Our Guides

We see ourselves more as guides than gurus, sitting atop a mountain dispensing wisdom

We walk along side of you, listening hard, looking around

Because we’ve been in our own Wilderness before, studied what it felt like, slept in all of its dark uncertainty.  And woken up the next morning to carry on the journey.

We bring all our Wildneress experience — in foreign countries, in jobs that felt too big or small to us, with babies that just wouldn’t talk to us, in countries that felt like they were falling around us  —  to our work as Antacara guides.  Together we are facilitators, coaches, and content experts all prepared to head out together.  Pointing the way, taking the lead, sitting a taking a moment under a shady tree.

Join us.  Journey with us.

Jillian Reilly

I crossed my first frontier when I was fifteen years old and journeyed to France on a school exchange program. The first in my family with a passport, I quickly developed a taste for adventure and exploration – of myself and the world.  Yes, geographic frontiers were always my thing.

This taste for exploration took me to South Africa in 1993 – the country on the brink of its historic elections.  I’d just graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in African History and English Literature and was determined to have a front row seat to this historic transformation. After monitoring the 1994 elections, I stayed for another four years facilitating organizational development and change with community groups and non-profits. An extraordinary time for a young woman determined to make an impact.

In 1997 I moved to Zimbabwe to start an HIV/AIDS program at the height of the country’s epidemic.  It was a crash course in human behavior change – and I learned a tremendous amount both about my limitations as a change-maker and the challenges of life on your emotional frontiers. I’d later write about these experiences in my memoir, Shame: Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa, which explores the promise and perils of trying to “do good”.

I’ve always sought to write narratives that challenge our conventional understandings of our world. My journalistic works have been published in the Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek.  While my play Pillow Talk seeks to understand the spread of HIV/AIDS across Africa through the intimate lens of human relationships.  My TedX talk, Vain Aid, relates my experiences of the failings of international aid and development.  And most recently, through my Courageous Conversations podcast series, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, I sit down with leading local activists to explore the real life challenges of leading everyday social change.

With Antacara I’ve shifted my focus from organizations and communities to individuals. From social problems to individual possibilities. From pain to promise. From exploring geographic frontiers to those that exist deep inside each of us.

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Ben Carmel

My latest frontier is living in the heart of Europe. Geneva offers a completely different perspective – at once international and provincial – and a whole new set of opportunities. But this is far from the first (or last) frontier!

As a young man, I took an unconventional 7-year plan through undergraduate studies, to live overseas and to travel extensively in Southeast Asia.

After completing an MA, I was lost. But finding yourself lost can be the first step creating your way. After teaching at the University of Portland (Oregon), I found my way into instructional design (ID).  After 15 years, I could feel the industry (and the economy) shifting beneath me. Sensing that traditional training programs were inadequate at best, I determined that it was time to create something new.

Since 2015, I’ve been consulting at the cross-section between individual career development, organizational information sharing and the methods of personal learning through career, connection and creation. Throughout it all, I have kept a hand in creative expression as a musician, writer and deep social thinker.

I now look to a new frontier in helping bring Antacara to life. I am eager to share my experience in individual learning and sense-making practice with a new community that Antacara will create.

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Lois Kelly
On Creativity

Lifelong creative strategist, working with leaders in Fortune 500 companies to “forklift thinking” on marketing, communications and team development.

Co-founded the Rebels at Work movement, the most rewarding professional labor of love in my professional life so far.

Happiest when I’m facilitating workshops on change, creativity and resiliency, and infecting people with optimism and practices to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Author, artist and performance storyteller. “Be the Noodle: 50 Ways to Be a Compassionate, Courageous, Crazy-Good Caregiver” opened my creative voice and deepened my love.

Committed to growing wiser and wilder.

Top VIA Character Traits that guide my life:  honesty, creativity, bravery, appreciation of beauty and excellence, and curiosity.

A more traditional bio of can be found here on LinkedIn. My company is Foghound, and you can find me on Instagram @foghounds and on Twitter @LoisKelly and @RebelsatWork.

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Karden Raben
Karden Rabin
On mind/body connection

Karden Rabin is the Director of the Center for Somatic Intelligence, Founder of Boundless: Integrative Wellness Center and an expert in holistic wellness.

Allergic to dogma and monkey-see monkey-do therapies, Karden is an obsessive experimenter, and never stops testing the effectiveness of old and new approaches to healing. As a clinical practitioner and educator, Karden investigates the emotional, behavioral, neurological and physiological dimensions of every client and their challenges.

Over the past decade, he has developed and led programming for The Wounded Warrior Project, Adaptive Sports Foundation, Volunteers in Medicine, Berkshire Health Systems and has taught at Summit and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In love with what he does, Karden teaches internationally and maintains a full time practice at his clinic in The Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Celine Schillinger
On Professional Reinvention

A pioneering voice in Engagement Leadership, Celinehas been recognized multiple times for her large-scale innovative engagement initiatives in the corporate world.   Prior to her 17 years’ experience in the pharma industry across Business Operations, Marketing and Industrial Quality, Celine worked with communications, defense and trading companies.  Hanoi, Vietnam, Beijing, China and Boston, USA were all once called home for her.

Celine now works from France and brings her insider experience of the Kotter approach:  Celine has driven a transformation movement impacting a change population of 10,000 people across Industrial Operations and Quality functions worldwide.

Celine is passionate about new leadership strategies that mobilize internal or external stakeholders, enable corporate transformation and boost business value.

A TEDx speaker, Celine was awarded the Medal of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2017 for her efforts for diversity in the workplace.

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Holger Nauheimer
On Deep Listening

In the 1980’s, camel nomads at the Horn of Africa, the artists of uncertainty, living in an ever changing environment, taught Holger the essential lessons that he needed in order to grow into his professional life. Since 1995, Holger Nauheimer has been an inspirational trainer and facilitator, renowned for his work in various fields such as leadership development, team collaboration and organizational change, combined with a deep knowledge over a wide range of industry sectors.

Holger is a pioneer in the concept of Deep Listening. He believes listening is the key for building relationships, for leading self, others, businesses and the world.

“Good listeners can prevent disasters or develop breakthrough innovations. A world full good listeners would be a better world. We know intuitively that we can open the hearts of other people when we listen empathetically. And yet, we practice this skill only on the first date with a new mate. In agile teams, listening to each other is one of the preconditions for successful work.”

In this talk, Holger introduces contemporary concepts of communication, focusing on how you can continually work on and develop your listening skills.

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The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.


Let’s discover and create together.

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