Season 1 – Episode 1
Love as Never Before
A Conversation with Terri O’Fallon, Kim Barta & Marj Britt
Love is a survival need. We seek it, we give it, we engage in it with others. Humanity across time and cultures embraces love. Love is interwoven into the very fabric of our body, soul and spirit. On this podcast, Terri O’Fallon PhD, Kim Barta MA, and Marj Britt EdD discuss their upcoming collaborative workshop at Unity of Orange County, Love as Never Before.
How is this workshop different?
- A specialty, developmental workshop of love
- First time STAGES International has delved into love
- Introducing and teaching in depth about the love inventory
- How does love manifest itself in our lives
- Participants are able to share your feelings with other in workshop
- We hope a community of a shared understanding of love will come out of this workshop
- Explore unique views that allow us to understand what love is
Marj Britt, EdD is a Mystic in the world, with Love as the Center of her life. She has guided many in finding purpose, passion and destiny in five decades of public education and Unity ministry. Marj was the visionary leader of Unity of Tustin CA from 1992-2011. Her EdD from the University of Massachusetts combines curriculum, psychological education and counseling. She is the author of Your Soul’s Invisible Codes, Unveiling Your Sacred Love Story which has been called a guidebook for the soul.
In 2015, Marj met Terri O’Fallon and immediately knew how important it was to develop a Love Stages Inventory. It became the first specialty protocol to go through the Beta stages and Consistency Studies standing on the shoulders of the significant research of the Stages Inventory model.
Marj is the founder of Called By Love Institute, a non-profit 501c3. The mission of Called By Love Institute is to HARNESS THE POWER OF LOVE as a revolutionary and evolutionary FORCE in healing lives, building dreams, realizing purpose, destiny, and legacy. It is about connecting ordinary and extra-ordinary people to their fullest potential, bringing Awareness and Light into the world. As you see through the eyes of the Soul, you see and experience Love in the vastness of your life. You can learn more about Marj’s work at: www.MarjBritt.com, www.CalledByLoveInstitute.com, and www.LivingLovingLegacy.com.
Terri O’Fallon, Ph.D. is an Integral scholar whose research spans 40 years, including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools, and private research venues. Her most recent theory, and the culmination of a lifetime of work, is the STAGES model of human development. STAGES integrates several developmental models and is informed by Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and Terri’s own research, to form a robust and predictive map that is being used by numerous scholars, practitioners, and leaders throughout the world.
Terri’s theory and research interests are founded in a passionate practice of auspicious curiosity, learning, and marinating in life. Teaching has been a theme throughout Terri’s life. Beginning as a preschool and first-grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has held the role of elementary school principal and public school-district superintendent and taught in seven colleges and universities, with over fifty years experience in teaching from pre-kindergarten through post-doctorate studies.
Her interest in life span development naturally arose from her experience in the field of education. She has a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems, and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences inform her primary theory, research, and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.
Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. She is the eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, and grandparent of two granddaughters. Steeped in philosophy, research, teaching, and a myriad of spiritual practices, her path continues to bring her solidly home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life.
We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, and face our family, friends, and neighbors every day. We grow old and watch our life approach its end as we apprehend the birth of our grandchildren. With the gifts of so many experiences, the highs and lows of being, what seems to always remain, is what we were advised to value from birth: listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, generosity, light-heartedness—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.
Kim Barta, M.A. is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.
Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.
After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter N.D., co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.
Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.
Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.