31 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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 139 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

    James Arthur Ray

    James Arthur Ray

    What happens when cultural appropriation becomes deadly? James Arthur Ray killed three people in October 2009, but has been able to successfully re-launch his career as a spiritual self-help salesman. How was he able to manipulate people to override their most hard-wired survival instincts, and how was he able to bounce back and even profit off of the story?

    Seeksafely.org
    Support this work: https://www.patreon.com/katyaweissandersson

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Murder Mystery Dilema

    A Murder Mystery Dilema

    This episode does two things: 
    1. Explores the story of the mysterious death of Carla Shaffer and the local self-fashioned guru, Aaravindha Himdara, who swears he had no part in it
    2. Explores the dilemma of what happens when both sides of a story give you red flags

    Scofield's article on Carla's death: https://gurumag.com/aaravindha-himadra-and-the-mysterious-orcas-island-death-of-carla-jean-shaffer/Scofield's Love Has won Audio Doc: https://www.uncovered-studios.com/love-has-won-podcast

    • 50 min
    Holistic Pseudoscience Diets

    Holistic Pseudoscience Diets

    This episode delves into two particularly dogmatic and pseudoscientific diets within the holistic wellness world: raw veganism and the Weston A Price diet. We also revisit the Medical Medium as Katya reports back after doing his celery juice challenge

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    • 56 min
    The Twelve Tribes Cult

    The Twelve Tribes Cult

    The Twelve Tribes is a messianic cult with communities and businesses worldwide; they camouflage themselves seamlessly with hippie communities and recruit new people as actively as they can. Countless survivors have reported experiencing abuse, and no one quite knows who's died and been buried on their grounds.

    FBI Document:
    https://vault.fbi.gov/twelve-tribes/twelve-tribes-part-01-of-01-1/view

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    • 53 min
    "I Am a Mirror of Your Unhealed Traumas"

    "I Am a Mirror of Your Unhealed Traumas"

    In the new-age world, one particular tactic is being used more and more frequently to dismiss and silence criticism. It's being used by Bauhauswife, Angela Sumner, The Holistic Psychologist, followers of the Love Has Won cult and its now-deceased leader Amy Carlson, and countless others. This episode identifies and takes apart this tactic.

    • 19 min
    The Love Has Won Cult

    The Love Has Won Cult

    The Love Has Won cult has been preying on people, abusing their followers and drawing in money for years, but it looks like their leader, 45-year-old Amy Carlson aka "Mother God," has been found dead. This episode takes a closer look at this QAnon-aligned, Colorado-based spiritual group.

    https://www.risingabovelhw.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lovehaswon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRxD3eH19hE
    Support this work at: http://www.patreon.com/katyaweissandersson

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Zabstaff ,

Really enjoying this.

Y’all it’s good content. Check it out.

Sam Wallen ,

Important Voice in an Important Conversation

I’ve been doing “spiritual work” for more than 3 decades and have been thinking about, talking about an investigating the problematic aspects of it, especially in our current times. I very much enjoy and appreciate what Katya brings forward and am grateful to have found her voice and perspective that reflects a broader intersectional view than is happening on these topics elsewhere.

Venus Valentine ,

Way more accessible than Conspirituality

I found this podcast via reviews of Conspirituality (which I hate to even bring up as a comparison point given she has been around longer) after being frustrated by the exhaustingly pretentious long winded white man vibe of their show. Katya provides reporting that is far more accessible and concise, and centers feminism, queerness and POC in a way that Conspirituality willfully refuses to. A refreshing , well researched take on spiritual grifters!

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