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Practice You with Elena Brower

Content and conversations for times of transition and change. Join me in discussion with renowned luminaries and dear friends to explore life's myriad transitions, our understandings and our responses. What does it mean to be present, to shift our perceptions, to engage with the world meaningfully, with dignity and care? With respect for the ancient practices and the modern wisdom that continue to inform and elevate our exchanges, each episode is an invitation to Practice You.
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Now displaying: September, 2020
Sep 26, 2020

On the life-changing conversations of race, the majestic presence of lineage, and the vital, daily work of loving yourself.

  • The birth of The Jacy Method [2:15]
  • On feeling alone in a community [7:01]
  • The importance of expressing joy and showing up as yourself [9:39]
  • Jacy’s morning marriage practice [16:42]
  • On living multiple lives as a Black person [24:52]
  • The opportunity to have conversations about racism [32:57]
  • Eye gazing [39:01]
  • Whiteness in the wellness space [41:50]
  • Knowing what came before. Restoring your relationship with your ancestors [46:33]

Jacy Cunningham, Creator of The Jacy Method, is a dynamic Movement Therapist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Motivational Speaker. As a former Collegiate football player and performance athlete, Jacy has trained with some of best performance coaches in the world. When his own football journey ended in 2012, Jacy moved to Eden, Utah and became the In-House fitness instructor for the famed entrepreneurial conference & start-up Summit Series. After serving their community for 4 years, Jacy left Summit to travel and create a new movement focused on harnessing self-love through dynamic and therapeutic movements. From the fall of 2016 to the summer of 2018 Jacy traveled with numerous touring musicians (Mike Posner, GRiZ, DJ Jazzy Jeff), launched his personal brand and class The Jacy Method and signed to Wanderlust Festival as a featured Instructor. Now as a Nomad, Jacy continues to travel, teach, and host at a variety of music and wellness festivals across the world.

RESOURCES

http://www.thejacymethod.com
Metu Neter, Ra Un Nefer
The End of White World Supremacy, Malcolm X
Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon

Sep 19, 2020

On transcending our instincts, practicing what scares us, seeing where we coincide, and choosing our state.

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond.

Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more.

She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal.

  • Chloé’s earliest teachers [3:05]
  • Theory of Enchantment’s guiding principles [5:12]
  • Timshel, Thou Mayest. East of Eden. Stoicism [13:03]
  • Non-violent protest. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Agape Love [22:00]
  • Meditating on your mortality. Practicing what you fear [28:44]
  • Criticism and care. Maya Angelou and Tupac story [31:18]
  • The Lion King and stoicism [37:40]
  • Contemplating the villain. Ways to practice [40:22]
  • What needs healing [49:47]
  • Favourite view [50:49]
  • Prayer [52:39]

RESOURCES

Theory of Enchantment Courses
Theory of Enchantment website
Chloé Valdary on Twitter:
Why I Refuse to Avoid White People article
Harriet Tubman, Eloise Greenfield
Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
East of Eden, John Steinbeck https://amzn.to/35WwpB1
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday
Timshel, Mumford & Sons

Practice You Podcast #66: Chloé Valdary

Sep 5, 2020

Erin is a travel, culture and lifestyle documentary photographer, creative culture consultant, writer and founder of Black Burner Project. After discovering her love for photography on a solo trip the Philippines, she has placed travel photography at the center of her personal work.

  • Erin's first experience of Burning Man [3:17]
  • What moved Erin to create the Black Burner Project [10:01]
  • The feeling of being one of few [14:08]
  • Inspiring potential burners by making people feel seen [20:04]
  • Erin's story about the Afro Pick installation [23:23]
  • Favourite view [29:00]
  • Prayer [31:52]
  • Creating the Group Photo and what it meant to people [32:59]
  • Reevaluating hierarchy [37:10]
  • The Cultural collective of Burning Man [40:04]

Erin creates visually moving imagery to help brands and individuals, usually in the lifestyle and travel space, convey a more organic brand story to aid in marketing their product or service and connect with their audience. As a creative consultant Erin specializes in inclusive storytelling and thoughtfully curated experiences for companies with diversity and inclusion goals both internally and externally.

She created Black Burner project in 2018, returning to Burning Man a second year to document people of color through photography and sharing their personal stories; with a mission to create a space where Burners of color can be seen, to encourage the apprehensive yet curious, create awareness around the event, show the importance of representation and drive diversity. Erin has curated a word of mouth surprise Burners of color group photo at Burning Man increasing the gathering from 35 people in 2018 to 250 people in 2019, becoming the largest gathering of people of color in Burning Man history. Some of her goals include a yearly artist of color grant through the project, tickets to be able to gift to virgin burners of color, and curating immersive art events both on and off playa.

Erin is also a regular speaker on the importance and transformative power of traveling. As a travel advocate, she has spoken in schools, workshops and travel conferences. Her written and photography work has been featured in publications such as Essence, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, “Shut Up and Run”, Travel Noire, and Conde Nast and photo Exhibitions from Miami to NYC.

Erin's Mission: To tell stories- both visual and written that help inform and inspire others to action

Resources

blackburnerproject.com
Dear White burners piece
https://www.instagram.com/blackburnerproject/

Meet Moses
Cultural Course Correcting by Marian Goodell

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