In Khenpo’s words, “… Life is only the love we share … the only enduring happiness is to truly know the job of making others happy … the meditation at every moment: … how to be ‘best’ useful, while cultivating skillful means to be ‘best’ useful.” He has spent four decades as a Wandering Artist, news media supplier, motion picture production artist, tennis player, teacher and executive producer with Fake Digital Entertainment (and more). Khenpo is happy to be sucking air somewhere, as we have to enjoy dancing to whatever crazy orchestra is playing and we never get to pick the songs!

Lucca and Rebecca dive into the fascinating background and fascinating stories that make up Khenpo’s life and experiences so far! We peruse a rare book with him, learn about the country of his heart: Bhutan, and discover what is up with Hummingbird Children’s TV!

 

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Since her women’s initiation in 2012, Elisa has been studying, training in, and leading rites of passage. She completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Education & Communication focusing on women’s rites of passage, did vision quest guide training with The School of Lost Borders, and helped lead youth rites of passage with Rites of Passage Journeys. Her own women’s ceremony brought such incredible, positive changes to her life that she created Fire & Flower, a girls rites of passage program, as her gratitude project to give back for all that she received.

Elisa has been a teacher and youth wilderness guide for well over a decade, and currently teaches at Fresh Air Learning forest school and facilitates the Self-Care Project. Her focus is on personal and gender empowerment through supportive relationships to self, others, and the natural world. She is a lifelong student of conscious communication and personal development, continually facing her own shadow and fears to bring more and more of her gifts into the world.

Lucca and Rebecca dive into the influences that have shaped Elisa, and learn more about the rituals she is now creating for young women!

 

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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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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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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.

Thomas has called the Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood home for my entire life. Participating in the rhythms, seasons, programs, and pursuits of the Grandview Calvary Baptist Church has been a significant part of his life. The church’s engagement in the neighbourhood and pursuit of justice both here and throughout the world, has helped cultivate within him a commitment to these as well. Another shaping influence on his life has been the experience of growing up in community houses, living with more than 40 different people over the course of my life. Many really good initiatives have developed out of a non profit organization birthed out of Grandview Calvary, named Salsbury Community Society. After being closely connected to this organization for many years, In 2014 Thomas joined the Salsbury Board, spending the last year and a half as chair. Their focus is currently on providing affordable housing and encouraging, supporting and facilitating community in their neighbourhood.

Allison is a Fertility Awareness and Sexual Health Educator, teaching menstruators everywhere to balance hormones naturally for pregnancy planning, natural birth control, and improved hormonal health.

As a sex educator for over 13 years, with a Masters in Sex Education and a certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, she strives for a world where women and girls have knowledge of body literacy and are able to make truly informed and empowered decisions about sex, contraception, and child-bearing.

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Kelly is currently writing a book about a phenomenon she calls “The Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand” Spoiler Alert: She’s not a fan! Kelly feels this lifestyle brand is both a marketing narrative meant to move products and it’s bigger than that too. “It’s yet another oppressive ideology constraining women’s lives – and this time, it’s not being invented by the suits on Madison Avenue. Now it’s being deployed by the women entrepreneurs we most admire, trust and hire. And surely we deserve better and can do better than that.”

We love digging into a juicy topic, looking forward to today’s show!

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