Welcome

You have arrived at the home of Ecsta­tic Expres­sion Stu­dios. I, Jimmy Canali am the busi­ness leader, artist and cre­ative pro­ducer here at EE Stu­dios. My first mis­sion is to invite you to believe that you can make a dif­fer­ence, that you are cre­ative, and that you have a voice that matters.

I do this through a vari­ety of artis­tic & cre­ative projects as well as speak­ing, teach­ing, encour­ag­ing through com­mu­nity work­shops, speak­ing events and sem­i­nars. These are in-depth times full of new per­spec­tives, and activ­i­ties that engage com­mu­ni­ties to think, cre­ate and take action. I part­ner with a diverse net­work of lead­ers, and entre­pre­neurs from around the world to run these events and have an exten­sive lead­er­ship and pub­lic speak­ing resume. View LinkedIn page to see experience.

What’s New in 2015?

Cof­fee Hub In this new seg­ment with EE Stu­dios, I will be intro­duc­ing the online and local com­mu­ni­ties to the story and tastes of cof­fee. A lot of what I am ini­ti­at­ing here is a learn­ing jour­ney and invit­ing you to come along side me as we learn and share together.

Lead­er­ship Par­a­digms – This is going to be a new sec­tion of EE blog arti­cles that will nur­ture, chal­lenge and encour­age those will­ing to become great lead­ers. I will share about my jour­ney as a grow­ing leader, the mis­takes, the chal­lenges, the suc­cesses.  With the inten­tion to facil­i­tate lead­ers to be part of fuel­ing the joy of build­ing great teams in the marketplace.

Com­mu­nity

Read through the blogs, and inter­act with the ini­tia­tives. It starts here on the blogs, but will roll out into cre­ative and entre­pre­neur­ial meet ups around the world!  I look for­ward to gath­er­ing together to dream, express, and take action.

I encour­age you to reach out about your excit­ing, cre­ative and busi­ness projects, I am always look­ing to col­lab­o­rate and would love to know more about what your doing.

 

 

Recent Posts

Response to Reading Into the Wild

Into the Wild

chris mccandless

This book has cap­tured my inter­est the past cou­ple weeks.  I want to share some of my response to read­ing the book, my thoughts on how the wild can offer heal­ing, and both good and bad escape from cul­ture.  I think Chris’s life is one our cul­ture needs to con­tem­plate, and I rec­om­mend watch­ing the movie if you haven’t seen it yet.

A very short biopsy of the book: Jon Krakauer shares the story and his per­spec­tive of Chris McCan­d­less, a recent col­lege grad of Emory Uni­ver­sity, who upon grad­u­at­ing, donated his $26K dol­lars of sav­ings and made his way out west. The story fol­lows the strug­gles, and wan­der­ings of Chris across some of the rar­efied places in the United States, accu­mu­lat­ing in inten­sity as Chris heads north for his last adven­ture in the great wild of Alaska, which would cost him his life. Tak­ing in the story as a whole leaves the reader with a lot to contemplate.

Know­ing a frac­tion of the full story from read­ing Into the Wild, and watch­ing Sean Penn’s movie I knew there was more to Chris’s life than what was shared. I have read some arti­cles online and through his sis­ter Car­rine McCan­d­less web page dis­cov­ered that most of that can be found in a book I haven’t read which is Into the Wild Truth, writ­ten by Car­rine, which uncov­ers largely the abuse his par­ents doled out to him as a child. With this in mind, I see both a beauty and a bro­ken­ness dri­ving Chris into the wild.

Assum­ing most of my read­ers of this arti­cle know a bit about Chris’s story or have seen the movie, I won’t review those details much more for now.  If you don’t know them I rec­om­mend spend­ing an hour and watch­ing the movie Into the Wild.

Con­nect­ing with Nature as a Child

My con­nec­tion with nature begins in upstate New York.  It was here that I first can relate to the call the wild has on a young man or a per­son in gen­eral. Grow­ing up in upstate New York, I was sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful land­scapes, thick lush north­ern forests, placid lakes, lit­tle streams rolling through the earth, and under trees. I will never for­get the glory of the fall sea­son supe­rior in it’s pre­sen­ta­tion of pow­er­ful color.   I spent the early years of my life in New York, until I moved to the more rural Gree­ley, CO in my early teens.

Col­orado how­ever, was a door into the more untamed, undo­mes­ti­cated wild, that I would grow to love and would hear call­ing me through my teen years.

My thoughts on Undo­mes­ti­cated Wilderness

This undo­mes­ti­cated land­scape like that of Col­orado, with it’s arid plains, and high moun­tain desert land­scape, gives one access to dis­cover parts of their spirit and soul unlike the city streets and land­scapes of sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.  I found myself often going on uncharted runs across the plains of nearby areas, or dri­ving into the moun­tains with no plan other than a sense of wanderlust.

I found escape, heal­ing, and free­dom in the wild of Col­orado, comb­ing its trails and hik­ing paths. Some­times just pulling over the side of the road and hik­ing up a moun­tain­side, with or with­out trail.

What is beau­ti­ful in the wild, I believe reveals some­thing that is beau­ti­ful inside each of us. Those of ys that pur­sue paths less trav­eled, expe­ri­ence the steep ter­rain, a depth of land and sky, a dra­matic land­scape has a voice that speaks with­out words, and these things give us mean­ing, rever­ber­ate our silent med­i­ta­tions and speak to us.

What I am find­ing in the pages of the book Into the Wild from the story of Chris or you can call him by his tramp name, ‘Alexan­der Super­tramp’ is a per­son try­ing to find con­text and mean­ing in life on the road less trav­eled, which I think his jour­ney can offer each of us, a pil­grims in life in our own way, some­thing spe­cial.  I also see in Chris an escape from soci­ety, and some of this I don’t think has the best con­clu­sions, I am not fully sure all of what drove Chris to the wild yet, but as I con­tinue read­ing about this young man, I imag­ine I will see more the pain that brought Chris out there.  Chris died in the wilder­ness, though per­haps Chris was only a struck of luck away from return­ing to com­mu­nity and life with peo­ple but, because of the mis­for­tunes in the wild never had the chance to com­plete the cir­cle of going into the wild to find mean­ing, and enter­ing back into soci­ety with new per­spec­tive and character.

Though I feel he under­stood what he needed to take away from his wilder­ness jour­ney, at least I think it’s what we should take away from Chris’s life, with one of the many high­lighted pas­sages Chris made in the books he took with him into the wild, he high­lighted, “And so it turned out that only a life sim­i­lar to the life of those around us, merg­ing with it with­out a rip­ple, is a gen­uine life, and that an unshared hap­pi­ness is not hap­pi­ness…” and noted this in his own pen, “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED.” This is the full cir­cle; we must play out our rela­tion­ship with peo­ple, though per­haps that con­text can best be played out in the wild.

Fur­ther Research and Reading

I’m plan­ning on read­ing John Muir’s col­lec­tion of writ­ing and essays this sum­mer and fall, for more per­spec­tive on the great wild that sur­rounds us. Though I find much to my enjoy­ment in city life, I find myself walk­ing out­doors when given the chance brings me into com­mu­nion with my higher power, and the far­ther I get from the city streets, the more whole I feel. Though I don’t think stay­ing in the wild for­ever would be the best deci­sion, I see there needs to be bal­ance, and per­haps our soci­ety as a whole has lost that bal­ance and con­nec­tion with the great out­doors, and our more undo­mes­ti­cated selves. I think we need to get out and stay out for while.

Jimmy

  1. Coffee Masters @ Starbucks — Ethical Sourcing Leave a reply
  2. Silent Spectators Leave a reply
  3. Song of the Sea — Movie Review Leave a reply
  4. 2015 Update 2 Replies