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  • Ophelia's Place 407 Tulip St. Liverpool, NY 13088 United States (map)

Ever since traveling to Austin earlier this year, I've been wanting to visit other cities and share this powerful 2-part workshop with as many cis & trans women and genderqueer folks as possible. I'm honored to partner with Holly from, Ophelia's Place and Mindful Yoga to bring this event series to the Syracuse community.

The Be With Workshop | Tuesday, July 31, 6-9pm
LOCATION: Ophelia's Place

That critical voice you have playing on loop inside your head - you're not alone in it. It may be a total bummer and bad for your mental health, but how do you actually transform it?

That's what we'll be exploring in this workshop.

Most of us are walking around exhausted from trying to improve ourselves - we want to straighten our posture, clean up our eating habits, brighten our skin, increase our savings, and curate our homes. We want it all to look and feel just right. So we put in the work and the time and the love, and then we step back and wonder why none of it ever feels like enough.

The problem is that constantly striving to become a better version of ourselves is only ever going to make us feel inadequate in the present moment. When we're always chasing some imaginary better, we actually invalidate and leave behind our current, precious selves.

It's time we learn how to treat ourselves with some tender loving care. So let's flip the script! Instead of attending to your improvement, let's attend to you, just as you are right now. The Be With approach is all about learning to be with yourself by listening to and respecting what you need and what you feel. Because when we start from a place of enoughness, then the door opens to all possibilities of growth - growth built on a healthy and respectful relationship with yourself.

Our workshop will include a group discussion, journaling, and a lively presentation from Barbara sharing how the Be With approach helped her heal from chronic depression, find love, navigate difficult family and church relationships, and begin the business of her dreams.

The Be With Masterclass | Wednesday, August 1, 6-9pm
LOCATION: Mindful Yoga

This will be an intimate event, where participants will be invited to try and build on the learning from the Be With Workshop the previous night for themselves. There will be opportunities for one-on-one coaching, deep exploration and applicable learning. The Masterclass will be limited to 10 cis & transwomen/genderqueer folks, and is ideal for those who want to explore a particular area of life where they are holding themselves back or craving extra support.


  • A notebook/journal and something to write with
  • Your yoga mat
  • An open heart

If you've been thinking about joining us this weekend but can't swing the cost, that's no problem. At this point, I would just love to support as many folks as possible. E-mail me and let me know you want to access sliding scale pricing and we'll make it happen!

The Be With Workshop was a gift! I’m not used to investing time or even money in myself this way, but I’ve been drawn to Barbara and her energy in such a way that I couldn’t miss the workshop. The two-day experience was wildly enriching because, in as fun as meeting people through technology is, it doesn’t compare to the magic of connecting with like-minded women to have deep, meaningful conversations in person. Barbara created a space that felt safe to really be with ourselves and each other. Instead of endlessly trying to fix the situation that causes me pain, I’m learning to ask what support do I need to be with this? Poof, magic.
— Hermila Durán - Austin, TX
Later Event: October 18
The Healing Business Weekend