Julie Leavitt received the title of Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in May, 2014. Her doctoral project was entitled, "Jewish Spiritual Direction and Embodied Spirituality." She was awarded the Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies.
Julie has taken her love of dance,
creativity, and deep respect for people into a variety of directions. She
has been a birth doula,
helping deliver babies since 1989. She works as body-centered
psychotherapist and spiritual director. She has taught dance/movement therapy in the Lesley University Graduate School since 1988 and has served as spiritual director with Ikvotecha at Hebrew College since 2006.
Julie is especially honored by
the power of life cycle events. She has facilitated and created
rituals such as weddings, baby namings, funerals, and led Jewish
religious services with an emphasis on meaningful, personal, and
In Spring 2003, Julie was honored with the title, Eshet
Hazon, Women of Vision, by her community, B'nai Or of Boston.
Julie has taken her love of dance, creativity, and spirituality into a variety of directions. Julie served on the faculty of Lev Shomea, a training program for Jewish Spiritual Directors at Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center. She teaches at various workshops, training, and conferences, including the Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body, May 2016.
Julie performs with Selmadance and has appeared in Streaming Shabbat, Where we Are, and First Rain. She dances with Joanie Block and Carol Sereda.
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