When I was a young child, I eavesdropped on my mother’s morning coffee-parties with her women friends.

I was convinced they were discussing something very important and far more interesting than what I shared with my playmates. Intrigued, I listened to intimate, provocative dialogue between trusted friends as they discussed their daily lives and shared their feelings. These fond memories inspired me to invite some of my colleagues to share their ideas and world-views in short Council Conversations.

Our raw conversations reveal the unique ways these individuals have dedicated themselves to following their hearts while developing expertise and wisdom about our connection to self, each other, and the Soul of the World.

Listen in.



Marilyn Steele, Jungian psychologist
Richard Vuksinic, naturopathic doctor
Maryliz Smith, musical innovator
Nancy Windheart, animal communicator


Marilyn Steele

Jungian Psychologist

Dr. Marilyn Steele is a Jungian psychologist, author, speaker, shamanic dreamer and mentor to PrimeTime (50+) women. She works with visionary entrepreneurs, transformational leaders or aspiring leaders, writers, healers, creatives and consultants who yearn for greater access to their feminine power and a path to bring their wild wisdom into the world. Her book, The Wild Feminine: Stories to Inspire and Embolden, was released in May 2013 and recently chosen as one of The Spirited Woman Foundation’s Top Book Picks.


Richard Vuksinic

Naturopathic Doctor

With memories of his childhood spent in forests and fields, wanderlust lead Richard on global travels. His self-directed education in the healing practices of traditional cultures later inspired him to become a naturopath and created a yearning to ‘return to the land.’ In 2012 he and his family purchased 20 acres of Carolinian forest and oak savannah on the north shore of Lake Erie. Through restorative agricultural principles, Somatic Experiencing trauma-work and deep nature connection practices, Richard and his wife Kristina inspire resilience in their local ecosystem and in the community of people they serve.


Maryliz Smith

Musical Innovator

Maryliz Smith is a performance artist and musical innovator. She uses musical storytelling, voice sessions, live improvisations, musical mirroring and more to deepen our conversations and draw out our humanity through music. In addition to independent performances, she collaborates with changemakers to bring the power of her musical forms to key gatherings and workshops. She also provides mentorship for emerging musicians, engaging them in composition, reflection, and more to fortify their self-identity and creative potential.


Nancy Windheart

Animal Communicator

Nancy Windheart is an internationally recognized animal communicator and interspecies communication teacher. She teaches courses and training programs in interspecies communication and provides animal communication consultations for clients worldwide. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her animal family of dogs, cats, and chickens. You can learn more about Nancy's work at


Conversations with others and with the Earth inspire my intuitive writing. In the library, you can browse my poetry and prose as well as videos and stories from others.

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