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As I do the last preparations to officiate my brother’s wedding ceremony this weekend, I’m inspired to share my thoughts on ritual and ceremony and how I’ve come to understand and define these two words.

These words are commonly used interchangeably, which has long stoked my curiosity — especially as a self-described “ceremony designer.” So I’ve been meditating on their distinctions for the past few years.

Are there meaningful distinctions?

The Context

Especially in this last year, “ritual” and “ceremony” have become hip words more prevalent in…


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Recently, I was working with an executive coaching client who got clarity on his calling.

Not just a market opportunity, but rather: what life has been preparing him for to bring forward greater service to the whole that aligns with his gifts and life experiences.


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Certain dental surgeries like tooth extractions and implants require you to be on a no chew diet afterwards for 3 weeks to help the tissues and bone heal. This can be daunting, I know. …


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How do we find our way to somewhere we’ve never been before?

Individually, we each long to create a life that brings us into ever more wholeness. As lovers and families, we aim to love each other fully and create possibilities beyond what we’ve known. As teams and organizations, we want to birth impactful new collaborations, structures, and products that are inevitably…


On the eve of Friday December 8, I threw a ReBirthday dance party ceremony to celebrate the end of my 7-year healing journey.

These years since I stood up suddenly, blacked out, and fell off a waterfall on Jan 10, 2011 have been a journey I could have never imagined. One that I’m forever grateful for because I grew into a greater version of myself—more alive, more true, more loving, more joyful, and…


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In 5 days, I return for the 3rd immersion for my 9-month sex, relationship, and intimacy coaching training in the Somatica Method.

It’s an experiential training and coaching approach, and as with all things with great power that I’ve been attracted to (like nature connection & wilderness/wildlife, entrepreneurship, ceremony &…


Intuition is one of the most frequent and mysterious topics I explore with my coaching clients. It inspires curiosity, intrigue, skepticism, judgement, and profound personal growth, as we work together to develop their intuition as a powerful asset. …


Listening is one of the most fundamental skills in a coach’s toolkit, and I’ve found that few things have advanced my coaching practice (and life) as much as continually refining my listening skills. While this may seem obvious or rudimentary, I’ve been blown away by the layers of subtlety that…


Women’s March, San Francisco — Jan 21. 2017

2016 was a tumultuous year across all fronts — politically, ecologically, socially, economically — and 2017 is poised to be similarly ripe with turbulence and great change. In this global and social context,

  • What is the role of coaching and the contribution of our field?
  • How can we support individuals…


Evolving Patterns in How We Work

Last week I presented on the dynamics of company culture at two events in downtown San Francisco. On Tuesday, I hosted my first of four culture design workshops at PARISOMA and two days later, I shared a talk on fostering effective communication for founding teams at Rock Health. Though the…

Larissa Conte

Founder @Wayfinding // Aliveness, Leadership evolution, and Power that serves the whole

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