Uplift adventure retreat's mission is to promote growth in mind, body and spirit through adventure, activity, conversation, connection and nutrition.
Hello! My name is Julie Miller, MA, LPC. I'm a licensed counselor, an athlete and all around promoter of women's health and empowerment. I have a background in the fitness industry, providing group fitness instruction at Lifetime Fitness for 17 years. I've also worked for 25+ yrs in education, with 22 of those years as a counselor.
I fell in love with the water and watersports at a very young age, starting by waterskiing on my dad's shoulders at the age of 4! I have continued to grow my love of watersports from water-skiing into surf, SUP, kayaking, and foil boarding. In the past 10 years, paddle boarding has expanded greatly as a passion for me as I continued into the world of racing, SUP surfing and SUP yoga. In the winter months, you can still find me paddling (where there is open water or paddle surfing), and wing-ice skating. In 2020, I became a brand ambassador of SIC Maui boards. I love the community and comradery that the company and brand brings to my life! I appreciate the support and encouragement that SIC Maui brings to women of watersports.
In my own journey, I found that launching myself into my wildest dreams of travel and adventure, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, is where my own self love and confidence grew more immediately than other means or methods. So I dreamed of expanding this concept to a platform to help other women learn, grow, love and support themselves and one another in the process.
Bringing mind/body/spirit connection together kept coming to me louder and louder as my purpose. What started as a whisper through running girl's empowerment groups in middle school, became louder and more pronounced as I began helping close friends work through anxiety an self esteem issues through guided adventuring and activities. I still work in the area of girl's and women's empowerment in my counseling practice and personally. Just to be clear, I appreciate fellas too! Men are welcome when I've hosted tours with private groups or at SUPfit workouts. I also have an obvious HUGE place in my heart for kids and teens- we always have a great time on the water!
It's amazing how our steps are ordered and I believe that my education and personal growth has led me to pursue sharing my love in a fusion format called UPLIFT! In winter 2020, I launched Uplift Adventure Retreats and I have many exciting ideas, projects and collaborations on the horizon. I feel blessed and honored to serve the community in any sense of Uplifting our vision of who we are and what we can become.