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Welcome to Belonging, a podcast that explores being alive in the age of loneliness. Becca Piastrelli is your host and guide on a journey of courageous reconnection as we explore topics like rites of passage, cultivating meaningful community, seasonal and cyclical living, and what it means to be a good ancestor in these times. She has thought provoking conversations with friends, teachers, elders, and ancestral medicine keepers to help support you in bringing more meaning and connection to your life. She also pops in here and there to share updates and learnings from her own story because we were meant to do this together - cosmically holding hands as we walk the spiral of life.You can expect to be challenged by new (or old) ideas, face your beliefs and what systems informed them, get curious and brave to tell the truth about the deeper, harder things, and feel comforted in the knowing that you don’t have to navigate it all alone.

Belonging: Conversations about rites of passage, meaningful community, and seasonal living Becca Piastrelli

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 142 Ratings

Welcome to Belonging, a podcast that explores being alive in the age of loneliness. Becca Piastrelli is your host and guide on a journey of courageous reconnection as we explore topics like rites of passage, cultivating meaningful community, seasonal and cyclical living, and what it means to be a good ancestor in these times. She has thought provoking conversations with friends, teachers, elders, and ancestral medicine keepers to help support you in bringing more meaning and connection to your life. She also pops in here and there to share updates and learnings from her own story because we were meant to do this together - cosmically holding hands as we walk the spiral of life.You can expect to be challenged by new (or old) ideas, face your beliefs and what systems informed them, get curious and brave to tell the truth about the deeper, harder things, and feel comforted in the knowing that you don’t have to navigate it all alone.

    Returning to Winter Rituals & Practices

    Returning to Winter Rituals & Practices

    Winter is upon us again in the Northern hemisphere, so this week I’m resharing my episode on rituals for winter.

    First, I invite you to notice what winter looks and feels like where you live. Because many of us don’t celebrate a “white” Christmas and not everywhere looks like a Bavarian ski village in December.

    Then, I invite you to notice what winter feels like energetically in your body. Do you feel exhausted and need to hibernate? Or do you experience a deep permission to turn inward and tend to yourself?

    For me, winter is the Dream Time. And during this period of less light, I embrace the fertile void and doing less.

    In this episode, I also share my rituals of dream-journalling, being with fire or flame, working with pine essence, winter kitchen magic, sauna or bathing magic, tracking the sunlight, and easeful intention setting.

    Resources
    My dream teachers: Liz Migliorelli and Grandmother Sarah Maclean BicknellMilla Prince‘s wisdom of Finnish sauna traditionsRoot & Ritual: Timeless Ways to Connect to Land, Lineage, Community, and the Self🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 30 min
    Releasing Urgency & Cultivating Local Community with Trevia Woods

    Releasing Urgency & Cultivating Local Community with Trevia Woods

    If you crave or cherish brave connection with your community, your ancestors, and yourself, this episode is for you.
    Trevia Woods is a mixed-race woman with Indigenous ancestors who has two decades of experience in bodywork, education and community-building. She has roots in the Midwest and Colorado, after traveling the world finds herself back in America finding her roots and how she belongs in the world. Trevia supports people in unpacking cultural appropriation, community building, as well as helping Culture Makers gift the world with their knowledge, lived experience and wisdom so not only they, but their clients can thrive.

    In this episode, we discuss the differences between cultural appreciation and appropriation, the challenges of building community amidst all the messiness we bring, and the time it takes to know and trust people.

    We also unpack how hard it is to release urgency, and Trevia shares more about her ancestral history and how she’s crafting local community right now — with the devotional practice of a Buy Nothing group.

    More from Trevia
    Visit Trevia’s website, Many Trees LifewayFollow Trevia on Instagram @trevia_woodsPurchase Feel Better. Do Better.: A Guide for People Who Want to Change the World, but Sometimes Have Trouble Making It to Lunch
    Resources
    Episode #107: Feeding & Healing Ourselves Amidst Collapse with Carmen SpagnolaBeau of the Fifth Column’s videos on Community Networking 101, Finding your Community Network & Keeping Community Networking GoingMore on White Supremacy CultureBelonging Episode #36: Creating Nourishing Community with Nisha MoodleyHow We Show Up by Mia BirdsongEpisode #78: Non-Linear Reciprocity and Skills to Traverse Change with Jessie Harrold🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 57 min
    Slow homesteading & land stewardship with Hillarie Maddox

    Slow homesteading & land stewardship with Hillarie Maddox

    If you have a long-held dream (or even the quietest whisper of a thought) that you want to live on and with the land, this episode is for you.

    Hillarie Maddox is the founder of Black Girl Country Living and creator of Rewilding Workshops. In 2020, she and her family left the city for the country without knowing what they were getting into. Along the way, she fell in love with nature and discovered the healing powers it has for individuals, communities, and the earth. She also believes deeply in the importance of access to the outdoors for BIPOC people and centers them in the experiences she creates.

    In this episode, we discuss our journeys leaving cities and tech careers for slower lives in deep relationship with the land. We unpack what it means to own land, to cultivate it, and to respect its wisdom.

    Hillarie also shares the challenges of her first two years on her farm, the many things Nature’s been teaching her, and the Rewilding Workshops she’s creating for her BIPOC community. Then we swap stories of the trees where we live, and the joy and grief that comes from tending to them.

    More from Hillarie
    Hillarie’s Instagram @blackgirl.countrylivingHillarie’s Substack newsletter🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 54 min
    Sharing Rituals with Our Children with Waverly Davis

    Sharing Rituals with Our Children with Waverly Davis

    Waverly Davis a multidimensional twin mama, facilitator of sacred spaces + sounds, artist, and podcaster residing outside of Charlottesville, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains on unceded Monacan territory.
    In this episode, we discuss how we incorporate the sacred into motherhood by embedding rituals into our daily lives and threshold moments.
    Waverly also shares her birth story and how a plant ceremony called her to a more sacred life. Then we journey through her rituals & practices for tending to her nervous system in challenging moments and how she co-creates sacred space with her kids.

    More from Waverly
    Belonging and Beyond with Becca Piastrelli on A Wave Away with Waverly DavisWaverly’s websiteWaverly’s Instagram @heywaverlydavis🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 1 hr
    Calling in & Building Meaningful Community

    Calling in & Building Meaningful Community

    In today’s episode, I reflect on the role community plays in our lives and the stories we share with each other about our yearnings for connection.
    Tune to hear me reflect on what community looks like in my life right now and my dreams for how community might gather on my new farm home in the years to come.
    I also explore the challenges of reaching out for support and connection when our energy is low, the art of a nervous system soothing invitation, and the practical and sacred sides of community tending.

    Resources:
    Watch my video, Manifesting My Dream Community: Exactly What I DidListen to Episode #107: Feeding & Healing Ourselves Amidst Collapse with Carmen SpagnolaListen to Episode #81: Natural Rhythms & Regeneration for Breaking the Collective Trauma Spell with Rachael MaddoxListen to Episode #96: Friendship deserts, creativity floods, and ancestral mothering with Megan McGuire and Ariella DalyJoin my home practice, Tending the FlameBuy my book, Root and Ritual: Timeless Ways to Connect to Land, Lineage, Community, and the Self🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 31 min
    Feeding & Healing Ourselves Amidst Collapse with Carmen Spagnola

    Feeding & Healing Ourselves Amidst Collapse with Carmen Spagnola

    Carmen Spagnola is a wilderness guide, podcast host, Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, rose and vegetable gardener, collapse-aware coach, and witch of no particular affiliation.

    In this episode, we discuss the ongoing saga of her 300+ lb. TikTok-famous pumpkin and explore the term “collapse” as it relates to being collapse aware as an individual and as a collective.

    We wind through her journey from being a latchkey kid to attending Le Cordon Bleu in France to working on mega yachts — learning the depths of hospitality and writing her new cookbook, Spirited Kitchen. We also explore the practice of feeding memory as a way to connect with and honor our ancestors, even if they weren’t always the most honorable.

    Together, Carmen and I look at the large, societal problems that inevitably cause grief. And Carmen shares ways to soothe ourselves and move out of a freeze state in the face of such big issues and feelings.

    More from Carmen
    The Spirited Kitchen CookbookThe Numinous NetworkYuletide WorkshopCarmen’s Instagram @carmenspagnolaCarmen’s TikTok @itscarmenspagnola🍄 Thank you for listening to the Belonging podcast! If the show has supported you in some way, I invite you to contribute to the tip jar. Your contribution helps me keep it going. Love, Becca.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Amana BeLove ,

Such a gift!

Love this podcast! It’s presence in my life has been such a gift of centering, connecting, belonging ❤️

ErindaM ,

Like a heart to heart fireside chat

I love this podcast and Becca’s way of making you feel included in her shares, drawing in from wise old traditions and modern practical life. This is one of my favorite podcasts that I keep coming back to listen and fill up my cup. Thank you Becca for your labor of love!

AnnaJoy ,

Feels like coming home

Becca Biastrelli’s work and words resonate so deeply with me and feels so needed in these times. Her voice and audio presence are also such a soothing balm. I am so grateful to her for sharing her wisdom and her own path!

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