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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!


Meet This Episode's Guest

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.


Find out more at https://mosaicbodywork.com

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

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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. 


Meet This Episode's Guest

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.

Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.

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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!