Ep61: Matthew Hayes on Courage, Compassion & Depression

Ep61: Matthew Hayes on Courage, Compassion & Depression

Matthew Hayes is a transformational results coach from Southern California and he affectionately describes himself as a Son, a Sun, and a Son. A son to his loving mother Robin, a sun (or light) to the world, and a Son to his creator. With a firm belief in the human spirit and the power we hold when we lead with love- he has dedicated his life to helping those who crave more. More peace. More joy. More passion. More connection. He believes that ‘in order to take people to higher ground, you must first find common ground’. Because of that, he is not shy with what he has been through and hopes that if he can’t help someone directly, his story can stand in as a reminder to keep believing in what’s possible.






Ep59: Dennis Patrick Slattery on  A Pilgrimage Beyond Belief

Ep59: Dennis Patrick Slattery on A Pilgrimage Beyond Belief

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., is Distinguished Emeritus Professor in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has taught there for the last 26 of his 52 years in the classroom. He offers riting retreats and workshops in the United States and Europe on exploring one’s personal myth through the works of Joseph Campbell and C.G. Jung’s Red Book.



He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 30 volumes, including seven volumes of poetry: Casting the Shadows: Selected Poems; Just Below the Water Line: Selected Poems; Twisted Sky: Selected Poems; The Beauty Between Words: Selected Poems of Dennis Patrick Slattery and Chris Paris; Feathered Ladder: Selected Poems with Brian Landis; Road, Frame Window: A Poetics of Seeing. Selected Poetry of Timothy J. Donohue, Donald Carlson and Dennis Patrick Slattery; and Leaves from the World Tree: Selected Poems of Craig Deininger and Dennis Patrick Slattery. He has co-authored one novel, Simon’s Crossing with Charles Asher. Other titles include The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince. A Phenomenological Approach; The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh; Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth; and Bridge Work: Essays on Mythology, Literature and Psychology.

Dennis%2C+Steve%2C+Matt%2C+and+Motorcycles.jpgWith Lionel Corbett he has co-edited and contributed to Psychology at the Threshold and Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field; with Glen Slater he has Myth and Metaphor. His more recent books include Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; Day-to-Day Dante: Exploring Personal Myth Through the Divine Comedy; and Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story. With Jennifer Leigh Selig, he has coedited and contributed to Re-Ensouling Education: Essays on the Importance of the Humanities in Schooling the Soul and Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. With Deborah Anne Quibell and Jennifer Leigh Selig he has co-authored Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit; with Evans Lansing Smith he has co-edited Correspondence: 1927-1987 on the letters of Joseph Campbell. His most current book is a series of essays: An Obscure Order: Reflections on Cultural Mythology published by Mandorla Books. He has also authored over 200 essays and reviews in books, magazines, newspapers, and on-line journals.

For recreation he takes classes painting mythic themes in both watercolor and acrylic. He also enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his two sons, Matt and Steve, through the Hill Country roads of Texas.


Continued from home page: Through the publication of over thirty books that I have authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited—as well as hundreds of articles and book reviews in journals, newspapers, books and on-line venues—I have given shape to many of my ideas on this subject. Through the dozens of workshops, writing retreats, and presentations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland, I continue to explore the relationship of narrative, mythology, and the shaping of personal identity more deeply.

But what are these arenas of exploration in service of? I think that their fundamental goals include: a deepening of self-consciousness; cultivation of a coherent life of meaning; compassion for the suffering and struggles of others; a deepening practice of contemplation and meditation to enrich one’s spiritual life; and a further understanding of the mysteries and miracles of the human imagination.

I invite you to explore my writings and future plans as well as to consider joining me in one of my programs that will allow you to explore your own myth, including an awareness of the webbing that relates all of us to one another and to the suffering earth that yearns for our constructive intervention to restore her exhausted body.

I thank you in advance for your interest and attention to my life projects.

—Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.

Ep58: Simon Cohen on Compassion-Honoring Women-Changing the World

Ep58: Simon Cohen on Compassion-Honoring Women-Changing the World

Simon Cohen exemplifies the essence of the new compassionate male and shares his views on the suffering of women, from childbirth to the ancestral and the strategic suppression of women by the patriarchy. Simon shares from his own profound journey and his awakening to a greater purpose.

Faculty for the Amani Institute, teaching and training social entrepreneurs from around the world in ‘Marketing and Open Leadership,’ in Sao Paolo, Nairobi, Bangalore

Host, Chief Storyteller and Facilitator at the Just Peace Summit – a global mentorship programme – with Nile Rodgers and the We Are Family Foundation

Keynote speaker on leadership and entrepreneurship for various national and international organisations, including Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, United Nations, Worldwide
Meeting on Human Values, and many others


Devised and led global communications campaigns for TED, HH the Dalai Lama, UNESCO, HRH The Prince of Wales, Gandhi’s grandson, and many others – reaching hundreds of millions of people with positive social stories

At the age of 24, set up Global Tolerance – an international communications agency that only worked with people committed to positive social change. Built it over the next decade to be a global leader in social change communication

‘Pause for Thought’ contributor on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, the most popular broadcast show in the UK, for two years

Mr. Simon CohenMulti award winning entrepreneur and leader; Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts; Global Brain Trust, Boma; Senior Advisor, Purpose; writer for Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post; voted one of the most influential people in the PR industry; voted Interfaith Visionary by the Temple of Understanding; UnLtd level 1 and level 2 funding

First person in the UK to place an entire company on a one year sabbatical; first to give away his £1m company through a new exit strategy, the Open Leadership Exercise, to reflect the value of non-material values

Manage the global communications for a Buddhist master (lineage holder) based in India, and an Indigenous leader in Australia


Ep56: Neil Feiereisel on A Course in Miracles in Today’s World

Ep56: Neil Feiereisel on A Course in Miracles in Today’s World

Neil Feiereisel grew up studying Christian Science for more than 20 years, including stints as a Sunday School teacher and a leader in his Christian Science college organization. After a 10 year exploration of all things spiritual, through many books, workshops and classes, Neil and his wife were led to Unity Church of the Hills in 1995 and have “grown up” there spiritually, along with their children.  Neil has grown through service to others as a leader in the Family Ministry, a Sunday School teacher and by serving on the Board of Trustees. For the last 20 years, Neil has studied and facilitated study groups for A Course in Miracles, bringing him a greater sense of peace as he learns to listen to God’s guidance and see the best in his fellow man.  By day, Neil is a Chief Software Architect at National Instruments, where he masquerades as an engineer, but really serves as an instrument of joy and cooperation.




Ep53: Skip Swies on the Men’s Movement

Ep53: Skip Swies on the Men’s Movement

Skip Swies has been counseling couples, families and individuals for 37 years. During this time, Skip has assisted his clients in identifying and overcoming obstacles on the path toward achieving their goals of closeness and understanding. Currently is working with Life Coach Austin.

His training began at Otterbein University where he held a double major in psychology and education. In 1983 Skip began teaching personal growth intensives and coaching individuals and couples for Global Relationship Centers( GRC). In 1994 he moved his family from Boulder, CO, to Austin where he joined the staff of GRC to train the future instructors while continuing to lead seminars across the country.

Beginning in the late 80s, Skip got involved with Men’s Work and joined his first Men’s group. Shortly after he developed his own seminar weekend entitled Finding the Father. In this experience the men examined the ” father wound” starting with the relationship they had with their fathers. This course and a sister course for women ran for about 10 years.

For the past 7 years, Skip has committed his expertise to “Healing Warrior Hearts”. A weekend to assist service members and their spouses in dealing with the challenges that life after service can present. The goal is to bring our service members more fully home!

Skip and his wife of 46 years have taught together for 37 years and still coach together. Their 3 children and 3 grandchildren all live in Texas.

“Seeing the other clearly and allowing the other to see you, is essential in creating empowering relationships”. – Skip




Bio – Skip Swies

EMAIL: findingthefather@gmail.com 

Ep46: Patricia Fero on Patriarchy and the Liminal Space

Ep46: Patricia Fero on Patriarchy and the Liminal Space

Patricia Fero was born for these times. She is a passionate woman who has dedicated her life to igniting the collective feminine in planetary awakening. Her capacity for clearing her own internalized patriarchy and fierce listening are the magic she brings to every setting.

The author of four books, Patricia has shared her wisdom through writing. Her first, Mining for Diamonds shows how people can use adversity to create resiliency. What happens When Women Wake Up? is a roadmap for clearing internalized patriarchy.

Her third book, Sacred Marching Orders, describes the new energy of the solar feminine. Marianne Williamson’s endorsement reads: “Women owning our power and using it collaboratively is what our planet desperately needs. Sacred Marching Orders is a call to women to channel our passion into the healing of the world.”

Patricia has grown an active psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan over the past 30 years. She is assisted by her black cocker spaniel, Dexter. Patricia is certified in a cutting edge advanced grief treatment, Induced After Death Communication (IADC) facilitator. Her fourth book, titled The Other Side of the Door, is a guidebook for connecting with loved ones who have crossed over. Patricia earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Michigan. All of Patricia’s books may be found on Amazon: Patricia Fero Books

She has led workshops and retreats for over 20 years based on her books, as well as other topics empowering women. She is available for speaking engagements, personal coaching, and advanced grief work.



Join Patricia on October 3rd, 9:00am-PST for: Death Throes of Patriarchy: Demystifying the Effect of Patriarchy on Women and Men







All of Patricia’s books may be found on Amazon: Patricia’s Books


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