed today.” – Women’s Event coordinator
Heart to Heart: God's plan for mothers and daughters
This topic focuses on the roles of mothers in our current society and how we have lost the power, purpose, and privilege in the most important job on earth. Girls come to understand who their mother is designed to be and who she is not. Interactive face-to-face sessions, and team building activities make this perfect for any mother daughter events.
This program is perfect for retreat weekends, conferences, and camps. Although it is designed for mothers and daughters, it can easily be adapted to women's retreats as well. Material can also be customized for luncheons and women's daylong events.
"I have always wondered if I had a Spiritual Gift of evangelism. Sometimes I can't sleep at night wondering how to share the Gospel with someone. I am encouraged to know that this might be God's plan for me."- Teenage girl
"Your story is very emotional. It is hard to hear, but a good reminder that pain is a part of our story. I tried to forget a lot of the painful things from my life but this weekend had made me see them differently."- Mother
"I never thought of my life experience as being part of God's story for my life. Thanks for helping me start the first chapter!" - Teenage girl
Stepping Into History
History is personal and God is sovereign over all things throughout the course of time. History is God's story-His story for each of us. This topic helps women of all ages and mothers and daughters step boldly into His story for their lives. This program discusses ‘Learning from God in your past, living for God in your present, and seeking God in your future’. Lot's of interactive team building exercises are included to make fun but challenging face to face interactions a meaningful way to better understand the people in our lives. This topic is also excellent for women's retreats.
"Trish is a remarkable speaker with a lot of life experiences to teach about. She brought our relationship closer with all the 'extra's' we did throughout the weekend." - mother of a teen daughter
"This was so much fun. I guess I knew more about my mom than I thought I did since we won the game show!" - 12 year old attendee
STITCHED TOGETHER BY GOD: PATTERNS FOR BEAUTIFUL RELATIONSHIPS
This program uses a quilting allegory to learn how to have honoring relationships with the people God places in our path. This is a light, story based session sprinkled with scripture verses. The session is geared for new and non-believers and unfolds as a challenge to apply biblical to truth to relationships with God and others. Describing 5 Patterns for beautiful relationships, Trish challenges women to attend to the relationships in their lives and pursue the most important relationship of all, their relationship with God.
This program is perfect for a women's day or a luncheon. An expanded take-home devotional is available for this topic.
"Unbelievable. I thought this was going to be a light getaway weekend. I am changed and renewed. The material in the session must have been hand picked for me. I have relit my lantern. I am going home with a new light for my journey."
- Retreat attendee
"I didn't want to come here with my mom. We are not the best of friends. Instead God met us here and helped us recommit to loving one another. I am leaving with a new friend." - 15 year-old daughter
What does it mean to be a friend of God and One another?
Have you felt jealous of someone surrounded with friends or wished that you were part of the "popular" group? Have you ever made a list of your friends and added a few extra to make it longer? When we feel lonely, we long deeply for true friendship. God designed us for relationships and understands our deepest longings. He has a perfect plan for perfect friendship.
Designed for women and girls who long for deeper friendships, and want to heal the friendships they have, this talk explores the foundational truth of what it means to be a Friend of God and Friend to Friends and Friend to the friendless. This is an excellent topic for a full retreat weekend, day-long event, or luncheon. Follow up devotional materials and interactive activities make this an impacting talk for women of all ages.
"Face it girls are mean. This was great reminder that I am supposed to love them anyway." - Teen attendee
"Who was my middle school enemy? I laughed out loud. I can see her like it was yesterday. She tortured me and made my life miserable. Thanks for reminding me that she is an image bearer too."
-Women's retreat attendee.
"This session kind of surprised me by making me think of ALL the relationships in my life and what I should do to mend some relationships and be a better friend in general. I wasn't expecting to be convicted in this area, but I was and I'm glad." -Retreat attendee
What Do I Have to Give? The Legend of the Poinsettia
Trish shares her story of redemption and parallels similarities in the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia. Acknowledging women’s nature to downplay their value, she lifts up and encourages women to see themselves as God sees them. This talk is perfect for a Christmas luncheon or day-long retreat.
"This was a perfect blend of engaging and powerful. Our women were somberly delighted with this program."
–Women's Event Coordinator
"Trish is a great speaker. She is fun to listen to and even though her message is challenging, it makes you think. This message is good for women of any age." -Women's workshop attendee
The Alabaster Box
What is an Alabaster box? Why is it important to the story of the two Mary’s? What is Spikenard and why was it so valuable? What do these stories about perfume have to do with living as a fragrant offering?
This interactive event will help women draw near to the feet of Jesus and surrender heart and soul as an offering. The Alabaster Box event is perfect for a luncheon or interactive women’s day event. Optional slide show from the holy lands, and interactive essential oil perfume making activity is available.
“This was so fun. I never have time to just hang out with my girls and do something a little indulgent like this. This is an event we will never forget."
–Mother and daughter attendees
"I LOVED this session. It was so interesting. I have always wanted to go to the Holy Lands-this made me feel like I was there." – Teen Girl
Youth Events and Topics
Father to the Fatherless
As a young girl, abandoned by her father, Trish knows first hand, the devastation caused by absent fathers. This honest and real program deals with issues teens face in the current culture of missing, distant, and uninvolved fathers. This program honestly and respectfully uncovers the role of fathers, God's design for fathers, and why we need fathers. Role-playing, intensive personal workshops, and a journey to the cross helps attendees take action in their relationships with their dads. This program can be adapted for one hour or three day events.
Note: This is an important topic that impacts youth all across our nation regardless of their faith background. This program is easily adapted to fit in a secular setting.
Livin' The Lies
Do you feel lost, alone, or confused? Have you felt the despair of hopelessness? Are you letting the lies of the world define who you are? Using the abuse and hopelessness from her own teen years, Trish exposes the lies we believe and encourages attendees to embrace the truth about who they are designed to be in Christ.
Note: This program is also available as a secular event for schools and other youth organizations. Programs for schools offers additional tie-ins to bullying, violence, teen suicide, making a difference in peer groups, and substance abuse.
I AM A NEW CREATION
Do we believe the truth about who we are in Christ? Learning to rewrite the messages we believe about ourselves and allowing God to transform us is the first step in living for Him as a "new creation". We will explore who we are in Christ, how we are designed, and find joy as we live for Him. Looking at things like personality, pace, talents, personal preferences, passions, and spiritual gifts, students will be encouraged to look for clues as to how they are designed.
Note: This topic is also available as a parent session called The Treasure Hunt. Designed to help
parents understand and uncover who their children are created to be.
Note: This program is also available as a secular event called Metamorphosis. It is designed for schools
and other youth organizations. Programs for schools offer additional tie-ins to bullying, violence, teen
suicide, making a difference in peer groups, and substance abuse.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! …We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
"This was awesome-doing the before caterpillars and the after butterflies made me realize that I am a new creation. I don't have to live the old way anymore." - Middle school student
"Life is hard and I struggle with a lot of issues. I never realized that God cares about who He made me to be. That means more than who I think I am supposed to be." - High school student
There Is Only One You
We hear that we are all unique, special, fearfully and wonderfully made, but do we believe it? Do we really believe that there is only one of us, that we matter, and that we are special to God?
In this winter snowflake themed topic Trish shares her story of growing up in a violent, abusive and home, bound by atheism. She was hopeless and filled with despair until she met Jesus. She offers real-life, practical ways to encounter God the creator, protector and redeemer.
“There are so many kinds of flakes! Snowflakes haha. I am a flake too but I am created for God’s plans.” –Junior High girl
"Burning my confessions in the bonfire really made a difference to me. I know that God can forgive everything I have done. He still loves me. That changes everything.” –High School boy.
“It was hard to make my ugly snowflake. I always try to be perfect. I wrote that I feel weak and unworthy. I know God can change that. Thanks for making me face up what is holding me back.” – College age boy
Home Education Events
Homeschooling is quickly becoming a mainstream education option for parents looking for alternative education options for their children. Trish brings 22 years of homeschooling experience to her programs. Homeschooling her children through High School and preparing them for college, she shares her vast experience to help parents decide if homeschooling will meet their needs.
DISCIPLESHIP: GOD’S PLAN FOR EDUCATION
This is a program designed for young mothers and those considering homeschooling. It focuses on God’s plan for discipleship and our calling as mothers. This can be adapted from one-four sessions and includes information on knowing your child, designing a homeschool that fits your home and style.
HOMESCHOOLING FOR LIFE: Successfully navigating the upper grades
This talk deals with the nuts and bolts of training up middle school and high school age students. Sessions include the importance of knowing your child, realizing God’s calling on your life, goal setting, transcript preparation, testing, how to measure results, and getting to the finish line-graduation.
Renew Refresh Revive
This program is perfect for Women's Homeschool Retreats and Events. With over 22 years of Home education experience, Trish brings compassionate teaching and encouragement to women who have chosen to take on the m monumental career of educating their children in the home. Using personal stories and Biblical examples, this program will leave homeschool moms encourage and strengthened for the journey.