ABOUT JOHN SHAPIRO
It is my honor and joy to guide groups and individuals into connection and out of stuck places. So they can evolve into their deeper purpose and higher potential. You can think of me as a “wilderness guide” for the tricky terrain of group dynamics, conflict and internal challenges. I help folks create greater health and vitality; confidently normalize and prepare for occasional-yet-inevitable difficulties that lie ahead; and if they are already mired, navigate out of troubled waters. I have an innate ability to see “stuckness” and blind spots. And it brings me great satisfaction to help them work through these barriers to find more vibrancy, empowerment and freedom.
I’m a deep seeker on a continuing, radical and evolutionary path of growth… Having participated in numerous workshops and practices in the realms of transformative communication, somatic integration, transpersonal psychology, conflict resolution and evolving leadership. I’m a long term mindfulness meditation practitioner and have spent over a cumulative year in silent residential retreat. I’ve guided, facilitated and led a wide variety of groups, teams, classes, meetings, conferences and workshops… Mostly in the realms of groups health, conflict resolution and personal transformation. I’m a long time music educator… Working with folks to help unstick deep blocks and somatic habits especially in the realms of vocal expression and authentic performance. I’ve worked as a mediator in community settings, in housing and small claims courts and for child services. I had a former (brief) life as a software engineer, and I’ve been honored to volunteer with hospice patients, at risk youth and in prisons.
In our work together, I employee a diverse set of modalities and trainings (see below). And I have formal education in leadership, music, arts and early childhood education from Naropa University.
To round out this out with some personal stuff… I deeply resonate with the vibrancy and solace of the literal wilderness through backpacking, hiking and snowshoeing and travel to wild, beautiful places. I nourish my creative expression and joy through contact improv, ecstatic dancing, improv theater and writing and recording original music. I love to learn about “worlds” and stories that are not my own though connecting to as much diversity as possible through conversations, travel and movies.
I look forward to serving you… And co-creating what best serves us, our groups and our world.
MY FAMILY OF BUSINESSES & PROJECTS
EVOLVING UP LLC
Catalyst Coaching, Group Unsticking & Transformational Workshops
Evolved Musical Instruction coupled with Transformational Work | Online Community | Online Group Cohort Workshops & Self-Study Courses in Songwriting & Home Studio Recording | Inspiring Interviews, Videos & Articles
Innovative, highly effective singing technique combined with deep transformational work | Online Community | Online Group Cohort Workshops & Self-Study Courses | Private Lessons
MAKE GREAT MUSIC
Sing. Play. Awesomely. | Private Lessons Lessons for Adults & Kids: Singing. Guitar. Piano. Bass. Ukulele. Songwriting. Recording.
Some previous group clients include:
Colorado Coalition For The Homeless
U.S. Forest Service
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Harm Reduction Action Center
DHM Design Corporation
Various community groups
Some modalities and trainings I employee include:
2018: Matrix Comprehensive Training – Matrix Leadership Institute – Boulder, CO
2016: Police-Citizen Mediation Training – Oval Options – Denver, CO
2016: Family Constellations Facilitator Training – Private Training – Boulder, CO
2016: Right Use of Power Training – Right Use of Power – Boulder, CO
2016: Evolutionary Leadership Mastermind Training – MatrixWorks – Boulder, CO
2015: Restorative Justice Training – The Conflict Center – Denver, CO
2014: 40 Hour Mediation Training & Certification – Mares-Dixon & Associates – Westminster, CO
2014: Enlightened Feminine Leadership Training – MatrixWorks – Boulder, CO
2012: Social Justice Playback Theater Training – One Action, One Boulder – Boulder, CO
2011: Political Leadership Fellow – CPL – Denver, CO
2010: Restorative Activism Training – Open Path Trainings – Boulder, CO
2010: Alternatives to Violence Program Training – New Foundations – Denver, CO
2010: Authentic Leadership Program & Certification – Naropa University – Boulder, CO
INTENTION ACROSS ALL OUR WORK:CO-CREATE
IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCES that
CATALYZE HEALTHY GROWTH & EVOLUTION within
OUR CONTAINER OF LOVE & TRUTH