I just returned from my yoga-walk with my dog Lulu. On our best days we walk to Stewart Park. On my walk through the park I let Lulu off leash, and as she runs (and too often rolls in something that has to be dead), I stop and wait for her and do a few yoga postures. Even a few sun salutations and bends and twists help restore me. Yoga, walking and writing are three jewels within my spiritual and writing practice. All three are restorative, and give me a means to explore and contemplate my life. They uplift me in dark times and always give me a way through challenging times.
At the end our walk we rest on bench donated from a local girl scout troop. Here we listen to the chickadees chirp across the trees to one another.
This past year I have partnered up with Molly Chanson to offer yoga & writing retreats (RISE!); A circle for healers (starting in January in Madison: The Shaman’s Body); trauma-informed retreats and practices (Hosting the Edge, in October through UW, Madison Continuing Studies); and, on-line courses and consultations.
We are the Yogi & the Writer.
This work together is an expression of our shared desire to work in collaboration with others, to reach out to a diversity of writers and yogis and to strengthen our own resilience through such collaboration. We also have a project poet: Kimberly Lempart who brings her poetry and magic to our work. (See last weeks blog for some of her poems.)
Our next retreat: RISE! YOGA and WRITING Retreat for Transformation arrives this July in your home! Join us for a LIVE, on-line experience with us, the Yogi & the Writer.
“Yoga offers kindness and compassion to a tired body, a body exhausted from all the negative self-talk and striving. Yoga invites our heart open, and lends an ear to our forgotten soul.”
— MOLLY CHANSON
“Writing can be our gateway to understanding and awakening ourselves and the world through the transformation of our world into word.” Julie Tallard Johnson
RISE! YOGA and WRITING Retreat for Transformation
Yoga and Writing practices to OPEN MIND, BODY, AND SOUL.
July 24, 25 and 26
To Sign Up: RISE!
During this restorative and empowering retreat, come back to your true self on the mat and the page. We combine yoga, breath, meditation, and writing prompts to explore our stories and to live our most authentic and fulfilled life. Experience a radical awakening to your inner yogi & writer, trust your inner teacher, and to tap into your resilience, balance, and flow. Gain insight through explorations of mind, body, and word. Walk away restored, inspired, empowered, and with a toolbox of yoga and writing practices.
This is a LIVE on-line experience with the Yogi & the Writer. We will be recording the sessions for your future use. Schedule: Fri, Jul 24, noon-8:30 p.m.; Sat, Jul 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sun, Jul 26, 8 a.m.-noon.
To Sign Up: RISE!
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Julie lives in Mount Horeb WI where she walks her dogs through Stewart Park, gardens her corner lot, attends yoga at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg and waits for spring 11 months of the year. She is author of The Zero Point Agreement & ten other books. She also writes for the local Mount Horeb paper and in her free time listens in on others' conversations at Sjolinds.