The Release & Empower Online Community is designed for women who are often attending to other people’s needs. We are all helpers in some way, whether that happens as mental health professionals, health and wellness practitioners, teachers, moms, or go-to friends. Everyone in the group is used to giving a lot of themselves, and most really crave some space to receive. If this sounds like you, maybe you’re also wanting to:
- Release negative emotions and shift into a more relaxed, centered way of being regardless of what’s going on around you
- Feel clear about your next steps and strong enough to make courageous choices
- Be able to set boundaries and feel both healthy and heart-centered in your relationships and responsibilities
- Appreciate your life and know you are not only good enough, but really worth it
The Release & Empower Online Community is not therapy or interpersonal processing work. It is women caring for their own hearts and finding their own strength, together. We gather in ceremony each week, releasing from the mind, body, and heart through four simple practices:
(1) THERAPEUTIC WRITING
A way to compost the trash talk in your mind and gain surprisingly easy access to your own intuition and guidance
(2) SOMATIC RELEASE
Using movement, voice, and music to let go of emotions that have been stored in the body
(3) GUIDED MEDITATION PRACTICE
Deep relaxation for self-compassion, grounding, and wholeness
(4) SPEAKING AUTHENTICALLY
Speaking the truth of your experience without other people’s advice, opinions, or judgments
In times of high stress like this pandemic, having a weekly practice and community support can be foundational for everything else you need to do. If you care for other people professionally or in your personal life, and you’re craving space to find your own voice again, this group was created for you. See below for details.
HOW IT WORKS
TIME: Google Meet sessions take place every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm CST (7:30pm EST, 4:30pm PST, 5:30pm MST) for an hour and fifteen minutes. You do not need to attend every Tuesday session, and showing up a little late is fine too, once you get the hang of our rhythm. You can join the group any Tuesday after you’ve had a screening call and register. Note: sessions are not recorded, to protect the privacy of the women who are present. (Timing doesn’t work for you but you’re interested? Sign up for my mailing list to learn about future offerings.)
COMMITMENT AND FEES: We have 4-5 sessions each month. You can attend every week or skip whenever you need to. A monthly membership is $155/month or pre-pay $390 for 3 months (a $75 savings). No refunds can be made once a payment is received, but you can take a break or cancel your subscription anytime. Ten percent of the group’s profits are donated to support grassroots community healing work led by BIPOC women. Current recipients include SanArte Healing & Cultura Clinic and Black Women’s Health Imperative.
FOR QUESTIONS OR TO REGISTER: I know we all love the quick click sign-up, but I do brief phone calls with everyone first. This allows me to answer questions, make sure the community is a good fit for you, and either get you signed up or offer you some other resources. All you have to do now is set up a free phone call! Once we’ve spoken and determined that the community is a good fit for you, you can register here.
Is this program right for me?
Release & Empower Online is designed for women who “hold space”/give a lot of emotional care to others. It’s a great fit if you’re a helping professional going through your own life transition, wanting to be healthier and kinder to yourself, finding a new path after a loss, struggling with low-level anxiety, living as an empath or highly sensitive person, or just trying to avoid burnout and maintain equilibrium in crazy times. It won’t be the right fit if you’re experiencing major mental health issues or struggling with active addictions. If you’re unsure, set up a call, and we’ll figure it out together!
What if I have to miss some sessions?
Of course, this will happen sometimes (hopefully because you’re doing something else for your self-care!). There is no obligation to attend every session, though you are always welcome. I’ll explain further on your free phone call if you’d like to know more now.
Who is welcome here? What are you doing to make this space safe for BIPOC?
The Release & Empower Community welcomes self-reflective people who identify as women from every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. I am continually looking for ways to create safety for personal healing work within diverse community. This includes screening calls before anyone joins, privacy/silence for the writing/movement/meditation practices, and no cross-talk during the speaking component. This group is about doing inner work supported by the power of a collective. We’re not getting feedback from anyone, and we’re not sharing our reactions to others. We do that processing for ourselves, in silence, with encouragement around boundaries and self-care. Our time together is about each woman restoring herself to her own essence. If a microaggression does occur, and I don’t see it, I welcome feedback and will take action to course correct ASAP.
I get tired of screens and talking/listening all day. How will this be any different?
I’m glad you asked! At the start of every session, I set the tone that we will be connecting with each other on a heart level rather than trying to reach through the screen. To that effect, we are only actually sitting in front of the screen (or looking at it) for the ending share component. The rest of the time, you’ll be writing, moving, and meditating in whatever positions feel good to your body, without the self-consciousness of people seeing you. When we do share, the speaking times are brief and contained, so we get to the essence rather than the story. I’ve been told by many therapists that the no cross-talk sharing is a real relief and a reminder of how powerful just bearing witness can be.
I’m unsure and a little nervous. Is there some way to see if I’ll like it?
Yes! You can call me and ask all your questions or ask to speak with a former participant. With a monthly subscription, it’s also easy to try out a session or two to see if you like it. I also hold free sample workshops twice a year, and you can sign up for the next one here.
I have gotten so much from this group. Julia creates a safe, warm, loving space to look inside, release, and ground back into the part of me that feels the most authentic and loved. The process she uses is simple and profound. I look forward to meeting each week with supportive women who give me space to work through whatever is going on in my life.
A beautiful, sacred, safe, free of judgment space to express myself without having to explain the backstory. This group gives me time to be open with myself without the pressure of having to make it look a certain way.
I’m so glad I decided to sign up for Release & Empower. Each week I feel more comfortable with myself and with the other women in the group. I’ve learned skills and tools to take care of myself, and I feel connected to the truth of life’s ups and downs in a more accepting way.
This is an amazing experience. I don’t think anyone could come away from this unchanged.