Three Local Game Changers
Oct 05, 2016 02:25AM
By Richard Brendan
Colleen Rocap Kincius
There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Through my weekly radio show, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of today’s leading social change agents, artists and spiritual teachers that are raising consciousness around the world. In 2014, I was honored to interview Sharon Bruckman, founder and CEO of Natural Awakenings, in celebration of the magazine’s 20th anniversary.
Over the last 15 years, I have witnessed within the Central Indiana area a dramatic increase in brave hearts, rebel spirits, healers and artists that are dreaming big and committed to making a difference in our local community. We are in the midst of great change and it is an auspicious time to be alive. There have been lots of summits and conferences about the power of unconditional love. The three people profiled in this article believe it’s time to move these conversations into the trenches and the grassroots, making us more competent and compassionate human beings.
Colleen Rocap Kincius is a Certified Health Coach with more than seven years of experience specializing in promoting healthy lifestyles to families, pregnant mothers, seniors and schoolchildren. Her philosophy is simple—eat real food. Creating a positive, fun and flexible relationship with food that doesn’t involve calorie counting, deprivation or diet labeling is what she focuses on… because it works.
She started a health coaching business intent on donating a portion of profits to fighting food insecurity. Recognizing the extent of the need, she quickly expanded her efforts, volunteering with the Patachou Foundation to teach weekly nutrition classes for low-income/ food-insecure elementary school students in their near-eastside neighborhood school program. Inspired by positive results, she wanted to expand her efforts and discovered the MicroGreens initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based program created by Alli Sosna.
Kincius launched the MicroGreens Indianapolis pilot project on September 19 at KIPP Indy Public Schools with teacher Ronak Shah’s after-school club. According to Kincius, “Once we are able to recruit more volunteers for training, we’ll spread into more schools located in Indy’s food deserts.”
Jennifer Seffrin is the founder of the Indy Holistic Hub. The mission is, “To connect, grow and expand the local holistic community for the greater well-being of all.” She is a Certified LifeCoach who has a passion for holistic care. Upon launching her coaching business, Seffrin Synergy LLC, she knew she wanted to support holistic health and well-being professionals.
Seffrin states, “I knew by supporting conscious-centered professionals that are in turn supporting the well-being of others, our reach would be expansive. It’s a winning equation for all.”
This is what a “game changer” does. They leverage a fresh idea and then multiply its effects. This grassroots movement has evolved from Seffrin organizing once-a-month lunches, to a collaborative effort showcasing the Hub’s inaugural 2013 Holistic Horizon’s Summit, to creating a membership network for holistic professionals, to launching a great online resource to share holistic care to the central Indiana community and beyond and to hosting the Indy Well-Being Fest this past summer.
She shares, “In order to shift the well-being of our community, it calls for a proactive mindset, one that I call holistic self-care. As people experience this shift, they will be surprised by how caring for themselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually actually creates more productivity, happiness, increased sense of well-being and overall quality of life for themselves.”
Steve Ross has owned and operated five successful nightclubs over the last 35 years, including The Bluebird, in Bloomington, and is now celebrating his 30th year as owner of The Vogue, in Broad Ripple. Over the years he also created The Taste of Broad Ripple (which is returning next summer), The Broad Ripple Blues Fest, and Party in the Park.
What you might not know about Ross is that he has been on a committed spiritual path since 2003. A guru he met inspired him toward a deep spiritual life which included a lifestyle of daily meditation, abstaining from alcohol and drugs and a vegetarian diet. He has been practicing this regimen faithfully to this day.
With his background in producing and a passion for spirituality and service, he started dreaming about a new venture, something that would inspire people to create and manifest their best life and ideas, while having fun. It was a mutual friend, Cassie Stockamp, who believed that Ross and I should meet and explore new opportunities. After a year and a half of engaging conversation, the Walk the Talk (WTT) speaker series was born.
The first WTT took place on June 28 with more than 300 attendees, an interactive night of live music, confetti and a light show. Each event features a new topic and six speakers selected from the Central Indiana area through an audition process. According to Ross, “We’ll give you plenty of positive ways to change your life, be inspired and Walk the Talk.” There is now a multimedia website which includes videos from past speakers, a guest blog and radio show.
For more information, to donate or volunteer, contact Rocap at [email protected]. Donations can also be made by visiting GoFundMe.com/MicroGreensIndy. Contact Seffrin at [email protected], Indy Holistic Hub at IndyHolisticHub.com. Contact Ross at [email protected], WalkTheTalkSeries.com.
Richard Brendan is a speaker, coach and producer and hosts a weekly radio show. Contact him at [email protected].