Summary: MoonWise is a podcast featuring conversations with women of power. Join host Dorothée Sophie Royal each new and full moon for lunar forecasts and interviews about natural approaches to self care, health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom carriers, artists, mothers and leaders who are ushering in a new era of feminine wisdom in their own lives and in the world. Each episode is created to help you connect with nature's rhythms and celebrate the beauty medicine in you. Follow us on Instagram @MoonTentCo and check out the show notes at moontent.co.
Learn about nourishing new mothers with author and postpartum healer Sophie Ward Koren. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with author and postpartum healer Sophie Ward Koren of Milk + Seed about nourishing the soul of new mothers through food, beauty and ceremony. Sophie Ward Koren is a former model, self-published author, initiated shamanic practitioner and Certified Health Coach (IINHC). She is committed to connecting mothers with Mother Earth through healing comfort foods, sustainable life practices and meaningful motherhood ceremonies, especially those informed by her study of Andean cosmology. She lives in the Ojai valley with her family and gratefully spends each day in the kitchen listening to Oprah, playing with fire, being with women and nourishing dozens of families. Sophie shares her story of starving to fit the mold of the modeling industry and how she used writing to bring herself back into authenticity. We discuss worthiness, overcoming the cult of perfection and learning to take up space as a woman. We talk about postpartum depression and the importance of feeding new mothers with nutrient rich foods and gentle care. Sophie describes foods rich in color, texture and joy that she calls “modernized medicinal comfort foods.” She says, “if you don’t take care of the mother, then she will be weakened for the rest of her life.” We also talk about: Healing from anorexia Writing as a soul-feeding ritual Creating Mother Blessing Ceremonies Rebuilding the village for new mothers Sophie’s medicinal kitchen apprenticeship
A lunar forecast for September 28 - October 27, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. “Fall in love with your purpose.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle is a time for getting inside our hearts so we can focus our activism from a place of balance. We have the opportunity to embrace clear boundaries, examine our desires and harvest inner wisdom. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about the dance of relationship as we move toward the waning cycle of the year. She reminds us, “the shell of the old is the seed of the new.” She encourages us to slow down and think about what gifts we want to share with the collective. She says, “presence is action, our presence is as powerful as what we have to do.” As the winds shift and leaves fall from the trees, it’s a good time to make friends with loss and grief. Susan cautions us, “now you can start to build but don’t rebuild what you’ve just destroyed.” Susan offers writing prompts, recommendations for stones, flower essences and rituals to support the energies of the month. Tune in to hear about how we can center in love and move harmoniously in the autumn season. Here are some important dates: September 28, 2019 New Moon in Libra October 3, 2019 Pluto Stations Direct October 13, 2019 Full Moon in Aries October 27, 2019 New Moon Scorpio
In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with fungi farmer and herbalist Rae Hart of Ground Culture about trust, deep listening and working with the magic of mushrooms. Rae Hart is a fungi farmer, registered nurse, herbalist, artist and beetender who is dedicated to community health and regenerative agriculture. She is the founder of Ground Culture, a women-owned, community-supported mushroom farm on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. Rae also serves as the apothecary manager, herbal clinician and mentor at the People’s Health Clinic of Portland, a free integrative health resource for those living at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. Rae shares her story of leaving a career in nursing to grow medicine on the land. We discuss connection with plant allies, working with intuition and the wisdom of darkness. We also talk about the unique transition time we find ourselves in on the planet and the ways in which fungi reveal solutions. We also talk about: Rest as activism Dealing with jealousy as we uncover our gifts Relearning how to grow things Reciprocal relationships Breaking down barriers with delight
A lunar forecast for August 30 - September 28, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle is a time for rooting into our daily life as we enter Virgo season. We have the opportunity to detox our habits and cleanse stuck areas so we can be of greater service. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about examining our daily work and health habits and finding the sacred within the mundane. She reminds us, “our body is our temple, our body is our home.” She encourages us to take stock of what has blossomed over the summer and digest what we’ve learned. It’s a good time to apply common sense to systems in our life and work. It’s also a good time to pay attention to our relationships and make sure our responsibilities feel balanced. Susan offers recommendations for stones, flower essences and practices to aid in working with healthy boundaries, protection and healing. Tune in to hear about how we can tune into our intuition and engage with practical magic.
Learn about the urgent stand for Mauna Kea with Native Hawaiian water protector Pua Case. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Native Hawaiian and Wimea resident Pua Case who is currently on Mauna Kea with her family and community working to protect their sacred mountain from desecration. Since July 17th 2019, thousands of protectors have gathered at the base of the mountain to peacefully block the road leading to the proposed construction site. In this episode, Pua shares her urgent update about the threat to Mauna Kea. We talk about standing for the sacred, the spirit of place, the importance of traditional ceremonies and building a nation. Pua also shares some specific ways that you can help support the movement. Pua Case is a former elementary school teacher and lifelong water protector who was raised on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Along with her community, she has been working to protect the mountain from a 10-year, $1.3 billion 30 meter telescope project has been proposed on the Northern Plateau of Mauna Kea, where there are already 13 telescopes. Pua says, “the Mauna has brought us together…make no mistake that we are building a nation here.” She explains, “this mountain is not just the most sacred for Hawai'i but all of the Pacific…and the mountain says to us that from me is a connection to mountains around the world and we hold this vibration of the earth together.” We also talk about: Why the TMT telescope project does not meet legal criteria for construction The discipline and commitment of Kapu Aloha The top three ways to support the #protectmaunakea movement Music in this episode is from Hawane Rios’s new album “Kū Kia‘i Mauna – Together We Rise” which was released on the four year anniversary of the powerful frontline stand to protect Mauna Kea. Her music is available to purchase on iTunes or via her website hawanerios.com.
A lunar forecast for July 31 - August 20, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle is a time for growing authentic confidence as we enter Leo season. We have the opportunity to alchemize our past experiences and turn them into gold. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about working with sun energy and tapping into love as our powersource. She reminds us that it’s a sweet season to feel joy and be fully present. She encourages us to turn to breath practices to access more life force energy and embrace enthusiasm, positivity and expansion. At the same time, she encourages us to ask,” What did I learn about boundaries these past few months?” Susan offers a flower essence, writing prompts and crystal ally for this sun-powered month. Tune in to hear about how we can access natural confidence and move from the heart.
Learn about art as a path of healing with multi-dimensional artist, activist and educator Naima Penniman. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with multi-dimensional artist, activist, healer and educator Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree about art as a path of survival, evolution and healing. We discuss overcoming shyness to find a voice and purpose, honoring ancestors and the courage to challenge dominant stories in our society. We also talk about the difference between calling in vs. calling out in movement culture. And Naima shares her thoughts on where creative passion and activism intersects for the greater good. We also talk about: Being raised in an activist home Creativity as a place to metabolize grief Connecting with our inherent gifts How communities can increase empathy
A lunar forecast for July 2 - July 31, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle is a time for nurturing our inner life as we enter Cancer season. We have the opportunity to interrupt old emotional patterns and mature our self care. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about soulful growth as we gain insight into where we hide emotionally and suppress our feelings. She reminds us that we can use the power of the solar eclipse and the energies of this month for self mastery. She encourages us to ask,” when do I feel the most safe, free and at peace?” Start today from the perspective of your most wise self and have the courage to be emotionally honest. It’s a great month to embrace vulnerability and look at your home and professional life as we all reset. It’s also a fruitful time to explore how family lives inside you and where your inner child may need reparenting. Susan offers a flower essence, writing prompts and other tips for this active month. Tune in to hear about how we can fish the depths of our tender unconscious and flow in tumultuous waters.
Learn about awakening your senses to nature and building your sanctuary with healer and teacher Shayne Case. “To be bored with plants is one of the most beautiful places to be.” - Shayne Case In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with healer, teacher, writer and medicine maker Shayne Case about awakening the senses for nature connection and building your sanctuary in an increasingly tense world. Born from the forest's edge in southwestern Germany and hand fed by the prairie ghosts of her Lakota ancestry, Shayne Case derives her inspiration from these two disparate landscapes. The world of the unseen is her mother tongue and she uses this to bridge communication between the people who come to see her for healing and their spiritual guides. Shayne is a mother, healer, teacher, writer, medicine maker, and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Each of these roles she holds with sacred intention and equal passion. We discuss her work with the plant people in creating flower essences, unlearning institutional knowledge and developing an intuitive relationship with the natural world. Shayne also shares her favorite self-mothering practices and ways to cultivate beauty in daily life. We also talk about: Working with plant and stone people Finding your unique medicine bundle The wisdom of weather Creating feasts for the senses Using the medicine of call-out culture The importance of play
A lunar forecast for May 4 - June 3, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. What have you always wanted to build? - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle is a time for innovation and persistence as we rebuild in earthy Taurus. We have the opportunity to evolve and do things we didn’t know were possible. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about finding a fresh approach to a fixed situation. She reminds us that we have the right and need to keep changing as we uplevel and rebuild our lives. She encourages us to ask,” what have I always wanted to build?” It will take patience and ingenuity to bring forth something new. Learn to see every barrier as an opportunity, “what do we preserve, let go of or rebuild?” It’s a great month to get physically healthy and remember that your body is a landscape. Examine everything you are constructing and be sure to look at any myths that say you’re not enough. Susan offers some practices to support during this month including a ritual for the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 18th. Tune in to hear about this month of embodiment and innovation.
Learn about the act of naming yourself with artist, small business coach and magic maker Yarrow Magdalena. “It’s ok to be weird, it’s ok to not be for everyone.” - Yarrow Magdalena In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with artist, small business coach and magic maker Yarrow Magdalena about the power of ritual and the act of naming yourself to honor a new phase in life. We discuss reclaiming weirdness, using creative writing as a self care tool and her joy in undertaking “introvert adventures”. Yarrow also shares her perspective on working with the tarot and how she works to maintain authenticity in social media and the online business space. We also talk about: Finding the right questions Connecting with heritage plants Self care tools for introverts Small business tips
A lunar forecast for April 5 - May 4, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. "We are Earth and we flower too.” - Susan Lipshutz This moon cycle it's a time for new beginnings as we move into a dance of fire and earth with Aries. We have the opportunity to be more strategic in the way we use our power and embody our vision. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about purposeful inquiry that helps us launch new projects with courageous action. She reminds us to be thoughtful about our light and dark aspects and be aware of how our self impacts our relationships. She says, “when we hit the breaking point, that’s when change can happen.” It’s a time to birth ourselves from an old form. This process of self discovery reignites our life this month. She reminds us to ground to the beat of our core and “honor the movement that you want to express.” Susan offers some practices to support during this month as well as a series of questions for deeper inquiry. Tune in to hear about this action-oriented month filled with the life-force energy of spring.
Learn about self love and coming home to our bodies with womb specialist Jeevan Singh. “Your body is your birthright. It’s time to come home to it.” - Jeevan Singh In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with healer and womb specialist Jeevan Singh about self love, coming home to our bodies and how to work with our nervous systems for greater health. Jeevan Singh is a healer and womb specialist with a practice infused with both beauty and science. She holds a Doctorate of Science in classical Chinese medicine and is finishing a mindfulness-based Masters of Science in Integrative Mental Health at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Jeevan means “life force” and it is her mission to help her clients rediscover, reconnect with and reclaim the magic, power and life force of their bodies. We talk about the science behind our fight and flight responses and some historical context for women’s disembodiment. We discuss the importance of working with the gifts of our animal bodies and how we can build trust with ourselves after trauma and pain. At the end of our conversation, Jeevan shares her favorite embodiment tools and leads a beautiful mindfulness exercise for personal and collective healing. We also talk about: Sacred menstruation Pleasure as a healing portal Cultivating trust with ourselves Mindfulness practices for embodiment
A lunar forecast for March 6 - April 5, 2019 by Susan Lipshutz featuring tips and practices for working with the energies of the month. This moon cycle it's time to dive into the healing waters of Pisces. We have the opportunity to engage in deep spiritual learning and find new inspiration and flow. In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, Susan Lipshutz talks about breaking old patterns as we heal mind, body and spirit. If we can surrender and trust that we will learn from the initiation, we can open up something that got buried in the depths. She says, “if we can let go of fear, it will be interesting.” She urges us to get in touch with our motivations and illusions as we explore the subconscious and vibrational part of our being. It’s a wonderful time to do healing work around addictions and overwhelm. Examine where you fall on the wheel of the victim/martyr cycle and step into a new philosophical paradigm. She recommends working with dreams and offers suggestions for water rituals and crystals to support us through the month. Tune in to hear about this cleansing and clearing month that will help us align with our inner guide for Spring.
Learn about redefining success with artist Vyana Novus-Magee. “What does rest mean to me? “ - Vyana Novus-Magee In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with artist Vyana Novus-Magee on redefining success. We talk about rest, vulnerability and learning to live daily life on our own terms. Vyana Novus-Magee (she/they) is a queer mother and artist based in Ojai, California. Her content and creations pull from her experience living with Complex-PTSD, and the journey she has taken to reclaim pleasure and purpose in her life. Her approach to life and work is focused on getting to the core essence of what each individual needs & wants, then building systems to support that unique expression of life. Their Redefining Success Journal is a tool that brings the feeling of accomplishment to everyone, flipping the story of success from a static cultural projection to a fluid personal experience. It focuses on guiding people to understand what their current capacity is, and how to scope goals to meet that space. We discuss postpartum motherhood, living with PTSD and accessing grace and compassion for ourselves. We also talk about: Simple practices rooted in pleasure and joy / Finding time for creativity / Embracing curiosity in stuck areas of your life / Scoping daily accomplishments