Ashley Judd to Headline SHE RECOVERS in Miami


The foundation’s signature gathering, scheduled for next month, will be a celebration of strength, diversity, inclusion and innovation

Anticipation is building for the SHE RECOVERS Foundation’s signature event of the year, SHE RECOVERS in MIAMI, which will convene April 22–24 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.

While in-person registration is nearing a close, there’s an opportunity to attend virtually. Virtual participants will be able to join the conference for all keynote and speaker presentations and will be invited to be part of special private online gatherings. For more information, visit SHE RECOVERS in Miami’s virtual registration.

The SHE RECOVERS in Miami Lineup

Actress and activist Ashley Judd will be the keynote speaker in this year’s celebration of strength, diversity, inclusion and innovation. Judd will share her lived experience in recovery from childhood grief, trauma and depression, as well as the -isms that often accompany trying to cope with those adverse childhood experiences. Judd is known for her work in both high-profile Hollywood movies and thought-provoking independent films. Her films often tell very personal stories.

Beyond acting, Judd is a feminist and humanitarian who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. She has traveled to 22 countries, assisting in brothels, orphanages, refugee camps, hospices, schools and drop-in centers. She has met the most vulnerable and marginalized populations and taken their stories to people who can make a difference. Judd spends part of each year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she follows and studies the endangered, egalitarian and violence-free bonobo great apes.

Other featured speakers include:

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber, an ordained Lutheran pastor, the founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Colo., and the creator and host of The Confessional podcast. Bolz-Weber is also the author of three New York Times bestselling memoirs, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint; Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People; and Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex). She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace and faith.
  • Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard and a popular empowerment workshop leader who utilizes a combination of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing out loud and the occasional dance party. Pastiloff has been featured on multiple national media outlets for her distinct style of teaching, which she has brought to thousands of women in workshops and retreats all over the world.


The SHE RECOVERS Foundation is a global nonprofit serving more than 325,000 women in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders, mental health issues and other life challenges. This lifeline organization connects women (and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities) through its virtual platforms and in-person community networks, provides resources and supports that enable women to develop their own holistic recovery patchworks, and empowers them to thrive and share their successes. All efforts are designed to end the stigma and shame often associated with recovery so that more women may heal and grow.

“Every time a woman shares her personal recovery story—at our conferences, our online meetings or in person anywhere—she supports and empowers the rest of us.”

—SHE RECOVERS co-founder Dawn Nickel

The Miami event builds on the energy and success of SHE RECOVERS in New York in 2017 and SHE RECOVERS in Los Angeles in 2018. The theme for the Miami event is “This is Our Movement, This is Our Time.” After two years of social isolation due to the COVID pandemic, with increasing numbers of people experiencing mental health and addiction issues, now is the time for women to come together and recover out loud. SHE RECOVERS in Miami is a celebration of recovery—an opportunity for women to share about their recoveries so that other women know it’s possible for them too.

SHE RECOVERS in Miami is also intended to raise awareness and funding for the organization’s new chapter network development—an initiative designed to bring in-person recovery supports into communities across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and beyond. “We are all recovering from something,” says SHE RECOVERS co-founder Dawn Nickel, PhD, CPRC. “And no woman should have to recover alone. Every time a woman shares her personal recovery story—at our conferences, our online meetings or in person anywhere—she supports and empowers the rest of us.”

“Recovery is a journey to wholeness,” adds Taryn Strong, RYT, CPRC, co-founder of the foundation and Nickel’s daughter. “All of our offerings, including our event in Miami, are designed to help us learn how to take care of our body, mind, emotions and spirit. We focus on our strengths, not our defects, and that is how we change.”

COVID safety practices will be in place at SHE RECOVERS in Miami and will be enforced.

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