Sometime we need a shot in the arm and the heart to change.

Enter the Catalyst Apothecary.

Rites of


Individual and group
experiences to mark an important threshold, shed your skin, and begin anew

Team Transformation Experiences


Relational transformation experiences for teams to clear blockage and find their constellations of genius



Experience design and facilitation to infuse special moments at work and in life with deeper meaning 




Course Creator, Facilitator, Lead Guide
Spring 2020 — On-line and In-person in CA

Join a cohort of up to 14 courageous, heart-centered leaders in this 3-month ceremony and curriculum in power dynamics, energy cultivation, and systems healing. We will convene in weekly online discussion groups and at an 8-day residential retreat with a solo wilderness quest. Accepting applications now!




Coffeehouse Conversation Facilitator
2019 — Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA

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Interpersonal Development Program

Elective Instructor
Fall Semester 2018—Berkeley Haas, Berkeley, CA

I offered two elective courses for Haas MBA students:

  • Sensing Across Scales

  • Power Literacy


Responsive Conference 2018

Mainstage Presenter
Sept 24-25, 2018 — Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY

I presented on rites of passage, energetic dynamics, and how we can change our relationship with power to fuel the future of work at this conference for leaders and organization designers.

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Breakout Presenter and Panel Host
June 12-13, 2018 — Pier 27, San Francisco, CA

I hosted two experiences at this gathering of 800+ people leaders committed to creating more human workplaces. Day 1 breakout: Sensing Power & Cultivating Organizational Aliveness where I shared info and experiences related to sensing, power, ego, and multi-level flourishing at work. Day 2, I hosted an interactive panel I designed: From Safety to Intimacy: Engaging Relationships at Work. With an incredible group of leaders (Celeste Hirschman, Chris Marcell Murchison, Jay Bendett, Max Masure, and William Winters), we explored the role of intimacy and connection in the workplace....where we are, first steps to move forward, and a vision for what’s possible.


medical qigong practitioner training

Ceremony Holder & Guest Presenter
May 1-6, 2018 — Mount Shasta, CA

I hosted a grief ritual for the group and and presented on the energetics and practicalities of boundaries and agreements as part of this practitioner certification retreat.

fireside chat: Why do I Feel Like Shit at Work?

November 2, 2017 6:30-8:30p — Fabric, San Francisco, CA

This public conversation hosted at Fabric, a community co-working space, explored some of the main personal and cultural reasons that make us feel disconnected or de-motivated at work, and what we can do about it. 

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life@work by Live Grey

October 17-18, 2017 — 501 Union, Brooklyn, NY

I led two experiences at this 2-day immersive conference for culture leaders — a main stage event with Gabriel Wilson called Freedom and Fairness: Growth and Connection Through Difference, and a breakout session on Processing Social and Organizational Grief. 


Leadership Qigong Retreat with David Beaudry

Guest Facilitator: Pleasure Based Leadership
September 30-October 1, 2017 — Berkeley, CA

To lead and serve in these times requires a great deal of energy. Drawing on deep knowledge of qigong, energy dynamics, and the realities facing leaders today, David and Larissa introduced participants to their powerful practices for leaders to cultivate and move from a deep well of energy in their work and lives.

THe culture conference

Presenter & Facilitator
April 1-2, 2017 — One Workplace, Santa Clara, CA

The Culture Conference is an immersive 2-day event for business leaders who are committed to building positive teams and cultures. I led a breakout session on Sunday—Catalyzing Transformation: How Rites of Passage Accelerate Growth and Meaning in Organizations. 

Leadership Qigong workshop with David Beaudry

March 11, 2017 1-5pm — The Working Body, Oakland, CA

Qigong practitioner, David Beaudry, and leadership coach, Larissa Conte, hosted a half-day introduction to Leadership Qigong—their custom approach to cultivating the energy required to lead. Drawing on deep knowledge of qigong, energy dynamics, and the realities facing leaders today, David and Larissa introduced participants to their powerful practices for leaders to cultivate and move from a deep well of energy in their work and lives. 

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Activating your inner knowing

October 20, 2016 — BODY, Sante Fe, NM

Each of us has a deep body intelligence that can guide us to create greater alignment in our lives, but we don’t always know how it works or how to access it. In this interactive talk, Larissa shared about: the dynamics and power of inner knowing, how brain-based intelligence and inner knowing interact, key insights to activate your inner knowing, and practical applications to create greater alignment in your life, work, and relationships.