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Best-Selling Author and Integrative Healer – A NewsWhistle Q&A with Brent Feinberg

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Brent Feinberg is a best-selling author who at the young age of 28 is committed to making sustainable impact in the world, especially for children. Through his exceptional writing skills, his books take the reader on a journey of self-discovery and joy.

Brent is an integrative healer and author, born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was raised with messages from Nelson Mandela—who he also spent time with—as well as others such as Steve Biko’s son, Nkosinathi Biko, and Deepak Chopra. He has worked with orphans and vulnerable children and youth, as well as many others while on his incredible journey. He gives of himself so that others will have the skills and tools to live a life that they love and get involved to create a world where all individuals share an experience based on justice, love, self-awareness, and greater consciousness.

In his striving to help and heal, Brent started practicing Reiki—an ancient form of healing where the practitioner transfers energy by placing his or her hands over or on the patient—at age 13. Today he is a Triple Reiki Master – Reiki Master Usui, Reiki Master Karuna, Reiki Master Lightarian. He is also a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Qualified Yoga Teacher, and Practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and advanced techniques of Transcendental Meditation.

Through the many years of experience and studying, Brent developed a great understanding of consciousness-based health care and well-being, something that spurred him to write his first best-selling book Freeing Freddie – The Dream Weaver (2017), available on Amazon.com. His second book, Revealing Freddie — The Light Within (2018), continues to provide tools to enhance the conscious development of children, youth, and adults in a fun manner in order to actualize their potential. The issue of anxiety in American society has become an astounding issue. Brent’s books address this by giving skills and tools to individuals to use daily to access and release their fears and to realize their dreams.

Brent has also created a powerful SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum that is used in schools in South Africa and America, where teachers are taken through an in-depth personal training. Additionally, his workshops in corporations are applauded, as they are life changing experiences that build teams and help individuals reach their full potential, while allowing companies to thrive.

For more information, visit www.withlovefromfreddie.com

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Brent Feinberg 1 (Photo Credit - Nick Bolton)Brent Feinberg; Photograph by Nick Bolton

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1. How and when did you first realize you wanted to work in your current industry?

Growing up I watched my mother make a profound impact on her surroundings as a social entrepreneur. I took a great deal of inspiration from this and felt it my duty to make a positive impact on society. When I was tenyears old my parents got divorced, and I experienced a lot of emotional trauma. I was an angry child after this, and was constantly in in trouble at school. At 12, I started studying Reiki, a traditional Japanese form of healing, and this piqued my passion and was a cathartic experience. I always dreamed of writing a book. After deciding to leave formal education in my second year of university, I pursued integrative healing practices, yoga, and personal transformation full-time. While on yoga teacher training in Bali, I became inspired to write my first book that would help children and adults both to deal with fear and free their thoughts and emotions, pairing my passion for both positive social change and self-transformation.

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2. What is your biggest career highlight to date?

Every time I lead a corporate workshop, I connect with the participants on a level that is really profound. The workshops set up a space for people to share and grow very quickly. People have shared stories from their lives with me with that I find most touching. I am grateful to witness people’s lives change before my eyes– feeling lighter and more self-love. Every time this happens is a huge highlight.

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3. Any celebrity clients or memorable stories related to your business that you want to share?

As a young boy I met many celebrities but no one more memorable than Nelson Mandela. He stood for forgiveness as a pathway to freedom and gave the world hope. Spending time with him at his home is Houghton, Johannesburg made an impression that fuels my passion and purpose.

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4. How would you describe your personal style?

My style is my lifestyle. I dress and behave with intention to create peace and joy for myself and those around me, choosing to eat and live compassionately. My style is calming, uplifting, engaging, and friendly.

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5. What is a typical day in your life like?

5:30 am: Isha Yoga & Meditation practice for 2 hours, 30min, followed by a healthy breakfast including fruits. Then I write for an hour, followed by general work, answering emails, attending meetings, leading workshops and trainings, after which I practice afternoon meditation, then gym or swim. I try to read books from which I can learn in the evening.

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Brent Feinberg 2 (Photo Credit - Johan Wilke)Brent Feinberg; Photograph by Johan Wilke

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6. What are your three favorite locations in the city you reside in?

Cape Town beaches, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head hiking trails, and Sheckter’s RAW vegan cafe.

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7. What are your three favorite restaurants?

Crossroads Kitchen in LA, NIX in New York, and Mildred’s Restaurant in London.

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8. What about your three favorite bars?

I don’t drink, but Painted Pin in Atlanta has great games combined with a luxury style and feel.

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9. What has been your best New York moment? What about the worst?

Seeing Hamilton on Broadway; None.

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10. Name your go-to:  

a. Outfit – Fitted black jeans, sleek trainers and low collar t-shirt or fitted shirt;

b. Fragrance – Jean Paul Gaultier;

c. Book – Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and Inner Engineering by Sadhguru;

d. TV show – “Big Bang Theory.”

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11. Name your favorite vacation spot, and the hotel you stay at while there. 

a. Hawaii, Kauai ;

b. Mauritius, Club Med; and

c. Anahata Resort, Bali, Indonesia.

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Brent Feinberg 3 (Photo Credit - Johan Wilke)Brent Feinberg; Photograph by Johan Wilke

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12. What are your three most played songs?

Anything by artists: Ben Howard, Ludovico Einaudi, or Rhye.

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13. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Sadhguru. A yogi and a mystic of profound realization, he is changing the world in so many inspiring ways; through projects to save the rivers and plant millions of trees, but most of all showing people how to use their life to its full potential. He is extremely practical and intelligent. I would be grateful to spend time with him as an endless fountain of wisdom.

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14. What is something people might not know about you?

If they have to ask me to help them with anything, if I can, I will say yes.

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15. When did you feel like you had “made it” professionally?

I can’t say that I have yet, for two reasons: One being there are so many factors, people and circumstances that contribute to my success, it is arrogant to think this is me, I did this. I also feel my career is an expression of my life and it will only be complete when I am at the end of my life.

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Brent Feinberg (Photo Credit - Nick Bolton)Brent Feinberg; Photograph by Nick Bolton

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16. Do you have any advice for those aspiring to work in your industry?

In terms of writing, a person must have something they feel is valuable or feel passionate about saying in a way that has not been said before; this comes from life experience so seek out experiences you feel will be expansive, bring learning and growth. Move with purpose. When it comes to helping people free their minds, thoughts, and emotions, this is only possible if you have done it for yourself. If a person wants to make a positive impact in society, they must first develop and change themselves.

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17. What changes do you think your industry will undergo in the next 5-10 years?

The way content is taught and received will both become more basic in that people will see the need to connect in person for the many benefits it offers, while at the same time becoming more high-tech in its ability to reach wider audiences who are in need of the educational content and messaging.

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18. Is there anything else you’d like to share, discuss or promote?

Yes. Our innovative curriculum that focuses on social emotional learning. We train teachers to use our program that deals with fear, anxiety, and self-awareness in their classrooms. Teachers have expressed how much they love our course as we nurture them as individuals and as a team, so they can nurture their students. Our corporate workshops are a powerful and life-changing experience that enhances company culture, team productivity, and success.

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Lead-In Image of Brent Feinberg Courtesy of Photographer Johan Wilke.

Brent Feinberg 1 (Photo Credit - Johan Wilke)