Gord and Amber - #askipperandsannyasin
We met when we were tweens goofing around the sands of Wasaga Beach Ontario. Even though we immediately crushed on each other, neither of us had the nerve to ask the other out.
We both became teen parents with other partners and pursued career paths in very different industries (Aviation and Wellbeing). We spent many years in and out of touch, always grappling with defining our relationship, then a fairytale reunion brought us together romantically and we've held each other tight ever since.
Our journey as a couple has provided us with deep insights about who we are as individuals and as a partnership. We're okay to admit we squabble and each of us brings a unique perspective about what's causing the challenge. We've learned to practice deep listening and, as a result, we continue to become all the more connected.
Our colleagues, friends and family have encouraged us to combine our personal and professional insights to run seminars for pilots and anxious flyers, therefore in 2019, we began to build our first course series together “A Path Toward Stability”.
We look forward to continuing our journey and exploring the possibilities ahead!
Captain Gord Stevens - A Skipper
Gord started flying commercial aircraft when he was twenty years old and he now has two decades of experience. His career flying in various parts of the world and working with diverse groups of colleagues and passengers has brought him a wealth of wisdom to share. He knows firsthand how the stressors within the aviation industry can lead to disconnection from family, friends, and even disconnection from oneself. He is a trained peer to peer support for his colleagues and corporation.
Gord continues to thrive in his role as an airline captain and instructor. In recent years, he decided to expand his studies to include his passion for exploring the nature of awareness and supporting the human-ness of us all and has trained with Mindfulness Without Borders and Robyn Priest.
He loves living and working alongside Amber, recognizing and supporting consciousness and emotional growth every day in both his personal and professional life.
You can learn more about Gord by clicking here.
Coach Amber McAuley (Sitara)- A Sannyasin
Amber (or Sitara, her sannyas name assigned on August 27th 2004 at Osho International Puna, India) is a published author and internationally qualified Child and Youth Counsellor who has extensive training in mindfulness and social emotional intelligence. She specializes in supporting a variety of clientele — from inmates and lawyers to students and teachers — and is known for her infectious zest for life.
Amber’s venture of supporting families in her community began in 2002 when she used her business management education to open a specialized yoga studio. In 2007, Amber sold her studio and expanded her scope of practice to include facilitating seminars on healthy relationships and emotional well-being. Today, she is honoured to collaborate with many leading mental health organizations around the world and facilitates courses on behalf of ShepelI and Mindfulness Without Borders.
Amber is wholeheartedly dedicated to her work with supporting people to thrive. She was awarded the 2018 Ontario Ministry of Children Community and Social Services Leading Women Award, and most recently, the recipient of Georgian College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019.
You can learn more about Amber at www.coachambermcauley.com
Defining a "Skipper" and "Sannyasin"
Both terms hold meaning in our hearts and reflect our spiritual and professional journeys, as well as, our personal playfulness.
“Synonyms include; chief petty officer, mate, the old man, and mastermind. An officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship. The master of a small trading or merchant vessel. A young, thoughtless person. The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling. A coach, director, or other leader.”
“Sannyas means courage more than anything else, because it is a declaration of your individuality, a declaration of freedom, a declaration that you will not be any more part of the mob madness, the mob psychology. It is a declaration that you are becoming universal; you will not belong to any country, to any church, to any race, to any religion.”
Osho, Finger Pointing to the Moon, Talk #7