Beyond “I Do”: Getting Married Consciously- a radio series

A radio series dedicated to weddings as a rite of passage.

Beyond  “I Do”: Getting Married Consciously
Beyond  “I Do”: Getting Married Consciously goes deep into the significance of what it means to experience weddings as a rite of passage while examining the history, ceremony and psychology involved beyond just choosing cakes, dresses and bridesmaids.

Inspired by my own June 2010 wedding, I engaged in meaningful conversations, from the month of March ,with world renown scholars, psychologists, bestselling authors, ritualists and thought leaders to understand the significance behind what many call the ‘most anticipated and memorable event of one’s life’.

“I had to investigate why people kept telling me “this is the most important and special day of your life”. ” I know I am not alone in this quest but I have the intense desire to find out for myself what this rhetoric is all about.”

Archived shows for free download can be found below

Featured Guests include:

February 24Luisah Teish– Writer, Performer, Ritualist- www.luisahteish.com


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March 10- Jean Houston Ph.D, internationally known psychologist, scholar, philosopher and teacher, www.jeanhouston.com

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Listen to Jean Houston speak so beautifully and wisely as she explained the signifiance and importance of honoring  transitions and activating ritual in our lives.  Jean has an incredible sense of humor and we shared many laughs. Enjoy and thanks for listening.

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. Dr. Houston is a prolific writer and author of 26 published books, including A Passion for the Possible, The Possible Human, Public Like a Frog, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, and The Passion of Isis and Osiris. Her PBS Special, “A Passion for the Possible”, has been widely shown. Her book drawn from the program was published by Harper San Francisco in August of 1997. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in psychology from the Union Graduate School and a Ph.D. in religion from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She has also been the recipient of honorary decorates. March. 17 – Devaa Haley Mitchell interfaith minister, wedding officiant & life coach  www.radiantessence.com

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Devaa Haley Mitchell is an Interfaith Minister and also received both a BA and MA at Stanford University. Devaa was also Fulbright Fellow working in the Brazilian Amazon. She has a background in non-profit fundraising and administration, serving as the Director of Development for IONS and previously the Executive Director of Full Circle Fund. Formerly, she was an Associate at Boston Consulting Group. Devaa currently works with individuals and groups through her private practice.
March 24- Stephanie Coontz, historian and author of the award-winning book ‘Marriage: a History’ from Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage www.stephaniecoontz.com

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Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State  College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. She has appeared on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, NPR, CNN’s Talk Back Live, CBS This Morning, Leeza, the O-Reilly Factor and MSNBC with Brian Williams, as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters. Most recently she appeared on CSPAN as one of the featured authors in the kickoff conference for “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”
Coontz has published articles in the New York Times, The Observer/Guardian, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper’s, Vogue, LIFE, Time-LIFE Books, and Mirabella, as well as in such academic and professional journals as Family Therapy Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, National Forum, and Journal of Marriage and Family.
March 31- Sheryl Paul, MA- Counselor and Bestselling author of ‘ The Conscious Bride’www.consciousweddings.com
Sheryl Paul pioneered the field of bridal counseling in 1998.  She has since counseled thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, her bestselling books, “The Conscious Bride” and “The Conscious Bride’s Wedding Planner” . She’s regarded as the international expert on the wedding transition and has appeared several times on The Oprah Winfrey Show,as well as on Good Morning America and other top television, radio, and newspapers around the globe.



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April 14-  Robert Gass EdD, trained at Harvard in clinical psychology and organizational development & his partner of 37 years Judith  Ansara Gass, MSW, teacher and consultant www.sacredunion.com
Robert Gass, EdD, has been known for leading edge work in human consciousness and organizational change for more than 30 years. Holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development from Harvard, his work synthesizes a diverse background in humanistic psychology, organizational behavior, social change, business, music, and spiritual studies. Robert has for many years served as executive coach to well-known business, non-profit, political and spiritual leaders. Co-creator of the Opening the Heart workshops, Robert has offered seminars to over 100,000 individuals on leadership, relationships (with his wife, Judith) and spirituality at universities, educational centers and conferences around the world including the Conference Board, the American Academy of Psychotherapy, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (China), Omega Institute, Brown University, Auroville (India), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.N. Peace University in Costa Rica. Judith Ansara Gass trains psychotherapists, coaches, social workers and educators at teaching centers including Esalen, Omega, Hollyhock, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and serves as a consultant/trainer at organizations in the US and Canada.  She has also been dedicated to bringing women and feminine leadership principles into the world.With her husband, Robert Gass, she offers retreats for couples in the arts and skills of committed relationship. Also a trans-denominational minister and wilderness quest guide, she creatively weaves ritual into her work as a way of marking passages and anchoring the experience of transformation
Simon & Ciara Daykin – Wedding design and planning experts www.fireflyoccasions.com

Simon Daykin is an accomplished designer and an accredited interior decorator. Couples looking for rare, unmatched décor turn to Simon for their wedding design needs. Simon strives to get grooms involved in the wedding planning process and have their opinions heard.

Ciara Daykin is the CEO of Firefly Occasions, Inc. a wedding and event planning company with offices in Calgary, Alberta Canada and Beverly Hills, California, USA.  Ciara’s popular bi-weekly ezine newsletter is read by over 10,000 brides.  Ciara is a frequent speaker at wedding industry functions and coaches other wedding planners across North America.

April 28- Marion Light M.ed.- CEO of Women in Bloom. www.womeninbloom.com

Marion Light, founder of Women in Bloom, transformational retreats for women is a Registered Polarity Therapist, Certified Cranial Sacral Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Marion integrates her diverse training and experience into a unique, comprehensive experience of emotional wellness therapy tailored to each individual’s needs. Women in Bloom retreats are designed to help women reclaim the present and come into communion with their inner guidance. For over 12 years, she has successfully helped men, women and children find deep relief from depression, anxiety, physical pain, illness, infertility, grief, childhood and sexual abuse, attention deficit disorder and many other issues. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Marion has lived in the United States for over 20 years.

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May 5- Sheva CarrLicensed doctor of Oriental Medicine and HeartMath trainer,
“Being the Source of Love: The Heart of Relationshipwww.fyera.com

American Marriage Movie– Courtney Bell & Mike Flannagan- Filmmakers  www.americanmarriagemovie.com


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May 12- Barbara Marx Hubbard– Futurist, Evolutionary Leader – www.barbaramarxhubbard.com


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