THE SHIFT SQUAD: Showing Up at the Hub of the Universe

In the spirit of The Celestine Prophecy and The Enlightened Gardener, comes a unique story of the human condition and how each of us is trying to find our way. Neil Robson is a middle-aged man facing his personal demons, while searching for a way to make a difference in the world. Instructing a high school summer class on beautiful Vancouver Island is his opportunity. However, the students come with diverse attitudes and challenges that have shaped their view of the world, and themselves. Using self-empowering tools and personal experience, Neil strives to win-over and influence the students to Shift their way of thinking and to Show Up authentically in their lives, while determined to put his demons to rest. Come along on a thought-provoking journey with The Shift Squad.


“Rick takes the reader on a journey of self-empowerment. It’s the manual I wish I had when I was in high school. This book will help many others.” Don Shetterly, Author and Blogger on Mind Body Healing and Trauma

“A timely life-skills manual set in a compelling, easy-to-read story.  Highly recommended.” – Dr. Stephen Faulkner, M.D.

“I love the whole device of teacher and students to bring the teachings about decision making, perception and responsibility come alive.” – Jashanananda, author of ‘Out of The Sixties’ and ‘Calculus in the Congo’.

“”I empathized and felt the pain, sadness, fear, anger and joy as the squad struggled with their personal demons and celebrated their successes. A great read for all ages!” – C.M. Life Traveller



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Rick Fortier once lived a middle-class corporate life, but now chooses to thrive in a minimalist nomadic lifestyle. He is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP), SMART Recovery® Facilitator, and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The Shift Squad is his first step in guiding others to be self-empowered and take ownership of their health and happiness. He gets a kick out of writing, and currently lives in Costa Rica and Vancouver Island, Canada with his wife Susan.

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