22 episodes

The new-age & holistic wellness world is all about love, light, authenticity and wellness for all, right? Not always. Love & Light Confessionals, formerly Kumbaya Confessional, is the insider exposé on the bizarre epidemics of the crunchy hippie world: cults, spiritual charlatans, toxic positivity culture, illegal pyramid schemes, fad diets and more.
Hosted by holistic wellness practitioner Katya Weiss-Andersson of the Queer Wellness Podcast, theme music by Will Shishmanian, logo by Nikkita Tetreault. To support this work, go to patreon.com/katyaweissandersson

Love & Light Confessionals Katya Weiss-Andersson

    • Alternative Health
    • 4.8 • 91 Ratings

The new-age & holistic wellness world is all about love, light, authenticity and wellness for all, right? Not always. Love & Light Confessionals, formerly Kumbaya Confessional, is the insider exposé on the bizarre epidemics of the crunchy hippie world: cults, spiritual charlatans, toxic positivity culture, illegal pyramid schemes, fad diets and more.
Hosted by holistic wellness practitioner Katya Weiss-Andersson of the Queer Wellness Podcast, theme music by Will Shishmanian, logo by Nikkita Tetreault. To support this work, go to patreon.com/katyaweissandersson

    The Natural Birth Extremists

    The Natural Birth Extremists

    This episode dives into the controversial "Freebirth" movement and their views on everything from birth to surrogacy to COVID to race to...porn and the rights of transgender people?

    • 50 min
    Not Your Studio's Token Black Yoga Teacher

    Not Your Studio's Token Black Yoga Teacher

    After many years of experience, Davidia Turner was tired of being used as the “token Black teacher” at yoga studio after yoga studio. So in the midst of a wild 2020, she walked away from studio teaching. On this episode, Davidia tells her story in her own words.
    Davidia's Website: davidiaturner.com

    • 32 min
    The Whole Foods Façade

    The Whole Foods Façade

    What happens when a corporation puts on a performance of values and makes a brand out of wholesomeness, but carries out a very different reality behind the scenes?

    Whole Worker Union: wholeworker.org

    • 54 min
    Bonus: NXIVM & New-Age Predation ft: Doe Paoro

    Bonus: NXIVM & New-Age Predation ft: Doe Paoro

    This episode tells the story of the sex trafficking cult NXIVM, and how devastatingly NXIVM's story of abuse parallels existing groups and leaders in the new-age and wellness world. Doe Paoro features in a powerful guest interview telling her own story of experiencing woo-sphere predation, and the factors that enabled it.
    More information about Doe Paoro: https://linktr.ee/doeknows

    • 54 min
    Bonus: Essential Oil MLMs

    Bonus: Essential Oil MLMs

    Delving all the way into the spicy past and present of the two biggest multi-level marketing corporations in the spiritual and holistic wellness world: Young Living and doTerra. A story about fake certifications, bogus product lines and a guy named Donald Gary Young.

    • 46 min
    Pseudoscience ft: Mercola & Medical Medium

    Pseudoscience ft: Mercola & Medical Medium

    This season finale episode tackles the woo-sphere's epidemic of bad medical advice- featuring alternative health superstars Joseph Mercola and the Medical Medium- and the question of how exactly do you figure out what health advice is trustworthy when you can't trust the Western medical establishment either?

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

ptkaat ,

Stellar and Incisive

Oh this is so good! I just finished the Whole Foods episode and as a former employee I can endorse and verify much of what was said (beyond her personal experiences of course). I’m so glad that Katya is investing her substantial intellect, talent, and wisdom to this work of debunking, critiquing, and demystifying the woo sphere and I can’t wait to listen to all the episodes.

Jess Cutt ,

Informative, thought-provoking and entertaining

Katya speaks intelligently and thoughtfully about the dark aspects of the woosphere. Everything she speaks about is not only well-researched, but it is also delivered in a personable manner that is thought-provoking and interesting. I highly recommend this podcast!!! I can’t stop listening.

Gr8Gatzbi ,

Thank you for this

This podcast is a must listen for anyone who feels “off” about the magical, Yoga, astrology, or love & light worlds. It is well researched & critical without feeling hater-ey.
As someone who has experienced a ton of gaslighting, spiritual bypassing, & straight up harm from witches, astrologers, & other white straight cis new age folk, in general I just feel done with all of it. Grateful to the host for doing this: I’m sure it was really difficult.

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