The Our Nature Podcast explores the methods, systems and practices that bring us into greater alignment with the natural world. The opportunity to live a more joyful and harmonious existence is available to each of us right in this very moment. Join me, Alyssa Benjamin, and let's rediscover what comes naturally.
EP 35: (Season 2 Finale) How Simple Can Be Sacred With Jenn Tardif of 3rd Ritual
The idea of simple being sacred is a concept that my friend Jenn Tardif introduced me to and it’s a frame for what we’ll be exploring in this episode. I’ve wanted to have Jenn as a guest on Our Nature ever since the podcast launched, so I’m incredibly excited that she’s sharing her wisdom with us on this Season 2 finale episode.
Jenn is the founder of 3rd Ritual, a global collective that creates mindful objects, botanical blends, and esoteric content, all of which are intended to help us move half as fast and notice twice as much. Jenn is a mother, a teacher, and a lifelong student of Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yogic philosophy, numerology, and sacred geometry. She’s also a certified aromatherapist, a mentor to new and aspiring leaders in the wellness world, and a ritual guide who's led ceremonies for rites and celebrations all over the globe. I absolutely love everything Jenn creates because she does so with grace, intention and impeccable taste. She is one of the wisest people I know and it is an honor to welcome her to the Our Nature community.
EP 34: From Hollywood to the Farm – A Conversation With Father, Permaculture Farmer and Multi-disciplinary Artist Ethan Delorenzo
This week’s episode is about the search for meaning and fulfillment and the unexpected places it leads. It comes by way of Ethan Delorenzo, a father, permaculture farmer and multi-disciplinary artist who lives in an eco-village on Vashon, a rural island off the coast of Washington State. Ethan climbed the ladder of success in the music industry, beginning as an assistant to mixer and engineer Ryan West (who has worked with Rihanna, Eminem, Jay Z and Usher). Ethan then formed a band with Teyana Taylor and continued to rise in the industry as a producer and engineer. But, after achieving a remarkable amount of success by his early 20’s, he began to seek a different kind of life, one closer to the land and in alignment with his own values.
EP 33: Three Practices for Grounding with Grace This Fall (solo episode)
In this episode, I want to touch on three autumn-oriented practices that have been instrumental in helping me feel more grounded as I move through waves of anxiety and grief. We have nature within us, and because of that, the seasonal shifts in our external environment become expressed in our bodies. I mention this because we have just entered what we in the West call Fall. In Ayurveda, the life science from ancient India that I study, this time of year, from mid- September to the mid-November is called Sharat Ritu (with ritu meaning ‘season’ in Sanskrit). In fact, the seasonal changes are considered some of the most significant factors governing proper lifestyle and diet at any given time.
Episode 10: Harness Your Energy and De-stress Your Body With Qigong Facilitator Michael VenturaEight Pieces of Silk Brocade by Judy K. Young
EP 32: The Revolution Within Featuring Synmia Rosine – Plant Medicine, Ancestral Healing, Birthwork
This week, I’m speaking with the powerful Synmia Rosine, a birthworker who regularly practices and engages with plant medicine and ancestral healing. She’s a mother, an avid urban gardener, and a wise soul who turned to nature and indigenous wisdom to help heal physical and mental imbalances. Synmia’s story is one of great courage and resilience, which you’ll hear more about in this episode.
In this episode we discuss: Synmia’s process of returning to nature, how a series of toxic events forever changed the course of her life, how she got off prescription medication by seeking out indigenous wisdom, and the practice that brought Synmia out of a rut. We also touch on how to feel empowered no matter how tough your circumstances, why pregnancy and birth are divorced from community and how that negatively affects everyone, why ending racism is connected to saving the planet, and how to decolonize your diet. I describe Synmia as powerful because she is unafraid of embodying her authentic self, and it was inspiring and expansive for me to witness this throughout our conversation. As I continue to find my voice, it’s truly an honor for me to share hers. Enjoy!
EP 31: Still stressed? How Hemp Can Help with Alexis Rosenbaum of Rosebud CBD
This episode is the second in a series exploring how plants can help us regulate our stress response. This week, the plant we’re exploring is hemp. In this episode I talk with Alexis Rosenbaum, the founder and CEO of Rosebud CBD, which makes CBD tinctures with a high concentration of full spectrum hemp extract mixed with certified organic MCT oil for a faster, more efficient delivery throughout the body. Alexis says: “I believe in the power of hemp and cannabis because our biology shows such a strong and natural connection. I hope Rosebud brings people relief, but more importantly, the ability to live a happy and comfortable life feeling like their best selves.”
EP 30: Stressed? Meet Your Herbal Allies, With Nadine Joseph of Peak and Valley
We live in a stressful, unpredictable world. Enter adaptogens. I learned so much in this week’s episode with Nadine Joseph, the CEO and founder of Peak and Valley, a company that makes adaptogenic blends using varying combinations of over 18 adaptogens, mushrooms and herbs. In this episode we discuss Nadine’s work as a neuroscientist studying what happens physically in the body when you’re exposed to stress, how Nadine’s own experience with chronic stress, anxiety and adrenal fatigue led her to adaptogens and ultimately healing, the definition of adaptogens and the origin of the term, the role of primary, secondary and tertiary adaptogens, why the beta-glucan content in mushrooms matters, the healing powers of turmeric, and why consumers need to be incredibly careful when purchasing plant-based products and how to screen brands for purity and quality. I had definitely heard about adaptogens from herbalist Rachelle Robinett, but I we go deep into them in this episode. Stay tuned until the end of our conversation to hear about a special discount on Peak and Valley exclusive for Our Nature listeners!