Apr 11, 2023


Around the Web, Around the World

A Little Bit Culty

Your Turn to Listen: Gwenith Kikkawa and Kevin Alexander on Resilience

You know the old adage; person A joins an organization, person B joins the same organization, persons A and B learn organization is a cult and, after getting married, decide to escape. Wait, is that not normal? Well, thankfully Sarah and Nippy aren’t the only ones who’ve experienced this. Gwenith Kikkawa (they/them) and Kevin Alexander (they/them) are multiple-cult survivors, meaning they’ve experienced culty horrors not just once (like a great majority of our guests), but numerous times. Now, the couple has channeled their experiences into art via playwriting, songwriting, and more, narrowing in on how one can reclaim identity after traumatic coercive thought control over several years.

#IGotOut - The Musical will be featured at the igotout.org produced Story Jam (taking place on October 21st, 2023) as the grand finale performance. The event as a whole is meant to provide a platform for #IGOTOUT stories from all sorts of survivors and advocates.

The venue, The Improv Shop in St. Louis offers an intimate, comedy club atmosphere and tickets will be limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis. Use this link to subscribe and to have the first option on tickets.

This event is a collaboration with the RetreatCon, taking place on the same weekend with the local non-profit Tears of Eden.

Episode available since April 10, 2023

Herbal Radio

Sustainably Foraging So-Cal | Tea Talks Roundtable

In this new “Tea Talks Roundtable” series, Jiling gathers four local Ventura and Santa Barbara county herbal teachers to discuss sustainable foraging in southern California (aka. So-Cal). Learn more about the Ventura area’s Mediterranean climate, ethical harvesting considerations, and some of the plants that make this area special. We discuss building relationships with plants, spring nibbles, gardening, white sage, horehound, tasty naturalized plants, warrior plants, and conclude with some of our favorite easy to grow medicinals. Enjoy the chat! Learn more about these Ventura area herbal teachers below:

🌿LANNY KAUFER has been leading “Herb Walks,” nature hikes, and workshops in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties since 1976. He is the author of “Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants.” Visit Lanny at HerbWalks.com and OjaiHerbal.org

🌿EMILY SANDERS is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, Nutritionist, Holistic Entrepreneur Coach, and Director of the Artemisia Academy, where she teaches live online herbal courses to help healers make a bigger impact in their community. Visit Emily at ArtemisiaAcademy.com

🌿CAROL WADE has been a practicing herbalist since 1993. She does ecotours of the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden, which she founded along with the Ojai School of Herbal Studies in Ojai, California. Visit Carol at EarthIslandHerbs.com

🌿LINDSAY KOLASA is a practicing Community Herbalist who specializes in digestion, mental health, and trauma. She previously created and ran Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary, in Mississippi. She now lives in Santa Barbara. Visit Lindsay at LindsayKolasa.com

🌿JILING LIN is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and herbalist in Ventura, CA. Visit Jiling at JilingLin.com, Instagram @LinJiling, and Facebook @JilingLAc. Get her free Nourishing Life (養生) template, Five Phases (五行) outline, or sign up for her newsletter here.

Episode available since Apr 7, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

The Dangers of Divorcing a Narcissist with Demetria Graves

Top divorce attorney Demetria Graves reveals her pre-divorce checklist, the biggest mistakes people make in the process and breaks down the harsh realities of going toe-to-toe with a narcissist in court.

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Guest Bio:

Certified Family Law Specialist, Demetria Graves, opened her own Family Law practice, The Graves Law Firm. She is considered a leading Family Law attorney and has received many accolades for her dedication to the field of family law as well as to the community. Ms. Graves hosts a podcast, “Legally Uncensored with Attorney Demetria L. Graves,” addressing family law-related topics. In addition, Ms. Graves wrote and released a book in 2021 titled, “When Women Run the Firm: How to successfully launch and manage your law practice with confidence.” Guest Information:

Episode available since April 6, 2023

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Cards, Kabbalah and Consciousness in a Post Covid World w/Heather Mendel

Heather Meldel, author of The Disobedient Kabbalist is a South African born mystic, artist, author and intuitive reader, drawn to the call of the mystical, where myth and metaphor reside, connects deeply to Divinity and divination. Authoring 7 books and 4 decks of oracle cards she is perfectly suited to discuss with us how our consciousness can be shaped as we move toward the 5th Dimension....a place we achieve rather than a place we go; connecting with the elements, the plant and animal worlds in new ways. Her latest work on Tarot's Minor Arcana, The Parallax Oracle was published in October 2020 following The Syzygy Oracle published in 2012.. Her website is www.sacredfemininekabbalah.com.

Wed, April 12, 2023 12:00 pm [Pacific]

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Desperate House Witches

An Hour with Author Terrance P. Ward

Author Terrance P. Ward stops by for a visit.

Terence P Ward (Mid-Hudson Valley, NY) is a journalist and practicing Pagan for more than thirty years. He has been bound to a Wiccan coven, communed with the Earth as a backpacking Pagan (aka Gaiaped), and been tapped by the Olympian gods. He manages his depression through his work as a priest to Poseidon, and he's a minister ordained through the Church of the Sacred Earth: a Union of Pagan Congregations in Vermont. Ward is also a member of the order of the occult hand.

Terrance is the author of the book, Empty Cauldrons -

A Pagan Guide to Coping with Depression

Whether is it impacting you or a loved one, depression can be difficult to discuss or even acknowledge. Empty Cauldrons explores the isolating influence it can have and why many people resist professional help. With contributions from Pagan clergy, depression sufferers, and therapists, author Terence P Ward creates a picture of depression that draws upon both science and religion. He also shares his own experiences with this common affliction and the spiritual methods he has used for relief.

Discover how to draw off miasma, appeal to the gods of the wind, purify yourself with sound, and host a traditional Hellenic ancestor feast. Learn about conducting shadow work, tending a depression shrine, keeping a dream journal, and much more. Throughout the book, Ward compassionately presents dozens of simple strategies for developing a polytheistic relationship with depression, seeking comfort, and rekindling hope.

Includes a foreword by M. Macha Nightmare, priestess, witch, and cofounder of the reclaiming collective

Thu, April 13, 2023 04:00 pm [Eastern]

A Visit with Recording Artist - David Wood

Recording artist, Engineer and Producer. David Wood joins me for a visit.

David Wood has the ability to have you dancing in a club all night or rocking out in your car. If you like the spooky atmosphere that Stevie Nicks creates with her music along with the vocal style of Alison Moyet, Erasure and Depeche Mode you will absolutely love David Wood.

David has also been compared to the vocal style of George Michael, Boy George and yes, even Tina Turner as well. He just keeps cranking out his own original music and however he wishes it to sound, he can more than pull it off vocally and musically.

David Wood is a mainstream recording artist based in Columbus, Ohio. His music has been described by local media as the POP/Dance Alternative with a dash of Soul. Unabashed and often times unclothed, David has established a following in many different communities. From High Energy Dance music and Soulful ballads to the erotic and mystical, his music continues to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

David has toured the national club circuit and performed at many festivals from his humble beginnings in 1990 to present day. He has continued to make himself available to such charitable groups as The American Cancer Society, where he performed with his dancers at the Ohio State University Horseshoe, The American Diabetes Association and the Columbus AIDS Task Force. Music has been written by David Wood for local television commercials and radio advertisements and he has managed to have small amounts of radio play and interviews with his original material.

So take David home tonight . . . You should hear what you’ve been missing.

Please visit his website - https://davidwoodmusic.com/

Fri, April 14, 2023 04:30 pm [Eastern]


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