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The long-awaited guidebook for creating habits, traditions, and practices when you're spiritual, but not religious.
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The fastest growing "religious" group in the U.S. are the so-called "Nones"--people who have to check "none of the above" on the survey when asked about religion. This wide group includes atheists, agnostics, and inter-faith families. And it also includes:

-People who grew up in church, but left when the practices stopped working.
-Reformers who got fed up with a lack equality and inclusion within the institution.-Women who got tired of being dismissed and diminished.
-And anyone who is committed to living soulful, aware, conscious lives.

Yes, churched or unchurched, religious or not --we all get lumped into this category of "none."

But we are not The Nones. 

We are a growing community of like-minded souls who share common core values -- like compassion, generosity, and justice. 

We are seekers who know that truth resides in a thousand traditions.

We are people committed to growth -- who need habits and practices that can grow with us. 

And we deserve a guidebooks. Lots of 'em. Because leaving church is disorienting. Rebuilding is intense work. And losing your tribe is hard

Becoming Relig-ish is one of those guidebooks. Written out of a deep educational background in philosophy and theology, and formed in community with other so-called none's, Becoming Relig-ish will help you identify your core values, curate your religious past, and create a set of right-fit practices for your soulful present. 

From unpacking old habits, to adapting new ones, this book will walk you through the process of creating right-fit practices that are rooted in your history, authentic to who you are today, and creative enough to grow with you. 

But I can't write it alone. I need your help to create the space for this guidebook to get born. 

My publisher has offered me a small advance -- which is rare these days for first-time authors. And I need to raise the rest in order to take time off to write this long-awaited tome. 

I'm asking you to partner with me, and the publisher, to raise $4k in the next 30 days. This will allow me to reduce my work hours in the fall, and spend 3 months writing the manuscript. 

Like most people in any kind of non-traditional  "ministry" or caregiving roel, the work I do as a spiritual director and mentor is supplemented by my day-job. I work on contract as an event planner for a number of organizations in Seattle--and I love it! But that work coupled with a chronic illness and a family life leaves little time for a book-length project. A blog post here or there, sure. But 200-300 pages of organized, distilled goodness? I can't do it unless I have some time off.

Raising this advance will allow me to reduce my client load, giving me the time I need to get Becoming Relig-ish finished, and into the hands of those of you who are asking, "Okay, what next? How do I build a spiritual (but not religious) life." 

This work was born out of a communal exploration of "what's next" in the relig-ish realm. It seems fitting that a similar community of like-minded souls should come together to help Becoming Relig-ish grow all the way to "done."

Thanks so much for your heartfelt support. Until we meet again, I hope you will get curious about your relig-ish life, trust your gut to take you to the right places, and that whatever you do, live from a place of love. 

(Amen? Amen.)

Much Warmth,
Rachelle

Risks and challenges

Unlike a self-published project, I already have a contract with an established publisher for the editing, printing and distribution of "Becoming Relig-ish," so this project is relatively risk free. If the Kickstarter is funded, I'll begin writing in September and deliver the manuscript by mid-December 2015. The Publisher is estimating a August 2016 release date.

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    Proverbs for Creative Souls Card Set - LIMITED EDITION

    Download and print a special Kickstarter edition of my proverbs cards with quotes and mantras to support your relig-ish life. From Mary Oliver to Mumford and Sons, these words of wisdom will quickly become part of your new collection of sacred texts!

    This card set by graphic designer Neil Sittler of Stickflower Designs, includes a clever fold-and-paste box so you can carry your inspiration with you!

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    Get the Book!

    Be the first to receive one of my pre-release author copies of "Becoming Relig-ish" when it's hot off the press. Each copy will contain a personal note with one of my poem-blessings, select just for y.o.u.!

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    RELIG-ISH REBEL LIBRARY - 6 Books!

    Get Becoming Religish + 5 other books from my favorite rebel thought leaders including:

    -Post Traumatic Church Syndrome, Reba Riley
    -How to Be A Christian Without Going to Church, Kelly Bean
    -The Resignation of Eve, Jim Henderson
    -Unladylike, Pam Hogeweide
    -Faith Shift, Kathy Escobar

    Two library sets available! All titles *except* Becoming Religiish available August 2105.
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    GET THE BOOK + BE IN THE CLUB!

    Receive a copy of "Becoming Relig-ish" with a personal note and one of my poem-blessings -- PLUS get a seat in a virtual Book Club hosted by me on Google Hangouts.

    Google Hangouts are maximum of ten people. I'll schedule two Book Clubs when the book is released -- one mid-day/mid-week and one on a weekday evening.

    Book Clubs will include a starter exercise followed by Q&A with the author. (Hey! That's me!)

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    GET THE BOOK + ONE-CARD READINGS

    Receive a copy of "Becoming Relig-ish" with a personal note plus a one-card reading from The Wild Unknown deck.

    I'll draw one card for you based on the question "What will best support you this week?" You'll receive an image of the card and an audio recording of the reading.

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    SOULSISTERS LIBRARY COLLECTION (digital)

    Snag my curated collection of virtual offerings from some of my favorite and most trustworthy colleagues! Includes one each of the following:

    Creative Circles Guidebook - Connie Solera, Dirty Footprints Studio

    Lens Mama Ecourse - Darrah Parker Photography

    How to Read Tarot Under Any Circumstance (ebook) - Theresa Reed

    SoulRetreats + SoulFood - how to host (and feed) a community with art and soul (ebooks) -- Rachelle Mee-Chapman

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    UNLIMITED ONE CARD READINGS FOR ONE YEAR!

    Email me anytime and ask me to draw a card and give you a quick dose of soulcare with one card readings from July 12015-July 1 2016.

    Readings will arrive via txt or email with 24hrs (usually much more quickly) with an image of the card and a short explanation/suggested application.

    One card readings are usually $25 each -- so this is an amazing deal! Only 5 available!

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    Solstice Day Tarot Readings

    Make the most of the thin space that is the turning of the seasons and book a Deep Reading with me *right on* on the Summer Solstice. (June 21)

    I'll be doing your reading from my favorite sacred space -- Harstine Island in the Puget Sound. In the quiet light of the longest days, I'll draw up to 6 Tarot and Medicine Cards for you around the question "What will guide you well in the next season."

    Your audio reading + a photo of your cards will arrive before midnight PT, 6/21/15.

    Missed this sacred sale? Secure your space for the next turn of the season with the Four Multi-Card Readings package below and get season forecasts 4 times this year on the Solstices and Equinoxes.

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    Twin Readings with Jen and Rachelle - ONE AVAILABLE!

    Receive an audio Tarot Card reading from me, and a Medicine Card reading by phone with my soulsister, Jen Lemen.

    Book them back to back, or spread them out for ongoing soulcare.

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    TWIN READINGS with Rachael Maddox and Rachelle.

    Receive an audio Tarot Card reading from me, and a Medicine Card reading by phone with my soulsister, Rachael Maddox.

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    COACHING PACKAGE with Rachel Cole and Rachelle.

    What are you truly hungry for? Find out how to feast with this sumptuous package. It includes one hour coaching session by phone with my soulsister, Rachel Cole + an audio multi-card Tarot Reading with me.

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    FOUR SEASON CARD READINGS

    Receive a forecast for the upcoming season with four Deep Readings! Your personalized readings will arrive as a audio recordings on the Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, Winter Solstice, and Spring Equinox.

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    SOULSISTERS SLUMBER PARTY - hosted by Rachelle.

    This one is just so juicy! Bring two friend for a weekend stay for 3 in a beautiful beachfront home on an island in Washington State.

    Your package includes: 2 nights accommodations. 3 Private rooms with queen sized beds. Fresh meals, home-cooked and allergy-adjusted. Plus hot tub soaks, walks on the beach or through the woods, a deep drench in the claw foot tub, card readings, and kitchen-counter coaching.

    We'll find a mutually agreed upon weekend date this fall/winter for our get-away!

    *Available to anyone who identifies as female.

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