Welcome to Harpeth Hall’s 2018 Winterim for Adults Program! This community offering of the school’s signature program Winterim is led by alumnae, faculty, staff, and local professionals. These programs are designed to inspire you, to renew a passion, and to teach you something new!

View the class descriptions below, then use the REGISTER NOW button to sign up today and reserve your spot in the course or courses of your choice.


Instructor: Susan Russ, former Harpeth Hall Athletic Director and Coach

Dates: Thursdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Cost: $50 for the series

Please note this class is limited to 18 participants.

Looking for a new lifetime sport that has no age limit? Want to learn to play the fastest growing sport in the United States? Sign up for Pickleball and be a part of the trendiest thing happening in adult sports. A cross between ping pong, badminton and tennis -- Pickleball has opened the door for more recreational and competitive action for young and old alike. It is played on a court the size of a doubles badminton court with a paddle and a ball much like a whiffle ball. The net is two inches lower than a tennis net. It is played indoors and outdoors and can be played as singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Plus, open court play is scheduled on a weekly basis at most recreation centers in the Nashville area and surrounding counties.

R.A.D. Self Defense

Instructor: Vanderbilt Police Department and other certified staff

Dates: Saturdays - February 3, 10, and 24

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: Complimentary

Special Note: Located Off Campus (Vanderbilt Training Building 115 28th Ave. S.)

The Rape Aggression Defense System for Women is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD Systems provides comprehensive courses that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide participants with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Safety and survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options, by teaching participants to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

A Heartfelt Mission: The West End Home Foundation, 1891-2016

Instructor: Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel, Department Chair - Upper School Social Science; School Archivist

Date: Tuesday, February 6

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $25 (includes autographed copy of the book)

The history of this Nashville institution is now being told in a new book by our very own Mary Ellen Pethel, a Nashville historian. A Heartfelt Mission - The West End Home Foundation 1891-2016 tells the chronological history of the home from multiple perspectives, including the women of privilege who helped keep the home running and the women who needed its services. The Old Woman’s Home was renamed the West End Home for Ladies in 1984 and moved to Vanderbilt Place in Nashville. It stopped taking applicants in 2002 and its last resident died in 2013, according to the present-day foundation website. Enjoy an evening book talk with the author herself and end with a book signing.

Barre Fusion

Instructor: Kate Davis Lemmons '04

Dates: Tuesdays - February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost: $50 for the series

Now is the time to challenge yourself - start the year with a new addition to your fitness goals! Incorporating barre into your current routine (or beginning a fitness routine with barre) will yield changes in your overall strength, muscle tone and stamina! The isometric movements are low impact, making this workout a great fit for all levels of ability. Bouncing back from injury? Recent pregnancy? Recommitting to your fitness goals? Come try barre fusion - bring a friend, sister, coworker, mom, and see why this workout is a favorite in the fitness world! Wear yoga attire and bring water. Yoga mat and grippy socks optional.

The Worst Problem in the World: North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear War

Instructor: Art Echerd, Upper School Social Science

Dates: Wednesdays - February 7, 14, and 21

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $30 for the series

During the presidential transition process last year, President Obama told Donald Trump that the most difficult foreign policy problem he would be facing would be the question of North Korea.  It is a state that tends to elicit such extreme statements.  It has been called the "most opaque country in the world," the "strangest society on earth," and the world's "closest approximation to an Orwellian nightmare."  This class will examine the origins of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, provide an overview of North Korea's relations with the United States since 1948, and describe the current standing of North Korea in the world today.  Above all, we will look at the evolving nature of the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and consider some possible solutions to this seemingly insoluble problem.

“Staying Healthy in the Winter” with Whole Foods and Whole Body Tours

Instructors: Laura Lea Goldberg ’04, Holistic Chef and Owner, Laura Lea Balanced and Marnie Reasor '91, Homeopath Practitioner

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $30

Special Note: Located Off Campus (Green Hills Whole Foods Market)

Certified Holistic Chef Laura Lea Goldberg '04 will help you navigate your way proficiently through Whole Foods! She will help you choose the highest quality ingredients, learn what to avoid, and offer tips and tricks to make your cart as budget-friendly as possible. You will leave with a list of Laura Lea’s go-to Whole Foods products, so that you don’t have to decipher all the labels yourself.

Marnie Reasor '91, Homeopath Practitioner, will give a guided tour of Whole Body where you will learn how to choose supplements to strengthen your body during the cold and flu season. Discover which products to splurge on and which ones offer the best value. Personal care products will also be reviewed. You will leave with a step-by-step handout that tells you how to prevent winter illnesses and what to do if you get sick. 

Marnie and Laura Lea will also provide a take-away gift bag for participants with some of their favorites!

Class is limited to 12 participants, swapping after 45 minutes at each location.

Athens of the New South: College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville

Instructor: Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel, Department Chair - Upper School Social Science; School Archivist

Date: Monday, February 12

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $25 (includes autographed copy of book)

In 2013, the New York Times identified Nashville as America’s “it” city—a leading hub of music, culture, technology, food, and business. But long before, the Tennessee capital was known as the "Athens of the South,” as a reflection of the city’s reputation for and investment in its institutions of higher education, which especially blossomed after the end of the Civil War and through the New South Era from 1865 to 1930. This wide-ranging book chronicles the founding and growth of Nashville’s institutions of higher education and their impressive impact on the city, region, and nation at large.

Linking these institutions to the progressive and educational reforms of the era, Mary Ellen Pethel also explores their impact in shaping Nashville’s expansion, on changing gender roles, and on leisure activity in the city, which included the rise and popularity of collegiate sports. In her conclusion, she shows that Nashville’s present-day reputation as a dynamic place to live, learn, and work is due in no small part to the role that higher education continues to play in the city’s growth and development. Enjoy an evening book talk with the author herself that will end with a book signing.

Creative Writing: Discover the Author Within

Instructor: Mary Wheeler, Middle School English

Dates: Tuesdays - February 13, 20, 27 and March 6

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: $40 for the series

Come for a series of Tuesday night sessions with a blank notebook, an open mind, and your favorite writing utensil. Through a variety of writing prompts and strategies you will experience the power of your words as you discover your writing voice in prose and poetry. Together we will share the joy of thinking through our fingers.

Recently one of my seventh-grade students wrote, “Words are beautiful. They make up our life, our songs, sentences, paragraphs, stories, tales, thoughts, and imagination. What could we accomplish without words, and what could words accomplish without us?”

And one more saying to nudge you to join us: “Reading is a gift you give yourself; writing is a gift you give the world.” Thank you for considering this opportunity! As a Middle School English teacher, I welcome you as students of life with this invitation to explore your memories, opinions, and imagination.

Menopause: Nightmare or Dream Destination?

Instructor: Marnie Reasor ’91, Certified Classical Homeopath, Owner of Resplendent Healing

Date: Thursday, February 15

Time: 6:00 PM

Cost: $15

Would you like to find natural solutions to manage menopause that truly work? The primary goal for this class is to empower women to encounter menopause in a new way--listening to their body's wisdom and seeing themselves in a different light. Marnie will offer many options to ease symptoms and ways to embrace the process with hope for the future. The course will help women:

  • Learn how to choose natural supplements to decrease hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings
  • Discover how a constitutional homeopathic remedy can address menopausal symptoms and more
  • Find strategies for restful sleep and ways to increase your energy

Bring your concerns and questions for an open discussion about the challenges you are facing. This class will help you find new ways to transition into and through menopause naturally.

Marnie Reasor, CCH (HH ’91) is a homeopath practitioner who focuses on liberating women from menopausal symptoms and migraines with highly effective homeopathic remedies so they can enjoy their lives again. With over 17 years of dedication to women’s health, Marnie earned a degree from The School of Homeopathy, New York, a four-year graduate program and completed four years of clinical training. She was voted “Best Healing” by San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of the Bay List. She offers women individualized health consultations and leads her signature Pure Radiance 21-Day Cleanse annually. For more information about Marnie, please visit her website at www.ResplendentHealing.com.

Avoiding the Perfectionist Trap

Instructors: Armistead Lemon, Director of the Upper School and Adam Wilsman, Upper School Social Science

Date: Thursday, February 22

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: Complimentary

Research suggests that while girls and women excel in the classroom, they have a harder time translating this success to confidence in the workplace. Over the course of the last five years, our Confidence Committee has been addressing this lack of confidence on Harpeth Hall's campus by confronting five major inhibitors to young women's confidence: perfectionism, fear of failure, comparison, sensitivity to criticism, and negative self-talk. Our focus for this evening will be to engage in a discussion around one of these inhibitors: perfectionism. What does it mean to be a perfectionist and why is it ultimately harmful? Most importantly, what can we do to mitigate its negative effects in ourselves and in the young women around us?

Book Talk: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Instructors: Kristen Meltesen, Upper School English Department Chair and Joe Croker, Upper School English and Media Arts

Date: Monday, February 26

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $10 (book not included)

Written at the close of the 19th century, Kate Chopin’s novella The Awakening was considered groundbreaking and scandalous for its time. It tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young woman, whose search for independence and autonomy both inspired and alarmed many contemporary readers and reviewers. Over 100 years later, this absorbing tale does much more than prefigure the feminist and modernist movements of the 20th century. Chopin crafts a rich and timeless psychological sketch—lyrically drawn—of a woman’s social and sensual awakening.

Join us as we discuss Edna Pontellier’s complex struggle to fulfill her innermost desires despite the restraints of familial and societal expectations.

So You Want to be a Blogger?

Instructor: Matthew Pyles, Middle School Music

Date: Monday, March 5

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Cost: $10

Do you feel the need to share your perspective, your cooking, your photography, or your family vacations on a blogging platform? Come to this introduction to blogging by Harpeth Hall faculty member Matthew Pyles, who has previously run the food blog "The Starving Musician." This hour and a half class will discuss blogging platforms, generating content, and obtaining readers through the use of social media.

Book Talk: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Instructors: Kristen Meltesen, Upper School English Department Chair and Jackie Powers, Upper School English

Date: Monday, March 12

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $10 (book not included)

In many ways, the bleak, dystopian future Ray Bradbury predicted in his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 has become reality in 2018. At once fascinating and alarming, Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter recommends that "everyone who loves democracy should read Fahrenheit 451 at least every two or three years."  Bradbury's protagonist, Guy Montag, lives in a society too distracted by technology to form real relationships. Here, books are banned and burned to maintain the status quo and, more importantly, to keep everyone happy. 

Join us to discuss the novel that Bradbury considered his love letter to books and the people who care about them.

Social Media, oh my!

Instructor: Jennifer Adams, Director of Community Support and Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, March 14

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: Complimentary

The social media world can be a bit daunting to parents as we raise our tweens and teenagers.  Understanding this world of our children can be challenging for parents because adults do not communicate online in the same way or use the same social media channels.  Another challenge is that the social media world is always changing.  Join Jennifer Adams, Director of Community Support and Inclusion, as she helps parents to better understand how our children are using social media.  She will discuss tips to help minimize the negative experiences and maximize the positive opportunities that social media can offer.