Virunga: Of Heroism and Love

A week ago, for the third consecutive evening, I was sitting in the plenary hall of the Davos Congress Center. Prepared for a very special evening. What streamed through the space that night was not Andrea Bocelli’s voice blasting open our hearts with passionate intensity. Nor the forceful compression of an official speech, where the thoughts and emotions of 2000…

Fear. Trust. And Uncertainty.

“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita, mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, ché la diritta via era smarrita.” Dante Alighieri, La Divina Comedia – Many years ago, at a business conference in Italy, I was stunned to hear a CEO in his forties passionately recite the opening lines of Dante’s Divine Comedy. It seemed so out of place in…

An Epiphany for 2015

The 12 nights of Yule are behind us, calling us to stretch and slowly peek out of the womb-like winter shelter into which our energies had retreated these past few weeks. As we glance through the icy mouth of our cozy cave, we see a new year laying out its potential before our eyes. Its valleys and forests, sparkling pools…

The Tides of the Feminine

Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t particularly aware of, nor interested, in women’s workshops having to do with the cyclical nature of our lives, finding them – at best – irrelevant to my interests and pursuits, be they personal or professional. Now I can only marvel at the depth of the teachings available when we reconnect with the…

Entering the Darkness

The wheel has turned, the nights have grown longer and today – the mid-point between the fall equinox and the winter solstice – as we consciously enter the coming darkness, leaving the summer light and its harvests behind, we are invited to cross the threshold between worlds and befriend our mortality. On this date, I once found myself in a…

How Toxic Are You?

Whilst most people are currently worrying about infectious diseases, my attention keeps being drawn to something else, affecting all of us, wherever we happen to live. A plague that is airborne, waterborne, foodborne. That blurs the links between cause and effect. That results not in sudden death, but in recurrent, often chronic disease and discomfort. The culprit: the toxic chemicals…