And being present for your children in these years when you’re raising them has been your highest priority. You’re also committed to making a positive impact in the world, something that feels even more important with all the challenges we currently face.


Now, your child is embarking on a new chapter of their lives…and you’re giving your full presence to help them move through this milestone. 

But, in the midst of this transition, investing in yourself could get lost entirely.

Instead, as your child begins their adventure, you can seize this window of opportunity for yourself…to live a life where you are the author of your story, where you can design a life around engaged parenting (E), purposeful work (P), investing in yourself (I), and connecting (C) to a strong support network.

At Mother’s Quest, we call this living your E.P.I.C. Life and we know that when we do this, our children learn through our example, and we show up as even more powerful mothers.

To be clear, we’re not talking about a perfect life, a “balanced” life, or someone else’s version of an E.P.I.C. life… we’re talking about a life filled with the things that matter most to YOU. 

A life where when things feel out of alignment (which you can expect they will!) you give yourself the grace and space to notice and shift things back to what you really want.

If you’re ready to Spark Your E.P.I.C. life during this pivotal time, the Mother’s Quest Circle may be the source of connection you’re looking for.

The Mother’s Quest Circle provides inspiration, coaching and community for an intimate group of no more than 8 women who are ready to say “yes” to:

  • Reflect together, in a community of like-minded mothers, on what matters most
  • To consciously live a more E.P.I.C. life
  • To take bold action toward one of the E.P.I.C. life guideposts before the end of the session
  • To hold space for sharing, coaching, and championing one another so we are “in community” on our journey

Mother’s Quest Founder, Julie Neale, honors both the magic and the mess of parenthood and believes our children challenge us to grow into our best selves. She is on a mission to live a truly E.P.I.C. life and, through her example, inspire her children to do the same.

After a 20-year career as a leader in youth-serving non-profit organizations, Julie turned her focus to coaching, training at the Coaches Training Institute, and facilitating a process known as “reflection” for youth development professionals.

Through this and her parenting experience, she realized that mothers need an opportunity to reflect on their own growth, dreams, and plans and created Mother’s Quest Circles to champion them.

My work with Julie has been life-changing.

Before we started working together, I was on a quest to resolve what felt like a total bifurcation of my mom voice from my professional life and pathway- which was a bit bananas given that I was working in family health.

I loved Julie’s framework – the E.P.I.C. life. I loved her politics – embracing social justice. And I loved how clearly skilled and inclusive Julie was and is. I also deeply appreciated her integration of technology – her services/programs are completely accessible to a busy working single mama.

I am incredibly grateful for getting to work with Julie. I love the parts of myself that make me a good mom (glitter, gratitude, and whimsy) and it’s truly been a joy to bring those parts of myself front and center into my work and advocacy.” 

Nancy, Glitter and Gratitude


2023 Circle Dates: Five Sessions

  • Tuesday Oct 3 10 am – Noon PST
  • Tuesday Oct 10 10 am – Noon PST
  • Tuesday Oct 24 10 am – Noon PST
  • Tuesday Nov 14 10 am – Noon PST
  • Tuesday Dec 5 10am – Noon PST

We will meet in a transformative process that will include:

  • A commitment to defining a vision and goals for an E.P.I.C. life and taking one bold, significant step for one of the guide-posts before the last session
  • Five two hour virtual group circle “sessions” via Zoom
  • Opportunity to learn and practice foundational E.P.I.C. life skills that you can incorporate into your work and life
  • Assignments in between including optional accountability partners to help stay on track
  • A Private Facebook Group for ongoing discussion + Voxer Channel Communication

**Participants will be encouraged to access the resources available through Mother’s Quest including the MQ Facebook group and the Podcast.**

Each session follows a consistent process that includes:

  • Introduction of that session’s theme/concept
  • Review of an E.P.I.C. life skill training focus (listening, empowering questions, requests/accountability, acknowledgement)
  • Opportunity for a personal check-in
  • Focused activity drawing on the theme for the session
  • Open space reflection
  • Time to write down personal take-aways in Reflection Journal
  • Acknowledgements

Looking to the future

Grounding in the present

Planting an Intention

Checking in on progress

Acknowledging success

Given the times that we are in, and an increasing commitment we have to make sure that Mother’s Quest Coaching programs are financially accessible, we decided to adopt a “Pay from the Heart” approach for the Group Coaching Series.

Put simply, Pay From The Heart means you check in with your heart and arrive at a payment that feels right to you.

We hope that you can arrive at a number that allows you to feel invested in this commitment, and may be a little bit of a stretch, without being a strain, and that also values Mother’s Quest and helps us sustain the work we do in the world.

We decided, from the heart, to set the introductory price at $540.

The more sustainable price for each participant is $648. 

The price that helps us thrive? $720.

This price also helps support those who need to pay less than the $540 minimum.

You can pay less than $540. If you are in a situation where spending $540 is not feasible and you are committed to participating fully, we have scholarships available. Please email to learn more.

How it works.

First decide if you are going to join us. Check in to see if this experience really calls to you right now and if you have the ability to make the commitment to the process. 

Then, if you decide “Yes,” make a decision of how much. Connect to the reality of your financial situation and to your heart to find a number that feels right. We trust you will make an aligned decision, and we welcome you!

I have participated in several Mothers Quest Circles over the last 5 years, both in person and virtual. The experiences have been powerful and took courage to step into. Many things I have learned have become lasting gifts in my life. One of the biggest being learning to invest in myself… “a stretch but not a strain.” This has opened a door to so many other doors for me.

After every Circle, I leave with more clarity in my visions, goals and with deeper reflections about my life. And I always leave with new connections, my community expanded and some relationships that turn into more than I could have ever foreseen.

-Carolina M-g Ayala-Velasquez

Frequently Asked Questions:

What results will I expect from this experience?

The experience will help you feel more clear and connected to the life you want to live and have you taking purposeful action to make it come true. You’ll leave with a vision for the future you want to create, clear priorities and goals across the E.P.I.C. guideposts, a bold action step that you’ll implement before the session is over, and an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned along the way. In the process, you’ll also build deep and meaningful relationships with like-minded mothers.

What’s the purpose of the application?
The application is intended to help us make sure that the experience will be a good fit for what you’re looking for. It’s also an opportunity for you to begin to reflect on what you are seeking and your intentions for participating. 

What if I can’t make a session? Are there refunds?
This is an investment and commitment to yourself and the group. If you sign up, you pledge to make every effort to attend every session unless there is an emergency. There will not be refunds available. If something unexpected comes up after you’ve signed up, reach out and we’ll discuss a plan to move your investment to one-on-one coaching or a future circle.


If you know you’re ready to say “yes” to this experience, fill out the form below ASAP to get you started in thinking about what you are most on a quest for and to confirm your interest.  

If you have more questions you need answered before you can decide, you can reach out to Julie at


Until then, “seize the day, love your people, honor your gifts!”