The Body-Brain-Gut of the Matter: Jody Oberfelder on Neuroscience and Movement


Choreographer and dancer Jody Oberfelder discusses her work, and how she uses her pieces to immerse the audience in the body: the heart, the gut, and the brain, and explores the connections between neuroscience and movement.

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Jody Oberfelder

Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Her newest work, the final installation in a series of body-centric multimedia explorations, Madame Ovary commits to examine the role biology and anatomy play in defining identity through a humanistic and thoughtful lens. Madame Ovary premieres May 15-19, 2019 at the Flea Theater. Her immersive work 4Chambers (2013), a piece about the heart, was performed in an historic home on Governors Island and in a former hospital. The Brain Piece (2017) was a choreographed experience: a union of movement, film, neuroscience and sound, giving audiences an interactive and intuitive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion. Oberfelder has been a guest teacher at Bryn Mawr University, Temple University, University of Hawaii, New York University, Middlebury College, Wayne State University, Moravian College, and Alfred University. She has been awarded a Joyce Theater Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant, and funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP), has performed internationally at Museu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater, Guelph Dance Festival (Canada), Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf, The Pusan National Theater in Korea, The 20th Annual International Festival of Modern Dance in Seoul, and The Belgrade Dance Festival (with performances at The Belgrade State Theater in Serbia and the State Theater of Montenegro in Podorica). In the United States, she has presented her work at New York Live Arts, Abrons Arts Center, The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Schimmel Theater, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow, MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard.

As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created ten films: Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, Dizzy Memoir, Dots, and Snew. These films have been shown at Dance Films Association’s Long Legs Short Films Festival and The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Festival, Dance Camera West, The Fargo Film Festival, Worlding the Brain Symposium, The London Dance Film Festival FRAME, Imagine Science Film Festival, DCTV, and VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires). Oberfelder also has choreographed commercials for Prada, Guerlain Perfume (with Hillary Swank), and Danskin.

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The Healing Power of Risk with Irene O'Garden


Susan talks with award winning writer, poet, playwright Irene O’Garden, about growing up surrounded by emotional distress, the power of finding our identity, witnessing love and acceptance, and using risk to heal and grow. 

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Irene O’Garden

Irene O’Garden has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, children’s books as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically-acclaimed play Women on Fire, (Samuel French) starring Judith Ivey, played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. O’Garden was awarded a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad to Be Human.” Her poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and award-winning anthologies. A seasoned and entertaining presenter both on stage and video, O’Garden has appeared at top literary venues including The Player’s Club, the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poetry Café, and KGB in Manhattan; The Poetry Café, Mycennae House and Vinyl Deptford in London. She’s a regular contributor to 650―Where Writers Read, in New York City and Sarah Lawrence College, and has received several grants from Poets and Writers. Fulcrum: Selected Poems was published by Nirala Publications in 2017. Risking the Rapids is her upcoming memoir. O’Garden has lived joyfully for over 40 years with her husband John Pielmeier, who is most known for his play Agnes of God.

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The Passages We Make: Achievement Expert Julie Flanders on Change, Confidence and Reimagening Our Dreams

Julie Flanders teaches us how to recognise ourselves in new ways, helping us navigate the rocky passages of change, our personal unknowns, and find the well of creativity within ourselves - all so we can achieve and reinvent our dreams. 

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Julie Flanders

Julie Flanders is an expert in Creative Leadership, Self Expression, and Change. She provides creative business consulting, excellence training, whole-life coaching balanced lifestyle approaches and dream achievement.

She is also cofounder, songwriter, performer and producer for the influential band October Project.

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The Heart & Soul of Life, Yoga, and Transformation with Jen Kagan


In this episode, Iyengar yoga instructor Jennifer Kagan talks with Susan about the universality of loss and heartbreak, why it’s something we don’t talk about, and how we can use it to harness our compassion, courage and generosity. 

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Jennifer Kagan

Jennifer Kagan is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Therapist and Teacher. She grew up around yoga but only became interested when her work as a sign language interpreter caused repetitive injury. Her path led her to many different styles but gratefully guided her towards Iyengar yoga and her whole life changed.

Jennifer trained at the New York Institute of Iyengar yoga with Mary Dunn. Her teachers include Carrie Owerko, Laurie Blakeney, Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks, Devki Desai and Gulnaaz Dashti. And of course at the top of all these are the Iyengar Family in Pune, India where she studies every two years. 

Jennifer is currently at the Jr.2 level and a certified Iyengar Association of Yoga Therapist and serve on the Comité de Evaluacion in the National Association of Iyengar yoga (AMYI). She teaches classes in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Her passion is sharing the innumerable gifts of Iyengar yoga so that you can live a more healthful and vivacious life. 

Connect with Jen! (July 2-7th 5 day retreat)

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Cultivating the Soul in Every Aspect of Life with Thomas Moore


Susan talks with best-selling author, psychotherapist, former monk, and renaissance man Thomas Moore about the deepest work we can do - curating and cultivating the soul in our every day lives. Together they explore the sacredness of accepting who we are, and clarify the mysterious idea of the soul and our inner life.

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Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. He has written twenty-four other books about bringing soul to personal life and culture, deepening spirituality, humanizing medicine, finding meaningful work, imagining sexuality with soul and doing religion in a fresh way. In his youth he was a Catholic monk and studied music composition. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University and was a university professor for a number of years. He is also a psychotherapist influenced mainly by C. G. Jung and James Hillman. In his work he brings together spirituality, mythology, depth psychology and the arts, emphasizing the importance of images and imagination. He often travels and lectures, hoping to help create a more soulful society. His family members are also deeply involved in spiritual approaches to the arts: His wife, Hari Kirin, is an accomplished painter and teaches a course she has created on Yoga and Art; his daughter Ajeet is a musician and recording artist and spiritual teacher; his stepson Abraham is an architect focusing on design related to the social aspects of building. Thomas also writes fiction, arranges music and plays golf in New Hampshire, where he has lived for twenty years.

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Align, Heal, Rejuvenate: Active Functional Healing with Paul Wirth

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Rolfing®. What’s is it? How does it work? Why is it helpful? And why is this weeks’ guest Paul Wirth so passionate about it? Find out the answers to these questions in more in this week’s episode!

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Paul Wirth

Paul Wirth uses Rolfing® Structural Integration, craniosacral work, and visceral manipulation to relieve pain and help people feel taller, stronger, and more aligned and alive.

Rolfing works with the fascial system of the body to effect incremental and lasting change in the way the body organizes itself and its movements.

Paul's work is founded on recruiting the body's own ability to self-organize and reorganize. He sees the body not as a soft machine but as an intelligent organism that constantly makes skillful choices in a web of inner and outer relationships. Paul is a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ through the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute.

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The Creative Force Inside: The Story of Activist Poet Arminé Iknadossian


Poet, writer, teacher and badass woman and warrior Arminé Iknadossian talks about her journey: from fleeing the civil war in Beruit as a child, to finding her voice and her confidence in the spoken word. Together Arminé and Susan discuss the universality of poetry and how it serves to bring to light the stories we need to hear. 

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Arminé Iknadossian

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Arminé Iknadossian immigrated to the United States in 1974 to escape the civil war. She is the author of All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag Press), a collection of poems about the sacred feminine. Iknadossian earned an MFA from Antioch University where she was awarded a fellowship from Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. After teaching English for 20 years, Iknadossian wrote United States of Love & Other Poems (2015). During her tenure as a teacher, The Los Angeles Writing Project awarded Iknadossian a fellowship for their summer residency. In 2017, Red Hen Press selected her to be Writer in the Schools. Iknadossian is also a founding fellow of Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design.

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Falling in Love with Love with Dr. Brenda Shoshanna


Dr. Barbara Shoshanna is a psychologist, author, speaker, and zen buddhist who weaves the philosophies of both East and West into her practice. In this episode she discusses zen and the practices that relate to falling in love and being in love - with a partner but also with all of life!

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Dr. Brenda Shoshanna

Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.d. is a psychologist, author, speaker, long time practitioner of Zen and a workshop leader. She focuses upon integrating East and Western psychology, philosophy , and practice and and making them real in our everyday lives.  Her work is dedicated to opening your mind, lifting your spirit and making every day worthwhile. Brenda offers a weekly podcast, Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life, articles and is working on a new book, Zen Play, (Instructions for Becoming Fully Alive)..One of her other books include Zen and the Art of Falling in Love.

Find out more on her websites!

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Love, Loss and Rising Up: The "Fierce Fragility" of Michelle Bitting

In this week's new episode, Susan talks to Michelle Bitting - a poet with a mission! Together they discuss poetry, process, the crisis our culture is in, and from whence her art comes and how it gets on the page.

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Michelle Bitting

A fourth generation Angeleno, Michelle grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean. She studied theatre, wrote poems, danced, played music as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley and went on to study Meisner acting and perform as a modern dancer, including a two year workshop and filming stint with Twyla Tharp for the James L. Brooks movie, I'll Do Anything. Formerly a line cook, chef, outreach worker and pre-school assistant, in 2001, she returned to creative writing and since then has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Extension Writer’s Program, led master classes and lectures at universities, high schools, and literary centers across California and beyond, including dozens of hours at Twin Towers prison, DTLA, and for ten years has been an active California Poet in the Schools, reaching over 500 student poets per year. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon, an MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, and in the summer of 2018, completed a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michelle is the Poet Laureate of Pacific Palisades and has won multiple grants from the Optimists Club and Poets & Writers Magazine for her teaching work in Los Angeles. A mother of two, she is married to the actor, Phil Abrams.


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Gathering Wisdom, Living in Wonder and Learning through Transformation: Cultivating a Contemplative Life with Mirabai Starr

Susan talks with author, poet and grief counselor Mirabai Starr, who uses poetic and passionate language to make the timeless wisdom of the mystics accessible to us in our modern day life.

Together they discuss inter-spirituality, the gathering of wisdom, the transformation of loss and more!

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Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and IslamCaravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols.  Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is forthcoming Spring 2019. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

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Check out her latest book: Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics here!

Practical Spirituality with Urban Priestess Barbara Biziou


2018 has officially drawn to a close and we are welcoming and embracing 2019 with Barbara Biziou, a modern day “urban priestess.” In this insightful episode, she discusses powerful rituals, setting intentions, gathering tools, and opening our hearts as we go through our endings and beginnings. 

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Barbara Biziou

Barbara Biziou is a former television and fashion executive who left her corporate career nearly 20 years ago, when she realized her larger calling was to enrich others with the intelligence she amassed from her global travels and deep, meaningful work with gurus and spiritual masters. Something of an “urban priestess,” her practice as a transfomational catalyst, leader, and spiritual life coach motivates clients to live to their fullest potential and drives seismic makeovers, inside and out.

The two-time author (The Joy of Ritual and The Joy of Family Rituals) has synthesized the perfect mix of ancient modalities and neuropsychology with a contemporary point of view. “I call my work ritual fusion,” explains Biziou, whose offerings include immersive workshops, one-on-one guidance, custom rituals (weddings, fertility, finding love, healing, space clearings, theater blessings and prosperity & success), and corporate consulting, where she brings meditation, spirituality, communication exercises and emotional intelligence to offices around the world.

Barbara’s client roster includes the International Red Cross, Coca-Cola, Equinox Gym, Morgan Stanley, Lord & Taylor, Daryl Roth Productions, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and Weight Watchers. She has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and She has also appeared on television shows on CBS, NBC, FX and the Hallmark Channel.

Her personal spiritual practice and studies began over 30 years ago with Native American elders, who taught her traditions that transcend time. From India, Bali and Hawaii to South America, the Celtic lands of Northern Europe and more, Barbara Biziou has woven together a mélange of belief systems and techniques with a personal touch that gives others the tools to bring their desires to life.

Barbara Biziou lives in New York City and works around the world.

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Find our more about Barbara and her work on her website!