Born and raised in Vancouver, Nicole received her BAA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. During an internship in London with Vivienne Westwood, Nicole learned the art of sculpting, draping and layering fabric. It was here that she began to realize that her talent for fashion design could also be used as a vehicle for positive social change.  A mother and social entrepreneur, Nicole strives to make positive contributions to her community and environment through the products she creates and the people she connects with. She is fuelled by a desire to create clothes that make all women feel beautiful and unique.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Nicole seems to have managed to avoid taking on the stories and beliefs that limit many of us from being and doing what we most crave to do.  I feel completely inspired after seeing the world through her eyes for an hour!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Nicole sews a little cotton label into every garment that says ‘I am love’. She says it helps her to remember that this is her true essence. “What if,” she says, “true essence is a pure place of spirit – we are the shells as vessels for spirit, and that we align as we walk this path?”

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Lucca Hallex is a Wise Woman whose experiences have taken her around the world and beyond. Gifted with a sight beyond sight, Lucca inspires and nurtures individuals and groups with her own special brand of coaching, counselling, facilitation, and consulting. She delights in being a guide through what she calls “edge territory”, where our personal “dragons” lay. Lucca is helping to usher in a future in which we stand more fully in our greatest selves… as a power sourcerer.  On this episode Rebecca explores Lucca’s background and experiences, revealing more about this intriguing host of Essencetial Conversations!

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Lucca is unabashedly herself, but for the rest of us to truly understand what we are looking at when we see her, we need to take time to slow down, get quiet, and listen.  And this is also the gift she is so good at helping each one of us to do for ourselves!

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Coco has an extensive background in Yoga practice and teaching. Her approach is simple, clear, powerful, profound and playful. Her exploration and inquiry of Yoga and somatic work reveal that she embraces and reveres the beauty of skill, refinement and growth of all the layers of the body. On and off her mat, Coco researches and plays with strength, art, nature, people, food, spiritual food, resilience, hope, faith and love… A woman, a yogini, a bodyworker, a sister, a friend, a mother… She has an abundance of work all around and delights in its presence.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Coco’s zest for life is utterly contagious!  She reminds me of the Japanese pottery practice of mending broken pots with gold… her depth and beauty of spirit is stunning.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Coco reflects that at a point in her career, she began to feel the call across disciplines. She clearly reflects this as she has integrated the violin, singing, yoga and her continual search for meaning as she strives to make the ordinary extraordinary every day.

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Brian is the lead provocateur of JazzThink.  He has a rich and varied background in leadership that generates exceptional teamwork through his personal mission which is to promote SMARTer conversations that generate flourishing communities.  He does this as a speaker, facilitator, author and coach.  In all these roles, he takes the wit, workings and wisdom of jazz and applies them to inspiring leadership and productive collaboration.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Brian is a teacher through and through, and the kind of teacher that you truly enjoy learning from.  His joy is contagious, his metaphors hold the key to change, and his acronyms are to DIE for!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

As the name of his business implies, Brian delights in improvisation in groups where he creates space for others to perform, improvise, hear themselves and find the patterns of ideas.

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Rebecca has been around the world, starting a school and raising her children in a foreign country at war, and has made a business out of unabashedly being herself and bucking what “normal” looks like.  Motivated to see positive change, and inspired by eureka moments both in herself and others, Rebecca is now setting her sights on the literary world.  Instead of interviewing an outside guest, in this episode, Lucca turns her sights on Rebecca to uncover more behind one of the hosts of ESSENCEtial Conversations.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Rebecca used a delicious metaphor about living in SriLanka – she discovered that she didn’t know how to interact with chili/fire. It was ‘painful for a while’ and then she ‘found the flavours beyond the heat’. This translates into Catching Fire Coaching where she partners with her clients in the communal process of learning, seeing them as a gift.

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Cory is committed to raising global consciousness by transforming the way entrepreneurs relate to themselves, each other and their communities. Experience has taught her that true success for any business is based on the triple gems of collaboration, connection and contribution.  This revolutionary paradigm has given her an edge in helping entrepreneurs monetize their businesses, master marketing, attract tons of clients, create inspiring brands and launch killer products, all while benefiting their communities.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Cory’s questions always seem to turn my world sideways.  She makes me crave – and access – FUN!

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Katarina is passionate about youth, creativity of all sorts, healing, and community. She is a life-long learner and invites collaboration at every turn, inspiring creative thought and experience that enriches the lives of all who meet her. A perfect example is one of her latest projects, and she has many, creating a replicable model that allows youth groups, schools, community organizations and Operation Sock Monkey to use sock monkey therapy to create healing opportunities and to teach business skills, business planning and mind-mapping, essential life skills and the power of entrepreneurship through a project-based learning model. Whew! Listen in to hear more.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Kat’s such a dynamo!  The movement is constant and constantly developing.  She just oozes energy and creativity!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

The way in which Kat combines creative being and community into LIFE. The way she lives is her therapy and her life and creative contribution is therapy for the people with whom she creates community. This is living evidence of the value of artists in our midst and the artist in each of us.

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Tomas Halberstad is head of Communications for Phonebloks, an innovative group that is striving to radically alter the way the world produces and consumes electronics. Tomas describes himself as a musician, Arsenal-fan, philosophy-student, sneaker-freak, (injured) runner, in-breaker of raw denim, insurance claims agent and beer connoisseur… perhaps we should also add “world changer” to that list!

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Being willing to align oneself with the causes that make our heart beat faster can open the doors to incredible movement in both personal and community life!  Tomas’ essence shows through in all he does, and this project is simply fascinating!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Collecting ‘one big community’ of more than 42,000 people is just a by-product of their collaboration efforts. Tomas’s philosophy is about the ‘questioning of everything’ and the distillation of knowledge from data.

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Jeassea Thyidor spent her early years in Richmond, British Columbia. She was the vocalist with several Canadian bands before moving to Asia and becoming a top ten finalist in the first Singapore Idol. She went on to sing, host T.V. and live shows, act, model and judge singing competitions. Her return to Canada prompted an internal shift resulting in a move into fashion as a means of expressing her spiritual evolution. Currently, she has a number of irons in the fire and shares with us her journey and her passion.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Pain and growth have the power to make our gifts more accessible… and how Music has been Jeassea’s Muse in leading her into ever-deeper self-knowledge.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Music and creativity leads Jeassea to the spiritual happiness within.

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Madeleine always knew she would run a business, and it was only a matter of time before she aligned her entrepreneurial bent with a mission that made her come alive!  Her goal is to help individuals have healthier and more positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall. Lunapads’ mission is to create more positive and informed relationships between menstruators, their bodies and the Earth. They embrace a global perspective, in terms of wellbeing and empowerment for women and girls, as well as toward our responsibility with respect to sustainability.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Madeleine knows herself so well, and took the time to create the structure that would support her as she went about bringing her vision through to reality.  Fascinating!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Madeleine has a grand sense of community.  She cultivates body positivity and self-acceptance.

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