#195 Samhain and Connecting with Our Ancestors

Today I wander into the Festival of Samhain and share some traditions or rituals that may inspire you. This includes a conversation and experiential practice to contemplate the lives of our ancestors based off of the book, My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakam. P.S. the show officially starts around minute 11, but I thought the superstition conversation with my colleagues was thematically appropriate to include!

Here are the Youtubers who provided some of the information and rituals shared -> Rebekka of the Witches’ Cookery, and Alwyn Oak.

Here’s the Spotify playlist of the songs we listened to throughout the show. Feel free to use them as you feel called for the contemplation practices I offer in today’s show, or just pause the recording and sit in silence, journal or listen to your own music.

Plus, here’s the info on the Ringing the Bells for Climate Change event I mentioned.

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#190 Kia Abilay “The Gift of Listening”

On the show today I get to speak with Kia Abilay an Akashic Records Teacher and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Energy & Intuitive Communicator and a One Spirit Minister. For many years she worked as a practitioner in the Wellness Center at Omega but for the past year has been working on a book sharing stories from her work and lessons about the gift of listening. The book is titled The Gift of Listening, Cultivating Your Connection with Spirit and is due to be released on October 20, 2021. You can get info about the book and general newsletter goodness by signing up for her mailing list, or follow her on Instagram for announcements.

Today Kia shares about her connection with Spirit and how it’s impacted her life as well as some stories from her life and how the process of writing her first book has continued her lifelong work of listening and healing. She also gracefully indulges my curiosities about her time spent doing astral travel and talks about how we all receive these gifts from Spirit, we just don’t always open them.

Here’s the Moon report that I read from in honor of the Pisces Full Moon. Moon blessings to y’all!

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#188 New Moon Ceremony for Forgiveness and Freedom

New Moon Blessings to you! Today, I take us through a New Moon Ceremony where we get to open ourselves up to the healing power of Forgiveness and then with that new shift in energy, step out of our boxes and into our magical selves. The great awakener Uranus guiding us to get weird. Gather your ceremonial items, water, journal and find a comfy space for this special show.

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#185 Elizabeth Gross “The Myth of the Selkie”

Today I speak with Elizabeth Gross, an herbalist, bodyworker, meditation and yoga instructor, and end-of-life doula based in the Mid Hudson Valley of NY.  Her mission through Selkie Medicinals is to provide optimal comfort and care to people experiencing major life transitions related to birth, sex or dying. Her services include prenatal Thai Yoga herbal bodywork, sexual health focused herbal consultations with a specialty in hpv and cervical dysplasia, and end-of-life doula care focused on abortion and miscarriage support.

Some of what we get to chat about today is the myth of the Selkie, masculine and feminine in the tantric tradition, the patriarchy, healing the patriarchy, slowing down, pelvic health and vulva gazing. Note, we do talk about men’s and women’s reproductive body parts!

The Secret of Roan Inish: Film. Link Here

Sensing, Feeling, and Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen Link Here

For The Wild Podcast Episode: Tricia Hersey on Rest as Resistance Link Here

Embodiment Matters Podcast: Embodiment and Social Justice: A Conversation With Reverend angel Kyodo Williams and Dr. Scott Lyons Link Here

Also: Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés Link Here

ALSO, as mentioned with respect to the current state of affairs for women and children in Afghanistan, here is a link to my past interview with Sonita Alizadeh, and here’s a direct link to donate to her ongoing work with children and also her recent fundraiser for the people displaced in Kabul.

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#177 DeShannon Barnes-Bowens “Ifa-Orisa Priestess, Psychotherapist, Educator, Spiritual Counselor”

Iya Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens, M.S. (Iyanifa Iwalewa Ifasalewa Fasina), is the founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services, and works as a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, and spiritual counselor. Through ILERA, she offers workshops and programs focusing on: sexuality and spirituality, sexual abuse, vicarious trauma and wellness. Iya DeShannon received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Pace University. She has practiced the Ifa-Orisa spiritual tradition since 2001 and is an initiated priestess. Iya DeShannon was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2010 where she now serves as Co-Director.

Today DeShannon shares about her work, what it is, and how she got into it. She educates us about vicarious trauma, how to look out for signs of it, and how to take care of yourself. Part of our self care conversation takes us into thinking about what we value, and then making the choices to support what it is we want to value. DeShannon closes the conversation talking about the Ifa-Orisa tradition and how it found her.

Here’s the Charles Eisenstein podcast on “Burnout and Renewal.

I read from an article from the Baltimore Sun about the Ifa tradition, and we hear the songs “Ifa” and “Egunegun” by Asabioje Afenapa.

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#172 Ella Ray Kondrat and Jesse Scherer “Music, Love and Healing”

Ella Ray is a Kingston NY-based performer who completed her debut full-length album, Hum to Your Heart, released in August of 2019. Her self-generated genre blends her background in Eastern European acapella arrangements with the beauty of Cat Power and the heartache of Mazzy Star. Her preternatural voice sings over innovative acoustic chord structure as she details her romantic and sexual trials with painful memories of her past, vocalizing a strength which is tangible in her transformative music.

Also joining today’s conversation is Ella’s biggest fan and partner, Jesse Scherer, massage therapist and super volunteer who supports organizations like the O+ Festival and Health Care is a Human Right.

Today we talked about Ella’s creative process and stepping into her own as a solo musician, healing, Jesse’s thoughts on volunteering, love, heartache, relationships, and surviving COVID.

We listened to “Bringing Myself Back Home,” “Hum to Your Heart,” “i married Columbus,” and “Do You Mind” by Ella Ray Kondrat.

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#150 Susan Slotnick and “Flight, the Dance of Freedom”

Susan Slotnick is a Visual Artist, Choreographer, Dancer, Writer, and Social Justice Volunteer. For 16 years, she has gone behind the walls at The Woodbourne Correctional facility and DFY (division for youth prison) every Friday and Sunday to bring the joy of modern dance to incarcerated men and boys under the auspices of RTA Rehabilitation through the Arts.

She founded Figures-In-Flight Dance School and in 1995, the Company attained professional status, launching a paid tour of New York State schools with a dance drama aimed to prevent bullying.She’s been featured in Dance, Dance Teacher, and Dance Studio magazines. In 2014 she received the “Caring Heart Award” from Dance Studio magazine for her work with incarcerated populations. In 2010 Susan was featured in the Huffington Post as the  “Greatest Woman of The Day”  in celebration of Women’s History Month. In 2016 she received the prestigious Justice Through the arts and journalism award from the NYSACDL New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In addition to her work in dance, Susan continues her career as a painter and a writer. She’s been a featured columnist for the New York State newspaper The New Paltz Times. A documentary profile about her entitled “The Game Changer,” has been accepted at 15 film festivals including The Cannes Film Festival and won first prize for best documentary short at The Harlem Film Festival. She recently published her memoir, “Flight, The Dance of Freedom.”

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#144 Hope and Healing with Reiki Master Lorry Salluzzi

Seems like a good day to focus on hope and healing. Allow me to introduce Lorry Salluzzi who is a stress management therapist, Lupus survivor, psychic medium, Reiki master, healer and teacher. She was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in 1988 when her doctor could not be sure she would live through the night. Medications saved her, but she was not getting any better. Through the practice of Reiki and Guided Imagery Meditation, she achieved full remission 2 years later and has had no evidence of the disease since 1990. Her doctor still sends her patients as do many other practitioners in the allopathic and holistic fields. She has had success with many chronic health challenges such as cancer, depression, pain, migraine, Lupus, chronic fatigue, Epstein-Barr, etc. Lorry believes that Reiki and Meditation will change your life in a positive way by managing stress before a disease can occur. And the amazing thing is Reiki is something you can do for yourself whenever you need a little love!

I think it’s important to mention that Lorry’s story is not meant to imply that if you are suffering from some illness that it’s your fault, that you haven’t done enough. Some things are just simply out of your control. Her story and her work is meant to empower you to take positive steps for your own wellbeing if that’s something that resonates with you. Tune in to hear Lorry’s wild journey into Reiki and be inspired into hope for whatever it is you’re needing to call into your life.

Here’s a direct link to Lorry’s offerings on her Patreon page.

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#130 Morgan Millogo and Meg Affonso of “Tabs & Clea” and “BODY”

Morgan Millogo graduated with a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A Washington native, Morgan spent five years as part of the Seattle Indy film scene as an actor and director and was also a Burlesque Performer and Emcee. After the unexpected death of her father, Morgan lived as a nomad and became a Certified Contemporary Shamanic Practitioner and Yogi. Now relocated to the Hudson Valley, Morgan most recently worked as Head of Production at InsideRisk LLC and part of the core content team, overseeing the development of an interactive television series as well as live multi-media events throughout the world focused on fostering critical thinking. Her recently released web series, TABS AND CLEA, marks her first project as a writer, actor, director and producer since the passing of her father in 2010. 

Meg Affonso is an intuitive artist, actor, choreographer, writer, producer & director; she is a gifted storyteller who has the performing arts ingrained in her soul. Meg has performed in a variety of theatrical productions, ranging from musical theatre to dramatic plays. Meg has studied various forms of dance throughout her life and has performed in film, web series productions, commercials & television. Meg has written two screenplays & a stage play and continues to be open to art in all of its forms. Meg’s mission is to tell stories that matter & to help others by introducing them to art as a multifaceted healing modality. She is one of the cast of Tabs & Clea and has an upcoming performance show titled, BODY, happening at the Albany Center Gallery the next three consecutive Sundays. Morgan directed the short film which will be a part of the performance.

Tabs & Clea: Tabs, a psychic who has dedicated her life to helping people, has fallen into a crisis of faith.  When her audacious ex-roommate, Clea, unexpectedly shows up and demands to know why Tabs has stopped using her gift, Tabs is forced to face and discover the truth of a tragedy she did not foresee.

BODY: Sundays, August 2, 9, & 16, from [2:00] – 4:00 p.m. — Meg Affonso and Albany Center Gallery present BODY, an experiential and immersive art installation that explores the sacred connection between the body and the soul that exists in each individual. The public is invited to attend free of charge (ages 12 & up, content not suitable for small children). Signing up in advance is recommended to reserve a spot, but walk-ins are accepted if there is available room. Do so here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/body-tickets-112398521002 Shows are filling up!

The elements of BODY include: three short dance/dialogue-based films, live sculpture + movement, an immersive audience experience, collective artistic creation, photography, and movement labs and release through writing that will be transformed into physical art that represents rebirth. BODY is inspired by the poem “I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman and also by the current events in today’s world. BODY is representative of the struggles that individuals face from birth through death and the beauty that exists in between all of the difficulties. BODY is an examination of our ego, prejudices, biases and the truth of what we can be if we choose to grow and live our soul’s truth. This piece is a collective experience for the community not just by telling a story, but also by encouraging art as a path to the healing and joy that we can all experience no matter our backgrounds or beliefs.

Today we talk about being storytellers, relationships, their work, ego and women in TV and film. Lots of fun, lots of laughs too!

And here’s the previous show with Maria we mentioned!

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#110 Nia & Ness “The Power of Love”

Nia and Ness are a black, out-lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo based in Rosendale, NY. The duo met and became a couple in 2013, and founded their company in 2016. They have performed at multiple venues nationwide, sharing their work that aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities. They premiered their first evening length work, run., in August 2017, and have been touring run. nationwide ever since.

They have been keynote speakers at the 2018 FLAME Conference at Brown University, and have performed their work at schools such as the University of California Riverside, UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, Temple University, Bard College, Harvard College and more. The duo has worked with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project Summer Institute and has been featured in a 2017 BRIC TV segment, a documentary for The Advocate, Elle.com, Windy City Times, Dance Writer Australia, BRN GRL WIN, the Daily Voice, Autostraddle and on Radio Free Brooklyn. They’ve also performed at Brooklyn Pride 2017 and Harlem Pride 2018, the Ohio Lesbian Festival in 2018 and 2019, The Michigan Framily Reunion, SisterSpace Festival; were recipients of the BAX Summer 2017 Space Grant, inaugural recipients of the 2018 Virginia Giordano Memorial Fund; and were the winners of the 2017 National Women’s Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest, and named the “Heart Power Couple” for the VORTEX Fire and Brimstone Awards in 2019. In February 2019 at OUTsider Fest in Austin, TX, Nia & Ness premiered their second evening length show titled home. and are currently on tour with this work along with run. To follow them on their journey, check them out on social media @niaandness.

Today they share the story of how they met, how they started working together, what their process looks like, how they collaborate with one another, coming out, and how they take care of themselves and one another.

They are performing a portion of their piece home. followed by a Q&A at the idea garden as a part of Women’s History Month Kingston on Tuesday, March 31st from 7-8:30pm.

home. is our second evening-length dance-poetry piece that deeply explores our daily realities as a black, out-lesbian couple living and loving in New York. This piece goes beyond glimpses into our living; it hones in on the details of our experiences and provides grounding for the accompanying emotions. Along with sharing our everyday interactions with “micro” aggressions, personal historical trauma, and making visible the impacts of violence, we highlight our love as a healing force, potent enough to transform our pain into power.

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