Journey to Gratitude with Walker Vreeland

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, actor, singer, voice over artist and producer of In the Balance. In this final episode of the year, Susan invites Walker to sit in the interview chair for a conversation about gratitude. Starting with his ‘out of the blue’ cancer diagnosis last year, subsequent surgery, and recovery he takes us backward in time - through a  major breakup and mental breakdown in his 20’s - all of which gave him the opportunity to create a grateful spirit. With humor and open-heartedness, he shares the gifts of a journey that taught him to make peace with what life hands him, to practice gratitude for what’s inside, to cultivate self-compassion. His parting insight for us as 2017 comes to a close:  “We are all flailing through the universe - no one is in control of anything - look at your own life and use it as a template because everything you need to know you’ve already lived, and if haven’t, you will.” 


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“I think in order to practice gratitude in the world, one of the first steps is to make your peace…with yourself and what life has handed you.”

Walker Vreeland

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM on Long Island, and as the creator and host of the successful podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT.

As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway credits include: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (2017 United Solo Awards for Best One-Man Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Milton Justice). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (with Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), ErostratusJust So Stories (Theaterworks USA), and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). Regional Theater Credits: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (Bay Street Theatre), Arthur in Arthur’s Christmas (The Vineyard Playhouse), Have a Nice Day (Theater Barn), Zombie Prom (Theater Barn). Touring: Just So StoriesPhantom of the OperaA Christmas Carol. 

He’s been seen on MTV, VH1, CBS Daytime (Guiding Light) and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. He is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons of 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Platinum Award) by Dan's Papers.

"Claim Your Calm": Francine Steadman & BuddhaBooth

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Francine Steadman, founder and CEO of BuddhaBooth, has been an entrepreneur ever since she was 14 and her parents stopped giving her an allowance. She immediately took action and a “little” office and house cleaning business was born - her first! She has never looked back. Her latest business, BuddhaBooth, is an actual booth that is portable, soundproof and upholstered; it stops vibrations, which alleviates the senses, providing a sensory safe quiet space to have a moment, take a breath, and just be. The tag line is ‘claim your calm’ and business is booming! Francine has wonderful practical advice for women already in business ventures and for those dreaming of it but afraid to take the first step. “Use guided visualizations and your imagination - actually see yourself step into the role of Founder/CEO,” she tells us. “Have courage and conviction to pursue your soul’s work.”


Meet This Episode's Guest

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Francine Steadman 

Francine is an innovative lifestyle guru. As a serial entrepreneur, prior to founding BuddhaBooth, she spent her time consulting and developing business for international companies such as La Playa Insurance and Source-Lifestyle, as well as nurturing her line of eco-friendly artisan packaging, Fabrilopes. She is perpetually inspired by her diverse clients and loves navigating the ins and outs of the art world.

  She is currently thrilled to be a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation's Women's Lab "Founding 40" as she combines her mission of bringing quiet spaces to noisy places with a focus on helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual crimes find peace and quiet through meditation. She is committed to growing her company by offering opportunities to those who have been previously incarcerated and have shown an effort in building careers in furniture making or other areas that support the production and social mission of BuddhaBooth.

Francine’s soul work is embedded in her not-for-profit organization, Art and Soul New York, which provides a platform for individuals to heal their spirit by way of painting, drawing, writing, meditation, yoga, reiki, and other holistic healing modalities.

Originally from Los Angeles, she's lived in Olympia, WA, Cleveland, OH, and has been living in New York since 2005. Her greatest joy is being a Mom to three amazing children and sharing a rich, meaningful and loving life with them.

Learn more about Buddha Booth on their website!

Teaching from Heart & Soul Episode 2: Karen Oster & David McCarty

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Meet Karen and David, teachers who know how to play, and believe teaching begins by creating the space for exploration and deep enquiry through kindness and nurturing support.   

From the very beginning ‘Teacher’ was written in Karen’s future - she always felt a strong connection to other people, wanting to bring the best out of them. It was 9/11 that caused her to question her focus as a performer and ultimately shifted her into the rich and rewarding world of teaching. She is a hands on co-collaborator with her students: “We’re all playing in the same sand box!” Her tools of creativity and curiosity help bring a student’s voice front and center by giving room to explore the undiscovered aspects of themselves - the results can be surprising and joyous, challenging and life changing.  

David really enjoys teaching! He realized long ago the value of remaining open to receive the learning inherent in the act of teaching. “To teach is to learn twice” was the mantra of his mentor, and he has come to know this as a deep truth. He offers kindness and love of the art form, creating a bridge which opens up and expands to help others fulfil their dreams of becoming an artist. He knows from his creative endeavors that liberating your own voice can be an awesome thing - bringing exhilaration and joy - and he knows the courage it takes to find the deep well of who you really are, and go for it.


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Karen Oster

KAREN OSTER, has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory in Musical Theatre and Directing and an M.Ed from Cambridge College. She has facilitated, directed and coordinated the performances and involvement of young cast members in numerous productions including the Broadway/ National tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway with Marc Anthony. Karen is a professional musician and actress as well, having performed throughout the country in various productions and studied with well known cabaret artists. Karen’s adaptation of The King and I is currently licensed for performance throughout the country as Getting to know… The King and I. She has also directed and produced the revival of The Baker’s Wife with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz Karen is currently the Chair of Performing Arts at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts and is pursuing her PH.D at Lesley University in Education and Theatre.


 

David McCarty

 

David McCarty has directed and choreographed in the fields of Musical Theater , Opera and Dance for over 30 years and is currently a principal teacher and the Director of School Productions at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, Ma.

As stage director in Opera, past productions include Faust with Cleveland Opera, Madame Butterfly with Syracuse Opera, The Elixer of Love with Indianapolis Opera, and The Merry Widow with Opera Providence. As Producing Artistic Director of Cape Cod Opera his productions include Cav/Pag, Carmen, Tosca, Cosi fan tutte, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, and Don Pasquale.

 

 

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Teaching from Heart & Soul, Episode 1: Bill Fennelly & Sue Ellen Kuzma

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Bill teaches in the world of acting and Sue Ellen teaches in the world of singing: Both teach voice.

Bill came to teaching as a way to positively impact the world while continuing to do his own creative work in the theatre. He found he could bring the creative and the scientific together through open-hearted teaching. He encourages his students to bring all their senses into the study of craft and technique by creating a safe, challenging, and nurturing environment where everyone grows as an artist, himself included!

Sue Ellen came to teaching initially as an economic necessity, that necessity quickly giving way to become the “essential river that I walk in.” The epic journey of finding one’s musical voice, the bravery of continuing to show up and commit to the work of the lessons, the centered focus on the breath and the sound that comes out, the joy of watching the engagement of love when people come into song - all this and more make up the flowing river that Sue Ellen calls teaching.  “It’s all in how you love it,” she says. “It can change your life.”


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Bill Fennelly

Bill Fennelly’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally. Director Fly By Night (Bay Area Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Direction), Frankenstein the musical Off Broadway, A Christmas Carolfeaturing F. Murray Abraham and Lynn Redgrave, Original Assistant Director Jersey Boys, Resident Director The Lion King, staff director with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as projects at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage Company, Dallas Theater Center, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Fords Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, American Musical Theatre Project, National Alliance of Musical Theatre, and Walnut Street Theatre among others. Associate Producing Artistic Director of The Acting Company and Assistant Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil. B.M. from the Hartt School and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C.S.D. Bill is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Drexel University in Philadelphia.


 

Sue Ellen Kuzma

SUE ELLEN KUZMA grew up in upstate New York. Her professional life as an actress and singer - opera, recitals, directing - took her to Europe, where she sang in Mozart's Da Ponte operas with director Peter Sellars, as well as leading roles in US opera companies (Miami, Boston, Portland). She was a
member of the Proposition Theater and taught for many years at Trinity-Brown Conservatory. She resides in Natick, where she maintains a voice studio. Her first book of poems "Aroused Angel" has just been published.

 

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Love is Everyone's Thread with Paul Weinfield

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

The Beatles sang "All You Need Is Love" and Tina Turner responded with "What’s Love Got To Do With It?" And before and after and in between a myriad of others have written, preached and sung about love. Love. The hardest word in the world to define, pin down, unpack, or explain. Yet somehow Paul Weinfield manages to help us think about love in a fresh way ~ A call. An action. Love is what we do. Try this. Walk into a building with love. Even thinking about that might make you smile. Feel the word love, say it softly to yourself. What you say to yourself matters. Try it!  


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Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

Photo credit: Syrie Moskowitz

 

Paul Weinfeld

 

Paul Weinfield is a musician, poet, and meditation teacher. No Depression Magazine has hailed his unique fusion of words and melodies as being "unafraid of music boundaries." Paul recently finished a book about meditation in daily life called "The Magpie Art: Gathering the Brightness of Every Day" (Green Writer's Press, forthcoming) and a rock opera about childhood and impermanence called Fairytales For the Fatherless. He lives, performs, and teaches in New York City.


Abandoning the Tightrope: Creating and Living the Work/Life Balance

Nick, Ryan, Kim and Jasmine enter into a lively and informative discussion on the various ways they create and live their work/life balance. From color coordinated calendars to being spontaneous depending on where the mood takes you - they all agree that this is an ever changing and highly challenging balancing act that you figure out as you evolve - learning what works for you. Join them as they delve into the soup of creativity, self-care, over scheduling, independence, relationships, money, success and what brings daily joy.


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Jazmin Williams

Jazmin Williams is an Actress and Writer, born and raised in New York City. After graduating from SUNY Fredonia’s Acting program with a degree in Fine Arts, she moved back home to Brooklyn to begin her professional career. 

Jazmin is currently working on creating new projects to showcase her own storytelling abilities, as well as those of her friends and fellow women of color, and is honing her craft under the tutelage of acting coach Anthony Abeson. 

Past theatre credits include Aricia in Jean Racine's "Phèdre", Rose in August Wilson’s “Fences” and Arena in “Upon A Thicket Throne”. Film credits include "Hathie", The Ghost of Hollow Hills" and "Cleaning Up The Dirt".

 

For upcoming projects/updates please visit JazminWilliamsNYC.com!


Nick Demos

Nick Demos is an award winning director, TONY Award-winning producer, writer and creativity expert. He is in post-production for the documentary Invisible,  and in production for the documentary Body Electric. He is also co-writing the book for the new musical Siddhartha. This spring he will direct Julia Cameron’snew play Animal in the Trees, Off-Broadway.

His company, Demos Bizar Entertainment is currently co- producing Come From Away on Broadway. Formerly he was the Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma where he was honored as a “Living Treasure of the State” for his contribution to the arts and named “Top Business Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record newspaper. 

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A 1000 hr Hathavidya, EYRT-500 hr yoga teacher, Nick is the executive director and leads artist retreats through the non-profit, One  Company. He teaches in yoga teacher training programs for Three Sisters Yoga and Hathavidya and leads seminars, workshops and private coaching in wellness, mindfulness and the art of creativity. 

Follow Nick on twitter @NickDemos

 Instagram @TheNickDemos
 

www.NickDemos.net


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Find out more about Kim at

 www.kdsherman.com

Or listen to some of her music clips: https://soundcloud.com/kdsherman

Kim Sherman

KIM D. SHERMAN is a composer who enjoys composing for the concert stage as well as the theater, opera and film. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leap-about.”  She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic musical landscapes. 

Currently under construction is her opera ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016.  SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe. On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. She has written incidental music for many productions of Shakespeare plays in regional theaters throughout the United States.


 

Ryan Lemere

 

Ryan LeMere (ryanlemere.com) is a visual artist, creator director, and founder of Aligned Magazine, a yoga lifestyle journal. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

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The Gift of Bearing Witness: Trauma Treatment at its core with Mary Bromley

Mary Bromley is wise, warm, creative, funny and whip smart - grounded in good instincts honed over the forty years she has worked as a therapist with trauma survivors, as well as a diverse client population of adults and children and adolescents.

In this conversation she helps us understand the wide spectrum trauma can fall on - from car accidents to natural disasters, mass shootings to sexual assaults; and that individual responses to trauma are unique to each person. There is no one way to heal trauma, she explains, there is only finding the right fit for you.

Her way is talk therapy, which she describes as a “Loving Contract:” being a witness to the trauma and then helping her clients become free of it, teaching them to be present and mindful now that the trauma is over, helping them to feel strong and empowered. Deep Listening, “Whatever you have to say to me is not going to make me afraid, I will be right here,” and Witnessing, “I’m the witness you never had,” are the cornerstones to her practice.


Meet This Episode's Guest

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Mary with Katie Beers

Mary Bromley

 Mary is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker with 35 years of experience.  She has worked at The Post Graduate Center for Mental Health,  St. Vincent's Hospital (Rape Crisis Treatment Center & the Adolescent Clinic ), The Ross School, and the East Hampton Town Police Department.  Mary co-founded "The Retreat," the only domestic violence center on the East End of Long Island.  She has a private practice where she deals primarily with anxiety and depressive disorders. She treats adolescents, adults and families.  She also continues to work as a consultant for the East Hampton Town Police Department Detective Squad for sexual abuse and crisis intervention situations. Her philosophy of practice is "mindfulness" or cognitive behavioral therapy to address issues of trauma, post-traumatic stress and anxiety.

Read more about Mary in an article from the East Hampton Star

Anneke Lucas & Liberation Prison Yoga: A Spiritual Revolution

Thirty years after escaping from a child sex trafficking network in Belgium -  Anneke Lucas has arrived triumphant and whole, compassionate and hopeful. Her voice is brave and honest as she speaks about her years trapped in the dark underbelly of the world’s power society, the lethal residue of shame and guilt, the techniques the body and mind take on to survive. Her long healing journey has delivered her into a place of action and a clear-eyed, hard won understanding of the tied lineage between abusers and abused. To give herself “a purpose in dark times” Anneke created Liberation Prison Yoga - a program that takes trained teachers of trauma-conscious yoga, meditation and mindfulness into prisons, altering the form of the class to create a safe setting that encourages mind/body/heart integration. “Our work is to remain humble, to share from the heart, we are not there to fix people,” Anneke says, adding “When I was in the network I always wanted somebody to come in and give me hope ~ I wished that someone from the outside would have come in and said ~ ‘I know where you are, I know it’s hard, but here’s hope ~ because I’ve been there and I’m out.’” This is her clarion call; through her story and her actions she is giving hope to others, and in response hearts are opening with sweet love and genuine gratitude. A spiritual revolution indeed.


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Photo credit: www.annekelucas.com

Anneke Lucas

“If you’re a survivor, I just want to acknowledge that you are a pioneer, brave beyond words, and I would like to encourage you to recognize this and be extremely kind to yourself, because you are walking this path not just for you today, but for the future of humanity.”
— Anneke Lucas

Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.


Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

Read more about Anneke's story on her website and learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga here!
 


Anneke was sold into a murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was only six years old. She was being abused and tortured to serving as a sex slave to European elite. In her talk she openly speaks about her healing journey, what is tried to be highly covered and promotes the awareness of this often-unseen topic.

The Breakfast Bowl Diaries with Sofia Elizadle Duran

Mindful Living in Spirit & Action

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Sofia Elizalde Duran is on a spiritual journey. She has been forging a path fueled by a need to discover “who I am - what makes me be happy, feel at ease, calm and at peace with myself.” Arising out of an awareness of an extreme disconnect between her body and mind, she was pushed to take up this fundamental question and then explore the means and ways she could re-connect, re-make herself. Yoga is at the core of her journey. In the beginning it helped her get into her body and face her fears - “how true were the monsters in my head?” - then it grew into a daily practice that now underpins her entire physical and spiritual life. Acting fires up her curiosity and creativity, at the same time leading her to understand human conflicts and therefore herself. She is a teacher who struggles to be an example of what she believes.  “My faith is in goodness, in truth, in kindness. Everything is connected. Our actions matter so much.” Listen in to hear how she has built her spiritual life and to hear about the delicious breakfast bowl that begins her day!


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Check out Sofia's Blog:

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“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.

Sofia Elizalde Duran

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I am the average middle-class Chilena, who was fortunate enough to attend the one and only international school in Santiago, because my mother is a history teacher of that school. There, I fostered a deep passion for the English language and Theater. My upbringing, surrounded by international students (classmates & teachers), really allowed me to become the curious being that I am.  I am the eternal inquirer. I ask questions, I research, I explore, I experience. In retrospect, I believe that this is what drove me (has driven me) to the path of theater arts, dance, and yoga.

I attended theater school here in Chile.  It was not easy, it was not necessarily pleasant. I felt I was an alien: I was not Chilean, I was not American. I was a foreigner in my own country, I was (and will be) a foreigner wherever I went (go). I’m a third culture kid, woman. A breath of air came to my life when I was granted a scholarship to go to a Shakespeare Program in Oxford while I was on my third year of theater study. This made me want to come back, get my degree in Acting, and leave Chile.

I spent 3 years in New York City, getting a masters degree in Acting thanks to a full scholarship granted by the Chilean government.  Transformational years: the beginning of finding myself, the birth to new ground-breaking friendships, genesis to the heart of my life with yoga.

In a very curious way, life has thrown me some interesting curve balls-- I, who never in a million years thought I’d be coming back to Chile, now live in Chile. I, who once swore would never be a teacher, have become a teacher. I, who graduated from The International School Nido de Águilas happily thinking I was soaring to freedom, now teach theater and dance in this school.

Life is not work.  My biography does not begin and end with my doings, my accomplishments, and/or my whereabouts. I am a 33 year old woman who believes in beauty, who strives for light and health. I am a woman who has faith in kindness, compassion, and love.


Sofia's Breakfast Bowl

Sofia was kind enough to share the recipe for her breakfast bowl with us! She says it’s important to know that there is no "correct" way of constructing the bowl, and this is just a template of what you can begin try - and maybe later expand.  She recommends exploring with tastes, textures, and colors!

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple (2 big slices-- include the core!)
  • Cucumber (½)
  • Celery (2 sticks)
  • Kale (1 cup, chopped)
  • Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Sesame seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Activated Almonds  (To activate: soak almonds over night soaking in fresh purified water. In the morning, rinse before adding to meal).
  • Walnuts
  • Organic Raisins
  • Fresh Turmeric
  • Fresh Ginger
 
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Instructions:

  1. Chop the pineapple, cucumber, and celery in squares. Top with kale.

  2. Sprinkle with chia, flax, and sesame seeds.  

  3. Add almonds and walnuts.

  4. Sprinkle raisins.

  5. Grind (if you have fresh) turmeric and ginger. If not, organic turmeric and ginger powder works!

 

Enjoy!

On the Journey With Alexis Rhone Fancher

Connecting with the poetry, life and power of Alexis Rhone Fancher

Alexis Rhone Fancher wrote poems as a child -  “not very good,” she confesses - but she was in love with the form, the conciseness, the stripping away of every unnecessary word that left you with a poem, a faceted jewel “when it’s done right.” Lifetimes later she put pen to paper again, mining the vein of her life to bring up jewel after jewel of faceted perfection. Her poems - confessional, accessible, available - create worlds she invites readers to step into, offering mirrors of reflection and connection. She strips her life bare, sending it vulnerable and naked, proud and powerful, across the page. Her ex-husbands, male and female lovers, sister, child, death, pain, joy, sex, and suffering all play their parts. “Follow your passion. It’s a journey, not a destination,” she reminds us.  “Be here now and see the magic happen.”


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Alexis Rhone Fancher

 

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here, (June, 2017). She is published in Best American Poetry, 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles, Hobart, Cleaver, and elsewhere. Her photos are published worldwide, including a spread in River Styx, and the covers of Witness, Heyday, and the Chiron Review. 

Since 2013 Alexis has been nominated for 11 Pushcart Prizes and 4 Best of the Net awards. She is Poetry Editor of Cultural Weekly, where she also publishes a monthly photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles. 

For more of Alexis' poetry and photography,

visit her website

One of the 14 photos in Alexis' new, full-length collection:  Enter Here

One of the 14 photos in Alexis' new, full-length collection: Enter Here

Consider Yourself Beloved with Carrie Owerko

Holding Space for Whatever is Happening

Carrie Owerko talks about Iyengar Yoga ~ as a Senior teacher and as a practitioner. For her, Iyengar Yoga is a joyful yoga, an awareness practice which takes us through the body door, giving us a framework to let go and experience deeper connections, encouraging us to be curious! “Give your body affectionate attention,” she says. “Imagine your body as someone you’re walking through life with, holding hands.” Carrie comes to Iyengar yoga from a background in improvisational theatre where she learned that Play. Is. Key. Making practice into play helps us surrender to ‘not knowing,’ explore ways to relax with uncertainty, discover what we can learn when things go wrong. Hers is a practice of loving kindness, helping us hold space for whatever is happening, while continuing to stay engaged. The very definition of ‘being present.’ Her teaching is built on the blocks of Friendliness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ and the ability to not look away.


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Carrie Owerko

"In the course of our brief life most of us will experience the mystery of love, the pain of loss, and myriads of other things, both beautiful and terrible. We will experience these things as individuals and as a collective. Knowing that we have each other in which to share these experiences—and that we are all in a somewhat similar predicament—is more than comforting. It is an amazing opportunity not only for connection, but also for communion." ~ Carrie Owerko, September 2016

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, presented at City Center in NYC during BKS Iyengar's Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.

Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater, and graduated from the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in NYC. Carrie then spent several years working for a Movement/Educational/Experimental Theater Company called The Irondale Ensemble Project. In addition to performing with Irondale she taught in the Alternative High Schools in NYC and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. After Irondale, Carrie continued her inquiry and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years enthusiastically exploring human movement with the intention of helping people develop clearer, more fully embodied communication and expression.

Visit Carrie's website: http://www.carrieowerko.com/

Emerging From the Ashes of Loss: Living In Color with Anthoula Katsimatides

Anthoula shares her journey of transforming the grey ash of loss into colorful silk thread, strong enough to mend her wounds, helping her heart grow bigger and more loving. She speaks about how her losses have shaped the person she is now - an actor/writer of her own story, a humanitarian citizen of the world, a person who struggles with issues of trust, yet believes it is vital to give what you can every day - whether a smile, a kind word, even a poop bag! Her story inspires us with her brave commitment to her motto - “My HEART, in all caps, leads the way!”

 

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 Anthoula Katsimatides

Anthoula, a true artist at heart, was born and raised in Astoria, Queens and is eagerly pursuing her acting career.

Anthoula has played parts in films such as “Taking Woodstock” (directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee) and “The Family” (starring Robert Deniro & Michelle Pfeifer, directed by Luc Besson).  Anthoula can be seen in the Fall working opposite Jane Fonda in the Netflix film "Our Souls at Night”. Anthoula made her off-Broadway theatre debut in “Murder in The First” (59E59 Theater), and absolutely loves being on stage! She has developed her own one-woman show, called “What Will People Think?” and has her own radio show titled “Color Your Life” on Thursdays @7pm on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos 91.5FM.

Anthoula is involved in many charitable endeavors. Specifically, she is proud of the JaM Foundation for Life, created in memory of her loving brothers, John and Michael. (www.Jamfoundation.org). She is also a major supporter of the Samaritans in NYC (www.smaritansnyc.org), and was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the board of directors of The National September 11th Memorial & Museum (www.911memorial.org).

Anthoula also shared with us her favorite quote by Calvin Coolidge. She says that it keeps her going in all aspects of her life, both personal and professional.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved andalways will solve the problems of the human race."

For more, please visit www.anthoula.com and follow her on Twitter & Instagram @AnthoulaKats.

Ana Paula Cota: The Confidence Ambassador

Ana Paula wants to dance you into confidence ~ be your changing agent ~ the 'out of your comfort zone' traveling partner. From her youth observing her grandfather’s life of devoted service to her twenty years spent in the beauty industry she has accumulated many helpful arrows in her quiver:

~ Get out of your head. Move into action. Stretch yourself. Sign up and show up. Try until you remember ~

These are just a few of the ways Ana Paula gently yet firmly dances you into confidence. So lean in and let the lilt of her Brazilian accent carry you out of your head and into action!


Meet This Epidsode's Guest: Ana Paula Cota

My name is Ana, I am a multicultural enthusiast Brazilian based in NY. World traveler, shark kisser, marathon ex-runner, guitar holder… sounds may follow.

I have worked for almost 20 years in the Beauty Industry, helping women not only to embrace, but to celebrate their authenticity. Through my craft, I have had the opportunity to meet amazing human beings with extraordinary stories and insights.

As a natural progress from there, I’m now building a life and career coaching business with a focus on presence and confidence.

I hold a BA in Communications and a I am graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). In NY, I’ve remained connected to my roots by producing projects showcasing the arts and culture from Brazil, especially the music.

I like to believe that I am a feminine feminist, a female confidence ambassador, an experience designer, a purpose explorer, a change agent, and mood shifter and "flow" obsessed.