What is Evolutionary Power?

About Us

Evolutionary Power speaks to the next step in human evolution, where each person reaches their potential through relationship, clearing old patterns so that they might fully express their true selves while connecting deeply to those around them. This type of power thrives on collaboration, co-creativity, and the celebration of each person’s innate gifts.

Ultimately, to live from Evolutionary Power means connecting one’s essence to the flow of life, and so manifesting outcomes consciously and directly. The result? A life that is a walking expression of one’s most authentic self, supported by all that is.

What is the Evolutionary Power Institute?

THE EVOLUTIONARY POWER INSTITUTE, through workshops, classes, and private coaching, teaches a core set of tools that help people live a happier, more fulfilled, joyful life. The EPI community supports each other in learning, practicing, and embodying these tools.

The curriculum of the EPI is based on current research from across such fields as interpersonal neurobiology, theories of emotion, polyvagal theory, animal behavior, energy psychology, and Body-Centered Transformation. The EPI’s director, Julie Colwell, PhD, is a psychologist with over three decades of experience as a psychotherapist (working with individuals, couples, families and groups) who has led thousands of people in the EPI model through classes, groups and workshops.

Instead of the traditional, highly limited paradigm of power as domination and control, Evolutionary Power takes humanity collectively to our next level. Evolutionary Power declares that every human has equal value, and that transcending hierarchy maximizes each person’s functioning. Evolutionary Power exists in a field of non-resistance, creates an environment of optimal cognitive functioning, creativity, and health, and supports the way we function best: in connection.

There are Six Facets to Evolutionary Power:

  1. Translating the wisdom of your body
  2. Navigating your inner world
  3. Discovering your true power
  4. Getting Unstuck
  5. Living from essence
  6. Living your big life
Dr Julie Colwell, EPI's founder
Our Founder Dr. Julie Colwell

Julie Colwell grew up transfixed by “Can this marriage be saved?,” a column in the Ladies’ Home Journal wherein the life of some suffering couple, clearly on the brink of divorce, was highlighted in all of its misery. A therapist eventually would swoop in and apply their wondrous skills, often (not always!) snatching the couple out of the jaws of certain demise.

Heady stuff for an eleven-year-old, especially one trying to stay afloat in a family buffeted about by the upheaval of the sixties. Alternating her magazine reading with immersion in Superman comic books, it’s no wonder the idea of “therapist-as-superhero” branded itself into her unconscious.

Julie’s motivation to wrest order from chaos was born out of her personal stew of family mental health issues, parental power struggles, and surviving as the youngest of four siblings. The seventies brought “Women’s Lib” and coming out as a lesbian in a time of rampant homophobia. Women studies’ classes exposed her to the seeds of “Power Over/Power Under,” and that third possibility, “Power With.”

Julie’s  job a group home for adolescents gave her the first magical moment of watching the right words in the middle of a conflict make all of the difference in bringing people back into connection. She went to graduate school in Clinical Psychology, becoming even more expert at seeing life through the lens of what is wrong and pathological. Meanwhile, she struggled in her intimate relationships, having little idea how to create real connection.

One day after graduate school, Julie stumbled on a book, Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-commitment, by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. It was the subtitle that got her: “A way to be fully together without giving up yourself.” She savored the Hendricks’ words, and started trying out their concepts with her clients and in her own relationship, experiencing brand new shifts and openings.

She knew she had to find these people. In 1995 she went to her first Hendricks training. She felt GREAT. And she realized she wanted to feel that way all the time. She realized she needed playmates and a solid understanding of the power behind conscious living work, leading to her lifetime commitment of creating conscious community. She started down a path of deconstructing the principles and research behind the Hendricks’ tools, refining them and ultimately developing her theories and methodologies, ultimately, weaving them together in the modality named “Evolutionary Power.”

EPI Leadership & Facilitation Teams

Leadership Team

I teach this work because it’s changed every moment of every day for me.

Truly,

In my thirties, I saw myself as an anxious, depressed person from a lineage that shared those attributes, as well as alcoholism and drug abuse. I thought that was my path, and that either addiction or being on medication all my life was inevitable. Learning how to be a clinical psychologist only cemented those scary beliefs.

In 1994 I stumbled onto the body-centered work of Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks (along with several other dynamite teachers) and felt something new: joy! But I didn’t know how to sustain that feeling. I set the intention of “creating conscious community” so I’d have people to play and practice and learn with, and have been on that soul-nourishing path ever since. Along with the 50,000+ hours I’ve worked with clients, I’ve since created my own body of work: I’ve written three books, recorded countless podcasts and videos, written hundreds of blogs, and taught thousands of people in workshops, presentations and classes. My heart is filled with appreciation and love for all of those clients, students, and colleagues who have been willing to step together into the flow of new possibilities that this work opens up.

Sarah heads up the practitioner training side of EPI. Evolutionary Power Practitioners Training and Evolutionary Power Couples Practitioner Training She can also be sighted around wearing many other hats.

EPP Graduate Jaime Tousignant

Jaime is our coaching branch leader. Evolutionary Power Coaching Collective is a group of EPI trained coaches eager to help you find your center and your joy.

I like to call myself EPI’s Organization Supporter.  I can be found around many corners doing  behind the scenes projects that help keep EPI moving smoothly.

EPI Faculty

Aaron T. of EPI faculty

​​I am endlessly fascinated at how powerful it is to return to my body in the midst of my “problems” and challenges. This work is a well marked road that brings me back to clarity and happiness over and over. It has helped heal many patterns that I used to pursue with vigor and left me frustrated and depressed about my life.

Through my own practice and playing with others using these tools I continuously find deeper joy and purpose. I look forward to even more discovery and opportunity to teach and explore with the community.

Trusting my voice has been an evolving process for me since I was young. I used to frequently feel a thick knot in my throat when debating speaking up in group environments. I would often freeze up, stay quiet, and hold back from revealing my inner truths out of fear of not being accepted/loved.

This work within the EPI community has helped me wholeheartedly meet myself where I’m at and has taught me how to surf the waves of raw feeling to find my way through to the other side of the knots.

By going towards and through the density, I can emerge into a world that feels full of space and wonder and play. What a relief it is to have ways of freeing myself from stuckness and to get to play in the exciting waters of the unknown with other fellow explorers!

A bit about me professionally – I’ve spent 10 years as a yoga and creative movement instructor, I hold a MA in Somatic Counseling from Naropa University, and am a certified EPI Coach Practitioner. My primary role these days is as a body-centered therapist in private practice in Denver.

It is a delight and an honor to accompany my clients in peeling back the layers of gunk that keep their hearts from shining their brightest. For more info about my work, Visit with me

I am most in my flow when I am co-creating with another person the life that they most want to live! Whether using coaching or counseling skills, I truly enjoy facilitating another person in making conscious what is unconscious for them, and watching them gain self-awareness and personal empowerment in the process while learning how to heal what needs to be healed in order to live a life more from intention and less out of unconscious habit.

I like to incorporate whatever modalities a client is most needing in the moment– from body-based awareness, Mindfulness practices, Attachment Theory, Gestalt work, trauma-informed practices, spiritual practices, the neuroscience of Polyvagal Theory and self-regulation, as well as meaning-making and Positive Psychology. Speak with me

Zoe Vlasto, EPP Graduate
One of my gifts is being able to see a person’s light even when they cannot see it themselves. If you find yourself blocked from your own inner-wisdom and light, I’m here to help.

Perhaps you find yourself overwhelmed by trauma, grief, hurt, or other challenging life experiences. Perhaps you find your blocks manifesting as depression, anxiety, disordered eating, body image struggles, disconnection from others and yourself, or relationship issues. Perhaps you find yourself asking, “Isn’t life supposed to be more beautiful and free than this?”

I am a guide for exploring the inner wilderness, reflecting light into the dark places. I profoundly believe in the wisdom of the body, the healing power of the wilderness, and moving through feelings to touch into what we truly want in life.

I honor the darkness and the shadows; I also encourage us to be with what life is tossing our way.

I have a background in wilderness therapy, bilingual social justice counseling, eating disorder treatment, conscious embodiment, and women’s empowerment. My approach is client-centered, non-judgmental, experiential, and trauma informed. I specialize in supporting people to come home to the wild essence within themselves. I look forward to meeting you!
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