Leaning into Light is a hub for fulfillment, built on love for humanity.
Philosophically, it's what it takes to be fulfilled in life: a choice to recover from fear and pain, to joy and love, over and over again.
Our deeply personal, thought provokingblog honors the wisdom of feelings and gives voice to both easily digestible, heartwarming topics and stirring, controversial issues.
We also offerworkshops addressing the deepest, most fundamental human needs. Whether live or recorded, these workshops are as affordable and accessible as deep human work gets. They're designed and led by a powerful team of collaborators including Leaning into Light Founder Jessica Rios, masterful Relationship Coach Charles Zook MBA, CPCC, and Olivia Peters-Lazaro, L.Ac. All workshops are held over the phone so anyone, anywhere on Earth can call in and participate.
Her life's work is devoted to illuminating the beauty of the human spirit, the reemergence of the feminine in leadership, and honoring the spirit of The Child. All of this lays under an umbrella of love for Mother Earth -- for life itself.
Jessica began writing cards at age five. Guided by nature, the profound and caring values of Ernie and Bert and Mr. Rogers, and the love and support of her parents, she grew passionate about values and relationships as a young child. In college, as an expression of her passion for self-directed learning, she designed a BA in Social Ecology & Personal Ethics.
From 1998-2004, she organized lobbying efforts for the federal preservation of California wilderness and wild rivers.
Stepping into a path of serial social entrepreneurship, in 2004 Jessica became one of the first green wedding planners (Love Events) in the San Francisco Bay Area, innovating a style of wedding planning that brought "wedding coaching" to engaged couples. In 2008 she opened a leadership consulting firm (first called The Co-Lab then changed to Jessica Rios Consulting), and through this work she led the sustainability launch for two top U.S. hospitals, UCSF and UCLA Health Systems, in partnership with Practice Greenhealth. In 2009 Jessica co-founded a "buy local" BALLE affiliate non-profit (Think Local, Chico!).
From 2011-2013 Jessica served as the Vice President for the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative Board of Directors. Blending values based leadership with systems thinking, she has birthed many blossoms. Her daughter Helena showed up in 2013 and life has been 10 times sweeter, richer and more delicious ever since.
Jessica and her family live in Sonoma County, California and are currently (2017-2018) spending a year abroad in Sweden.
Charles Zook, MBA, CPCCis the co-leader for our Relationship Series workshops. He has vast experience as a masterful Relationship Coach, putting his heart, soul, intellect and experience into coaching hundreds of relationships for over 15 years, and he loves it. His joy is empowering people to feel self-determined in their professional relationships, in their personal relationships, and in their relationship with themselves.
Charles brings a practical “toolbox” approach, which encourages his clients to become ever more capable and confident in being able to create the life experience they envision, but had challenges accessing previously due to bad habits and lack of skill set.
In 2003, Charles and Kathy Olberts, MBA, CPCC created Quantum Teams, a system for measuring and improving Team Effectiveness. His work in professional settings includes for-profits, e.g. Unilever, non-profits, e.g. Stanford Medical Center, and governmental agencies, e.g the State of California.
When Charles works with an individual he would call himself a Leadership Coach. Charles defines Leadership as “Having a vision for the future that is not predictable.” Foundational to powerfully creating your life is having a healthier relationship with the complex interior of self, i.e. how I talk to myself, how I respect myself, how I honor what is truly important to me in my choices every day. Charles brings practical tools that open up new possibilities to live the life one envisions rather than a life on autopilot.
Charles approaches personal relationships in a very non-traditional, non-therapeutic manner. He is not a PhD, nor a MFCC, nor any kind of a marriage counselor or therapist. His practical approach addresses what is happening in the relationship, acknowledging what is working well, and applying tools and skillset to the opportunities for growth that are a healthy part of all relationships. If both parties are willing to put in the effort, Charles has tools that allow a couple to build the relationship they envision.
"Treating people in community takes healing out of isolation," says Olivia. "This is important. There is a gorgeous synergy when all kinds of people for various reasons come together, choosing to take care of themselves." Olivia has specialized training for treating pregnant women, and children.
She has a BA in Geography: Environmental Studies and a BA in World Arts and Cultures: Dance, both with honors for research on community gardening in Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, UCLA. Olivia served as President of the Board of Directors for the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (2011-2014).
Thanks to her wise and generous mother, Olivia got to touch her baby sister's placenta at birth. She is passionate about the power, joy, grounding nature and sheer magic of horses and she loves backpacking in the wilderness with other women. Olivia has been singing, dancing and playing in the dirt her whole life.