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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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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