Who is 5th Place?

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Explore who is behind 5th Place, what inspires us and why we chose the name.

Who is 5th Place?

Chantal Dawtrey

Chantal loves to learn and loves to work with people who want to learn. She is inspired by those who are prepared to transcend the narrative that being in control means being successful. She works to create spaces where people feel safe to be vulnerable, and strong enough to engage meaningfully about what truly defines them and their lives. She supports learning journeys, co-creates and facilitates personal, group and team change and development work and gives structure to a growing body of work that brings meaning and purpose to her life and others.


Chantal is a credentialed coach and registered coach supervisor with COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) and a past chairperson of the Research and Supervision Portfolio Committees. She is a qualified teacher, a Neuro Linguistic practitioner, and has an MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Chantal is the co-founder of 5th Place and co-creator of Shape of Emotion.

Matthew Green

Matthew loves to connect with people and inspire them to become more engaged with their feelings. He's been meditating since he was 10 years old, is a qualified aromatherapist, EFT practitioner and coach. He's studied Waldorf education, NLP and has been researching and working with human development potential for the last 29 years.

His favourite maxim is: “If you don’t know where you are how can you move to somewhere else?” Matthew facilitates and coaches people to accept where they are and what they feel so they can live happier, more fulfilled and purpose driven lives.

Matthew is the co-founder of 5th Place and co-creator of Shape of Emotion.

Why the name, 5th Place?

We often get asked why 5th Place? Why not 1st or 2nd or 3rd? There is a story behind the choice of the name. It is short. Here it is.

First, second, third and fourth place

Ray Oldenburg, author of The Great Good Place defines the first place as home, the second place as work and the third place as the place where community gathers for recreation, such as coffee shops, parks and sports facilities.

The fourth place we have defined as social media spaces like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on.

What then is the fifth place?

5th Place

5th Place is the space of connectedness, community, possibility, well-being and equality of all people. 5th Place asks us to build a better world through the realm of feeling. It is anywhere and everywhere that asks us to feel more, heal, learn, grow, engage and it starts with me.

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