Virtual Author Visit: Julie Tallard Johnson with Molly Chanson

Wednesday, March 17th

7:00p CT

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About the Book

In Greek mythology, Ariadne held authority over the mazes and labyrinths located beneath the palace of Knossos on Crete, including the labyrinth that housed the deadly Minotaur. When Theseus came to attempt to free the people from the Minotaur, Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of red thread to mark his passage in and out of the labyrinth. The thread was the key to successfully navigating the labyrinth's many twists and turns, and Theseus ultimately confronted the Minotaur. In her teaching, Julie Tallard Johnson notes that metaphorically, we all spend our lives in a labyrinth, regularly having to face forked paths, contradictory twists and turns, and dead ends. Red thread is a rich analogy for the wisdom passed on to us from generations of spiritual teachers, and this wisdom guides us through our labyrinths. In The Clue of the Red Thread, Johnson, longtime student of author, teacher, and activist Parker J. Palmer, offers numerous practices and strategies for navigating what she calls the greatest adventure of our lifetime: going inward to discover who we truly are, then returning outward to blossom into a fearless and compassionate citizen, living with integrity while both keeping hold of the red thread in our own lives and moving forward to pass it on to others.


About the Author

Julie  has been researching and writing about trauma stories, the power of journaling, narrative therapies and cognitive-behavioral therapies as well as breathwork in the healing of pain stories for three decades. Four of her eleven books incorporate trauma-informed practices into her healing modalities. She has practiced yoga throughout her life and considers herself a life-time yogi practitioner. She is trained in vipassana (mindfulness) meditation practices, and other researched based practices of mind-training. Trained in narrative therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Rational-emotive therapies and deep psychology, her wholistic and engaged presence allows others to find their own path of healing and transformation. She recognizes our ability to transform our pain stories into antidotes of beauty and resilience. She has designed several healing paradigms as tools. She uses the Wheel of Initiation , The Inner Labyrinth of Transformation, The Wish-fulling Mandala, as evidence-based templates to bring forth self-awareness, compassion and the transformation of pain stories. Her studies of group dynamics over the past several decades, which includes study with Parker J Palmer, Ph D, creates a safe and dynamic setting for those to learn, engage in practices and explore. Her next book was written in collaboration with Parker J Palmer and will be released in June of 2020. She has offered the Shaman’s Body consultation circles for therapists and healers to gather for consultation. She has journaled since the age of 16, designed a healing program for family of those with mental illness: Hidden Victims/Hidden Healers due to the secondary trauma family members experience. A result of this research was a book and programs being established in Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.


Molly Chanson, MA, RYT has been a practicing yoga for over 25 years and completed her teacher training at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. Molly is an educator, writer, entrepreneur, and founder of The Practice, an online yoga membership for transformation.

Molly leads compassionate yoga practices that focus on breath and movement in order to befriend and tune in to the body. Molly’s yoga sessions create greater body awareness and grant access to inner parts of Self that long to be acknowledged. With an inviting space of non-judgment, strength and self-love, the body becomes an ally and a wise teacher on anyone’s healing path.

Before becoming a yoga instructor, Molly taught Writing and International English courses at Columbia College Chicago for 14 years. She founded and designed her own maternity clothing line and has a new yoga-inspired collection out this year. Molly’s first book, Fallen Star: A Return to Self through the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is forthcoming by Shanti Arts. Fallen Star is a teaching memoir that shares Molly’s inspiring healing journey and her lessons from yoga along the way. Molly has two boys and a black lab puppy, and stays very busy in her hometown in Wisconsin.