A Self-Care How-To Lesson that will redefine your self-care perceptions and share workable steps to create a lifestyle of self-care that extends into your job, your family. and your community.
A community-wide Collective Connection Call where we share our stories, workshop self-care and community care blocks, and together, connect as a community of compassionate, self-caring women.
A Collective member-led Self-Care Breakout Group where we engage in discussion of important self-care topics like: "Self-Care and Parenting Young Children," "Self-Care and the Workplace," "Self-Care for Single Ladies," and much more!
In-person meet-ups in the Washington, DC area (for example: brunch and a sharing circle, a book club discussion and lunch, or a self-care guest speaker!
The opportunity to join our Beautiful Life Collective in-person weekend retreats. The next one is coming up in November!
A private Facebook forum for us to share ideas, gather inspiration, and find real support within a community of amazing women.
As a Collective, we create a monthly self-care focus to our work together. These monthly themes help us take care of our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives with strength and ease. Together, we share self-care resources that work and provide powerful community support.
Our Upcoming Self-Care Schedule:
October: 2019 Nourishing Bedtime Routines (phone-free bedroom + legs up the wall community challenges!)
November 2019: Cooking for Ourselves (simple, delicious recipe exchange all month long)
December 2019: Self-Massage (learn to make your own blended massage oils)
January 2020: Dynamic Morning Routine (inspiration for creating a AM routine that serves us all day long)
February: Zero-Waste Home (a gentle community look at our consumption habits, the kaizen of buying less, and thrift store wonders)
March: Breath/Body Practices (how to move our bodies and breath with a spirit of reverence and joy)
April: Plant-Based Diet (the Ayurvedic wisdom of plants and spices and how to feel the real pranic flow of your diet)
And more as we go further into 2020!
October 2019 - How to Give Yourself Permission to Relax (Even When Your To-Do List isn't Done)
November 2019 - How to Build Self-Care into Your Work Days (and Weeks!)
December 2019 - How to Enjoy Having a Body (Body Positivity Pep Talk!)
January 2020 - How to Create a Dynamic Morning Routine (Even if You Hate Mornings)
February 2020 - How to Practice Self-Care Without Buying More Stuff
March 2020 - How to Use Your Spice Cabinet as Medicine Cabinet Support
Self-Care 2.0: Unstick Your Life Using Self-Care Webinar
Do you feel stuck in your life, like you don't know how to move forward? Learn the biggest misconception about self-care (and how it’s keeping you stuck), the three self-care practices that will move your life forward and the super easy way to make sure you’re getting enough self-care, every single day.
Create Your Dynamic Morning Routine Webinar
In this workshop, we cover how to use Ayurvedic daily rhythms for healthier sleep, the basics of simple AM detoxification, and the meditation and yoga practices that can give you more energy than coffee (although I'll never ask you to give up coffee!)
Turning Self-Care Into Visionary Leadership Webinar
Do you wish you could do more to help our world? This dynamic workshop will help you leverage your current work/life situation into one of authentic leadership based in self-care. Learn the practices and perspectives that will further your trajectory of self-care leadership. This is how we can create unprecedented change in our world!
Self-Care for the Righteously Self-Employed (Or People Who Work From Home!)
Are you making your own paycheck and need help handling the ups and downs of self-employed life? Or, do you dream of starting your own venture, but fear the uncertainties of running your own business? If so, this is the self-care short course for you! Throughout the rest of 2019, I'll share four self-care lessons that are packed with the practices and wisdom that have helped me run my own business for over ten years. Specifically, I'll share: my hard-won lessons on bookkeeping, budgeting, and keeping financial sanity; ways to market from the heart and find amazing clients who want to keep working with you; the self-care Jedi secrets of daily and weekly routines (no more 4pm freelancer showers!); ways to keep growing and expanding in your work, even when you don't have a boss to tell you what to do and much more!.
The Revolutionary Ayurveda Course
Lesson #1: Digesting Your Life and Balancing Pitta; Lesson #2: Coming Back to Your Senses and Balancing Vata; Lesson #3: Cultivating Connection and Balancing Kapha; and Lesson #4: Putting Revolutionary Ayurveda into Practice with Visionary Leadership
The Self-Care and Anxiety Course begins on October 12th!
And Collective members will receive a $75 discount!
Taught by Collective self-compassion guide Lindsey, this four-week group course will teach you new ways to work with anxiety. We'll come together through interactive coaching calls (three are included in the course), weekly emails with new perspectives on anxiety and grounding self-care practices, guided meditations that you can keep using after the course ends, and an interactive community support forum.
You need help setting boundaries so you can establish a true feeling of balance in all parts of your life.
You value learning within a community and would like to tap into more meaningful conversation about self-care.
You know that in order to feel successful, you have to surround yourself with other amazing women who are taking risks in their lives while upleveling their self-care.
You know that caring for yourself without caring for the world and examining power and privilege is incomplete.
You feel compelled to change the status quo, but need more support and inspiration when it comes to taking action.
You want to show up as the gracious, effective manager/parent/leader that you know you truly are, but need more support.
I've created the Beautiful Life Collective because I was tired of feeling alone in my desire for a more socially-conscious perspective on self-care.
After years of coaching and helping hundreds of clients, I know the magic that happens when powerful women join forces and support each other.
We are here to learn a different kind of self-care - the kind that makes you feel more like yourself while helping you show up to serve others. I hope you'll join us!
Learn more about my work at www.selfcarewithgracy.com
Questions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reba Thomas is professional entertainer, sexuality educator, writer and full-time entrepreneur. Presently, she serves as CEO and Founder of Sexpert Consultants LLC. Learn more about her work at rebathediva.com.
Elsa Duré is an equity warrior with a passion for ensuring all children have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. As a black and Latina immigrant, she is committed to creating more equitable and inclusive communities.
Lindsey Heddleston is a women’s group facilitator, self compassion enthusiast, mother and social work student. Becoming a mother nine years ago--and the many emotions that came along with the experience--has inspired her journey to become a guide to others in their healing. She believes deeply in the power of women's circles and the magick they open up (both collectively and individually). She shares her gentle-hearted wisdom through co-creative meditation and open-hearted conversation.
$38.00 / month
Who is welcome to join the Collective?
The Collective is open to all people who identify as women.
I haven’t spent much time exploring social justice and community. Is this program for me?
Yes! The same way you don’t have to already be a yogi to go to yoga class (you just need to have a desire to feel better and a sense that yoga might help), you don’t have to know anything about social justice to grow within the Collective. The Collective is for you if you believe something essential has to change in our society while also sensing that your self-care has a powerful effect on your life. The combination of self-care + social awareness is all you need to get started in this work.
Why is it important to do this blend of self-care/social justice work in a community?
Just as we learn that self-care work is SO much more effective while doing it within a supportive community, practicing self-aware social justice (yes, we see it as a practice) is also much more effective when done within a supportive group of like-hearted individuals. Going into our own social justice blocks (just like our self-care blocks) can bring up a lot of feelings! Working within a group that normalizes and supports these feelings makes sure that we don’t get stuck in them- which doesn’t help anyone - but rather learn how to channel our emotions into real service to our community and world.
If I don’t sign up by the closing deadline, can I join later?
Yes, you can, but you'll have to wait. In order to keep strong boundaries around our work, we're only opening the Collective for new membership a few times a year.
Want if I want to cancel my membership?
You can cancel at anytime through our online hub and not be charged for the upcoming month. (Although we hope you stay for a good long while!)
I don’t want to spend very much time on FB. Will I still get a lot out of the Collective?
Yes! You can join to receive the recorded content, attend the in-person events or the virtual retreats, and read the book club suggestions.
“The Beautiful Life Collective is just awesome. I can't say enough great things about how much I've enjoyed being a part of the collective and working with Gracy. I've loved joining the monthly calls and have gained so much from being a part of a community of women focused on self care. Gracy has encouraged me to just do the things I love, and to be truly gentle with myself along the way. Because of her support, I've started a weekly solo hiking and writing self care ritual that has deeply nourished me as I've explored career changes. I'm grateful for the gentleness, the insights, being alongside others on the journey, and abundant resources that are offered.”- Anna W.
“By doing this kind of self-care work, you will learn or deepen your understanding of self-care practices that you will use throughout your entire life. You will have the chance to join in community with an inspiring group of women and have a non-judgmental circle of support. You will have access to all kinds of self-care resources - books, blog posts, podcasts, meditation practices - and a chance to delve into some topics that you might not be comfortable discussing with your family/partner/friends. Finally, you'll get to go on a retreat with great people and food. ”- Julianna N.
“Being part of the Beautiful Life Collective (BLC) has helped me continue my self-care habits that make me feel healthy and grounded. What’s more exciting though is the way this nurturing community has moved me forward in understanding social justice and my role in affecting positive change in my community. I’m also realizing that the work I’m doing through BLC is helping me to deepen my spiritual life. It’s a lot like yoga: being connected with Gracy’s group is good for my body, mind, and spirit.”- Deb B.
“I really prefer to learn through reading and listening, so the online resources have been great. I also like the monthly rhythm and how the themes help give my months some shape and ritual. I've been surprised to realize how helpful the discussion group is. I generally shy away from posting and responding in forums, or talking in calls, but I've been surprised at how dang useful it is for my learning when I do. This makes me feel grateful to all the people in the community who engage and offer me opportunities to learn, and it makes me want to help reciprocate. Honestly, I think that taking the risk of paying something--actually investing some money and time in care work--has been important for me.”- Aubrey K.
“The benefits of this self-care work are a structured time and place to build yourself, reading the self care and self help books that matter and creating routines that focus and support you. You learn that you can create the success that you want for yourself and are supported through and through. ”- Saahir B.
“I feel particularly inspired by two things about the Beautiful Life Collective: 1) Gracy's ability to create a space where it feels safe to be vulnerable and 2) Gracy's teachings about incremental change, which she refers to as kaizen. I feel hopeful that vulnerability and kaizen (practiced in community) are the keys to manifesting a culture of care.”- Erin S.
“Gracy’s work unites a community of self-aware, compassionate, and amazing women who hold space for each other in a unique way. The vulnerabilities and ups and downs that we share make me feel less alone and more understanding of the different and complex realities we all go through. ”- Alma O.
“I think it’s easy to go through life on cruise control and get so busy that weeks and months pass without checking in with yourself. For me, the fruitfulness of this work is the reminder to take a pause and be part of a collective discussion about my self-care so it can help me be who I want to be. This space is so rare and so helpful! ”- Nicole H.
I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle … a group of people, women - smart, wise, can-do women - who are in the world doing their work, and you need to meet with them as often as you can, so that they can see what you’re doing, and who you are, and you can see the same. …. It is crucial for our psychological health and our spiritual growth – it’s essential. - Alice Walker