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Welcome to the weekly podcast for people craving a sense of connectedness, a dose of empathy, a glimpse of the way forward, and an opportunity to engage.

Every week, the husband-and-wife team of Charles Matheus & Kelly Roberge generate conversation about things that matter with their characteristic empathy, warmth and insight. Guests include relationship coaches, business leaders, musicians, youth advocates, and artists, all who are willing to take the discussion to new heights and new depths.

The HERE.together Podcast Charles Matheus

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to the weekly podcast for people craving a sense of connectedness, a dose of empathy, a glimpse of the way forward, and an opportunity to engage.

Every week, the husband-and-wife team of Charles Matheus & Kelly Roberge generate conversation about things that matter with their characteristic empathy, warmth and insight. Guests include relationship coaches, business leaders, musicians, youth advocates, and artists, all who are willing to take the discussion to new heights and new depths.

    How to Take it to the Next Level - Music & Community Enrichment with Candace Devine & Drew Hall

    How to Take it to the Next Level - Music & Community Enrichment with Candace Devine & Drew Hall

    If you could time-travel, what band would you go back and befriend right before they made it BIG??  

    Well, we have yet to crack time-travel, but the good news is we all get to be up-close friendly-fans of our guests today and after the rest of the world hears their new single, we’ll be able to say we knew them when.  

    Guest Bios:
    If you’ve been a HERE.together listener for a while, you already know Candace Devine and Drew Hall, local music powerhouses and all-around good eggs.  They have ridiculous musical credentials individually, and together they, along with Johan Glidden, have formed a Supergroup called Ponderosa Grove, that is not only blending amazing local talent into a band that is destined for greatness, but they are building an equally powerful arts culture here in Prescott that embraces excellence, collaboration, and community.

    For those of you who don’t already know, Candace has been a professional singer and songwriter since her early 20s, performing with or opening for acts like  Christina Aguilera, Ringo Starr, Styx, the Four Tops and many others. She is a prolific songwriter and collaborator and received a Grammy nomination for her work with jazz saxophonist,  Mindi Abair. Candace also hosts the Creative Convergence Podcast that features conversations with world-class artists, musicians, and other creatives.

    Drew Hall is a former banker who defied the 9-5 life at his earliest opportunity, going on to be in every kind of band, teach guitar to young and old musicians alike, and to curate exceptional music shows here in Prescott.  In pre-Covid times, Drew could be spotted playing with the Cheektones, Summa Totius, THiS Trio with Slim Gamble of Lady Antebellum fame, et cetera!

    Stay tuned for a laughter-filled AND deeply insightful conversation about the creative process, the art of leadership, and the positive role of music in bridging differences. You’ll be treated to not one, but 2 songs from their forthcoming album and Charles treats us to a terrible  metaphor about how collaboration is like spiders and centipedes.

    For more about Ponderosa Grove, the musicians, and links to the June 18th live stream, and curated book suggestions view the show notes at: https://www.here-together.us/pod/how-to-take-it-to-the-next-level


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Boysen Hodgson on the Personal Impact of Men's Work

    Boysen Hodgson on the Personal Impact of Men's Work

    For generations, our culture has taught us a narrow and limiting set of rules for how to be a man. The end result? Epidemic levels of isolation for boys and men and embedded repression and violence for the vast majority of women and children. As a boy and young man, I learned that same set of rules and I adopted that stoic, suppressed, and sometimes emotionally violent version of manhood. It took me years to find a way back to the real authentic version of myself that is open, loving, curious, vulnerable, bold, and creative.

    What if there were ways… paths… programs… groups… a movement, that helped men break out of the Man Box, find their authentic selves, and become happier, less destructive, and more constructive? This episode is about just those paths, those groups and that movementt.

    This week on the HERE.together Podcast we are releasing, in full, another of the early episodes of the Remaking Manhood Podcast which I co-host and co-produce with Mark Greene. In this episode, we interview Boysen Hodgson,  the Communications Director for the ManKind Project USA. For the last 35 years, ManKind Project has been providing intensive weekend retreats and long-term peer support groups for men all over the world.

    In this conversation, Boysen quickly sets the bar for vulnerability, insight, and truth. Mark and I also end up sharing our deep backstories about how we created our old, mistaken assumptions about ourselves and the world.  Mark explains how those old bad stories cause many men to either self-sabotage or lash out.

    All three of us men share our experience with the work it took us to become a man of connection, accountability and purpose. For all of us, men's work is an ongoing process and one that constantly reveals new ways of seeing and being. Boysen's own knowledge of men's work, both as a leader and as a man is a powerful resource for all the men in our community. I end up surprised by a couple of new ideas that come from the conversation and by some insight that comes bubbling up out of me at Boyson’s invitation.

    I’m really pleased, and a little nervous to share this episode with you, but here we go.



    For more about Boysen, the Mankind Project, other mens work resources, and curated book suggestions view the show notes at: https://www.here-together.us/pod/the-personal-impact-of-mens-work


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Be the Solution - Asking Questions and Taking Responsibility with Angel Ribo

    How to Be the Solution - Asking Questions and Taking Responsibility with Angel Ribo

    Who cares about big business when you’re just trying to get your small business off the ground?  What do CEOs have to do with running a successful family? If you just re-watched Wall Street or read the news and need to feel hopeful about business and the world, this is the episode for you.   Welcome to Part IV of our Spiritual Warrior series.

    Guest Bio:
    Angel Ribo is a contender for the most energized, positive guest award.  We are so excited to introduce you to this glowing, powerful man who has been coach and confidante to hundreds of corporate officers around the world, [we’re talking 15 hundred CEOs in 33 countries] who brings heart and spirit into the business world, who  focuses on the quality of relationships at all levels, in order to help his clients improve not just their bottom line, but their impact.  


    And HIS impact doesn’t stop there.  Angel is bringing his business acumen to the service of underprivileged kids in Latin America, teaching and mentoring them to become entrepreneurs using the resources they have on hand.  So far he’s worked with over a thousand young people and you’ll hear that compelling, fascinating story in part II of this episode. Stay all the way until the end, as well, though, to get this weeks simple but really deeply challenging personal science assignment.



    For more about Angel Ribo, links to his social media and website, and curated book suggestions view the show notes at: https://www.here-together.us/pod/how-to-be-the-solution


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Build Soulful Power - Breathing, laughing and learning with Christian de la Huerta

    How to Build Soulful Power - Breathing, laughing and learning with Christian de la Huerta

    Is your ego running your show?  Are you making choices guided by fear?  What would it be like to put your purpose and soul in charge?  How would your life be different if you did?

    Spoiler alert: you’d have more freedom, more real power, and you’d be able to join with others to create the sustainable world we need...

    It’s all hands on DECK time.

    Guest Bio:

    Our guest this week is Christian de la Huerta, a spiritual teacher, personal transformation coach, and leading voice in the soulful breathwork community. Not only is Christian one of the warmest, loveliest humans we’ve had the privilege to speak with so far, he is a kindred spirit who challenged us to think bigger.  Sooo much bigger.

    When there isn’t a pandemic on, Christian travels the world, leading inspiring and transformational retreats and treks that combine psychological and spiritual teachings with lasting and life-changing effects.  He’s recently published the book, Awakening the Soul of Power, [described by multiple Grammy Award–winner Gloria Estefan as “a balm for the soul of anyone searching for truth and answers to life’s difficult questions.”]

    Christian talks with us about the Hero’s Journey, giving our egos the right job, why connecting with our personal power is a good thing, and presents us with multiple paths to that authentic power.

    Stick around for an enriching conversation that takes us - and you - from the metaphorical stadium out into the cosmos.  It’s full of practical ideas for real life and big, inspiring visions that definitely left us feeling well-fed, body and soul.

    Fair warning… we start the interview with about a four-minute breathing exercise/guided meditation. We hope everyone listening will breathe along with us. If you’re driving or operating equipment right now, or doing something else that requires your attention, perhaps return to this episode when you can do so safely and comfortably.

    For more about Christian de la Huerta, links to his social media and website, and curated book suggestions view the show notes at: https://www.here-together.us/pod/how-to-build-soulful-power


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    How to Live for Justice - A Vision for Engaged, Spiritual Activism

    How to Live for Justice - A Vision for Engaged, Spiritual Activism

    A photographer, a Civil Rights Lawyer, and an Episcopal Priest walk into a bar…
    This week’s show is no joke, though.  Our guest, the Reverend Dr. Marcia Ledford, Esquire IS a Civil Rights lawyer, a photographer, and an Episcopal Priest.  Stay tuned for a great conversation that encompases journeys both personal and cultural, the third rails of politics and religion, and where all those things come together in Dr. Marcia’s ongoing work for social justice.

    Neither one of your podcasts hosts grew up in a regular religious tradition. And we are wary of the dark power that organized religion can wield to oppress and repress. Even the Buddhists in Myanmar are killing people in the name of. But we can’t deny that the US Civil Rights movement was championed by religious leaders. Nor that “church ladies” in Georgia helped swing the US Senate. Nor that a Jesuit priest, Father Boyle, created Homeboy Industries in LA to help young community members de-escalate violence and develop alternatives to gang life. So… we are really excited to have the Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford present the case for a progressive and engaged Christianity. We hope you listeners are, too. 

    Guest Bio:
    The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford founded Political Theology Matters, LLC, to help the people develop a personal mission grounded in theology for greater social justice. Marcia teaches, speaks, and preaches about political theology in varied forums and maintains a very intriguing blog.

    For Dr. Ledford's complete bio, links to her social media and website, and curated book suggestions view the show notes at: https://www.here-together.us/pod/how-to-live-for-justice


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    How to be 88% Happy with Dr. Marissa Pei

    How to be 88% Happy with Dr. Marissa Pei

    If you want to try out some ideas and actions to push your average happiness up to 88%, we have the conversation for you. 
    Our guest this week is Dr. Marissa Pei.  She’s been through the shit and she’s here to tell you that you CAN be happy - at least 88% of the time.  
    Dr. Marissa, as we call her, or the Asian Oprah as Dr. Bernard Beckwith of Secret fame called her - to Oprah’s face - has a Ph.D in organizational psychology.  Dr. Marissa literally wrote the book on Organization Development & Consulting with Dr. Fred Massarik and her consulting work has helped hundreds of Fortune 500 companies become more inclusive and successful. Now her focus is on “splattering more hope and happiness through speaking, writing, and promoting a variety of Life Balance Topics including How to be Happy 88 percent of the Time. Dr. Marissa’s popular syndicated talk radio show “Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It” is broadcast nationwide on I Heart Radio AND has reached well over ½ a million downloads on ITunes and YouTube. 
    Dr. Marissa wrote the bestselling book, 8 Ways to Happiness from Wherever You Are, as well as “Mommy, What Are Feelings?” an interactive children’s book illustrated by her daughters, which has been recognized for helping autistic children express their feelings. 
    Dr. Marissa is clearly a woman of “plugged in” intelligence. She zeroed in on Charles’s issues right from the start and put him through an unscheduled mini session that was both helpful and surprising.
    Because we can’t not, we also venture beyond the personal growth arena to talk about and push back against the wave of anti-Asian violence we’ve been seeing in the US. Dr. Marissa’s early life was marked by intolerance and she has some choice words for and key ideas about the racism bubbling up in our communities. 

    So listen on to get energized, inspired, empowered and 88% happy with the fabulous Dr. Marissa Pei.

    For the complete show notes, including links to other relevant episodes, Dr. Marissa's resources happiness, AND a curated reading list, go to: https://www.here-together.us/pod/how-to-be-88-happy


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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

A Change Agent ,

Always interested

A great podcast around a myriad of topics and different ideas as well as people loving this eclectic group of unique perspectives and thoughts and ideas!

Pike2019 ,

Smart interviews!

Some people do podcasts to amuse themselves, but Charles and Kelly are on a mission to uncover good ideas that improve life and how we all live with each other. They’re smart, they prepare, and they’re professional. Every episode I’ve listened to so far leaves me inspired. Keep up the great work!

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Love listening to this show. Thoughtful interviews that inspire and motivate!

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