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CTZN is having conversations at the intersection of wellbeing and justice. We’re not afraid to ask hard questions and have a radical dialogue about politics and patriarchy, white supremacy and worthiness. And we’re serious about showing up for one another and taking action for the wellbeing of everyone.
 
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Kate Johnson is a buddhist meditation teacher and author of the book Radical Friendship which makes a case for friendship as a radical practice of love, courage and trust, and a path that paves the way for profound social change Relationship as spiritual practice is often a mirror for what we cannot see or know in isolation. Through each other, dee…
 
This week’s courageous conversation is with Hala Khouri, a brilliant yoga teacher and somatic counselor specializing in trauma. In the podcast, Hala asks “how good are we at repair? Because unless we get good at that, we can't be in this messiness and stay united” This podcast is about trauma and anxiety, but it is also about how we take care of ou…
 
This week, my dear friend, Michelle Cassandra Johnson is back to help us tend to the shattered parts of ourselves so that we can embrace our wholeness and do the work of healing the collective heart. In the podcast, she says, what's needed in this moment isn’t to get back to normal or to get back to work or to get back being busy and productive. Wh…
 
Kicking off this season is the powerful Tracee Stanley, yoga teacher, author and who’s new book Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation & Awakened Clarity, has been a lifeline for me in the last couple months. In the book, Tracee says that rest is our birthright, and when we are able to embrace that - we begin to see how we have been asleep in…
 
This conversation is really timely as it explores how we reach for each other across distance so that we can build beloved communities in these unique times. It features Minister Lauren Cunningham, Francisca Porchas Coronado, Rev Brandon Wrencher and Minister leea allen and offers a really cool behind the scenes perspective by leaders who are innov…
 
This episode is from a three-part series called “How We Get Through: Collective Resilience in a World on Fire” from our friends at Faith Matters Network. It aired in the Fall of 2020 which was a time in our country where we were literally on fire - California and other parts of the country were raging during the time of this series. But we were als…
 
This episode comes from a series hosted by our friends at Faith Matters Network called How to Get Through: collective resilience in a world on fire. It was designed to prepare social justice movements to weave healing and care into our lives and work before, during and after crises and big “movement moments” like this one. This first conversation w…
 
This conversation has been a long time coming for all of us who are navigating both wellness practice and social justice. Because it is not enough to just do the right thing in this moment, we have to go back to the roots to heal and repair what has been broken and violated. And we have with us today a true teacher in that work. Susanna Barkataki i…
 
This episode on practicing politics features Nelini Stamp from Working Families Party, Rev angel Kyodo williams author of Radical Dharma, Anasa Troutman of the Big We and Carinne Luck, a well known organizer and activist. What I learned from this conversation is that building a politics of care is multidimensional. It’s telling a new story of who w…
 
This podcast was a part of our 2020 CTZN Summit about how to meet his moment with love and justice and build a politics of care that doesn't leave anyone behind. And this conversation is really special. It features Ruby Sales, a deeply committed grassroots activist, eloquent theologen and veteran of the southern freedom movement, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Le…
 
This conversation was a part of the 2020 CTZN Summit, a gathering of courageous conversation to explore how to navigate this moment and create a politics of community care. And this episode with Prentis Hemphill and Francisca Porchas Coronado really challenges us to dig deep and reckon with how we got here and how we can show up for one another. Pr…
 
In the wake of the 2016 election, our guest, Jenna Arnold, hosted listening circles around the country to understand why 53% of white women voted for Trump. She wrote a book that captured those learnings called Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Fron…
 
So often we hear about safe space—the promise of a judgement and harm-free environment. But is that even possible? Micky Scottbey Jones is calling us to a different practice—one where we can bravely risk mistakes, call each other to more truth and love, and co-create a space where we each have room to grow as activists while still being accountable…
 
This recording is from a live event featuring miMichelle Cassandra Johnson on Juneteenth 2019. Michelle has been a regular on CTZN Podcast . She has been an antiracist trainer for over 20 years, the author of the must read book skill in action and my co-conspirator in the work of Race & Resilience. This conversation isn’t just about Juneteenth and …
 
Valarie Kaur says that Revolutionary Love is the call of our time - a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are a part of me I do not yet know. That is exactly how Valarie and i met: two unlikely allies who fo…
 
Wellness Beyond Whiteness is one of our favorite conversations we've ever had at CTZNWELL - exploring how we perpetuate a culture of exclusion in wellness spaces, how to move beyond #DiversityAndInclusion, and what the cost of whiteness is on our collective wellness. Kerri recorded this panel with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Michelle Cassandra Johns…
 
There’s a strange reference right now about how being in isolation is akin to being locked up. We’re seeing that narrative replicated around the country in the many white-led riots against the stay-at-home rules. Let’s be clear: this quarantine is NOTHING like what people experience in prison. In fact, the outbreaks in prisons around the country re…
 
Today we're talking about righteous anger and indignation with writer and activist Soraya Chemaly. Her book Rage Becomes Her explores how women's expressions of anger are vital to their own health, freedom, and wellbeing. Despite the fact that we women have plenty of things to be mad about - unequal pay, unchecked sexual harassment and abuse, just …
 
This virus is exposing our inequities, leaving some people more physically and economically vulnerable than others. In the absence of systems that protect people in times like these, it’s up to us to respond. In this special CTZN Podcast in a time of Coronavirus, we’re checking in with two of our favorite people about what we can do to show up righ…
 
This week, we're talking to Justin Michael Williams, a pop star, meditation teacher, and author of the new book, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us. In our conversation, he talks about how we need a different kind of meditation for these times, one that doesn't pretend the struggle doesn't exist. Instead, he's challenging us to stay w…
 
Today, we're talking to Layla Saad, author, speaker and teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change, and the author of Me and White Supremacy. -Get Layla’s Book, Me and White Supremacy -Follow Layla on Instagram -Join Layla’s Patreon community If this episode resonates for you, we’d love for you to…
 
We’re talking with writer, producer, and entrepreneur Anasa Troutman, who besides being a well-known cultural disruptor and love activist, is challenging us to go beyond justice and towards sustainable joy for all. -Tune in to The BIG We Podcast -Follow Anasa on Instagram -Check out Anasa’s other offerings If this episode resonates for you, we’d lo…
 
Perhaps the most frequent question I get asked is, “How do I show up in this moment?” To help us answer that is the amazing Katie Loncke of Buddhist Peace Fellowship, one of the most throw-down, committed activists I know. But what makes her unique is that she’s as committed to who she’s being as to what she’s doing. Katie helped create “Build Bloc…
 
This is the first podcast we’ve ever recorded on a school bus, which felt appropriate given it was a conversation with the Nicole Cardoza, the founder of Yoga Foster, which is focused on making yoga in schools elementary. Nicole is a disruptor, a creator, and a connector who is constantly moving the line forward of what’s possible in wellness. She …
 
In this episode, we're talking to the writer, runner and recovering addict, Charlie Engle, who I met many years ago over our shared love for running, but whose story blew me away. Known to many as "The Running Man,” Charlie managed to go from rock bottom to resilience many times over. And he continues to push the limits of what is possible for the …
 
Dr. Maytha Alhassen is a Syrian-American journalist, poet and scholar, working to bridge the worlds of social justice, academic research, popular culture and healing arts. And on this episode of CTZN Podcast, she schools us on the history of immigration and white domination in America. Learn more about May Follow her If this episode resonates for y…
 
Michelle Cassandra Johnson is shaking things up in the yoga world and speaking all the truths about toxic culture and white supremacy so that real healing is possible. She is a social worker, yoga teacher, long time race equity trainer and author of the book Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. And she is showing…
 
Ana Maria Archila is a resistance icon. She’s known by many as the “lady in the elevator” after her confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake went viral during the confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh. But that wasn’t her first rodeo. Ana Maria has been disrupting, bird-dogging and advocating for human rights and dignity since she emigrated here…
 
Today, we are talking with Chief Empowerment Officer, Heidi Sieck. She is the founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE, a long-time advocate for reproductive rights, and a bad-ass feminist. And when she is not getting pro-choice candidates elected or lobbying Congress, she is throwing down alongside me on the street, in the Capitol, at the Supreme Court or wherev…
 
Today we’re talking to Nadia Bolz-Weber, who is one of the most provocative and unexpected voices in Christianity today. She is a former stand up-comic, NY Times best selling author and founding pastor of the House for All Sinners & Saints, a Lutheran church in Denver, Colorado. But beyond her accolades and achievements, she is brutally honest, hil…
 
This conversation with Rachel Cargle is fierce and it is important. And while white folks need to #dothework, as Rachel says, it’s not really about us. It’s about protecting Black lives. And so she invites us to consider how we are really showing up and for what purpose. It’s not enough to attend an event or post something on social media. Real “al…
 
Why is it so hard for white people to talk about race? In this episode, we talk with Robin DiAngelo about white fragility and the defensive moves that white people make when confronting or challenged with racism. Get the book! White Fragility Discussion Guide Find an event with Robin DiAngelo If this episode resonates for you, we’d love for you to …
 
adrienne maree brown is never satisfied with the obvious, the visible, the surface - but rather endeavors to dig deeper, to go underneath and to venture beyond what we think we know about ourselves and one another. Her book, Emergent Strategy, has been a disruptive force in the movement in all the best ways - challenging us not just to do better, b…
 
Erin Schrode was an activist in the womb. By the age of 13 she had started a non-profit called Turning Green, a global student-led movement devoted to cultivating a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. She is young and passionate and hungry. And it’s no…
 
In this episode, we are sitting down with Dr. Chelsea Roberts, school teacher, yoga influencer, activist and truth-teller, as we talk about breaking the silence and how to live up to the promise of oneness in yoga and wellness communities. She believes in the power of yoga in restorative justice work and is on a mission to create more inclusive and…
 
Jamia Wilson is many things: an activist, a feminist, a storyteller, a media-maker and a thought leader. But more than anything, she is a truth teller. In this podcast, you experience the full power and spectrum of Jamia’s feminist truth and perspective. And what I found most compelling in our conversation was her ability to be both brave and vulne…
 
In our conversation, Paola Mendoza talks about our capacity to hold two truths at the same time. And she really embodies that. She is relentless in her resistance to the racist policies of this administration, to defending and protecting the undocumented community, and to fighting for the freedom and wellbeing of women and children. But she is simu…
 
In this episode, we are talking about love. Not the mushy, romantic kind of love. But Real Love - how to love when it’s hard or less obvious; how to love when we don’t agree; how to love in the face of so much division and oppression. And we are turning to the incredibly wise Sharon Salzberg, meditation master and and best-selling author. Sharon ha…
 
Tarana Burke set the #MeToo movement in motion long before the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the Alyssa Milano tweet or the Time’s Up campaign. It actually began more than a decade ago in Alabama to support brown and Black survivors of sexual violence. Since then, the call has gone viral, and Tarana is on a mission to help survivors navigate what comes…
 
She's blunt, brilliant, hilarious, and an abundance of wisdom. Seane Corn is a world renowned master yoga teacher, but to just call her a yoga teacher feels absurd. She is a provocative and moving public speaker. She's the founder of the nonprofit, Off the Mat Into the World, which has trained over 5,000 people in how to bridge personal transformat…
 
Today, we are talking with Marianne Williamson, spiritual activist, best selling author, and total bad-ass. But what most people don't know about her is that she is a political powerhouse. In this episode, we’re talking about the relationship between spirituality and politics, how to be a strong woman in today’s world and getting back to loving Ame…
 
Reverend angel Kyodo williams, born and raised in New York, is an ordained zen priest and sensei. She is acclaimed author of Radical Dharma and Being Black: Zen and the art of living with fearlessness and grace, and that is a perfect title to describe her. She is a force of nature. In this episode, Rev angel talks about how we need to hold the inte…
 
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