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Moonwise podcast is a space to find beauty from the heart of nature. Join host Dorothée Sophie Royal for interviews about self care, health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom carriers, artists, mothers and leaders who are nourishing life in big and subtle ways. Follow on Instagram @moonwise.co and get show notes at moonwise.co.

Moonwise Dorothee Sophie Royal

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 112 Ratings

Moonwise podcast is a space to find beauty from the heart of nature. Join host Dorothée Sophie Royal for interviews about self care, health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom carriers, artists, mothers and leaders who are nourishing life in big and subtle ways. Follow on Instagram @moonwise.co and get show notes at moonwise.co.

    SOUL: Sarah Dickey on Conscious Conception and Reparenting Ourselves (Ep. 50)

    SOUL: Sarah Dickey on Conscious Conception and Reparenting Ourselves (Ep. 50)

    "How we welcome babies has the impact of changing the entire world." - Sarah Dickey 

    In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with soul doula and childbirth educator Sarah Dickey about holding space for transformation. We talk about how our birth story influences the way we meet life and how we can hold ourselves in difficult moments. Sarah shares her insights about conscious conception, somatic memory and reparenting ourselves.

    We also talk about:


    Working with preconception energy and intentions
    Dreaming and collaborating with spirit
    Heart-centered hypnosis
    Calm Birth meditation practice

    Sarah Dickey is a transpersonal coach, heart-centered hypnotist, published author, and APPPAH childbirth educator with a particular focus on prenatal and perinatal psychology.

    Links:  


    Sarah Dickey
    Rooted pregnancy journal

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    • 50 min
    EMPATHY: Anna King on Parenting as a Highly Sensitive Person (Ep. 49)

    EMPATHY: Anna King on Parenting as a Highly Sensitive Person (Ep. 49)

    "Highly sensitive people need a little bit more time to adjust to changes and new experiences because we are processing so much information at any given time." - Anna King

    In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with clinical social worker and perinatal mental health specialist Anna King about parenting as a highly sensitive person. We talk about the characteristics of this evolutionary trait and some of the gifts and challenges that it presents.

    Anna shares tips for dealing with overstimulation and how to support HSPs so that they can thrive in parenthood. She also shares her unique insights about why HSPs are at a higher risk for postpartum depression and anxiety and some of systemic and cultural barriers for understanding this trait within communities of color.

    We also talk about:


    HSPs and altered states of consciousness
    Inequity in maternal mental health
    The myth of the “strong black woman”
    Expanding our concept about what it means to be a parent

    Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C, (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and certified perinatal mental health specialist who uses an integrative, trauma-informed approach in her work grounded in reproductive and transformative justice.

    Anna serves as Clinical Training Specialist at Maternal Mental Health NOW, where she curates training events and curriculum and facilitates live and pre-recorded training to educate providers on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Prior to joining the MMH-NOW team, she served as a full-time social worker in the emergency department and eventually found her home when she transitioned to serving a birth center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

    Throughout her experiences, Anna has realized the significant barriers to care for birthing people, especially for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), and queer, trans, and gender diverse individuals and families. Her work centers on the embodied liberation of marginalized groups in reproductive spaces.

    She is also currently a part-time psychotherapist with ARC Counseling and Wellness and a third-year Ph.D. student in the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her research interests include spiritual activism, the highly sensitive person (HSP) trait, birth and postpartum tradition, and the transition to parenthood as a rite of passage.

    Links:  


    Maternal Mental Health NOW
    ARC Counseling and Wellness
    The Highly Sensitive Parent
    Rooted pregnancy journal

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    • 51 min
    ROOTED: Dorothee Sophie Royal on the Inward Path to Motherhood (Ep. 48)

    ROOTED: Dorothee Sophie Royal on the Inward Path to Motherhood (Ep. 48)

    “Our creative power [as mothers] is often downplayed because it is so overwhelming, mysterious and it can be so intimidating. We are the beings that stand at the gates of life and death and bring a soul through into our 3D world. If that’s not a powerful role, I don’t know what is.” - Dorothee Sophie Royal

    In this episode of Moonwise, host Dorothee Sophie Royal talks about honoring the inward path to motherhood. She speaks about her new pregnancy journal called Rooted and what inspired her to create it. She shares her own experience with pregnancy, including difficulties in the transition from maiden to mother. She talks about her experience of creative power and what motherhood has taught her about boundaries, people pleasing and productivity.

    We also talk about:


    Facing shadows during pregnancy
    Cultivating intimacy and self compassion
    The power of intergenerational relationships
    Calling in support in a time of isolation
    Lessons taught by morning sickness
    The myth of self care
    Gratitude for people who are not parents



    Dorothee Sophie Royal is a writer and media producer, focusing on feminine wisdom, nature connection and motherhood. She is the founder of Moonwise.co and host of the monthly Moonwise podcast. Her new publication Rooted is a pregnancy journal honoring the inward path to motherhood. Dorothee lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.

    Links:  


    Rooted pregnancy journal




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    • 40 min
    CARE: Nicolle L. Gonzales on Making Birth Sacred Again (Ep. 47)

    CARE: Nicolle L. Gonzales on Making Birth Sacred Again (Ep. 47)

    "I think a lot of our problems with our health, when it comes to women, is how we're valued or not valued in our communities."

    — Nicolle L. Gonzalez

    In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with Diné nurse and midwife Nicolle L. Gonzales about her mission to make birth sacred again. We talk about birth equity, trauma and weaving traditional practices with medical care. Nicolle shares her experience of growing up with ceremony, birthing her own children, the challenges of leadership and carving her own path to promote reproductive wellness and community care.

    We also talk about:


    Systemic racism and inequity in maternal care
    Engaging a community in preparing for birth
    The benefits of culturally appropriate care
    The challenges of work/life balance as a midwife
    Speaking up and self worth as a woman
    The importance of sharing women’s joy

    Nicolle L. Gonzales is the  Founder of Changing Woman Initiative whose non-profit mission is to “renew cultural birth knowledge to empower and reclaim indigenous sovereignty of women’s medicine and life way teachings to promote reproductive wellness, healing through holistic approaches.”

    She received her Bachelor’s of Nursing and her Masters of Nurse-Midwifery at the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and is certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board. She has over 12 years’ experience as a nurse and has worked as a Nurse-Midwife doing full-scope midwifery for the last 10 years.

    Links:


    Changing Woman Initiative 
    Rooted pregnancy journal

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    HONOR: Rachael Jean on Pregnancy and Birth as Sacred Initiation (Ep.46)

    HONOR: Rachael Jean on Pregnancy and Birth as Sacred Initiation (Ep.46)

    "Women are the original creators of life. We’re the ones who are able to turn spirit into matter with our bodies.” - Rachael Jean

    In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with midwife and educator Rachael Jean about honoring pregnancy and birth as a sacred rite of passage. We talk about the wild feminine, parenting as a path of mastery and the missing piece of self care for moms. Ashley shares her experience of working with the five elements to support new mothers with creativity, empowerment and healing.

    We also talk about:


    The shadow work of motherhood

    Shame, grief and death

    Ancestral healing

    Embracing the mystery


    Rachael is the creatrix of the Elemental Birth Rites course journey and has been nurturing and caring for the seeds of this project for several years.  Having come to midwifery with a background in Alternative Healing through her study of massage therapy, sound healing, herbal medicine, and many other modalities, she always felt a deep call to fuse these passions.

    She witnessed many homebirth scenarios where women were left traumatized or let down by how their birth stories transpired. She felt a powerful need to honor the holistic experience of birth by addressing issues beyond the physical reality that had shown to play out and contribute to challenging births.  She created a synthesis based on her personal study of ancestral healing, transpersonal psychology, and earth based spirituality that became the basis of the Elemental Birth Rites course journey.

    Links:


    Elemental Birth Rites
    Rooted pregnancy journal


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    • 50 min
    COURAGE: Ashley River Brant on Birthing Creative Dreams (Ep. 45)

    COURAGE: Ashley River Brant on Birthing Creative Dreams (Ep. 45)

    "We are all artists. We are the artist of our life. Each life is a masterpiece." - Ashley River Brant

    In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with multidimensional artist, author and feminine wisdom teacher Ashley River Brant about bringing creative dreams to life. We talk about trust, creative courage and weaving ritual into daily routine. Ashley shares her practices and experience of creating structure for wild creativity to flourish.

    We also talk about:


    The process of birthing a book

    Shadow work as fuel for creation

    Overcoming the fear of being seen

    Balancing ease and effort, action and receptivity

    Rest and sacred timing


    Ashley River Brant is a multidimensional artist, author, Earth-Spirit medium, and teacher of feminine wisdom. Her creative work is a visual dedication to a path of liberation, pleasure, nurturance, and beauty. Through her art and teachings, her intention is to pave a path home to the sacred, assisting us all in returning to our creative nature, and remembering the innate wisdom, magic, and love that lives within ourselves, each other, and all around.

    Her first book, “Tending to the Sacred: Rituals to Connect with Earth, Spirit, and Self” (Sounds True) releases on June 8th, 2021.

    Links:


    AshleyRiverBrant.love

    Tending to the Sacred


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

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Amazing podcast!

Dorothee and her guests provide such rich and engaging conversations on the MoonWise Podcast. If you are looking for a community around spirituality, health and women doing amazing things, this is your podcast. I highly recommend listening to and subscribing to MoonWise Podcast!

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I only recently discovered MoonWise and have already devoured almost every new episode, now beginning to dip into the archives, too. Each episode is so thoughtful, grabs my attention right from the title, and leaves me feeling like I have to tools to be a better friend and advocate for Mother Earth.

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