WA Real

WA Real is a repository of Real Human Stories, Perspectives and Wisdom to provoke greater conscious WA Real is a repository of Real Human Stories, Perspectives and Wisdom to provoke greater conscious living in Western Australia and Beyond.

As one of Perth’s longest running podcasts, the 180+ episode catalogue gives you access to an amazingly diverse range of people covering a fascinating range of topics, views and perspectives – which is key to more conscious living! The long form interview format, provides the space to explore nuance and depth which is where the Truths of our Human Experience lie. Enjoy!

After the big event 17/03/2022

After the big event

More and more of us are undertaking amazing challenges in life – such as an Ironman triathlon, marathon, climbing Everest or for me very recently, swimming 20km in the ocean to Rottnest Island. These are amazing, life affirming feats that require a lot of time, focus and energy.

There is a wealth of information relating to leading up to and during the event, but there’s been very little focus on what happens afterwards and the journey post event.

In this very honest conversation, I talk and reflect with Perth swim coach Paul Newsome about this very ‘live’ issue for me and his experience both as a competitor and coach of many others who have undertaken such feats.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – https://wareal.com.au/after-the-big-event/

After the big event More and more of us are undertaking amazing challenges in life – such as an Ironman triathlon, marathon, climbing Everest or for me very recently, swimming 2...

The wisdom gleamed from 200+ podcast conversations 22/10/2021

The wisdom gleamed from 200+ podcast conversations

When I committed to the journey of weekly podcasting I didn’t fully appreciate the wisdom that connecting with 200+ people would bring to my life.

In this episode, I was extraordinarily fortunate to be interviewed and quizzed by Shaun Nannup, Si Lappin and Mark Booth about just what I had learnt and how the WA Real journey had impacted me so far.

I’m so grateful to all the guests and listeners over the years who have played a role in the journey to date – gratitude overwhelms me; thank you!

The wisdom gleamed from 200+ podcast conversations In a complete change around, I was interviewed by Shaun Nannup, Si Lapping and Mark Booth. The focus - the wisdom gleamed from the journey of 4 years and 200...

#202 Good Blokes - Mike Dyson 05/07/2021

#202 Good Blokes - Mike Dyson

Getting stuck in the ‘Man Box’ and how to get out of it to define your own version of being a man - this week I talk all things masculinity (spoiler no footie, t**s and carburetors!!) with returning guest Mike Dyson, founder of Good Blokes Co.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/202-mike-dyson/

#202 Good Blokes - Mike Dyson This week I welcome back Mike Dyson onto the podcast, who talks about his continued work with men through his company Good Blokes Co. It's been three years s...

#201 Being Famous Sharron – Bonnie Davies 21/06/2021

#201 Being Famous Sharron – Bonnie Davies

Learn more about the amazing Famous Sharron in this weeks conversation with Perth-based comedian Bonnie Davis.

In this conversation, you get a really great insight into the amount of work and the process that goes into being a comedian and developing a character like Famous Sharron.

We hear about the history and the development of this character and what Bonnie's been through to take Sharron to where she is today.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/201-bonnie-davies/

#201 Being Famous Sharron – Bonnie Davies This week I had a great conversation with Perth-based comedian Bonnie Davis, who is better known for her alter ego, the comedic character Famous Sharron - wh...

#200 Theology: Considering the Big Questions – Dr. Jim Cregan 15/06/2021

#200 Theology: Considering the Big Questions – Dr. Jim Cregan

This week I consider some of the bigger questions provoked by the study of theology with Dr. Jim Cregan, former lecturer of theology and Notre Dame University in Fremantle.

Jim explains what the study of theology is and delineates it from institutionalised and organised religion.

Jim explains how considering the questions that theology raises helps us to orientate ourselves in life and society and, as a consequence, develop stronger existential strength and inner compass within ourselves. Jim also puts forward how a lack of orientation in life could be behind much of the anxiety and mental health issues that we see arising today.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/200-jim-cregan/

#200 Theology: Considering the Big Questions – Dr. Jim Cregan This week I explore theology and our relationship with something bigger than ourselves with Dr. Jim Cregan, former lecturer of theology and Notre Dame Univer...

#199 Western Australian Indigenous Interior Design – Leah Bennet 31/05/2021

#199 Western Australian Indigenous Interior Design – Leah Bennet

What does interior design style that is influenced by the land and the deep culture here in Western Australia look like?

It’s actually a difficult question to answer because very few designers are following this path, that is with the exception of this week's guest Leah Bennett of Leah Paige Designs.

Leah talks through the nuances and intricacies of interior design, so that we can understand it in more clarity and more depth. She then adds the layer of culture and land so you can really begin to get a feel of how she's designing spaces that we can really connect to.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/199-leah-bennet/

#199 Western Australian Indigenous Interior Design – Leah Bennet When considering interior design, many of us will be aware of different styles whether it's in our home or the spaces we move through. We may be familiar wit...

#198 Australian Boarding School Trauma – Christine Jack 24/05/2021

#198 Australian Boarding School Trauma – Christine Jack

Understand the impact and history of boarding schools in Australia with educational expert and historian Christine Jack.

Following on from last years episode that focused on reality and dynamics of Boarding School Truama, in this conversation Christine tracks how the concept of boarding school came from England to Australia, as a colony of the British Empire, and then the ensuing impact within our education system and beyond.

Again, it was another great conversation about the difficulty putting privilege and trauma in the same sentence.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/198-christine-jack/

#198 Australian Boarding School Trauma – Christine Jack Following on from the highly acclaimed episode #164 with Nick Duffell about the reality and dynamics of Boarding School Syndrome, this week I traced the impa...

#197 Grief: Understanding The Natural Process We All Experience – Victoria Volk 19/05/2021

#197 Grief: Understanding The Natural Process We All Experience – Victoria Volk

How much emotional baggage are you carrying?

This week I explored grief - the very natural but overlooked process that affects all of us - with Victoria Volk of The Unleashed Heart who specialises in coaching and supporting people who are struggling with loss.

Victoria shares the six common myths relating to grief and how they have been perpetuated intergenerationally, becoming part of our current culture resulting in a collective lack of emotional discernment and literacy.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/197-victoria-volk/

#197 Grief: Understanding The Natural Process We All Experience – Victoria Volk This week I explored grief - the very natural but overlooked process that affects all of us - with Victoria Volk who specialises in coaching and supporting p...

#196: The Importance of Heart Rate Variability in Your Life – Joel Jamieson 10/05/2021

#196: The Importance of Heart Rate Variability in Your Life – Joel Jamieson

Measuring your Heart Rate Variability, or HRV, may be one of the most important measures that is easily accessible to you in terms of our health, fitness, dealing with stress, work performance and overall life longevity, but what exactly is HRV? and how can you measure it?

That's exactly what I explored this week with Coach Joel Jamieson of Morpheus who has over 20 years of working with HRV while training Olympic athletes, MMA fighters, Navy Seals, NBA and NFL stars.

Whatever level of exercise or focus of well-being you are at, by the end of this conversation you'll have a clear idea of what the HRV is, and how important it is to you, how you measure, track it and make significant changes in your life.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/196-joel-jamieson/

#196: The Importance of Heart Rate Variability in Your Life – Joel Jamieson Measuring your heart rate variability, or HRV, may be one of the most important measures that is easily accessible to you in terms of our health, fitness, an...

#195: Reconciling your Impact on Environment – Shona Hunter, WA Forest Alliance 04/05/2021

#195: Reconciling your Impact on Environment – Shona Hunter, WA Forest Alliance

We are all aware of the negative impacts that are happening to our surrounding environment and nature, but how do we begin to acknowledge that within ourselves?

How do we begin to navigate our emotions to avoid overwhelm, so that we can get to a place where we can actually do something about it? And just what can we do?

This is exactly what I explored with Shona Hunter, Community Organiser for the WA Forest Alliance.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/195-shona-hunter/

#195: Reconciling your Impact on Environment – Shona Hunter, WA Forest Alliance We are all aware of the negative impacts that are happening to our surrounding environment and nature. But how do we begin to acknowledge that within ourselv...

#194 – A yarn with Tyson Yunkaporta 26/04/2021

#194 – A yarn with Tyson Yunkaporta

Enjoy a far-ranging yarn with Tyson Yunkaporta, author of the book Sand Talk, that will take you on a journey through many of the arising and connecting systematic issues that we are facing today – particularly here in Western Australia.

From the impact of an extraction-based economy to ‘where have all the grown-ups gone?’, our trajectory from the printing press to a deeper history of Britain and a lot more

Tyson mixes his wealth and depth of knowledge together with his great sense of humour and openness to share to make for a great yarn that will take you on a journey that will leave you reflecting for some time afterwards.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you –wareal.com.au/194-tyson-yunkaporta/

#194 – A yarn with Tyson Yunkaporta This week I enjoyed a far-ranging yarn with Tyson Yunkaporta – member of the Apalech Clan, Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledge at Deakin University and a...

#193 – Sense Making and Media – David Fuller 12/04/2021

#193 – Sense Making and Media – David Fuller

How does the media shape and impact your capacity to make sense of the world?

This week I explored the fundamental issue of sense making with David Fuller, founder of the Rebel Wisdom Channel and a former BBC and Channel4 journalist.

Covering the state of legacy media, alternative media and the tech platforms that feed us our media, the conversation sheds light on many of the factors that impact our capacity to lead meaningful lives that we struggle to articulate.

Afterall, how can you make sense of the problems that face us when your capacity to make sense of the problem is the problem itself?

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/193-david-fuller/

#193 – Sense Making and Media – David Fuller How can you make sense of the problems that face us when our capacity to make sense of the problem is the problem itself? This week I explored sense making and the media with David Fuller, founder of the Rebel Wisdom Channel who is also a former BBC and Channel4 journalist. David talks about how sen...

#192 – (Un)shakeable Resilience – Mike House 05/04/2021

#192 – (Un)shakeable Resilience – Mike House

You are more resilient that you know.

Take a deeper understanding into human resilience with survival expert and instructor Mike House.

Spurred to investigate resilience by the recent impacts of COVID and specific requests of clients, Mike carried out an extensive research study into resilience through interviewing a range of leaders which he’s collated in his book (Un)Shakeable.

In this conversation, we dive into just how the differing personal definitions of what resilience means to different people plays out in in their lives. Mike also talks about the benefits of building individual and collective resilience and trust.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/192-mike-house/

#192 – (Un)shakeable Resilience – Mike House This week, survival expert and instructor Mike House returns back to the podcast to talk about resilience. Spurred to investigate resilience by the recent im...

#191 – Regeneration: Coming Home – Anthony James 29/03/2021

#191 – Regeneration: Coming Home – Anthony James

Being solid in the ‘wilderness’ within in order to see the world outside in more depth.

This week I had the great pleasure of speaking with Anthony James, who is the host of the RegenNarration Podcast.

Anthony talks about how development involves a period of unravelling and the gentle stripping of old frameworks to reveal dissolutions as well as the need to be solid in the wilderness within.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you –wareal.com.au/191-anthony-james/

#191 – Regeneration: Coming Home – Anthony James This week I had the great pleasure of speaking with Anthony James, who is the host of the Regen Narration Podcast which focuses on the regeneration of life o...

#190 - Research into Psychological/Spiritual Emergency Presentation 22/03/2021

#190 - Research into Psychological/Spiritual Emergency Presentation

What do you know about psychological or spiritual awakening?

Do you regularly practise yoga or meditation, attend ‘alternative healing modalities’ or generally drawn to journey inwards? – if the answer is Yes then this is for you.

This week, we go further into the world of spiritual and psychological emergencies with a presentation of the findings from a recent qualitative research project I conducted that explored the experiences of people here in Western Australia that have been through such an experience.

The presentation shares some of the emerging patterns from the research and sheds some light into naturally occurring human growth experience.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/190-psychological-spiritual-emergency-presentation/

#190 - Research into Psychological/Spiritual Emergency Presentation If you regularly attend or participate in an ‘alternative healing modalities’ or are drawn to searching further ‘within’ then the content of this episode is ...

#189 The Pattern of Life; Realm Theory – Roslyn Snyder 15/03/2021

#189 The Pattern of Life; Realm Theory – Roslyn Snyder

Ever considered that there may well be emerging patterns that sit behind the human experience that we all go through?

That’s exactly the focus of this week’s tour de force of a conversation with Roslyn Snyder as she shares her Realm Theory.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you –wareal.com.au/189-roslyn-snyder/

#189 The Pattern of Life; Realm Theory – Roslyn Snyder This week’s conversation with Roslyn Snyder is all about patterns – the patterns that underpin the human experience and patterns of nature. Roslyn takes time...

#188 You’re always in the flow of Spirit – Shaun Nannup 01/03/2021

#188 You’re always in the flow of Spirit – Shaun Nannup

Shaun Nannup, of WISDOM in your Life, talks about how spirit moves through us even when we feel disconnected and how in times of radical change, much like now, there is a need to be brutally honest with ourselves otherwise life will move on without us.

This is a beautiful but firm and honest conversation that will renew your appreciation for life.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/188-shaun-nannup/

#188 You’re always in the flow of Spirit – Shaun Nannup This week I had a beautiful but firm and honest conversation with Shaun Nannup, who describes himself as a human being, indigenous man and father.Spirit was ...

#187 Human Connection during COVID – Emma Gibbens 22/02/2021

#187 Human Connection during COVID – Emma Gibbens

How has COVID impacted our connection with one another?

This is the focus of this weeks conversation with Emma Gibbens.

In this exploratory conversation we got into the need for boundaries, impact of social media, question some of the underlying structure of assumptions that we connect upon; and also consider how connection will differ, particularly for countries like the US and UK, after lockdowns.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/187-emma-gibbens/

#187 Human Connection during COVID – Emma Gibbens How has COVID impacted our connection with one another?This is the focus of this weeks conversation with Emma Gibbens who, based on her previous work as a po...

#186 Stretching Forward into New Possibilities from COVID – Andy Lamb 15/02/2021

#186 Stretching Forward into New Possibilities from COVID – Andy Lamb

How can organisations stretch forwards into what is possible rather than snapping back to the ‘old normal’ in this post COVID world.

I explore this with Andy Lamb, an experienced organisational disruption consultant who specialised in unlocking creativity within businesses.

What makes this conversation super interesting is its fractal nature in that Andy started by noticing small changes that he needed to make on a personal level, and then spotted the patterns that emerged applying them to larger organisations in his work.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/186-andy-lamb/

#186 Stretching Forward into New Possibilities from COVID – Andy Lamb The focus of this week's conversation is about how organisations, whether private or governmental, stretch forwards into what is possible rather than snappin...

#185 Exploring Complexity – Rod Griffiths 01/02/2021

#185 Exploring Complexity – Rod Griffiths

What is the opposite of complexity?

That is the starting question from which I explored complexity in this wonderful conversation with the wise owl and elder that is Rod Griffiths.

The timing of this discussion here in WA is incredibly fortunate, almost synchronous, given the complexity and uncertainty we face today.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/185-rod-griffiths/

#185 Exploring Complexity – Rod Griffiths What is the opposite of complexity? That is the starting question from which I explored complexity in this wonderful conversation with the wise owl and elder...

#183 The growth of Identity through Death – Joseph Andrin 18/01/2021

#183 The growth of Identity through Death – Joseph Andrin

How can we die many times a day, week, month or year?
How does death force us to grow our identity?
How do our mythic stories of death play out in our ration view of the world?

Join me for this fascinating conversation with Joseph Andrin about death.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/183-joseph-andrin/

#183 The growth of Identity through Death – Joseph Andrin This week, I had a fantastic conversation with a young gentleman called Joseph Andrin about death; not just death in terms of the end of life, but death in t...

#182: 100 Coffees with 100 Strangers – Alex Waters 11/01/2021

#182: 100 Coffees with 100 Strangers – Alex Waters

When was the last time that you actively went out to meet a stranger? To expand your perspective, to truly listen to and engage with other people?

Meet Alex Waters, who set himself the challenge of having 100 coffees with 100 strangers throughout the year in 2020.

Follow his fascinating journey through this challenge of human connection.

Watch the Youtube video of the interview or follow the link to enjoy this episode on a platform that is convenient for you – wareal.com.au/182-alex-waters/

#182: 100 Coffees with 100 Strangers – Alex Waters When was the last time that you actively went out to meet a stranger? To expand your perspective, to truly listen to and engage with other people?That's exac...

#181 – Inside WA Real & Podcasting on the Experts Podcast 04/01/2021

#181 – Inside WA Real & Podcasting on the Experts Podcast

Interested in podcasting and want to know the key things to focus on to get past 20+ episodes?

Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes of WA Real?

Or maybe you just want better quality conversations in your life?

Then enjoy this short episode where I was invited onto the Experts Podcast to share just what goes into consistently producing the long form conversation podcast that is WA Real

#181 – Inside WA Real & Podcasting on the Experts Podcast I was recently invited on to the experts podcast, which is hosted by Lana Hill and Nick Hayes, a former guest. We talked about podcasting, and the art of podcasting. And so I thought it would make for a great little episode, as it provides a fantastic behind the scenes look of what goes into creatin...

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