Spirit Bros

I am grateful to Scott and Peter who asked me, on a trip to Montreal some months ago, if I would sit down a record a podcast interview while I was visiting the city.

I knew that we would have a rich and meaningful conversation. We certainly did.

I didn’t know that they would even consider sharing on their podcast site what turned out to be almost three hours of it! They did.

Here is the link if you have some spare hours washing the dishes or driving around!

https://thespiritbros.com/episode-4-dan-hines/

My deep bow of gratitude to these two inspiring fellows. Their podcast project is fascinating and I commend all the interviews with some remarkable leaders.

And the write-up for our interview together is here:

“Sharing the room with Dan Hines feels like being reborn!

With an unassuming and relaxed demeanour, Dan isn’t someone who imposes. You might even miss him if you cross him on the street or sit next to him on the subway. The moment you connect eyes with with him, and hear his voice, is the moment you’ll feel like you have a friend for life.

Early Life

Dan was called towards scripture and religion at a young age. After receiving a prophetic utterance at the age of 14 (more about that in the podcast), he decided to dedicate himself to Evangelicalism and became a pastor in his early 20s. It was not smooth sailing from here as personal doubts created a rift between his personal practice of spirituality and his role within the Church.

Not one to linger, Dan moved on. He was a zoo manager, worked in construction, but eventually felt the calling to return to community-driven work. Inspired by, among others, Parker J. Palmer and the Quakers, Dan began organizing and helping others through group-based work.

The Activist as Mystic, Wayfinding, and Becoming A Politician

Through one of his workshops, “The Activist as Mystic,” Dan helps participants explore the balance between the desire to fix the world around themselves and the urge to isolate one’s self from the world to prioritize personal development. Dan’s own mastery of this balance was put to the test when he ran in British Columbia’s Provincial election in 2017.

A world traveler and perennially curious, Dan has studied the traditional Polynesian navigational vocation, called “wayfinding.” Wayfinding made waves recently as a centerpiece of the Disney movie, “Moana.” In his trademark style, Dan translates some of the wisdom inherent to wayfinding into practical insights for the modern person.

In today’s show, we talk about all of this and so much more! Scott and I both felt renewed and very lucky to be a part of this podcasting project after our talk with Dan. Enjoy episode 4 of the SpiritBros Podcast with Dan Hines!”

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2 comments

  1. so much food for thought in this (yes, very long) but so inspiring podcast.
    Many discussions stand out, but the one phrase that has been coming back to me since listening is “Spiritual Refugees”. Conversations seem to come up more and more these days are around finding ‘community’, just what is that in these times?
    We go to the well in places like Hollyhock and Esalen to be renewed and reassured and find refuge. I am starting to realize that what is most important is taking the strength you gain from the ‘refuge’ and sharing that with whatever community you find yourself in whatever way calls you. The homeland I am searching for is right in front of me. Thank you Dan.

    1. Thank you for the inspiring reminder that home is right in front of me. Blessings!

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