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We believe that playful intensity helps people become fully alive.

The Coming Alive Project is a collaboration between two dynamic professionals: Mollie Birney + Katie Griffin. Our speciality is unearthing, awakening, and disrupting – in the best possible way!

Our mission is to restore humans to our most  fully alive, expressed, and engaged selves. We’ve created a series of workshops that will be a catalyst for radical shifts in perspective, actionable change, and fresh permission to occur and operate authentically.

Join Mollie and Katie in the first workshop “Coming Alive: The Catalyst” and start a new adventure!


You know that area of your life that’s just…congested?

The part where…

  • You’re not operating from freedom, despite being successful

  • Trusting yourself feels impossible

  • Repeated patterns keep showing up

  • You’re always scrambling for control

  • You don’t have access to full self-expression

Start with Coming Alive: The Catalyst.

This is a fluff-free workshop oriented towards action, that will invite you to navigate through hard topics in a way that is playful, opening, and empowering.

You’ll leave the workshop with a personalized action step – a commitment that, when upheld by you, will reframe your thought patterns and propel you forward towards a thriving, engaged, authentic life.

You’ll have the agency to make positive and impactful changes,  finally getting unstuck.

Make a personal commitment towards something greater than you’ve been experiencing -

It’s time to come alive.


In our day together, we’ll focus on ACTION.

You will:

  • Bring oxygen to areas of your life that have felt constricted and congested. 

  • Integrate—and begin to contribute from—all parts of yourself.

  • Recognize possibilities, identities, and opportunities that hadn’t been available to you before.

  • Articulate a personalized commitment to maintain momentum.

Our objective is to breathe new vitality into all areas of your life so you can become more dynamically alive.




November 4th, 2023 8:30-4:30
Altar, 2518 W Armitage Ave,
Chicago, Illinois 60647

Don’t worry, there’ll be coffee, tea and snacks!
Lunch is also provided


Morning: everyone works together

9-10:45: First Session: The Catalyst

15 min break

11-12: Second Session: The Catalyst

12-1: Lunch



work in smaller groups with Katie or Mollie.


Mollie’s afternoon topic

The Anatomy of Courage: transform your relationship with fear and fear-based thinking so you can navigate uncertainty, take risks, and be fully expressed in all areas of your life.

Katie’s afternoon topic

Awaken your Unexpressed Sexuality: for anyone interested in unearthing sexuality from under a blanket of shame. Understand what you want from your own relationships with power and sex.


Afternoon session is followed by:

15 min break

30 minute wrap-up



November 4th, 2023 8:30-4:30
Altar, Chicago, Illinois

Coming Alive: The Catalyst



We understand that unexpected situations can arise. Cancellations and refunds will be evaluated case-by-case for extenuating circumstances only. We welcome you to contact us so that we can better understand your particular situation.

For cancellations within two weeks of the workshop (after Oct 22, 2023), attendees will be given credit for the total amount, which they can use towards a future Coming Alive event.

We invite you to embrace comfort. Leave the restrictive attire behind and come dressed in comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely, relax, and fully engage in this empowering event.

Absolutely! We value your well-being and want you to feel completely at ease during the workshop. Whether you wear a mask or not, your decision is respected.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about safety measures.

Thank you for considering the community’s safety when making travel plans. Please get in touch with us immediately if you’re unwell with COVID-19, flu, RSV, or any contagious illness. We’ll provide a refund or credit for your workshop ticket (see our cancellation policy for additional details).

Thank you for your understanding and commitment to our collective well-being.

When planning your trip to our workshop in Chicago, you have two primary airport options: Midway International Airport (MDW) and O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Midway International Airport (MDW): Situated on the city’s southwest side, Midway is closer to downtown Chicago. Choosing Midway can result in a shorter commute to both the workshop venue and various attractions within the city.

O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Located on the northwest side, O’Hare is one of the busiest airports in the United States. While it may be slightly farther from downtown, O’Hare offers extensive flight options and excellent transportation links to the city center.

Ultimately, your choice of airport can depend on your flight preferences, schedule, and proximity to your accommodation. Both airports are well-connected, ensuring you can reach our workshop conveniently.

Chicago offers a variety of transportation options to suit different preferences and travel needs, making it easy to navigate and explore this vibrant city during your stay.

1. Public Transportation, aka Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): Chicago offers an extensive public transportation network, including the “L” train and buses. The “L” consists of various colored lines that connect key neighborhoods, attractions, and the downtown area, making it an affordable and efficient way to get around.

You can purchase single-ride tickets or unlimited passes for your stay using a Ventra Card or the Ventra app, which allows you to load funds for both buses and trains. The Ventra app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices:

Accessibility: Chicago’s public transportation system is accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. You can find information about accessibility on the CTA’s official website.

2. Metra: Metra commuter trains are a reliable option for those traveling to the suburbs or outside the city. They connect Chicago to the greater metropolitan area, providing easy access to destinations like Schaumburg or Evanston.

3. Lyft and Uber: Ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are widely available in Chicago. You can use their apps to request a ride conveniently to your desired location. These services are a flexible and popular choice for getting around the city.

4. Taxi Services: Traditional taxis are also readily available in Chicago, offering an alternative to ride-sharing apps.

5. Divvy Bikes: Chicago’s bike-sharing program allows you to rent bicycles to explore the city at your own pace. It’s a great option for short trips within neighborhoods.

6. Walking: Many parts of Chicago, especially downtown, are pedestrian-friendly, and walking can be a pleasant way to explore the city’s architecture and culture.

7. Water Taxis: Chicago’s river and lakefront locations make water taxis a unique and scenic mode of transportation. They connect popular destinations along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

For our out-of-town attendees, Chicago offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your preferences and convenience. You can explore accommodations on Airbnb and VRBO for a more personalized experience.

If you prefer staying in the heart of the city, Downtown Chicago boasts numerous hotels that provide easy access to our workshop venue and iconic attractions.

For those arriving at O’Hare International Airport, consider hotels in nearby Rosemont, a convenient hub with excellent connectivity. If you’re flying into Midway International Airport, there are accommodations close by as well.

We recommend booking your stay in advance to secure the best options that align with your travel plans.

Altar is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The address is 2518 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647.

Here’s how to get to Altar from both O’Hare and Midway airports:


From O’Hare International Airport (ORD):

1. Take the Blue Line ‘L’ train towards Forest Park.

2. Ride the Blue Line for approximately 11 stops.

3. Get off at the Western stop.

4. After exiting the station, walk 2-3 blocks (approximately a 6-minute walk) to reach Altar.


From Midway International Airport (MDW):

1. Take the Orange Line ‘L’ train towards The Loop.

2. Ride the Orange Line for approximately 12 stops.

3. At the Clark/Lake stop, transfer to the Blue Line ‘L’ train.

4. Continue on the Blue Line for about 5 stops.

5. Get off at the Western stop.

6. After exiting the station, walk approximately 6 minutes to arrive at Altar.

We want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and included in the workshop. If you or any of our guests require assistance due to stairs, please know that there is an elevator available at Altar.

Chicago is a vibrant and diverse city with numerous attractions, and there are plenty of exciting places to explore both in Logan Square and downtown. Here are some of the top attractions that showcase the rich culture, history, and entertainment the city has to offer:

Millennium Park: Home to the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (the Bean) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, this park hosts various outdoor concerts and events throughout the year.

Art Institute of Chicago: Explore an extensive collection of art from around the world, including iconic works like Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” and Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jette.”

Navy Pier: A bustling entertainment hub on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier features rides, attractions, restaurants, theaters, and breathtaking views of the city skyline.

The Field Museum: Discover a world of natural history, with exhibits on dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, and the natural world, including the famous T. rex named “Sue.”

Shedd Aquarium: Explore the aquatic world through fascinating exhibits, including marine life from the Amazon, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Northwest.

Adler Planetarium: Delve into the wonders of the universe through interactive exhibits and sky shows in one of the country’s premier planetariums.

Museum of Science and Industry: Engage in hands-on science and technology exhibits, including a U-505 submarine and the Giant Heart.

Lincoln Park Zoo: A free, family-friendly attraction showcasing a variety of animals from around the world within the picturesque setting of Lincoln Park.

Chicago Cultural Center: Visit this historic building to enjoy cultural exhibits, music, art installations, and performances.

360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory): Experience stunning 360-degree views of the city from the observation deck, including the thrilling TILT attraction.

The Magnificent Mile: Shop at upscale boutiques, dine at gourmet restaurants, and marvel at the iconic architecture along this renowned shopping district.

Garfield Park Conservatory: Explore one of the largest conservatories in the United States, featuring lush gardens and exotic plants in a stunning glasshouse.

Wrigley Field: While baseball season will be over by November, this historic ballpark is one of the oldest in the country.

Chicago Riverwalk: Stroll along the Chicago River, enjoy outdoor dining, and admire public art installations while taking in the city’s stunning skyline.

Chinatown: Experience Chinese culture through authentic cuisine, unique shops, and cultural events in this vibrant neighborhood.

Logan Square:

Logan Square Farmers Market: If you’re visiting on a Sunday, take advantage of the local farmers market featuring fresh produce, artisanal goods, and more.

Revolution Brewing: Enjoy craft beer and great food at this popular local brewery.

Logan Square Park: A beautiful neighborhood park with green spaces and a playground, perfect for a stroll.

Diverse Dining Scene: Logan Square is known for its diverse culinary options, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from.

These are just a few of the many attractions Chicago has to offer. The city’s dynamic arts scene, diverse neighborhoods, and iconic architecture ensure something for everyone to enjoy.

The temperature in Chicago during this time of year can vary, but you can expect late fall weather. High temperatures generally range from the mid-40s to low 50s Fahrenheit, while overnight lows can dip into the mid-30s Fahrenheit.

It’s advisable to check the weather forecast closer to your travel date for more precise details, as weather conditions can vary from year to year. We recommend bringing layered clothing, including a jacket or coat, to ensure your comfort while attending our workshop.

We kindly request that attendees refrain from using their cell phones and devices during workshop sessions. This policy helps everyone fully engage while simultaneously protecting privacy.

However, we understand that some attendees may require devices for special needs or accommodations. If you fall into this category, please inform our team in advance so that we can make appropriate arrangements to support your participation.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in creating a productive and confidential workshop environment.

We encourage you to start your day with a hearty breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the workshop. We’ll have water, coffee, tea, and light snacks available throughout the day for you to enjoy.


Our workshop will follow this schedule:

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Morning Session (everyone together): From 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., we will delve into The Catalyst.

Morning Break: 15 minutes to recharge

Second Morning Session: Continue exploring ‘The Catalyst’ from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break: A delicious lunch will be provided from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Afternoon Sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees will be split into smaller groups based on the topic they selected during initial registration.

Mollie’s afternoon topic: “The Anatomy of Courage.”

Katie’s afternoon topic: “Awaken your Unexpressed Sexuality.”

Afternoon Break: 15 minutes to recharge

Final Reflection and Discussion: Our workshop will conclude with a 30-minute wrap-up session.

The workshop may include exercises focused on breathing, visualization, and writing. All activities will be in a group format.

Registrants should arrive with an open mind and heart, ready for the possibility of feeling intensely, prepared to share themselves with others and to give feedback to others in a group setting.


“Terrific, beginning to end. The emphasis on being able to make mistakes — mistakes being explicitly invited actually, and acknowledged as both important and invaluable — was extremely helpful.”

— Institute Participant

“Effective, warm, thoughtful, skillful with containment, direction, and supportive structure”

— Conference attendee

“I continue to reflect on the training institute she offered, the sustained attention and guidance she brought to it, and the skill with which she guided us into relative depths of engagement. I was so impressed that in such a short time she was able to invite safety and intimacy, and that her strong stance allowed us to deepen both.”

— Adam Benjamin, LCSW, Portland OR


“Therapists told me to get out of the woods, but Mollie actually showed me how.”

“I accomplished more with Mollie in just a few months than in two years of therapy.”

“Mollie is a force of nature. She has a tremendous talent for making change not only possible, but actionable. I feel like she sees who I am at my core.”


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