TGGC #89: The magic of trauma-informed herbalism with Kirsten Hale

Kirsten Hale is a trauma-informed herbalist and witch working to unspell the patterns of personal and collective trauma.

She talks regularly to plants, makes potions and serves her kitties.

She lives on the colonized territories of the Multnomah, Clackamas and other indigenous peoples in Portland, OR with two cats and a crow.

In this episode we talk about what trauma really is, the link between trauma and anti-oppression work, the role that herbs can play in addressing anxiety, and trauma and beginning your own relationship with herbs.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it means to be a trauma-informed herbalist
  • Taking a client-led approach to healing/helping work
  • Understanding what trauma actually is
  • The link between trauma and anti-oppression work
  • The role that herbs can play in addressing anxiety and trauma
  • Kirsten’s journey to becoming a herbalist
  • Whether we need to consult with a trained herbalist or can begin experimenting with herbalism ourselves

 

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TGGC #88: Why healing is valuable work with Shivani Seth

Shivani Seth is a South Asian American queer woman and the child of 1st generation immigrants from India.

She’s a long-time writer, but a new publisher. I loved her article, Healing is Valuable Work and that’s the very topic we dive into in this episode.

We chat about how she restructured her life after burn out, how we can come to be more generous with our definition of “work,” and the cultural beliefs we have to undo in order to see the true value of taking care of ourselves.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Exploring the connection between caffeine and anxiety
  • The impact of warming foods and drinks on our bodies
  • Shivani’s experience of burn out and how she restructured her life as a result
  • Her transition out of social work and into freelance writing
  • The Rest for Resistance project
  • Creating a more generous and inclusive definition of “work”
  • Self-care as a deposit in “the bank"

 

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TGGC #87: Exploring BDSM and kink with Veronica Yahns

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Veronica Yanhs is on a mission to empower women to unapologetically live their lives through kink and BDSM.

To her, kink and BDSM are vessels that take people on a transformative journey to become their most confident, empowered, and enlightened self. 

She sat down to chat with me about the basics of what BDSM and kink are, what it looks like for her to live in a 24/7 dominant/submissive lifestyle, the myths about BDSM that she’d like to dispel, and the transformative power of BDSM and kink.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Veronica’s journey with BDSM and kink (which began at age 4) and how it led to her business Desires Laid Bare
  • The basics of what BDSM is
  • What kink means and whether or not everyone is at least a little bit kinky
  • What it looks like to live in a 24/7 dominant/submissive lifestyle
  • Where Veronica’s desire to be submissive comes from and what it looks like in her relationship
  • Myths about BDSM that she’d like to dispel
  • The transformative power of BDSM and kink
  • Veronica’s advice for dipping your toes into BDSM and kink

 

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