Have you ever asked: “Is this all there is to life?” Untangled explores the lives of people who have questioned our social systems, constructs and norms and chosen to live life in a different, often unconventional way. Through honest storytelling, Untangled explores one focal question: what does it really take to untangle from society’s giant rule book, move away from the mundane and embark on a search for something more? Join host Alana Helbig as she interviews ordinary people about their choice to live not-so-ordinary lives, touching on topics such as slow and simple living, alternatives to the 9-5, sustainability, solo travel, activism, lesbianism, feminism and patriarchy, indigenous cultures, spirituality, financial security and more. These are captivating stories where we ask intimate questions about people's lives before, during and after their untangling. We look at the how, the why and the internal and external shifts required to live an untangled life.
030: Escaping the city in search of the wild, with Claire Dunn
Claire Dunn says her work as an environmental campaigner, left her burnt out and disillusioned about humans relationship with the natural world. So she quit her job, left her partner of 5 years and her house by the ocean, extracting herself from modern life to live in the Australian bush.
029: I'm a roamer, a traveller, a vagabond: Terra Roam's 30 years of solo adventure
For the last 30 years, Terra has adventured, volunteered and worked through the most beautiful, dangerous and isolated parts of the world. Most recently she completed a 17,000km walk around Australia – being the first woman to do this alone and unaccompanied.
028: I quit plastics with Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid
Kate Nelson says she first learnt the damage plastic was doing to our marine eco-systems when she volunteered at the Ocean Futures Society. She learnt that plastics do not break down but rather break up into tiny microscopic toxic pieces which are then consumed by marine life and make their way up the food chain.
027: From The Netherlands to Bulgaria, from a house to a Mongolian yurt, from the schooling system to life education, with Susanne Kolff
What would you do if your child told you they didn't like school? What if they preferred to stay at home with you rather than go to the school ground? Most of us, I reckon, would explain that this is just the way life is and that everyone has to go to school. But not Susanne Kolff.
026: Filmmaker Jordan Osmond is documenting a simpler way
In 2015, Jordan Osmond, along with a small group of nine other people, moved onto a 20-acre property in Gippsland where he lived for a year documenting simple living, permaculture and natural building as a way to reduce our ecological footprint. The result was the documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity.
025: Untangling in partnership: choosing between love and the truth of your heart, with Vienda Maria
After moving to her partner's home town in Canada, Vienda Maria's health started to decline. Insomnia, panic attacks in the middle of the night, hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue. It wasn't until Vienda left for a trip to Mexico and her symptoms cleared up that she realised something else entirely was going on.
So much good stuff in the podcast series!
I’m currently untangling. So many of the episodes in this podcast spoke to me!
I really liked the interview with Terra Roam, an amazing adventurer and life story. Great questions and it followed really well. Great podcast thabkyou!
True Soul Sis
Alana is honestly the most incredible person! She has guided me on more than one occasion throughout the years and it's so cool that I can now download and listen to her truly awesome podcasts. Alana speaks truth and is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone in order to grow and find herself. She is an absoloute inspiration ❤️