23 episodes

Welcome to Leaven. Conversations on hope, love, life and everything in-between. A space to ‘permeate or transform something for the better’. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. Through these conversations, on life, love, loss, adventure, I wish for listeners to have a space of support and inspiration, that no matter what you’re going through, there is a way through. By the end of an episode, to be left feeling a little better.

As sharing our story has been cathartic, which originally started and we continue to do via our Instagram, Moments Of Sense & Style or MOSS for short. By sharing our hearts, our positive outlook, we help others. We connect to people. Bring people together. It’s honest, it’s raw, it’s real.

It all stemmed from when I couldn’t find anyone that offered me hope or who had been through similar when I was in my darkest hour. There are many layers to our story but ultimately, break it down, we all bleed red and suffer loss and heartaches. Same same, just different ways of getting through, ways of living, ways of being; a human being.

I recognised folk come to our platform for our story and my voice, seeking words of wisdom and insight. We know the hard way, life, being a human, is not linear. Sometimes joyful, sometimes messy. Other times dark and bloody painful. Yet we believe it’s all beautiful and worthy of being talked about. The good in the bad, the bad in the good. And we wish to share different voices and experiences. This is how Leaven came to be

Each episode is an insightful and moving conversation, with something to take away from each one. Hearing how someone else has made it through, whether it be trauma, grief, loss, massive change, divorce or cancer, may lift and help others through too.

Leaven Syreeta Challinger

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Welcome to Leaven. Conversations on hope, love, life and everything in-between. A space to ‘permeate or transform something for the better’. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. Through these conversations, on life, love, loss, adventure, I wish for listeners to have a space of support and inspiration, that no matter what you’re going through, there is a way through. By the end of an episode, to be left feeling a little better.

As sharing our story has been cathartic, which originally started and we continue to do via our Instagram, Moments Of Sense & Style or MOSS for short. By sharing our hearts, our positive outlook, we help others. We connect to people. Bring people together. It’s honest, it’s raw, it’s real.

It all stemmed from when I couldn’t find anyone that offered me hope or who had been through similar when I was in my darkest hour. There are many layers to our story but ultimately, break it down, we all bleed red and suffer loss and heartaches. Same same, just different ways of getting through, ways of living, ways of being; a human being.

I recognised folk come to our platform for our story and my voice, seeking words of wisdom and insight. We know the hard way, life, being a human, is not linear. Sometimes joyful, sometimes messy. Other times dark and bloody painful. Yet we believe it’s all beautiful and worthy of being talked about. The good in the bad, the bad in the good. And we wish to share different voices and experiences. This is how Leaven came to be

Each episode is an insightful and moving conversation, with something to take away from each one. Hearing how someone else has made it through, whether it be trauma, grief, loss, massive change, divorce or cancer, may lift and help others through too.

    Raechel Kelly: Hope, The Threshold Of Change

    Raechel Kelly: Hope, The Threshold Of Change

    Raechel Kelly is the founder of The Liminality, a consultancy and community to support individuals and businesses towards a more climate conscious way of living and working. Her passion and belief in how we can all make a solid daily difference and shift from horror stories to one of love for our planet is contagious; change is indeed possible. Hear how Raechel remains ever hopeful in what can sometimes feel an overwhelming world, where change is most definitely coming.
    https://theliminality.co.uk
     
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you.
    Join us on socials
    @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Saba Ali: There Are Many Suns After Darkness

    Saba Ali: There Are Many Suns After Darkness

    Saba Ali is a PA to individuals whilst balancing and giving back through her work as a trustee and ally for Galop, a charity supporting LGBTQ+ folk who are victims of abuse. Through her personal experiences, Saba highlights the lack of support available to young people on issues with cultural identity, racism, homophobia and transphobia. Also on the Crown Prosecution Service panel for hate crime, Saba holds on to hope in her daily work and life, whilst raising awareness around incredibly important issues.
    @sabacelebritypa
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you.
    Join us on socials @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com

    • 50 min
    Luis Lopez-Smith: Heal your Hurts, Turn Them Into Gold

    Luis Lopez-Smith: Heal your Hurts, Turn Them Into Gold

    Luis Lopez Smith is a textile designer, consultant, university lecturer and activist who runs Tottex. Luis has created a space that holds his professional practice , whilst supporting grass roots community projects too. Luis was shaped by experiences which led to establishing the inclusive space, with zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination and champions equity. Very much true to Luis himself. Hear how Luis has evolved, what lifts him, keeps him grounded and positively giving his best self.
    https://tottex.co.uk
    @tot_tex
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you.
    Join us on socials @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com

    • 47 min
    Rabya Lomas: Represent, Rejoice & Remember To Use Your Voice

    Rabya Lomas: Represent, Rejoice & Remember To Use Your Voice

    Rabya Lomas is a photographer, activist, coach and podcaster who creates space for marginalised folk, influencing inclusion across social media and in the workplace. I discovered Rabya’s work at when seeking women who looked like me and who were holding their own on what I saw as a very homogeneous space of Instagram.  Rabya’s work immediately resonated with me and it’s been wonderful to follow her creative practice and evolution. Rabya has driven the ethnicity pay gap petition, whilst supporting the community with her creative gifts always ensuring that those normally side lined or ignored are represented. Hear how Rabya has found her path and how we connected through our life experiences with mixed heritage and identities.
     
     
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you.
    Join us on socials @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com

    • 58 min
    Gail Love Schock: Come Home To Yourself & Prosper

    Gail Love Schock: Come Home To Yourself & Prosper

    Gail Love-Schock is an Inter Faith Minister & Prosperity teacher who offers counsel and guidance to the spiritually curious. Gail is the ultimate example of no matter what you’re going through, there is a way through, having taken her past success and life in performing arts, her heartaches through personal grief and trauma and forged a path right back to where her heart and whisperings began as a child; being curious about faith and supporting the community with her gifts. Gail’s joy and wonder is infectious, her voice and manner soothe and inspire all at once and I was thrilled she was able to share some of her story with me. Hear how Gail found her path home, as we delved in the nature of being human and how much is all before us, if only we could simply see it and hear it.
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you.
    Join us on socials @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Penny Wincer: An Imperfectly Perfect Way Of Life

    Penny Wincer: An Imperfectly Perfect Way Of Life

    Penny Wincer, is a photographer, podcaster and author, raising a neurodiverse family in London. Through her book published last year, Tender, the Imperfect Art of Caring, Penny has raised awareness and amplified voices of those whose lives involve caring for someone dear to them. Penny is making a huge difference in not only sharing her story and experiences of what it means to be a carer, but also championing what it truly means to ensure ultimate self care as a woman and as a mother. 
    Find Penny https://www.pennywincerwrites.com
    Find Carers Support here https://www.carersuk.org
     
    Welcome to Leaven Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people who have been through something formative and navigated a mad old path, yet done so with courage, holding on to hope. We elevate what it means to be human, voices of wisdom and models of lived experience, thinking, speaking, and living life regardless of what’s shaped you. Join us on socials @thisisleaven
    www.thisisleaven.com
     

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

FloJo78 ,

The podcast we need right now

I can’t think of a better podcast to listen to during these tough times. Syreeta has a knack of getting guests to open up and, it’s that vulnerability and raw honesty that helps us find the tools to manage our own lives and mental health. So, thank you.

Lizz Mo ,

Such a beautiful podcast - one of the best

I just listened to the episode with Lucy and was so so moved. The way both of you shared what you have gone through, helped me to process and understand better my own experiences and the hope really came through. I think this podcast will help so many people and I am so grateful to Syreeta creating this space to discuss these topics. Now off to listen to all of the other episodes ❤️

Lady G Chatterley ,

Grace Alexander

I’ve just listened to your conversation with Grace. It was such an intimate and honest and interesting conversation. I love the way the interview didn’t feel like an interview. I shall be subscribing. Thank you!

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