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Who We Are

Our Own Deep Wells: Awakening Soulful Practices for Wellness (OODW) is a movement dedicated to adapting communal and individual soulful practices to build  mental and emotional resilience. 


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In 2022, driven by the lack of mental health resources on college campuses and inspired by Lisa D. Miller’s brain research on the protective factors of spirituality, our founder Dori Baker began assessing the needs of student life professionals supporting the wellbeing of students.


She created a volunteer team of young, diverse, faith leaders from across religious and spiritual traditions to begin imagining a social enterprise that would work upstream to provide care and support to young adults.


The mission: help young people tap into their own deep wells of wisdom and soulful practices.

The pilot

We selectively recruited and gathered 20 people to represent multiple diversities including age, gender, race, career trajectory, and religious tradition. 

Over the course of the 24-hour gathering, we engaged fifteen soulful practices from various faith traditions. What we learned is that people are hungry for soulful practices that provide reliable hope in their own lives and in the lives of young adults they serve.


Coming soon
Soulful Practices Guidebook

We are currently developing a Soulful Practices Guide Book which features practices that you can lead in your own context as well as a template of how you can create and lead your own soulful practice.


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