About Motivated Zen

Welcome to a new concept in personal wellness! 

If you’ve made it this far, it means you’re already on a journey toward better life balance, awareness, and motivation, or are at the very least, looking for a new adventure!  So let me tell you what Motivated Zen is about.

Motivated Zen is about wellness ~ mental and physical, that focuses on strength, resilience, education, and connection with nature.  It’s a gentle way to bring direction and peace to your life while managing stress.  I teach wellness in three ways: through classes which teach you to relax your body by relaxing your mind; by helping you connect with nature in an intimate way through hiking, kayaking, and retreats; and through personal coaching sessions (counseling is also available through Julie Dale Counseling, LLC).


Throughout the year I teach different classes that enhance wellness, some indoors and some outdoors. Gentle Stretch & Guided meditation is not a class you will encounter elsewhere, as it is a hybrid designed for people of all ages and flexibility to teach mind/body awareness and connection ~ with the goal of complete relaxation.  In a peaceful setting of gentle music and nature sounds, you’ll be led through static stretches and whole breathing to release muscles and systematically relax your body.  The class concludes with a guided meditation to complete the relaxation process. (The effect is similar to a fully body massage.)


Over the years I’ve found that the best way to help people find perspective, gratitude, and peace, is to connect them to nature.  This happens through Zen hikes, which teach mindfulness and awareness on slow walks in our city parks, forests, and mountains, and Zen paddles, which place you in beautiful, serene waterways within our metro area, the mountains, and at the coast.  The paddles allow you to connect with nature, which reflects in a positive change in your physiology by decreasing cortisol naturally.  In general, just being in nature for 30 minutes slows heart rate and increases endorphins (which is why you feel great after a walk on your lunch break). Adding in exercise, such as walking or paddling increases that effect even more and allows mindfulness to happen naturally. I also offer Retreats focused on wellness and personal strength building that are held in the mountains or at the coast, and are usually in yurts or cabins as an overnight adventure, or simple day retreats.  The setting and atmosphere of each retreat allows you time and space to connect with nature, gain clarity and perspective, and enrich your sense of self.  Each type of adventure is meant to leave you feeling exhilarated, peaceful, and refreshed.

Personal Coaching and Counseling

I am currently accepting new clients for both coaching and counseling.  Each session is 50 minutes and tailored around the issues you would like to address, such as: relationships, work and career, stress management, a new stage of life, life balance, grief, public performance, etc.  As weather permits, sessions may be held in local parks, or as part of a Zen paddle, otherwise they are done at my office (5441 SW Macadam Ave, Portland).  My hours are flexible, and can usually accommodate evening and weekend needs. Wondering about the difference in coaching from counseling? Coaching allows me to help you analyze and discover what might be keeping you from moving forward or achieving success and assist and support you in developing an active plan to change behaviors. Counseling allows me to work with you to understand the underlying emotions that create faulty thinking and destructive behaviors using a variety of psychotherapy modalities and techniques that fit your unique needs. I do not accept counseling clients through Motivated Zen but you are welcome to make an appointment through JulieDaleCounseling.com. 


Julie Dale, LPC Intern, MS is Wellness Director at Motivated Zen, teaching people of all ages to balance their lives through mind/body awareness, adventures in nature, find personal meaning and fulfillment through life coaching and retreats, and create a life of peaceful purpose. 


My work in the field of mind/body connection began in 2000 studying sports psychology, motivation, and physiology.  As a technician at AIMS Community College Stress Management/Biofeedback Clinic in Colorado, I taught clients to regulate their body through awareness and mindfulness. Upon moving to Oregon in 2003, I earned a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University, studying psychology, neuropsychology, pathology, and the benefits of meditation, mind/body awareness. I completed the Speech and Language Pathology Post-Bacc program at Portland State University, and have a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. I’m a member of the American Counseling Association, Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology), and Chi Sigma Iota (National Honor Society in Counseling).

I am also a professional kayaker, and the founder and Organizer of Kayak Portland, a growing paddling community in the Portland metro area, as well as a professional musician for 20+ years, performing in and directing music programs throughout the Northwest and across the U.S.  


Nestucca group

Scappoose Exercise

Julie Hiking 2014