Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Sexual Trauma

 Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Trauma at Spirituality and Health Magazine 

 You can now read a short excerpt from my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media) at Spirituality and Health Magazine. It’s about the second step in my process to recovery, which is called Feel (step one is Survive!). This piece is all about the spiritual wound of trauma and how the only way to go in and start that healing process is through the body, the place where the trauma is generally held, even if we’ve done lots of work to think about it and process it mentally.
Have a read! And then order my book here: https://amzn.to/2UTKAO5 and don’t forget to write me a 5-star review if you like it! It will go a long way toward helping other people find my book as well.
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Reclaiming Desire After Sexual Assault on the Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast

Julie on the Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast

It was such a privilege to get to be interviewed by Paul Gilmartin, a survivor I really admire whose fantastic podcast The Mental Illness Happy Hour opens up really real, honest conversations about all our mental illness struggles. We had a VERY intimate conversation about sexuality, sexual healing, trauma, masturbation meditation, and all sorts of other stuff. This conversation involves topics around sexual trauma including some of my experiences as a young person, so be aware of that.
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Julie on the Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami Podcast

I recently spoke to the brilliant Rabbi Rami Shapiro on his podcast Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami about my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault. We talked about recovering from assault, the spiritual wound of trauma, and meditation practices that can help regain the color in our lives. Listen now: https://spiritualityhealth.com/podcasts/essential-conversations/2019/07/22/podcast-julie-peters

An Interview on the Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast

It was such a pleasure for me to talk with sex therapist Dr. Jess and her partner Brandon on their Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast. We talked about the eight steps in my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault, including Survive, Feel, Rage, Forgive, Eat, Pleasure, Sex, and Love. The Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast is fantastic and inclusive of all bodies and genders and Dr. Jess asks great questions! Have a listen here: https://www.sexwithdrjess.com/2019/07/sex-pleasure-after-sexual-assault/

Sexual Assault is Not the End of My Story: An Interview with BJ Buckley

 I recently did an interview with the Medium writer Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley, who is the author of the book The Gift of Crisis: How I Used Meditation to Go From Financial Failure to a Life of Purpose.
We discussed sexual healing, spiritual recovery, female-specific stress responses, why sexual assault so often happens at the hand of someone we already know, and how colonization relates to sexual violence. Read on! https://medium.com/@bjacksonbuckley3/sexual-assault-is-not-the-end-of-my-story-280c7f38eefe

Book Launch Party and Celebration at Calabash Bistro July 30th

Join Julie Peters for the launch and celebration of her new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019). Enjoy the delicious food and drink at Calabash and enjoy some fantastic poetry, dance, and music on the theme of Desire!

Bring your copy of the book (or a receipt) as your cover fee and have it signed! Cover is $15 otherwise.

WANT is an incredibly intimate story of one person’s recovery, survival, and everything that comes after. It is about the possibilities of love, desire, and pleasure after trauma and all the ways we can help ourselves get through. It is the most fun book about sexual assault you’ve ever read! More info and purchase here: https://amzn.to/2UTKAO5

If you’d prefer to get it from a local independent bookstore, order it from Pulp Fiction for the same price as you’d get it on Amazon. Call 604.876.4311 to order.

PS buying the book on Amazon (and leaving a 5-star review!) is the absolute best way to support Julie and help more people find this book. This book will not be for sale at this event.


RC Weslowski: poet, clown, and absurdist delight http://rcweslowski.com/

Erin Kirsh: brilliant poet who will make you think and then immediately break your heart https://www.erinkirsh.com/

Olivia Davies: heart-full dancer who knows how to hold the dark in her hands and turn it into light with her body http://www.oliviacdavies.ca/

Duncan Shields: poet who knows how to stand steady, make you laugh, and surprise you every time he opens his mouth

Fernando Raguero: a poet with razor-sharp wit and a deadpan brilliance

Megan Phillips: a comedian with a hilarious penchant for the dark side

Kelsey Savage: Gorgeous poet, sex educator, fantastic human

Mindful Sexuality: A Five-Part Series for Spirituality and Health Magazine

Here are five pieces on mindful sexuality that I wrote for Spirituality and Health Magazine. Each one explores some aspect of the spiritual and mindful side of our sexual selves so that we can celebrate it!



Read my new book on recovering a healthy sexuality (and a lot of other things) after sexual violence: Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Publishing)
Photo by Andi Mcleish www.andimcleish.com

A Podcast Interview on Out of the Box with Rosie Tran

Have a listen to my latest interview with Rosie Tran on my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Publishing). We talked about consent, healing from trauma, accessing desire, masturbation meditation, and why men need to read this book! It was so much fun talking to her. Listen now (and subscribe to her podcast!) here: https://outoftheboxpodcast.com/podcast/2019/6/30/episode-126-julie-peters-want-8-steps-to-recovering-desire-passion-and-pleasure-after-sexual-assault
Photo by Sabrina Miso @miso_journal

GIVEAWAY! An Audio Meditation for Desire

I have a bright shiny new audio meditation for connecting to desire that involves a relaxing visualization into a beautiful throne room where the desires of your mind, heart, and body will be revealed to you in the surface of a crystal pool.
All you have to do to get this meditation is write me a 5-star review on Amazon of my new book Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019). Here’s how:
1. Order the book (if you don’t already have it) on Amazon (https://amzn.to/2UTKAO5).
2. Read it. Read most of it? Read a chapter at least! Just try not to throw it against the wall…
3. Write me something nice on the Amazon review page. 5 stars, pretty please!
4. Send me a screenshot before August 1st over email, DM, or however you like (@juliejcp or oceanandcrow @ gmail.com) with your email address so I can send you the meditation!
That’s it! The 5-star rating and the volume of reviews really help other people find my book. It’s an algorithm thing. So if you want to help other people find my book about life after sexual assault, you can do this thing that will really help me–and you get a beautiful audio meditation out of it. And if you want to help but don’t want to get involved with Amazon, I would also love a review on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44459835-want) Giveaway closes Aug 1st.
Thank you!

Toronto! Workshops on Mindful Sexuality and Deluxe Restorative Yoga

I will be in Toronto this July to teach at my favorite TO yoga studio Kula Annex! I am offering two workshops, one on mindful sexuality and how yoga and meditation can help us heal and connect to our sexuality, and the other is more of a relaxing experience where you get to lie down in comfy Restorative positions and get massaged by me. Yes, you definitely should come to both! And if you do you get a discount, actually. Here are the details:


Join Julie Peters, author of the book WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019) for an honest discussion on what mindful sexuality means and how to apply it in our sexual and non-sexual lives from both a feminist and a spiritual perspective. We will talk about it, meditate with it, and move it through our bodies in a gentle, all-levels yoga practice. No explicit material or nudity will be involved.

Saturday, July 20th | 2:00pm-4:00pm
$55, or $50 for one workshop, or $90 for both Julie workshops before July 13

Details and register: https://annex.mykula.org/workshop/mindful-sexuality-connecting-to-desire-passion-and-pleasure/


Deep rest facilitates healthful digestion, sleep, immune function, muscular repair, and even emotional processing. Touch is one of the most powerful ways to access your own internal healing capabilities. Join Julie for a deeply relaxing, stress-melting experience that combines restful Restorative yoga and delightful, gentle, hands-on Restorative touch. Rest in the most comfortable positions possible supported by plenty of props, and then go deep into the healing experience of a nervous system calmed and supported by hands-on support from Julie.

Sunday, July 21 | 2:00pm-4:00pm
$55, or $50 for one workshop, or $90 for both Julie workshops before July 13

Details and register: https://annex.mykula.org/workshop/deluxe-restorative-yoga-and-healing-touch/

Writer, yoga teacher, studio owner. @juliejcp