Moonwise podcast is a space to celebrate seasons, cycles and rites of passage. Join host Dorothée Sophie Royal for interviews about feminine wisdom, nature connection, motherhood, health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom carriers, artists, mothers and leaders who are nourishing life in big and subtle ways. Follow us on Instagram @moonwise.co and get show notes at moonwise.co.
CHANGE: Jessie Harrold on Rewilding Through Rites of Passage (Ep. 57)
53:04“When a woman decides she has had enough of living by anyone else’s rules but her own, she usually decides to change her life.” - Jessie Harrold In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with coach, women’s mentor and doula Jessie Harrold about supporting women through radical life transformations. We discuss her approach to rites of passage as identity shift and why she feels we’re collectively being called toward transformation. We talk about reconnection with our authenticity and reclaiming parts of ourselves that were framed as “too much.” Jessie shares her 4-element model of radical transformation and why a framework for navigating these shifts is so helpful. We also talk about: The lack of research in Western culture about rites of passage Why the shift to motherhood is so profound for many women How capitalism conditions us to believe mother is a demotion The importance of rewilding and connecting to the earth Core competencies we gain through a rite of passage Mothering as a counter-cultural act Jessie Harrold is a coach, women's mentor and doula who has been supporting women through radical life transformations and other rites of passage for over a decade. Jessie works one-on-one with women and mothers, facilitates mentorship programs, women’s circles and rituals, and hosts retreats and wilderness quests. Jessie is also the author of "Project Body Love: my quest to love my body and the surprising truth I found instead,” as well as the forthcoming title, “Mothershift: Reclaiming Motherhood as a Rite of Passage.” Jessie’s work has been featured in Spirituality & Health, Green Parent, Expectful and Explore Magazine. She is also the host of The Becoming Podcast. Jessie lives on the east coast of Canada where she mothers her two children, writes, and tends to her land. Links: JessieHarrold.com Instagram: @jessie.es.harrold Four Elements of Radical Transformation Quiz Chrysalis —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
SHINE: Tamu Mosley on Navigating the Perimenopause Portal (Ep. 56)
55:00In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with herbalist and holistic wellness facilitator Tamu Mosley about the spiritual significance of perimenopause. We discuss her experience of hosting a women’s womb circle for those going through this transition and some of the common symptoms and themes that have come up. We talk about reframing the menopause process as a potent opportunity to step into our power and how she embraced her own grey hair. Tamu shares her personal insights and tips for self care in perimenopause, including herbal allies and practices that have been supportive on the journey. We also talk about: Mourning the end of the child bearing years Honoring your last moon blood Stepping back from habits of care-taking The importance of sharing our stories in community Unapologetically sharing our gifts with the world Tamu Mosley is an Oakland born mama of 3, a teacher, a wholistic wellness facilitator, a kitchen alchemist, a home herbalist & herbal maker, and a budding flower essence practitioner. Tamu is founder and CEO of Wholistic Shine (established in 2014) and Uchū Botanical (established in 2018). She is deeply nourished by a consistent self care practice cultivated over the past 27 years that includes preparing healthy plant based meals, natural skin care & herbal remedies in her ‘kitchen healing laboratory’, seasonal wholistic detoxes, yoga, connecting with nature and working with flower essences. Tamu is passionate about a wholistic approach to eating and living by bringing more mindfulness and intention to daily choices along with cultivating wellness practices that support mind, body and spirit. She is honored and humbled to support others on their wellness journey by inspiring, educating and empowering them through her Wholistic Shine and Uchū Botanical offerings. SPECIAL OFFER: Mention moonwise and receive $5 off purchase of Uchū Botanical WISDOM BODY Pink Magnolia/Rose Quartz Essence (email [email protected] to purchase) Links: IG @wholistic_shine and @uchubotanical Wholisticshine.com Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa by Sobonfu Somé Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed 13 Moons: Harnessing Every Day Magic in Practical Ways - Monique Ruffin Wild Omen Oils Woman of Wisdom Formula from Desert Essence WISDOM BODY Pink Magnolia/ Rose Quartz Essence from Uchu Botanical —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
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WHISPER: Gregory Meredith on The Magic of Runes (Ep. 55)
1:09:45In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with diviner Gregory Meredith about the magic of runes. We discuss runes as living beings and why a good question can spark healing and transformation. He shares his story of reconnecting with ancestral knowledge and how the runes came to him. He shares insights about fatherhood, magic and respecting the role of the feminine and our nonhuman kin. We also talk about: Prioritizing experiential knowledge Reframing the rune origin story of Odin Ancestral terror and persecution of divinatory arts Dismantling human and white supremacy in European lineages The birth of a new story for humanity Links: Rune Journey with Gregory Handmade Rune Sets —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show! —> Get access to bonus content, seasonal herb guides, meditations and more by joining our community on Patreon: patreon.com/moonwise
TRANSFORM: Kelly Van Zandt on The Power of Postpartum (Ep. 54)
53:12In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with author, doula and spiritual mentor Kelly Van Zandt about the transformative power of the postpartum time. She shares her insights about new motherhood as a unique opportunity for growth and how this often looks and feels like an unraveling of the self. “You are allowed to take down your facade to make space for your full potential.” - Kelly Van Zandt We talk about: Meeting ourselves with compassion The complexity of feeling loss, grief and joy at the same The big shift from the external to the internal world The true length of the postpartum process The leadership skills and wisdom gleaned from motherhood Links: PowerfulPostpartum.com Get 15% off a digital copy of Powerful Postpartum with code: MOON15 —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
WARRIOR: Natalie Zacharias on Staying Calm in Chaos (Ep. 53)
1:18:51“The warrior of light, the warrior for love, they’re not the ones who have the swords out battling people. They’re the ones who stand rooted for what’s right and true. That’s what the warrior feels like for me. It’s standing in integrity, standing for truth, standing for life, standing for love and being a mountain, really...unshakeable.” — Natalie Zacharias In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with healing practitioner Natalie Zacharias about embracing our inner warrior and staying calm in chaos. She shares her experience with energetic discernment, healthy boundaries and stepping into personal sovereignty especially in confusing and troubled times. We also talk about: Overcoming childhood programming Working with collective grief The difference between intuition and fear Our true creative potential as humans Continuing to choose life on our path Links: TendingYourSpirit.com Sacred Discernment Training and Ceremonial Gathering —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
(Encore) JOY: Woman Stands Shining on Remembering Our Sacred Role as Women (Ep. 52)
1:10:19“Your joy matters, it's the greatest strength you have.” - Woman Stands Shining In this episode of Moonwise, I speak with Diné grandmother, activist, artist, and ceremonial leader Woman Stands Shining about joy as strength and remembering our role as women in the sacred hoop of life. Woman Stands Shining is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She has presented at numerous conferences, events, and indigenous gatherings around the world. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and hopes all peoples of the earth "can learn from Indigenous experience and re-member themselves and their own birth-right relationship with Mother Earth." Woman Stands Shining draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe inquiries about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life" and upholding the honor of being human. In our conversation, she talks about women's role as visionaries for the community and her powerful experience in the moon lodge. She reminds us that in this time of great transition as a species, we need to listen to the women because they are built to give and receive instructions from Mother Earth about how to be on the planet now. She says, "we need the feminine language again." She urges women to express themselves, "the way you think is needed, your language that's not linear is needed, your emotional content is needed." She also affirms that the role of woman as spiritual conduit transcends cultural differences. She says, "I've put women of every race in moon lodge and the same thing happens to them every single time." We also talk about: Joy as a compass for life A woman's body as a spirit gateway Navigating the dark night of the soul The non-linear nature of the feminine language How the European witch hunts are connected to the suppression of indigenous peoples Being a translator of indigenous culture to the modern world Links: Woman Stands Shining website
GROW: Susan Lipshutz on the Magic of Mentorship (Ep. 51)
1:03:43"Love is present in all spaces where things grow." - Susan Lipshutz In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with sacred feminine activist Susan Lipshutz, LCSW about the magic of mentorship. Susan shares her experience with finding mentors in her life and we talk about our own relationship over more than ten years of working together. We discuss vulnerability and alchemy in mentorship relationships and the importance of healthy boundaries and reciprocity. Susan also offers advice for those seeking mentorship in their lives. We also talk about: The difference between a mentor and a teacher The importance of intergenerational friendships Being seen by another before you fully see yourself Seeking a mentor vs. a mentor finding you Intimacy and respectful exchange Listening to your intuition Getting out of your comfort zone Susan Lipshutz, LCSW is a sacred feminine activist with more than 30 years of experience teaching and practicing integrative psychotherapy. Devoted to building strong communities that reawaken and integrate the divine feminine into daily life, Susan combines the ancient wisdom of our grandmothers with her own powerful teachings attuned to the complexities of modern life. She’s the founder of Everyday Medicine Woman, offering workshops, meditation courses and retreats around the world. Links: Everyday Medicine Woman Rooted pregnancy journal —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
SOUL: Sarah Dickey on Conscious Conception and Reparenting Ourselves (Ep. 50)
50:44"How we welcome babies has the impact of changing the entire world." - Sarah Dickey In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with soul doula and childbirth educator Sarah Dickey about holding space for transformation. We talk about how our birth story influences the way we meet life and how we can hold ourselves in difficult moments. Sarah shares her insights about conscious conception, somatic memory and reparenting ourselves. We also talk about: Working with preconception energy and intentions Dreaming and collaborating with spirit Heart-centered hypnosis Calm Birth meditation practice Sarah Dickey is a transpersonal coach, heart-centered hypnotist, published author, and APPPAH childbirth educator with a particular focus on prenatal and perinatal psychology. Links: Sarah Dickey Rooted pregnancy journal —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show! SUBSCRIBE: APPLE PODCASTS / SPOTIFY BONUS CONTENT: PATREON
EMPATHY: Anna King on Parenting as a Highly Sensitive Person (Ep. 49)
51:31"Highly sensitive people need a little bit more time to adjust to changes and new experiences because we are processing so much information at any given time." - Anna King In this episode of Moonwise, we speak with clinical social worker and perinatal mental health specialist Anna King about parenting as a highly sensitive person. We talk about the characteristics of this evolutionary trait and some of the gifts and challenges that it presents. Anna shares tips for dealing with overstimulation and how to support HSPs so that they can thrive in parenthood. She also shares her unique insights about why HSPs are at a higher risk for postpartum depression and anxiety and some of systemic and cultural barriers for understanding this trait within communities of color. We also talk about: HSPs and altered states of consciousness Inequity in maternal mental health The myth of the “strong black woman” Expanding our concept about what it means to be a parent Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C, (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and certified perinatal mental health specialist who uses an integrative, trauma-informed approach in her work grounded in reproductive and transformative justice. Anna serves as Clinical Training Specialist at Maternal Mental Health NOW, where she curates training events and curriculum and facilitates live and pre-recorded training to educate providers on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Prior to joining the MMH-NOW team, she served as a full-time social worker in the emergency department and eventually found her home when she transitioned to serving a birth center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Throughout her experiences, Anna has realized the significant barriers to care for birthing people, especially for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), and queer, trans, and gender diverse individuals and families. Her work centers on the embodied liberation of marginalized groups in reproductive spaces. She is also currently a part-time psychotherapist with ARC Counseling and Wellness and a third-year Ph.D. student in the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her research interests include spiritual activism, the highly sensitive person (HSP) trait, birth and postpartum tradition, and the transition to parenthood as a rite of passage. Links: Maternal Mental Health NOW ARC Counseling and Wellness The Highly Sensitive Parent Rooted pregnancy journal —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!
ROOTED: Dorothee Sophie Royal on the Inward Path to Motherhood (Ep. 48)
40:50“Our creative power [as mothers] is often downplayed because it is so overwhelming, mysterious and it can be so intimidating. We are the beings that stand at the gates of life and death and bring a soul through into our 3D world. If that’s not a powerful role, I don’t know what is.” - Dorothee Sophie Royal In this episode of Moonwise, host Dorothee Sophie Royal talks about honoring the inward path to motherhood. She speaks about her new pregnancy journal called Rooted and what inspired her to create it. She shares her own experience with pregnancy, including difficulties in the transition from maiden to mother. She talks about her experience of creative power and what motherhood has taught her about boundaries, people pleasing and productivity. We also talk about: Facing shadows during pregnancy Cultivating intimacy and self compassion The power of intergenerational relationships Calling in support in a time of isolation Lessons taught by morning sickness The myth of self care Gratitude for people who are not parents Dorothee Sophie Royal is a writer and media producer, focusing on feminine wisdom, nature connection and motherhood. She is the founder of Moonwise.co and host of the monthly Moonwise podcast. Her new publication Rooted is a pregnancy journal honoring the inward path to motherhood. Dorothee lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. Links: Rooted pregnancy journal Moonwise Patreon —> Leave us a written review on Apple Podcasts, and get a shout out on the show!