The Geode Guide To Modern Wellness & Woo
By Stephanie Wood
The Geode Guide To Modern Wellness & WooJul 17, 2021
The Geode Podcast Episode 28 Lilith Dorsey
Malorine "Mal"Mathurin, Intuitive Astrologer
Jeddy Azuma, Creator of The Rising Man and The Rising Man Podcast on Reintroducing Ancient Rites of Passage to Modern Men in Need of Healing
IF WE DO NOT INITIATE OUR BOYS INTO THE VILLAGE, THEY WILL BURN IT DOWN JUST TO FEEL ITS WARMTH.– AFRICAN PROVERB
About Jeddy Azuma
"I am a curator of culture, philosopher, and leader of men. In 2017, I created "The Rising Man Podcast" to investigate modern masculinity, promote men's well-being, and to explore what it means to be a "man". Over the past 3 years, The Rising Man has evolved into an international, multi-generational movement of men whose collective purpose is to initiate an entire generation into purposeful leadership and personal power. I currently am responsible for creating and overseeing leadership development programs, wilderness Rites of Passage, and personal growth experiences for men."
Join Stephanie as Jeddy talks about his journey, and the power of rites of passage in the life of a boy as he transitions to manhood.
Jeddy's assertion that we cannot heal the negative or destructive aspects of societal miseducation and trauma unless we first stop labeling and dismissing "toxic masculinity" ( a phrase he'd like to eliminate from the lexicon) without trying to understand the cause or motivation behind the behaviors may be the societal change we need to effect in order to avoid the explosions of violence or self-harm we see every day in the news, on our streets and sometimes in our homes. Can we stop a mass shooting by removing the internal barriers to receiving help? Are fasts and forests a first-line, intersectional cure for this broken society?
The Rising Man Podcast
Dr. Erica Matluck, Founder of Seven Senses, Talks Modern Medicine, Healing, and Motherhood.
Erica is a modern medicine woman. Trained as a Naturopathic Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Reiki Master, massage therapist and multidisciplinary yoga instructor, she brings a truly holistic lens to health. Whether in private practice, classes or retreats, her work addresses the physical, mental, emotional and energetic obstacles to wellbeing and the art and science of healing.
From this episode: Dr. Matluck explains the intersection of conventional western and energy medicine in her life- " I felt like I always was sensitive and empathic and, could sense energy and that type of thing, but I didn't have the language for it, or really even know was something that you could actually work with when I started working with this mentor. Reiki trainings are very straightforward and a lot of them happened in, one or two days, but at that time there wasn't a whole lot of structure around it. This was like 1999. I spent a lot of time with her months and in learning Reiki, I was working with pendulums and chakras and, or a stoma and all of these different things and really putting together and understanding of something that had always been there.I just didn't really know that it was something that you could have some control over and work with. So that's really where it all started. And, at that time I didn't even see myself, practicing Reiki for money or teaching or anything like that. It was really just for me, I was curious about how I could use it in my life.
I ended up practicing on students because that was my community, but I didn't charge. And it wasn't a job. And I certainly didn't think of myself as an entrepreneur at that time. , from there, my path went in a lot of different directions and I'd even say for a while I deviated pretty far from my energetic roots and ended up working in conventional medicine for many years where, there was always this piece of me that was picking things up intuitively and thinking about energy and feeling energy, but I couldn't really speak to it in the clinical environment. Eventually I came full circle back to where I started. But really it took me, decades to synthesize all of these different things. As I went through the path because I started with Reiki and then I ended up doing a massage therapy program and doing massage and Reiki for quite a while. And that took me all over the world, really, where I continued to learn from different types of practitioners and different modalities and different approaches to healing and philosophy and then came back into a naturopathic medical program and a nurse practitioner program. Yoga had always been this parallel thread that I started in my teens. And I didn't see any of these disconnected for a very long time. I saw them as Oh, I can put on my Reiki hat and be over here, or I can put on my naturopathic doctor hat and be over here. But eventually I started to see all these parallels and how the body and the self really were expressing the same things through different languages and different sort of forms of expression."
And eventually it came together as something that felt like really true for me as a practitioner.
Christina Lonsdale, Conceptual Artist, Talks Auras, Energy, and The Importance of Finding Your Way.
According to Christina Lonsdale, Conceptual Artist, “It depends on the person taking the photo and their intentions behind it. We often talk about energy, identity, color, life as human beings, the energy that we put into the world, and how this changes because we all change energetically. The photo offers something tangible. It offers this ability to see something you don’t normally see. The biggest thing for me is when someone walks away with something new and surprising.”
In this special episode, we're talking to Christina Lonsdale. Christina is a conceptual artist that found her prominence through @radianthuman_, a photography project that uses the Aura Cam 6000.
Dubbed “the Annie Leibovitz of aura photography” by the New York Times and a “Dutch painter on acid” by Vogue, she has been an artist in residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art, shot aura photographs on-site at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, and worked with numerous brands including Nike, Google, Nordstrom, Refinery29, and Urban Outfitters. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, W, ID, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, and Time Out.
We sat with Christa to talk about how she found her calling, what an Aura photograph means, how the camera works, what she loves about her work, and her newly released book, Radiant Human: Discover the Connection Between Color, Identity, and Energy.
To learn more about Christina and her work click here: www.radianthuman.com/
If you like what you hear, please subscribe, rate, and review this podcast.🎧 🪐🌙
Pauline Zeina - Psychic Medium + 21st Century Salem Witch.
Spiritual Guidance Counselor Val Ashford, The Afro Buddha
Episode 22- Spiritual Guidance Counselor Val Ashford, The Afro Buddha.
If you're interested in finding your spiritual path, breaking old habits, or learning how to meditate without dread, this episode is for you.
I'm so excited to welcome @theafrobuddha to the podcast! Val Ashford is a Spiritual Counselor, writer, and the founder-owner and creator of The Afro Buddha. She joins us today to talk about her spiritual journey, dating, motherhood, mindfulness, her career, and what she learned along the way.
In this episode, we cover thoughts on organized religion, spiritual awakenings, changing careers from graphic design to spiritual counseling, fear, why we resist change, neuroscience, and more.
To learn more about Val and her work, click here:
Ancestral Knowledge (English Version) with Laura Hoyos & Alex Preciado
Ancestral Knowledge/Conocimiento ancestral con Laura Hoyos y Alex Preciado
Shannon Wilwand - A Woodland Witch Talks Hexes, Spell-books, Witchtok, Unique Gifts, and More.
Solo Episode with The Geode Podcast Host, Stephanie Wood
It's a solo episode with The Geode Podcast Host Stephanie Wood.
Stephanie is a Veteran and a mama, and today she talks about her experience with the podcast's first 18 episodes.
The mission of The Geode is to create an inclusive wellness community.
One that's big on diversity, inclusivity, and allyship.
Not on bypassing or appropriation.
The world of wellness and woo hasn't always felt inviting.
As much as we've been eager to learn and explore these spheres, we've been unable to find a grounded sense of belonging in them.
That's why we're creating a space where beginners are welcome and encouraged.
In this episode, Stephanie discusses what she's learning, what she's working on personally, and answers your questions.
If you've been searching for wellness and woo that resonates, you've come to the right place.
Grab a nice cup of whatever relax, and explore with us.
If you like what you hear, please subscribe, rate, and review.
If you have any questions you want Stephanie to answer, you can email us at SoulHousePod@gmail.com.
To learn more about The Geode, go here: www.mygeodepodcast.com/
Dr. Emily Horowitz - Rave Reviews For MDMA’s Therapeutic Potential
What's the deal with Psychedelics?!
They have the power to facilitate a mystical-level experience, but for the last two decades, they’ve been regarded as a threat.
Yet, with the recent permission to study these substances, they’re proving to be some of the best healing alternatives for PTSD.
How is that possible?!
In today's episode, we sit down with Dr. Emily Horowitz, PYSD, a clinical psychologist, to talk about her current work with MAPS for the clinical trials of MDMA.
What is MDMA?
MDMA is a synthetic compound with structural similarities to both the classic hallucinogen mescaline and psychostimulants or amphetamines. Unlike some other psychedelics, this one was created in a lab.
It was discovered just before the First World War but wasn't studied until the '50s and '60s.
It was studied because the U.S. military wanted to use the substance for military purposes like: interrogation, intelligence, and counterintelligence.
By the 1980s, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) prohibited the use of MDMA altogether.
However, over the past decade, there has been a resurgence in research to evaluate MDMA's therapeutic benefits, particularly for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The organization MAPS is at the forefront of this revolution.
Curious about how a once-popular then prohibited drug gets evaluated?
Check out this week's podcast to find out!
To learn more about Dr. Horowitz go here: resonantmindcollective.com/2020/10/05/emily-horowitz-maps-interview/
Is Lucid Dreaming The Answer To Our Dystopian Nightmare?
If you would like to work more with Sarah, we HIGHLY recommend Sarah's online community, The Village Green.
On March 21st, they will be honoring and celebrating the Spring Equinox/ Eostre, and it will only be open to those in the Village Green.
You can join the Acorn Plan for 35/month, and it includes ceremonies like this one, a monthly community call, and other beautiful ways to connect and stay supported.
Why Are Female Friendships So Complicated?
Today Stephanie is joined by her sweet friends Waverly Davis and Ashley Stinson. Waverly Davis is the founder of Waverly Davis and Sacred Self. Waverly works with women on the individual and group level to help them transform overwhelm into ease through self-awareness, self-care, and self-love. She's the soft landing you need when life becomes too much. Ashley Stinson's the Creatress of Energy Archaeology + The Realms of Embodiment. She's a teacher, mentor, and guide for embodied wisdom, energetic anatomy, and living a soul-aligned life within the context of your everyday. Honestly, she's BFFs with Stephanie, and they work together often, but we still don’t know what she does. We do know that it’s amazing and life-changing.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The power of vulnerability
- The importance of creating and setting boundaries
- Lessons learned from dumping or being dumped
- Toxic traits in friends and how to avoid them
- Working through comparison
You can find Waverly at - waverlydavis.com
You can find Ashley at - ashleystinson.com
If you like what you hear, please, subscribe, rate, and review this podcast.
Far Out: How a Trip From Bank to Battlefield Led Jesse Gould to Psychedelic Science.
What was once a controversial recreational drug is now a recognized treatment for PTSD by both the science and medical field.
This is particularly important news for young Veterans.
According to the most recent data from the VA, Between 2005 and 2017, 78,875 veterans took their own lives — more than the number of Americans killed in each significant conflict except for World War II and the Civil War.
The active-duty Army alone saw a 30% increase in deaths by suicide from 2019 to 2020.
While these numbers are staggering and heartbreaking, the pace is not slowing down.
Billions of tax dollars go towards the VA. Still, they don't create substantial change because of bureaucracy or poor organization in a system that leaves soldiers and veterans in dire need of support without help.
If we know psychedelics exist and science proves their efficacy, why aren’t we using them to help those who have served our country?
That's precisely what Jesse Gould, Founder of the Heroic Hearts Project, is trying to do.
Heroic Hearts Project (https://www.heroicheartsproject.org/) is a not-for-profit that connects military veterans to effective psychedelic-based therapy programs.
In this episode:
- Jesse explains what the mission for the Heroic Hears project is
- What a psychedelic is
- How psychedelics help
- The lack of support for Veterans
- Where he came up with the idea for Heroic Hearts Project
- His own experiences with Ayahuasca
Please consider supporting his cause.
There’s a variety of ways you can assist his team.
Share this episode, share his information, or donate where and when you can.
*For this episode, the psychedelics we’re referring to the forms MDMA, psilocybin, and ayahuasca.
Episode 12 House Tour with Ilana Khin: Astrologer & Copywriter
The Geode Episode 14 Bringing Out The Dead: Stephanie & Tanya on 13 episodes of wellness/woo
The Geode Ep. 13 Jess Bubbico gets in-tuit.
A Doctor in The House: Caroline Addington, Ph.D. "Organic Marketing + Content Wizard"
Dr. Caroline Addington get quantitative as she Ruminates on her journey from Academia to Inner Space.
Stephanie welcomes Caroline Addington, Ph.D., Organic Marketing + Content Wizard to The Geode.
IG: @caroline.addington_ website: https://www.carolineaddington.com
Bigger Than a Brand: https://www.carolineaddington.com/BTAB
The Betsy Show: Betsy Granville explains broadcasts from the ether
Life beyond the veil…
What exists in the world we can’t see?
When we meet with a Medium, what exactly are they communicating with?
How can we be a soul that has passed on to be an ancestor and reincarnate?
In this week’s episode, we attempt to answer these complicated but fascinating topics.
Listen in as Stephanie Wood sits down with Betsy Granville, Spiritual Intuitive + Medium to talk about life beyond the veil and the healing power of a medium.
Bloom Where You Are; Gina Rose Baiamonte of Bloom Generation
Stephanie chats with a person who is fascinating on so many levels- Gina Rose Baiamonte . Her journey began generations ago, and she tells quite the tale of coming to the understanding that plants around her had something to say.
The life and spirit of plants
How you can talk to plants
A relationship with plants and how they can help you heal
Following your heart, your path,
Sitting with your gifts and your goals and allowing them to unfold slowly
Mama Medicine: mamamedicine.com
Francisca Santibanez: https://plantspirittalk.com/
Gina Biamonte: thebloomgeneration.com
Rituals of Sacred Stone: https://www.amazon.com/Rituals-Sacred-Stone-Magdalenes-Empowerment-ebook/dp/B0792SK5P4#:~:text=%22Rituals%20in%20Sacred%20Stone%22%20is,to%20an%20alternate%20kindle_edition%20edition.
Mary Magdelean Revealed: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Magdalene-Revealed-Feminist-Christianity/dp/1401954901
Grandmother Sarah: sarahmacleanbicknell.com/
Spriti Weaver: spiritweaversgathering.com/
Mama Medicine: mamamedicine.com
Star Gazer Lee: stargazerli.com
Mary Grisey: https://www.instagram.com/marygrisey/?hl=en
https://www.hulu.com/series/normal-people-57048262-2ca5-41ee-9b57-53bb9b9e1596?&cmp=12472&utm_source=google&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=CM_SEM_Normal%20People&utm_term=normal%20people&ds_rl=1251123&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2uH-BRCCARIsAEeef3mY6nMtvM1593HnGt51epla1BiNTJiK23H03VH5knSnM2okbE8ercAaAh4REALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.dsGina Rose Baiamonte
Two ladies talking about the world, life and French Girl Sh*t
Happy New Year! It's 2021 and we're grateful you're here. We made it! Episode 8 is presented in honor of 2022. If we can all just hold on until 2022...
These are strange times, resolutions or declarations seem almost trivial or hollow...so make up some intentions instead!
Taking a break from serene enlightenment, Host Stephanie Wood, and occasional guest host, bestie Tanya Nagaraja, talk through the surreal world of Pandemic Life, self-image and life on screen, the unsustainability of manifesting the personal grooming habits of a french princess, and of course...hair ties. They speak with candor that only hints at suppressed trauma, and the kind of laughter you can only share with a friend who truly gets you.
Grab a nice cup of whatever (tea, coffee, absinth), relax, and explore with us. Maybe you’d like a snack, too.
Then join Stephanie Wood, and be casually witchy—only if you want to.
(Maybe someday people who want to be witchy will be like “I’m such a Stephanie” and the not-so-witchy but supportive friends will be like “I’m such ‘The Other Chick” but then when the friend who says she’s a Stephanie agrees , The Not-Stephanie feels a little unseen and make a big show of doing a French twist in her hair to make a point. Anyway, we’re both cool, so whatevs.)
I hope you love it, because I LOVE YOU!- Steph
P.S. Secular - denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.
P.P.S My unanticipated habit isn’t wearing glasses. It’s Minecraft. My undersea base and my tamed wolf and chicken are pretty dope. (love, Tanya) Find us: https://www.mygeodepodcast.com/ Follow us:
Who are we? We’re Stephanie Wood and Tanya Nagaraja—Proud Veteran mamas on a mission to foster inclusive/intersectional wellness and woo with a platform built for elevation and powered by allyship and accessibility. Wellness is nothing when it doesn’t start with “We” (I’m workshopping that, be kind) We met while deployed to Iraq in 2009 (Tanya here, let me just zhuzh that up a bit) We met in “The Cradle of Civilization” at the intersection of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in ancient Mesopotamia, notable exports are Hammurabi and hot weather, very close to the ruins of the Tower of Babel… That’s right, two babes stranded in Babylonia...we...we… well, I walked into the plywood Army shack , we locked eyes and I was like “OMG we’re both fiercely independent, brilliant and adorable even in this dusty neutral palette! Let’s buy overpriced shampoo and be friends forever, k?”And then she said “ok”, and here we are.. (ok, back to Stephanie) We’re just two smart, unique, and hilarious women making our way through this world. ( maybe peeking into a few others along the way via communion with pan-dimensional movers of energy...you know, our Woo experts and guests.)
Shea Graham: Let There Be Light...Another Day.
Benita Mayo: Raising Voices for Equity while Quieting Minds for Yoga
Benita Mayo is an incredible woman. A teacher of yin yoga, not only for physical wellness, but also for the healing of trauma and enhancement of 12-Step programs, and much more. Benita takes the compassion she has slowly learned to give herself and spreads it out over everything she does. You will love this episode.
According to her website BenitaMayo.com
"During one of many diet and exercise endeavors, Benita was introduced to yoga by her personal trainer. She was drawn to yoga for its physical benefits but didn’t expect it would completely transform her life. Yoga was the doorway through which Benita began to develop a deeper and more positive relationship with her body. She completed her Yoga Teacher training in 2016 and has additional certifications in Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma Informed Yoga, Y12SR – Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Accessible Yoga and Yoga for All. Benita uses her experience as both a larger-bodied yoga student and her teacher expertise to partner with her students in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. The subject of yoga accessibility and body image is very complex. Benita offers her voice to encourage others to take up space on their yoga mat and stand in their power.
Benita is a native of Virginia and holds an undergraduate degree in Rhetoric & Communications from the University of Virginia. Benita is a fine art photographer, and enjoys traveling and biking."
Untangled, Awake and In Touch with The Source- Jana Roemer
Jana takes us through her wild child past in Canada all the way up to her radically enlightened life in Southern California. She candidly describes how she silenced her inner frenemy, broke up with guilt and fell in love with the moon (plus a little dark chocolate). This is an informative and deep-diving journey into ancient practices with a modern twist.
www.janaroemer.com / www.attunetothemoon.com / www.instagram.com/jana_roemer /
Embodied Yin + Yoga Nidra virtual training / new website: attunetothemoon.com
Aycee Brown: Psychic Channel, Spiritual Guide & Teacher, Entrepreneur & Your Favorite Human Design Bae.
Aycee Brown speaks to Stephanie about how Human Design & Numerology influence your entrepreneurial spirit and what it's like to be a teen psychic (hint: it's awkward and nothing like Sabrina The Teenage Witch). Stay tuned at the end for two fun outtakes.
From her website:
“The work I do in the world is about transformation. I offer you a deeper look into yourself helping you re-frame who you are. If you're looking for clarity on how to be and work in this world, allow me to guide you.”
I’m Aycee Brown. I’m a psychic channel, spiritual guide, and founder of Goodnight Darling Co. who knows what it’s like to live in a mental space of self-doubt and fear. I overcame that through trial and error, taking risks, and betting on myself.
This lead to a successful launch of a products based business that's been featured in InStyle, Redbook, and West Elm. It also became the catalyst for my psychic channel abilities that I’ve been hiding from since my teens.
From the outside, it may have looked like I was all over the place but internally I knew my one thing. Accepting my psychic abilities helped me to figure out where and why I belonged. I fell in love with human design as a tool to help my clients live from their core instead of their conditioning.
I Serve Entrepreneurs, Executives, Thought Leaders & People Who Are Ready To Dig Deeper Into Their Own Self Discovery."
Aura 101 with Susanna Merrick of Aura Wear NYC
Stephanie Sits down with Susanna Merrick, Founder of AURA WEAR NYC.
Susanna is a highly sought after Intuitive Energy Reader, Stylist, and Spiritual Coach. She is the Founder of Aura Wear, a method and brand that focuses on self-expression through color, fashion, and wellness. Her work has been featured in Goop, Elle Magazine, Well and Good, and Vanity Fair. Susanna’s mission is to empower those to take the reigns of their self-expression through their personal style and spiritual practices.
Stay tuned for a bonus clip at the end of the episode (outtakes are IN!)
Crystal Harris- In Praise of The Rich Black Witch
Today’s episode is extra insightful, as we welcome Crystal to the podcast! She is a witch, entrepreneur, crystal channel, and the owner of the metaphysical shop CrystalTheOracle.com. She joins Stephanie to discuss how she discovered her spiritual gifts, the pending election results, and tips for anyone interested in channeling their own magic. Along the way, they deep dive into motherhood, the work that needs to be done post-election, the weight and fatigue of fighting systemic racism, crystal tips for beginners, spells, guilty pleasures, and more!
This is a great insight into what it means to be a modern witch and the energy behind this collective's time.
Meet Stephanie Wood
Meet Stephanie Wood. She's the host of this brand-new podcast: The Geode Guide to Modern Wellness & Woo and this is the official meet & greet. The Geode is a weekly interview podcast devoted to demystifying the mystical by bringing the best in wellness & woo directly to the listener. Relatable, humorous, friendly host Stephanie Wood brings "A Nice Woo-ish Girl from New York" energy to a genre that is part of the national conversation about what "wellness" really means. A geode's inner magic is a reminder that whatever "it" might be, begins as an inside job.