242 Kissey Asplund “Generation Watts” and the Circle Creative Collective “LUMINOUS”

Kissey Asplund of Generation Watts works as a creative consultant specializing in the process of generation and creative subatomic energy. Her creativity expresses itself as a music producer, generator, multi-disciplinary artist, and meditator based in New York City. Amongst other things, today we talk deeply about her unique background, how her creativity is enhanced through meditation, and we get to experience a sound meditation titled Embrace Yourself. Kissey will be at the O+ Festival this weekend, Saturday, October 8th at 7pm at the Good Work Insitute offering: Access Your Connection & Blossom Your Inner Creativity which is a guided meditation where you can experience stillness, deeper connection with self, inner empowerment, and presence—through easy, gentle movements and simple breath techniques. These modalities are used to relax into the body and activate a deeper state of meditation, well-being, and inner creativity. The meditation will oscillate between deeper moments of stillness and release, with moments of building empowerment (inner energy). You can do the class sitting, standing, or lying down. A soundtrack written by Kissey will support your meditation.

Circle Creative Collective and their upcoming event, LUMINOUS.

LUMINOUS is a powerful celebration of the thinning of the veil between worlds, gifting us a unique way to honor our ancestors, the beloved departed, and even aspects of ourselves that we may have buried. Through story, song, community, a journey into the earth and our own hearts, LUMINOUS is a beautiful balm that will help bring light to these coming darker months of introspection.

It is a celebration of life, by honoring grief, impermanence, and the wisdom of the unseen world. Together with BLOOM, this second offering of hope and healing completes an important story of life’s most essential cycles of birth and death. At the heart of LUMINOUS are gifts shared to find light in the dark through re/connection and song. LUMINOUS is a living reminder that we are held by nature, love and magic, and that we hold the alchemizing, transformative powers of creativity.

Happening at 5 and 8pm on October 29th & 30th LUMINOUS will take you into the cavernous heart of the Earth through contemplative story and song. This exquisite interactive experience will remind us that even in the coldest, darkest times we are held by beauty, that we are magic, and that each of us can be a light in the dark. 

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227 “Holistic Health” with Cornelia Wathen, Diana Seiler and Alannah Henneberry

Today I get to speak with three members of the Holistic Health Community,Cornelia Wathen, Diana Seiler, and Alannah Henneberry.

Since 2012 HHC has offered Community Holistic Healthcare days at the Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge (Route 209), on the third Tuesday of each month, from [4:00][8:00] PM. Then in March 2020 they shifted to offer virtual sessions during the last week of each month. Now that they are back to in person, they continue this virtual offering an ongoing event for out-of-town practitioners, for practitioners whose modalities are not appropriate for shared space (such as sound healing) and for practitioners who prefer virtual work.

During these events practitioners offer a wide range of services including acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic, massage, Brennan Healing Science, Reiki, OrthoBionomy, NeurOptimal, Biophonton Therapy, One Light Healing Touch, Attunement, Reconnective Healing, Matrix Energetics, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Hypnotherapy, The Emotion Code, Spacious Heart Guidance, Psycho-Spiritual Counseling, Craniosacral Therapy, and much more!

Additionally, they offer a variety of special events, including speakers and workshops related to expanding consciousness and exploring holistic health, and in collaboration with the Rosendale Theatre Collective, they co-sponsor the screening of films related to health and well-being. See their Film Archive  for the full scope of programming.

The Holistic Health Community operates under the principle of Sacred Reciprocity/Paying it Forward. So, though there is no charge for services, they encourage sacred reciprocity by giving a donation, by doing volunteer work or by an act of loving kindness for someone in need. No one is turned away.

A little about my guests before we get into the conversation:

Cornelia Wathen regularly offers Brennan Healing Science and Emotion Code work at HHC events. She is one of the founders of The Holistic Health Community, and coordinates the Community Holistic Healthcare Days and Virtual Holistic Healthcare Weeks.

Diana Seiler is a licensed Thai Massage practitioner and instructor and has been serving with the Holistic Health Community for several years, most recently overseeing their Regenerative Farming: Soil to Soul Program.

And finally, Alannah Henneberry is an energy worker and certified Shamanic Reiki Healing Master. She has joined their mission to help advance the Holistic Health Community’s Holistic Healthcare to the People! initiative, aiming to make holistic healthcare accessible to locally underserved communities through their Outreach Program.

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224 “BLOOM” with Circle Creative Collective

Today I am joined by Melissa Hewitt, Mirabai Trent, and Jenny Wonderling from Circle Creative Collective to talk about their upcoming happening, BLOOM, and their ongoing work to build on their commitment of connecting and inspiring diverse communities by sharing and preserving traditional crafts and skills.

BLOOM: the Rebirth invites you to rediscover your dreams and your most joyous and authentic you. Step upon candlelit paths through interactive dreamscapes celebrating wonder and the fullness of spring. Join our visceral journey through the woods and be both witness and player on an exuberant full sensory experience where performance meets the sacred and celebration. This is avant-garde ceremony, breaking the bounds and touching pure magic as creativity emerges from the trees and forest floor, falls from the sky, and is illuminated all around you. It’s a spectacle, an inspiration, an awakening and an offering to the earth and our collective future. This May, meet magical creatures who will share wisdom, music, dance, and even bring healing. BLOOM is living theater wrapped in a prayer.

We also talked about their offerings Sankofa, Chrysalis for teens program, and their Craft Preservation workshops. It was a lively and loving conversation about their relationships to rebirth, joy, conscious living and connecting in community.

Hope to see some of you at BLOOM on May 28th or June 4th at the Stone Ridge Orchard! Remember to reach out to them if you want to help out or would like to request a sliding scale ticket discount.

Oh, and here’s the information on this Saturday’s Together for Mental Health Community Walk.

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208 Inno Powell from “Abundance Farms”

WELCOME TO SEASON 5!!!!! Today I have the privilege of speaking with Inno Powell, Founder of Abundance Farms. “Their mission is to get fresh organic produce into the homes of BIPOC families in and out of Ulster County, NY. There are so many people living in places where food apartheid plays a big part in our communities and we aren’t even aware of it. We started growing out of public and private spaces in Kingston, NY for our first two seasons. By the end of the second season, we had reached about 80 BIPOC families with most of those families being served on a regular basis with a free vegetable share from the farm. We had over 50 volunteers help out this season from the beginning to the end and I honestly think that they are the reason we were able to keep this going because it takes a village in every sense.” They are embarking on a fundraising campaign to continue and expand this good work which is just one of the reasons I was glad Inno said yes to being a guest on the show. You can follow them on Instagram, @wefeedbipocfree and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/wefeedbipoc.

Today we hear the powerful story of how farming found Inno, or really, returned to Inno, as something that was always deep in their roots, and all about the journey to Abundance Farms and the good work they are doing there. Plus, Inno shares about faith, the “good book,” finding oneself, the other side of incarceration, midwifery, as well as some poetry about being a single mom. It’s a must listen!

Here’s the farm’s website where you can volunteer, join the CSA or donate.

And here’s the petition on midwifery centers in NY State.

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#194 Sisterhood (and Politics) with Melinda McKnight, Lynne Bailey and Jana Martin

Today I am talking sisterhood and politics with three fabulous women, but first up, I share an interview I did, BC (before Covid), of Mikayla Haggerty, Marlea Catoosa, Ruby Friedman from the Golden Fleece 4H Sheep Club Dutchess County. I met them 2 years ago while attending the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. I wanted hot apple cider and they were selling it, which made me curious about what they were doing there and why. Tune in to find out!

Then I share some of the astrological Full Moon report for this Wednesday, and play songs, Circles and Blue to Gold, off the new Sarah Perrotta release, “Blue to Gold.”

Then around minute 53 I have the honor of welcoming these three women running for local election in the Town of Hurley.

Jana Martin has been active in Ulster County community issues since making it her home in 2000. She’s a content director and editor for green and advanced technology firms, and an author published by The New York Times, Forbes, Simon & Schuster and Random House. She has taught writing at SUNY New Paltz and Word Café in Woodstock and Kingston. She was an active member of Eagle Valley Search Dogs K9 search and rescue team, is a runner and equestrian, and a proud stepmom to two boys. “Hurley’s Town Board needs support for the great work it’s already started — and to truly listen to the concerns of this community. I’d be proud to bring my skills and community spirit to the table.” Running for Hurley Town Board.

Melinda McKnight grew up in the Hamlet of Port Ewen and attended Kingston High School. Upon graduating, she earned an A.S. degree in Journalism from SUNY Ulster, a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Public History from SUNY Albany. She spent her early career in nonprofit administration where she managed all aspects of operations including, developing exhibits and special events, negotiating contracts, grant writing, budgeting and human resources.  She has served as Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, taught Continuing Education classes at Ulster BOCES and provided a 12-week character development program based on The Virtues Project at a medium security NYS Prison.  Since 2010, she has worked in the field of Building Performance in a variety of roles in a family-owned company that transitions homes and businesses off fossil fuels. Her current role is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She currently serves as Vice President of Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum, Board Member of Citizens for Local Power and Councilperson on the Town of Hurley Town Board. As a member of the Hurley Town Board, Melinda worked across party lines in writing and passing a Short Term Rental Law (Commended by the Ulster County Planning Board) and in creating a Zoning Task Force and a Climate Smart Task Force. She’s running for Hurley Town Supervisor.

Lynne Bailey grew up in a rural suburban area of Suffolk County and moved to NYC in 1976 starting her long and diverse professional career. In 2013 she purchased her home in Hurley and in recent years, Lynne has been very involved in community matters, volunteers for the Zoning Task Force and is the communications manager of the Hurley Climate Smart Task Force. Ms. Bailey has long cultivated service-oriented practices, and is eager for the opportunity to serve her community and its residents in the ways she knows best – using modern technology and methods, impeccable recordkeeping and communication skills, for the improvement of local government operations – with the respect and diligence that all residents merit.Service-oriented, accessible, trustworthy, technologically efficient, transparent and accountable. She’s running for Hurley Town Clerk/Tax Collector

They share about why they wanted to get involved in politics, how collaborating and reaching across the political aisle is important, how getting involved in local politics can be very positive and valuable for all of us, some of the challenges they have faced, and how their “sisterhood” has helped them through the difficult moments. So get out and VOTE! Early voting starts October 23rd here in Ulster County and election day is November 2nd!

P.S. here’s the Rosendale Uke Group I mentioned!

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#193 Marielena Ferrer “Politics and Spirituality and the Downsides of Empathy”

Welcome to another installment of our monthly excursion into Politics and Spirituality with Marielena Ferrer, a socially engaged visual artist and art educator. She serves on the Kingston Arts Commission and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Ferrer studied architecture at Central University of Venezuela and later earned a certificate of distinction in “Leadership and Empowerment” from Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia and a diploma in “Gender Leadership” through the EQUAL Transnational Cooperation Community Initiative of the European Social Fund. In addition, she earned a University Expert Diploma in “Mental Health, Cultural Processes and Psychological Interventions With Immigrants, Minorities and the Socially Excluded” from the University of Barcelona. Ferrer is currently completing a BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz makes art to “assist people in becoming aware of themselves and their environment as fully as possible.”

On the second Mo(o)nday of the month we get together to discuss subjects related to or inspired by the Art of Living and the Art of Living together, two themes from the book, Espiritualidad y Politica, which Marielena contributed to 10 years ago while living in Spain. This month we continue our conversation on what it means to be “in community” inspired by Marielena’s recent O+ Festival participatory art exhibit. She also shares her perspective on Indigenous People’s Day which interesting to me is celebrated in different ways and under different names in other countries around the world. We were inspired by this article about the downsides of empathy and finish up the show exploring some of it’s main themes. We’d love to hear what you think!

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#171 Marielena Ferrer-Harrington “Spirituality and Politics”

It’s the second Moonday of the month and that means, the return of Marielena Ferrer-Harrington! She was a contributor to the book Espiritualidad y Politica which was published 10 years ago, and she feels it’s time to start revisiting these subjects from today’s lens. Mariaelena is the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock, a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and Kingston’s City Arts Commission. You can listen to her previous interview from September of 2020 where we speak more about her life and her work, and here’s our first conversation about Spirituality and Politics.

The book contains essays from internationally recognized authors including Ken Wilber, Ervin Laszlo, and Tariq Ramadan as well as Spanish-speaking pundits such as Jordi Pigem and Vicente Merlo, “Espiritualidad y politica” offers global and local proposals for integrating a spiritual dimension in the political sphere and, concurrently, for infusing current spiritual movements with a practical component. Society’s relationship with money, cultural integration, sustainable development, and participation in public life are among the topics discussed in depth and with an actionable focus. The overarching message is that it is possible and necessary to marry the art of living (spirituality) with the art of coexisting (politics) to achieve peace.

Today we continue and expand upon the history and meaning of politics and spirituality, how they are related, why there connection is important and also Marielena explains how the Tarot is an important tool for her in understanding this subject as seen through the lens of the archetypes of the Major Arcana. We’d love for you to join in this conversation as it’s meant to support all of us through a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another.

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#168 Silvia Federici “Scholar, Teacher, Author and Activist”

Silvia Federici is an Italian and American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist and anarchist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor, and she has also worked as a teacher in Nigeria. She was co-founder of the International Feminist Collective, and an organizer with the wages for housework campaign. In 1973, she helped start Wages for Housework groups in the US. In 1975 she published Wages Against Housework, the book most commonly associated with the wages for housework movement. Silvia also co-founded the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA), and was involved with the Midnight Notes Collective. In 1995, she co-founded the Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) anti-death penalty project. She is the author of several important texts including Caliban and the Witch, which we read and discussed during this past month of March. I am truly grateful for her generosity in time to be here with us on today’s show.

Following our reading of Caliban and the Witch, Rakel and I are honored to be able to continue the conversation with the one and only Silvia Federici. She shares generously her thoughts on why this book is still relevant today — because the events are still happening around the globe — and where the movement needs to go — grassroots organization and cooperation of activist groups to force the change to happen. There’s so much richness and value in this conversation. Let us know what you think!

Also super grateful to Rakel Stammer, who introduced me to Silvia’s work and steered the ship during today’s conversation. Here’s the link to Rakel’s art show, opening May 8, 2021, “(s)mother 2.0 care in (a time of) crisis.

P.S. Here’s the Facebook Livestream if you want to watch!

Oh, and here’s the doc Rakel mentioned, Harlan County.

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#166 IONE and Lisa Kelley “Ministry of Maåt”

Spring Rebirthing time over here at i want what SHE has. With the shift to Moon-Daze comes a rebirthing of sorts that has slowly been unfolding since the beginning of the year. Stepping into our role as the antidote to the patriarchy, celebrating the feminine as embodied by women identifying, those who honor their intuition, feeling, creativity, community and take good care of themselves and others. I couldn’t have wished for better guests to begin this new unfolding, the ones and only…

IONE, is a dedicated educator, psycho-spiritual therapist and pastoral counselor who specializes in dreams and the creative process. She conducts seminars and retreats throughout the world. She is the Founding Director and Prime Mother of the Ministry of Maåt, Inc. (MoM, Inc.), a spiritual organization specializing in women and community with goals of world harmony and balance. She is a graduate of the Helix Training Program and a Certified Qi Healer. IONE is a noted author, playwright/director and poet and the former Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.  Both DLI and MoM act to foster harmonious world community.
 
Lisa Barnard Kelley is a vocalist, performance artist, actor, priestess of Maåt and student of Tao. Lisa has performed music and performance art in the Hudson Valley for the last ten years, collaborating with local musicians, actors, puppeteers and visual artists. She has honed her skills over the years in acting, movement, stage direction/design, puppetry, jazz/free improvisation and sound production which she experiments with in original performances including elements of spoken word, vocalization, masks, music and movement. She dedicates her craft to exploring the open field of vocal expression from within and through the guidance of her mentors. She is a Deep Listening Certificate Holder and the Director of Perla Productions. She received her B.A. in Performance Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Of course we chat about dreaming, dream awareness, dreaming together, deep listening and so much more. Thanks to Ione and Lisa for being such divine humans doing amazing work to harmonize and balance our beautiful world. You can find The Big Dream Festival goodness here! And their Facebook page here!

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#156 Maryline Damour” Kingston Design Connection

Today’s guest is Maryline Damour of Kingston Design Connection and Damour Drake. After many years working in marketing, business development and public relations for firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC and Accenture, Maryline returned to school to study interior design at Parsons The New School for Design. Originally from Haiti, Maryline has been actively involved in interior design projects in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010. She is currently developing a vocational school in Léogâne, Haiti focused on teaching safer building techniques and practices for the construction industry.

The Kingston Design Connection mission is to aid the creative community in the Hudson Valley to connect, collaborate and support each other’s businesses. It hosted its first design showhouse in October 2018 to showcase and celebrate Hudson Valley design which included 10 interior designers and over 100 local makers, artists and retailers. It has grown exponentially each year and has been featured in Architectural Digest; House Beautiful; Hudson Valley Magazine; Aspire Design and Home; Chronogram; Upstate House; Almanac Weekly; WSJ; and MSN.

Today we talked about how Maryline went from being a literature major to a marketing professional to an interior designer and most recently forming the Kingston Design Connection. Hint, it’s all really just communication. She’s full of deep wisdom and a desire to build community, and I loved our conversation!

You can find Maryline and KDC on Instagram.

I also introduced Malebo Sephodi, author, development worker and social commentator on development, identity and gender issues. We get to hear her Lyttleton Women TEDx Talk about self care as a tool of liberation! She’s going to be an upcoming guest so wanted to introduce you to her.

Last but not least, I announce our book club! It’s official, at the suggestion of past guest, Rakel Stammer, we’re going to read and discuss, Sylvia Federici’s, Caliban and The Witch. Our plans are to spend the month of March discussing, but for now you can get a head start on reading if you want to follow along! More to come on how to join in the conversation…

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