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The Queer Spirit podcast has conversations with artists, healers and activists who enliven, heal and empower the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer+ communities.
I'm Nick Venegoni, MA, a holistic psychotherapist who supports all queer people to thrive and heal. Each episode I'll be interviewing a different guest who does work in the world to nourish the Queer Spirit in us all - authors, coaches, teachers, body workers, mystics, creatives, ritualists, diviners and MORE. We'll dive deep into sexuality, spirituality, yoga, energy work, shamanism, healing trauma, relationships, art, activism, gender identity, tarot, astrology, and magic. Hear how other queer folks have healed themselves and be inspired to continue your path to wholeness.

The Queer Spirit Nick Venegoni, MA

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The Queer Spirit podcast has conversations with artists, healers and activists who enliven, heal and empower the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer+ communities.
I'm Nick Venegoni, MA, a holistic psychotherapist who supports all queer people to thrive and heal. Each episode I'll be interviewing a different guest who does work in the world to nourish the Queer Spirit in us all - authors, coaches, teachers, body workers, mystics, creatives, ritualists, diviners and MORE. We'll dive deep into sexuality, spirituality, yoga, energy work, shamanism, healing trauma, relationships, art, activism, gender identity, tarot, astrology, and magic. Hear how other queer folks have healed themselves and be inspired to continue your path to wholeness.

    Mapping Sensitivities with Mike Iamele

    Mapping Sensitivities with Mike Iamele

    For nearly a decade, Mike Iamele has helped hundreds of GBTQ+ men to integrate shame and figure out what they subconsciously do every time they’re successful –– through a process called Sacred Branding®.
    In 2014, Mike accidentally came out to millions when he wrote an article about falling in love with a man after identifying as straight––and 100,000 people shared it overnight.
    He's also the author of Enough Already: Create Success on Your Own Terms (Conari Press 2015). Mike's shared his provocative and vulnerable take on sexuality + shame in hundreds of magazines and podcasts, including NPR, CBS, and Huffington Post.
    Episode Highlights
    Mikes shares about his unique work with clients with mapping sensitivities and performs a live demonstration with Nick. We talk about how this practice can help you discover your superpowers in all aspects of your life from sex and relationships to having a better experience on the job. We explore the meaning of “sensitive” and how that connects to being alive. Mike illustrates how his work is about reclaiming who we are and releasing the shame around stamping out who we’re supposed to be. Mike shares about his own journey to find his purpose. Web links
    Find him online at MikeIamele.com And follow him on Instagram @mikeiamele  



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    • 40 min
    Soul Speaking & Spiritual Freedom with Coach K Josephs

    Soul Speaking & Spiritual Freedom with Coach K Josephs

    Kalyela J (she/her) is a Queer Spirituality Coach whose desire is to help the LGBTQ community experience love and peace with their spirituality and sexuality. She is considered a “Soulspeaker'' helping people heal their limiting beliefs so they can live into their purpose.
    Through first-hand experience she knows the journey and challenges that a Queer person faces. For over 20 years as a gay woman she struggled with religious trauma, lack of acceptance from family, and internalized homophobia. As she encountered a spiritual awakening she found peace and inner knowing that being LGBTQ is a divine gift. Her soul purpose is to help you receive the same so that you can live a life of purpose love and freedom.
    Kalyela resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where in her free time she loves to read, spend time with her family and her fur baby. Her life’s mantra "Live Life with Intentionality.”
    Episode Highlights
    Coach K shares her story of struggling with her queer identity while growing up in a conservative Christian community and how she eventually reconciled her faith and identity. We learn how she shares her work with her clients and how she became a soul speaker. We discuss religious trauma and its impact. Coach K describes her spiritual coaching work and its empowering effect on her clients’ lives. Coach K describes her definition of Soul Speaker. Web links
    Find Coach K online at Kalyelaj.com
    And follow her on Instagram @queeronpurpose   



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    • 30 min
    Drama Therapy & Theatre as Activism with Anna Winget

    Drama Therapy & Theatre as Activism with Anna Winget

    Anna Renée Winget (they/them - currently living on Tongva land) is an artist, activist, scholar and educator. They currently serve as Affiliated Scholar at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) where they are collaborating on Crossing Pride: a transnational digital healing storytelling project and archive by/ for/ with queer and trans refugees. They hold a doctorate in drama and theatre from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and at San Diego (UCSD) where they completed their dissertation, "Performing Possibilities: Trans-Healing in Activist Performance" and received their MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Anna teaches theatre and writing in communities and universities and develops new collaborative performances with communities toward decolonizing and healing. They have developed the Newcomers Performance Project which focuses this work on empowerment for queer and trans refugees. With Tina Rosenberg and Sandra D'Urso, they are co-editor and contributor in the newly published textbook, "Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance."
    Episode Highlights
    We learn about how Anna found a place in theater to express and find their true identity.  Anna shares how they explored the therapeutic and social justice aspects of theater and how they traveled internationally helping queer refugees tell their own stories. Anna talks about how theater and film can be tools for conscious raising and healing. They talk about their journey towards becoming a drama therapist.  We discuss the healing power of sharing stories with each other. Web links
    Find them online at AnnaWinget.com And follow them on Instagram @2queernheal  Join the private Queer Spirit Community to continue the conversation and connect with other listeners. 

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    • 31 min
    Reconstructing Spiritual Practice with Mahrs Schoppman & Scott Sessions

    Reconstructing Spiritual Practice with Mahrs Schoppman & Scott Sessions

    Mahrs Schoppman, born and raised in California, is a queer & trans somatic psychotherapist with a private practice based out of his home office in Occidental, California. He specializes in working with the queer community and with those who live with the embodied traumatic impacts of growing up in an oppressive religious environment. He is passionate about walking with people on their journeys of reclaiming embodied knowing, sensation, emotional range, and vitality. Currently, he is launching a series of religious trauma therapy groups with an understanding that group-based trauma needs group based healing.
    Born queer and raised orthodox Mormon, Scott Sessions knows about navigating worlds that seem like polar opposites. Scott, who now identifies as an agnostic post-Mormon mystic, is developing a career as a spiritual life coach. He helps those who have left restrictive religions to cultivate new spiritual practices that bring healing and inner peace. In addition to coaching, Scott runs monthly reading events (both online and in-person) called Queer Bedtime Stories, where folks come together to share and be moved by the words of LGBTQ authors. With a commitment to help meet the spiritual needs of this particular moment, standing firm in both Mormon and queer identities, Scott proudly carries the pioneer tradition into the 21st century.
    Episode Highlights
    Mahrs shares about his upbringing in the Evangelical Christian church, and how that effected him as a queer and trans person.
    Scott shares about his childhood growing up queer in a Mormon community, and struggled with his queer identity and coming out in that space.
    They both share how they found their path out of the dysfunction of those religious sects, and discovered their new spiritual practices.
    Mahrs shares how his relationship with the sensations of his body deeply impacted his ability to reconstruct his spiritual self.
    Scott talks about how he felt numb when he left his church and reconnected to spiritual sensation through writing and poetry. He also shares that learning about the spiritual practice of other queer folks informs his practices as well.
    Mahrs shares how his work as a psychotherapist is expanding to offer groups for folks recovering from religious trauma. He explains more about what somatic psychology therapy practices look like in practice.
    Scott shares about his new life coaching groups for queer folks who have left restrictive religions. He also talks about his Queer Bedtime Stories for folks to gather in a soft space to connect online and in-person.
    They both share their struggle to stay present in groups generally as a result of religious trauma, and how they stay grounded in their bodies in those moments. Web links
    Find Mahrs online at TherapyWithMahrs.com Find Scott on Instagram @scott-strolls & @queerbedtime
     



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    • 48 min
    The Dynamic Cosmos & Black Trans Liberation with Ni’Ja Whitson

    The Dynamic Cosmos & Black Trans Liberation with Ni’Ja Whitson

    Ni’Ja Whitson is a multi award-winning Queer Trans NB artist and futurist, a wound and medicine worker, noted by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. They are a United States Artist Fellow, Creative Capital and two-time "Bessie" Awardee who engages transdisciplinarity through a critical intersection of the sacred and conceptual in Black, Queer, and Transembodiedness. Episode Highlights
    Ni’Ja shares about their artistic and spiritual origins, as well as their emergence from a lineage of dreamers. They discuss their current project, The Illumination Catalogue, a ceremony project honoring Black, trans, and gender nonconforming lives and communities across Turtle Island (U.S.). We learn about their transformative experience in Tanzania and the meaning of their name. Ni’Ja talks about what they call a Black Trans Cosmic Map, an aspect of the Illumination Catalogue that is a compilation of life stories, cosmology, and ancestral connection of Black trans people across the country. We explore the astrological connections between the movement of laws in the United States and how they affect the lives of the queer community. Nick & Ni'Ja discuss the importance of creating sacred, intimate space in which to share stories and the journeys of people in the Black trans and gender nonconforming community. Web links
    Find them online at NijaWhitson.com And follow them on Instagram @illuminationcatalogue & @thenwaproject,  and on Twitter  



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    • 33 min
    Storytelling in Wobbly Times with Eli Ramer

    Storytelling in Wobbly Times with Eli Ramer

    Eli Ramer, who writes under the name Andrew Ramer, is the author of several books of interest to gay/queer readers, including "Queering the Text" and "Two Flutes Playing," which author and journalist Mark Thompson (who interviewed Ramer in his book "Gay Soul") called "a gay classic." Ramer will be talking about his new book, "Two Hearts Dancing." He lives in Oakland, California.
    Episode Highlights
    Eli talks about his new book, Two Hearts Dancing, which is a companion piece to his classic, Two Flutes Playing. We explore the value of poems and stories in our increasingly complicated and wobbly world. We also discuss the role of queer folx in engaging and dealing with climate change. Eli shares three of his pieces from Two Hearts Dancing.
    We reflect on the world changes since the first conversation with Eli on this podcast. Eli draws comparisons between the unification of the queer community during the AIDS crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Web links
    Find Eli online at AndrewRamer.com Join the private Queer Spirit Community to continue the conversation and connect with other listeners.


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    • 33 min

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