Karen Williams has spent her life up until recently in Australia, creating and establishing a new breed of education for youth. She is now in Canada to change child care and education: to raise the standard as well as create more opportunities for children to thrive. She is also creating a company to educate parents how to empower their children and teens as well as teach them life skills that will have them know they are enough and lovable just the way they are. Karen’s background in child psychology and Applied Kinesiology specializes in unravelling the subconscious mind to reveal what is holding us back.

Lucca and Rebecca dive deep into Karen’s exploits in Australia, and her dreams for Canada.

Contact Karen via Lucca and Rebecca at info@essencetialconversations.com

Naava Smolash holds a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University focused on nationalism and race theory. Her essay “The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture”  is used in counselling centres and university classrooms worldwide. Her writing appears in academic and popular publications including Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, and the University of Toronto Quarterly’s special issue Discourses of Security, “Peacekeeping” Narratives and the Cultural Imagination in Canada. Current projects include a book on Nurturance Culture, and a speculative fiction novella entitled Cipher. She teaches in the English department at Douglas College, and lives halftime in Montreal.

We chat with Naava about the influencing factors in her life, what the essay represented and opened up for her, and what she’s creating now!

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