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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.


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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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Visit Michelle’s website for more information!

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!


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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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Visit Mirabai’s website for more information,

or connect with her on

Facebook, Instagram, or on Twitter @MirabaiStarr!

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

Find Your Own Story: Dr. Claudia Luiz on the New Psychoanalysis

Susan talks with psychoanalyst Dr. Claudia Luiz about finding our own stories through therapy. She believes the core and effectiveness of the therapeutic process is delving into the unconscious - to uncover it, explore it, and make it less intimidating and mysterious. “Listen for what is still unsaid,” she tells us, as a way to connect with those thoughts and feelings that drive us. Join her and Susan as they talk about using psychoanalysis to go on an emotional journey to find ourselves and our own stories. 


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

Dr. Claudia Luiz

Dr. Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M, Harvard University (1982), PsyaD, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (1997) has been in private practice and serving as a consultant to profit and non-profit corporations for over 35 years.  A frequent contributor to news and radio shows, Dr. Luiz is the first-place winner of the 2006 Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing (published in Modern Psychoanalysis) and first place winner of the 2008 Reader's Digest Best Writer's Website Award.  

Dr. Luiz’s latest book is an introductory textbook in psychoanalysis, written as a set of stories about treatment, called: "The Making of a Psychoanalyst: Studies in Emotional Education" (2018 Routledge Press.)   

New Books in Psychoanalysis called the book “a tour de-force poised to create a shift in the cultural consciousness” and the Journal of Modern Psychoanalysis called it “arguably the best lay book written about Modern Psychoanalysis.”

Dr. Luiz is on the faculty of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in New Jersey, and lives in Tarrytown, NY with her husband John Luiz, a writer, with whom she shares two college-age daughters. 

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Dr. Claudia Luiz can be reached at cluiz@post.harvard.edu.

Visit her website or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn!


Practical Spirituality with Urban Priestess Barbara Biziou

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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. 


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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 Oprah.com. 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!

Parenting in the Present: Teodora Pavkovic on Technology, Family, & Relationships

Teodora Pavkovich is an international traveler and a voracious learner. She is a person who strives to build community wherever she goes through connection, healing, teaching, and being 100% present. Currently her work is centered around the world of parents and children, and how they can thrive in this modern world of technology.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Teodora Pavkovic

Teodora Pavkovic is a New York-Singapore-based psychologist and parenting coach with over a decade of international experience helping both children and adults improve their emotional and mental well-being.

Her unique approach draws from the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)emotional intelligencepositive neuroplasticity,interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory as well as Strategic Intervention Coaching, and she uses research-based tools to help her clients lead fulfilling and intentional lives.

Teodora’s mission is to ensure that children have available at least one parent or guardian who can satisfy their needs for safety, connection, attention and encouragement - the pillars of healthy child development. Parenting is the ultimate challenge a person can face, but parenting in the age of technology is a whole other endeavor!

Visit Teodora’s website for more information!

 
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A Rainbow of Emotions: Linda Glick on the Universality of Singing

“We are all teachers and students of this classroom of life” says Linda Glick, a singer and voice coach who resonates and emanates love in all that she does.

Listen in to her and Susan as they discuss the power and vulnerability of singing and the grace of learning through love.


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Linda Glick

LINDA GLICK is a NYC born and bred actress and singer, with extensive credits in TV, Film and Theatre.

Recent TV and Film favorites: “The Incredible Jessica James”, (Sundance, Netflix), Dir. Jim Strouse, “Too Big To Fail”, HBO (Nancy Pelosi) Dir. Curtis Hanson, “W.E.”, Dir. Madonna.

Theatre roles include: two Regional productions of “Funny Girl” (Mrs. Brice), Hannah (Spitfire Grill), NYC, FringeNYC, “The Lyons” (Rita Lyons) NYC.

Linda has been so fortunate over the years to work with the very best teachers and coaches imaginable. Her gratitude list includes acting teachers: Larry Moss, icon Stella Adler, Neighborhood Playhouse. Voice and Vocal Production: Patsy Rodenburg, Andrea Haring, Andrew Byrne. TV and Film: Tim Phillips

Born and raised an only child in Forest Hills, Queens, Linda had 2 wishes: to get a pony up to her 6th floor apt and to become an actress and singer.

She was accepted and trained at Julliard Prep School when she was in Junior High School, chaperoned there and back by her father. She had the leads in school and camp productions, notably as Sarah in “Guys and Dolls” and then, a few years later, as Adelaide. She auditioned and was invited to join the Sonneteers, an a capella group at Skidmore College, but chose to return to NYC and complete her studies at Columbia University (B.A., M.S.).

Her parents were old school and somewhat less than supportive of a career in Show Business. Linda taught French and Spanish in NYC, while singing at night in the small supper clubs and night spots, where she built up a large and loyal following. Her acts always included songs in French and Spanish.

Her break came from two European fans, who backed her and off she went…first stop: Surinam, South America! Then on to Rainbow and Stars, followed by most of the top NYC supper clubs, including a solo show: KALEIDOSCOPE at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below (11/15), TEACH ME TONIGHT (Part 1 and 2) at Pangea Supper Club, NYC.

 
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She has appeared in One Woman shows and Concerts throughout the country and internationally, most recently at The Crazy Coqs; Live at Zedel in London, 8/18.

 The next step was a move into TV and Film appearances.

Linda also coaches Voice and Vocal Production to actors, singers, dancers and those in the Corporate sector individually and in Workshops.

She is the author of Online articles: “How to Preserve Your Voice” and “How to Deal with Stage Fright” and has added a new hat to wear: Cabaret Director (“Balancing Act: Susan Lambert, Don’t Tell Mama 2016).

Linda is the quintessential Upper West Side New Yorker. The newest addition to her family: IZZY, an adorable mini Bernadoodle puppy from Ohio, cherished by all except FeeBee, the 15 year old presiding resident feline. Oh, and husband Len, a screenwriter.

Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Women in Film and TV, FAB Women.

Brick by Yoga Brick: Romy Phillips on Building the Mind/Body Connection

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Romy Phillips is a true Renaissance woman - from her beginnings as an art historian, to dance and movement, right up to today as an interdisciplinary yoga instructor, her focus has been building the mind/body connection within herself and within others.

Find out more about her story and strategies, and her new book in this insightful episode!


Meet This Episode's Guest

Romy Phillips

Romy Phillips, founder and creator of Yogathology, has been teaching yoga since 2001. A former arts administrator from New York City, with a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Maryland Institute of of Art; an a MFA in Arts Administration, from Columbia University. She spent a decade serving a number of roles at prominent arts organizations in New York City, namely the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In time, the pressures and stress of work and city life led her by chance to Los Angeles in 1999, where in spite of her artistic pursuits, a life devoted to health took over. She walked into City Yoga one spring day in 1999 and her life took a dramatic turn which led her on the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Now she is a certified yoga instructor who has taught in a number of studios in the Los Angeles area and leading teacher trainings in Tokyo, Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Romy has background in dance and studied ballet, modern and jazz in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City. She has also completed a number of teacher trainings including Anusura and Yoga Works (Lisa Walford & Birgette Kirsten). She has assisted three 200 hour trainings at Yogaworks and has lead five Yoga Works 200 Hr. Teacher Trainings in Tokya & Osaka, Japan (2012-2017), Beijing (2015) and Shenzhen (2016). She has lead the first 300 Hr in Beijing in June/July 2016. Romy has developed a 30 Hr Yoga Forma Intensive that was taught four times at First Ship in Tokya & Osaka. Her first published book was released in July 2018: Yoga Forma: A Visual Resource Guide for the Spine and Lower Back.

Check out Romy’s website Yogalthology here!

Get her book Yoga Forma on Amazon!

 
Photo by David Gordin

Photo by David Gordin

"Run the River Toward Something”: Scott Edward Anderson on Our True Connection with Nature

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Scott Edward Anderson speaks the language of the earth. His new book Dwelling: an ecopoem encourages us to discover a more balanced relationship - an interrelationship - between human beings and the earth.

He urges us to “give back to the earth what is hers.” He reminds us that the earth doesn’t need us. She will be fine. We are the ones who need to adapt, change and have empathy for the earth. Scott’s beautiful book helps us begin to heal that fractured relationship.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Scott Edward Anderson

Scott Edward Anderson is the author of Dwelling: an ecopoem (Shanti Arts, 2018), Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013), and Walks in Nature’s Empire (The Countryman Press, 1995). He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and received the Nebraska Review Award. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Many Mountains Moving, TerrainThe Wayfarer, and the anthologies Dogs Singing (Salmon Poetry, 2011) and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013), among other publications. 

Anderson founded TheGreenSkeptic.com, which he wrote for ten years, worked for The Nature Conservancy from 1992-2007, and currently consults with conservation organizations and cleantech companies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Samantha, and their blended family. Learn more about his work at ScottEdwardAnderson.com and connect with him on Twitter @greenskeptic

 
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