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#5: Gilbert Rochecouste — Placemaking, Localism and Weaving Community in the New Story

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Gilbert is an emerging elder, globally renowned placemaker and steward of the New Story I personally respect deeply. We’ve facilitated and shared the stage many times but rarely get a chance to dive into dialogue on the topics we care for so deeply.


In this rich conversation we explore the role of place in restoring connection, the exciting meeting of our original placemakers – our Indigenous elders – and community builders of today, “burning your own wood” and practical things we can do to re-weave our communities locally and Gilbert’s 6 pillars to the emerging new story.


This one is most-definitely for those of us feeling to play our humble role in stewarding a regenerative and life-affirming way forward. 


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Guest bio


Gilbert is founder of Village Well, a globally recognised placemaking consultancy (re)connecting people to place. He is a community catalyst and group-facilitator I personally admire greatly and have shared the stage and facilitation floor with many times.


As an emerging elder in this space and the ushering in of a New Story, Gilbert is currently sensing what elderhood is asking of him, holding circle with elders of our indigenous cultures and responding to the Great Turning of our time.

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Opening Poem – Rumi – There is a Field

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#4: Dr. Arne Rubinstein — Ritual, Integration and the Death of Normal

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Timely, potent and deeply personable, friend and fellow facilitator, Dr. Arne Rubinstein from the Rites of Passage Institute and I explore the core elements of an initiatory rites of passage process.


Mapping it against our collective ‘container’ of change, also known as COVID-19, we explore the roles of ritual, storytelling, community honoring and reckoning with the death of something within and between us.


Keeping our minds and hearts both in the practical and philosophical, we explore some of the practicalities of ritual-design and how to facilitate your own rituals for transition, as well as the invisible and liminal space of the unknown, apprenticing ourselves to what we are being beckoned to become. 


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Guest bio


Dr. Arne is a globally recognised facilitation expert and keynote speaker on the topics of Rites of Passage, adolescent development, parenting, corporate leadership and transformational processes.


Over 150,000 people world wide have attended the programs he helped to create. He brings his 30 years of experience as a medical doctor, mentor and workshop facilitator to design programs for schools, businesses and families.

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Opening Poem – Seventeen

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#3: Jackie and Justin — Pathways to Deepened Flow and Intuition

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Join me in conversation with Jackie Knechtel and Justin Faerman, Founders at the Flow Consciousness Institute. We explore flow states as a state of ultimate connection, as well as ways to deepen our capacity for flow, strengthen trust in our intuition and tools for creating flow in groups and relationships.  


The Flow Consciousness Institute is research body dedicated to understanding the mechanics of consciousness, reality and human potential to develop practice tools and trainings for the betterment of humanity and all sentient life. 


Both Jackie and Justin coach founders and leadership teams on flow globally and have a wealth of experience that I begin to tap on this conversation. Come and soak in it with me! 


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Guest bios


Jackie, M.A., is an executive coach/consultant, behavioral therapist, international speaker and pioneer in the area of flow. She is a co-founder of the Flow Consciousness Institute along with Justin. Jackie has a background as an autism specialist with clients in NYC, Beverly Hills, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. She serves as an advisor for the Eve Branson Foundation, NomadX and AutismCodes and is currently working to revolutionize the therapy delivery model for special needs children and their caregivers with her vision, Spectra.


Justin is an international speaker, serial entrepreneur and consciousness researcher working to create large-scale shifts in human consciousness, integrate high-level intuitional skills more deeply into the business world and deliver solutions-focused media to a global audience. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and the Flow Consciousness Institute and a sought after teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow and the mechanics of consciousness.

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Opening Poem – Illusion by Margaret Wheatley

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