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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 • 137 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.

    The Women’s Circle with Anoushka Florence

    The Women’s Circle with Anoushka Florence

    Anoushka Florence is a teacher, an author, a circle-tender, and a mother. She is the Keeper of the Mama’s Village, the Mama of The Goddess Space, and the author of The Women’s Circle. Her work is based on ancient spiritual feminine practices that are grounded in the belief that the power to heal comes from within.
    Together, we begin with the question what is circle? and spiral out to the importance of women’s circles, rituals, cleaning as clearing, ancestral lineages and more. We also discuss common questions about circle, such as— how do I find a circle near me? what if I’m an introvert? and what if I feel uncomfortable or unsafe in circle?
    At its center, this conversation is about how circles can serve us all well. And it’s an invitation to hear if circle is calling you.

    More from Anoushka:
    Buy Anoushka’s book, The Women’s CircleAnoushka’s websiteAnoushka’s on Instagram @thegoddessspace

    🔥 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.

    • 53 min
    Keeping Grief Weird with Tracy Benjamin

    Keeping Grief Weird with Tracy Benjamin

    Tracy Benjamin is a food photographer, stylist & blogger based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this episode, we have a tender conversation about grief, and all the ways she’s experienced it since her mom’s sudden death in 2017.
    Together we explore how loss can encompass our full range of emotions and impact every area of our life. Tracy shares what it feels like to be the only woman left in her family and the joys and struggles of becoming her family’s keeper — hosting their gatherings, their values, and their grief stories.
    We also talk about parenting our children and our selves, normalizing death in our society, grieving our dreams, letting our creative work evolve, and keeping grief weird through it all.
    Our conversation is hard, heartbreaking, and so, so honest. If you’ve lost a parent or someone close to you, what Tracy says will resonate deeply. And if you haven’t felt that specific grief, this episode is also a balm for the collective grief the past few years have brought us all.


    Resources
    Join me for Passagecraft 🌙More from Tracy:
    Tracy’s blog ShutterbeanTracy’s Instagram @shutterbean

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Being Alone in Nature with Nicole Antoinette

    Being Alone in Nature with Nicole Antoinette

    Nicole Antoinette is a writer, podcast host, and community-builder who is super into long-distance hiking. In this conversation, she tells us the story of how long solo hikes have become her spiritual & devotional practice.
    Together we explore the power of facing fear and discomfort, the lessons gained from embracing loneliness, and the self-trust that comes when there’s no one else to ask for answers.
    Our conversation is an invitation for the hikers and non-hikers among us to consider how we can deepen our devotional connections with the land and ourselves. The lessons Nicole shares support us all in being honest with ourselves and facing scary things.


    Resources:
    Becca Piastrelli: The Baby BombThru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot QuinnGeartradeThe Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter
    More from Nicole:
    Nicole’s book How To Be Alone: an 800-mile hike on the Arizona trailNicole’s websiteNicole’s InstagramNicole’s gear list🔥 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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Writing as Pregnancy & Publishing as Postpartum with Asha Frost

    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.

    Resources:
    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.

    • 52 min
    Friendship deserts, creativity floods, and ancestral mothering with Megan McGuire and Ariella Daly

    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.


    Resources:
    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.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    You have a right to feel good in your clothing with Dacy Gillespie

    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.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

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!

Erica Butterfield ,

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!

WinterWrenDolls ,

Amazing!

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!!

~Emilia Ponti
Saint Helens, OR

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