a holistic approach to finding freedom
AN 8 WEEK ONLINE-EXPLORATION OF SELF
SUPPORTED BY COMMUNITY
Jan 4 – Mar 1, 2021
Combining Yoga, Buddhism, neuroscience and psychology,
this journey is created to give you an array of tools to support your recovery and path
Whether you have been in recovery for awhile or are just beginning your journey, this program is designed to create a deeper self understanding and to cultivate more empowerment along your path.
EMERGE is an 8-week course thoughtfully curated to support you in diving deep into self while in support of a community. Together, we will embark on an inner exploration of our pasts, patterns, and visions in order to redesign our life moving forward…complete with
more compassion – more clarity – more freedom.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
― Anais Nin
Addiction doesn’t just affect a few of us, but all of us in some way. It wears many costumes and takes many forms with substance abuse being only one manifestation.
You may find yourself suffering with toxic relationships, codependency, eating disorders, anxiety, perfectionism – the list of the ways we distract and soothe ourselves from discomfort goes on and on.
We are all recovering from something and each of us has room to come closer to our wholeness.
To come home to ourselves.
A Word of Encouragement
I want to assure you that you are not committed to your past patterns… though you will need to dig in to dig out. Listening, observing, and inquiring matched with radical honesty and swirled in compassion can reveal that shift is absolutely possible.
While it is not easy, EASE is available.
Would you like to take the reins in the curation of your life?
How free do you want to be?
Mantras + Mudras
Weekly exploration w/ Jacq of how to use words as power through mantra – both ancient + uniquely created by you
Lectures that look at the weekly the topic through the lenses of science, Yogic + Buddhist Philosophy
Deepen or develop your meditation practice by exploring various methods of mindful observation
Weekly pre-recorded, themed yoga classes to do at your own pace as well as bi-weekly live sessions to practice as a group lead by both Cole + Jacq
Small groups are created within the larger tribe to practice reflecting, speaking truth + holding
space for one another
Full community weekly circles facilitated by Cole where we will explore learning into vulnerability + courage through authentic relating, group exercises + guided self practices
SELF-INQUIRY + JOURNALING
Reflective + provocative inquiry prompts to support you in diving deeper into understanding of the teachings as well as yourself
This is our meeting space!
Our Emerge town square! Here we will share our wins, challenges, inspirations + support!
Topical weekly workshops that explore deeper into certain topics including Polyvagal Theory, Art Therapy, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Pranayama, Tea Ceremony, Pranayama
All times in US Central Time (CT)
Most classes will be live + recorded
Satsang (Sharing Circle) will not be due to group safety around sharing)
Dharma Talk (weekly topic + q/a)
Tuesday 6 – 7:15pm w/ Cole
Fridays 12-12:45pm w/ Jacq
Satsang (Sharing Circle)
Sundays 6-7:30pm w/ Cole
There will also be a Circle @ 6pm Sydney time if there are enough sign ups from UK/EU/AU)
As well as the pre-recorded yoga classes, there will be bi-weekly live sessions w. Jacq + Cole
There will be additional workshops woven into the program such as mindful eating, art therapy, ect to bolster your toolbox!
- A thorough self-assessment: mental, physical, spiritual, relational, emotional
- Exploring our stories (separating fact from fiction)
- Understanding denial (how it protects us and how it harms us)
- Neuroscience and addiction
- Uncovering patterns and conditionings that keep us stuck
- Understanding the trigger-craving-behavior loop
- Nervous system and Vagus Nerve
- Exploring our relationship to attachment and aversion
- Identifying limiting beliefs
- Navigating shame and resentment
- Buddhist and Yogic perspective on surrender and release
- Meeting our inner child
- Integrating the shadow
- Self-soothing techniques
- Expanding our capacity for acceptance and compassion
- The importance of visualization and intention (sankalpa)
- Establishing a morning ritual (sadhana)
- Creating a healthy and sustainable life design with vision boarding
- Exploring the Yogic concept of discipline (Tapas)
- Exploring yoga’s Niyamas for the wisdom of self-relationship
- Emotional mapping
- Cultivating our inner landscape
- Navigating craving and relapse
- Utilizing yoga’s Yamas for wisdom on our relationship with others
- Anxiety: navigating, easing, listening
- How to talk to people about your recovery
- Identifying and communicating obstacles, boundaries, and needs.
- Importance of sharing our personal experiences
- Creating and working with aspirations
- Sobriety sustainability and empowered living
- Celebrating recovery!
A Note From Cole
Maybe you are just beginning to hear a small voice whispering that there is another way to live.
Very possibly you’ve been trying for some time to shift your reality yet repeatedly find yourself again and again in the same places.
Perhaps you have made some big shifts in your life but are feeling some stagnancy on your path.
Or maybe you are standing at a crossroads not quite sure which way to go but know that something’s gotta give.
Wherever you are on your journey, I want to remind you that you always have the power, at any time, to begin again.
You are the one who gets to draw the line in the sand.
This – here – now – could be the moment that you choose to thrive.
To come out from under.
For 8 weeks
Who is EMERGE right for?
+ you are tired of running on the wheel you’re on and want to discover what life would be like beyond the heaviness of addiction.
+ you are exhausted of perpetuating old patterns and are ready to write a new script for your life.
+ you desire to cultivate the resiliency to successfully navigate challenging emotions and situations without substance.
+ you are prepared to courageously look at your past in order to gain more self understanding and set up a supportive framework for your future.
+ you want to expand your self-practice and learn practical tools to support your recovery journey.
+ you are ready to invite more ease and calm into your life and be able to create and nourish important relationships.
+ you are drawn towards like minded community and are willing to show up for yourself and the group.
+ you are looking to explore outside of or add to the traditional 12 step method.
+ regardless if you have any idea what it looks like, you are ready for something new.
+ you are willing to commit to YOU.
Founder & Facilitator
Cole has been a seeker all her life. It has brought her into the depths of addiction, to all corners of the world, and most importantly to the path of yoga. Through this practice, she has begun to understand, unravel, and explore the most fascinating of all landscapes – the inner one.
Her journey with drugs/alcohol began at the young age of 13 and took on a chaotic, hairpin trajectory for the next 16 years. It ran the spectrum of ecstatic and exploratory to a crippling subjugation. She was in and out of rehabs, detoxes, hospitals, and 12 step rooms throughout her 20’s, picking up tidbits of jargon and ideas along the way but never fully resonating with the idea of sobriety as she wore a tight fitting and pervasive layer of denial about her reality.
She was introduced to yoga in a treatment center several years prior to embracing recovery. While she could sense that there was something for her in this practice she still wasn’t ready to dive in. However, she kept visiting her mat over the next few years, beginning to carve out and cultivate a space that later would become a major component in her recovery.
Ultimately and gratefully, an overdose shook the bedrock of her reality enough for her to gain the clarity that her deep dependence was not only a detriment to a full life, but any life at all. She finally reached out for help of her own accord, began to unwind through therapy, found a supportive community, and landed full surrender into her yoga practice. Her recovery process continues today, intertwined with a life she never even dreamed possible.
Her belief in the importance of self inquiry and inner relationship comes through in her teaching style.
She encourages her students to always question within with kindness, outwardly move with curiosity, and always leave space for all of the unknown possibilities.
Cole teaches yoga in many capacities from online to festivals to international retreats, but her flow, passion, and most fluent language lay in supporting people who have also traversed the narrow dark halls of addiction and are ready to emerge into a thriving life beyond.
Mantra, Mudra, and Meditation Guide
Jacq is a mother, a lover of travel, books, music, and forever and always studying our human experience. Based in Austin, TX Jacq teaches yoga, meditation, chanting, mindfulness and Ayurveda around the globe.
In 2010 Jacq’s then husband died from an overdose as a result of his battle with alcohol and drug addiction. The spiritual depth of yoga beyond the asana , became a therapeutic refuge for Jacquelynn to process grief, confusion, codependency, and to uncover and heal her personal flavor of numbing out- disordered eating.
This “addiction” to control got worse before it got better. Dipping in and out of yoga classes, therapy, meditation, and Al-Anon meant becoming very honest with herself and eventually understanding a major change was needed, or she would die. No sugar coating here- the medical doctors agreed.
And so began much hard work, MUCH compassion, many “day 1’s”, and eventually what Jacq calls a “spiritual stamina” that is the glue and the deep understanding that allows her to live a life of freedom and courage every single day.
It is her heartfelt belief that we are all curiously whole; that a mysterious and powerful inner resource lies within each of us, giving us the ability to free ourselves from the cycle of suffering. It’s her honor to be a guide in the study of yoga and meditation as the practices that lead you back to yourself.
Transpersonal Counsellor, Therapeutic Focus Groups
Josh is a Counsellor & Yoga Therapist working in private clinic in Sydney, Australia. He specialises in Transpersonal therapy and he draws upon tools from several modalities to support healing, growing, thriving & moving through the wide range of the challenges of being human.
In addition to talk therapy, this might include art therapy, breath work, guided meditation & mindfulness techniques, creative writing/journaling, or a range of other transpersonal process-based tools. Josh particularly works with depression & anxiety, stress management, trauma & PTSD, grief & loss, addiction, identity/spiritual crisis & integration.
Josh’s personal journey with addiction has worn various masks in attempts to suppress his underlying depression, grief & anger. Most notably in the forms of substance abuse & in risk taking behaviours which in turn gifted him with PTSD, anxiety & 3 broken backs. Yoga has been pivotal in supporting him through the many phases of his recovery process over the last several years, and continues to cultivate his connection to the internal resources that he has discovered along the way.
Outside of a clinical or studio setting, Josh facilitates wilderness & adventure-based retreats around the world.
Clinical Psychologist, Therapeutic Focus Groups
Bethany brings a comprehensive background of clinical knowledge and experience into her work with clients. Bethany obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in Perth, Western Australia and since then has worked as a clinical psychologist in many diverse settings. She believes that the supportive exploration of personal challenges in a safe and nurturing environment allows people to experience personal growth, create positive changes in their lives, and improve their overall wellbeing.
Bethany has worked with people to overcome a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, including anxiety, depression, addiction, burnout and stress, unprocessed trauma and abuse, behavioral difficulties and attachment problems, using a range of evidence-based therapies in her practice, including cognitive behavioral therapy, schema therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy, and other mindfulness-based therapies.
Bethany further offers supervision to trained therapists working with clients who have experienced complex trauma and/or abuse.
She vastly trained in the field of mindfulness and, along with therapy, assists people in developing skills to help them lead a more satisfying and meaningful life. She largely works from a holistic framework and is further passionate about improving individuals’ mental health through teaching creative expression. She believes that we are all inherently creative and thus tapping into our creative selves can help facilitate greater self-awareness, self-expression, and self-acceptance.
“Emerge offered me a way into and under some really strong patterns. I felt deeply seen, valued, connected, and profoundly heralded on a cellular level. I go confidently into the sand storms ahead because even if I don’t know where I’m going or will end up…I now trust where I am.”
“Hand on heart, this has been a life changing experience. “
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any and all questions.
What happens after I register?
You will receive a welcome letter with some information + your first self-inquiry prompts. You will also receive a recovery resource guide to begin to dive into some of my recommended reading and listening prior our course. Access to the Private Facebook Group will come at you a week out from our jump-off date of August 4th!
What is the time commitment?
This depends on how deep of a dive you are ready to take. I estimate a minimum of 3-5 hours though beyond the scheduled lectures, asana practices, sharing circles, and meditations, Emerge is an opportunity to carve out and create your unique personal practice, whether that is 5 min or one hour. I encourage you not to “fit it in” but to dedicate space for the shift you are seeking. You can go deeper into the recovery resources such as podcasts, books, and articles as well as being active on the Emerge fb group. I really believe that we get out what we put in… so be ready to juice this experience for yourself!
There will be live trainings that will be recorded if you are unable to attend!
There is also a weekly themed 30 minute pre-recorded yoga class that you can practice along throughout the week.
What is a sharing circle?
Is Emerge 12 step based?
What if I can’t make the live class?
Is there a refund?
Emerge may be stand-alone support or it may be a supplement in your recovery tool box. Each of us has a unique recovery journey.