About Us

Our practice began in 2017 as a response to a growing community need for a holistic wellness practice that could be integrated into social justice movements, and into the lives of frontline organizers and those most impacted by trauma and oppression. We are a U.S. Southern-based global practice rooted in our lived-experiences and intimate connections to cotton as a lifeway and a cash crop.

Our logo was designed by Liz Williams. We are ever grateful for their execution of our vision. We are embodied with histories of the enslavement and liberation of Black people, and the genocide and power-building of Indigenous people. We are rooted to the sacred medicine circle/wheel. Our logo represents all of this!⁣

The Practice

We offer sliding scale one-on-one and group somatic coaching sessions via video, or with the option for in-person sessions in the metro Atlanta area. Our practice incorporates elements of psychotherapy, trauma-informed care, and with a strong emphasis on somatics and Black diasporic and Indigenous medicine ways.

We specialize in working with Black, Indigenous and People of color; Queer and trans people; Polyamorous and non-monogamous people; Men and masculine people trying to create healthy masculinities and decolonize their patriarchy; And people most impacted by trauma and oppression including formerly incarcerated people and frontline organizers.

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The Founder

Holiday Simmons, MSW is the founder and Lead Practitioner at Southern Soul Wellness, a holistic mental health and spiritual wellness practice. Through somatic coaching, organizational wellbeing support, and generative conflict mediation, Southern Soul Wellness supports individuals and social justice organizations in the healing and transformation of mind, body, community, and the planet. Holiday has over two decades of experience in social work, social justice organizing and healing justice. He makes his home in the Muscogee Creek Territories of Atlanta, GA.

Pronouns: He/Him


Somatics Coach

Ashley Kelly, is Black, queer and southern, living in Oakland, CA. She loves swimming, making food for people she loves and theme parties! Ashley has been engaged in social justice work for over a decade, including working with the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, being a member of Stronghold a collective that works at the intersection of racial and restorative justice to support and co-create accountable communities of belonging, and earning a Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a coach focused on heart centered leadership for many years and is expanding her ‘toolkit’ to include embodiment coaching under the supervision of Holiday Simmons of Southern Soul Wellness. Schedule Coaching HERE

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