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Conversations about shaping a new story about what's possible today-and living life with resilience, creativity, and purpose. With veteran writer, coach, and performer Dr. Sally Fox.

Vital Presence Sally Fox, PhD

    • Society & Culture

Conversations about shaping a new story about what's possible today-and living life with resilience, creativity, and purpose. With veteran writer, coach, and performer Dr. Sally Fox.

    Michael Williams: Storytelling as a Healing Practice

    Michael Williams: Storytelling as a Healing Practice

    Dr. Michael Williams is a Canadian-born storyteller who spent three decades living in Scotland, where he honed his skills as an oral storyteller. We talk about our mutual love of storytelling as we trace Michael's history as a contemporary bard, in Europe and Canada and his recent work with elders and hospice patients.

    • 48 min
    Dr. Clarissa-Castillo Ramsey: Living and Leading Artfully

    Dr. Clarissa-Castillo Ramsey: Living and Leading Artfully

    Dr. Clarissa Castillo-Ramsey brings artfulness together with leadership and helping people grow. She is an organizational psychologist, artist, coach, and author of the book: Painting Your Path: 21 Interviews with Extraordinary Women.

    • 34 min
    Francesca Aniballi: Fairy tales aren't just for kids

    Francesca Aniballi: Fairy tales aren't just for kids

    Francesca Aniballi, PhD, uses fairy tales as a transformative tool for adults. She combines her knowledge of expressive arts, literature, myth, and Celtic culture, to offer us a path toward self-insight—tapping the healing power of the imagination. 

    • 44 min
    Sally Jean Fox: Following a Creative Call After Midlife

    Sally Jean Fox: Following a Creative Call After Midlife

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    Author Sally Jean Fox made it her quest to discover what could bring heart and meaning to the second half of her life. She chronicles her story in her new memoir Meeting the Muse After Midlife: A Journey to Meaning, Creativity, and Joy. In this episode, she is joined by Dana Lynne Andersen, her friend, colleague, and teacher to explore what it means to follow an artful, transformative path into one's last decades.
    Dana Lynne Andersen is the Director of the Awakening Arts Academy in Assisi, Italy, where she offers courses and also leads a Transformative Arts Certification program, which Sally has taken.
    Sally Jean Fox is an author, coach, performer, and artist who writes about the search for meaning in the post-midlife years. She writes the Engaging Presence blog and hosts (with exceptions like this) the Vital Presence podcast. 

    • 54 min
    Merle Saferstein: Writing and Sharing Your Legacy

    Merle Saferstein: Writing and Sharing Your Legacy

    Legacy educator Merle Saferstein teaches the power of legacy journaling—capturing thoughts and memories that might be only for the writer's eyes but from which lessons might be shared with others. 
    For 48 years, Merle Saferstein journaled, amassing a collection of 380 journals. From there she distilled key passages into two books Living and Leaving My Legacy Vols. 1 & 2 and interspersed her writings with tips on how to begin legacy journaling.
    Prior to writing her books, Merle spent twenty-six years as a Holocaust educator helping hundreds of Holocaust survivors to share their legacies.  After retiring, she created Leaving Your Legacy®. Through classes, workshops, and lectures, she has guided thousands of people in sacred legacy work, writing for wellness, and journaling.

    • 43 min
    Mik Kuhlman, The Actor as Activist

    Mik Kuhlman, The Actor as Activist

     
    Mik Kuhlman is an actor, physical theatre comedian, performance artist, theatre-maker, and teacher who has worked and taught globally. Building on her twenty-five years experience with original ensemble and solo theatre, she recently created a stunning outdoor performance and celebration of our connection with nature called, "The Standing Nation."  Merging science and feminist inspiration, she performs a piece of art and activism that will forever change how you see trees.

     

    • 43 min

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