The Plumed Serpent Podcast: Simple ways for wellbeing and nature connection
By Isabelle Blum
Hey, my name is Isabelle Blum. I talk with people about their tools, techniques and systems for wellbeing and nature connectedness. May you be inspired to support your self-evolution and connection to the native world. My ally is the Plumed Serpent, the ancient Mesoamerican creator of the world and humanity. God of learning, science, agriculture, crafts and the arts.
In Episode 9 of The Plumed Serpent Podcast I welcome Suzana Barbosa. Suzana works as a project manager for USWC at Venture Cup Denmark, is an aspiring regenerative practitioner and designer, creativity and empathy activist, founder of REWILD and volunteer at BMY Hub DK. We talk about the essence of regenerative development and design, values, experiences and paradigm shifts, systemic thinking, nourishing workplaces and good leadership, communities, entrepreneurship and the nature lens, and the benefits of immersing in the beauty and abundance of nature.
Suzana has a passion of working with all kinds of diverse thinkers in order to co-operate towards a regenerative path. She has an uncanny gift of being able to recognise patterns and develop new insights by adopting the lens of living systems thinking, empathy design, ecosystem services and regenerative practice. Her purpose is co-creating a regenerative legacy for people and planet.
Website Rewild Now
Suzana Barbosa on LinkedIn
Jennifer Smrz, wellness, holistic living and career transition coach, breast cancer survivor, mental health advocate, yoga and fitness instructor and educator on natural products, joins me on this episode of the Plumed Serpent Podcast. We talk about sleep, stress, perception, self-talk, deep breathing, the power of thoughts, wording and appreciation, the necessity of self-care, the health benefits of reading product labels and using toxic free products.
Jennifer is passionate about helping others by sharing coping strategies and taking control of their lives again. She loves educating people on the importance of reading labels and knowing what ingredients are in our foods and household products.
Jennifer Smrz on LinkedIn
Esperanza Smith, holistic healer and educator, published author, writer, artist and founder of PureEsperanza NFP, joins me in this episode of The Plumed Serpent Podcast. We talk about our multidimensional being, quantum experiences, collective consciousness, our evolution, the essence of presence, integration, self-responsibility, stillness and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Esperanza Smith studied and trained in Waldorf education and human development, and has taught holistic education for 25+ yrs. Her love for life-long learning has lead her to study in traditional and non-traditional educational institutions that include studies in healing, metaphysics, spiritual science, religions, mysticism, esotericism, philosophies, psychology, biodynamics, nutrition, alternative medicines, and the arts.
Esperanza’s teaching includes Waldorf schools, Spanish-foreign language programs, charter school programs, homeschooling collectives, private tutoring, prenatal and natural childbirth classes, adult enrichment programs, people with disabilities, life skills, job readiness, parent workshops, national conferences, community events and private consultation.
She has served as a director of independent charter school programs, an award-winning after school art program, and as an administrator of a private school. Esperanza’s professional career has included social services, nonprofits, faculty chair board work, operations, and human resources. She is the author and illustrator of Girl Seeking Pearls and other inspired writings. Presently, she serves as the executive director of PureEsperanza wearing many hats.
Esperanza is a mother, grandmother, life partner, and a soul with a committment to the consciousness movement, holistic wellbeing, energy medicine of our future, and serving humanity in this evolutionary time of rapid transformations with a vision to dream a new world into being.
Website: PureEsperanza Nonprofit Organization
Personal Website: Esperanza Smith
Linkedin: Esperanza Smith
Rory Berry joins me in this episode of the Plumed Serpent. We talk about the two VIP memberships we shouldn’t have, work life integration, simplicity, embracing ourselves, taking a beat, the benefits of saying no, playfulness and being outdoors.
Rory has a background in improvised theatre and the performing arts. He works as a life and executive coach, corporate trainer, speaker, mentor and play advocate. Rory helps people at all stages of life as well as managers and business owners gain clarity on themselves, problem-solving and purpose.
Rory has a deep desire to see more play and fun in the world. He believes we don’t play enough, especially as adults. Having had the unique gift of spending ten years in the performing arts, he now brings that to all that he does. Rory has been known to say “Let’s have a brain jam”, in fact its all over the site. That human connection creates opportunities to discover treasure in conversations. His aim is to help others achieve more by reframing the way that they look at things.
Website: Roaring Berry
LinkedIn: Rory Berry
Claire Victoria Bishop joins me in this episode of the Plumed Serpent. We talk about daily walks outdoors, the curious mindset, relaxation and openness in nature as well as the benefits for businesses and working teams being outdoors together.
Claire has a background in psychology and works as a natural light photographer offering beautiful, emotive and natural imagery to purpose driven brands and businesses. She also organizes nature photography walks and creative based activities to boost overall wellbeing. She lives in South Gloustershire U.K. with her family and two dogs.
Claire loves to inspire people to embrace nature, connect with nature and find themselves in nature. Her love for nature began as a child. Growing up on a farm she spent a lot of her childhood running through the fields, climbing trees and building dens. She first hand experienced the benefits of being outdoors and exploring the wonders of nature. She now shares and integrates this deep love for the natural world and the natural life as well as the amazing positive effect on our health and wellbeing in her work with people. So they feel healthier, happier and the planet benefits too.
Website: Claire Victoria Photography
LinkedIn: Claire Victoria Bishop
How does nature work wonders?
In this episode I welcome Nicolette Evans. Nicolette lives in Berkshire, U.K. She has a background in archaeology and ancient history. For 15 years Nicolette has worked in communications in large and small organisations: from public relations, marketing and magazine editing to events and setting up guided tours. Nicolette is a Mental Health First Aider and a trained natural mindfulness guide. She does natural mindfulness walks, nature connection, mindful nature photography and essential oils as well.
In her mindful nature walks Nicolette brings and corporates ‘forest bathing’ sessions in woods, forests and green spaces around Berkshire. She loves guiding people on ways to reconnect with the healing power of ‘being in nature’ to boost their mental and physical health. By using gentle nature-based activities and uplifting essential oils, these one to two hour-long sessions will give people tools to feel reinvigorated, more resilient and relaxed.
Her values are connection, creativity and freedom, which she uses in these sessions to bring people together. Nicolette loves seeing people grow in confidence, making new friends and sharing or learning new skills.
In our episode we talk about why we need nature, what happens when we're outdoor, how we can use modern technology to enhance nature connectedness and why making a pause is rewarding.
Website: Nature Works WonderLinkedin: Nicolette Evans
How do you grow your mind and life?
In this episode I welcome Dr. Narjes Gorjizadeh, PhD research scientist, certified meditation and mindfulness teacher, life coach, author and global speaker. We talk about the impact of our mindset, mindfulness, the benefits of looking up from the screen from time to time and why she has written her new book.
At a crossroads in her personal and professional life, Dr. Narjes encountered meditation and the science of the mind and has spent the past ten years studying both to create a unique model for achieving a happy and stress-free life. Bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, her innovative strategies and unique teaching style promote peace and positivity in mind, and clarity, focus, and greater success in life. Dr. Narjes is the creator of the G.R.O.W. program and several breakthrough concepts such as Mindful Distraction, Describe the Moment, and Design Your Best Future.
Dr. Narjes has been featured in several international magazines on wellness and personal growth, including LifePositive magazine in India, LivingNow magazine in Australia, and HealPreneur magazine in the US.
Her work has touched thousands of lives around the world. In her programs, workshops, online courses, and private coaching, she helps individuals and employees of companies train their mind to increase their focus, inner peace, and productivity to unlock their highest potential and live their best life.
Her mission is to empower every person with science-based wisdom and practical tools to create a life of happiness, success, and fulfillment.
Website: Dr. Narjes
Book: Grow your Mind, Grow your Life: 7 Simple Strategies to Increase Focus, Heal Your Pain, and Unlock Your Best Life
How much healing and change do you allow yourself?
In this episode I welcome Semaj Rramal Crawford. Semaj lives in Fort Wayne, U.S. state of Indiana, and has over 40 years of experience as a holistic healer and coach. He is a licensed massage therapist and a certified Life Coach in Strategic Interventions, having been trained and certified through the Robbins-Madanes Coaching. He is also the “The Man on top of the Mountain” which you can find on YouTube and the author of the book, “The “C” Word”, a book that will challenge your old thought patterns and help you discover a new way of thinking.
From his years of experience and learning he founded the MBS Balancing System, a system that works with the natural connections of the mind, body and spirit, and helps people find relief from chronic and long-term pain. On the way, they also find freedom in their body and mind that allows them to feel more valuable and productive.
In our episode we talk about what healing really means, the law of allowance, gratitude, simple mindsets, perception, the impact of our wording as well as why we need to go out in nature.
Semaj Rramal Crawford, MBS Balancing System
Youtube: The Man on top of the Mountain
Book, The “C” Word
What is an unbeatable mind and what can we do to have one?
In this episode I welcome James Allen (LinkedIn: James Allen Unbeatablemind). James Allen is located in Saint Albans, England, and worked over 25 years as a commercial solicitor in the UK, spending more than half of that time as the head of legal and strategic advisor at C-suite level in international technology and supply chain logistics companies. After his redundancy he changed profession and qualified in the Unbeatable Mind System created by Mark Divine. With his vast experience in the legal industry he mainly coaches lawyers to transform themselves, access more insight and power, be more aligned with their purpose and serve the world in a larger capacity.
We talk about the Unbeatable Mind System, how we limit ourselves, the benefits of classical music and what a short walk in nature can do with us.
James Allen, Certified Unbeatable Mind Coach