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When an organism’s needs are met, growth naturally occurs and takes the form of some kind of flower, fruit, spore, or offspring. In the same way, when our needs are met, our blooming is inevitable. In this episode, we explore how that process occurs, how we know when something is blooming in our lives, and how to make more room for it as we head in…
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Meeting our needs in today’s landscape requires that we remain flexible and shift how we relate to ourselves, our work, our income, and one another. Across the animal world, we find countless options for how to feed ourselves, and in this episode we explore some of the major strategies our animal friends employ and how we can adopt them in our own …
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In this episode, we’re learning how plants meet their needs and what it can show us about how to be here in a good way. Plants receive sunlight and carbon dioxide freely and then, in turn, offer us an abundance of oxygen, medicines, building materials, and nourishment. Their truest nature is collaborative and generous, and the same is true for us.I…
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In this episode, we’ll learn how fungi meet their needs and the unique teachings they offer us through their millenia of experience adapting to life on Earth. Fungi are masters of absorption, decomposition, and collaboration, and most of us could use a dose of their teachings.If you enjoyed this episode, please help get it to others by subscribing,…
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How can we make the tiny area of life that we inhabit more caring, less transactional, and free from extraction? In this conversation with Toi Smith, we discuss strategies for embodying more beauty and less exploitation, whether it’s in our parenting, work, relationships to one another, or our relationships to the wider world. About Toi:Toi Smith i…
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Many of us yearn for a way of living that is evoked by the term “village,” and it’s true that for millenia, humans met their needs inside of a communal setting such as this. In this episode with anticapitalist, nature-loving co-conspirators Heather Dorfman and Megan Hayne, we discuss what the term “village” means to us, what needs might be met in a…
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How does a seed grow to become the fruit? It does so by meeting its needs. In this first episode of the Spring 2024 season, we’ll be discussing what our actual, original needs are, the extraneous needs put upon us by capitalism, why it’s so hard to meet our needs in this culture, and why we need fresh strategies for meeting the needs that will actu…
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Life happens in cycles, but we work as if we’re walking a straight line. In this encore episode, I’m sharing how you can move through four seasons on your vocational journey and why doing so can bring more ease, alignment, and wisdom to your professional life.If you enjoyed this episode, please help get it to others by subscribing, rating the show,…
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Navigating this murky late Winter / pre-Spring period requires that we know how to make the best choices we can, given the constraints and circumstances we’re dealing with. Does a seed get stuck in analysis paralysis? Probably not. Does a nesting bird get frozen in indecision about when to lay her eggs? No. We can tap into this free flow of energy …
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We can sense how chaotic, disconnected, and troubled our world is, and many of us feel the need for sturdier skills to help us be with these times. In this conversation with trauma recovery practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist, and kitchen witch Carmen Spagnola, we explore the poignancy of being alive right now as well as the frameworks and practi…
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Learning how to recognize new growth in your life and make the right type of room for it is an advanced practice. In this in-between time before the Spring Equinox, we explore how to notice and honor the seeds that are alive within us, how to create an environment in which they can grow, and why some of them may not activate in this growing cycle. …
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Trees hold a special and mythic place in the hearts of humans, and in this conversation with Heather Dorfman, the founder of Rose and Cedar Forest Therapy, we explore these amazing beings and how we can build relationships with them in a thoughtful way.About Heather Dorfman:Heather Dorfman, LMSW (she/her) is the founder of Rose and Cedar Forest The…
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Blood is the red thread that connects all of humanity through time, and there is an intelligence to our circulatory systems that we really need right now. In this episode, I share some surprising insights about blood, the cardiovascular system, and how it mirrors a greater wisdom flowing around us that we can tap into at any time.To learn more abou…
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Welcome to the first episode in our 2024 Winter Season, where we’re exploring our vast connections. What does it mean that your body is composed of over 50% water? What do you already know about what it means to be hydrated, fierce, fluid, and purifying? Why are things so arid in our culture? This is some of what we explore in today’s episode!To le…
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If the Autumn is the great dying, and Spring is the great rebirth, what is the Winter? It is the time in-between, after death and before something is born again. In this episode, we explore why this period between the Winter Solstice and the first stirrings of Spring invites us into a great dreaming, where we tend to our inner soil, our deep vision…
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In this conversation with bard, somatic practitioner, coach, and student of myth Ben Murphy, we explore the mythic imagination, re-villaging, and what it might take to heal the broken kinship ties that so many of us feel in relation to ourselves, our human community, and the land.To connect with Ben, visit https://www.bend-in-gratitude.com/ or @ben…
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Our addiction to light is emptying our lives of mystery and renewal, having a devastating impact on our health, and is a root cause of larger ecological collapse. In this interview with writer, poet, and co-founder of The Way of the Rose, Clark Strand, we discuss the impacts of an over-lit existence and how the darkness and the divine feminine can …
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The Crow brings its liquid black color and mystical intelligence into our light-filled days and reminds us how to hold it all right now. In this episode, I share some facts and lore about this incredible creature as well as some ways I think Crow can educate us in this darkening season.Thank you to those of you who have already supported the show f…
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What could we gain by embracing and understanding our own cycles? We can access so much more in the larger cycles of life when we know the cycles of our bodies more intimately. In this conversation with menstrual circle facilitator Megan Hayne, we explore how the seasons manifest in our bodies, what’s possible when we allow our inner Autumn to unfo…
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How do we die well inside of a culture that rewards us for dissociating from what’s actually happening? Is it possible to witness and transform death phobia into something more true? In this conversation with visionary artist, writer, and end of life caregiver, Rachael Rice, we explore nondualism, death work, collapse, folk art and more.To connect …
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Orb weaver spiders create strong, spiral webs suspended in space and wait for what they need to come to them. What can we learn from them as we travel further into the darkest time of year, when we’re asked to let go of our pursuits, ambitions, linear thinking, and Summer ways of being in the world?If you enjoyed this episode, please help get it to…
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What does it mean to die while we live? How can attuning to our own inner cycles of life, death, and rebirth help us to access more joy, truer work, and a deeper trust in how things unfold? I talk about all of this with today’s guest, Lindsay Mack, founder of Tarot for the Wild Soul. To connect with Lindsay’s work, visit: https://www.tarotforthewil…
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Who are the dead, and what do they have to do with our vocation, the climate, or navigating our modern lives? It turns out that they have a lot to do with all of those things, and in this conversation with writer and educator Perdita Finn, we dive into how wonderful and natural it is to collaborate with those on the other side.If you enjoyed this e…
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Welcome to the first episode of the Autumn season! Learning how to navigate the darkness, literally and spiritually, is a skill that most of us would benefit from working on. Knowing how to be in the dark helps us to become people who are in touch with an older wisdom and can live out our deep service to the world. If you enjoyed this episode, plea…
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As we approach the Autumn period, we approach the heart of nature’s death cycle. If we’re willing to be wise, we can use this time to look at and tend to what has died or is ready to die: lifeless jobs, projects, ways of relating, or beliefs about what’s possible for us. And what about when we’re on the other side of a death, what then? In this epi…
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Being in relationship, mentorship, and collaboration with others is essential to living a full and bright life, but there are times when we need to reconnect with the inner wisdom that flows through us first, letting go of the inputs from other people. In the late Summer and early Fall, we can work with the seasonal shift by listening to the calls …
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What does a clothesline have to do with doing your good work? A lot, actually. In this 100th episode, I share an overview of the late Summer/Virgo season, how you can reconceptualize comfort and discomfort, and some new ways that you can stretch into a richer life right now. To learn more about my live class on September 6th called Tracking Spirit:…
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What we’ve inherited from our ancestors is always alive within us, even when we feel disconnected from the wise ones who came before us and will come after us. In this episode with trauma therapists and deep thinkers Molly Klekamp and Magda Permut, we explore heritage, colonialism, somatics and more.About Molly: Psychotherapist, advocate, and educa…
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Being out in wild spaces, especially when we’re alone, can bring up so much fear. But just on the other side of that fear is a life that’s in touch with something much greater than our concrete culture. Norther Emily is a writer and wilderness guide, and in our conversation, we explore her own journey into this work, how to build your own competenc…
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How did our pre-civilization ancestors "work"? What does it mean to be held captive to capitalism, and can we find ways to be more free? In this very rich conversation with anthropologist and rewilding catalyst Peter Michael Bauer, we address these questions and discuss:*Where we are in the cycles of decline and the collapse of civilization (and wh…
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There is a rhythmic cycle to your life, which mirrors the wheels of the seasons, the planets, and cosmic time. So often, the heat of our lives takes us out of that central rhythm, leaving us to make choices and take action at the edges of our lives rather than at their center. This episode is a call to step back into the animating image in your cor…
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Change is one of life’s greatest challenges, and it can also be a primary source of isolation. While no one can walk our paths for us, we can most certainly be accompanied. In this conversation with Sasha Davies, we explore her varied professional journey, the ins and outs of her work as a writer, and what she’s learned about major life transitions…
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Where could your longing take you? In this episode, my guest Amanda Verdery Young - soul guide, ecomystical writer, and initiated medicine person in her Celtic ancestral tradition - helps us understand how to weave together a life of calling and purpose. Amanda and I explore how longing can show us the way, and how our own talents can meet the long…
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In today’s episode, I’m sharing my thoughts about the Summer Solstice as a gateway and how we can work with the paradox of this season: that there is tremendous growth ahead, *and* we’ve begun the descent into the darkest point in the year. How can we feel into the fullness of our aliveness without doing more? How can we hydrate in the midst of hea…
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The light is almost at its zenith for the year, and the Sun’s reach can show us a lot about our relationship to confidence. How comfortable are we with our own presence? In this conversation with Selena Rezvani, we explore what it means to “right-size” your confidence, how to get the body on board with feeling more powerful, and what confidence can…
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Do you find it hard to imagine new possibilities or next steps for yourself? Do you have a tendency to feel empty after achieving or receiving something you thought you wanted? In today’s episode, I’m sharing one way to reclaim your imagination and generate rich, nutritious options for your life path. Resources Mentioned:Max Haiven: https://maxhaiv…
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Does the idea of marketing yourself or selling something make you queasy? Do you already work for yourself and hate that part of it? It doesn’t have to be that way. In today’s conversation with anti-capitalist business coach and social educator Bear Hebert, we break down the reasons why working for yourself can actually be regenerative, beautiful, …
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It’s late Spring, life is busy, the fruits are on their way, and I’m wondering how we can use the momentum of this time to stretch further into new futures for ourselves. In this episode, I explore what “A Wild New Work” could mean for us right now and share some updates for the podcast. To learn more about my Summer Solstice Retreat on June 21, 20…
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This whole world is alive and vibrant, connected by invisible strands of meaning. In this conversation with one of my favorite meditation teachers of all time, Jessica Snow, we talk about how we can sync up with this web of Life, feed beauty into it, and bring forth grounded, deeply aligned change in our lives.About Jessica Snow:People have pressed…
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In today’s episode, I’m sharing a bit about something my family has gone through in the last few weeks as well as what it’s shown me about the enormous wisdom and joy that this season brings us. Aligning with the Spring often requires that we expand our capacity for vitality and color, which inevitably impacts the work that we do and the culture(s)…
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How can we remember to trust our instincts and make choices that are in alignment with the health of our inner landscapes? In this conversation with tenured Biology professor Dr. Carolyn Kurle, we explore the insights from her work with animals, conservation, and what she calls "the guidance groove."About Dr. Carolyn Kurle: Dr. Kurle is a tenured B…
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In 2022, Heather left her job as a Program Manager at a non-profit and began a journey to disentangle herself from the deeply embedded norms of living in a capitalist society. From reclaiming her own ancestral wisdom to reconnecting with the More Than Human world in a profound way, Heather’s path has led her to Forest Therapy and to a different way…
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It’s the late Winter, and many of us are being asked to surrender to the magic underfoot: the Spring that is not yet here but is underway. In this interview with Janet King, we explore her experience of being “in the during,” and how she’s navigating a deep personal and vocational Winter.About Janet:Janet is a creator, strategist, and writer. She's…
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In today’s episode, I’m interrogating some of our common assumptions about the job search and offering four ways that you can support yourself as you get into something new. Resources mentioned in the show:Summer Solstice Retreat in June: https://forms.gle/P9jrZAcj8R8bdppZ6My book, “Winter at Work”: https://awildnewwork.com/winteratwork Higher Call…
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In the mid Winter period, we can begin to sense that new life is afoot, even if we can’t see it yet. In this conversation with Ritual Witch Meghan Bursiek, we talk about the power of ritual, how she’s integrated the lunar cycle into her life and work, and how to sync up with the metaphorical and literal medicine of seeds at this time in the cycle o…
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In this overview of the Winter season, I share the three main themes of this time and how to work with them as you nurture the nascent possibilities in your working life. The Winter can be a mysterious, frustrating, and magical time in our vocational journeys, and this episode can help orient you to its potential.This episode is also an overview of…
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The Winter Solstice is a time each year when we can reconnect to the sources of our vitality and remember what it is to be alive in these wild times. When we forget how to cultivate our inner heat and light, we fall victim to the lifelessness of modern work and Western culture. Come learn how you can align with the spirit of Winter and come more fu…
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In this episode, I’m in conversation with spiritual mentor and meditation teacher Eva Liao. Eva helps people experience their most spiritual selves during their time on earth, and in this rich conversation, we explore her unconventional path, the body’s intelligence, and how to live from a place of sovereignty.To get on the waitlist for Eva’s progr…
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We all bump into periods when we desire movement but the internal or external circumstances don’t feel conducive to it. Or we want to make moves and feel a sense of agency in our lives but we can’t seem to connect with the fire within us. In this episode, I’ll share how you can find movement and create heat in your working life no matter the circum…
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Tune in and hear how Erin Carkner left her stressful community mental health job and organically found her way into a group practice that is deeply aligned for her. We talk about how she knew it was time to leave, her slow, steady process, our work together via my coaching program, and the unusual ways that she found the next right thing.To learn m…
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