We had the good fortune of connecting with Jules Cazedessus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jules, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by the millions of people around the world helping each other out every day and every night. It’s easy to overlook all the small acts of kindness, courage, and creativity that help sustain life. None of us, alone, could carry the burden of the monumental tasks facing humanity at present. Even though it’s sometimes hard-won, I draw on a deep-seated optimism that stems from knowing that there are billions of acts of love set in motion all over this planet, every second.
One of my favorite quotes is from the philosopher Teilhard de Chardin (slightly updated here): Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, humanity will have discovered fire.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
One of my greatest mentors and teachers was Gabrielle Roth, the creator of a global moving meditation practice called the 5Rhythms. At a dinner one of the first nights I met her, she asked me: “What is the premise of your life?” If there was a through-line (like in a play or a film) uniting all your experiences, she explained, what would it be?
The question was so profound it required several days for me to answer. Here’s what I came up with: I am here to help heal the false split between Spirit and matter. I realize that might sound a little lofty or existential but for me, it’s the opposite. I believe that what is sacred isn’t to be relegated to religions or to the realms of transcendence (it’s not about some heavenly afterlife). Our miraculous bodies and the Earth, Herself, are manifestations of something mysterious, something divine. I don’t pretend to know what God is but I am committed to cultivating and appreciating the gifts of simply being human, to help make a heaven—as impossible as that sometimes seems during the Sixth Great Extinction—right here, on Earth.
As a social-entrepreneur, I created a simple and practical product (the Venus Mat) to support women in claiming their sexual sovereignty. Venus Matters is devoted to helping humans feel uplifted and empowered in their body temples (in bed and beyond).
I believe that when humans everywhere truly honor our physical bodies, we will be better able to honor and protect the ecosystems that sustain all of life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A week in the mile-high state would start with dinner at our favorite restaurant right now, the Fifth String in Denver. We’d love to go on a day trip to Estes Park. Maybe a hike into the Aspens or a ski-trip, followed by a soak in Strawberry Hot Springs. The week would be peppered with lots of well-curated meals at home, sharing laughter, talking about our evolutionary edges, and dancing to great music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout also goes to Mellisa Michaels, who has cultivated a community of dancers practicing the 5Rhythms in Boulder and around the world, and who welcomed me back to my home state of Colorado 8 years ago with so much generosity, wisdom, and playfulness. And Amber Ryan, a lifelong friend from NYC, who now lives nearby (luckily), and whose grace and friendship helps me root, and fly!