The Red Shoes is a nonprofit center offering opportunities for spiritual enrichment and personal growth through book and film studies, weekend retreats, and workshops.  We offer creative development through the art forms of collage, drawing, painting, writing and music.  We offer movement classes including yoga and various dance disciplines. Classes are designed to broaden one’s understanding within a supportive community.   


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The Red Shoes Story

The Red Shoes derives its name from the fairy tale of the same name, specifically as interpreted by Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She speaks of the importance for each woman to find the shoes that uniquely fit her feet, rather than wearing ill-fitting shoes in an effort to please someone else. We believe that the hand-made life is the life well lived. The red shoes are a symbol of the journey one takes toward becoming one’s true authentic self. Also, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, who also wore red shoes, seekers discover that all along within themselves they have had that which will take them home.

Our History

The Red Shoes was founded in 1999 by Roberta Guillory. Roberta believes that women's lives are made infinitely richer by participating in a supportive and inclusive community and exploring their spiritual paths. After beginning in a small store front on Perkins Road, we moved into our present location in 2003. The Red Shoes welcomes men to many of our varied programs. We are proud to collaborate with other organizations throughout our community to broaden the circle of people whose lives we touch.

20th Birthday

The birth of The Red Shoes 
with our founder Roberta Guillory.
(Click on image below for a video of the founder recounting the story of The Red Shoes.)


Empowering Women in Baton Rouge

for over 20 Years.

Click Here to read the article in The Baton Rouge Advocate about the The Red Shoes 20th Birthday Celebration!