43 episodes

Join Leya Van Doren every week as she sits down with multi-passionate creatives to talk about their creative process, routines & rituals, and explore the intersection of creativity, mindfulness, and spirituality. You'll hear from writers, actors, singers, dancers, painters, wellness professionals, and anyone else who considers themselves a creative soul.

Connect with Leya:

Instagram: @leyavandoren

www.leyavandoren.com

Cover art by Torrence Browne

Intro Audio designed by Graham Cook

Intro song "Surf" by Vlad Gluschenko

The Creative Soul Podcast Leya Van Doren

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Join Leya Van Doren every week as she sits down with multi-passionate creatives to talk about their creative process, routines & rituals, and explore the intersection of creativity, mindfulness, and spirituality. You'll hear from writers, actors, singers, dancers, painters, wellness professionals, and anyone else who considers themselves a creative soul.

Connect with Leya:

Instagram: @leyavandoren

www.leyavandoren.com

Cover art by Torrence Browne

Intro Audio designed by Graham Cook

Intro song "Surf" by Vlad Gluschenko

    Ep 43: ft. Oliver Butler on Hiking as a Creative Practice, Intuitive Ideas, and The Debate Society

    Ep 43: ft. Oliver Butler on Hiking as a Creative Practice, Intuitive Ideas, and The Debate Society

    Oliver Butler is a director and theatermaker. He recently directed the Broadway Premiere of What the Constitution Means to Me (Nominations for the Tony Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award; Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and can be seen on Amazon Prime, West Coast Premiere of Will Eno's Thom Pain (based on nothing) starring Rainn Wilson at The Geffen Playhouse, Thom Pain (based on nothing) starring Michael C. Hall at the Signature Theatre Company, and The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison at The Vineyard, as well as many others. He is a co-founder and co-artistic director of The Debate Society with whom he has directed 10 premieres in 15 years including The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons) , Jacuzzi (Ars Nova) , and Blood Play (Bushwick Starr). He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown).

    In this episode we talk about the lessons he learned from hiking the Appalachian trail for 30 days, how hiking mirrors the creative process, the process of making plays with The Debate Society, accessing intuitive ideas, trail magic, TikTok, and possibilities.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    * Breath of the Wild - Zelda
    * Joe Sacco - Footnotes in Gaza and Paying the Land
    * Queens Liberation Project
    * The People's Bodega

    Connect with Oliver:

    thedebatesociety.org ( http://thedebatesociety.org )

    @oliverbutler

    tik tok: oliverbutler0

    • 49 min
    Ep 42: Spirituality - My Personal Journey & Awakenings

    Ep 42: Spirituality - My Personal Journey & Awakenings

    In this month's solo episode, Leya goes deep and shares about her personal journey with spirituality. She explores religion vs spirituality, her experience living on an ashram as a teenager, how she got introduced to yoga and meditation, studying yoga in India, traveling to Bali and Thailand, plant medicine, therapy, and lessons in staying present and expanding our consciousness.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    * Soul on Fire Podcast
    * Journey of Souls by Michael Newton
    * Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
    * Signs by Laura Lynne Jackson
    * The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

    Connect with Leya:

    @leyavandoren

    www.leyavandoren.com

    • 58 min
    Ep 41: ft. Ashley Sondergaard on Cosmic Self-Care, Motherhood, and Yoga Magic

    Ep 41: ft. Ashley Sondergaard on Cosmic Self-Care, Motherhood, and Yoga Magic

    Ashley Sondergaard is a self care coach, a yoga teacher, an astrology enthusiast and host of the Yoga Magic podcast. For 9 years, she has studied yoga, meditation, astrology and mindfulness practices that prioritize self-care and self-discovery. After having her two girls, Ashley discovered the hard way that taking care of yourself first is the only way to take care of others. Today, she supports her students & clients in up leveling their everyday routines into magical self-care rituals.

    In this episode, we talk about cosmic self care which are ideas for self care based off your natal chart, motherhood and the lessons its taught her, finding expanders along your path, and what led her to starting the Yoga Magic podcast and the benefits of podcasting.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster

    The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

    Nikki Novo

    Connect with Ashley:

    @ashleysondergaard.yoga

    @yogamagicpodcast

    www.ashleysondergaard.com

    • 41 min
    Ep 40: ft. Rukmini Poddar on the 100 Day Project, Creative Evolutions, and Drawing Emotions

    Ep 40: ft. Rukmini Poddar on the 100 Day Project, Creative Evolutions, and Drawing Emotions

    Rukmini Poddar is an artist, designer, and educator. Her creative passion lies at the intersection of emotional wellness and creative storytelling. She is also a self-proclaimed 100dayproject artist and author of the book, 100 Obscure Emotions.

    She believes what is most personal is most universal. The sooner we realize how alike we are, the more we can create a culture of empathy and personalism. She draws regularly and posts on her Instagram: @rockinruksi

    In this episode, we talk about what the 100 day project taught her, leaning into your creative cycles and resistance, how she grew on Instagram and what it's like to create for other people, how to grow and evolve as an artist, the importance of quantity over quality, and the enneagram.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    * On Being with Krista Tippett
    * Poetry Unbound
    * Jon Batiste - We Are
    * Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
    * Personality Types by Don Richard Riso
    * The Road Back To You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile

    Connect with Rukmini:

    https://dearruksi.com/

    • 48 min
    Ep 39: ft. Anne Ditmeyer on Map Making, Valuing Yourself as a Creator, and Paying Inspiration Forward

    Ep 39: ft. Anne Ditmeyer on Map Making, Valuing Yourself as a Creator, and Paying Inspiration Forward

    Anne Ditmeyer (@pretavoyager) is an American creative coach and workshop facilitator based in Paris, France. She pulls from her background in design, anthropology, art history, and global communication as she helps people Write Your Own Rules and Map Your Path through fun, engaging experiences that encourage exploration and play. She's been blogging at Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) since 2007 where she explores the intersection of travel and design, as well as on her Biz Blog at anneditmeyer.com ( http://anneditmeyer.com/ ).

    In this episode, we talk about community building, creative constraints, how she became French, how blogging and travel helped develop her perspective, creating your work style as a creator, learning to value yourself and your skills, and paying inspiration forward.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    * London Writer's Hour
    * Creative Mornings Field Trips
    * The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
    * More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
    * The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
    * Adobe 99U

    Connect with Anne:

    https://www.anneditmeyer.com/

    https://www.pret-a-voyager.com/

    • 54 min
    Ep 38: On Trusting the Process as it Unfolds

    Ep 38: On Trusting the Process as it Unfolds

    In this month's solo episode, Leya shares authentically about her process on learning how to trust the process as it unfolds. She also shares about duality, specificity in the details, the two antidotes to any creative block, the importance of having a daily creative practice, and the possibilities of the unknown.

    Creative Resources Mentioned:

    Janne Robinson

    Mari Andrews

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    www.leyavandoren.com ( http://www.leyavandoren.com )

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Refreshing and Informative

Each episode I learn something new and leave feeling a little lighter and more inspired. Definitely recommend!

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Your new source for inspiration!

Leya is FUNNY, insightful, and motivating! When I listen to this podcast I feel like I’m listening to a friend cheering me on, asking the life questions I have too, and pushing me to see things from a new perspective. Love this podcast.

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