27 episodes

An interview show with the seekers, the finders and the wisdom keepers. After 10 years of travel, 50 countries, numerous stories, and questionable choices, serial seeker Derek Straat talks to people on the path. We can all find some of ourselves in these stories - and possibly, a new way. Recorded globally as a travel show, Enlightened Abroad will bring the journey to you - join us.

Enlightened Abroad Derek Straat: serial seeker

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 14 Ratings

An interview show with the seekers, the finders and the wisdom keepers. After 10 years of travel, 50 countries, numerous stories, and questionable choices, serial seeker Derek Straat talks to people on the path. We can all find some of ourselves in these stories - and possibly, a new way. Recorded globally as a travel show, Enlightened Abroad will bring the journey to you - join us.

    EA 25 - Chris Panasky of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast: Indonesia beginnings, two-wheeled stories, and an adrenaline heartbeat

    EA 25 - Chris Panasky of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast: Indonesia beginnings, two-wheeled stories, and an adrenaline heartbeat

    71'
    Chris Panasky of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast talks why, how and what to bring if you want to see the world on two wheels.  Yeah, a bike.  Like with your legs, pedal powered!  Useful tips like https://www.warmshowers.org/ (not creepy) and what kit (gear) to buy, Chris recommends: https://www.ortlieb.com to get you started.  A pre-pandemic show, but still valuable when we can roam, and hopefully, soon.  He talks about a bike tour that he now can't take, but the information is valuable and I hope you enjoy this guy's adventurous spirit.  Thanks, Chris!
    https://biketouradventures.com/
     
     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EA 24 - 2020 Vision #2: Derek reflects on Podfest, reads a Chapter from MAR 2, and Maria sings

    EA 24 - 2020 Vision #2: Derek reflects on Podfest, reads a Chapter from MAR 2, and Maria sings

    24'
    Derek talks. 
    Topics: Podfest 2020 experience, Corona, wtf, and current plans.  And I read a chapter of MAR 2, the novel.  Consider this the soft launch for the audiobook. 
    This version of 2020 Vision will reflect on Q1, talk about what's next, and also serve as an intro for any newbies to the podcast.  If you are a first time EA subscriber, start here.
    ~'1-11' Podfest 2020, Chris Krimitsos, Corona fears, what's good on the show, and what's next for EA
    https://chriskrimitsos.com/
    ~11' Audio of MAR 2, Chapter 1, read by Derek, to purchase an advanced copy:
    https://www.patreon.com/derekstraat
    ~22' Maria (Ep. 23) sings a magical mantra, for more:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-402667394
    Shoutouts to the awesome Podfest participants:
    https://podfestexpo.com/
    Go to enlightenedabroad.com to message me for links, support or to be a guest on EA!  Photo credit: Alyssa Figaro 

    • 24 min
    EA 23 - Maria Ananda: Depression to Balance - Swami life, Mantras and Kundalini Yoga

    EA 23 - Maria Ananda: Depression to Balance - Swami life, Mantras and Kundalini Yoga

    ~65'
    ~4’-7’ Maria sings 'Ambenum Pidiyul Mantra', a prayer from Swami Ramalingum
    http://vallalar.org/English/VORG000000009B
    ~9’ Maria’s story begins
    ~10’ an atheist story in a Catholic School
    ~11’ a depression leads to a silent retreat and meditation
    ~12’ Carl Sagan
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Carl-Sagan
    Shiva Shambho and Tibetan Tantric breathing, Puebla, Mexico
    https://avatarshivashambho.wordpress.com/centros-shiva-shambho-2/
    ~13’ the coveted ‘awakening’ moment; existential questioning
    ~15’ repressive conditioning, fear
    ~17’ moving onto college, depression comes again in Barcelona
    ~19’ ‘the world is sad’
    ~19’ An organic farm, Kundalini Yoga and an Osho invitation
    ~20’ the cat attacks
    ~20’ the sexual liberation in Pune
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Pune
    ~21’ the experience at the Osho ashram
    https://www.osho.com/osho-meditation-resort
    ~22’ ‘Hey, do you wanna have sex with me?’
    ~24’ the Osho dynamic meditations
    ~27’ coming back to Mexico from Pune
    ~27’ Bhakti means devotion; Vedanta books – searching for the true you
    https://www.vedanta.com/
    ~28’ Rig Veda – pre-Upanishad ancient prayers to the sun, from the Indo-Saraswati region
    https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/index.htm
    ~29’ Yogi Bhajan
    https://www.libraryofteachings.com/
    Goenka
    https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/about/goenka
    and Buddha all come from the same region
    ~32’ Tiruvannamalai, India
    https://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/ashram/
    ~33’ Mooji
    https://mooji.org/
    ~34’Kundalini practice cleared the mind
    ~35’ Swami Ramalingam search, aka Vallalar
    https://pranashakty.org/about-swami-ramalingam/
    ~36’ the man with the gecko tattoo…
    ~38’ a sign a light and a dream
    ~40’ Swami Ramalingam leaves his body, the story
    ~41’ the pineal gland drops of honey
    ~42’ the fastest way to reach god is by singing mantras
    ~43’ Maria travels with the Swamis, becomes a Swami for a year
    ~44’ life as a Swami, the collective energy
    ~46’ Sadhu v. Swami
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/sadhu
    ~48’ Swami life in Malaysia
    ~49’ repatriating after Swami life
    ~50’ motherhood
    ~51’ finding balance
    ~53’ dogma, extremism and religion
    ~54’ just take the ham off the pizza
    ~55’ what’s next?
    ~55’ Maria finds passion in pre-natal yoga and Kundalini Yoga TT
    ~56’ Guru Jagat, RAMA TV
    https://rama-tv.com/class-teacher/guru-jagat/page/40/
    ~58’ Kundalini brings happiness and endless study
    ~59’ Gurmukh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDiQQ6VN88I
    ~61’ Maria’s mantras:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-402667394
    62’ Maria sings the Hanuman Mantra with the Harmonium to close

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EA 22 - 2020 Vision: Derek reflects on the podcast journey and what's next

    EA 22 - 2020 Vision: Derek reflects on the podcast journey and what's next

    19m
    ~1’ what’s up with the podcast, where ya’ been?
    ~3’ to enlighten or not to enlighten, that is the question
    ~4’ links to the last 6 months' experiences:
    Vipassana 10 day silent mediation retreat:
    https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/index
    Cob building courses:
    https://cruzincobglobal.org/
    200 hour YTT course in San Cristobal de las Casas, MX
    https://www.facebook.com/VinyasaOM/
    My YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SZJbqqye-I
    ~5’ ‘the last thing I’ll share’, but I actually share another thing later, tips on taking the plunge, traveling on a budget
    ~8’ legal plant medicine retreat in Ecuador:
    https://gaiasagrada.com/
    ~10’ how to design your dream year:
    based on Tim Ferris’ 80/20 year review to manifest a great New Year:
    https://tim.blog/2016/12/29/2016-what-ive-learned/
    ~15’ post interview mantra by:
    https://www.marianandayoga.com/ & Derek Straat
    https://www.bhaktibreakfastclub.com/mantraglossary40
    A loose translation of the mantra:
    Jai Mata Kali Jai Mata Durga –  victory and praise to the divine feminine Kali and Durga energies, and they both bring in different forces.  Kali is traditionally the harsh change, who brings in the new with her destruction, whereas Durga is the gentle mother who holds all.  Couldn’t hurt for 2020, well maybe a little but we will be better for it, so enjoy!
     

    • 18 min
    EA 21 - Kipchoge Spencer on the 3.5% threshold, pedal powered music, and community vibes

    EA 21 - Kipchoge Spencer on the 3.5% threshold, pedal powered music, and community vibes

    62’
    Intro
    ~1-3’ we couldn’t get the song on, but check them out here: https://soundcloud.com/gingerninjas
    Interview
    ~4’ who is anyone to own the earth?
    ~6’ embracing the hypocrisy
    ~8’ acting as custodians of the land
    ~11’ how to build community? be neighbors
    ~13’ the cob workshop community lessons
    ~16’ the people power theory
    ~17’ the balance of doing good for the earth + having fun
    ~18’ how an environmental activist is born
    ~21’ the napkin revolt*
    *Kipchoge and Claire’s son story comes in here as a side note because Claire was in the kitchen but not mic’d
    ~22’ bikes as and eco mode of transport
    ~24’ the beginnings of xtracycle, circa ‘98:
    https://www.xtracycle.com/
    ~27’ the xtracyle ‘thing’ – trying to create environ change with a company
    ~30’ the dream is hatched of a bike powered music tour
    ~32’ Kipchoge's friend's band:
    https://shakeyourpeace.bandcamp.com/
    ~33’ 15 people take off and create the first ever bike powered rock n’ roll tour, aka 'rock the bike':
    https://rockthebike.com/the-ginger-ninjas/
    ~35’ Kipchoge and the Ginger Ninjas, soundcloud:
    https://soundcloud.com/gingerninjas
    ~37’ 8 bike tours later, a few takeaways
    ~41’ a traveling band story, ohhhh Mexico!
    ~46’ an epiphany at Vipassana, the site:
    https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/index
    ~47’ a turn in the road, Kipchoge stops playing to gather people power and tackle the climate fight
    ~48’ an education on building a social change movement
    ~49’ there are way more than enough people to get this done
    ~50’ non-violent social movements, Erica Chenoweth inspires:
    https://www.ericachenoweth.com/research/wcrw
    ~53’ would you quit Amazon if others did? a campaign for 1M customers to leave; testing the hypothesis
    https://threshold.us/c/cancelprime
    ~54’ why Amazon? lifting the curtain on the dangers
    ~58’ the movement, building up to the 3.5% change, and 6 focus areas:
    https://threshold.us
    ~60’ the internet is not bad, just the bad actors, and Derek is ok, thank yous…

    • 1 hr 2 min
    EA 20 - Claudine Desiree aka the Cob Queen

    EA 20 - Claudine Desiree aka the Cob Queen

    69'
    Introduction
    ~0’-2 what I’ve been up to
    Interview
    ~5’ Claudine and NYC John Lennon story
    ~8’ growing up in Manhattan, UWS!
    ~10’ backstory; parents flee Nazi Germany
    ~13’ Claudine’s workshop
    https://cruzincobglobal.org/
    ~14’ what ‘cob building’ is
    http://www.cobtherapy.com/cobbuilding
    https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-cob-house-177944
    ~19’ the economics of cob; sourcing materials
    ~23’ you can do whatever you want with cob, and be an artist
    ~24’ how Claudine came to cob, and cob came to her
    ~25’ Occidental Arts Ecology Center:
    https://oaec.org/our-work/projects-and-partnerships/permaculture/
    ~29’ 'The Hand Sculpted House', by Micheal Smith, Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley
    https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/the-hand-sculpted-house/
    ~32’ entrepreneurial dragons
    ~33’ the cob workshop model
    ~34’ Claudine sells the cob for an international bike tour
    ~35’ Chris Panasky podcast:
    http://biketouradventures.com/
    ~37’ Santa Cruz, CA
    ~39’ Marianne Williamson’s books and healing:
    https://marianne.com/
    ~41’ Claudine’s awakening; Al-Anon
    https://al-anon.org
    ~42’ Esalen workshops; Qi-gong
    https://www.esalen.org
    https://www.nqa.org/what-is-qigong-
    ~45’ Claudine finds a workshop partner on:
    https://www.workaway.info/
    ~50’ the personal growth aspect to Claudine’s workshops
    ~53’ when workshops go off; the Azores story
    ~58’ summary and what’s next for CruzinCob; Asia, TV shows:
    ~65’ https://www.diynetwork.com/shows/building-off-the-grid-1
    ~66’ @cruzincobglobal on IG; youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97d_mhunfGfCJSKeu4Vnag
     
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

HeidiPie8 ,

Engaging and Inspiring Conversations

Derek has a true gift for gently teasing out the most interesting nuggets of the lives of each subject and humbly weaving them into a beautiful story for the listener. These interviews are a must listen for all seekers, abroad or at home, whether the person is an arm-chair-wanderer planning her/his next journey or is an active citizen-of-the-world rambling about the globe.

nathahour ,

Enlightening

Very inspirational! Love hearing genuine stories about every day struggles while achieving goals abroad. Absolutely recommend it.

lexlaughs ,

A cross-section of citizens of the world

Love hearing how people from all different areas of the world view life as an expat. So many similarities despite coming from such different backgrounds. Definitely want to hear more!

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