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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Emily Cowan is a Vancouver comics artist and illustrator, who works largely within the themes of growing up, queer identity, feminism and mental health. She is passionate about creating stories for young girls; the kind of stories she wanted to read as a youth but was unable to find. She creates works that center around female leads, with little to no romantic plotlines, and day-to-day happenings that highlight the despair and restlessness that come hand-in-hand with being that age. She is fascinated by friendship, the only “optional” love-relationship in our lives that is often under-represented in media, and uses her art to explore the complexities of friend relationships. She also creates short autobiographical works, often humorous, that detail her own journeys into feminism, women’s health and sexuality/gender politics.

Join Lucca and Rebecca as they uncover details about the inspiration behind Emily’s work, and more!

Authentic Living, Authentic Dying, Authentic Conversations.

Cat is a priestess who walks between the lands of living and the dead. She is an advocate creating cultural change in dealing with death as well as radical healing transformations after extreme loss and life changing illness. She provides grief counseling and creative healing pathways to living a more peaceful and authentic life.

Join Lucca and Rebecca as they delve into what the ancient term “psychopomp” means, and how Cat seeks to change the way we engage with death and dying.

Tracey hit 50 and decided to leave her world behind, a world of 9-5 Marketing, of Acting, and as a passionate  Executive member of Actors Equity union, of caring for her dear father 24/7 for seven years till his death from Parkinson’s disease. In the midst of doing her Masters in Screenwriting, she felt the call to leave her known life in Auckland, New Zealand. Within three weeks she had sold up and on a plane to Turkey, the first two weeks accounted for then what next? She had know idea! And 20 months later Tracey still has no idea what next, but is discovering the power of “letting go and let God”.

“Know thyself – Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself – Less is more” – those are the sayings are engraved in the huge beams that support the roof of the self built Alchemy Cafe, an establishment built and run by Flourian Boulais in Dawson Creek, up in the Yukon. The Alchemy Cafe sells local food and delicious non alcoholic drinks while trying to infect its surroundings through the embodyment of an attitude of fearless, playful, lifelong learning. Yay!!!  Bring on the tools, the books and the Lego!! Join Lucca and Rebecca as they check in Florian to see how he ended up where he is today!