Business, Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Limiting Beliefs
Going through Holistic Life Context with Javan is like learning to rewire your brain.
Thinking in terms of your own Holistic Life Context (HLC) is akin to training your brain like a muscle. The more your brain thinks in holistic terms, the more you’re able to deal with complexity, to make more difficult decisions, instead of automatically agreeing to something and hoping for the best.
It’s a new skill. A highly useful skill, but a new one.
Making my own context was a challenge at first, but one worthy of doing because the benefits are so lifelong and incredible. Holistic Life Context offers you a way to check your decisions, to find directions in the fog of uncertainty. If you’re like me and sometimes feel lost in opportunities, possibilities, and directionless in the entrepreneurial journey,
Javan’s personal holistic context work is a powerful tool to set yourself on the right track.
I’m still learning to use it like a muscle, but I’m intrenching it like a habit in my head, so every decision that comes my way can be run through context so I can make good decisions for my life, vs. decisions making my life for me.
Life’s a long journey, and often a lonely one, but his methods allow me to adjust and achieve lifelong goals that always seemed out of reach. Little by little though, with my context, I am seeing results. The more you use it, the better it gets, and the more it helps you.
You have to commit though, and I’m glad I did.
Holistic Life Context, Life Design
We wanted to work with Javan specifically because we knew we could trust him with the tender, fragile aspects of our relationship. We were looking to turn the murky depths of communicating about difficult things into a resilient framework for uncovering the real pitfalls between us. Working with Javan, we steadily developed an amazing arsenal of strength and commonality for our partnership—something we knew was there, but could only fully access and appreciate through the exercise of developing a holistic context. The swamp of communication hasn’t disappeared, But we spend far less time trying to navigate it, and far more time directing ourselves toward the life we want to live as a result of this work. If you have your eyes open and are ready to dig deep, we can’t recommend his role as self-development sherpa with the process of life design highly enough.
Life Design, Podcast
I’m a small intensive mixed vegetable farmer (dancing star farm) and permaculture instructor (Shenandoah Permaculture Institute) on the east coast. prior to finding my way to the farming world I worked as a child and family therapist for a decade. I’ve worked to integrate mental health hygiene and tools to navigate the human sector into the courses we do at SPI. I heard you on a podcast recently and value how you’ve articulated “tools of sovereignty” You were clear and inspiring. Thank you for adding this value to the permaculture conversation!
Business, Education, Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture, One-on-One CoachingBefore we did this work with Javan, it seemed too daunting to include everything in our life that we wanted to move forward. We were both aware of things that needed improvement, but they were stuck up in our brains. Having it down on paper makes the conversation about us and the farm possible.Javan provided a framework for us to have an organized conversation with each other on a disorganized situation and it’s been fantastic. We wish it was something we had done years ago, but we just didn’t have the tools at the time. This holistic framework gives you a sense of the entire picture of your life, from work to finances to personal relationships and everything in between in our case, and it allowed us to juggle all this in a calm and collected, but thorough and methodical way that made it easy to approach and discuss one issue at a time until we were both on the same page.
Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture
A few weeks ago I had convinced myself that I needed to spend $25,000 on a new/used truck for my company which is looking to expand it’s permaculture installations this year.
I’ve been in the landscape industry for over 30 years and was not looking forward to more time in the field as I would deep down prefer design or education work. I looked at this decision as a means to an end…I’ll be happy when.
During day one of Javan’s Holistic Life Context group course it became obvious that I was headed down the wrong path, or at least one that I hadn’t fully explored, craft the holistic goals first then test them against the decision.
These are currently under development but I can feel that this truck purchase is not going to make the cut. Javan thanks for saving me $25,000.
Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture, Podcast
Hello from South Africa,
I just wanted to express my gratitude to both of you and the work you do. I’m hoping that this gratitude will soon be monetary either in contribution or utilization of your services.
I’ve recently been through a journey of personal discovery spurred on by a bought of circumstantial depression (or so I thought) and the realization that my actions, or lack thereof, are shaping my children’s future (3 and 1). The search for a fulfilling career, or happiness, or joy, or contentedness has led me through a lot of personal reflection, learning what my ‘points or skills of brilliance’ are, farming, permaculture, to sustainable business. From the 1000’s of hours of research I’ve done, the conversations between you two have stood out as the most pertinent to my… dilemma. Thank you for putting yourselves out there and encouraging others to do the same. I’ve come to a spot where I can take action knowing nothing is certain, failure is almost guaranteed and is a good thing if you see it for what it is….. experience, learning, growth.
I’m again excited for what the future holds and looking forward to sharing this world with people such as yourselves.
Again many thanks from this side of heaven
Client, Holistic Life Context, Life Design, One-on-One Coaching
When I reflect on my life, few experiences mark a definitive division of before and after. Completing Javan’s life design modules is the most recent example of such a phenomenon.
I’m writing today to provide a ringing endorsement.
Having rarely asked myself questions relating to motivation and introspection to the depth required, this work was foreign and at times extremely difficult. Javan’s abilities in such moments to motivate and articulate significance was central to my success. Further, his sequencing was brilliant. Fleeting attempts at establishing a context had left me stagnant and disgruntled. Javan’s modules exhibited a fluidity that, unbeknownst to me, were establishing the very foundation for a life design that had previously eluded me.
His guidance, council, and cutting inquisition throughout the modules left me proud, lighter, empowered, inspired, and determined.
Looking for catharsis? Javan helped me identify restrictive limiting beliefs operating deep in the programming of my intentionality. Looking for a quick return on investment?
In week 2 of the modules, I saw a financial improvement of $4000 on a decision stemming from this work. To say I recommend working with Javan is an understatement.
I was extremely impressed with his presence, demeanour, and facilitation throughout this process. I can’t say enough good things. If you have ever noticed a hint of interest in establishing a context for yourself, call this man today.
Life Design for PermacultureMy students and I felt your talk really helped to ground the practice of Permaculture into our everyday lives. Your presentation on finding what students are a) gifted at, b) love to do, c) makes a positive difference (to themselves and/or the world) askes the question of how will they incorporate Permaculture in their lives, they need to distill their gift, their joy and their change. This question and exploration is fundamental and, as far as I can see, is often missed in PDC courses, leaving folks who are say stock traders or engineers or pizza delivery people feeling left out of the Permaculture movement … or worse, invested in a farm that they don’t really like running … it is always interesting to see the number of business folks who want to buy property but don’t really like planting, weeding, or otherwise working the land.I was nervous about the technology side of the presentation, but your pace, depth of knowledge, active ppt style, simplicity and iconic approach to the imagery, clear and concise answers to questions, rapport with the students, and bite-sized approach to key learning outcomes was AWESOME. I look forward to working/building/growing/teach
ing/designing with you again.
My name is Joshua Wagler and I am a co-owner of Edible Landscapes Design Ltd. This spring, we were going into our third season of business and ready for a level up. We had had some great successes, but systems and consistency had been an ongoing challenge. As a team of very strong-willed and independent individuals, we had plenty of opinions about how to best move forward, but we needed a common language, and even more so, qualified guidance from people who knew about our field, and really understood our challenges.
When I saw that Javan and Rob were leading this Regenerative Business Mentorship program, I knew that there was a lot we could learn from them. Both have been great leaders in a very similar industry to our own, and despite their success, I had a feeling they were still very “in-touch” with what it is like to be in the 3rd year of business. They weren’t TOO far ahead of us to forget what it’s like to be in our position.
Upon enrolling, we were not disappointed. In fact, I would consider the money that we invested to be one of the most important investments I have ever made. More than just creating a common language between everyone within the business, we got a behind the scenes look at what really makes a business successful. Rob and Javan genuinely cared about each and every person’s success, and at times I was actually amazed at how deeply they considered our questions, and how openly they answered them. Before we enrolled, we wondered if perhaps Javan and Rob shared TOO MUCH similarity with our own business, and even wondered if they would be holding back because of how similar our businesses are. Instead, they encouraged us to look deeply at ourselves and discover how unique we are, and to differentiate ourselves by being “more of ourselves”. They also armed us with an abundance of tools, resources, principles, and shared their direct personal experience in a way that has likely shaved many years off of our learning curve.
It was great to meet on a weekly basis, and to have this consistent timeslot carved out for working “on our business”, rather than always working “in our business”. Having audio recordings of podcasts and Q&A has been great… Everyone within our business listened to the podcasts many times before the Q&A. Once again, I can’t express enough how valuable the Q&A sessions were. It’s rare to be able to ask such detailed questions and have them considered and answered by people who really know what they are talking about.
One major takeaway was the rule of thirds, and how we had been investing almost 100% of our time “grinding it out”, rather than also building our reputation and sales process. Most strikingly, was realizing that our sales process and reputation has real value, must be invested in, and that money needs to come from somewhere. Our sales process has had a complete makeover, and beyond being SO much smoother and clear for our customers, it now requires a fraction of the mental/emotional energy that we were inputting before. The course has also encouraged us to put our money where our mouth is, and guarantee our work. Using systems developed during this course, we feel ready to offer a money-back guarantee for the first time. We’ve also learned to fire clients that don’t work for us, and be highly discerning about who we work for.
Since taking the course, we now have a smooth sales process that can be seamlessly implemented, even while answering an unknown number half-asleep in bed. In this particular instance, I was able to close a sale on a design job while charging 5x our previous design rate. The client is happy to pay this amount, and we are confident offering our money back guarantee because we are adequately charging for our diagnosis process. By valuing our time and skills, the quality of work we can offer has increased dramatically. We have turned away jobs in the $7k-$10k range because we could sense that the clients weren’t a great fit. Never before have we been in a position to do this, but now we understand that good fit is far more important than the financial rewards of a given job. We’ve also come up with systems will keep us going during the slow months, and ease the pressure during the busy times. The list of tiny shifts and resources are far too numerous to list, but they are all leading towards major long-term changes.
There is still lots of work to go, but we have a clarity, purpose, and foundation that feels great. What Javan and Rob are doing is absolutely excellent, and I am looking forward to part 2 of this Regenerative Mentorship Program. Once again, excellent program, run by two excellent people. I’m very grateful to have these individuals in my life, and even better, have them working together as a team. Bravo Gents. Thank you!
P.S. There were lots of great laughs during this course as well. I looked forward to the good vibes every week. Highly recommended.