22 episodes

Welcome to the Earthside Survival Guide podcast, a monthly podcast hosted by Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman, founder of Active Culture Family and Medicine Mandala, a mystery school located in the mountains of Southern California that supports unconventional wisdom keepers in finding pleasure, purpose and liberation through the path of esctatic stewardship of Planet Earth. Yaya has been a seeker, student, and practitioner of healing arts for 22 years and her speaking, writing, online, and in person educational programs currently reach thousands of people daily all over the world.



Yaya's website: www.activeculturefamily.com

Follow Yaya on Instagram: @activeculturefamily

Earthside Survival Guide Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9, 147 Ratings

Welcome to the Earthside Survival Guide podcast, a monthly podcast hosted by Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman, founder of Active Culture Family and Medicine Mandala, a mystery school located in the mountains of Southern California that supports unconventional wisdom keepers in finding pleasure, purpose and liberation through the path of esctatic stewardship of Planet Earth. Yaya has been a seeker, student, and practitioner of healing arts for 22 years and her speaking, writing, online, and in person educational programs currently reach thousands of people daily all over the world.



Yaya's website: www.activeculturefamily.com

Follow Yaya on Instagram: @activeculturefamily

    ESG022 Soul Family, Healing Trauma, and Empowering People Through Tarot with Lindsay Mack

    ESG022 Soul Family, Healing Trauma, and Empowering People Through Tarot with Lindsay Mack

    In this episode, we are joined by Lindsay Mack, host of the popular weekly podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul. Lindsay is passionately dedicated to honoring and helping to bring space, light, and healing to those who are experiencing mental, emotional or physical suffering. She is also the creator of Soul Tarot, a reinterpretation of the Tarot as a healing tool, one that can assist us in differentiating the noise of our brain from the truth of our soul.

    In this episode we also explore:

    Differentiating between soul family and biological family, who Lindsay’s people are and what they need

    Healing trauma with tarot vs operating from habitual social dynamics

    Themes intuitive are seeing in private practice

    Choosing guides who share information in a way that feels safe and empowering to us

    Unpacking some of the less popular cards in the deck

    Learn more about Lindsay Mack by visiting her online at:

    www.lindsaymack.com

    @wildsoulhealing (Instagram)

    Tarot For the Wild Soul Podcast

    Visit Our Patreon page to support the podcast, receive discounts on Lindsay’s courses, and for bonus content from this episode:

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    ESG021 Walking Skinless as an Act of Service with Eve Bradford

    ESG021 Walking Skinless as an Act of Service with Eve Bradford

    For Episode 21 we are joined by culture maker, oracle, poet, educator, and author of the book Instructions to a Young Magician (from herself), Eve Bradford. Eve joined us back in 2017 as our guest for episode #3, a really fun conversation titled: Poet as Revolutionary and Sacred Whore, that, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to yet, we highly recommend clicking the link below to listen now, so you can enjoy the way Eve’s work is growing over time as much as we do
    In this episode we also explore: 
    Why people seek out ritual in times of chaos and loss
    The surprising relationship between risk and heart health
    Eve’s background and what prompted a period of intense growth and transformation
    How Eve discovered her ability to channel and her different experiences as an oracle
    The importance of listening to Lillith speak
    Ecstatic usefulness during the oraclar process and what it takes to be an oracle

    Learn more about Eve Bradford by visiting her online at:
    www.ladyapples.com
    Email Eve at:
    eve@ladyapples.com
    Our previous episode with Eve:
    Poet as Revolutionary and Sacred Whore With Eve Bradford 
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    ESG020 Authenticity, Kundalini and Coming Out of the Culture Closet with Kirti Srivastava

    ESG020 Authenticity, Kundalini and Coming Out of the Culture Closet with Kirti Srivastava

    For Episode 20 we are joined by the founder of the DilSe Spirit School and a pillar of the local movement community, Kirti Srivastava. Kirti uses creativity and spirituality to ignite access to source divine. A dancer, yogi, and an educator for over 20 years--she looks to connect our human existence to our spiritual calling. As a first-generation American, Kirti weaves constructs of race and identity into her spiritual work, resulting in deep conversations around appropriation, patriarchy, and the responsibility of human beings on this planet. 

    She currently works as a yoga philosophy teacher, promotes peach through self-love as a personal trainer integrating mindful fitness, brings arts and spirit into school culture as an educational consultant and facilitates individual and group energy healing practices through breath, sound, and movement as an established movement medicine practitioner here in San Diego, CA.

    We dedicate the first ⅓ of the episode time to learn more about Kirti’s background to better understand who she is. With her upbringing in a community that was had an abundance of white supremacists, she realized--early in her life--what skin color, pedagogy, and learned behaviors meant. In this episode we also explore: 

    Racism and creating your path as you grow into who you are meant to be

    Authenticity: Coming out of your cultural closet as the “real you”

    What it means to pass down patriarchy, how to stop ancestral patriarchy, stepping off the path of creating the “perfect wifey resume”

    What Hip Hop Kundalini is and the benevolence of Kundalini energy (by whatever name you choose to call it)

    Doing what you’re born to do and living life orgasmically 

    To learn more about Kirti Srivastava by visiting her online at

    Kirti’s Instagram: DilSe.kirtidance

    www.DilSeCulture.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    ESG019 Safety, Self Acceptance, & The Sea of Oneness with Tracee Stanley

    ESG019 Safety, Self Acceptance, & The Sea of Oneness with Tracee Stanley

    For Episode 19 we are joined by Yoga Teacher Trainer and Sri Vidya Tantra Practitioner Tracee Stanley.

    Since 2001 the focus of Tracee’s teaching has been empowerment, sankalpa, self-mastery and healing.  Tracey teaches Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Self-Inquiry informed by wisely sequenced asana, mantra and kriya practices to create a fertile environment and safe container for transformation and growth. 

    Tracee regularly teaches at festivals like Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle and more, and serves as faculty at Esalen Institute where she leads teacher trainings, retreats and in general holds space for us to remember our radiance and power. In this episode we explore:

    • Liberation from the belief that we need to stay small in order to be safe and receive love

    • Overcoming childhood abuse and neglect

    • Rebellion as precursor to liberation

    • The process of looking at our patterns and how they become habits that become our personality

    • Taking risks in how we do business

    and more.

    You can learn more about today’s guest by visiting her online at www.traceeyoga.com

    ESG018 Durga Meditation, Chandi Path and the Practice of Tantra with Laura Amazzone

    ESG018 Durga Meditation, Chandi Path and the Practice of Tantra with Laura Amazzone

    In this Episode we are joined for the second time by teacher, yogini, priestess and Goddess scholar Laura Amazzone. Laura is the author of the book, "Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power," and has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies in the fields of Tantrism, Hinduism and Women’s Spirituality. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia on Hinduism and the Encyclopedia of Goddessses of World Culture. 

    Laura teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, online at Mystery School of the Goddess and privately, offering classes, rituals, and workshops on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta and Sri Vidya traditions into which she has been initiated.

    In this episode, we dedicate the first 1/3 of the episode time to sharing a full Goddess Durga Vizualization practice that you can tune in with any time you feel a need to call in a protective, loving aspect of the divine mother. We also explore:

    • The animist roots of traditional Tantra, stone circles and faerie rings and cultural sensitivity 

    • Why Tantra is sometimes called a path of paradox and adversity and the importance of going deep and staying the course when our practice asks us to look at our shadow. 

    • Experiencing a power that can’t be given away, can’t be taken away, can’t be lost or stolen

    • Why and how we practice, and the benefit of the Kula (dedicated practice group)

    And more. To learn more about Laura’s offerings, please visit www.lauraamazzone.com

    Music in this episode:

    Devi Ma by Mother Medicine

    The Universe Strand by Santiparro

    • 1 hr 16 min
    ESG017 Kambo, Chronic Conditions, and Sexual Healing-With Caitlin Thompson

    ESG017 Kambo, Chronic Conditions, and Sexual Healing-With Caitlin Thompson

    In this episode, we are joined by certified Kambo practitioner and founder of the San Diego based nutritional supplement company EntheoZen Caitlin Thompson. In this conversation we explore:

    • adult themes including an in depth discussion of consent or lack thereof in the natural word and what this means for us as humans

    • how medicines call to us to participate in our healing

    • non-pharmacuetical approaches to treating autoimmune disease, chronic pain, herpes, and other onging conditions

    • how are plant medicines and animal medicines different, and why animal medicine may be more effective for those seeking healing around their sexuality

    • can frog medicine love

    • mapping different states of conciosness 

    • taking responsibility for our own mental health

    • hope for those who have trauma and have given up on meditation

    You can learn more about Caitlin’s work here:

    www.entheozen.com

    www.medicinefrogkambo.com

    Music in this episode:

    Del Suelo y las Estrellas by Regeneratrix

    • 1 hr 18 min

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147 Ratings

alcarmez ,

Deeply connected to the web of life in many planes

Yaya your latest episode totally sparked a big dream for me! Thank you for sharing about your journey into hating it here on earth and how it transformed into an understanding about early conditioning communicating that you weren’t allowed to engage in the things that made you love it here. I did think I resonated, but my dreams had other things to say! Long story short I felt I had been arrested and brought to my life as I know it as a low security prison, and I was wondering why I was here, like what law did I break? But by the end I found myself staring into a tapestry asking why I am here as in what is my larger purpose... the saga continues...
Anyways I’ve been listening to your podcast for a year and it’s truly been a blessing having you and your guests on my stereo. I hope to meet you one day at spirit weavers, a friend of mine met you there some years ago and said I’d vibe with you so there you go. I often return to the Durga meditation; I have a collection of small objects in honor of her gifts.

Love and darkness,
Carmina

Pie Maker ,

Galactic Traveler’s Companion

Yaya Erin weaves a magical tapestry of exploration for our community enjoyment and growth. Deeply nourishing. I find so much value in every episode. Thank you for creating this virtual space for us to gather! Much gratitude!

adventuresofpeach ,

Deepen earth magic love

Yaya is a fierce force of truth & authenticity sharing divine insights to up level BEing-ness in the current swirl of chaos. She grounds interviews in earthly magical love centered messages and I’m deeply grateful for her insights

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