88 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
    • 4.9 • 46 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 88: How to Host a Blessing Way for Pregnant Mothers

    Ep 88: How to Host a Blessing Way for Pregnant Mothers

    Are you pregnant or do you know someone who is? Tune into this episode where we discuss how to host and curate a blessingway which is similar to a baby shower, but focuses more on the mother's journey from maiden to mother to create an intentional ceremony to honor her in this transition.
    We also talk about:
    What a blessingway isLeya's experience being at her sister's birth A blessingway vs baby showerWhy you might want to host one for yourself or a woman you loveIdeas for blessingway ceremoniesVirtual vs in person blessingways
    Creative Resources Mentioned:
    The Art of Gathering by Priya ParkerBlessingway videos here and here
    Connect with Leya
    @leyavandoren
    leyavandoren@gmail.com

    • 27 min
    Ep 87: ft. Kari Lynn Cotone on Copywriting & Creative Careers

    Ep 87: ft. Kari Lynn Cotone on Copywriting & Creative Careers

    Kari is a New York City-based freelance writer and performing artist. As a copywriter and strategist, she works with creative entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop their brand voice and craft high-converting messaging to support their business. She also writes a weekly newsletter sharing writing tips, content inspiration, and personal stories about life as a creative freelancer.
    We talk about:
    Pivoting careersHer creative & storytelling process for copywritingHow her theater skills translated into other industriesOvercommitting yourself as a creativeDeadlines and work pressuresLiving in NYC
    Connect with Kari:
    @karilynncotone
    karilynncotone.com

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    July 11th - August 8th, 2022
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    Creative Resources Mentioned:
    Creative Pep Talk by Andy J. PizzaRuPaul's Drag Race

    • 56 min
    Ep 86: Wedding Planning as a Spiritual & Creative Process - Part 1

    Ep 86: Wedding Planning as a Spiritual & Creative Process - Part 1

    In this week's solo episode, Leya takes us behind the scenes for her wedding planning process. We talk about why wedding planning might bring up difficult emotions, how wedding planning is the ultimate act of manifestation & creation, how being engaged feels like a portal, why wedding planning has caused Leya to look at and re-evaluate all areas of her life, and the details & process of finding her wedding venue.

    Whether you're planning a wedding, have planned a wedding, or would like to plan one in the future, tune into this fun episode where we explore wedding planning as a spiritual & creative practice.
    Connect with Leya:
    @leyavandoren
    Rate and review the podcast to receive a free guided writing meditation!

    • 26 min
    Ep 85: ft. Kelly Smith on Yoga and the True Self

    Ep 85: ft. Kelly Smith on Yoga and the True Self

    Kelly Smith is a globally celebrated yoga and meditation teacher, E-RYT 500 /YACEP, founder of Yoga For You, and host of the iTunes chart topping podcasts, Mindful in Minutes and Meditation Mama. Kelly believes that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to yoga and meditation and encourages her students to find their own personal practice, listen to their bodies, and find inner joy by accessing their most authentic selves and owning their power. Kelly specializes in the non physical limbs of yoga and is best known for her master trainings in meditation, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra and her international retreats.

    In this episode we talk about:
    What true self work isHow yoga teaches you the true selfWhat real service meansPolarity workMoving through resistance in your practice
    and so much more!

    Connect with Kelly:
    yogaforyouonline.com
    Podcast: Mindful in Minutes

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 84: How I Self-Published a Book of Poetry

    Ep 84: How I Self-Published a Book of Poetry

    In this episode, Leya shares the behind the scenes process of how she self published her first book of poetry, Mermaid Musings: Stories of Sea, Sex, Spirituality.

    We talk about:

    Why you might choose to self-publish

    What inspired her decision to self-publish a book

    The behind the scene process of self-publishing a book

    The power of poetry

    The creative process of writing a book

    Marketing & selling your book

    + enjoy a poetry reading from a selection of poems from Mermaid Musings.

    Buy the book:

    Mermaid Musings: Stories of Sea, Sex, Spirituality by Leya Van Doren

    If you have more questions about self-publishing and how you might get started with it or would be interested in a community based workshop around self-publishing the book your creative soul wants to write, feel free to reach out at leyavandoren@gmail.com.

    Please leave a rating and review to help support my creative soul.

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit leya.substack.com

    • 37 min
    Ep 83: The Truest Story I Can Tell

    Ep 83: The Truest Story I Can Tell

    In this episode, Leya gets raw & real about her life experience and some of the childhood trauma she’s been unpacking in therapy.

    We talk about:

    Why our stories matter

    The healing power of sharing your story

    Facing your pain & your shadow

    Processing grief

    Levels of awareness/consciousness

    Uncovering uncomfortable truths

    Trigger Warning: This episode mentions both sexual assault & mental illness.

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit leya.substack.com

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

ShannonKeating ,

Such an authentic, inspiring podcast!

I absolutely adore this podcast. Such a great one for all women looking on a path of self discovery. I love Leya’s voice - she shares her stories and experiences so authentically, straight from her heart. This podcast is honestly a breath of fresh air. I really appreciate Leya’s solo episodes and hearing her behind-the-scenes processes and life experiences. I definitely recommend subscribing & tuning in to this podcast, regularly!

yulesvd ,

Yes yes yes!!

Oh my gosh my friend told me about this podcast and I can’t stop listening! I loved the episode about wedding planning. So fun and creative. Will keep coming back for more!

JP415GV ,

My favorite podcast!

Wow I am so grateful I just found this podcast! Such valuable convos and insights from all the guests and the solo episodes are the best! I am a musician and hearing about other peoples creative process is so encouraging. Keep it coming!

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