RELATE: Do the rest of your life better.

RELATE workshops provide tools and insight to help you do the rest of your life better by building better relationships. Explore the RELATE events and classes at Willow South Barrington or at your preferred Willow location below.

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RELATE | Difficult Conversations 

6–9 p.m., Friday, November 9
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Saturday, November 10

Saying hard things is…hard. But it can lead to better relationships. Gain insight and tools to navigate difficult conversations with the important people in your life.

Difficult Conversations is led by Deb Shurtz and Casey Sundstedt

Registration Cost: $15 (Scholarships are available, please email deb to learn more.)



What's the format?

Each session is a mixture of three components:

  • High-challenge teaching  
  • Brief self-reflection exercises to help you connect each concept with your own experience
  • Practical table discussions let by trained RELATE facilitators

Can I attend with a friend, my spouse, or my small group? 

Yes! Invite each person to register online, then plan to arrive together 30 minute before the first session. Once everyone in your group arrives, a host will seat you together. (If someone in your group wants to become a RELATE facilitator and lead your table discussion, they can EMAIL DEB to learn more.)

Can I attend by myself? 

Absolutely! Plenty of people choose to attend by themselves. A host will seat you at a table where you'll get to know one of our trained facilitators and a few new friends. 


Activity Center (gym) located near Entrance F, across from Harvest Food Court at Willow Creek South Barrington

What's the cost? 

$15 per person

The RELATE Series

—Difficult Conversations is the fourth workshop in the 2018 RELATE series. Although these workshops are interconnected, each is taught as a stand-alone experience. If Difficult Conversations is your first RELATE workshop, welcome aboard! You'll fit right in—and we hope it will be your first of many RELATE workshops to come!

To receive an email alert when registration opens for the next RELATE workshop, SUBSCRIBE HERE.


"When I feel disappointed or hurt by someone, I now know how I can respond in helpful ways."

"Gaining insight into how my past still affects my relationships gives me freedom to live differently going forward."

"I finally understand why certain things trigger me—and now I can do something about it!"

"My son and I finally had the conversation we've been needing to have for years."


Past RELATE events

Through RELATE workshops hosted at Willow South Barrington, you can engage in practical, high-challenge teaching to help you do relationships better.  

  • Build better relationships with those you love
  • Keep difficult people from tanking your day
  • Navigate conflict with kindness and confidence
  • See God's hand in every part of your story—past, present, and future

Watch the three-week RELATE Midweek series here