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Our Vision And Purpose

Awakening feminine leaders through the power of community

A Business + Learning Community

Harnessing Collective Purpose and Wisdom

Rising Connected is a social business and learning community, grounded in the essential feminine values of connection, healing, emergence and collaboration, and the awakening of feminine wisdom.

Our long standing vision is of a world in which feminine wisdom and values are fully honoured and embraced and where women can be deeply supported on their inner and outer journey of transformation, integrating healthy feminine and healthy masculine in all territories life – family, community, business and leadership.

At the heart of Rising Connected is growing community of what we call feminine leaders – women who’s purpose and path is to help bring feminine wisdom and values into a world that is suffering from being entrenched in short term, task driven, productivity addicted ways of operating. In short we believe that feminine values, wisdom and strength are the most essential ingredients needed to heal our disconnected world.

We understand that in order to Rise in our unique expressions of feminine leadership and make a healing impact in the world, we need to Rise Connected. This means being more authentically connected to ourselves, to one another and of course to life itself – to our natural world and to the wider unseen field of life in which we are all interrelated and interdependent.

The core of our transformational work has been developed over many years by founder Joey Walters, who is now joined by co-founder, Karen Mellers. Together Joey and Karen have created a new ‘community-based’ business supported by many amazing women who have worked closely with them to deepen the work and discover how to share it with others. We understand the power of community and do our very best to walk our talk with the feminine wisdom and values that we teach. 

The result of this is a range of powerful community programmes and ongoing resources for coaches, healers and change leaders (and those aspiring to be) and for organisations that want to support their feminine work force to embody their true feminine power and leadership. We also offer 1:1 Coaching for those ready to up-level their impact and dive deep into their own healing and awakening journey.

Central to our work and to the community, are our Circles, underpinned by a set of 8 lived agreements that support us in holding space for the transformation that life is calling us all to engage in. As a community we are growing and supporting these transformative Circles for Feminine Leaders, where they can be nourished by their connection with one another, walking each other home to a deep knowing of themselves – of their wisdom, their gifts and their power to share them.

Our aim is to be a warm, reSourcing ‘home’ for women to restore their feminine life force and align with their true purpose – to trust their gifts and to share them with a world that sorely needs them.  

About Joey Walters

Founder and Director of Transformational Learning

An intuitive leadership coach, mentor and Circle teacher, Joey is Founder of Rising Connected and Director of Transformational Learning.

For the last 20 years, she has been creating ‘connecting’ spaces for purpose-inspired women to awaken and share their feminine wisdom and voices, and to become purpose-inspired transformational leaders in their businesses and organisations. Prior to this, she had a full career in Marketing Communications, culminating in co-founding a successful London based business. 

Her more recent work has been centred in exploration of “The Power Of Circle” – the core principles and practices of 8 ‘essential’ Agreements that underpin the safe, collective space in which women can learn how to ‘hold space’ for themselves and others on the path of inner transformation and feminine leadership. 

In 2017 she offered her first Ted Talk called ‘Rising Connected ~ Giving Women The Courage To Lead’.

In Rising Connected, Joey leads nature-based retreats and online Circle-based leadership and teacher trainings as well as offering 1:1 support. She is passionate about working with nature as a primary resource and creating transformational ‘containers’ that evoke authenticity, safety and wellbeing for everyone.

Joey is also working with all genders as a Core Team collaborator and Coach at Matrix Development (, a leading change catalyst for corporate leaders and organisations. 

She lives with her partner and two boys, natured in the woodlands of Central Scotland.

About Karen Mellers

Co-founder and Director of Community Programmes

Karen Mellers is co-founder of Rising Connected and Director of Community Programmes, bringing her passion, vision and a wealth of strategic experience to Rising Connected.

A wellness business consultant, nutritionist, intuitive coach and circle and retreat facilitator, Karen’s passion for natural wellness comes from her own journey of healing. She was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine at the age of 14 and now has the determination and passion to share with others the knowledge, help and support she has received from many experienced teachers in staying healthy and well, naturally.

Prior to joining Joey in setting up a new business container to ground the vision of Rising Connected, Karen worked with Weleda UK, for over 10 years where she founded and led a team of over 700 (mostly female) ‘Wellbeing Advisors’ who deliver Wellness Consultations within their communities.

Karen is also the co-owner of Secret Warriors, a Derbyshire based retreat business running tailored retreats to help people feel stronger, happier, and healthier. She has over 8 years’ experience in creating and running Wellness Retreats across the UK and in Spain.

She is known for her high enthusiasm, structured, warm-hearted, and intuitive visionary leadership and for creating safe, transformational spaces that encourage women to step into their full potential. Her focus is opening spaces for the 8 life-enhancing Agreements at the core of Rising Connected’s work, to be experienced, enabling women to relate new more authentic ways with themselves, each other, and the world.

Karen lives with her husband and her dog, Lily, in Derbyshire with her son and daughter now at university.

We will be sharing much more about the business + community in this page soon. 

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Joey’s leadership is to the point, her wisdom, intelligence and expertise are a great and invaluable contribution to anybody working with her.  Joey is such a powerful example of next level Feminine Intelligence and Leadership.
Alexandra Feldner
Founder FemmeQ & Shine Your Light
Joey and I have worked together for only 6 sessions yet the impact of our work is far reaching within me. Her ability to focus and guide as a coach is gentle, skilled, and supportive. As I am moving through a period of transition, I’m more freely navigating my options and making new choices. I feel more open, present, patient with myself, and hopeful! Thank you Joey!
Julie Rivers
Learning Professional and Corporate Coach
Joey’s wisdom, sensitivity, feminine approach and ability to connect so deeply, not only to what I feel but to the connections between my ancestral line and my own lifetime line, have been very healing and provided some profound breakthrough moments. As someone who holds space for a lot of people to heal, Joey has helped me to cultivate a quiet space inside for me to hold a wide deep unconditional space for others to heal and guides me in finding wisdom when I feel I need it.
Chen Lizra
Power of Somatic Intelligence and TED Speaker
I’ve been working with Joey for over a year on a one to one basis. What is most profound for me in our work together is her ability to hold space (even over zoom) and gently coax me to sit with and allow my feelings. This is often a deeply uncomfortable experience but I never feel anything other than safe and held by her. In my life I am gradually beginning to integrate these early life traumatic experiences into a more fluid and less stagnant whole. This is leading me to a more congruent, empowered and creative life going forwards.
After various coaches, I knew inside that I needed a circle of women and a wise guide who would provide the right support for my leadership gestation process. I experienced so much feminine depth, warmth, integrity and authenticity from Joey that I knew she was the exact right match for me.
Sarah Stout
Counselor and Transformative Coach
I have never met a more loving and authentic mentor who is fully committed to her own process and so willing to share every ounce of passion and wisdom with her clients and students. You can relax and put your faith in Joey’s hands.
Lisa Freitag
Transformational Health Coach
Working with Joey has given me the courage to walk into the unknown consciously, taking one step at a time, overcoming my deepest fears. She has supported me to trust that my journey, both personal and professional, is unfolding exactly as it should. I will carry Joey’s feminine wisdom together with my own for many years to come as I move forward into sharing my unique gift with the world.
Lou Tilbury
Writer and Education Consultant
As a business owner and leader in my field, I found coaching with Joey among the richest and most helpful of experiences. If you have the opportunity to work with Joey, expect to experience both personal and professional transformation… a deeply rewarding experience.
Verlee A. Copeland
Director – The Copeland Institute
Joey’s presence itself is healing because she embodies warmth, wisdom and deep compassion, creating the container to transform our deepest wounds and patterns.  In my coaching with Joey, she helped me to stay with myself in navigating the dark waters of my deepest fears and doubts to get back to a place of true power and confidence. 
Leela Somaya
Succulent Business Strategist, Spiritual Lawyer and Evolutionary Coach. 
Working with Joey is a truly life changing experience. She gently probes into the depths of your soul and brings out the best in you. She has a wonderful gift of helping you to clarify your true purpose and vision and helps you to develop the confidence and skills to bring it to life.
Liz Whyte
Life Coach – Life Changes