The Release & Empower Online Community is designed for women who are often attending to other people’s needs. We are a community of helping professionals such as psychotherapists, healthcare practitioners, wellness providers, healers, teachers, and moms. 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:
- Feel, release, and relieve negative emotions
- Notice when you’re stuck, and choose to shift
- Tap into clear guidance as you need it
- Feel relaxed and strong enough to make courageous choices
- Appreciate your life and know you are really worth it
The Release & Empower Online Community is not therapy or interpersonal processing work. It is women taking care of themselves, together. 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, and you’re craving space to care for yourself in authentic community, this group was created for you.
Each community session is like a mini-retreat, where a group of like-minded women gather for the practice of four powerfully simple tools:
(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 PRACTICE FOR SELF-COMPASSION & TRUST
Relaxing into the experience of emptying out and becoming more grounded, clear, and reconnected
(4) SPEAKING AUTHENTICALLY
Speaking your real voice from a place of presence and power
HOW IT WORKS
TIME: Google Meet sessions take place every Tuesday evening at 7pm CST (8pm EST, 5pm PST, 6pm 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. Sessions are not recorded, to protect the privacy of the women who are present.
COMMITMENT AND FEES: Please note the special introductory rates currently being offered! A regular monthly membership is $155/month, but if you sign up anytime before October 15th, you’ll get a $30 discount and pay just $125/month. And if pandemic times are making cost an obstacle, you are welcome to choose a sliding scale/deeply discounted subscription of $99/month. (Yes, if you join us in September or early October, you’ll be able to stay at this same monthly subscription rate even when the introductory offer ends). You can join the group any Tuesday once you’ve had a screening call and register. Know that Release & Empower is an intimate community with limited spots available. No refunds or transfers can be made once a payment is received, but you can skip weeks when you need to, or take a break and cancel your subscription anytime.
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 at least once a year, and while the next date is not yet set, you can check out the last 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.