About The Teacher

Julie is a licensed social worker specializing in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, an offshoot of traditional cognitive therapy that is beneficial in treating anxiety, depression, and stress.  Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy combines the strengths of a mindfulness practice with modern therapeutic methods to help clear the emotional blocks holding us back. Mindfulness allows individuals to find space between stimulus and response, this gives them the ability to pause long enough to choose how they want to respond to a situation rather than continuing to react in destructive ways.  This simple tool can be life changing and can enhance your relationships with others in the world. Appropriate for kids, teens and adults.  

 Julie also has certification in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, the most widely researched program known to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program that introduces you to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness and mindful movement/yoga. 

Julie holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University.  She began her career at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN working with world renowned psychologists, mostly employing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.  More recently Julie has received extensive training in Mindfulness.  Julie works from the idea that mindfulness is as important as exercise, sleep and a healthy diet for well being. In today’s world where technology constantly grabs our attention, a mindfulness practice is needed more than ever to give our brains time to just be.  Julie is excited to help you integrate mindfulness into your daily life.

Julie lives in Evergreen with her husband and 4 children.  She is passionate about skiing, biking, yoga, the outdoors and Mindfulness.  

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Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.