044 Roq Gareau & Dave Waugh

 

Roq and Dave each felt isolated, because they adapted the societal expectations of providing and productivity. They lost direction and meaning. This led them to create a supportive community that provides meaning and purpose to men. They share the following wisdom. Share your vulnerabilities with someone you trust. Depart from what’s familiar, face your fear and return to your village as a changed person.

Join Roq Gareau and Dave Wali Waugh, authors of Soulful Fellowship: Men, Meaning and Purpose for a vulnerable, intergenerational conversation between two men about their lives, friendship and men’s group. Through storytelling and dreamwork, Dave and Roq offer an honest but incomplete roadmap for men (and the women who love them), to help them navigate through barriers to an authentic life of meaning and purpose.

Betrayed by our own ignorance and good intentions, we live in a time of desperation and undigested grief. Facing the truths that threaten us and our world can start to erode the trust we have in ourselves. This promotes a narrowing view and charged isolation that can have us quickly reaching for substance or diversion in attempts to dull pain and replace absence of connection.

Roq and Dave dive into their life experiences and share their own storylines as they help us reach a better understanding of ourselves. By recalling their dreams and important life-changing events, Roq and Dave manage to outline why men often develop destructive habits and offer the solution of Soulful Fellowship as a way to bring us out of our isolation.

Everybody is lonely, and we’ve forgotten how much we need each other to squeeze meaning out of complexity and breakthrough the patterns that prevent us from growing up. Times like these call for Soulful Fellowship.

Roq Gareau and Dave Wali Waugh are the cofounders of Men, Meaning and Purpose, a series of men’s retreats inspired by Soulful Fellowship. Dave is a psychotherapist (and director of Elements Counselling in Vancouver) with 25 years of experience in evolutionary men’s work and the author of two preceding books, including Evolving Soulfully. Roq is a skilled facilitator and the director of CentreSpoke Consulting. Soulful Fellowship is Roq’s first book.

http://soulfulfellowship.com/

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043 Kurek Ashley

 

Kurek’s friend, Mike, died in his arms after a helicopter crash. Initially, Kurek turned to drugs, wanted to take his life and experienced depression. He decided that this was not going to be his legacy, drew a ‘line in the sand’ and turned his life around. Kurek shares the following wisdom:

  • life doesn’t turn out the way it should, it turns out the way it does, it comes down to what you do with it
  • make success your habit
  • make every moment count
  • don’t wait
  • love more
  • fight less
  • do it now

Kurek Ashley “The Transformer” is an internationally renowned speaker, author and coach in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth, and is recognised as a premier expert in personal and professional development, self-discovery and peak performance. His #1 best-selling “How Would Love Respond?” has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

For over 30 years, Fortune 500 companies and major corporations around the world, such as Apple, Seagate, Schwarzkopf, Westin Hotels, The Australian Royal Airforce and Carlton United Brewery, hire Kurek to teach them tactical success strategies that have produced awe-inspiring results. His list of private clients include: Hollywood film and TV stars, movie directors, producers and cinematographers, a quintuple platinum rock band, hit music composers, top business leaders, oil executives in Kuwait, Olympic Gold Medalists, professional athletes and sports teams, and the list goes on and on.

He is the Creator and Founder of the Life Success Club that brings together a community of like-minded, positive, success-driven people from all over the world.

https://kurekashley.com
kurek@kurekashley.com

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Gratitude foto

Today’s gratitude foto. Finding beauty in everyday life.

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042 Amy Ferrara

 

Amy is a survivor of a house fire, which she calls the fire that saved her. It brought clarity to her daily chronic pain. Through her spiritual strength, a very supportive spouse and trauma therapy, she also made peace with some very difficult experiences as a child. Amy believes that the brain, body and soul work together for your good. She reminds us to shift our perspective, when overcoming a challenge.

Amy Ferrara is a worship leader, public speaker, and stay at home mama to her two children. Amy miraculously survived a house fire and backdraft in 2013 which led to severe PTSD and a life-altering health crisis. Though she still experiences daily chronic pain, she has received true healing by the hands of Jesus. She now has the sacred privilege of sharing her story about the gift of pain and suffering to encourage her brothers and sisters in Christ. Amy is a Texas girl who calls Washington, DC her home with husband Mark and their children, Isabella and Isaac.

info@amyferrara.com
www.amyferrara.com

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041 Dr. Mehrad Nazari

 

Dr. Nazari experienced mistrust at the age of 8. He has invested his entire life and profession to understand and share his findings on the importance of trust, in his book “Enlightened Negotation: 8 Universal Laws to Connect, Create and Prosper”. Dr. Nazari believes that once trust is established, we can experience an environment of positivity, energy and creativity. He strives to lead mindfully and serve humanity.

Dr. Nazari is an award winning author, speaker, trainer and executive coach. He teaches how to have a happier, engaged and productive personal or business life through Enlightened Negotiation principles. He has trained executives from many Global Fortune Hundred including, Sony, eBay and Brookfield. His book is titled “Enlightened Negotiation: 8 Universal Laws to Connect, Create, and Prosper”.

www.EnlightenedNegotiation.com

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040 Elizabeth Garber

 

Elizabeth lived with a father experiencing mental illness. Her book “Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter” is a survivor’s story. She reminds us that we, too, can experience freedom from a terrible experience and even feel compassion for others’ suffering. Elizabeth suggests that we notice life outside of ourselves and open our hearts of compassion.

Elizabeth Garber’s memoir, Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter (2018) focuses on how her family was caught in a collision between modern architecture, radical social change, and madness in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s in Cincinnati. Maine author Monica Wood, author of The One-in-a-Million Boy said about this book, “I was riveted by this story of an adoring daughter struggling to escape the dominance of her brilliant, charismatic father. Garber writes beautifully about the layered complications of family love.” In this powerful memoir, Elizabeth Garber describes her father’s deepening mental illness, the destruction of her family, and her own slow healing from his abuse. Beautifully written and heartbreaking, Garber’s memoir is also a survivor’s story?about a young woman trying to rescue her family and herself. Now a mother and a healer, Garber’s story offers the hope that we can process trauma and move on, that we can each become the architects of our own lives.

Garber is also the author of three books of poetry, and three of her poems were read on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. She received a MFA in creative non-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters Program. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for over thirty years in Belfast, Maine.

www.elizabethgarber.com
www.facebook.com/elizabethgarberwriter

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039 Dr. Michael Myers

 

Dr. Michael Myers became a survivor of suicide at the age of 19, when he lost his friend to suicide.  Since then, he has dedicated his life and profession to suicide awareness, support and prevention.  His story reminds us that there’s light and hope at the end of the tunnel.

Dr. Michael Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and immediate past Vice-Chair of Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author or co-author of eight books the most recent of which are “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared” and “Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss” (with Carla Fine). He is a recent past president (and emeritus board member) of the New York City Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a member of the Clinician Survivors Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology. Dr Myers became a survivor of suicide at the age of 19 when he lost one of his medical school roommates to suicide. He lectures extensively throughout North America and beyond.

http://www.michaelfmyers.com/

mmyers0609@aol.com

800-273-TALK (24 hour suicide hotline)

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