49 episodes

The Salted Spirit Podcast is a conversation runway for adventurous waterwomen crushing the female status quo, and living life on their own terms. These international women range from Surfers, Free Divers, Stunt Doubles, Sailors, Adventure Travel Hosts, Ocean Expeditionists, and so much more.
Learn how to dive deep into your cultural roots, to create your most meaningful future, refine your purpose, all while connecting with an international community of waterwomen who are dedicated to ocean preservation.

The Salted Spirit Podcast Stacie Vanags

    • Mental Health

The Salted Spirit Podcast is a conversation runway for adventurous waterwomen crushing the female status quo, and living life on their own terms. These international women range from Surfers, Free Divers, Stunt Doubles, Sailors, Adventure Travel Hosts, Ocean Expeditionists, and so much more.
Learn how to dive deep into your cultural roots, to create your most meaningful future, refine your purpose, all while connecting with an international community of waterwomen who are dedicated to ocean preservation.

    Guns N' Roses Tour Photographer, Scuba Diver & Animal Advocate

    Guns N' Roses Tour Photographer, Scuba Diver & Animal Advocate

    Kat Benzova from Slovakia is the lead tour photographer for Guns N’ Roses, and has also captured rare moments with iconic bands like Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Skid Row, and ZZ Top. While her career certainly appears sexy, there is no shortage of demanding hours, including world travel and losing sight of time zones across continents. She talks about the challenges of working in a male dominated industry, and her strategies to achieve balance while she’s away weeks or months at a time.

    • 55 min
    Pivot, Pivot, Pivot: The Small Tweaks That Can Guide Us Towards Success

    Pivot, Pivot, Pivot: The Small Tweaks That Can Guide Us Towards Success

    Bianca Mitchell from Ocean Goddess Surf joins me in the mobile van studio in Venice to let me in on her childhood influences, from all things art to ocean between South Carolina and Kentucky. She admits in hindsight she had a charmed life, and is grateful for the tough experiences that encouraged her to become financially and emotionally independent.

    • 39 min
    The Mental & Physical Benefits of Journaling

    The Mental & Physical Benefits of Journaling

    Laura Rubin joins me during one of the few rainy days in LA to talk about the birth of AllSwell. Laura’s business started with a simple notebook and quickly evolved into her leading successful journaling workshops for individuals and companies around the country. Write and rip, write and burn, journaling is a form of therapy and has physical and emotional benefits backed by research. Laura shares a great place to start with the 4x4x4 exercise, so let's do our first journaling exercise of 2020 together!

    • 53 min
    Learning How To Navigate Others Controlling Your Destiny

    Learning How To Navigate Others Controlling Your Destiny

    Giselle Carrillo greets me with a big beautiful smile as she skateboards over to Salted Carmela, my mobile studio in Venice. Before she divulges the details behind her personal transformation and the significance of surfing and Jiu Jitsu, she digs deep into her Mexican roots and the expectations set for women. Diabetes, obesity and other silent killers are common in her family, and at 25 Giselle said it became apparent she was heading in that direction. She appropriately quotes Benjamin Franklin, “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” From here she talks about her quarter life crisis, or more like her saving grace, and how she decided to take a stand for her health and her life. She moves into her 4:30am morning routine which consists of a quiver of books like “Start with Why,” then onto Jiu Jitsu practice by 6am before heading into the office at 9am, where she has secured her dream job working as a Lead Educator for Quest Nutrition. Giselle is the co-founder of Courage Camps, a trio of three friends who volunteer their time to underserved communities and introduce kids to the ocean and the idea of leading with courage.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jungle = Juggle: Surfing & Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka

    Jungle = Juggle: Surfing & Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka

    My most exotic and spontaneous episode yet, surfer Jessica Fernando graciously hosted me in her Sri Lankan home and we had an intimate chat over chamomile tea. Co-owner of Mond, a contemporary cafe, hotel and artist space in the making, she lives and surfs full time on the southern coast in Hiriketiy. She's extremely passionate about women’s health, and has determination and vision running through her blood that keep her inspired and executing new creative ideas every day. 

    • 59 min
    Dirt, Grit and Descending as One: What it Takes to Embrace #Formation: Jill Kintner

    Dirt, Grit and Descending as One: What it Takes to Embrace #Formation: Jill Kintner

    Jill Kintner joins me for a late night interview near Zion National Park to debrief on #formation, a Redbull community event bringing together professional female mountain bikers in a non-competitive way. From the outside, professional athletes can appear to have intimidating exteriors, but my conversation with Jill will forever be a reminder to push those assumptions to the backseat. We go deep and learn who Jill really is as a woman, including her traumatic but hilarious paper route story.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

Marimar999 ,

Am loving the new focus on wellness and mental health!

This podcast is super inspiring!! What I need! A dose of wisdom with a dash of vitamin sea!! Love it!!

Kate_the_Sailor ,

Yes we can

I found this podcast when I most needed female role models. I’m working as a sailor, engineer, and currently training for the 2020 Olympics. There aren’t many women in my fields, and even fewer who rise to the top and stay in them. Hearing from women who’ve done just that helps me stay positive. If they can do it, so can I. Cant recommend this enough!

Kristin.Actress ,

Binge Worthy, Hopeful, Engaging Journalism!

If a Podcast, like a show on Netflix, could ever be “binge heard,” I can now happily share I’ve binged on The Salted Spirit every chance I get! How I needed to hear from global soul sisters! Hello out there!
Thank you and namaste (I honor you) to all of you who’ve shared your insights and wisdom on this platform.

Stacie’s engaging, inspiring, consciousness raising program breaks through the daily information clutter and reaches right into your imagination, your curiosity, your heart, your desire to manifest both personal and communal change, and if you listen closely enough—it will even engage your soul. There are episodes that have inspired me to join Surfrider, so I can volunteer at my local beach, others that have inspired me to revisit the idea of getting on the lonely SUP and beginner’s foamy I’ve had stacked along my wall for a year, and still others that have made me rethink how I’ll eat, buy, shop, engage with my community and even manage my day.

Did you know women can rock the BLEEP out of competition level and/or just-for-fun surfing or surf clubs, international sailing or SUP, or build sustainable surf camps? Did you know there are such things as sustainable surf camps and swimwear and why those things are important?! I didn’t until I heard Stacie make space for water-loving women from all over the globe to relay their personal stories.

Stacie’s interview style (a “stoked” cross between Oprah, Lisa Ling, Anthony Bourdain and Whoopi Goldberg) brings out the best in some of our globe’s most awakened, forward-thinking, brave, intelligent, accomplished, philosophical women. At a moment in herstory where eye-witness reporting/accounting from the perspective of women, especially women who are change-makers, seems hard to come by, The Salted Spirit provides just the right space to grab your own mug of tea, tune in and jam out. It’s cool how educational and motivational this show can be. Listen in the car, at the gym, while you are cooking, anywhere. A smile and a heap of knowledge are guaranteed in every episode.

The Salted Spirit also reminds me of the importance of shared storytelling (oral herstories) as a vehicle through which we can teach each other the best of what we’ve learned in this journey we all call life, both in the water and out. Here’s to more conversations, more “salty” in each of our days and actions, and to more episodes. Thank you, Stacie, for your impeccable job at producing such a mission critical show.

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