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, PhD is an Integral scholar who derives theory and research interests from a passionate practice of auspicious wondering, learning, and marinating in life. She is the daughter of a 95-year-old dancing mother, eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, grandparent of two granddaughters, and has over fifty years of teaching from pre-kindergarten through post PhD. She has a PhD in Integral Studies and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences have supported her primary theory and research and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.
Teaching has been a theme throughout her life. Beginning as a preschool and first grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has had the role of principal of schools and superintendent of schools, and taught in seven colleges and universities. Her interest in life span development naturally arose from this field.
Terri’s research experience spans 40 years including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools and private research venues. Her most passionate theory, research and teaching work of the past eight years, however, revolves around the STAGES model, which integrates the Integral model by Ken Wilber with the Ego development scale of Susanne Cook-Greuter. The STAGES model was a natural culmination of her life’s experience.
Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. 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, and generosity—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.
Kim Barta, MA is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work and insights spring from grounded experiential practice with self and others in his cross-cultural and life long-experiences.
Kim worked for gender rights in his small rural school in central Montana. In college, Kim co-founded Students in Union with Nature, which partnered college students with alternative energy advocates in the community to create a solar powered organic garden lifestyle for college students.
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 in a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American Shaman and did his masters thesis in Shamanism and Modern Psychotherapy. He graduated with high marks in 1986.
After developing and implementing a successful construction training program for people suffering from severe mental illness: Bi-polar, Schizophrenia, and Axis ll 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 3 hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim founded and continues to co-operate 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 Reservation.
Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self and others, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that deeply and rapidly lead to healing. These have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses, weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice globally.
Currently, Kim has teamed up with Dr Terri O’Fallon to present workshops and trainings internationally in a new model of human development designed and researched by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s developmental learning theory fits lock and key with Dr. O’Fallon’s model and his extensive history in clinical human dynamics provides a grounded passion to the workshop experience.
Kim’s website is kimbartatherapy.com.