Learned Conversations creates and presents inspiring programs for any group of adults who wish to learn something new, share their opinions and experiences, and connect with others.

The need to maintain social circles is constant throughout our lifetimes. Combining innovative and interactive approaches with psychosocial and pastoral elements, owner and facilitator Caryl Derenfeld and the Learned Conversations team encourage participants to deepen the roots of their communication by sharing the stories and emotions of their lives.

Programs are presented in a variety of settings such as private homes, retirement communities, libraries, social groups, senior centers and houses of worship. We welcome creative ideas on presentation venues.



  • Angels Among Us
  • Apple Harvest
  • Feisty Females Series
  • Jazz Great Series
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Route 66
  • St. Patrick's Day & a Tour of Ireland
  • Women Inventors
  • World War II Memorial

Visit the Programs page for a more detailed and complete list of our current topical offerings. Custom programs are available upon request for an additional fee.

  • Libraries in Illinois, including Algonquin, Aurora, Itasca, Rolling Meadows and Vernon Area Library
  • Retirement Communities and Senior Centers -  Bethany  Methodist, Brookdale, Belmont Village, Heritage Woods, Monarch Landing, Sunrise and VI at the Glen
  • Senior Centers - Hanover Township Senior Center, Itasca Seniors, Wheeling Senior Center
  • Spiritual/Religious such as BJBE Sisterhood (Deerfield) Christ Church of Waukegan, St. Thomas the Apostle of Naperville, Or Shalom of Vernon Hills, Unitarian Universalists (multiple locations)
  • Corporate  -  Motorola Mobility, Sears Holdings, Lake County Chamber of Commerce



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