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Crafted Connections

Crafted Connections

By Monique Francis
A fortnightly podcast exploring creative contemplative practices to bolster our sense of connection and resist isolation.
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In Conversation with Danielle Hoogenboom
Today's conversation is with a long-time friend and community collaborator, Danielle Hoogenboom. I first met Danielle as a student in her yin yoga classes about a decade ago and over the years we have dreamed up many projects together. Danielle excels at connecting people and she probably doesn't know how to be anything other than a creative agent of change. She is yin yin YIN to in all aspects of her life and this conversation was delightful. . Show Notes Monique's Instagram Monique's website and online studio Support Fully Woven . Danielle's Instagram Danielle's website and online yin school . Annual Charles Town Maroon Conference and Festival in Portland, Jamaica . As children, we both watched The Jetsons and here we are in the future living our analogue lives in a digital world. . Deyen: Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women an online course by Chastity Davis . We are both fascinated by fascia and if you don't know about it then be prepared to be blown away. The fascia book Danielle referrenced: Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System by Carla Stecco, Warren Hammer, Raffaele De Caro
May 12, 2021
A Telling of The Buried Moon
Today I share with you a telling of one of my favourite old stories. It's a tale from England about the Moon and how she gets snagged down in some tree roots and is troubled by the Quicks and Bogles. . Show Notes: Monique’s website: Monique’s Instagram: @fullywoven Dāna to support Fully Woven: . Once again, I mentioned the phenomenal Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and got the title of her well-known book wrong. Ha! My memory is not was it used to be and the book is actually called "Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype". See if you can't get the audiobook which she narrates (and sings!) herself. She has narrated most, if not all, of her many books.  . The story I read is called The Buried Moon, also sometimes called The Dead Moon. It is an old tale and you can find many retellings of it. And some gorgeous illustrated books as well.
April 28, 2021
Conversation with Jennifer Aberman
Today's episode is a conversation with my dear friend and collaborator in all things yummy, Jennifer Aberman. Jen's a counsellor and artist and all-round curious person. . A little bit about her, in her own words: I loved collage as a kid, and still do! I studied fine arts and focused on printmaking and darkroom photography. I wish I still had access to those fine studios. I am currently getting my hands dirty with pottery again, after discovering a love for it in my undergrad. I like chatting with my friend Monique for fun, I also like walking a lot and listening to podcasts and learning new things each and every day. I am currently reading Nurturing Resilience by Kathy Kain, Stephen Terrell & Peter Levine . Show Notes: Monique's website: Monique's Instagram: @fullywoven Dāna to support Fully Woven: . Jen's counselling website: Jen's Instagram: @implodingcombustion Jen also provides workshops with the Crisis Centre of BC:
April 14, 2021
Conversation with Rami Katz
Today's episode is a conversation with filmmaker and creative citizen Rami Katz. I've known Rami for a few years and it was a pleasure getting to know him a bit better. We touched on his creative process, how the pandemic has affected our work, cooking, movies, podcasts. We covered some ground and throughout it all I couldn't help but notice his mind for justice and heart for mercy. He's kind, smart, and curious. A magical mix. . Rami's Bio in His Own Words: . Rami Katz is a documentary filmmaker whose work has screened internationally. His recent work includes directing short documentaries for CBC Arts, and directing the documentary The Issue of Mr. O'Dell, which screened at twenty film festivals throughout North America and is available to view online at Roar Magazine. In his spare time, Rami loves to cook, garden, and swim. . . . Show Notes: . Fully Woven’s Instagram is @fullywoven Practice the art of generosity and support me at . Rami’s Instagram: @katzigensky Rami’s Twitter: @ramihkatz . Here are some of the sparkly things that caught our attention: . The Issue of Mr. O’Dell documentary Find the DVD at the Vancouver Pulic Library Stream the film at Roar Magazine . Rami’s most recent film is in it’s final stages and will hopefully be released mid-April 2021 . The theory of ‘flow state’ from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  expanded upon by Jeanne Nakamura and one of my guiding principles . Rami is a freelance filmaker with CBC Arts CBC refers to the Canadian Broadcast Corporation . The Public a film about a public library revolt . Treyf Podcast (it’s sooooooo good) . The Corrymeela Podcast . Bottom Lines Top Dollars Podcast . Rebellion mini-series about Dublin’s 1916 Easter Rising on Netflix . Older Than Ireland documentary on YouTube
April 1, 2021
Conversation with Morgan Leigh Callison
Today's episode is a conversation with poet, artist, and temple dweller Morgan Leigh Callison. I met Morgan many years ago at a yin yoga and reconciliation series. Reconciliation in this instance refers to reparations by the colonizers and justice for the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Yes, yoga is political. And poetry is political too and it's also a doorway into reconciliation as we will hear in this conversation. . . . Show Notes: . Fully Woven's website: Fully Woven's Instagram is @fullywoven Practice the art of generosity and support me at . Morgan's website: Morgan's Instagram is @morganleighcallison Purchase Morgan's ebook poetry collections at her website . And here's the wonderful poem, written by Morgan, that I read on today's episode: the earth’s fire burns inside of me as the bones of evil ancestors turn to ashes - smouldering only for one second as the fury of their inner rage is transformed into life giving energy to be expelled into the ethers of all existence. the earth’s fire burns on the surface as trees turn black with charred stumps left to remind us of the power that lives inside our own hearts just as wildly as it lives inside the belly of the one’s who know the best way to consume that which needs to be consumed for truth to prevail. hell hath no mercy like the mercy we see as lives become swept into the unity of all creation. glory be the one’s who know how to dance even when there is no music left for our ears to hear. the violin has played it’s last string brigade of tear sodden notes and we shall all return to stone as slowly as the earth turns it’s final turns in the spiral of all relations. soul poem : prompted by @rebecca.a.cavender (so grateful for these intuitive prompts!) : {no mercy - glory be} : november 2020 black & white self soul portrait : {dismantling through subtle occupation} : october 2020
March 18, 2021
Guided Relaxation
Many of us are not getting enough sleep or our sleep patterns have become disrupted. In these uncertain times of a global pandemic we are dealing with more stress and anxiety and may find it a struggle to simply relax. This episode's guided relaxation could be one way for you find rest and potentially improve the quality of your sleep. It's worth a try and once you learn the technique it's something you can do on your own without any guidance. . . . Show Notes: My website: My Instagram handle: Support my free offerings: This episode mentions the book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams written by Matthew Walker. Read this episodes transcript.
February 24, 2021
Journal Prompts: The Disability of Chronic Illness
Today's episode is more personal than previous ones. I share some of my experiences with disability and chronic illnesses. I inivite us to find some shared reference points and offer some journal prompts for your consideration. . Read this episode's transcript.
February 11, 2021
Guided Visualization
This episode is a guided visualization that is very much influenced by the children's tale about Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad. Do you know the book? Yes, it's The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. . This guided visualization takes us down a gentle river for a visit with a dear and trusted friend, and then back home again. . . Show Notes: The book I read from is called "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame. . I mentioned "Bedtime Stories: A Unique Guided Relaxation Program for Falling Asleep and Entering the World of Dreams" by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes . Read this episode's transcript.
January 28, 2021
Lectio Divina
In this episode I'm sharing the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina which is a traditional Western Christian monastic practice that seeks to disern the voice of God through the recitation of holy scriptures. We'll be visiting with the poem "Sometimes a Wild God" by Tom Hirons as we listen for divine messages. Have your favourite create tools on hand to capture what you discern. You ready? . . . Show Notes: . Hear Tom read his poem at his website: . Purchase his poem in various forms from Hedgespoken Press: . Read this episode's transcript.
January 20, 2021
Guided Metta Meditation
Today's episode is a guided Metta meditation. The invitation is to find some place secure and quiet where you can sink into your experience. Bring a blanket, a mug of tea, your dog - whatever will help you feel comfortable. . . Read this episode's transcript.
January 12, 2021
Hello and Welcome
Hello and welcome to Crafted Connections, a podcast by Fully Woven. Here you will find a collection of embodied contemplative activities to calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. Activities such as guided meditations, journal writing, creative arts, and gentle mindful movement. My name is Monique and I trust and practice these activities to help me live peacefully with chronic illnesses. Their introspective nature is subtle yet profoundly effective at amplifying wisdom. In practicing them with you, I seek to create a space to ease your suffering and where maybe you'll feel less disconnected. I have spent decades in devotion to various contemplative arts. I am an experienced retreat and workshop facilitator as well as a somatic narrative therapist. I work in collaboration with various community collectives and non-profits as well as in my own private practice with the abiding focus of emotional and mental well-being. You are most welcome here at Crafted Connections and I look forward to sharing this space with you.
January 9, 2021