91 episodes

A podcast delving into plants, plant medicine, consciousness, holistic health, wellness, and myriad related topics. Hosted by Jason Grechanik.

This podcast was created to give voice to the doctors, shamans, guides, facilitators, visionaries, anthropologists, linguists, researchers, and wisdom-keepers working on the ground day in and day out within their respective fields.

The Universe Within Podcast Jason Grechanik

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 66 Ratings

A podcast delving into plants, plant medicine, consciousness, holistic health, wellness, and myriad related topics. Hosted by Jason Grechanik.

This podcast was created to give voice to the doctors, shamans, guides, facilitators, visionaries, anthropologists, linguists, researchers, and wisdom-keepers working on the ground day in and day out within their respective fields.

    Ep. 91 - Cathy Coyle - Druids, Tree Medicines, Mushrooms & Rediscovering Ancestral Paths

    Ep. 91 - Cathy Coyle - Druids, Tree Medicines, Mushrooms & Rediscovering Ancestral Paths

    Hey everybody! Episode 91 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Cathy Coyle. My friend and colleague Merav Artzi worked with Cathy a number of years ago and spoke very highly of her. And recently Cathy invited and organized for us to come to Ireland, where she is from, to run a plant dieta there, which was an amazing experience. Cathy is a medicine woman who has worked and trained in varied traditions such as Jungian psychology, druidic knowledge, and master plants. She has a varied background and with this variety has a beautiful ability to draw on various modalities with her work. We spoke about all of these topics on this show and it was a pleasure to sit with Cathy and have her share in her wisdom. I trust you all will gain a lot from this interview. As always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    To contact or learn more about Cathy, visit her website at: http://www.cathycoyle.com/
    And for her podcast, Meet Me in the Mushroom: https://inthemushroom.awake.net/

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    My colleague Merav Artzi (who I interviewed in episode 28) and I are guiding plant dietas in the Sacred Valley of Peru September 14-30 and October 14-31. If you would like more information about joining us and the work I do, visit my site at:
    https://www.NicotianaRustica.org

    If you are able to and would like to donate to the show to help out with new content that would be deeply appreciated. For just a few dollars a month you can subscribe through Patreon and it gives you some really nice added benefits like early access to shows, bonus episodes, and a chance to ask personalized questions.

    To support this podcast on Patreon, visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/UniverseWithin  

    Join this channel on YouTube to get access to perks:
    https://bit.ly/YTPerks

    To donate directly with PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/jasongrechanik 

    Thanks and until the next episode!

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    • 2 hr 6 min
    Ep. 90 - Dr. Alka Patel - Health As a Verb, Allopathic Care, & Holistic Medicine

    Ep. 90 - Dr. Alka Patel - Health As a Verb, Allopathic Care, & Holistic Medicine

    Hey everybody! Episode 90 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Alka Patel. Alka was introduced to me and she has a very good TED Talk which I’ll link to below. Alka is a medical doctor and through a series of personal experiences began to see that there were other ways she could better help her patients, thus beginning to incorporate other modalities into a more holistic approach. I think it’s wonderful when any type of doctor is open to learning and broadening their knowledge and I think Alka really embodies this emerging field of medicine. She has a beautiful presence and ability to share her wisdom. I think you all will enjoy this episode. As always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    To contact or learn more about Dr. Alka Patel, visit her website at: https://dralkapatel.com/ and for her TED Talk: https://youtu.be/JpFLNk3_Qik

    If you enjoy the show, it would be a big help if you could share it with your own audiences via social media or word of mouth. And please Subscribe or Follow and if you can go on Apple Podcasts and leave a starred-rating and a short review. That would be super helpful with the algorithms and getting this show out to more people. Thank you in advance!


    My colleague Merav Artzi (who I interviewed in episode 28) and I are guiding plant dietas in the Sacred Valley of Peru September 14-30 and October 14-31. If you would like more information about joining us and the work I do, visit my site at:

    https://www.NicotianaRustica.org

    If you are able to and would like to donate to the show to help out with new content that would be deeply appreciated. For just a few dollars a month you can subscribe through Patreon and it gives you some really nice added benefits like early access to shows, bonus episodes, and a chance to ask personalized questions.

    To support this podcast on Patreon, visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/UniverseWithin  

    Join this channel on YouTube to get access to perks:
    https://bit.ly/YTPerks

    To donate directly with PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/jasongrechanik 

    Thanks and until the next episode!

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Ep. 89 - Leadershipedelics Interview - Plant Medicine, Ancient Cultures, & Leadership

    Ep. 89 - Leadershipedelics Interview - Plant Medicine, Ancient Cultures, & Leadership

    Hey everybody! Episode 89 of the show is out. This is an interview I did with my friend Sebastien Fouillade on his podcast Leadershipedelics. I met Sebastien at the plant medicine center the Temple of Way of Light where we worked together on a retreat. So it was great for me to catch up with him again and to be on his new podcast. He did a great job going into some really interesting topics and I was really happy with this interview. Sometimes listeners are asking for more episodes where I share, so this is a great podcast where I did just that. I hope you all enjoy this episode and consider checking out Sebastien's podcast where he interviews some great people. And as always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    To learn more about his work, visit his website at: https://www.NicotianaRustica.org
    To listen to Sebastien's Leadershipedelics Podcast, visit: https://www.leadershipedelics.com
    To learn more about his retreat with Kunti Trejo, visit: retreat.fooyad.com

    If you enjoy the show, it would be a big help if you could share it with your own audiences via social media or word of mouth. And please Subscribe or Follow and if you can go on Apple Podcasts and leave a starred-rating and a short review. That would be super helpful with the algorithms and getting this show out to more people. Thank you in advance!

    My colleague Merav Artzi (who I interviewed in episode 28) and I are guiding plant dietas in Israel in June, New York in July, and back in Peru in October. If you would like more information about joining us and the work I do, visit my site at:
    https://www.NicotianaRustica.org

    If you are able to and would like to donate to the show to help out with new content that would be deeply appreciated. For just a few dollars a month you can subscribe through Patreon and it gives you some really nice added benefits like early access to shows, bonus episodes, and a chance to ask personalized questions.

    To support this podcast on Patreon, visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/UniverseWithin  

    Join this channel on YouTube to get access to perks:
    https://bit.ly/YTPerks

    To donate directly with PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/jasongrechanik 

    Thanks and until the next episode!

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Ep. 88 - Almunis | Alejandra Ortiz - Embodied Voice, Vibration, & Medicine

    Ep. 88 - Almunis | Alejandra Ortiz - Embodied Voice, Vibration, & Medicine

    Hey everybody! Episode 88 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Almunis (Alejandra Ortiz). She had been highly recommended to me by a good friend and then recently someone who was dieting with Merav and myself also highly recommended her. Almunis was also doing a retreat right next door and so it seemed serendipitous. Almunis is a Colombian teacher who works with the voice. We had a really fascinating conversation about the power of the voice, how it can be opened and truly found, its healing effects, the power of the word, and we touched a bit on plant medicines as well, especially as the voice and song are often an integral part of many traditions. I really enjoyed this conversation and Almunis really has a beautiful presence and wisdom that she shares from her own journey and work with others. It was a pleasure for me to sit down with her and I hope one day to sit down with her again and learn more from her. I trust you all will find this episode illuminating. As always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    To contact or learn more about Almunis, visit her website or Instagram at: https://sonidosana.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/sonidosana/

    If you enjoy the show, it would be a big help if you could share it with your own audiences via social media or word of mouth. And please Subscribe or Follow and if you can go on Apple Podcasts and leave a starred-rating and a short review. That would be super helpful with the algorithms and getting this show out to more people. Thank you in advance!


    My colleague Merav Artzi (who I interviewed in episode 28) and I will be running diets in the Sacred Valley of Peru beginning again in February of 2022. We will also be in Ireland in May (Sold Out), Israel in June, and New York in July. If you would like more information about joining us and the work I do, visit my site at:
    https://www.NicotianaRustica.org

    If you are able to and would like to donate to the show to help out with new content that would be deeply appreciated. For just a few dollars a month you can subscribe through Patreon and it gives you some really nice added benefits like early access to shows, bonus episodes, and a chance to ask personalized questions.

    To support this podcast on Patreon, visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/UniverseWithin  

    Join this channel on YouTube to get access to perks:
    https://bit.ly/YTPerks

    To donate directly with PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/jasongrechanik 

    Thanks and until the next episode!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 87 - Persia Garland Moen - Plant Medicines, Prophecies, Awareness, & the Heart

    Ep. 87 - Persia Garland Moen - Plant Medicines, Prophecies, Awareness, & the Heart

    Hey everybody! Episode 87 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Persia Garland Moen. Persia and I have a few mutual friends and we had been meaning to speak for a while so it was nice to finally sit down and have her share. Persia’s journey began in childhood and she has led a very interesting life and has studied many paths. In this episode, we spoke about her background, Tibetan Buddhism, shamanism, ayahuasca, her time with the Qeros of the Peruvian Andes, opening the heart and awareness and the journey that entails. We went about three hours talking and I think you all will learn from Persia’s wisdom and experience, much as did I. As always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    To contact Persia, email her at: persiagarland@gmail.com

    If you enjoy the show, it would be a big help if you could share it with your own audiences via social media or word of mouth. And please Subscribe or Follow and if you can go on Apple Podcasts and leave a starred-rating and a short review. That would be super helpful with the algorithms and getting this show out to more people. Thank you in advance!


    My colleague Merav Artzi (who I interviewed in episode 28) and I will be running diets in the Sacred Valley of Peru beginning again in February of 2022. We will also be in Ireland in May (Sold Out), Israel in June, and New York in July. If you would like more information about joining us and the work I do, visit my site at:
    https://www.NicotianaRustica.org

    If you are able to and would like to donate to the show to help out with new content that would be deeply appreciated. For just a few dollars a month you can subscribe through Patreon and it gives you some really nice added benefits like early access to shows, bonus episodes, and a chance to ask personalized questions.

    To support this podcast on Patreon, visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/UniverseWithin  

    Join this channel on YouTube to get access to perks:
    https://bit.ly/YTPerks

    To donate directly with PayPal:
    https://www.paypal.me/jasongrechanik 

    Thanks and until the next episode!

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    • 3 hr 11 min
    Ep. 86 - José López Sánchez - Ayahuasca, Shipibos, & Master Plant Dietas

    Ep. 86 - José López Sánchez - Ayahuasca, Shipibos, & Master Plant Dietas

    Hey everybody! Episode 86 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with José López Sánchez. I have known José for a number of years since we both met working together at the Amazonian plant-medicine center the Temple of the Way of Light. I have worked extensively with his sisters and mother as well, Lila, Laura, and Ynes, who I also interviewed in previous episodes (see episodes 56 and 6). José is a highly-skilled and powerful Shipibo curandero, a doctor working with a traditional plant and energetic way of healing. He comes from a long line and family of healers and has been studying and working with plant medicines for a few decades now. In this episode, we talked about a number of subjects including his story, the Shipibos, ayahuasca, cosmovisions, and the importance of master plant dietas. José is quite special in that he has a mastery of both the Shipibo language as well as Spanish, and has worked with many Shipibos, mestizos, and foreigners. This ability to communicate this world of plant medicine and a knowledge of how different archetypal minds think is very unique and allows him to express sometimes esoteric or complex ideas in a language that a general public can easily understand and process. So I’m sure you all will learn a lot from José. Thank you to my friend Anne-Laure Vincke for the translation. The video version of the interview has subtitles while the audio version has English translation. As always, to support this podcast, get early access to shows, bonus material, and Q&As, check out my Patreon page below. Enjoy!

    ¡Hola a todos! Ya salió el episodio 86 de la serie. En este episodio hablé con José López Sánchez. Conozco a José desde hace varios años, ya que ambos nos conocimos trabajando juntos en el centro de medicina de plantas amazónicas, el Templo del Camino de la Luz. También he trabajado mucho con sus hermanas y su madre, Lila, Laura e Ynes, a quienes también entrevisté en episodios anteriores (ver episodios 56 y 6). José es un curandero Shipibo altamente calificado y poderoso, un médico que trabaja con una tradicion de plantas y una forma energética de curación. Viene de una larga línea y familia de curanderos y ha estado estudiando y trabajando con plantas medicinales desde hace algunas décadas. En este episodio, hablamos sobre una serie de temas, incluida su historia, los Shipibos, la ayahuasca, las cosmovisiones y la importancia de las dietas de plantas maestras. José es bastante especial porque domina tanto el idioma Shipibo como el español, y ha trabajado con muchos Shipibos, mestizos y extranjeros. Esta habilidad para comunicar este mundo de la medicina vegetal y el conocimiento de cómo piensan las diferentes mentes arquetípicas es muy singular y le permite expresar ideas a veces esotéricas o complejas en un lenguaje que el público en general puede entender y procesar fácilmente. Así que estoy seguro de que todos aprenderán mucho de José. Gracias a mi amiga Anne-Laure Vincke por la traducción. La versión en video de la entrevista tiene subtítulos, mientras que la versión en audio tiene traducción al inglés. Como siempre, para apoyar este podcast, obtenga acceso anticipado a programas, material adicional y preguntas y respuestas, consulte mi página de Patreon abajo. ¡Que disfruta!

    Maestro José is the driving force of our center. He is the son of the legendary Shipibo Onaya (master plant-spirit healer) Maestra Ynes Sànchez Gonzales and  Maestro David Lopèz and a lineage of powerful and well-respected healers dating back hundreds of years.
    Having apprenticed extensively first under his paternal grandfather, a Meraya (highest level Shipibo healer), then his uncle and his mother, since the age of seven years old, he received the wisdom of his ancestors, the Shipibo-Conibo cosmovision and sophisticated practices of Shipibo plant-spirit healing.
    He honorably bridges the modern world to traditional Amazonian medicine and has been healin

    • 1 hr 52 min

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66 Ratings

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