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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Colin believes in healing body, life, and mind. In everything Colin does, he believes in returning to love. The way he facilitates healing body, life, and mind is by activating the three keys to love: awareness, choice, and vibration. Currently, Colin leads chakra sound baths, workshops, coaching, and has books and CD’s on sound healing.

Lucca and Rebecca explore how Colin got into sound healing, what it does and how it works, and why Colin feels so passionately about it.

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Kat Wahamaa’s life work and volunteerism have spanned a passion for equality, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, social justice and more. She is an award winning international performing artist and song-writer, a facilitator and advocate for arts and social change. She has worked in many capacities from community artist to advocate at Canadian Mental Health Association, international touring musician to regional coordinator for BC Ministry of Women’s Equality, festival presenter to Provincial Emergency Program educator.

In 2013 she received the Abbotsford Arts Council Arty Award – Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate. In 2015 she went to Paris with her partner Tony Rees among 10 artists chosen for the World Citizen Artist Peace Award. In She is a graduate student in the Master of Education – Art for Social Change program at SFU. She is currently ¾ of the way through her Artist in Residency for the City of Maple Ridge, ensconced in the historic Port Haney community.

Lucca and Kat go back many years, but it’s Rebecca’s first chance to get to know this societal mover and shaker! Kat’s legacy of social activism, art as a way of building community and communicating truths – it’s all explored here. We ran out of time!

 

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Sonali Fiske is a Leadership & Visibility Mentor amplifying the voices of marginalized & underrepresented women leaders. Through her signature program, Pick Your Platform & Raise Your Voice, she mentors women to strengthen & clarify their message & master their feminine authority in the societal spotlight. Sonali also hosts a weekly tele-class series entitled “Call to Sacred Activism,” for women leaders, activists & advocates.

In addition, Sonali is currently on the advisory council of the International Council of Interfaith & Indigenous Women & a partner of the newly formed Women & Girls Sector for The Charter for Compassion.

Lucca and Rebecca go deep with Sonali on influences in her life, where her passions spring from, and what comes next.

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Andrea Hill is a rebel in today’s dating industry. She has created programs, services and espouses wisdom and guidance to help people consciously date better. Whether that be through her coaching business, Date by Design or through her heart conscious dating service, The Dinner Party, she strives daily to be a positive change maker in people’s romantic lives and in the industry she is so passionate about, dating – otherwise known as authentic loving human connection.

Anything about how humans connect, and especially in the realm of romance, is intriguing to Rebecca and Lucca! We dive in to see how Andrea ended up working in this field, and what nuggets of truth she has discovered about humanity through her experiences.

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Colin Robert Holmes was born in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada in 1978. Since his youth he has felt a real connection with the world of fine art and comes from a rich artistic lineage. Mr. Holmes has explored various mediums, but found water colours to be his first choice. Colin is a self-taught artist, however he did study 3D Animation and Digital Effects from the Vancouver Film School and a certificate in Digital Graphic Design from Vancouver Community College. In addition Colin loves the challenge of watercolours, the wonderful simplicity and the convenience of setup and take down.

Colin is the rightful descendant of WillIam Howard Holmes Musician and Drawing Master WillIam Howard Holmes Arrived in Lyttelton ,New Zealand on the Castle Eden in 1851 from London, accompanying the Rev. Thomas Jackson, Bishop Designate, to be school master for the Canterbury Association; his special qualifications music, drawings and painting. He gave evening classes and was teacher under Jacobs of the Grammar School in Lyttelton, later at St Peter’s School. He made sketches of Lyttelton in 1851 to be lithographed by H. Adland in London. In 1854 a set of “outline engravings” from sketches by Holmes was announced in Lyttelton: one of these is in the Canterbury Museum. Early in 1852 he moved to Wellington: was Drawing Master at Abel Smith Street School 1866–67, Wellington College 1875–1881 and at Battersea Training College Within the same years.

Lucca and Rebecca dig in to how Colin’s ancestry plays a large role in who he is today, and what he creates and discovers in the world around him.

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Val’s main offering to the world right now is her paintings and drawings in which she wants to convey something of what it is to be human. When you look closely you will see many many “mistakes” and imperfections in the work through the gesture of the body; “hits” and “misses”. She accepts that a piece is finished when she recognizes something that is “true”: a balance between something that’s recognizable and beautiful, and a kind of awkwardness or incompleteness that have their own beauty. Like life.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Val’s evolution as an artist, learning what catalysts have shaped her work and view on life and art.

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