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What if we stopped listening to the controlling voice of the culture around us, and instead learned to reconnect with our own true nature? 

Sometimes we aren’t even sure why we feel so bewildered… and discontented… and even downright miserable. Often it’s because we have let the forces of society replace our own instinctive knowledge of what is right for us. 

Now, it’s time for us to find that voice again—before it’s too late.

For Martha and Rowan, Job One is to live according to our deepest truths, making the commitment to feeling good even when it means looking weird. We believe that this is how we will reinvent our world—from the inside out— to create a society that’s kinder, more equitable, and more ecologically sustainable than the one we see around us right now. 

This is the vision that we laugh and stumble and chat and feel our way towards here on this podcast.  Did we mention LAUGH? We want no part of personal and global transformation if it isn’t fun!

So if you struggle to find a place where people who are as idealistic and brokenhearted, as silly and deeply sincere, as bewildered as you are—you might have just arrived. 

Welcome!

Bewildered Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 1.1K Ratings

What if we stopped listening to the controlling voice of the culture around us, and instead learned to reconnect with our own true nature? 

Sometimes we aren’t even sure why we feel so bewildered… and discontented… and even downright miserable. Often it’s because we have let the forces of society replace our own instinctive knowledge of what is right for us. 

Now, it’s time for us to find that voice again—before it’s too late.

For Martha and Rowan, Job One is to live according to our deepest truths, making the commitment to feeling good even when it means looking weird. We believe that this is how we will reinvent our world—from the inside out— to create a society that’s kinder, more equitable, and more ecologically sustainable than the one we see around us right now. 

This is the vision that we laugh and stumble and chat and feel our way towards here on this podcast.  Did we mention LAUGH? We want no part of personal and global transformation if it isn’t fun!

So if you struggle to find a place where people who are as idealistic and brokenhearted, as silly and deeply sincere, as bewildered as you are—you might have just arrived. 

Welcome!

    Living Lightly (and The Opposite of Golf)

    Living Lightly (and The Opposite of Golf)

    Watch out, everyone...Martha and Ro have F-bombs and they’re not afraid to use them! Join them for this episode of Bewildered, where they're plumbing the depths of what it is to live a good life—and more than a little profanity might be involved, along with plenty of metaphorical golf. (But definitely no literal golf.) To hear Martha and Ro's insights on seriousness vs. levity in life, surrendering to the idea of magic, and doing the opposite of playing golf (reminder: it's a metaphor), be sure to tune in!

    • 39 min
    Feeling Like an Alien

    Feeling Like an Alien

    Have you ever felt like a stranger in a strange land? In this BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro dive into a question from listener Alia about feeling like an alien when you're among the people you’re “supposed to” feel at home with. Tune in to learn how the spirit of community is different from the simple grouping together of people, and how sometimes differences can be a good thing because they enhance the wisdom of the crowd. It's a thought-provoking conversation you won't want to miss!

    • 43 min
    The Other Butterflies

    The Other Butterflies

    Martha and Ro have a very special guest on this episode of Bewildered…Ro's mum Paula! Paula has a mind-expanding story to tell about the time she followed monarch butterflies on their migratory path and learned that 10% of these butterflies always follow a different path—and for an unexpected reason. Tune in to find out the purpose of these aberrant butterflies' journey, why Martha and Ro relate to them so strongly, and why all paths through life, whether "normal" or divergent, are valid and valuable.

    • 30 min
    Really, Really, Really Far Outside

    Really, Really, Really Far Outside

    Martha and Ro are doing something a little different and a lot of fun on this episode of Bewildered: sharing about times when they’ve gone WAY outside of the culture.  Because when we all tell each other stories about going outside culture, we give each other permission to do it more! Tune in to hear about invisible whales, public nose-picking, polygamy, and more—plus find out the new name they’ve come up with for their beloved Bewildered community. If you love stories, this is the episode for you!

    • 51 min
    On Burnout and Reset

    On Burnout and Reset

    Ever suffer from burnout? Martha and Ro have, and they're talking all about it on this episode of BEWILDERED! Burnout is something our culture doesn't allow because it expects us to be productive non-stop. However, our wild natures require “wintering” periods where we rest and reset. If you need to recover from burnout (or you want to preempt it), tune in to the full episode to hear Martha and Ro’s insights and suggestions for getting ahead of burnout and resetting your body, mind, heart, and spirit.

    • 46 min
    Undercover Counterculture Bandit

    Undercover Counterculture Bandit

    Get excited because Martha and Ro have a very special guest on this episode of BEWILDERED: their beloved partner Karen Gerdes! While Karen may seem mild mannered and conventional at first glance, that’s just her cover. Karen stopped listening to the voice of culture a long time ago, and she's a dedicated follower of her wild nature. To get to know this paragon of unconditional love, plus learn more about her baffling yet lovable quirks (aka Karen-isms), don’t miss this fun conversation. It's a love fest!

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Curious, scared and laughing ,

Cahoot

I always love listening to Martha and Row. They have helped me to challenge culture on an almost daily basis. I especially loved the idea of a chahoot because challenging our long held assumptions is a little easier if we feel less alone and of course retain a sense of curiosity and humor. Thanks for always making my day!

Mo in Co ,

Hilarious and Real

A new episode of Bewildered always feels like a delicious chocolate I can’t wait to unwrap. Marty and Ro are so freakin’ hilarious just by telling their lives they way they are! This podcast (along with The Gathering Pod) has sparked a whole new lexicon among a few kindred spirit friends where we drop Marty-and-Ro-isms as shorthand for sharing moments of synchronicity or moments of following our senses instead of culture. In particular, I appreciate how Marty and Ro are obviously gurus and human forms of higher powers for our time, AND totally foibled neurotic hilarious nut jobs. Because how could you be latter day Buddhas and not be!! Thank you for sharing foibles and eternal truths in the same conversations.

nukkanukka ,

Freedom, for real

I have been spent most of my life trying to find ME, and part of that process has included following, listening to, and watching others who seem to have found themselves. Martha and Rowan immediately stood out to me as those kind of people.

They practice and embody a kind of freedom and understanding of the world that is contagious and inspiring to me. As I’ve listened to their stories, thoughts, and struggles, I’ve found greater courage and access to finding myself and my own self-expression.

It turns out this is a lifelong practice, and being in community with others who are on the same path is essential. My heart is full of gratitude for the generosity and wisdom of these two humans.

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