Endorsements of James O’Dea’s work and service
James O’Dea is a modern-day Bard and is deeply engaged in the Great Turning of our times.
He draws on his well of wisdom and history of ages in speaking to our times.
James is a wise soul and lover of life.
– Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money and founder, the Pachamama Alliance and The Soul of Money Institute
James brings a spirit of peace and reconciliation into life with his very being.
He is a wise global citizen whose compassionate heart has emerged from the fire of a lifetime of sacred activism.
I highly recommend James and the many gifts he brings to our world in transition.
– Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe, and other books.
James O’Dea penetrates to the soul level where the Source of Love lives.
By recognizing and loving that universal essence of being within us, no matter who we are, he reveals and heals the violence.
He provides us with a path that each of us can follow to heal ourselves and the world.
I find that every moment I spend with him is precious and brings peace to my soul.
– Barbara Marx Hubbard, Philosophical heir to Buckminster Fuller, Author of numerous books including Conscious Evolution
On Peace & Leadership Intensives with James:
- Anael Harpaz, Author, From Pieces to Peace
I feel empowered, guided, and I know doors will be opening for me in the best possible way thanks to my time with James and fellow Intensive participants from around the world. This is a place where you can take off your masks and become and know, experience, your authentic self. James teaches leadership from the place that exemplifies and upholds the leader in all of us. He helps reflect the pure essence and leader in each of us which dissolves the masks and fears that get in the way of this truth
- Teo Hastings, Publisher, Crestone~A Sacred Earth Journal
If you're considering attending an intensive with James O'Dea, just do it! As a master facilitator, James weaves you through an alchemical process that will leave your spirit feeling full to capacity. His wisdom and depth of experience shine through his practical teachings with the utmost of humility. As he states in the intensive "You are all my teacher". James enlightens us by BEING the leader from within the circle, while carefully guiding us deeper into our individual essential nature. You'll walk away from the weekend with a number of "recipes" to integrate back into your life.
- Carol Anne Robinson, Texas
How appropriate that the Intensive with James O'Dea speaks to emergence in leadership...for the alchemical process of bringing the "inner gold" forward was nurtured throughout our time together!
With each group interaction a very real sense of community flowered; fed by the honoring of authentic sharing, first by the individual teaching, and then by the group as it mirrored back the truth, wisdom and beauty of the lesson.
In my own process, the ability to relax into a new way of BE-ing in a safety net of community, unconditional acceptance and wholehearted, loving attention allowed me to explore and share deeply my voice and gifts to the world while opening to the feedback of supportive colleagues.
As the integration of this experience continues, I see myself stepping more boldly into leadership roles=
Global Endorsements from students & co-mentors
- Wanda Pierce, Montreal, Canada
My heart has always known peace requires the spiritual strength to see ourselves in any aspect of human behaviour and experience, and the practical wisdom to know how to navigate profoundly painful and disturbing situations in a way that raises and heals us all. So it was an absolute thrill to stumble onto this course, with a consciousness as breathtaking as James. It is a course on the poetics of peace, practical alchemy, from someone with impeccable on-the-ground credibility. His breadth and depth and vision and passion on both the intellectual and energetic levels is deeply engaging and inspiring, and requires our individual, unblinking commitment to rising to our highest level of consciousness, from the inside out, so our very presence can enable peace in any situation.
- Gertrude van Voorden from the Netherlands
Never before did i feel called to a course, then i felt called, to the Path of the Peacemaker. Living in the Netherlands, I was fully conscious, that would necessitate me to stay up during the night for the duration of the call. As it turns out, not only do i stay up, fully awake, eager to hear all that James is sharing with us, but also do I stay up, to join in communicating about it afterwards in the ning option.
The awareness of having a full intention to be a Peacemaker, has led to a compassionate sharing of my personal truth, fully honoring the truth of the other. It has also inspired me to share helpfull knowledge, in truely caring fashion with others participating in this course, walking the Path of the Peacemaker. We are growing in numbers, we are those we are waiting for as the Hopi say. This is real life practice.
In just one session, there is a sense of safety, of knowing our interconnectedness and our interdependence, that has greatly accelerated my talking my walk and walking my talk in my life. Both on the ning option as in realtime.
Participating from choice, leaves no room for accidental??? experiences in one's life. It is Jumptime as Jean Houston calls it. And i jump. At times scared shitless, but still. I cannot afford not to jump.
So far it has led to loving responses, a deeply caring shared human experience. Good enough as we are, not feeling pushed of how i ought to be or to become.
This is not a course of once a week, it is a life experience 24/7.
- Mary Green
I am awed that I am being so nurtured by this course, the intro talk and this first in the series are not only feeding my mind and setting out a map for me...they have also ignited much emotional movement. As if the whole of my being (my core and many seemingly forgotten pieces) is responding to the call to emerge as a peacemaker. And, with the structure of the course, the sequential process laid out from developing my authentic core to learning social/relationship paths onto systems thinking and the collective map...I am certain that I will learn much and change deeply as I participate in this course.
- Kaariina Natalie Saarinen M.Ed.Coun.
There is unfinished business in each being's soul; the first session of this artful science of the practice of Peacemaking brought fourth both my own vision for Healing the Family Tree, and fully taking on both the treasures and the wound, AND a piece that I had placed in the shadows of this brilliance. I am thankful for the integrity and congruence of these frequencies for awakening the resonances of both light and darkness!
- Ken Rose
My wife and I were teaching in Bali and sharing the shakti of a great Indian Yogi when the Bali bombing took place. The flames lit up the night sky and over 200 people eventually died from burns.
We were blessed to be able to comfort people in the intensive care ward. We attended numerous meetings there after with Balinese and ex-pats to remedy the situation and prepare for possible future events. This was our first direct contact with Muslim extremism. In the initial Peace Maker call I was teamed up with two women. One had been raised Muslim in Karachi, Pakistan and wants to return and initiate programs in schools honoring the influence and education of women who would tend to be peace makers. Having been in Indonesia and Malaysia for over three years we feel a strong connection with this work.
We would not have made this connection without being a participant in the initial call. I feel blessed.
James is a rare, extraordinary visionary with the power of heart and soul. His experience in all aspects of peacemaking , from personal to collective, sets our planetary path clearly and will change the course of my life.
- Virginia Huupponen, Western Australia
As soon as I received the emailed information, I eagerly enrolled in James O'Dea's online course "Path of the Peacemaker" and the first week's session did not disappoint.
Two of the aspects of James' talk I found particularly stimulating. The first was his account of the impactful change women had brought to a strife-torn Liberia, using some novel (to me at least) and compelling methods. His story demonstrated the power within each of us to make a difference, underlining our personal responsibility for our collective reality. Far too few such remarkable and uplifting events are widely shared and circulated. Emphasis is generally given to recounting the disaster itself instead of celebrating the true genius and vision of those who create a greater experience from that disaster.
Secondly, I was struck by James' portrayal of the way we process energy, specifically his reference to our "default response", and I quickly recognised my own. I am now more keen than ever to engage the remainder of this most worthy course. Thank you James!
- Sophia Tiers
I am so deeply grateful to you for being in this course. Due to my schedule, I hadn't gotten to hear the second week with questions but when I got your e-mail, immediately got to it. James is so deeply profound. His voice alone transmits peace and compassion. He answers questions with deep respect for the questioner and lovingly guides to accepting within oneself, the need to own the shadow side, so that Light can be poured on it and transform anger, fear or whatever, into Love and compassion. The art is not to enter the frequency or entropy of the problem. James is Peace and there's no better place from which to teach than beingness.
I look forward to every single class. He mentions many books from which he has learned and I hope to read them. Sri Aurobindo is one of my teachers on the inner planes. I feel James has absorbed him on a deeper level than I so I am eager to glean his learning. I will inform my closest friends of the wealth of this course in the hope that they will find it as illuminating as I have. Peace and Love
The first night of the Peacemaking course was too powerful for me to put words around yet. Not particularly from anything James shared in this first talk - more I think just from who he is, and knowing I was in community with others committed to move towards the clearer and more loving space James lives and shares from.
And of course Stephen, my heart joins with you in the desire to see this community greatly increase for this series - just intuiting the benefit this would bring to us all.