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PEOPLE

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OUR MISSION

To inspire and educate individuals and groups to aim to live consciously, enabling communities and nature to thrive.

OUR FOUNDERS AND STEWARDS

We see ourselves as stewards of EPOCH – gently guiding the birthing of this new story that will nourish life…
re-imagining people, place and planet.

 

Collectively we have over 120 years of experience and wisdom in working with thousands of individuals, groups, communities, businesses and cities.

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GILBERT
ROCHECOUSTE

Placemaking
 

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Gilbert is recognised locally and Internationally as a leading voice in Placemaking and the creation of vibrant, resilient and loved places. He is a sought after speaker and skilled facilitator for community and stakeholder engagement activities and has worked with over 1000 cities, towns, mainstreets and communities over the past 30 years.


Gilbert co-founded the EPOCH Institute. He has been on the boards of Ross House, Donkey Wheel House Trust and Hub Australia. Gilbert leads a multi-disciplinary team of Placemakers, researchers and designers. 

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EMANUELA GIROTTO

Emotional Resilience

Emanuela Girotto is a Counsellor who’s therapeutic approach is integrative and holistic with a focus on inner growth. 

She combines a unique blend of transformative methods in her counselling and teaching, that promote self-awareness, conscious relating skills and the unfolding of the person’s authentic self. Integrating all aspects of our Being on a mental, emotional, embodied, energetic and spiritual level: Transpersonal Counselling, Somatic Experiencing ® and Learning Love® sessions and workshops. 

Her passion for personal growth and conscious relating also extends to the impact it has on our world. She believes it directly enhances our well-being, and in turn, the well-being of others. We are connected and affected by each other. Knowing how we relate with important people in our lives intimately or professionally, directly affects the larger community we live in, which in turn, affects the larger whole of humanity, our environment and our planet. This understanding gives us the power to be able to make a change, to transform ourselves through our relationships, which transforms our world.

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STEVE RAY

Culture Change & Collaboration

Steve Ray is a senior facilitator with the Groupwork Centre and is an educator
in their year-long advanced facilitation course. He also runs his own ‘Field Beyond Facilitation’ organisation.

He has a depth of experience spanning two decades in the groupwork and facilitation field and works regularly with Government, Not for Profit and Private business teams in need of conflict resolution, team building, strategic planning or deeper resilience work. He is also an instructor in open heart meditation internationally and helps people to access deeper calm and creativity that has practical benefits in their work and personal relationships.

He is a strong advocate for the inclusion of conscious engagement processes within organisations that value the importance of relationships and  long-term results, over winning, being “right”, and short-term gains. This is the environment where great things are possible and true collaboration can flourish.

Within the Epoch space Steve champions self-awareness, emotional resilience and reflection as critical skills that are largely missing or under-valued within organisations and networks promoting social change and transformation. In his view they are vital ingredients in the challenging conversations and choices that will be needed in the decade to come.

 

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KATH MURDOCH

Formal Education
 

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Kath Murdoch is an educator with over 35 years of experience working with schools and other educational institutions.  Kath is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of inquiry-based learning which is an approach built on the core values of curiosity, creativity authenticity, agency and collaboration. Whether for pre-school children or adult educators, inquiry-based teaching and learning honours the interests and passions of individuals and seeks to empower people with the skills and dispositions needed for life long, life-wide learning.  Kath’s interest in authentic contexts for learning include a commitment to helping young people become empowered to make a positive difference to their own lives and the lives of others.
 

 Kath began her professional life as a primary classroom teacher before taking up an academic position in the Education Faculty at the University of Melbourne. For the last 20 years she has worked as an independent consultant to schools and educational organisations in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She is the author of more than 15 books and is in demand as a keynote speaker, mentor and workshop facilitator. 

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Together with our fellow partners and collaborators we aim to work in a gifting and collaborative way to co-create
the new story with world class instructors and teachers in a supportive, inspiring and safe environment to do the challenging work of transformation. 

 

We are part of the movement of movements in
building a more just and regenerative world.

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FRIENDS OF EPOCH

KEY INDIVIDUALS AND ADVISORS:

Dr Colin Hocking

Dr Dominique Hes

Ash Buchanan

Dr Mike Moritz

Giselle Wilkinson
Maya Ward

Merinda Garrett,

Michael Shuman

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GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS:

Village Well

Groupwork Centre

Learning Love Institute