Welcome to the SuperFeast Podcast! Join tonic herbalist and health educator Mason Taylor as we explore the magical world of Tonic Herbalism. We will explore the relevance of these ancient herbs and medicinal mushrooms in our modern culture of health to invigorate the body, restore organ health, create badass immunity and bring harmony to the hormones. Want to enhance performance, longevity, energy and radiance? Then dive in with us and learn why tonic herbal adaptogens have been used for millennia for this exact intention. So get ready to activate your SuperHuman health as we deliver this deep tonic herbal philosophy right your eardrums.
Death, Ceremony, and Walking Towards Grace with Zenith Virago
Today on the podcast, Mason chats with the incredibly humble and heart-centered Zenith Virago; Marriage celebrant, educator, facilitator, author, speaker, and Death Walker. Zenith was recently named 2021 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year, for the highly respected member of the shire she is, and for the devoted work she's been doing in the community over the past 20 years. In this incredibly moving conversation around death as a right of passage, transitional space, and courageous act, Zenith shares her gratitude for having death as her teacher and for the opportunity it's given her to practice presence. As a Deathwalker, Zenith brings a holistic experience to death, ceremony, and loss. Her death ceremony work is sacred, walking with those dying, and with the bereaved, co-creating spaces and supporting them in honouring their loved ones. This conversation is moving and real. Zenith flows between courageous and beautiful stories of death and loss, imparting wisdom and bringing a sense of normality to this gateway, so many of us fear.
"When people come to a ceremony to honour someone who's died with their feelings about that person and their own life, what's important is that I bring my crafting of that ceremony, and they bring their deep love for that person, their emotional response. And we're in that dance together. It's all about giving and receiving".
- Zenith Virago
Mason and Zenith discuss:
The acceptance of death. Why death is an inside job. Sleep as a practice for death. Crafting a ceremony for death. How facing death enhances life. The many ways we deal with loss. Dissolving the resistance of death. The phenomenon of terminal lucidity. How to support healthy bereavement. How to support children through death. The important practicalities around death. The advanced health care plan (The Natural Death Care Centre)
Who is Zenith Virago?
As a Deathwalker, Zenith is a respected pioneer & acknowledged expert in the fields of holistic death & dying. With over 20 years experience, she provides comfort, information and guidance to assist us through the natural and the sacred, the inner and outer journeying as we come to the transition at the end of our life.
With a lightness of being, compassion and integrity she accompanies many people and those that love them, through their final and ultimate experience. Her enthusiastic and empowering approach allow for a richer exploration, whilst assisting people to reclaim their legal rights and their own rites of passage.
Zenith has lived and swum in the deep ocean in Byron Bay since 1983 and feels it has been a rich and exciting life, Celebrating life and death, seeing her work as a privilege and an important part of her life’s journey, gives her a deep love and gratitude for the wonderful mystery of which we are all a part.
Amongst many other things, Zenith is a grandmother, a para-legal, and the founding member of the non-profit Natural Death Care Centre, and the co author of the Intimacy of Death and Dying. (Allen & Unwin 2009)
The Natural Death Care Centre
Death and After Death Care Plan
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Check Out The Transcript Here:
Hey, Zenith. Thank you for coming.
Zenith Virago: (00:02)
You're welcome. Thank you for the invitation.
Absolute pleasure. And it's nice to get an in person chat with you in our newly refurbished podcast. Doesn't it look slick?
Zenith Virago: (00:13)
It's very beautiful. It's very simple, very beautiful.
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Star Lore, Anthroposophy, & Astrology with Mary Stewart Adams
Star lore historian, leading dark sky advocate, author, and astrologist, Mary Stewart Adams weaves the esoteric knowledge of spiritual science, literature, ancient mythologies, and fairy tales into contemporary astronomy and astrosophy star wisdom.
For more details go to: www.superfeast.com.au/blogs/superblog/mary-stewart-adams-podcast
The Dao of Health, Sex & Longevity with Daniel Reid
In this conversation with Mason, Reid discusses how western medicine is failing us, and details the beauty and simplicity found in all aspects of the Daoist philosophy/spirituality, the way of respecting nature, and our innate ability to heal ourselves.
For more details go to: www.superfeast.com.au/blogs/superblog/daniel-reid-podcast
Blue Blockers, Eye Health & Sungazing with Dayne Barkley
Mason chats to Dayne Barkley about health, sungazing and his journey in building Barkley Eyewear; an epic company that focuses on blue-blocking technology to protect eyes from the ubiquitous screens and artificial lights that invade our lives.
Addiction, Influencing & Orthorexia with Vanessa Fitzgerald
Today on the podcast, Mason chats to holistic health coach and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner Vanessa Fitzgerald about her healing journey with addiction, Orthorexia, Hashimoto's, and navigating her platform as a wellness influencer.
Brain Health and Adaptogens with Naturopath Monica Shepherd
We hope you all tune in for today's podcast as Mason sits down with mental health-focused naturopath Monica Shepherd (The Organic Naturopath), facilitator of The Connected Brain course, for a conversation around mental health, stress, and the power of adaptogens to improve brain health.
Great podcasts with lot of useful tips 👍
I love Mason and the guests he chooses to interview for the Superfeast podcast. The perspectives are refreshing and game-changing. Hearing each episode enriches the energetic and philosophical underpinnings that further develop practice as a naturopath, and deepen my relationship with the herbs, mushrooms, formulations and practices I rely upon. This takes it to a whole new level. I’m supremely grateful this space and the opportunity to hear the authentic and uncensored opinions of those at the forefront of traditional medicine
It’s so interesting how the world works.
A friend introduced me to Superfeast earlier this year and I feel so grateful. I truly feel that it is the right time and I am in the right place to open my mind to answer so many questions and blockages I have.
Superfeast sparks questions, provides leads for me on my journey to my personal “enlightenment”.
Serious thanks to you.