May 2, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

‘Uncultured:’ Daniella Mestyanek Young on COG and the US Military (Pt. 1)

If hell is real, there is perhaps no circle of it as harrowing nor vile as the experience of growing up in the Children of God cult. Still active under the name “The Family International,” the group is known for being a real-life manifestation of the shittiest of shitty macabre practices, such as child sexual abuse involving their “Law of Love,”—a mandate for females of all ages to show Jesus their love by letting men straight up rape them.

One would hope that growing up in COG would be the last coercive, abusive, and negligent experience for today’s guest, Daniella Mestyanek Young, who is an American author, keynote speaker, and previous Captain in the US Army. One would also hope for ponies and rainbows and a bigger tax return this year but HEY, life’s no cake walk. On today’s episode, Young discusses her book Uncultured: a Memoir, wherein she details her cult-riddled childhood and how, shockingly, the US Army reflected comparable practices.

But how? Take a listen to part 1 of our interview with Daniella, with part 2 coming out next week.

Episode available since May 01, 2023

Herbal Radio

Plant Stories | Featuring Michelle Guerrero Denison

This week on Plant Stories, we’re releasing our interview with Michelle Guerrero Denison. Michelle is an herbalist, formulator, educator, and the founder of The Twig & Feather. Michelle resides in Southern California and talks about how through her family’s own health challenges, she found herbalism and holistic wellness.

Refreshing, engaging, and open-minded, Michelle’s plant stories are human centric. It’s clear her passion resides in listening to and assisting others on their personal wellness paths. Michelle’s life experiences and philosophy transfer over to her approach to herbalism as well as the ways she shares her herbal knowledge. We hope you enjoy this wonderful conversation with our friend Michelle!

Inspired by the needs of her family, Michelle has been studying herbalism for the past decade or so and opened her online shop in 2019. She practices western herbalism, with a holistic focus. She has had the opportunity to study with several wonderful teachers, and readily admits that she will probably be learning for the rest of her life. Her true passions lie in personal consultations, teaching, and writing. All of these are opportunities to get personal and see how herbs can change a life.

Find Michelle’s ‘Proud Herbling’ sticker and more on her website The Twig & Feather

Episode available since Apr 28, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

Assaulted by Bill Cosby with Lili Bernard, Part 2

In part 2 of our conversation, actress Lili Bernard opens up about the last time she saw Bill Cosby, the trauma of his trial, outrage over his release and the aftermath of suffering silently for decades.

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Guest Bio:

Lili Bernard is a Los Angeles-based actor and interdisciplinary visual artist born in Santiago de Cuba. Her artwork has been favorably reviewed in multiple mainstream art periodicals and exhibited widely, including in a 2017 solo show at Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. A graduate of the American School in Japan, Lili received her Masters in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and City University of New York, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in German. Her acting credits include The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Stephen King’s Golden Years and the BBCs Murder in Oakland. A mother of six, Lili is also a writer, independent curator, community organizer and founder of BAILA: Black Artists in Los Angeles. A public-figure anti-rape activist and victims advocate, Lili helped abolish the statute of limitations on rape prosecution in California.

Episode available since April 27, 2023

Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

Circle Talk - Music of Meren King

Music and dance have always been a part of Meren King's life, although it is just within the last 15 years that she has really pursued music as her Lifepath. Join us on Circle as we chat and listen to the music with one of this year's Pagan Spirit Gathering's featured musicians. From Folk to Blues to World Beat and more, the songs Meren sings and the stories she tells, will take you on a journey of the mind and heart.

Tue, May 2, 2023 08:00 pm [Eastern]

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Sacred Sisterhood & Magdalene with Marguerite Rigoglioso

Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., is the foremost authority on the history of virgin birth, and the author of the bold new award-winning book, The Mystery Tradition of Miraculous Conception: Mary an the Lineage of Virgin Births. No better person to discuss with me and our audience the 7 Mysteries of the Magdalene, how we can draw upon the mysteries of Magdalene to co-create miracles in our lives as well as heal our wounds and blocks. We'll also delve into the little known herstory between Magdalene and Mother Mary, divine birth, sacred marriage and dealing with negative forces on the planet.

Wed, May 3, 2023 at 02:00 pm [Eastern]

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