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This overview provides a synopsis of what informs my work as an educator, coach, workshop facilitator, poet and author. For more detail please click on an appropriate tab beneath the cover image above.
I engage writing, coaching and teaching/facilitating as vehicles for self-knowing/not knowing, ongoing development/transformation, and healing. My interest and expertise are in humans and development (as opposed to any particular profession), and my clients come from diverse backgrounds, including business, education, healthcare and the arts.
I currently do this work through my private coaching and writing practices, and through my work as co-founder with Kent Frazier at Fully Human at Work. Past affiliations include Integral Coaching Canada, Teleosis Institute, Bauman College, Maryland University of Integrative Health and The Graduate Institute, among others.
My personal experience, and my experiences with clients have convinced, and continue to convince me that the three ‘goals’ above – 1) self-knowing/not knowing, 2) development/ transformation, and 3) healing, are essential and inevitably present and available to each of us.
I believe that lasting change (i.e. true transformation) often emerges through three broad avenues:
• grace – something shifts, we don’t understand it exactly, and we see and behave in the world in a new way; also called serendipity
• tragedy/suffering – something unexpected, including trauma such as loss, illness or injury, happens and as we attempt to live with and through it, we learn to see and behave in the world in a new way
• commitment to intentional practice – we choose to learn to see and behave in the world in a new way, and we engage practice(s) that help us develop the capacities and/or competencies to do so
We can wait around for grace, try to avoid tragedy/suffering, or commit to practice – whatever “practice” might mean amid our current worldview, circumstances, needs and desires.
Toward the end of making intentional development more easily accessible (not necessarily easy), I engage a variety of tools and methods that include but are not limited to:
- Integral Coaching®
- Voice Dialogue
- Poetry, writing, and “language-at-large”
- Soulcraft® – as that term is used by Bill Plotkin and Animas Valley Institute
- Leadership Agility 360® Assessment
- Everyday Mindfulness
- Various forms of inquiry, informed by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey’s Immunity to Change®, Byron Katie’s The Work®, and others
- Integral Theory and Applications (which allow me to see with ongoing clarity how “all of this” fits and functions)
- A commitment to the roles of innocence, wisdom, compassion, vulnerability, love, forgiveness, courage, kindness, mystery and a sense of humor as we negotiate the exquisite goofiness and gravitas of our existence
If you have any questions about anything on (or not on) this site, please call or email. I’d love to chat.
Fillet of Soul With a Dark Night Glaze
- If you enjoy poetry, and would like a poetic taste of some of what informs me and my work (and play), click on the first photo of me (dressed in black, talking with my hands) on the sidebar… or check out the video below (10 minutes) which gives you a live rendition of the poem, along with the story behind it. Enjoy!
The Quality of Effort
- If you’re interested in The Quality of Effort: Integrity in Sport and Life for Student-Athletes, Parents, and Coaches (a sane approach to youth, interscholastic and intercollegiate sports), this link will take you to that page.
Living Poems, Writing Lives
- If you’re interested in engaging poetry and poetry writing as vehicles for self-knowing and transformation, click here (or on the “Workshops” tab above).
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Copyright © 2014-2022 by Reggie Marra
Hi. Do you remember me from good ol Yonkers?
Sure I remember you. How are you? I hope life is good.
Just an FYI you left an impression on many of your students! I can still quote some quotes you wrote on your board. 👍🏻
Thanks, Eileen…it’s good to know that I made some sense back then! Hope all’s well with you.
Reggie – I was cleaning out a file and came across a letter from you. One thing leading to another, and here I am looking you up to see how life has evolved over these recent years.
Way too much water under the bridge to review (but a good thumbnail description can be had on LinkedIn.com.
I trust you are well under these pandemic conditions. My wife (Barbara) and I go back and forth between the city and a house in the country (Mid-Hudson Valley town of Clermont) to deal with the need for change, people, scenery to help guide our spirits in these bizarre times.
I teach part-time at Fordham University Grad School of Education, run some local community activities here on the Upper Eastside, volunteer at Lenox Hill Hospital, and work on a ministry activity in our parish. Our daughter April lives in Colorado, skies in the morning, and works in the afternoon (the life of a gig-worker!!).
I am pleased to see that you are thriving as a poet, and garnering public attention. I hope the limitations of the pandemic have not made your life/career too crazy and difficult.
I wish you well, and who knows, serendipity may bless us, and our paths will cross in post-pandemic times!!
Now, let me go back to clearing out some files. If I keep stopping to email folks as I go, I will never finish!