It’s Time to Be Connected
Let's Grow and Deepen Our Emotional Resilience Together!
We believe that emotional freedom is worth hearty effort... especially when we can laugh and love and feel more alive while we're doing it!
We know that emotional resilience is core to a thriving life. In a world where anxiety, worry, stress, anger, and conflict are so prevalent, people like us who learn and practice social and emotional skills make the world a better place... and that matters.
We trust us all to bring our intuition, life experience, and curiosity together in nourishing ways. The safety, respect, and presence we give one another allows for healing, clarity, authenticity, and real freedom. This has been consistently true for all 14 years of these circles.
If this feels appealing to you, we invite you to join us today.
+ Let's Get Connected + Let's Do This Together +
How Do The Circles Work?
Circle Coaching & Tapping Sessions are held every week (and during this coronavirus period every 2-3 days). One or two experienced coaches (Rick Wilkes plus Cathy Vartuli and special guests) facilitate each session.
We use EFT Tapping extensively since it is a potent and efficient emotional technology. We also include grounding, visualization, and authentic relating exercises. Some sessions have a specific focus. Other sessions are open and circle members volunteer to tap on what is coming up in their lives. All members tap along and benefit personally.
This group coaching approach is proven to be both practical and effective. Sessions are on the Zoom platform available worldwide by computer and phone. Times and days vary to cover different timezones and schedules.
Self-Paced Coaching Resources are included with circle membership. The members-only library includes hundreds of sessions to choose from covering emotional issues, pain relief, relationships, financial abundance, spiritual connection, making decisions, building a business, stress relief, and so much more.
Generous support has always been the core value of the Thriving Now Circles. We respond to members live in the circle calls (with more calls each month than other coaching programs costing 10x as much). A Facebook group is where we can share and celebrate and ask questions. For sensitive matters, we offer email responses, too. We love being generous! And we attract circle members who love being generous, too, while we all maintain healthy boundaries. YES!
Choose Your Circle
- Emotional Freedom Circle *
* The right choice for most — It gives full participation in all circle calls, self-paced courses and resource library, and generous support through Facebook and/or email. It's on a gliding scale, too! Our intention is to make it long-term affordable for almost everyone. Your first month is free and then it is payment of your choice from $11-33/month. We make it super easy to cancel and you can also change the monthly amount as your resources and engagement change.
- Emotional Support Circle
We've lived through some HARD Times in our lives when we just needed a true gift of emotional support from people who care. If that's where you are right now, this is the right choice — It includes everything from the Emotional Freedom Circle. This circle membership is yours if that is what you most need... for a full two months... as a gift from us and our more currently resourced Thriving Now Circle members.
- Engaging Hearts Circle
If you're offering your heartistry to others (or want to!), I (Rick) would love to personally support you with 1-on-1 engagement. This circle includes a monthly 20-minute private coaching session when you can tap into my experiences as a coach, technologist, publisher, family man, homeschooler, co-creator, bodyworker, podcaster, blogger, dancer, and more. I'm devoted to Emotional Freedom for All, and the Engaging Hearts Circle members are contributors to making that happen in the world.
Emotional Support Circle
GIFT MEMBERSHIP for Two Months
Sometimes you just NEED a Gift of Emotional Support
Emotional Freedom Circle *
$ 11 - 33
FIRST MONTH FREE
Gliding Scale Group Coaching Program
Choose the Gliding Scale Monthly Fee that is Generous and Balanced for Us All
Engaging Hearts Circle
$ 47 - 77
FIRST MONTH FREE
Gliding Scale Group Coaching Program + Private Monthly Session
Choose the Gliding Scale Monthly Fee that is Generous and Balanced for Us All
Frequently Asked Questions
Rick Wilkes is an Emotional Freedom Coach, an expert in EFT Tapping, and the owner of Thriving Now, LLC. He's hosted over 1000 circle sessions since 2006 and has over 27 years of experience in energy therapies for relieving emotional and physical pain and trauma.
Rick uses intuition and a deep understanding of human nature to bring relief, clarity, and insight to those looking for a thriving life now. He delights in co-creating with clients in over 77 countries through Zoom, Skype, and phone.
Cathy Vartuli is also an Emotional Freedom Coach andexpert in EFT Tapping. She's the founder of TheIntimacyDojo.com and believes all the power, insight, and charisma we seek is hidden in our shame and that we can mine and transform our experiences and discover all we've been missing.
She's co-created numerous courses and coaching sessions with Rick since 2007 where she's helped people leverage their shyness and awkwardness to initiate and build connection, and grow past limiting beliefs, old hurts and self-sabotage to create relationships that are warm, fulfilling, and passionate.
We believe everyone has wisdom that flows from their life experiences, intuition, and connection to divine intelligence. We treat everyone in the circle as being contributors as we engage our emotional energy together.
This is NOT like a classroom where there is a sole teacher and everyone else is passively "learning." When we tap together, everyone benefits in an actively engaged way.
We do also invite circle members who demonstrate generous support for others and outside facilitators to co-host circle sessions at times.
You can attend live circle sessions from around the world via Zoom and phone. We understand that everyone has different availability, so we try and mix the start times for sessions so members can attend several sessions each month.
Typical starts times in Eastern Time (same as Washington, DC) are: 11am, 230pm, 4pm, and 830pm. Calls are both weekdays and weekends. During your first free month you will see how the circle schedule fits yours. If you have special requests, email us. Our current schedule has worked well for current members for the past few years. We want it to work for you, too!
Sessions that are considered "Open" are NOT recorded. With advance notice we can allow a member who is volunteering to record just their segment on their own computer for their private use. Not recording the Open circle sessions allows for greater ease and comfort when tapping on certain emotional issues.
Topic Sessions are recorded and all tapping volunteers consent to the use of their part of the session for replay for circle members and specific courses we may develop. Some sessions are also for the wider community and are recorded and made available on the Thriving Now website and Youtube channel. You do not need to volunteer in order to get benefit from the tapping and coaching! There's a chat also where members who want more privacy can ask questions for the coach to address.
Emotional safety is important to us all. We seek to take that into account always. Let us know if there is anything we can do to enhance the feeling of safety for you.
I'm really independent...
Me too! And... Everybody needs help. (In fact, it is SMART to get help!) There is power in sharing knowledge, skills, and experience. We gather together to support each other and to thrive in this interconnected world… while always preserving our own freedom to make choices that are right for us individually. Group engagement actually helps us develop greater clarity for our own personal life (your ME-space) while also gaining savvy with co-creating (our WE-space).
That said, if your independent streak is intense enough that you really don't want to learn from other people's life experiences, other people make you intensely impatient or frustrated, or you want to focus solely on what's alive for you and you alone, I recommend private sessions instead.
Each member is responsible for their own well-being. We touch on topics across the broadest spectrum of human experience and bring relief and stability and care to even intense feelings together. Thank you for taking care of yourself by saying NO if it is "too much." We also can suggest supportive materials you can use to build your own resiliency alongside support from other professionals.
I am easily triggered...
In our work together, laughter and tears are always welcome. If in your typical triggered state you are currently unable to ground yourself and stay connected enough to your body and thoughts to self-regulate (and we do have tools to help!), please discuss this with us by email to email@example.com.
I have a mental health diagnosis...
We require that members with a specific mental health condition get confirmation from appropriate professionals that group coaching work that will touch on emotional states of being would be HELPFUL, and certainly not harmful or conflict with any medical or psychological treatments or contraindications. Please email us confidentially if that is the case for you. We're delighted to collaborate with other professionals on your team, as appropriate. Emotional Freedom Coaching is a form of life coaching and is definitely not therapy, counseling, or treatment for a specific physical or mental condition.
We believe that you’ll find that continuing as a Circle Member will absolutely help you move towards your dream of a thriving life… in every respect. When it is time for you to bring your circle membership to a close, we will continue to be grateful for the period you participated and supported emotional freedom for all. Members join for a reason, a season, and for long-term connections that endure. All approaches are welcome.
Thriving Now is a worldwide community with members from diverse backgrounds and economic situations — so it is clear from just that reality that a single “standard price” cannot work equitably.
And there's more to it...
Many people suffer from the stress of financial pressures and how it can seem that their "worth" in the world is determined by their capacity to earn money. I know, ridiculous, right? And yet, I've felt it. You probably have felt it, too. I don't know many people who are immune to this systemic, cultural pressure and valuation. It ends up warping what a person feels they "deserve" to spend on their own well-being.
So... gliding scale in the emotional world isn't just about how much money someone can "afford" when you look at their bank account. It goes to how much someone feels they can "allow" themselves to spend. It's... complicated. It's also so dear to my heart and my own life experience to make emotional freedom accessible that I'll continue to explore how best to structure what Thriving Now offers in a way that supports my clients... and also supports my partner and our children.
Which leads us to your choice: When you join the Emotional Freedom Circle, you'll pick a gliding scale membership fee for each month. It's my intention that your choice feel generous to you. Meaning, I want you feel you're getting A LOT OF VALUE for what you choose to pay us.
It's also my experience that our members also want to be generous with us — with me and my family and with those who are connected to us as co-creators and service providers and broader community.
This means you will be feeling into that "balance point" for yourself... what true for you right now... and choosing. And yeah, not as "black & white" as us saying it is $47/mo and you deciding whether it is "worth the money." Instead, we embrace the emotional rainbow of these choices. Any choice you make is a YES for us. And you can always change your mind at any time!
We know that it can help to get our own personal (and sometimes confidential) questions answered before we can step into something new. If that's the case for you right now, please do reach out. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rick's personal email is Rick@Thrivingnow.com. If you feel the question is one others might have, too, and you feel safe sharing that, use the comments section below and we'll reply to you there.
We really look forward to you joining us... and only if it is RIGHT for you.
The Thriving Now Circles have been a place for emotional support and resilience building since 2006. Questions and feedback are always welcome at email@example.com.
Regardless of your starting point, we’re here to help you move forward toward awesome and emotionally rich life experiences. If you dream of thriving… the circle membership is designed for YOU!
~ YOUR FIRST MONTH IS FREE ~
Try It and Experience For Yourself How the Circle Supports Your Thriving!