Rank #1: SSG014 Trust, Safety, Self Responsibility and Emotional Mastery- With Luna Love
For episode numbered 14, we are joined by women's leadership mentor Luna Love. Luna assists those called to be change makers in achieving clear vision for their lives by providing supportive, life promoting experiences, practical tools, and spiritual wisdom to align ones divine essence, authentic expression, and life purpose through the power of self awareness and love.
In this episode we explore:
• Self care for the professional care provider
• What self responsibility looks like and how self responsibility transforms our emotions and increases our capacity for both sexual and emotional intimacy
• Demystifying our emotions including:
- What emotions are and when, how, and why to fully feel them
- The connection between our feelings and the seasons
- An exploration of the immense value of depression, grief, and loss
To learn more about our guest Luna Love, you can listen to her podcast Ladies Who Lead or explore her other offerings at www.lunaloveleadership.com
Mar 01 2018
Rank #2: SSG004 At the Intersection of Tantra, Feminism, and Matriarchy- with Laura Amazzone
For episode number 4 we are joined Yogini, Priestess and Goddess Scholar Laura Amazzone. Laura is the author of the book, "Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power," and has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies in the fields of Tantrism, Hinduism and Women’s Spirituality. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and the Encyclopedia of Goddessses of World Culture.
Laura teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, online at Mystery School of the Goddess and privately, offering classes, rituals, and workshops on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta and Tantra traditions into which she has been initiated. In this interview we explore:
• Tantra- what it is and what it is not and how this varies among different lineages we hear about (Shakta, Sri Vidya, Kaula, etc.)
• Star codes and the relationship between Tantric Wisdom Goddesses and the 7 Sisters of the Pleides
• The importance of understanding the historical context of Tantric teaching stories and how Myths have often been taken out of context and used as a means of controlling women and avoiding responsibility
To recieve 40% off Laura’s online course “Mysteries of the Yogini’s” visit
and enter the code “yogini” at checkout
Musical enhancement for this episode includes my own original Sri Devotional coming from practices shared by Mark Whitwell through www.heartofyoga.com, as well as “Find a Better Way” by Aloka from the album “North Star”
Jan 24 2017
Rank #3: SSG012 The Power of Names, spiritual permaculture,and other Timeless Women's Magic with Lara Valeda Vesta
For Episode number 12 we are joined by Lara Valeda Vesta, certified celebrant, mother, artist, and author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition.
In this episode we explore:
• Whats in a name? The power we have to reclaim ourselves and change our destiny by changing our name
• Illness and motherhood as invitations to develop a more authentic relationship to time
• The fertile intersection of permaculture and tantra
To learn more about classes, books, and art by Lara, please visit: www.laravesta.co
The musical enhancement for this episode includes:
“Fara Fin Ya Ye Koba Ye” by Zena (zay-nah) Carlota from the soon to be released album The Confidence of Birds
“Spectrum” by Florence and the Machine
“Song of the Stars” by Dead Can Dance
Oct 11 2017
Rank #4: SSG003 Poet as Revolutionary and Sacred Whore-With Eve Bradford
In this episode we are joined by one of our most beloved ongoing collaborators, Eve Bradford, culture maker, oracle, and author of one of my favorite books of poetry: Instructions to a Young Magician (from herself). As a long-time student of shaman and author Martín Prechtel, Eve is often called upon by the extended community to offer counsel and guidance to individuals, couples and groups, and to create and facilitate ceremonies of all kinds, from weddings to rites of passage to memorials. At the heart of the matter is Eve’s innately ecstatic nature, her great love for the web of life, and her hopeful diligence applied to creating a myriad of experiences coaxing others to fall equally in love with the world. In this episode, we explore:
• The overlap in Goddess Myths of Ancient India and Eastern Europe
• Word magic and some specific ways that the words we use to express our experience of who we are either limit or expand our reality
• Subtle dynamics of energy exchange and The poet as both the Revolutionary and the Sacred Whore
To learn more about Eve's work as a teacher, author, event producer or ceremonial leader, please visit www.ladyapples.com
Musical enhancement for this episode: "Purple Dream" by Seequill
Dec 17 2016
Rank #5: SSG006 Psychedelic Grief and Queer Plant Tantra- with Sophia Rose
For Episode number 6 we are joined by Sophia Rose, the master herbalist at the helm of the nomadic apothecary “La Abeja Herbs. Through La Abeja, Sophia creates potent and inspired wild medicines and apothecary goods, holds space for herbal wellness consultations, and teaches classes on topics including women's medicine, folk herbalism, and wild foods. In this episode we explore:
• Ocatillo for Womb Clearing
• The direct correlation between grief and orgasm
• Queer Medicine People- Can plant medicine make you queer?
To learn more about Sophia's travels, classes, herbal products, and more, visit her at:
To read " Love Dreams" (The poem read aloud at the end of the episode) visit:
To read the blog post about Ocatillo mentioned in this episode, visit:
Feb 21 2017
Rank #6: SSG011 Echoes of our Ancestors and Cultivating Intimacy with Death-With Amber Magnolia Hill
For episode number 11, I am joined by mother, writer, teacher, and herbalist Amber Magnolia Hill. Through her business Aquarian Dawn, Amber shares the fruits of her continued exploration of ancestry, psychedelic healing, float tanks, home funerals, empowered menstruation, sex, childbirth and more. In this episode we explore:
• Reclaiming the word "Witch" and Facing Loss
• The importance of being with and honoring your emotions even when it feels like you’ve been set on fire
• How to keep your womb space clear by moving through grief, anger, illness and more with presence and compassion and in a general unshaming of the woman’s journey and experience
To learn more please visit www.aquariandawn.com where you can learn about herbal body oiling, peruse the blog, and shop for Mythic Medicinals, Amber’s inspired line of handmade herbal products.
Music for this episode: Innana by Ibo K Payne from the Album Spiritu
Aug 19 2017
Rank #7: SSG015 Libra, Temperance, Tantra and the Soul's Quest for Moderation
Welcome to "Temple Talks", our series of mini episodes where we make a hopefully entertaining and educational attempt at the ultimate Fool's Journey, explaining the Great Mystery and Mapping the Void.
For our second Temple Talk, Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman, host of Starseed Survival Guide, takes 20 minutes to explore:
• The Archetypal energy of Libra
• How our relationship to apparent others expresses itself differently in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensions
• The relationship and applicability of terms such as balance, equilibrium, equality, temperance, moderation, tantra, integration, harmony and unity
Although this episode is for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of what we can learn from Libra energy, it may be especially useful for professional seers, diviners, tarot readers, astrologers, shamanic practitioners, and others who serve the collective as companions and guides to the inner realms, where the ability to make extremely subtle distinctions becomes more and more important to the quality and effectiveness of our work. We will close with a guided meditation and blessing, so it may be useful to wait until you can be alone to listen to the complete episode uninterrupted, allowing the time for it to become a mini self care ritual, complete unto itself.
For more information about tarot assisted intuitive guidance sessions or other healing journeys with Erin, please visit www.activeculturefamily.com
Apr 01 2018
Rank #8: SSG009 Mystical Activism Part 1-with Vicki Noble
For episode number 9, we are joined by feminist shamanic healer, author, scholar and wisdom teacher Vicki Noble. Vicki is the author of several books, including Shakti Woman: Feeling our Fire, Healing our World, and The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power.
Vicki taught in the Women's Spirituality graduate program at New College in San Francisco, lectures internationally, and has lead tours of women on pilgrimage to sacred Goddess sites around the world. She is also one of the creatresses behind the celebrated Motherpeace Tarot, and currently shares her teachings in private practice with women in Santa Cruz, California. This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series. In this episode we will explore:
• The path of Mystical Activism
• The Goddess Guided beginnings of Feminism in the United States
• The role of Cannabis in the creation of the Motherpeace Tarot, one of the most important tools we have been gifted for evolving our understanding of the archetypal energies that shape our human experience by enabling us to consider them through a matriarchal lens.
Books and resources mentioned in this podcast:
Musical enhancement In this episode includes Dve Nevesti by The Moors
May 15 2017
Rank #9: SSG016 Vulnerability, Stillness, and Intimacy with Death with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison
For episode number 16, we are joined by Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, a jungian psychotherapist, recognized teacher in the Soto Zen lineage of the White Plum Asanga, and the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at the New York Theological Seminary. Koshin is the cofounder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited clinical chaplaincy training in America, and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care.
In this episode we explore:
• Dignity amidst being treated poorly
• Listening with every cell of your body
• Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen buddhism, and his female teacher Prajnatara, and other explorations of the feminine wisdom that lies at the intersection of Buddhism and Tantra, and how like most lineages, it comes down to a practice of how to be in relationship.
To learn more about Koshin and The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, please visit www.zencare.org
Awake at the Bedside by Koshin Paley Ellsion and Matt Weingast
In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler
Aug 30 2018
Rank #10: SSG007 Transcending Relationship Hell with Ceremonial Cacao- With Paola Garcia
For Episode number 7 we are joined by another of my favorite big sister mentors, Columbian Born Medicine Woman Paola Garcia. Paola is the creatress of the “Eterno Sol Yoga & Mindfulness” program, where she shares the tools and practices of Yoga Asanas & Mindfulness Meditation that she has been practicing and teaching for the last 16 years. Since 2011 she has walked her path with her beloved Gustavo Ik, and together they share Ceremonial Cacao with communities around the world. In this episode we explore:
• How ceremonial cacao can help us transcend relationship hell,
• How bitter medicines bring us home to the present moment
• How mindfulness and willingness transform the space of our relationships from a battlefield of egos into a sacred quest to find love within
To learn more about 7 day residential retreats with Paola and her partner Gustave, you can visit:
To learn more about the Plant Spirit Medicine Apprenticeship we speak about in this episode, please visit:
www.activeculturefamily.com and explore the details under the “Apprenticeship” tab.
Above photo: Paola and Gustavo with Taita Eustorgio Payaguaje from the Cofan Siona tradition of Yage medicine in Colombia. The musical enhancement for this episode includes recordings of Paola singing live in one of her and Gustavo's ceremonies.
Apr 11 2017