Who we are.

“We cannot change the world as it is…but we can see the world and open up to it as it is (and as it isn’t). No matter the situation or circumstance, we can engage in generous, real conversations—conversations that explore values, affirm doubts and feelings and intuition, conversations that are curious and connective and life giving.

Not only can we engage in these conversations, we must. It is in the simple act of generously listening and speaking that we connect with each other and ourselves and Life…and discover anew (or maybe even for the first time) that gentleness, decency, courage, grace, joy, and love are ever and always available to us and to all human beings. These are ways of being that change everything, giving us the capacity to persevere, to act and speak with courageous willingness. These are qualities that, with compassion, critical awareness and rigorous practice, allow us to become more whole and holy human beings—a presence that is desperately needed in the world (and our families and our workplaces and our communities) right now.

This work of becoming doesn’t happen in isolation. We need the support of a strong community with us on this path—others who are committed to be of service to the human spirit in the world at this time. We need each other now more than ever…”

Angie Arendt is a founding partner and senior faculty member at Deep Life.

Among other things, she currently heads up The Center for Courageous Living, is the creator of and champion for The Real Stuff Project, and is visiting faculty for the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. As a certified Enneagram instructor, Angie teaches authorized workshops with the Enneagram Institute from time-to-time, too. 

Angie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (USA) with more than twenty years of experience and expertise in the art of storytelling, teaching, generous listening (sometimes called story-catching) and developing authentic leadership. She is a master at working in small group settings (example: The Retreat) and in crazy-big group settings, too, engaging people of all ages and from all walks of life in getting to know their stories–their REAL stories, not the made-up stories that people try to live into in order to get approval or ahead or whatever. Angie’s work with groups of all sizes in all kinds of places brings a whole lot of awareness, joy, curiosity, and connection into any organization, personal or professional. Her commitment and focus is all about strengthening the holy human spirit in the world.

Angie is a native Iowan living in Kirkland, Quebec with her husband and business partner Peter McGaugh. She has one daughter, two grandsons, three bonus-kids and a golden retriever, too.

You can contact Angie with questions, stories, or comments here: angie@deeplife.ca.

“I have always been deeply curious about people and what makes us tick. Many conversations, much reflective observation, rigorous daily practice and through my work supporting others as a coach and mentor has allowed me to develop a compassionate appreciation for the human journey and a deep understanding of the individual and universal struggles which each of us bears. We all trip and stumble. And yet, every now and again we rise and shine too. I have committed my life to looking for and finding the extraordinary gifts that reside within every person and creating safe spaces to nurture these gifts to unfold and come forth, in order to make a difference in people’s lives – be it at work, home, in their communities, as a parent, etc. I believe it’s time for all of us to let more of our brilliance shine through. If not now, when?”

Peter McGaugh is passionate about developing authentic leadership, with an emphasis on authentic. When the real us shows up, a leader naturally emerges and extraordinary things occur in every corner of life.

Peter oversees the Coaching and Consulting for Courageous Leadership programs at Deep Life, is the driving force behind Using the Enneagram in the Workplace, is s visiting faculty for the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program, and is currently in the research and development stage for a new resource on engaging in the art and practice of transformation. He is co-founder and senior faculty at Deep Life, is certified as an Integral Development Coach (New Ventures West), Nine Domains facilitator and authorized Riso-Hudson Enneagram teacher. 

Prior to Deep Life, Peter gained more than 20 years of experience as a Senior Executive within a global corporation. It was in this work that he discovered his passion and honed his skills for working with people. Peter observed and experienced on a daily basis that it takes critical awareness, courageous willingness and focused, deliberate practice to grow and transform as a leader. Because of his experiences in the corporate world and his training and experience as a coach, teacher, consultant and mentor, Peter understands the challenges leaders face today and appreciates the need for simple, meaningful and lasting solutions…which is what he brings to his organizational, leadership and team development work with companies large and small today. 

Peter lives in Kirkland, Quebec with his wife Angie, his three children and PJ the Golden Wonderdog.

You can reach Peter by e-mail: peter@deeplife.ca.