Welcome to The Sara Avant Stover Podcast, a space to come home to your inner wisdom. Join Sara, bestselling author of The Way of the Happy Woman and The Book of SHE, and a teacher of women’s yoga, meditation, and spirituality, as she shares dharma talks and conversations about the feminine spiritual path. Born from Sara's own desire to hear dharma talks (which are what the Buddhist tradition calls wisdom teachings) through the distinct lens–and voice–of the Sacred Feminine, this podcast will support you in becoming quiet and still enough to hear your inner wisdom– and therefore better live your true path in the world. Enjoy!
75 | The Danger of Modern-Day Initiations
We women face many challenging transitions on the pilgrimage from girlhood to womanhood: menses, love and heartbreak, motherhood, childlessness (by choice or not), menopause, illness, loss, and financial devastation (to name a few).
Devoid of a central narrative, these rites of passage too often happen in shame, isolation, and secrecy, leaving women doubting their personal power, self-worth, and, at times, sanity.
Yet these very thresholds– or initiations– are what’s required to expand our personalities and nervous systems to better hold the largeness of our souls.
Today, I'm mapping out the three biggest dangers of undergoing a modern-day initiation– or transformational cycle of unbecoming and becoming. I'm also sharing three antidotes to best work with these inopportune societal conditions.
May these words provide validation and context-making for wherever you are in your process. And, as always, blessings on your journey!
For women who want to go deeper into this with me and with one another, I'm leading "The Book of SHE Club: A 13- Week Community Initiation," from February 3-May 5.
Each week, I'll lead a class where I'll flesh out one of the 13 phases of the Heroine's Journey, an archetypal map for feminine initiation, as it's laid out in my second book.
You can learn more and join us here: www.SaraAvantStover.com/#bookclub
The Book of SHE: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781608682898
74 | Jennifer Racioppi on the Eclipses, Astrological Shifts in 2021, and Riding Your Erotic Edge
As we near the end of 2020, a monumental year for us all, I called on my friend, colleague, and esteemed astrologer and success coach, Jennifer Raccioppi, to shed some light on the cosmic forecast for the month of December, and into 2021.
In our conversation, we talk all about Jenn’s new book, Cosmic Health, and why, from an astrological standpoint, 2020 was so intense. She shares some interesting shifts happening in a couple of weeks– most notably the new moon eclipse on December 14, and a rare astrological conjunction on Dec. 21 that will seed a paradigm shift in 2021 and beyond.
We touch on practical ways you can align with these changes, why it's imperative that you "ride your erotic edge," what her current spiritual practice consists of, her recent heartbreak and encounters with the Dark Mother, and her current growing edge.
Settle in with us, and enjoy.
Jennifer Racioppi's website: JenniferRacioppi.com
Sara's website: SaraAvantStover.com
Cosmic Health book: indiebound.org/book/9780316535298
Women's House of Wisdom: WomensHouseofWisdom.com
Audre Lorde on "The Erotic as Power": youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=xFHwg6aNKy0
73 | Spring Washam on Plant Medicine & the Dharma of Harriet Tubman
Today I have a really wonderful conversation to share with you. Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author, and visionary leader based in California and Peru.
I first came across Spring this past summer, just after George Floyd’s murder when the Black Lives Matter movement really burst into the collective field. At that time I saw an online course she was offering that intrigued me, called The Dharma of Harriet Tubman.
Spring and I speak about:
- Her personal visitations from Harriet Tubman
- How Harriet’s an archetype so needed for these times
- Ways that Black women are the backbone of this country (The United States) and why white women need to support them
- What it’s like to be a biracial woman on the spiritual path
- How she’s created diverse, accessible spiritual communities
- What it’s like to lead “the church” of Harriet Tubman
- And how plant medicine plays a pivotal role in both of our lives, especially in healing trauma
There’s a lot of richness in here. Enjoy!
Spring's website: SpringWasham.com
Sara's website: SaraAvantStover.com
72 | Preparing for the Darker Months, and Times
Today I’m sharing a segment of a dharma talk I gave a couple of weeks ago in my online spiritual practice community, Women’s House of Wisdom.
This talk was a lead-in to Part 1 of a two-part virtual retreat series I'm leading this fall, called “Preparing for the Darker Months, and Times.”
In this series, I'm sharing six teachings, as points of focus to apply and orient around when things feel more murky and uncomfortable and there’s not as much light illuminating our path to know the next steps forward.
While I am speaking directly to the energetics of the fall season here, these teachings also apply to you if you’re in the southern hemisphere. At the macro level, they also hold true anytime in our lives when we’re passing through the points in the creative cycle of dissolution and death.
Join us live for Part 2 of this series in a virtual retreat on Saturday, November 14.
Learn more and register: www.WomensHouseofWisdom.com
71 | Reflecting on the Past 5 Years of My Journey
Even when there's a lot going on in our lives, it's important to pause and honor important milestones.
Today's SHE Talk does just this. It's a deep, honest interview that I recorded in honor of a few big anniversaries.
First, the podcast is 5! I started it in 2015 with a special interview series to mark the birth of my second book.
And, yes, the second milestone is that five years ago this Tuesday, to be exact, The Book of SHE: Your Heroine's Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power was published.
The biggest thing I want to honor today – which is the real focus of today's episode – is that five years ago my own heroine's journey took a...how should I say....unfathomable (!) direction.
I've since been warned: "Be careful what you write a book about! You'll need to embody those teachings at the deepest level."
I'll leave it at that because today's talk (in which my good friend Emma Teitel turns the tables and interviews me) goes into this in-depth.
We cover a whole range of things from:
- How we’re structuring our days at this point in the pandemic
- Specific things that are inspiring us and helping us through
- The nascent steps we’re taking on our anti-racism journeys
- My experience working in California prisons last year
- The framework of a "Midlife Transition" that I find helpful
- And, above all, and key insights from the past 5 years of my heroine’s journey
If you've been through a challenging stretch in your life (and who hasn't!), or are going through one now, I know you'll feel some relief in hearing this.
Enjoy, go gently, and I'm grateful to be on this journey with you.
- The Book of SHE: https://www.amazon.com/Book-SHE-Heroines-Journey-Feminine/dp/1608682897/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VM9BSK4C2WCY&dchild=1&keywords=the+book+of+she+sara+avant+stover&qid=1602095664&sprefix=the+book+of+she+%2Caps%2C750&sr=8-1
- Emma Teitel: www.EmmaTeitel.com
- Women’s House of Wisdom: www.WomensHouseofWisdom.com
- Healing After Abortion (articles): www.HealingAfterAbortion.Substack.com
- Interview #1 with Emma, A Candid Q & A About Abortion: https://soundcloud.com/thewayofthehappywoman/54-a-candid-q-a-with-sara
- Interview #2 with Emma, My Heroine’s Journey in Business, Life & Love: https://soundcloud.com/thewayofthehappywoman/she-stories-my-heroines-journey-in-business-life-and-love
70 | Let's Talk About Abortion, Again
Those of you who have been here for a while will remember that just over two years ago, in July 2018, I published a story, both on my website and here about a harrowing abortion experience I underwent in April 2017.
In case you’re interested, my story can be found in episode 53 of this podcast. Episodes 54, 55, and 56 also pertain to abortion.
At the time of publishing my story, I was also starting up abortion support circles, to help fill the gaping hole I found in women’s health care when it comes to abortion.
There is literally very very little to no adequate support for women when it comes to abortion– both in helping women to decide whether or not to have an abortion. And in how to heal after abortion. It’s not always but often is a complicated process, one that can still haunt women decades later.
Two years ago I led a pilot online program on this topic, and, since then, also led in-person abortion support circles.
Now, I’m feeling called to take this work deeper and to make it even more widely available, as, once again, a woman’s right to abortion is under great question in this country.
Listen in as I share more about this, including a new, free resource I created to help women heal after abortion.
Enjoy. And please share this with the women who need it.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I am a respecter of the Goddess! The irony of today is I randomly chose my Goddess for the Month with my card deck and KALI showed up.
I am a long standing fan of Dr. Northrup, Marianne Williamson and Carolyn Myss. To think the 1st podcast I listened to Dr. Northrup
Acknowledged your Journey as Kali inviting you to come with her. I was floored when she mentioned Kali. But- as a fellow Empath and truster of the divine, I know it was not an accident!💫
Your podcast is brave, necessary, timely, and in tune with the Re-awakening of the Goddess on this planet. Sending you light and positive vibes on your journey! I will support the movement by standing in the gap as one of your audience members and a Sister in the Movement.👑
Sara is real and raw and is talking about things that really matter in the world today. I am loving this podcast, thank you Sara!
Deep and meaningful teaching, in an easy and accessible format
Sara is a special teacher, we are so lucky to have access to her offerings in this way. She is one of the most deeply authentic and wise teachers I have ever studied with and I eagerly gobble up every new episode of this wonderful podcast! ❤️