Hi! I 'm Hala.
I’m interested in seeing all of us be free from suffering. This doesn’t mean bad stuff doesn’t happen. Shit happens. Freedom is about knowing we’ll be OK when it does. Freedom is about releasing the past so we don’t keep reliving it. Freedom is challenging the foundation of what we are told will make us happy in a culture with lopsided values.
These are intense times and people seem to be confused and overwhelmed. I’m seeing a lot of anxiety and folks not knowing how to be OK when it feels like the world is not OK. What I’ve learned is that we have to find a way to let the world into our heart so we can open up to an even deeper sense of compassion and ease. Like Grace Lee Boggs says, “These are the time to grow our souls.” Resisting this growth can cause us more pain. Surrendering to it and learning some tools to navigate it is what I think we need. This has been my work for the past 15 years and I want to share it with you.
I’m launching this membership program because I know the impact this work has on people. I’ve seen it firsthand over the past 20 years of doing it. It’s actually not that complicated, and I want to make it accessible to more people- not just the folks I see in person. None of this is that new. I didn’t invent the things I want to share with you, but, I’ve been told, I have a way of delivering it that is honest and kind. I’ve been told that this is my gift and I should share it.
I know a lot about trauma and how to regulate our body and mind. I know a lot about yoga, meditation and somatic practices that work. I also know that we cannot heal in isolation. We need community and connection. We need to think about the larger context that we are all a part of and the implications this has on our wellbeing. I believe, like Cornel West says that, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” I’m interested in justice for all beings, and I believe our healing has to include this inquiry.
My intention is to take you through a journey of compassionate yet radical self-examination and reflection. Radical means “root,” and we have to get to the root of things if we want to heal and be free. Just like a plant has to dig its roots into the ground in order to grow towards the light, we must dig in and explore the unseen, uninvestigated parts of ourselves if we want to be free. We have to call in the parts of ourselves that we’ve lost or that we’ve been told aren’t good enough. We also need to find a way to be with each other that is nourishing and supportive. We need to recognize our interdependence and live in a way that doesn’t let us forget.
Each month we’ll have a new theme. I’ll be sending you articles, videos and practices. And my favorite part, every month I’ll do a live webinar where I get to interact with you directly. You can ask me questions, some of you will get to chat with me directly, and you’ll get to hear each other. I hope to build a sense of community so that you all feel connected; it’s not all about me. It’s important that you know you’re not alone.
This program is designed to get you to build some habits that can help you live your life in a grounded, authentic and meaningful way. My hope is that beyond that, it allows you to live a life where you feel you can thrive. By thrive I mean that I hope that you feel that your life is well lived and that it is a reflection of who you are at your core- not who you think you should be or who society says you should be. I also hope that this program helps you be a nice person- not some arrogant person who thinks you’re better than everyone because you did an online program on authenticity.
The information and practices I’ll be sending you each month are inspired by my experience and studies of psychology, neuroscience, yoga, communication and social justice. Each month is a different theme, and with each one you’ll need to engage with the material in order for it to work. You’ll need to do the practices, reflect on the questions I ask you in order to feel a shift in your life.
This program is designed to be done in any order. So, when you sign up, you’ll join in to that month’s theme with everyone. You’ll have access to archives of all the other month’s content. I encourage you to go through it because there’s rich information in each segment.
It won’t be too much, I promise. In fact, from my experience, small, incremental change is way more long lasting than big, quick change. It can be powerful to go through this process with a friend or even a group of friends. not only can you support each other through it, you can develop a shared language and understanding that can allow you to take the information even deeper.
Carl Jung said that if we don’t make the unconscious conscious we will experience it as fate. What he meant was that so much of how we experience the outside world is a reflection of what is going on inside of us. Not all of it, but a substantial amount. When we don’t the work of self-investigation and self-awareness, it can feel like life is happening to us and we’re not in charge at all.
This program will ask you to reflect on yourself with radical honestly. We all have parts of us we feel ashamed of and want to hide, often it’s precisely in these places where our liberation resides. I think of self-awareness as a super power. Understanding our inner workings is a big part of this program.
Not everything is a product of your own personal psychology. We live in a world shaped by politics and culture. Each of us is impacted differently by this- and to pretend that we’re all dealing with the same stuff is unfair. Some of us are carrying a heavier load than others. For some of us the load is our personal and familial experiences, for others its more about how we’ve been treated by the culture and the world at large. It’s important to explore this so that we can cultivate empathy for all the different experiences people have. Critical consciousness asks us to examine the context of our lives as a way to get a full picture of the dynamics that shape us.
We can change our minds, but in order to truly transform we have to change our body. By body, I don’t mean your butt and abs, I mean your nervous system. Your felt sense. This is also called interoception. Interoception is our capacity to feel what’s happening inside of us. To feel and trust the signals of our body to guide us. Our body is our GPS!
Embodies practices like yoga, somatic work, breathwork and even dance help to literally rewire the nervous system so we can be more self-regulated and resilient. My work is heavily based in Somatic Experiencing, which is a methodology I’m trained in and have been working in for almost two decades.
Also, we’ll have a Facebook group where you can connect with others engaging in the material so you can share stories and inspiration with each other. This path is way more powerful when done in community!
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Every month you’ll get a video of one lecture and one practice based on the theme of the month. In addition, you’ll get some “homework” to explore once you’ve listened to the lecture and tried the practice. The “homework” sheet will often include suggested books and articles as well. The fourth thing you get is our monthly live community webinar. This live call is a chance for our community to connect and for me to be with you all in real time.
Every month, we will have a chance to gather together on a live call. Everyone will have the option to put their camera on so we can see each other and share a bit. Each month will be different- we will always have some way to connect during the call. Sometimes you’ll go into breakout groups together to check in and share. Then I’ll share some sort of a practice or talk with you. The live call topics are created based on feedback I’m getting from you all about what you are needing. They are meant to support community building.
Yes, If you can’t be on live, we will share a recording of the call, minus any personal sharing people did that they don’t want shared.
No, I wish I could spend one-on-one time with everyone! But given the size of the community, that’s not possible. There will be some customization based on what I’m hearing from community members, I will engage as much as I can on our Facebook page, and I will do my best to thoughtfully respond to any emails. The best way to reach out is on our community calls or on Facebook.
Although I want to encourage everyone to put their heart and soul into this work, I know many of us already feel overextended. I also know that sustainable healing happens in small increments that we are able to maintain, not huge changes that never really stick. The information and practices you’ll get each month come in manageable chunks. Most of the videos are 10-15 minutes long. Your suggested “homework” is usually something small that I invite you to focus on for the month. I don’t want this stuff to be a source of stress for you, but rather inspiration delivered in an accessible and depthful way.
In my own journey, I’ve found that at every stage of my healing, I’ve gotten something different out of the tools I’m going to share with you. When I’m in crisis, they are like a lifeboat, helping keep my head above water. And when I’m doing well, I have the space to dig a little deeper and see what else may be going on for me and how I might use the tools in a new way. Plus, we don’t always have to be looking for what’s wrong that we need to fix. It can feel good just to be in community with like minded people. For some of you, finding this community might be the most important part.
We leave this one up to you. Ideally, if you join live, you still make some donation towards the class. Mostly this is so that the yoga studio (Santa Monica Yoga) can continue to make income off Hala’s classes. We want to make sure that the studio doesn’t lose income because people can now access the recordings afterwards.
This program is not meant to replace therapy with a trained mental health provider. If you are struggling with mental health issues, please consult with your therapist, if you have one, to determine if this right for you. Even though I’m a therapist, there’s no way I can ethically and safely provide the containment that a one on one session can. This work can be appropriate for people struggling with anxiety and depression and other mental health issues. If you don’t have a provider that you are working with and are concerned that an online forum may not be right for you, you can email me at email@example.com
The monthly fee for membership is offered on a sliding scale. The Sustainer rate is the actual cost, which is $25/ month. If that is not affordable, you can choose the Community rate which is $18/ month. If you can pay it forward and pay the Supporter rate of $35/ month that allows me to offer scholarships and the Community Rate.
No one will be turned away if they cannot pay. If $18/ month is not possible for you, you can email Ginny, my fabulous program director and community support person and ask for a reduced rate. We won’t ask a lot of questions, we trust that folks will pay what they can.
Yes, with our monthly plans, your first payment will be due the day you joined. Your membership will automatically continue monthly for as long as you choose to remain a member. If you enrolled in the annual plan, you will be charged on the day you joined and on the same day every year.
Yes, you can cancel anytime. There are no contracts, cancellation fees, or commitments.
The new monthly theme/topic and all related content is released on the 15th of each month.
You will have access to the content as long as you stay a member of the Radical Wellbeing Membership.