School for Self Healing
Meir Schneider, who was declared legally blind by the state of Israel, cured his eyesight such that he now has a California driver’s license and drove to our podcast interview to share about his own journey and how he has devoted his life to helping others heal too. He founded the School for Self Healing in San Francisco and travels the world as an author and educator, spreading his techniques so that everyone can be empowered to do their own healing.
June 28, 2022
Engaging With Life
Michelle Vesser offers her guidance as a wise woman with a lifelong practice of tending her inner and outer landscapes.
June 21, 2022
Heart of Health
Join Luna Hart, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDNP) for a discussion of the ways that she transformed her own diseases and illth to vibrant wellness. She now guides individuals in their own journeys to restore or claim their own wellness practices so that they can enjoy healthy lives.
June 14, 2022
Reclaim Your Voice
We get to sing with Lauren Arrow! This Northern California singer/songwriter shared about her own journey from loving to sing as a young child, through being afraid to sing as an adolescent, and then to eventually reclaiming her voice in the service of song as a grown woman. Now, she has created classes, workshops, and concerts to help us collectively liberate our voices. For the joy of song!
May 30, 2022
Trauma Informed Friendships
Jen Dalton and I recently sat down for an author chat in her home in the hills of Ukiah to discuss trauma informed friendships. She self published a book about girl bullying this year, and has many offerings to make about the ways that we can both heal from childhood bullying and address the roots of why we bully so that we can dismantle this traumatic girlhood ritual.
May 15, 2022
Food as Medicine
Let your food be your medicine & hear how nutrition consultant Mary Sheila Gonnella recommends not only what to eat for health but truly HOW to eat for optimal health. Learn about what Mary calls "Vitamin T," and the ways that you need more of this in a lifestyle focused on healthy eating.
April 30, 2022
Be Rooted Botanicals
This special 4/20 edition of the podcast is a spotlight on CBDs and my friend Molly Hildenbrand’s “Be Rooted Botanicals” business: a small, rootsy, women owned and operated CBD medicinals/topical line of products for wellness and healing. I am absolutely in love with what she has created, and I visit her shop at least once a year to stock up on her creams, oils, and bath salts. Tag along for our conversation about our friend cannabis and the joys of herbal medicine making.
April 20, 2022
Julia Green helps support thriving barnyards by doing farm consultations where she helps farmers and potential farmers to assess their space, their animals, their needs, and the best way to holistically manage all of the above. Drawing on her extensive farmstead experience and herbalist background, Julia guides the way for a happy, healthy, and successful farm.
April 16, 2022
Tamara Wilder has made her life's offering to share the skills that connect us all to our ancestral past. Paleotechnics describes the wisdom that Wilder brings forth for people of all ages from friction fire to making string from plant fibers. In addition to teaching a diverse array of skills to people of all ages, she has created a special curriculum that she teaches in pubic elementary schools to support children forming meaningful connection to their roots. Join us as she reflects on how she personally came to reconnect with the ancestral skills movement, and the ways that she has seen the movement evolve over the last several decades.
March 31, 2022
Matriarchal Gift Economy of the Ancient Future
Yeshe Matthews is a Priestess of the Tsogyal Lhamo Drayang Ling, the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple in Dunsmuir, CA. She is a dharma practitioner and a licensed minister, ordained and initiated in several different mystery traditions. The Temple she created serves Mt Shasta spiritual pilgrims and worldwide Goddess enthusiasts with online and in-person divinations, classes, ceremonies, and retreats. Yeshe has dedicated her life to female mysteries, sacred healing practices and the ways of the Goddess, with ongoing study and practice in Tibetan Buddhism, Siberian/Mongolian Shamanism, Ifa, Mayan Cosmology, herbal healing, and Dianic Goddess Spirituality. With a Master's degree in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she has studied women's mysticism, shamanism, and matriarchal communities for over twenty years. Join us for an auditory journey as we explore the matriarchal gift economy of the ancient future!
March 20, 2022
Join Jenava Van Pelt and Mori Natura as we talk about the commitment of having goats. We'll discuss the basics anyone needs to hear before they get goats and flush out the details of what is really required to keep a happy, healthy herd. Combined, these two women have three decades of experience to share about the art and craft of goat midwifery and husbandry.
March 18, 2022
Feed The People
My friend Robin Burnside is a wise woman elder who was devoted her life to culinary arts. Everywhere she goes, she leaves happy, nourished people in her wake. Join us as we take a dive into the deep waters of Robin's abiding love of the craft and art of healthy food preparation from her days of being the head chef at Esalen, to catering for rock and roll festivals at the Hog Farm.
March 02, 2022
The Art of Drag
Join Kimber Holmes, male illusionist, for an auditory adventure into the heart of Drag. A lifelong performance artist, Holmes created a drag king persona by the name of Max Manchester. This episode explores the process of becoming "Max" step by glorious drag step.
February 16, 2022
History Speaks in Art
Join artist Lauren Sinnott as she explains the recent mural she created on the 200 ft long wall outside the Ukiah Conference Center as it pertains to the local history, the present, and the future of the area.
January 31, 2022
Have you ever wanted to grow your own mushrooms on logs you harvested sustainably from the forest? If yes, then this is the episode for you. I'm gonna break down the ins and outs of how to process and cure your logs, obtain your mycelium on plug spawn, and ultimately foster the ideal conditions so that your preferred mushrooms can bear fruit. In this episode, I focus on growing shiitake mushrooms on oak logs in Northern California.
January 17, 2022
The Forest People
Join me for the premier episode of Season 2 of “The Positive Fantastic” Podcast as I interview Lama and Matthew of The Forest People about their radically sustainable mushroom cultivation project in Northern California.
January 02, 2022
Frey Family Vineyards
Welcome to my world. I live surrounded by my Frey family on Frey Vineyards where we practice gardening, farming, and land stewardship. This season one finale episode is an interview with my aunt, Katrina Frey, about our green family business. Join us as Katrina & I weave a story about how Frey Vineyards became the first certified organic winery in the country, and the ways that the family continues to evolve as an ecologically sound enterprise.
October 20, 2021
Sonoma Enlivened: Kefir Probiotics
Deanna Dennard of Sonoma Enlivened joins us with a good news tale of a local, family owned & operated, sustainable, green business in service to health and yumminess. Deanna shares about her journey with her Brewmaster husband Tom to create a delicious and nutritious product made with living cultures, herbal formulas, and nutritional wisdom. Tune in to enjoy a fermentation focused forum on water kefir, the living, probiotic soda.
October 06, 2021
Regeneration with Hugels
Hügelkulturs (which we affectionately refer to as “hugels”) are a really amazing way to nourish the health of the land by promoting a simple regenerative technique that simultaneously creates habitat for animals, fertility for the earth, and an opportunity for nature to make a comeback in trying times. Hugels are a great way to bring more soil diversity and health to your backyards, gardens, and farms. Join Josh Khankhanian of Moongazer Farms and Mori Natura as we discuss what a hügelkultur is in regenerative agriculture and how to build and care for one.
September 22, 2021
This Is Yoga
"This is Yoga" looks at the practice of being embodied with Yogini Tirza Dawn. In addition to being a yoga practitioner for the last several decades, Tirza leads workshops and yoga teacher trainings that encompass all the aspects of yogic education. Join us as we discuss the yogic journey that each of us have taken to nourishing our bodies, our breaths, and our well-being through the practice of yoga.
September 20, 2021
Dorothy Mandel conducted her PhD research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Her dissertation explored how we are connected through our hearts. In this episode Dorothy shares with me what she discovered on her academic journey and the implications for how we can all thrive when we are in touch with our hearts. Join us as we marvel at the miraculous heart and the intimacy of heart synchrony.
September 06, 2021
Blair Phillips of Abuela Gardens articulates the art and practice of earth stewardship through his decade of tending the land where he lives in the woods of Mendocino County. Particularly, this episode features a discussion of the art and craft of natural building because Blair is offering workshops to share these amazing skills this summer (2021). Part 1 explores the learning curve to become part of a landscape intimately. Part 2 will follow Blair’s workshops in 2022 about Watershed Regeneration.
August 22, 2021
Ceres Community Project
The Ceres Community Project exists at the intersection of food rights and youth empowerment. Tune in to hear more about this amazing non-profit organization and how they have created a sustainable model to support health through community activism, nourishing meals, youth empowerment, and education about nutrition and gardening.
August 08, 2021
Herbal Connections, Yo!
Join Keoma McCaffrey for a playful excursion into herbalism over a cup of “Proper~Tea” grown on her Kilted Dog Farms site. McCaffrey founded the Central Valley Herbal Studies program to help connect people in her community to the plants that can heal them. When Keoma is not growing herbs, teaching classes, or serving tea, she’s working on writing her book or helping found a database to connect herbal farmers with their local medicine makers.
July 23, 2021
Nature is Our Living Classroom
Come outside and play with the "Earth Stars" nature program in this fun episode about relationship with the great outdoors and healthy childhood development. Nature educator Jessy Jane discusses how she founded and has facilitated Mendocino County’s only outdoor education program for preschoolers. Listen to the featured song by The Freys about children’s wonder in the natural world with “Treasure Chest.” The PSA for this episode is: Go Play Outside!
July 09, 2021
Mosaic Guru Goddess Queen
Join renowned mosaic artist Elizabeth Raybee as she describes her artistic journey and the bounty of opportunities for every day people to become engaged in creative projects through the medium of mosaics
June 24, 2021
Navigating Kundalini Energy Part I
This episode, released on the longest day of the year, explores the esoteric notion of kundalini awakening experiences. Join Gwen Jensen as she describes what kundalini is, how kundalini experiences can manifest, and her path for navigating these potent energetics. Using creative expression, exquisite compassion, and a respect for the unseen, we hope this interview will give you some insight into how to heal, grow, and thrive with this impressive life force energy. Part 1 begins here & stay tuned for Part 2 in which we continue this conversation.
June 20, 2021
Quantum Level Health
Dive into the quantum level of health and healing in this episode with Naturopath Claudia Wenning. Consider the ways that you are choosing strategies, actions, behaviors, and thought patterns in your life. In our conversation, we will explore how you can choose and choose again until you are electing the most life affirming path for your own healing. We discuss the gaps where one is still seeking healing (the missing puzzle piece) and the resources that can help foster a feeling of wholeness.
June 10, 2021
Legalize Tiny Homes
Ever dreamed about living in a tiny home? In this episode, Lindsey Wood, the “Tiny House Lady,” joins me in speaking the praises of these beloved structures as we share our own stories about how & why we decided to go tiny. We describe exactly what makes a tiny home and explore why tiny homes are economical, ecological, and easy to build. We hope you’ll enjoy this informative episode which dives into the buzz around the humble, remarkable, and fantastic tiny home reality
May 26, 2021
Through the Eyes of the Disabled
Hear Athena Weathers describe her experience growing up with disabilities & her suggestions for how we can collectively work to dismantle ableism in our society. Featured as a PSA for this episode, Weathers reads aloud an opinion piece that she wrote about reclaiming the term “disabled.”
May 11, 2021
An Orchard Community
Tending to an orchard of several hundred fruit trees, Mario Kashou has spent decades planting & cultivating healthy orchards in the hills to the West of Ukiah. Join us in this episode while we discuss the bounty of nature’s classroom, the serendipity of wild foraging ponies, and the journey to create a community of humans, animals, and plants in harmony.
April 26, 2021
Another Day in Paradise
To celebrate a very Mendonesian 420, I interviewed local integrated cannabis & vegetable farmers Amber & Casey O’Neill about the keys to their decade long operation in Laytonville, California, growing & tending the land. Listen as they discuss their great success at HappyDay Farms.
April 20, 2021
Join NorCal poets Kristy Hellum & Mori Natura for a word weaving tapestry of playful proportions as they discuss creating a Sharetocracy of love mischief makers
April 12, 2021
Health Education for Everyone
Join health educator DeAnna Batdorff of the Dhyana Center as she emphasizes the need for inclusive education that addresses wellness for everyone. Utilizing an elemental theory as the foundational model of how life is orchestrated, DeAnna explains her mission to share the knowledge of ancient healing traditions as a modern health care provider.
March 27, 2021
Sacred Healing Music
Prema Love just released her fourth album “Awaken to Divine Love.” In this interview, she explores what inspires her, her musical journey, and her vision for bringing sacred songs out into the world. Featured in the podcast are several of Prema’s new songs 🎶
March 20, 2021
An interview with Wendy Read about the medicines available from the cannabis plant (& other herbs) with regard to preventing & supporting healing during the Covid pandemic
March 12, 2021
21st Century Self Health Care
An interview with Vicchi Oleski, founder of the Sonoma County Healing Academy, about the importance of self care in these times. Oleski is also happy to share her new Diamond Light line of medicinal products to support others on their personal healing journeys.
February 26, 2021
Playing the Game of Life
My third guest is Mendonesian icon Sherry Glaser. Join us as we discuss Glaser’s theatrical herstory, bare-breasted political activism, and feeling our feelings to enliven & embody ourselves fully.
February 11, 2021
Join the Pants Revolution
An interview with Anna Birkás, founder of Chickfly about how she created a green business to produce pants with a fly that works for women, for everyone
January 27, 2021
Music is the Medicine
The pilot episode of The Positive Fantastic is an interview with singer/songwriter Copperwoman. Join us as we discuss the portals to creativity and how Copperwoman found her calling to music.
January 12, 2021