The Fire and Water Podcast
Talking With Our Elders: Today with David O’Fallon

Talking With Our Elders: Today with David O’Fallon

August 16, 2021

Tenneson and I spend some time with one of our elders, David O'Fallon. He shares his thoughts on views on how things are and what is needed in these times.

David O’Fallon PhD

David’s life themes are education and education reform,  arts and cultural work,  creating community and imagining and creating the future. He has followed these themes through senior positions at the National Endowment for the Arts’s, the John F Kennedy Center and the University of Minnesota. He has led three state agencies in Minnesota as president or CEO; The Perpich Center for Arts Education, MacPhail Center for Music and recently the Minnesota Humanities Center. He has consulted widely, nationally and internationally,  with  small and large organizations on these themes. 

This is a moment of fundamental change in this nation and the world. Old narratives and the organizations they formed are failing; some are becoming destructive  as they fall. David is committed to working with organizations to create the new relationships and new narratives needed to connect us all, to courageously imagine and create a thriving, sustainable future. To work with those who are creating the new organisms (rather than organizations) needed to thrive and sustain and create.  He is passionate and practical about working with people and organizations who want to make this transition and to walk into the future.

His PhD is in  Theatre and Community and he is proud to be one of the founders of  In the Heart of the Beast Theatre in Minneapolis.

 

He lives in Minneapolis,MN,USA 

Contact him at: davidof43@gmail.com

Departure as a Part of Initiation

Departure as a Part of Initiation

June 5, 2021

Tenneson Woolf and Quanita Roberson have a conversation about departures as a part of the initiatory process. They serve how departure has shown up for them and what they have learned.

Staying In The Journey

Staying In The Journey

May 10, 2021

One of the critical aspects of Fire & Water is staying in the journey through the 16 months. It takes effort and deliberateness to do so, for participants to stay attentive to what unfolds. Quanita and I reflect on a few aspects of staying in -- the spaces in between, critical connections to maintain and to grow, staying in vs just passing time, ritualizing, and the covenant we hold when departure is part of the plan. Enjoy. (22 minutes)

Independence?

Independence?

January 12, 2021

In this episode (30 minutes), Quanita and Tenneson explore the possibility that there be no such thing as independence. Which is, of course, a conversation about connection. We explore scarcity as a pattern in codependence. We explore abundance as a pattern in interdependence. And we wonder about the ways that unresolved wound and trauma foster a coping, shadow side of what so many reference as independence. Enjoy the listen. We hope it adds a little wisdom and soulfulness.

Sacred Surrender

Sacred Surrender

December 4, 2020

Tenneson and Quanita have a conversation with special guest Krister Linder, a Swedish Musician and spiritual seeker about Sacred Surrender. 

You can find more on Krister Linder at:

"The Great Surrender" - the song mentioned in the podcast: https://youtu.be/g-YbW6gPCuA

"Across the Never" - Krister Linder's latest album, as free stream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GLovy1jf-T8

Thank you again Krister for joining us.

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

Fire & Water - A Reflection

Fire & Water - A Reflection

November 18, 2020

It was the day after completing Fire & Water. Sixteen months of journey. Of passage. Quanita and Tenneson take a moment to witness the feeling of a group welcomed those many months ago, and then released. Released with wisdom and soul given permanent seat at the table. And with welcome of applications, through January 31, 2021, for the next cohort. (6 minutes)

 

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

 

On Rites of Passage

On Rites of Passage

November 11, 2020

Our intent with this Fire & Water Podcast is to cultivate wise and soulful leaders.  Our Fire & Water Program is both a Rite of Passage and a Leadership Journey. Today, as we enter our third and final retreat with our cohort, we reflect on several aspects of Rite of Passage, and the need to reclaim contemporary initiation as an essential part of leadership in these times (28 minutes).

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

Quanita & Tenneson - Conversation on Fear

Quanita & Tenneson - Conversation on Fear

September 29, 2020

Quanita and Tenneson have a conversation about fear and how it is showing up in the world today. They also look at what we can do about fear and its relationship to love.

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

The Need for A Cohort Journey — A Fire & Water Reflection

The Need for A Cohort Journey — A Fire & Water Reflection

September 7, 2020

Tenneson & Quanita reflect on Fire & Water as a program, having just completed their 2nd Fire & Water Retreat, held virtually over five days with a cohort of 18 people, integrating screen times and off-screen times, and weaving focus that appealed to five (or more) senses of learning. They also reflect on Fire & Water as journey and initiation, and the need for such in contemporary times. 18 minutes.

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

Learning Journey — Nature, Presence, Encountering Life as Practice

Learning Journey — Nature, Presence, Encountering Life as Practice

July 31, 2020

Lots of fun to harvest a time of learning. Having spent 4 July days together in some work, some planning, some design preparation, and of course, some wondering / wandering, Quanita and Tenneson reflect on nature, presence, the practice of encountering self, other, life. With some appreciation for the essentialness of both being and doing.

For more information on Tenneson and Quanita's work please check out Tenneson's website at http://www.tennesonwoolf.com/ , Quanita's website at https://www.nzuzu.com/ . For more information on being a part of our 2021/2022 Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage Cohort please check out https://fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com/ . Thank you!

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