Regenerative Mysticism is the practice of meeting Earth, our humanity, and our inevitable cycles of life and death with a spiritual curiosity – peering beyond what is made evident through scientific reductionism and into the fabric of what wants to be felt and experienced through the realms of intuition, instinct, and connection. It is through this lens that we ask questions and interview guests who hold beautiful perspectives about imagining and crafting a more whole world.
Money, Power, Communion, and Presence: Traversing the Taboo with Ari Felix
In today's podcast episode, I sit down with Ari Felix, writer, astrologer, world-builder, and dreamtender to chat about traversing the taboo realms of money, power, communion, and presence. From Persephone's descent into the underworld to exploring the ways we tend to over-identify with our seasons of death, darkness, strain, and shadow, Ari and I spare no amount of depth in this powerful non-linear conversation about the necessity of soul descent in the building of the inner world. We recorded this episode directly after Taurus / Scorpio eclipse season in November 2022 and it was perfect time to affirm fresh new narratives about what is possible when we are present to ourselves, our desires, and our truths as we live, grow, and pursue our futures.
Listen to this episode wherever you get your podcasts. I can't wait to hear how this one lands for you.
Ari Felix is a multidisciplinary philosopher and mystic dedicated to living in veneration of the Planetary Ancestors (including the Earth). Their work is about emotional transmutation, dreaming new worlds, and building those worlds through visionary power and spiritual freedom. They are an experimental guide interested in taking creative risks to provide experiences that support people to feel radiant. They want dreamers and worldbuilders to know that who they are is everything they need to create their dreamworld.
Ari uses the pronouns they / them and you can find them on instagram at @saltwater.stars or book an astrology reading, tend a class, or learn more about what they're up to at saltwaterstars.com.
Releasing Expired Doctrines and Choosing Futures of Radical Loving Kindness with Josh Perez
When I was actively deconstructing my Christian faith back in 2016, I wondered, "Is it possible to evolve my faith, beliefs, and values without dissolving into bitterness, hatred, or deep regret? Can I stay soft in this process? Can I remember goodness?"
Now, six full years later, after having this conversation with Josh, I truly believe so.=
Growing up Christian, I was taught some really harsh truths about the world, heaven, hell, and God. I was taught that humans are no more than depraved animals doomed to separation from the divine unless we engaged in certain salvation protocols and rituals of faith. But with time, I learned that there was more to being human that the doctrines for life I was given. There's a deeper narrative available of grace and self-kindness that beckons us to recognize our radical and inherent belonging on Earth.
In this conversation with Josh Perez, former Young Life director, Enneagram Expert, and multi-disciplinary storyteller, we traverse the territory of spiritual evolution and finding the courage to embrace new faith narratives that are expansive, nurturing, and edifying to hold.
This podcast episode strikes a deep chord for me and I can't wait to hear how you're holding it, too.
Josh is a creative with a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling — exploring the spaces where being human and artistry meet. California born, Albuquerque raised. He's been dwelling in the southwest desert for the past 17 years and recently relocated to Denver, Colorado. You can find him on the internet at www.justjoshperez.com and @justjoshperez on IG.
Reweaving Winter: Prompts for Imagining a More Honest Winter through the Lens of the Four Directions
Today's podcast episode is an invitation to perceive a more honest Winter through the lens of the Four Directions. In one of my most recent personal Substack posts, I wrote about how the stories we're often given about Winter, don't seem to line up to what Winter actually ends up feeling like in our bodies. And instead of continuing on cycles of feeling guilty for not resting enough, being "jolly" enough, or hibernating enough, what if we could rewrite our relationship with Winter to be more aligned to what feels authentic in our forms?
Energetically, Winter is the season of depth, imaginative rest, and sacred responsibility. In the wheel of the four directions, Winter stations North, holding the medicine of the Nurturing, Responsible, and Generative Adult.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we transit through the zodiacal seasons of Capricorn (our work and place in the world), Aquarius (who we are in the context of ecosystems and community), and Pisces (the deep world and the futures we’re imagining).
It’s so interesting how in Western culture, we almost only see Winter as a time for holidays, feasting, dormancy, and sleep, but there is so much more happening energetically and beneath the surface of the sleeping Earth body when her skin gets a little cold. Beneath the frozen surfaces, our individual and collective bodies are teeming with the spirit of potential. There is a lot to establish about ourselves in the Winter. What would it look like to lean into this?
Rewriting Winter: Prompts for Imagining a More Honest Winter through the Lens of the Four Directions
Greeting the Polypoetic Self Workshop Replay
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Becoming Ecological with Kelly Moody
What does it mean to become ecological? This is the burning question behind today's podcast episode with Kelly Moody. These days especially, the word "ecology" has been cycling around internet, sparking many, many conversations about what it means to establish new relationships with each other and the land. In this episode, Kelly and I discuss why becoming ecological is not so much about what we "know" about nature, but about recognizing our inherent relationship with the Earth, each other, and all things else.
Kelly Moody is the main curator behind the Ground Shots Project and Podcast as well as is one of the CO-collaborators of the Colorado Trail Plant-a-go project.
She grew up in rural southern Virginia near the border of North Carolina in tobacco and muscadine country. Growing up here, she went to her grandma's house daily as a child, where fresh biscuits and iced tea were a regular necessity. Her other grandma was a determined plant lady who started a nursery business on the outskirts of their small rural town, which remained open for almost 50 years. Kelly grew up hiding with her sister in the tropical greenhouses, taking craft classes in the small nursery workshop, shelling green beans and canning tomatoes. These experiences of being on the family farm, working with plants and creating followed Kelly into her adulthood.
The past decade she has spent living simply in different landscapes studying plants, ecology and craft, writing about the land, growing food and herbs, or honoring her wanderlust by living on the road.
She received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2009 from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. She has studied herbal medicine, land tending, ecology and botany with Rebecca Golden in southern Vermont, Paul Strauss and Chip Carrol at the Goldenseal Sanctuary in southeast Ohio, Luke Learningdeer and Marc Williams in western North Carolina. She apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor and attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC in 2013. She helped manage the gardens at Dancing Springs Farm in Asheville, NC from 2014-2016. She studied book arts and paper-making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She taught hide tanning techniques for classes held by the medieval bookbinder Jim Croft at his rural Idaho homestead from 2017-2019. She has completed a handful of art + activism focused artist residencies and workshops including Signal Fire's month-long Wide Open Studios program during the summer of 2017 in the Pacific Northwest and in the fall of 2019 in the Southwest. These programs greatly influenced the trajectory of her work connecting creativity and human relationship with ecology. In Summer 2020, she hiked the Colorado Trail documenting plants on foot and made notes on wild food and medicine gardens found along the old Ute pathways. Her educational work over the years has included holding classes on hide tanning, plant ID, wild foods, medicine making, natural dyes, nutrition and gardening.
Kelly’s interest in storytelling and cross-cultural dialogue comes from both an upbringing in the small-town rural south and the inspiration of meeting people while living on the road.
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Her Blog + Shop: Of Sedge and Salt
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The Power of Story as World Building Work with Megan Febuary
What does it look like to be current and liberated in your storytelling work? Can you taste the potency, joy, life, and potential of your medicine?
In this episode with Megan Febuary, we talk about the power of story as world-building work and how when we allow ourselves to honor our bodies in the creation process, we grant ourselves the opportunity to draft works that offer powerful medicine that is joyous to create and relevant to this time.
In this episode we explore:
Growing our capacity to create new stories.
How a trauma-sensitive approach to storytelling opens us to up to flow and the power of our voices.
Stepping into the true power of being a storyteller in this day.
How the work of transforming ideas into digestible forms, especially through the lens of a trauma-informed approach, is the work of wonder, power, and magic.
Human Design as a language for style, rhythm, voice, and the true expression
Practical ways to use Human Design to support discipline and self-expression in the creative process.
Megan Febuary is an author, trauma-informed writing coach, and founder of the storytelling platform For Women Who Roar featured women’s voices from around the world. She has published thousands of works of women and helped hundreds write their books and heal their story. She is currently working on her second book.
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Food / Body Kinship with Taria Camerino
In this episode, Taria and I sit down to explore hunger, nourishment, sensitivity, and reciprocity with food. As a breast cancer and eating disorder survivor, a highly sensitive James Beard award-winning french-trained chef, nourishment guide, and gustatory synesthete, Taria moves through the world with a raw conviction and deep wisdom about how humanity's relationship with food is aching for a revolution. In this episode we explore...
How food is the first place we learn to stop trusting our inner knowing.
How eating disorders and body dysmorphia are deeply connected to the larger food systems at play and how we've been disconnected from our relationship with nature and intuitive nourishment.
Her story of growing up impoverished, hungry, and sensitive to her environment and food.
How she found a voice through food, flavor, and spice and her journey into new realms of communication through taste.
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Bon Apetit: How CBD Chocolate Saved my Life by Taria Camerino
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