Tara Leduc is creating the world we all want to see. Yes, World Peace is her final aim, she’s starting by helping you to create peace right where you are. You see, as we find peace within ourselves, we begin to emit Peace to those closest to us – our family, our friends and our community. We begin to be like cell towers emanating a signal of peace, and we are going toward global coverage. Can you hear me now?

She is the host and producer of the Inner Peace Summit 2.0 – THE place to keep your head on, your heart open, and your BLEEP together.

This is Tara’s second time on Essencetial Conversations, and Lucca and Rebecca are thrilled to check in with her to see how her peace projects are growing! The joy is contagious!

 

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Mercedes is a psychotherapist and a theatre artist. She worked in the performing arts for 25 years as a writer, director, producer, teacher, actor and performance poet. Mercedes develops and leads experiential groups that incorporate elements of theatre practice and the creative process with her clinical training where creative expression becomes a forum for self-expression, personal exploration, healing, and strengthening connection. Through the use of breath work, body awareness, movement, voice, writing and drama exercises, she encourages folks to deepen their understanding of their life experiences and use creativity to envision change and elicit insight.

Her areas of practice include: body image; trauma; grief and loss; living with a life altering/life threatening illness, disordered eating; depression; anxiety; low self-esteem; relationships; communication; identity; sexuality, and issues related to race and culture.

She believes that the embodied experience is central to deepening self-awareness, healing and insight. She views our minds/bodies/spirits as an interconnected whole and encourages fully embodied living. She has found that her training in the performing arts and her professional work as a writer, director, producer, teacher, actor and performance poet has strongly influenced her approach to psychotherapy and her understanding of the healing process.

Lucca and Rebecca explore with Mercedes how she first connected with her healing work, how theatre weaves through it all, and what she is at work creating right now!

 

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As a recent transplant to Vancouver from Winnipeg, Robin is surprised how comforting the snow has been this week. She believes the universe conspired to make it as easy as possible for her to come west to study Arts for Social Change at SFU, and that it’s part of its master plan. She only has to listen, trust the guidance, and open the doors of opportunity.

Lucca and Rebecca take some time to get to know CJSF’s new program director on-air, with you listening in!

 

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Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is an artist, a creative engagement facilitator and a craftivist passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections.  Kat specializes in arts-based programming for all ages, in particularly engaging at-risk populations.  The heart of her work is visual storytelling, graphic recording, whole brain engagement and facilitation.  Her interactive art events and street art encourages participants to become part of the creative process.  Kat’s own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.  She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, in 2013.  She launched her passion project, Molly- a true crime analysis, this past Sunday- as a weekly online serial at mollygraphicnovel.com.

Lucca and Rebecca are excited to have Kat back in the studio for the second time, as life has evolved greatly since she was first a guest on our show! We explore with Kat what has changed since we last had her on, learn the secrets and background of her passion with her graphic novel project, and share in the jovial energy that is KAT!

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For the past 6 years Emily has been working as the Community Building Coordinator at Kinbrace Community Society. Kinbrace is a vibrant non-profit in East Vancouver that began offering housing and support to refugee claimants in 1998 and continues with this work today.

At Kinbrace, she organize events that provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents to build friendships with each other, staff, volunteers, and other community members. She is constantly reminded of the ways that relationships help sustain all of us through stressful and overwhelming situations (like the very fast-paced, complicated Canadian Refugee Claim process!)
She joined the Kinbrace team after completing a degree in International Relations, Latin American Studies and Spanish at Simon Fraser University.

She lives just a few blocks away from Kinbrace, with her husband Thomas (who we also interviewed on Essencetial Conversations – listen to that here). When she is not at Kinbrace you may find her working in her garden, playing with her chickens, brewing Kombucha and Ginger beer, playing music at her church, reading in her hammock or spending time with family.

Lucca and Rebecca speak with Emily about her origins in community building, and the vision of Kinbrace’s new development.

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Laura is a seer and a counsellor – newly awakened after the life-altering passing of her soulmate. Her work and outreach into the world used to be in the corporate realm, but after the unexpected death of her partner she reconnected with a deeper part of herself that had first been initiated when she was a teenager. Now, Laura seeks to support her clients through major life changes and challenges.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Laura’s experiences to see how the threads of who she is today originated in her past.

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Michele loves life and all of its complexities. She is a zealous creator of living lessons for children, parents and teachers, translating leading edge research and practices in mindfulness, neuroscience and compassionate communication.  It is her intention to teach children these practices so that can become more resilient, self-regulating, self aware and joyful. Her own personal growth has led to travel all over the world and to practices that led her deep inside herself. It is through these practices that much of her teaching stems. She now teams with James Baraz in writing a book for parents and teachers in Awakening Joy For Kids.

She has taught in the public education system for the past 25 years although all of her principals have described her as “out of the box” and out of the building with her students! Her university training focused on special education, psychology, kinesiology and art. She has taught kindergarten to grade 12, with a focus on elementary school, having job shared with over 30 other educators. For the past 10 years, her focus has been social and emotional learning.

Listen in as Lucca and Rebecca explore why Michele was drawn to co-create “Awakening Joy for Kids,” and feel the contagiousness of joy that emerged during our time on air together!

 

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