Engage Without Judgement

Ways to engage others in stating an observation rather than label or judge behind one's back.

Privilege and Open Communication

Our role in setting the platform for expressing our thoughts and observations…identifying our role in the creation of one's sense of privilege.


Bryn Hazell from the Center for Compassionate Living examines the value of forgiveness both personally and in relationships


A conversation with Bryn Hazell about the value of listening in order to successfully to connect with others.

Rooted and Open

Shanti Oconnor, founder of Rooted and Open and the nonprofit, Bend Birth Connection, talks openly about the birthing conditions and trauma of mothers in our country.  The United States has the highest number of mother fatalities and physical injuries during delivery of all developed countries.  Rooted and Open helps women talk about not only the physical injuries and challenges but the traumatic experiences minimized by support, conversation, and change.

Author, Author series: Deschutes Public Library

Carolyn Esky and Chantal Strobel discuss the Deschutes Public Library's Author, Author speaker series, 2018, highlighting "Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead, appearing in Bend, Feb 18, 2018.