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Your Extraordinary Family Life

with Carrie Contey, PhD + 15 Experts
Are you interested in BEing More and DOing Less as a person, parent and partner? Are you looking for ideas, inspiration and tools that will bring more ease, joy, connection and love to your most cherished relationships?

Are you ready to create YOUR Extraordinary Family Life?

Join Carrie Contey PhD and 15 of the brightest minds in the areas of parenting, human development, psychology, neuroscience, holistic nutrition, slow living and personal growth to discuss how you can make family life blissfully your own. No matter what stage of life your little ones are in -- babyhood, toddlerhood, childhood or teenhood -- this heart, mind and soul-quenching event will inspire and provide you with the practical tools to create and live the life of your dreams, together.

The Experts

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Being more Extraordinary

with Carrie Contey, PhD
  • Expert Bio
Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide open and courageous hearts so they can approach family life with skill and spaciousness. Carrie received her PhD in prenatal and perinatal psychology and is masterful at synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology, and spirituality of humanhood. She is the creator of Evolve a year-long "personal growth through parenting" program. She is also the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS: A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. Carrie has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe. Currently she lives, works and plays in Austin, TX but spends as much time as she can traveling, speaking, creating things that make family life more wonderful and living her very own extraordinary life to the fullest! To learn more please visit

Being more Connected to AdolESSENCE

with Dan Siegel, MD
  • Expert Bio
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is an internationally acclaimed author, award winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at UCLA, where he serves as Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siege’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, and The Whole-Brain Child.  His latest book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, comes out on December 26, 2013, and explores how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Pre-order it here: For more information, please visit:

Being more Nourishing

with Sue Ann Gleason
  • Expert Bio
Sue Ann Gleason is a food lover, food writer, food-based healer and heart-centered marketing strategist. Founder of Conscious Bites Nutrition and the Well Nourished Woman, she inspires women to trust their intuition, unravel their food stories and rewrite their nourishment script. She has been featured in Oprah and Runner’s World Magazines and numerous online publications. Sue Ann shares her expertise through online programs and in one-on-one sessions via telephone or SKYPE.
Her signature online program, the Well-Nourished Woman Inner Circle, runs twice a year for three months, a truly exquisite online experience for women who are ready to take back their plates, one luscious bite at a time.
When not working with clients, she can be found sampling exotic chocolates or building broccoli forests in her mashed potatoes.

Being more Spacious

with Bernadette Noll
  • Expert Bio
Bernadette Noll is an author, writer, mother, teacher, speaker, camp director, lover of craft, creator of informative content and co-founder of both Slow Family Living and Future Craft Collective. She writes to inspire, inform and enlighten readers in the hopes that they will find something in her words that makes them go, "OH YES! That's just what I need. I'm going to try that." Check out Bernadette's book Slow Family Living here.

Being more Powerful

with Peggy O'Mara
  • Expert Bio
Peggy O’Mara was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995 she founded and was its editor-in-chief until 2012. Peggy’s books include Natural Family LivingHaving a Baby Naturally, and A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League, International.

She is the recipient of the La Leche League, International 2001 Alumnae Association award, the International Peace Prayer Day 2002 Woman of Peace award, the National Vaccine Information Center 2009 Courage in Journalism award, the Holistic Moms Network 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, and five Maggie Awards for public service journalism from the Western Publishing Association.

Peggy is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting InternationalBest for BabesHolistic Moms NetworkInfant Massage USAIntact America, and Oak Meadow. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of two. Peggy has lived in Santa Fe, NM for 29 years. To learn more you can visit

Being more Conscious

with Shefali Tsabary, PhD
  • Expert Bio
Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. As she was exposed to Eastern teachings at an early age, her specialty is in the integration of this Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. It is this blend of East and West that allows her to reach a global audience, and establishes her as one of a kind in the field of mindfulness psychology.

Being more Playful

with Larry Cohen, PhD
  • Expert Bio
Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of PLAYFUL PARENTING and THE OPPOSITE OF WORRY, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. Dr. Cohen is also the co-author, with Anthony DeBenedet, of The Art of Roughhousing. He wrote two books about children's friendships and peer relationships with Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace: Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Mom, They're Teasing Me. 
His books have been translated into fourteen languages. Larry's column in Nick Jr. Magazine was the winner of the 2003 Golden Lamp award from Education Press. 

Dr. Cohen is the author of numerous published articles in professional journals and popular magazines, and he has presented his work at professional conferences, workshops, classes, and public appearances. 

Dr. Cohen attended Haverford College and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University. After an internship at Tulane University, he began a research and private practice career in Madison, Wisconsin. His treatment innovations have included the first groups in the country for husbands and boyfriends of sexual abuse survivors, as well as one of the first therapy groups for male survivors of sexual abuse. All of his work -- with children, parents, couples, abuse survivors, and families -- has pointed him towards writing about human connections. 

Dr. Cohen lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife Liz have two grown children.

Being more Free-Range

with Lenore Skenazy
  • Expert Bio
Lenore Skenazy is “America’s Worst Mom.” (Google it!)

The New York City columnist-turned-reality TV show host got that title after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone. In response to the enormous media blowback, she founded the book and blog, “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.

Her feisty belief that our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for has landed her on talk shows from Dr. Phil to The ViewThe Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News TonightCBS Early Show, CNN, FoxNews, Anderson Cooper, the BBC, CTV and CBC.

She has lectured internationally, including talks at Microsoft Headquarters and the Sydney Opera House, and has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. The Mad Magazine. And she’s a graduate of Yale.

Being more Soulful

with Annie Burnside
  • Expert Bio
A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed., is a soul nurturer, author, public speaker and teacher specializing in helping others to embrace a soul to soul approach to life through self-awareness and spiritual development. Burnside’s teachings inspire others to listen to the voice of their own soul, and invite direct, divine connection into ordinary living. Her open, gentle approach encompasses all spiritual paths.

Being more Trusting

with Stephen Cowan, MD
  • Expert Bio
Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with 25 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders.  Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.

Be more Nurturing

with Renee Trudeau
  • Expert Bio
Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized life balance teacher/speaker and president of Career Strategists. Raised by spiritual seekers, Renée is the oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children. Growing up in Northern California, she attended a yoga school based on the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananada, rode horses bareback and hiked in the vast wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and learned stained glass window-making and philosophy from the Bhagavad-Gita . Her clients include Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Ernst and Young and national women's organizations/conferences and nonprofits. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, Mothering, Yogi Times and more. She is the author of the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life and Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life (2013). Thousands of women in more than ten countries are facilitating and participating in Personal Renewal Groups based on her award-winning work. Renée is on the faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Wellness and she speaks and leads life balance workshops/retreats for corporations, conferences and organizations worldwide. She lives in Austin with her husband and 11 year-old son.

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Being more Grounded

with Lisa Byrne
  • Expert Bio
Lisa Grace Byrne is a mother to three fun and feisty children and founder of, an exceptional online community where she equips moms to live vibrant, healthy and fulfilling lives.  Lisa is the author of Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life. She's also a speaker, coach and teacher with a degree from Cal Poly State University in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Nutrition and Metabolism. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University.

 Lisa lives in New Jersey with her family and 100 pound yellow lab.

Being more Curious

with Marti Glenn, PhD
  • Expert Bio
Marti Glenn, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the STAR Foundation, offering intensive retreats to help adults heal early developmental trauma. She is founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute known for its graduate degrees in prenatal, perinatal and somatic clinical practice. A pioneering psychotherapist and trainer for over 30 years, she is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

Being more Respectful

with Lu Hanessian
  • Expert Bio
Lu is the author of several books, an award-winning writer and newspaper columnist, educator, speaker, and veteran television host. She is the author of acclaimed book, Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood, former NBC anchor/host (“Real Life”; “Unsolved Mysteries”) and Discovery Health Channel host of “Make Room for Baby.” For five years, she hosted The Science Show, syndicated in 110 countries. She is currently co-host of a dynamic educational television program called “Liberty Treehouse” on The BlazeTV network taped in New York. Her essays and articles have been published in the New York Times, Mothering, Parenting and Fit Pregnancy magazine. Her children’s book, Picnic on a Cloud is an illustrated story about what happens when connection and imagination join forces. She is currently finishing two books for parents, to be published in 2014. 

As a parent educator, Lu’s 'parent growth' initiative Parent2ParentU is a cutting-edge parent education series including live and online interactive workshops, a science and insight-based parenting curriculum, as well as original videos and short documentaries. Parent2ParentU is rooted in the knowledge that relationship is the context for all of our stories, our traumas and our healing. Her mission is to inspire, educate and empower parents to “know & grow ourselves through parenting” in order to raise healthy, emotionally connected and resilient families. This mission draws from a robust body of attachment science, cognitive and affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, family systems and developmental psychology. 

Being more Connected as a Couple

with John Howard
  • Expert Bio
John Howard, M.A. specializes in couples counseling using the latest research and methods including the new science of relationship known as interpersonal neurobiology. He is known for his fun and irreverent approach to helping couples deepen their friendship and intimacy. John is also a spiritual teacher having studied indigenous and Eastern traditions over twenty years. His 12-month, online relationship-building program Ready, Set, Love! debuts in 2014.

Your Host


Carrie Contey, PhD

Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being. She passionately guides, supports and inspires people to live with a wide open and courageous heart so they can approach family life with skill and spaciousness.Dr. Contey received her PhD in prenatal and perinatal psychology and is masterful at synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology, and spirituality of humanhood. She is the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS: A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe.Currently she lives, works and plays in Austin, TX. To learn more please visit