Podcast by It Takes Courage To Tell The Truth
Episode 16. Samantha Neal The Menstrual Cycle, Resisting Capitalism with Rest & Self Acceptance
Samantha Neal is a menstrual educator and activist.
Her education programs have been taught throughout Australia and the United States to girls and women of all ages. Her work is in dismantling attitudes of silence and shame around menstruation and providing a comprehensive and holistic approach to cycle education. Born in Venice, California and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, she now calls Byron Bay, Australia her home.
In this discussion Sam reminds us of our power within, about understanding our menstral cycle in order to understand ourselves. The untapped potential of tracking and the ripple effect it can have on planning and organising week to week life.
We also discuss the power of rest and resisting the male dominated society by saying no, taking time to self care and looking after yourself. Sam approaches her work with a subtle balance of soft and strong.
Her passion pours through her voice as she speaks her truth and shares truths to us in the intimacy of a conversation between friends.
This is such a great podcast for those wanting to deepen their relationship with self and understand that shame about our periods is just a way to keep us from harnessing our power.
Please contact Sam to find out more about her work
Episode 14. Arakai Moon - Age of Aquarius & Dissolving Societies Smoke & Mirrors with Astrology
Arakai is passionate about embodiment, an experienced martial artist (+20 years), an inspiring Astrologer, sound healer, detox facilitator, a RYT 500-certified yoga teacher and a highly skillful body worker with 10 years of experience and several thousand hours of training.
Arakai has been devoted to the healing arts all her life. Psychic from a very young age she used her vision, voice and hands to offer healing to people. After several near death experiences that provided her with the potent training grounds to heal herself she was led to devote herself to the modalities of herbalism, Bodywork and Astrology.
Astrology has given a filter to the psychic and unseen realms that Arakai had been communing with her whole life. She realized after working intensively with the plants in the jungle for many years that there was connection to the planetary energies and her clients natal charts that she could see inside of the body.
In this discussion we talk about Astrology, the age of Aquarius and how to look to the planets for guidance. We discuss how astrology Is language of nature. Understanding the rhythms and how to dance with the patterns of the planets. How to co-create our reality and free ourselves from the smoke and mirrors of oppression. Astrology gives us a map of our psyche to learn to work with these patterns and codes within us to discover the true essence of who we really are.
Episode 13. Intersections of Herbalism, Whiteness, Unsettling, & Rest with Madeleine Keller
Madeleine Keller is a folk herbalist, writer/zinester, and witch.
She use's her work with plants and ceremonial practices as vehicles for work around unsettling and whiteness.
She takes a critical perspective to her herbalism work, and strives to teach workshops that include Indigenous histories and question the colonial roots of western herbalism.
We discuss working with plants as a white settler and bringing an unsettling lens to that work. Also how to explore and cultivate your own story through your ancestry and remembering that all women are witches.
The importance of rest and deconstructing the notion of "real work" in community organising, and Madeleines personal experience with this stigma.
Dealing with and healing from organiser burnout and how plant medicine can assist the affected.
How the call to defund police opens the way for care workers and healers in our world.
Check out the resources below and connect with Madeleine:
Protect Juristac Campaign led by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
The Nap Ministry project by Tricia Hersey
Softest Sniff: Free Workshop on Hydrosols and Aromatherapy for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Care: https://mailchi.mp/06f6927b988c/signup-for-softest-sniff-hydrosols-aromatherapy-workshop
Episode 12. Leela Kalyani - A Journey back to the soul through sacred sensual play and prayer
How can we find our power as women?
How can we connect to our pussys’?
Why sacred is sexy and journeying to meet our soul through sensual pray is an essential part of reclaiming our space in this world.
In todays conversation I talk with Leela Kalyani about her profession as a feminine healer.
Did you know the Sanskrit word ‘Leela’ translates to divine cosmic play.
In this chat, you can feel how Leela embodies her name.
How to get out of your head and into your heart in the bedroom, how to walk in the world with integrity
We talk about her story as a mix raced Indian / Australian woman. She explores how she grew up with Hindu statues and discussions of Shakti and Shiva and now as an adult is exploring the worlds of sacred sexuality, polyamory and conscious relating.
Leela talks about her work with women in the sexuality space, healing as a female and how she carries herself in the world.
So excited to share this conversation with you.
Connect with Leela
Link in bio
Episode 11. Bronwyn Bate- Female Led Social Enterprises Changing The System
How can we change the system? Today I talk with Bronwyn Bate. She set up a social enterprise called Mettle Women Inc (Mettle).
Mettle Women Inc. is an ethical gift delivery social enterprise employing women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence.
Bronwyn witnesses how the system failed women post crisis. She saw an opportunity to support women to gain their financial freedom through a program that supports, encourages and up skills.
Mettle gives 100% of the profits of the business directly to the women who make the gift boxes.
Bronwyn's transparency and integrity being a CEO of this business is something to aspire too. She gives tips on how to be a strong female business leader and setting up social enterprises.
Domestic and family violence is the single largest driver of homelessness for women in Australia. The lack of safe and accessible employment and opportunities to establish financial independence can make it extremely difficult & dangerous to leave abusive environments.
Head to the website today to grab a gift for someone and support a powerful business model, for women, by women.
Episode 10. Aimee Aroha - Birth Sovereignty and Decolonising Healing
A podcast by Ella Noah Bancroft
Released as a big F**K YOU to THE COMMONWEALTH On the Queens Birthday.
Aimee Aroha is a Transpersonal Mentor, Transpersonal Birth Mentor & Birth Companion. She is also a Mother of two, a lover, a believer in and advocate for radical self responsibility, body autonomy, expansive conscious relating (with self and others). She believes wholeheartedly in the power of pleasure and the importance of conscious relationships, birthing and parenting for the future of health of humanity and the planet. As a Transpersonal Mentor, Aimee has seen how the wellness world has been created through the colonisers lens and she is using her work to help decolonise healing and self care trend.
In this conversation we discuss Aimee’s journey to decolonise her mind, body and soul as a mixed heritage woman with Maori blood (First Nations people to New Zealand). Aimee is passionate about birth sovereignty and reclaiming the birth space for women and birthing people. She herself has traversed the Rite of Passage that is birth, the transition from Maiden to Mother and we talk about the complex, wild, intuitive, ceremonial, at times traumatic, often joyful and always expansive birth experience. We discuss helpful ways to ritualise your birth and Aimee’s own incredible unassisted home birth in 2019.
Aimee is a huge believer in radical self care and is a rebel at heart and this conversation is so needed right here, right now.
Decolonise To Thrive.
Connect with Aimee