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About Lori Lara

Always listen to your intuition. 

It's your superpower of

self- protection. 

With a master's degree in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in prevention, B.S. in Psychology, and a third degree black belt, Lori's programs offer a unique blend of effective self-defense skills while also building the mental and emotional foundations of self-protection, strength, and peace of mind. Lori teaches how to protect oneself from from dangerous people looking for a victim to boundary-crashing loved ones who seem to add stress and anxiety to every day life.


With a positive and engaging teaching style, Lori's self-defense program provides practical ways to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and how to fight back if you find yourself in one. From corporate settings, highschools or colleges, Girl Scout troops & sports teams, youth in high-risk environments, or people who have experienced sex-trafficking, Lori's message is the same: No matter who you are or what you've been through, you're worth protecting and you can heal and overcome anything. 

In her Strong Life Resilience and Wellness Training, Lori shares the Must-Know Keys to building and maintaining a strong and resilient life, offering evidence-based tools for living well as well as growing & overcoming hard times.  


In addition to teaching about self-defense and building a strong & resilient life, Lori’s also a contributing author of Hope in the Mourning (Zondervan), A Fierce Flourishing (MOPS International), and numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She enjoys recording podcasts and being a guest speaker and teacher for MOPS International, Saving Innocence, Thrive, Brave Global, Yellow Ribbon Fund, women's and mom's groups across the nation as well as numerous churches throughout the United States.

Lori lives in California with her husband Robert and their two sons. When she isn’t researching, writing and teaching, Lori enjoys meaningful conversations around the kitchen table, spending time with family and friends, and collaborating with others to bring goodness and healing into the world.

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