33 episodes

The Hearth 2 Heart podcast represents our mission at Campfire Kinship: to unlock the power of empathy, one story at a time. This Season dives into the theme of Belonging! Join host Gayathri Shukla and other thought leaders in the space of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging as they explore - through heartfelt stories - what it means to belong, common challenges, and how to overcome them. You may find the echoes of your own experiences reflected, while learning from diverse perspectives. Listen on your preferred podcast platform, and please rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it!

Hearth 2 Heart on Belonging Gayathri Shukla

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The Hearth 2 Heart podcast represents our mission at Campfire Kinship: to unlock the power of empathy, one story at a time. This Season dives into the theme of Belonging! Join host Gayathri Shukla and other thought leaders in the space of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging as they explore - through heartfelt stories - what it means to belong, common challenges, and how to overcome them. You may find the echoes of your own experiences reflected, while learning from diverse perspectives. Listen on your preferred podcast platform, and please rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it!

    Power of Presence: Lessons from Indigenous History Month & Look-ahead to Vipassana

    Power of Presence: Lessons from Indigenous History Month & Look-ahead to Vipassana

    In this solo episode, Gayathri shares her reflections from Indigenous History Month. She explores what it means to be in good relations having experienced the privilege of sharing meals and stories with Indigenous Elders in a dinner and dialogue series called Aisinna'kiiks. 
    She unpacks the experience of "bringing your whole self to work", and how setting aside personal agendas in favour of trust can infuse belonging in our daily interactions. In a surprising twist, Gayathri also announces her preparation for a personal journey of self-discovery - Vipassana - connecting ancient wisdom with modern practices of meditation. Tune in to follow along on her transformative journey!


    Aisinna'kiiks is a Blackfoot word that means those who write, draw or make their mark. We are grateful for the invitation from Calgary Arts Development and to be hosted by Calgary Board of Education's high-schools. 

    Links mentioned in episode -
    Instagram: @campfire_kinship
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/campfire-kinship
    www.campfirekinship.com

    • 17 min
    Exploring Trauma-Informed & Ethical Storytelling with Dr. Meghna Bhat

    Exploring Trauma-Informed & Ethical Storytelling with Dr. Meghna Bhat

    Content Warning: This episode includes discussions on trauma and gender-based violence which may be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

    "We don't just bring our intergenerational cycles of trauma but also intergenerational cycles of wisdom." – Dr. Meghna Bhat  

    In this episode, Dr. Meghna Bhat, a renowned gender and social justice consultant and storyteller, explores the delicate balance of trauma-informed storytelling within the gender-based violence prevention field. Gayathri and Meghna delve into the practical aspects of creating safe, inclusive spaces for storytelling. Listeners will gain insights into the power of storytelling to foster connection, community, and healing, all while navigating the ethical considerations essential to maintaining the dignity and agency of survivors.  

    Resources mentioned in episode:
    www.gulabistories.com
    www.meghnabhat.com
    linkedin.com/in/meghnabhat
    instagram.com/gulabi_stories
    www.campfirekinship.com

    • 36 min
    How to Craft A Powerful Land Acknowledgement, with aloT of Poetry

    How to Craft A Powerful Land Acknowledgement, with aloT of Poetry

    Land Acknowledgements are a crucial part of reconciliation, recognizing historical and ongoing relationships with Indigenous peoples. However, these acknowledgements can easily become scripted and lose their impact. 

    In this episode, Gayathri and her guest, aloT of Poetry, a Nigerian-South African Poet now based in Mohkinstis, explore how poetry can cultivate genuine understanding and respect. Crafting a poem might seem daunting, but it can help us navigate the complex emotions and histories that come with reflecting on the place we may now call home. 

    Tune into this episode to discover aloT of Poetry's insights on infusing personal and emotional depth into your Land Acknowledgments, transforming them from scripted formalities into powerful, heartfelt recognitions. Plus, don't miss her reading her own poem and Land Acknowledgement for Treaty 7.

    Links mentioned in episode:
    www.alotofpoetry.com
    www.campfirekinship.com
    www.instagram.com/alot.of.poetry/

    Step 2:

    • 47 min
    Vulnerability - Is There Such a Thing as Too Much? with Dr. Roselle Gonsalves

    Vulnerability - Is There Such a Thing as Too Much? with Dr. Roselle Gonsalves

    Vulnerability in sharing our stories allows us to show up as our true selves and helps to deepen belonging with others. Yet, embracing vulnerability raises important questions about the balance between authenticity and psychological safety. How can vulnerability act as a bridge to more meaningful bonds without leaving us feeling exposed? Let's dive deep with Dr. Roselle Gonsalves as she draws from her impactful work in inclusion and reconciliation, and insights from her latest book, The Ordinary Turned Precious!

    Links mentioned in the episode:
    www.rmgonsalves.com
    Campfire Kinship
    www.cjsw.com/program/hearth2heart
    The Ordinary Turned Precious

    • 52 min
    Welcome to Season 2!

    Welcome to Season 2!

    In this new launch, host Gayathri Shukla unveils her plans for Season 2's theme, Belonging! She recaps her journey thus far, expressing gratitude for listeners' feedback and providing a glimpse of what you can expect in upcoming episodes.

    IG: campfire_kinship
    Campfire Kinship

    • 15 min
    The Magic of Kindness with Elena Esina

    The Magic of Kindness with Elena Esina

    In this final episode of Season 1, host Gayathri and Elena share their learnings from working together on the Landed project. Tune in to hear their fun recap of favourite moments plus a sneak preview of future aspirations!

    Elena Esina is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary where she manages an initiative called Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. Elena holds a master’s in social work and a bachelor’s in financial management. For the last 10 years, Elena has been managing multiple large-scale research projects. She leads Immigrant Women Work-Integrated Learning Hub that provides work experience placements for internationally trained women from all over the world in the academic setting. Elena also is a co-founder of Shift to Learn, an online learning platform that aims to stop violence before it starts. She is a recipient of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal in recognition of her leadership in supporting immigrant communities.

    Links mentioned in episode:
    Shift to Learn
    Instagram: @campfire_kinship
    Elena's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elena-esina-21745315/
    www.campfirekinship.com

    • 30 min

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Had a great time

This podcast should have more reviews and ratings. I thoroughly enjoyed guesting on it. Gayathri asked questions I don’t typically get on podcasts, but definitely have thoughts on!

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