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
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?
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.