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.
Writing as Pregnancy & Publishing as Postpartum with Asha Frost
Asha Frost is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Medicine Woman (member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation), Healer, and Spiritual Mentor. Last time she was on the podcast we discussed her viral article “Dear White Woman who wants to be like me,” and today she returns to share her new book You Are the Medicine with us.
Together we explore the medicine of publishing a book. We discuss why we felt called to write, how books can be like babies, and the ways releasing our books made us more resilient. We also talk about how both our books are invitations to move at a slower, earth-pace.
Our conversation is a call to recognize the postpartum grief that comes when you release a creative work. And it’s an opportunity to embrace the end of the extended winter we’ve been undergoing and to craft rites of passage for ourselves that acknowledge a new season.
Episode #26: Ancestral Constellations & Conscious Dreaming with Grandmother Sarah“A Love Letter to COVID Authors” by Kaitlin CurticeMore from Asha Frost:
Asha’s book You Are the MedicineAsha’s websiteAsha’s InstagramBelonging Episode #57: Web of Connection with Asha Frost🔥 Tending the Flame is a 28-day devotional practice to orient you to a new (more meaningful, slower, and wilder) way of being. Join me in exploring land, lineage, community or self this season.
Friendship deserts, creativity floods, and ancestral mothering with Megan McGuire and Ariella Daly
Have you been craving a deep, expansive conversation about creativity, burnout, postpartum, paying for the village, and raising children in ancestral ways amidst climate crisis? I know I have been. So I invited my friends, fellow mothers, and past guests Ariella Daly and Megan McGuire to join me on the podcast again to commune “in the mammoth bone tent.”
Together we have an open and vulnerable conversation about creative surges and depletion postpartum, how motherhood has isolated us from our communities, our desires to know our neighbors and celebrate rituals with them, and our visions for our childrens’ futures —including the ways climate crisis impacts where our families can live and flourish.
Ariella is a beekeeper, seer and healer with a young daughter. And Megan is a permaculture gardener and ritual weaver with three children. I hope you’ll join us in conversation about mothering and enjoy this episode.
✨Enter our giveaway!✨
In honor of this very special podcast episode, Megan, Ariella and I are hosting a giveaway.
The winner will receive: a signed copy of Root & Ritual, access to Ariella’s Kindred Bees Lecture Series on Bees, Kinship, and Bee Tending & access to @forest.whisperer’s Mothering as Ceremony Live Class and Recording.
Find me on Instagram @beccapiastrelli to learn how to enter.
Tending the FlameNature and the Human Soul by Bill PlotkinsMore from Ariella Daly:
Ariella’s website: Honey Bee Wild@beekeepinginskirts on InstagramBelonging Episode #47: The Kindred Call of the Honeybee with Ariella DalyMore from Megan McGuire:
Megan’s website: Living Mythic Time@forest.whisperer on InstagramBelonging Episode #82: Mothering as Ancestral Reverence with Megan McGuire🔥 Tending the Flame is a 28-day devotional practice to orient you to a new (more meaningful, slower, and wilder) way of being. Join me in exploring land, lineage, community or self this season.
You have a right to feel good in your clothing with Dacy Gillespie
Dacy Gillespie is a personal stylist who intuitively guides us to discover the clothes we feel best in — uncovering and releasing what society says we “should” wear in the process.
Together we explore the question “what do you want to wear?” and we talk about how pausing before purchasing can help us make more ethical decisions and find clothes we love. Dacy also shares why “flattering” is a fatphobic concept, how to approach your clothes when your body changes, and her advice for online shopping and creating a capsule wardrobe.
Our conversation is an invitation to stop settling for clothes you don’t really like. It’s also a reminder that you have a right to feel good in what you wear. Enjoy.
Links & Resources—
Belonging Episode #66: Radically Claiming your Needs with Mara GlatzelDacy’s Forbes feature — How to Build a Mindful Close that Sparks JoyAtlantic article on returns & landfills — The Nasty Logistics of Returning Your Too-Small PantsBecca’s beautiful measuring tape & more options on EtsyMore from Dacy Gillespie—
Mindful Closet.com@mindfulcloset on Instagram🔥 Tending the Flame is a 28-day devotional practice to orient you to a new (more meaningful, slower, and wilder) way of being. Join me in exploring land, lineage, community or self this season.
Re-writing the story on motherhood with Lisa Olivera
Lisa Olivera is a writer, therapist, and creative who shares work centered around radical acceptance, cultivating compassion, and integrating our stories and full humanity. She is also a new mother, just five months postpartum at the time we recorded this episode.
Together we talk about the pressures and expectations of motherhood, the deep joy and grief of becoming a parent, and how having two tiny eyes on you all the time invites you to embody your values and step into your integrity. We also share our experiences of how becoming a mom made us change plans, say no, and honor our energetic capacities — even if it means disappointing people or ourselves in the process.
Our conversation is an invitation to love your life, grieve your dreams, feel the depth of each moment, and be fully human. Listen as we rewrite the story of motherhood together.
Belonging Episode #54: Finding Connection in Isolation with Lisa Olivera“Matrescence” is a term coined by Dr. Alexandra Sacks. Learn more in her TED talk.Episode #78: Non-Linear Reciprocity and Skills to Traverse Change with Jessie Harrold“From the time of birth to the time children are 3 years old, one MILLION neural connections are made in their brain each SECOND.” from Rachel Garcia Seliga @innatetraditionsMore from Lisa Olivera:
Lisa’s book, Already Enough: A Path to Self-AcceptanceLisa’s substack🔥 Tending the Flame is a 28-day devotional practice to orient you to a new (more meaningful, slower, and wilder) way of being. Join me in exploring land, lineage, community or self this season.
Slow Emergence from Winter into Ancestral Rituals for Spring
Belonging is back! After my winter hibernation, I find myself craving a little vernal worship. So this episode is all about ancestral rituals and practices for spring.
First, I share lessons I learned while wintering, including my stepping away from social media, making my life small, and my seasonal self-care wheel. Then we dive into the pleasure of seeds, greens, flowers, eggs, honey, and milk. I offer my favorite practices for planting, cooking, nourishing yourself, and connecting with ancestral rituals for spring.
“You are the seed. I am the seed. We are encoded with the DNA of all that came before us. We are the heirloom seed. What needs to be activated in us now? “
My winter self-care wheelReel for making pestoNettle soup recipe (with potatoes)Marysia MiernowskaSister SpinsterBloom Generation FlowersBelonging Episode #77: Mothering the Mothers with Rachelle Garcia SeligaBelonging Episode #69: Motherhood, Grief, and the Grandmother Hypothesis with Amber Magnolia HillMedicine Stories Episode #67: Harvesting Light: The Alchemy of Sun & Human w/Nadine Artemis🔥 Tending the Flame is a 28-day devotional practice to orient you to a new (more meaningful, slower, and wilder) way of being. Join me in exploring land, lineage, community or self this season.
92. Winter Rituals & Practices
I've gotten several audience questions about seasonal rituals, so in this episode of Belonging, I thought I would address seasonal rituals for the time that I'm currently in: rituals around winter.First, I invite you to notice what winter looks and feels like where you live (not everywhere looks like a Bavarian ski village in December). Then, I invite you to notice what winter is energetically in your body. Reframing winter as the dream time. I also share my rituals of being dreamy and doing less, being with fire or flame, working with pine essence, winter kitchen magic, sauna or bathing magic, tracking the sunlight, and easeful intention setting.Find show notes for this episode here: https://beccapiastrelli.com/winter-rituals-and-practices/My book Root & Ritual: Timeless Ways to Connect to Land, Lineage, Community, and the Self is now available wherever books are sold! My intention with this book is for it to be your guide to reconnecting with the earth, your ancestors, and your communities as you come home to your whole self. Despite our best efforts, our modern world leaves so many of us feeling isolated, unworthy, and alone. We’re unrooted from the land, untethered from our lineages, disconnected from our communities, and separated from our deepest sense of self. Root & Ritual is meant to be a pathway back to connection and wholeness through rituals, recipes, and ancestral wisdom. Find more information at: http://rootandritualbook.com/Follow Becca on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beccapiastrelli/
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!
Speaks to my soul!
Finding this podcast feels like a soul calling. I was feeling so alone in my longing to return to the way of life of past generations. So alone that I didn’t even talk about it because I thought people would think I had lost it. I am so grateful to truly feel like I belong and am not alone in my loneliness! Thank you!
I’m pretty picky about podcasts and lose interest easily. This one is pure gold!! Thank you so much Becca for sharing your heart and your journey with me. I’m a fellow maximalist extrovert and mama working to rebuild a sense of village and heal our lost connection and belonging. Your words have affirmed and “given me permission” so many times and I thank you for your awareness and vulnerability and this podcast from the bottom of my heart!!
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