An unexpected experience in our lives shapes the way we experience this world. But any experience can be a positive in our lives. 

Welcome to Lean In. A podcast that explores ordinary people’s extraordinary lives through honest storytelling. My guests share with me their journey of discovery, laughter, personal experiences and healing.

If you are going through a change or challenging period in life, Lean In is the space where we can surrender to the cycle together.

In this episode of Lean In, I invited Rick Pursell to tell his fascinating story. It’s a tale fraught with fear, inner turmoil, purpose, wisdom and above all, hope. 

Rick opens up about his past and what it means to live with purpose. From his idyllic childhood exploring the lush English countryside. To planning his own suicide in the Vietnam War. 

Rick’s most recent ventures are a far cry from the chaos of war. He is the co-founder of Heaven in Bali the five-star boutique homestay in Bali. Stemming from a deep desire to help others unlock their potential. A peaceful mountainside retreat in Ubud Bali that lives up to its name, the Koi Pond Strategy. 

Rick is, to most people, the “Trusted Advisor”. He speaks about personal transformation and professional leadership development. He has presented an enlightening TEDx talk at the Ubud, Gaya Fusion. Rick is the author of books:

  • “Cause No Harm – A Handbook for Humanity”
  • “Living From The Heart,”
  • “5 Easy Steps To Mindfulness.”

His journey from being a “broken man” to rising up and embarking on a deep spiritual journey is inspiring. He has moved from the darkness and into a lighter space. 

Rick shares with me some truly incredible experiences and lessons:

  • A pacifist, a man at war, suicidal thoughts, a decision, a hope
  • The erupting inner volcano – how Rick overcame his grief
  • The impact of entering into a new stage of clarity and stillness had for Rick
  • Why we all have a life’s purpose
  • Rick’s enlightening experience in India with a Swami teacher and a mangy dog
  • What ‘downloading’ really means
  • How we can all prioritise our own personal values
  • Why elder wisdom still holds value for the modern youth


Heaven In Bali: Website

Rick Pursell: Website

Rick’s TEDx Talk: Here

Rick Pursell: LinkedIn

Koi Pond Strategy: Website

Cause No Harm: Website

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