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The Rainbo Podcast

English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 season, 34 episodes, 1 day, 9 hours, 33 minutes
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Hosted by Tonya Papanikolov - Holistic Nutritionist, health educator, social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rainbo. The Rainbo Podcast dives into conversations and stories about healing, wellness, human potential and expansion. Tonya interviews thought leaders, healers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, spiritual teachers, activists and dreamers. The intention of this podcast is to open minds, inspire, empower listeners with tools, knowledge and curiosity for personal and collective growth.
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Breaking Down Barriers with Nudity with Charlie Ann Max

Join me on my first nude podcast! Today, I’m joined by Charlie Ann Max, the founder of Füde, a liberating space devoted to nudity, food, and healing. Charlie is a multidisciplinary artist dedicated to connecting humanity back to their purist selves through her creative work. Our conversation is focused on nudity as a lifestyle choice, the barriers that it breaks down, and the ways this simple act gets us into vulnerable states.   Being naked is an invitation to drop the layers, metaphorically and physically, and experience yourself with others in a raw and vulnerable way. Charlie and I talk about the many benefits of being nude with others like we are in this episode! Her path to nudity as a way of living helped her overcome body issues and express herself in ways she never imagined. Charlie’s company, Füde, creates liberating experiences and spaces for people to experience their most pure selves through plant-based cooking, art, nudity, mindfulness, discussion, and self-love. She shares how cooking and eating naked brings a deeper intimacy around ourselves and our nourishment. Her experiences are truly transformative! Even though censorship and social stigmas have not made Charlie’s path an easy one, she’s realized each hardship she’s overcome has actually pushed her creativity in unexpected directions. In this way, she has found in-person experiences to be where the real magic happens in transgressing boundaries. We wrap up the episode by sharing what we’re into eating at the moment, food energetics, and cooking with mushrooms. Get ready, you may want to take your clothes off for this one.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Nudity as a way of living Why practicing nudity feels life-changing  The Füde dining experience brings new levels of pleasure and self awareness The energy of food Healing body image issues through nudity  Charlie’s mushroom cooking tips Resources Mentioned: Use ‘THERAINBOPODCAST’ for 15% off at checkout on Rainbo products Images from Carolyn Lorée Teston: @__carolyne__ Guest Info:  Follow Füde on Instagram: @thefudeexperience Follow Charlie Ann Max on Instagram: @charlieannmax Learn more on Füde’s website: thefudeexperience.com Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com 
5/21/202448 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Courage to Pivot and our Ethereal Reset in Greece with Rachel Saunders

Ease and effort may seem like contrary ideas but both are insightful, necessary, and nuanced aspects of a successful pivot. Today, Rachel Saunders guides us through her graceful pivot from burned- out business owner to multidisciplinary artist. Rachel now leads The Sanctuary, a monthly subscription infused with inspiration and guidance. And this summer, Rachel and I have collaborated to lead a retreat in Greece, in collaboration with me, An Ethereal Reset. Which sold out in record time! In this episode, we talk about the creative process, healing, Human Design, and the magic that Greece has to offer as inspiration. Join us in this conversation to learn about how to commit to flow, pivot with grace, and to learn more about our experience in Greece, we’d love to have you join and are opening up more spaces due to demand. Most business owners and artists have experienced a pivot or shapeshift once, twice, or even a multitude of times. Rachel’s experience is a beautiful example of what the ego may experience during that process and the wealth of lessons in these transitions. A pivot invites courage and trust after burnout. We discuss how Human Design can guide how we operate in our art and business. We share what we’ve learned as projector entrepreneurs, renegotiating how we approach effort, challenge, and the things that feel hard.  Together, Rachel and I will be hosting An Ethereal Reset this summer. We offer a behind-the-scenes discussion on the philosophies from which we’ve built this offering, and how it integrates the land, community, rest, and play. Rachel has found sublime transformation through artist residencies and infuses those lessons in our retreat. We hope that the retreat creates a welcoming space for attendees to experience inner joy, to share themselves, and take meaningful steps towards a creative state of life.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The death and rebirth of a pivot The role of Human Design in art and business Rachel’s love of Greece What to expect from An Ethereal Reset  Rachel’s art and inspiration community, The Sanctuary Cultivating openness to surrender control Resources Mentioned: Use ‘THERAINBOPODCAST’ for 15% off at checkout on Rainbo products Erin Claire Jones Human Design Blueprint Gene Keys Letting Go by David R. Hawkins Join our waitlist and future retreats: grecian-ethereal-reset.squarespace.com Guest Info:  Follow Rachel Saunder’s on Instagram: @rachelsaundersceramics Follow The Sanctuary on Instagram: @thesanctuarybyrachel Learn more on Rachel’s website: rachelsaundersceramics.com Learn more on The Sanctuary’s website: thesanctuarybyrachel.com Learn more on the Ethereal Reset’s website: grecian-ethereal-reset.squarespace.com Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com 
5/7/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sacred Sex and Reclaiming Your Feminine Creative Power with Harmanjot

Today, we're exploring the beautiful reclamation of ourselves, our femininity, and the creative power that lives within all of us. To help me dive in, I'm joined by Harmanjot – a leading modern teacher of Kundalini yoga who has a passion for connecting people and expanding magic in the world. Together, we highlight the power of feminine creativity and how embodying and mastering our sexual energy relates to our magnetism, creativity, vitality and sense of personal power. We touch on the misconceptions of Tantra and its deeper meaning beyond mere sexuality. Harmanjot, with her extensive experience in ancient yoga, explains how the idea that sex is the motivation of all life relates to these teachings. We also discuss the shutdown of chakras, why they shut down, and how to release any blockages to move forward in all areas of life.  Harmanjot talks about the impact of past partners on present relationships and how to remove oneself from them. We cover many aspects of women's sexual energies, where they can manifest, and how to set boundaries with partners in alignment with your self-love, intimacy, and feminine identity. Plus, Harmanjot shares some incredible Kundalini practices, mantras, and tools for reclaiming our feminine creative power. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Why chakras get shut down, and how to recognize and release those blockages The hyper-sexualization and objectification of women Connections between sexual energy, creativity, and your second chakra  Breaking down Tantra and the misconceptions  Sexual misery, disappointment, and dissatisfaction  The importance of boundaries and consent in intimacy  Understanding the imprint and remaining energy of past sex partners  Kundalini practices, mantras, and tools for feminine creative power “Feminine reclamation” and the unique ways women experience the world  Resources Mentioned: True Love Course  Eka Mai Recitation by White Sun Bhand Jameeai by White Sun RA MA Institute  Guest Info:  Follow Harmanjot on Instagram: @katehinkens  Learn more on Harmanjot’s website: harmanjot.com/sex  Work with Harmanjot: harmanjot.com/private-coaching  Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: ⁠⁠@tonyapapanikolove⁠⁠ Follow Rainbo on Instagram: ⁠⁠@rainbomushrooms⁠⁠ Shop Rainbo: ⁠⁠rainbo.com
2/13/20241 hour, 38 seconds
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The Sting of Healing: The Science and Secrets of Bee Venom Therapy with Kate Hinkens

Inside the fascinating world of apitherapy, I sat down with Kate Hinkens, bee venom therapist, educator, and the founder of Stinglab, to learn how she healed a debilitating condition with Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) and to explore bee venom’s (apitoxin) healing properties as part of the body’s regenerative cycle.  Kate is an expert in the field, dedicated to the research and therapeutic application of BVT. In our conversation, Kate shares how BVT cured her of Lyme disease through its inflammatory healing properties. She illustrates the specific compounds found in BVT, the application process, and its ability to kill bacteria and viruses found in the body. We discuss the social structure of a bee hive and the relationship between worker bees, queen bees, and the external world. We also explore how BVT specifically impacts bees. Kate details the balance between bees and beekeepers and the interconnectedness of BVT and death. Empathy and reverence can exist at the same time. Finally, Kate shares a fascinating story about fungi and bees’ ancient relationship and highlights ways for newly diagnosed individuals to train the nervous system and aid the body’s inflammatory response.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Various uses for bee venom therapy (BVT) How Kate found BVT and healed herself  Why integrity and trust are crucial for healing The BVT application process The social structure of a bee hive  How BVT affects bees’ livelihood  The connection and history of mushrooms and bees Resources Mentioned: Paul Stamets’ work Guest Info:  Follow Kate on Instagram: @katehinkens  Learn more on Stinglab’s website: stinglab.org Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: ⁠@tonyapapanikolove⁠ Follow Rainbo on Instagram: ⁠@rainbomushrooms⁠ Shop Rainbo: ⁠rainbo.com
1/30/202458 minutes, 58 seconds
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Preserving Energy Over Productivity: Exploring Burnout with Dr. Melissa Cugliari

In response to a topic that seeps into every aspect of our lives, I sat down with Dr. Melissa Cugliari, Naturopathic Doctor and expert in naturopathy dermatology, digestive health, and hormones, to explore the burnout cycle, the science behind it, and practical strategies that support personal and professional longevity. Dr. Melissa is a wealth of knowledge in the world of well-being and also happens to be my naturopathic doctor. In our conversation, Dr. Melissa illustrates the key biomarkers of burnout from a clinical perspective, as well as its early indicators. We discuss the three stages of burnout and how boundaries can support burnout’s mental-emotional impact. She also shares how to add more “deposits” to your energetic bank account and the effect that protein, boundaries, and support have on aiding an overstressed, overworked nervous system.  We also take a deep dive into intentional self-care and awareness around cycles and seasonality. Dr. Melissa details supplements and lifestyle tools to nourish the body and protect it against the burnout cycle. Finally, we discuss removing narratives in order to create a new reality for ourselves and others.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Neglecting of needs and the ability to recover from burnout Boundaries and the mental-emotional impact of burnout  Tell-tale signs and symptoms of burnout  The three stages of burnout and ways to add a “deposit” Key burnout biomarkers  The healthy relationship between diet + boundaries + support and burnout   Supplements + solutions to support yourself in a burnout cycle Resources Mentioned: Use code THERAINBOPODCAST for 15% off at checkout on Rainbo products Research on Biomarkers of Clinician Burnout  Guest Info:  Follow Dr. Melissa on Instagram: @drmelissa.co Learn more on Dr. Melissa’s website: drmelissa.co Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
1/16/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fertility and a Holistic Approach To Reproductive Health with Anne Matthews, Fertility Acupuncturist

With so much fear and misunderstanding around reproductive health these days, I sat down with Anne Matthews, Fertility Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, to learn about her treatment plans for infertility and chronic conditions like PCOS and endometriosis.  Anne is known as the “fairy godmother of fertility” to the hundreds of patients who seek support at her clinic in Toronto. In our conversation, she walks us through the health markers she looks for when determining the root causes of reproductive health challenges. Anne also highlights the prevalence of male factor infertility and notes lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve a couple’s ability to conceive.  We also get into how Anne uses medicinal mushrooms in her practice, particularly Reishi, and the research behind other supplements she recommends like N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Plus, Anne shares why she’s so passionate about empowering her patients to look within for answers instead of defaulting to external solutions.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Why Anne doesn’t believe there’s an influx of infertility, despite what social media might suggest  The truth about the impact of stress on reproductive health  How heat and cold exposure effect sperm and egg quality  Anne’s advice for anyone nervous about getting pregnant at 35+ years old  Recommendations for patients who have unexplained infertility  Resources Mentioned: Premom App Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Strips Expecting Better By Emily Oster  Guest Info:  Follow Anne on Instagram: @energytreeanne  Learn more on Energy Tree Studios: energytreestudios.com  Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
10/31/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why you should eat more mushrooms with Andrew Carter of Smallhold Mushroom Farm

I’m joined by Andrew Carter, one of the co-founders of Smallhold, a beloved mushroom farm that is feeding people across America. Andrew’s agriculture journey started in vertical farming and eventually transitioned into growing mushrooms and a mission to feed the world with fungi. We discuss Smallhold’s evolution from a modest start up in a basement to locations around the country, the mushroom grow cycle, why mushroom farming is so important, and what he loves most about the growing mushroom community.  I appreciate Andrew for his extensive knowledge on mushrooms, despite not considering himself a mycologist. Andrew shares valuable insights about various types of mushrooms and how they can teach us a lot on both personal and environmental levels. With the help of technology, mushrooms can now thrive in new spaces.   Andrew's mission with Smallhold involves encouraging people to consume more locally-sourced mushrooms and to explore and experiment with them. It is perfectly fine to cultivate mushrooms for food without having a complete understanding of them. The fact that there is still much to discover about mushrooms is what makes them so fascinating. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered:  The mushroom revolution  How Andrew got started with Smallhold and the company’s mission  Why Andrew and his co-founder Adam started growing mushrooms out of a shipping container The role of technology in mushroom farming The collective obsession with mushrooms and their many benefits Why mushrooms vary in color and size batch by batch and how this can be challenging to keep consistent  Interesting experiences with mushrooms and misconceptions about fungi Why people should eat more mushrooms  Resources Mentioned: Derek Sarno’s mushroom steak  Telluride Mushroom Festival Guest Info:  Learn more about Smallhold: smallhold.com Follow Smallhold on Instagram Follow Andrew on Instagram Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com 
10/11/202351 minutes, 16 seconds
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Gratitude Meditation

A 20-minute Gratitude Meditation to help you access this powerful, healing state. Studies into the science of gratitude show that reliving stories and memories of when gratitude was genuinely given to you or someone else is the most potent way to shift your neural circuitry into gratitude and a pro-social mindset. Repeated gratitude practice changes how one's brain circuits work and how the brain and heart interact. Most potent form of gratitude practice is not a form where you give it but where you receive it. Gratitude, as illuminated by the intricate relationship between our brain and body, is a profound force that can revolutionize our lives. Studies underscore the remarkable power of narratives in fostering gratitude, with the benefits spanning a broad spectrum of well-being, from joy to cardiovascular health, mental resilience, and pro-social behavior. Gratitude's neural pro-social circuits offer a pathway to connect with others and dismantle defensive behaviors, countering Freud's notion that happiness is elusive. However, not all gratitude practices are equally effective; the most potent form lies in receiving thanks rather than giving it, as it activates empathy and Theory of Mind. Crafting an optimal gratitude practice involves immersing oneself in meaningful stories of gratitude, grounding the experience in genuine intentions, and repeating it to rewire the brain-heart connection. Ultimately, gratitude serves as a transformative force that, when harnessed effectively, can shift our neural circuitry, shaping a happier and more fulfilling life. Aqua Euphoria (with Lucentia) (432 Hz) by Spheriá | https://soundcloud.com/spheriamusic Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
9/28/202321 minutes, 31 seconds
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Motherhood and Entrepreneurship with Kate Taylor Martin

I'm joined today by my dear friend Kate Taylor Martin, who is not only an amazing mother but also the founder of nutbar, a fan-favourite organic, superfood cafe in Toronto. Kate's journey as a holistic nutritionist and entrepreneur has been incredibly inspiring to witness over the past seven years of nutbar's journey. We have a discussion about Kate's passion for integrating mushrooms into nutbar's nutritious menu, the recent launch of their new product barmilk, and how she balances motherhood and owning a business.  What I admire most about Kate is her commitment to her own well-being despite her extremely busy and demanding schedule. She shares her advice on defining what truly matters to you, establishing daily routines that support your goals, and her favorite biohacks that help her maintain balance and energy.  Kate's vision for nutbar is about providing nourishing food and drinks while empowering people to tap into their potential for feeling their best - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Her dedication to this mission is a testament to her authenticity, wisdom, and genuine care for others.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered:  A moment of reflection on your goals and priorities The tension between giving to others and giving to yourself  Tips for time management, building a strong team, and staying true to your vision Advice for transitioning into business and parenthood Kate’s emphasis on quality and nutrient density when choosing foods for her children Switching from morning coffee to matcha for sustained energy and focus  The role of medicinal mushrooms in nutbar's menu  Introducing nutbar’s new product, barmilk  nutbar’s growth is a sign of the café's commitment to quality and innovation Guest Info:  Learn more about nutbar: nutbar.co  Check out barmilk: nutbar.co/barmilk  Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
9/5/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 56 seconds
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Where Fungal Ecology Meets Intentional Community with Jasper Degenaars

I'm thrilled to introduce my new friend, Jasper Degenaars, the educational mycologist who runs Fungi Academy. With over 2000 students from 45+ countries, Jasper has taught people about the wonders of mushrooms with a mission to make learning about mycology easy, fun, and exciting! In our conversation, Jasper dives into Fungi Academy's spirit of community, educational mycology, and the healing power of fungi at the intersection of life and death.  Fungi Academy serves not only as an educational center for mycology but also as an intentional community. We touch on the array of beautifully produced online courses offered by Fungi Academy that contain everything you will ever need to know about mushrooms. Plus, Jasper shares his story of leaving his corporate sales job after a life-changing encounter with psychedelics and his perspective on structured psychedelic therapy versus self-exploration.  So many overlook the importance of fungi in our ecosystem. Jasper hopes that through education, people will start to see how crucial they are in sustaining life on Earth and fostering a closer connection between humanity and nature.  Join us for a deep and insightful exploration of the relationship between fungi, nature, and the human experience.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered:  An introduction to Jasper and Fungi Academy Fungi Academy's approach to building intentional communities  Their new course offering and its comprehensive modules The often-overlooked importance of lichen in mycology A brief lesson on the evolution of fungi  Fungi’s role in sustaining life on Earth Jasper's perspective on the holistic use of psychedelics How fungi have aided Jasper and his community during challenging times Guest Info:  Follow Jasper on Instagram: @jasperiuss  Follow Fungi Academy on Instagram: @fungiacademy  Check out Fungi Academy’s new course: fungiacademy.com  Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
8/22/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
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Cooking Up Creativity, Community, and Rest with Tara Thomas

It’s a beautiful time to be in conversation with the lovely Tara Thomas. Tara is a chef, community organizer, and co-founder of the nonprofit, Breaking Bread, and also provides consulting and creative direction in the world of food. In this episode, we chat about her deep hunger (literally) and passion for food ethics and how that evolved into a career focused on bringing awareness to people’s authority over their wellbeing.  Tara shares how it was important for her work life and personal life to blend, and we discuss Tara’s vision dedicated to food politics and change the world, as well as the importance of rest in contrast to buzzy creative energy. Plus, Tara shares her relationships to fungi and mushrooms and we compare notes on what kind of mushroom we’re currently foraging.  We can all bring more awareness and appreciation to our food. Tara believes that food sovereignty allows us to understand where our food comes from and serves as gudiance for bringing ethical standards throughout every process of producing food — it affects everything and everyone involved.  This is a beautiful conversation about creativity, community, and how food sovereignty can provide authority in our own life to nourish ourselves and our communities.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Tara’s entrance into food and imagination as a kid How dropping out of school was Tara’s way of finding authority  Tara’s interest in studying food politics and the ethics behind food   The story of Breaking Bread’s launch during the Geroge Floyd protests Rest as resistance in comparison to the energetic creative buzz Tara’s love of foraging and what mushrooms have taught her Guest Info:  Follow Tara on Instagram @cheftarathomas Following Breaking Bread on Instagram @breakingbread.ny Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
8/16/202343 minutes, 12 seconds
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Body Literacy, Menstrual Health, and Natural Medicine with Chelsea Leyland

It’s a beautiful time to be in conversation with my friend and new mother, Chelsea Leyland. Chelsea is the co-founder of the menstrual health and wellness company, Looni, and is an epilepsy and endometriosis plant medicine advocate and activist. In this episode, we chat about her journey with two chronic conditions, natural forms of healing, and the necessity of body literacy throughout the healthcare system. When there’s no education alongside information, how can informed decisions be made? Chelsea shares her experience with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and how she found cannabidiol to help ease her pain and symptoms. After a later-in-life endometriosis diagnosis, Chelsea began to navigate ways to find healing and ease her pain. Chelsea and I discuss our connection to pain, allopathic vs. naturopathic forms of healing, and how having a “healing toolbox” is powerful for supporting and honoring both our menstrual cycles and the cycles throughout life.  We can all take steps toward a more holistic, nurturing approach to our bodies, starting with grounding practices to help regulate the nervous system and bring inflammation down. Chelsea believes that education allows us to demand better policies. Because we deserve better. And we deserve awareness and change.  This is a beautiful conversation about finding personal forms of healing and sharing those findings as an advocate for a healthier, more aware world. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: How Chelsea’s endometriosis story began with epilepsy Chelsea’s life-changing experience with cannabinoids Chelsea’s activism and a documentary alongside her sister Why it took 10 years to diagnose Chelsea with endometriosis  How endometriosis responds to natural medicine and stress management Chelsea’s opinion of and connection to pain The power of an open mind around healing   Looni’s first year in the menstrual health and wellness space  Resources Mentioned: WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti Guest Info:  Follow Chelsea on Instagram @chelseleyland Chelsea’s company, Looni Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
8/8/202355 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Karma of Success with Liz Tran

I am delighted to be in conversation alongside my friend and inspiration, Liz Tran. Liz is an executive coach and founder of Reset, an executive coaching company to CEOs and founders, as well as a meditation teacher and Reiki master. In this episode, we talk about Liz’s journey of coming into an altruistic way of life, her struggles along the path, and how sharing her experiences with others ultimately provided her with a newfound sense of purpose.  External success is inevitable once your internal world is in alignment. Liz shares the process and inspiration around the making of her new book, The Karma of Success, which was built around intuitive work and the inner genius. Liz and I discuss the cycle of comparison, how Human Design shows up in our professional and personal lives, and Liz details the journey of hitting a rock bottom in order to learn true self-worth.  We can all find professional and personal success once our internal world, actions, and values are in alignment. Liz believes that when we look for the things we love, we are looking for the things in our “zone of genius” —  and can use those findings to tap into our inner voice to find success as our own greatest fan, cheerleader, and leader.   This is a candid conversation about redefining achievement on your own terms, and Liz’s process for trusting intuition and following it. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Liz’s writing process and releasing her book into the world  Accessing and trusting your intuition  Why Liz wanted to write her book, The Karma of Success   How to get off the hamster wheel of comparison Liz’s journey toward self-worth and self-love  How sharing experiences with others gave Liz a sense of purpose Liz’s experience with the “zone of genius”  Work as sacred and part of the spiritual journey Resources Mentioned: My Human Design Option B by Sheryl Sandberg The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks  Guest Info:  Follow Liz on Instagram @heyliztran Follow Reset on Instagram @resetnyc The Karma of Success by Liz Tran: 9780593542446 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books Reset with Liz Tran podcast Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
8/1/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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Supporting the Human Condition through Psychedelics with Lauren Taus

I am so honored to share this conversation with a gem of a human, Lauren Taus. Lauren integrates modern science and ancient wisdom to support the personal transformation as a Psychedelic Therapist, Educator, and Speaker who hosts retreats and trainings all over the world. In this episode, we talk about the psychedelic space and plant medicines, her work with people across mental health realms as the founder of Inbodied Life, and the importance of a connection to life.     Intergenerational healing dives into the multilayered aspects of the human condition. Lauren shares her transition from social work into psychotherapy, as well as how psychoactive substances were fused into her career trajectory. Lauren and I also dig into who psychedelics are for and who they may not be for, and the lessons Lauren learned through plants and mushrooms along her journey.  We are all storytellers, and we all make up stories as well as have stories from our ancestral lines and those before us. Lauren believes we are all carrying content that isn’t actually ours. When we can start to separate from it, we can heal — and in turn, our individual healing can become the collective healing.    This is a really deep conversation about the psychedelic space and Lauren’s experience with it, as further wisdom to share with the patients and clients she serves today.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Gratitude and reclaiming self-expression and joy Lauren’s approach as a therapist to support presence and identify patterns  Looking at mental health as a process that requires identification and interruption How preparation is essential for psychedelic and work, yet often missing How Lauren finds mutual comfortability to support her clients Navigating fear and perfectionism with self-love and care  Lauren’s work with entrepreneurs and business owners around hyper-performing  The importance of connection to find the richness, fullness of life Resources Mentioned: Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) The Ketamine Training Center Dr. Gabor Maté Dr. Peter Levine Dr. Bessel Vander Kolk Guest Info:  Follow Lauren on Instagram: @lauren.taus Learn more on Inbodied Life Psychedelic Therapy & Integration: training.inbodiedlife.com/ Work with Lauren: https://www.inbodiedlife.com/ Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
7/25/20231 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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Being Your Own Healer and Rewriting Your Story with Lisa O'Connor

I am so happy that I get to share this conversation with Lisa O'Connor with you. Lisa is a Creative Entrepreneur, Holistic Nutritionist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Healing Practitioner, and Earthling. In this episode, we talk about her journey with chronic illness, and how that has informed so much of her path to create A Radiant Life. Chronic illness journeys can be constant hurdles of just wanting to be seen and heard, and these conditions and labels can become part of our identity so easily. Lisa and I dig into what happens when you heal, that label is no longer attached to you and you begin processing the grief that leads you to write a new chapter.  We all have the innate ability to expand from our current reality and create a new foundation for growth — healing to thrive, not just survive. Lisa believes it’s important to always come back to the fact that no one else is going to heal you, but you. We also cover our relationship with being in connection with nature, Energy Medicine, and all the things that excite Lisa’s body, mind, and soul, which create the basis for healing, both within and without. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The science of mantra and using your own sound current Lisa’s journey using the 1920s Ride machine for treating Lyme The new energy that we are amongst with spring and the Aries New Moon Intergenerational inheritance, both in genetics and energy Navigating the process of writing a new chapter and crafting a new identity Fear that comes into play on our health journeys and how it roots us into our physical existence Resources Mentioned: Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams by David Bach Ritch Bitch by Nicole Lapin The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein  Guest Info:  Follow Lisa on Instagram: @lisaoconnor___  Learn more on A Radiant Life website: aradiantlife.ca Listen to A Radiant Life podcast: aradiantlife.ca/podcast Work with Lisa: aradiantlife.ca/thebriefsession Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
5/30/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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Weaving Sensuality, Spirituality and Storytelling with Amanda Norgaard

I’m joined by Amanda Norgaard, writer, and the Creative Director and Founder of ILLUMINATION. Amanda is one of those people that you can get juicy and real with, and this conversation is no exception. We dive right into Kundalini Yoga, relationships, storytelling, and poetry. In her work, Amanda weaves the worlds of art, culture and spirituality together in what she describes as a creative moshpit. She believes that there are certain books, art, and practices that are having “a rewind or resurface”. This means that now is the time for practical dreamers because now is the time we need new leaders and new ways of creating art.  Amanda highlights that in order to receive the gift of being conscious, be anchored to our humanity and access greater parts of our spirit, we have to be willing to do some digging. We must ask ourselves what structures and psyches we are delegating our attention to because our power lies in feeling doubt, fear, joy, pain and the challenge of them all existing. We discuss how to choose your own narrative and how to refine your mental filter. Our conversation covers the unconscious as it moves through everything, tapping into our unlimited creative potential and questioning the status quo. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: What is Applied Community and how does it look in micro and macro scales? How mantras work in the body and subconscious mind to evoke feelings from a conscious place Language, and the choice of words, and how we can shift them to alter our consciousness How dreams can therapeutically be the art of the unconscious Interpreting shifts coming in astrology, from a collective standpoint Parallel universes and timeline jumping Resources Mentioned: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill  The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin  Guest Info:  Follow Amanda on Instagram: @amandanorgaard_  Work with Amanda: amandanorgaard.com Learn more about The Muses: amandanorgaard.com/the-muses Learn more about The Practice: amandanorgaard.com/the-practice Learn more about The Vacation: amandanorgaard.com/the-vacation Amanda’s writing: amandanorgaard.substack.com Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com 
5/23/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 55 seconds
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Water: Esoteric Wisdom, Science and Hydration Biohacking with Isabel Friend

In this episode, I’m joined by Isabel Friend, Water Ambassador, International Speaker, and Founder of Water Is Life, an online store and directory of water-vitalizing tools and biohacking strategies for ultimate hydration. Our conversation offers a new understanding of ourselves in the universe as we dig into the science and spirituality of our drinking and biological water. When we look at ancient vibratory, mental, and emotional practices such as yoga and breathwork, we can see that a lot of those are actually designed to help the biological water flow in very specific ways. There is an absolute correlation between our spiritual awareness, spiritual evolution, and the quality of our hydration. Water, being the mother source, exists in many forms. As we awaken to the power of water, then humanity itself awakens. Water is the most ancient and wise living being in the universe and because of that, it's easy to get lost in the complexity of it. However, this conversation serves as a reminder that water loves you, wants a relationship with you, and loves to be approached not as scientific experimentation, but with playful curiosity.  Listen in to hear Isabel’s six-step process of practical ways you can take the power of water and put it into practice in your consciousness, your awareness, and your lifeforce energy. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The law of attraction with respect to water The negative impacts of dehydration and the benefits of hydration Water communicating over vast distances faster than the speed of light How water is involved in creation stories and ancient cultures around the world Increasing the hydrogen in your water and ensuring it is safer to drink How to add light energy and light frequency in your water Resources Mentioned: Get 10% off Isabel's e-courses with code 'RAINBO': waterislife.teachable.com The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet - Rupert Sheldrake Guest Info:  Follow Isabel on Instagram: @jenisabelfriend Learn more on Isabel’s website: waterislife.shop Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
5/16/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 30 seconds
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Quantum Healing and Transforming the Constructs of Good and Evil from Duality into Unity with Sheetal Rajan

I’m joined by Sheetal Rajan, Sacred Geometry Philosopher, Corporate Keynote Speaker, Quantum Healer, Theta Practitioner, and Reiki Master. On top of all that, Sheetal is an incredibly gifted Transformation Coach and I am lucky enough to work with her. In our conversation, Sheetal shares her wisdom on the Sacred Geometry Quantum Experience and its connection to human consciousness. Sheetal’s work focuses on how to apply Sacred Geometry and Quantum Healing to your own life. In this episode, she unpacks the three basic principles with which she teaches: Watch your words, mind your thoughts, and think before you act. This conversation highlights how we all get lost in pockets of our life, so it is important to take pause and remind ourselves we’re doing this because we want to, not because we have to. Without ever experiencing darkness, nobody would appreciate the light, and we unpack this through a conversation on the difference between doing and being. Listen to hear how Sheetal’s work can be adopted by others, and how it brings abundance into their lives. At the end of the day, as Sheetal says, “You are your own guru, you are your own teacher, you are your own guide, mother, father… You. It's all you. All I can do is remind you.” Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The three basic principles of Sacred Geometry Taking responsibility for your own thoughts, actions, and words Plugging back into your authentic energy Why inner work can often feel like a struggle that takes subconscious reprogramming to practice Making sense of jealousy and greed How changing the trajectory of your own existence will also change that of those around you Guest Info:  Learn more about Sheetal and her offerings: thesacredbeing.com Follow Sheetal on Instagram: @the.sacred.being Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
5/2/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bootstrapping Your Business and Avoiding the "Shoulds" with Trinity Mouzon Wofford

I am joined in this episode by Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Co-Founder and CEO of Golde, a health and beauty brand with the mission of bringing accessibility to the wellness industry. In this founder conversation, Trinity and I discuss her bootstrapping journey, what it's like being the face of a company, and the struggles, milestones, and “shoulds” that come up along the way. Trinity’s evolution of allowing spontaneity in her schedule to avoid the path of burnout — and not feeling shame about it — is inspiring. To show how she got there, Trinity and I delve into three phases of entrepreneurship. The first is the finance piece, which many entrepreneurs find intimidating. At Golde, they were able to self-support and as a result, they created something that they were excited about, without investments pouring in. Focusing on finding alignment where the energy flowed, meant that even when the work was hard, they wanted to do more of it. Secondly, Trinity shares her tactics for dealing with the “messy middle.” This is when you're no longer the newest brand with the newest perspective, and you have customers, partnerships, and visibility that can create outside perspectives and disrupt your flow with judgment and opinions. Lastly, when you gain success, it can be easy to create false truths about who you are in the world, and how you operate. By doing so, you produce pain and friction. Listen in to hear how, now that Golde is established and continues to grow, they’re able to focus on creating for creation's sake and give to something they “can stand for until the day you die… or longer”. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The nourishment that comes with ignoring the “shoulds” and creating your own path Decisions around bootstrapping our businesses Learning the value of money and how far we can stretch it Trusting your intuition in building your business How to maintain a flow state in your true zone of genius Overcoming the feeling of being overexposed as the face of your brand The journey of self-awareness in entrepreneurship Using psychedelic experiences to create play in your life Resources Mentioned: Pharaoh Sanders’ jazz album Trinity mentions The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success - Deepak Chopra Guest Info: Trinity Mouzon Wofford Trinity Mouzon Wofford is the Co-founder and CEO at Golde, a Brooklyn-born health and beauty brand. With her partner, Issey Kobori, she founded Golde in 2017 with the mission of bringing accessibility to the wellness industry via approachable products powered by superfoods. Since launching the brand at age 23, Trinity has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30 and most recently landed Golde on the shelves of Target and Ulta stores across the country. Follow Trinity on Instagram: @trinitymouzon Learn more about Golde on their website: golde.co Follow Golde on Instagram: @golde Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
4/25/202358 minutes, 37 seconds
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From Sun Shunning to Sun Loving with Nadine Artemis

I’m joined by Nadine Artemis on this episode. Nadine is the Creator and Founder of Living Libations, a company I am very passionate about, which takes the wisdom of plants and blends them into total body wellness, beauty and natural care products. This episode comes at a perfect time as we head into spring because we are talking about all things sun-loving, sun-worshiping, sun revering, and their implications for our health. Many of us tend to live predominantly indoors but the majority of living things on the planet, including our skin, have been designed to be exposed to solar rays. Of course, we don’t want to get burned, but there is an entire range of activities we really need that we miss by avoiding the sun. Nadine and I talk about the importance of sun exposure to increase bone health, fight disease, build up our immune systems, and of course, increase our levels of Vitamin D. Our bodies are like solar batteries, and we need to have that solar exposure to charge the systems of the body through safe sun rituals. This is the time of year when we can slowly expose ourselves to direct sunlight to start building up our tolerance and our melanin. There is so much fear of the sun, and women are constantly faced with unattainable pressures to not have wrinkles. However, Nadine shares some renegade advice on sunlight and health and debunks the major myths around skin, sun, and aging. Listen in to hear how engaging with the elements, graceful aging, and celebrating our bodies in a new way are the alternative to injecting fillers, applying chemicals, and eating processed foods, which all increase the likelihood of major damage once we are in the sun. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Unpacking misconceptions about the sun and its effects on your skin’s aging Various benefits of ingesting sunlight at different times of the day Daytime melatonin and internal sun protection Active awareness to avoid unattainable beauty standards and toxic practices Knowing the amount of sun exposure you need, depending on your body Benefits of sun-tanning your bumhole Resources Mentioned: Get 10% off Living Libations products via livinglibations.com/rainbo Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide To Healthy Teeth And Gums Renegade Beauty: Reveal And Revive Your Natural Radiance Guest Info: Nadine Artemis Nadine Artemis is the Creator and Founder of Living Libations, the author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide To Healthy Teeth And Gums, and Renegade Beauty: Reveal And Revive Your Natural Radiance, which was named one of “The Top 10 Best Books on Skin Care” by The Strategist of New York Magazine. She's a respected media guest contributor, and her products have received rave reviews from the New York Times, LA Times, Elle, People, Vogue, and Hollywood Reporter. Visit the Living Libations website: livinglibations.com Follow Living Libations on Instagram: @livinglibationsofficial Follow Living Libations on Twitter: @LivingLibations Connect with Living Libations on Facebook: facebook.com/livinglibations Follow Nadine on Instagram: @nadineartemisofficial  Connect with Nadine on Facebook:  facebook.com/nadineartemisofficial Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
4/18/202358 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rewriting the Aging Narrative through Epigenetics with Hannah Went

I’m joined by Hannah Went, founder of TruDiagnostics and Everything Epigenetics. She has a lifelong passion for longevity, biological breakthroughs, and disruptive technologies that drive radical improvement to the human condition. In our conversation, we touch on chronological, biological, and epigenetic age and the hallmarks of living a longer, more youthful life.  Our chronological age is determined by when we were born and how many years we are now. Our cell structure and DNA prove our biological age. Epigenetics takes these two markers and potentially places your age above the genome, where your biological age is lower than your chronological age. So, how do we turn back the hands of time and effectively age backwards? Hannah shares several studies of animals defying biological aging and even cultures tending to live longer based on their multitude of close-knit relationships. The pace of aging involves diet, stress, sleep, and fitness levels. Contrary to popular belief, lifting heavier weights and eating more carbohydrates and proteins are not the answers to living a longer life. Listen in as Hannah enlightens us on how we can rewrite the aging narrative by improving our diets, moving our bodies, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals that can affect future generations. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: The differences between biological age, chronological age, and epigenetic age Misconceptions of the aging process Challenging the negative connotation of aging and why we age The tell tale signs of aging on a molecular level Studies of animals defying biological age The pace of aging value and how you can age backwards Longevity supplements you can incorporate into your diet Guest Info: Hannah Went Hannah Went has a lifelong passion for longevity and breakthrough, disruptive technologies that drive radical improvement to the human condition. She attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a degree in Biology. During that time, she had multiple research internships studying cell signaling and cell biology. After graduation, she worked for the International Peptide Society as their Director of Research and Content.  Learn more about TruDiagnostic: trudiagnostic.com Learn more about Everything Epigenetics: everythingepigenetics.com  Follow TruDiagnostic on Instagram: @trudiagnostic Follow Everything Epigenetics on Instagram: @everythingepigenetics Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
4/4/202354 minutes, 31 seconds
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Start with Passion and Why with Brand Strategist Sarah Dobson

I'm joined by Sarah Dobson, a Brand Designer, Strategist, and founder of Design of Brand. Her passion for making a brand come to life began as a student doodling in her school agenda and decorating lockers for special occasions. She is a visionary for the appearance of a brand and how its visual identity can transform. In our conversation, we touch on what having a brand means, finding your ‘why,’ and the importance of your logo evolving over time.  What is the impact you want to have on the world? What are you most passionate about? Are you solving a problem for the ages? These questions separate a good ‘why’ from a great one, and it is the core of your brand. Sarah and her team at Design of Brand walk their clients  through these fundamental questions to help establish their brand identity and, in turn, give them a barometer for all core decision-making. Sarah is best at connecting the dots and articulating a brand’s vision. We also discuss the "symbology" of logos and the differences between personal and professional brands. Listen in to hear more of Sarah's visual language and explore her process for building a brand. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Translating your passion in business into your ‘why’ The importance of articulating a vision and bringing that into the branding The difference between a personal and professional brand How to incorporate your annual goals into your ‘why’   The benefits that come with questioning a certain way of doing things Guest Info: Learn more about Sarah & her offerings: designofbrand.com Follow Sarah on Instagram: @designofbrand Resources Mentioned: Lifespan by David Sinclair Soul of Money by Lynne Twist Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo Just So by Alan Watts Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove  Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms  Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
3/21/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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Intro to Season Two and Honoring International Women's Day with Tonya Papanikolov

Happy International Women’s Day! On today’s episode, I want to honor International Women’s Day and fill you in on everything in store for Season Two of The Rainbo Podcast. As humans, we have this innate life power within ourselves. Masculine energy exists as order and discipline, whereas feminine energy exists to fluctuate and mimic nature. Suppose you play around with this mind-body connection through Kundalini yoga. Through that dynamic practice, there’s an opportunity to unearth a powerful sense of self, which can improve your brain chemistry and how you lead your daily life. This season, I am bringing on several guests to explore topics like Kundalini yoga, epigenetics, Dharma and Spiritual Bypassing, and new interpretations of mental health. We’ll also dive into elements of financial sovereignty, community building, and other parts of business that have been lighting me up recently. Listen in to celebrate International Women’s Day and learn more about what to expect from this next chapter of The Rainbo Show. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Women’s chakra and how to hone that power Cultivating that life force found in yourself to improve your daily life The benefits of practicing Kundalini yoga Epigenetics and turning back the hands of time with lifestyle changes A look inside new interpretations of mental health (e.g. depression) Harnessing the power to heal yourself Resources Mentioned: Sex Time and Power by Leonard Shlain When the Drummers Were Women by Layne Redmond Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
3/8/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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Auricular + Bioenergetic Medicine and Mushrooms Aid in Autoimmune Conditions with Dr. Kate Hunter

Dr. Kate Hunter is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto and Creemore, ON, since 2012. She is the founder and owner of The Toronto Apothecary and The Creemore Apothecary, two full spectrum wellness clinics and boutiques. Her realized vision with the two locations is a place for exceptional wellness services and complimentary wellness through the program that she created, The Community Wellness Program, which offers free and sliding scale Naturopathy to folks that are systematically excluded from systems of health. In her practice, Dr. Hunter uses Auricular & Bioenergetic Medicine to test the body to determine which systems are out of balance and then re-establishes the body’s ability to self-heal and auto-regulate. Auricular and Bioenergetic Medicine is a very unique combination of natural empathy, medical intuition, and acupuncture.  In her free time, Kate is happiest enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two kids. She is an avid runner, yoga student and skier. Dr. Hunter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and is now in long-term remission. She credits mushrooms and auricular medicine for communicating what her body actually needs to function properly. In Crohn’s disease, the immune system attacks the gastrointestinal system. Stress is a precursor and often the root cause. The good news is the gut is very quick at healing itself in just a few days. But how do we find out what works with our specific body? Every body and its systems are different and a part of Dr. Kate Hunter’s practice is pinpointing the energy your body receives through different functions and what it doesn’t. She can look at the body as a whole through its organs and organ systems instead of treating only its symptoms. Taking it one step further, Dr. Kate Hunter encourages adding mushrooms to your diet. Join me on today’s episode as we learn how our body is much like the forest with mushrooms allowing our bodies the opportunity to heal and properly connect with all of its organ systems. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Emotional and physical health and healing both spiritually Crohn’s disease and how it presents itself in the body Treating organs and organ systems, and how those systems affect each other The practice of auricular medicine Connection between the nervous system and immune system Stress blocks our ability to heal Mushrooms are deep connectors, in the forest and in our bodies Health and wellness is a myriad of different things going on, not just symptoms Resources Mentioned: When the Body Says No by Dr. Gabor Mate Guest Info: katehunternd.com thetorontoapothecary.com Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
1/24/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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Permaculture, Soil Wealth and Decentralized Citizen Science with William Padilla-Brown of MycoSymbiotics

William Padilla-Brown is a mycologist and citizen scientist who is entirely self-taught. William’s lifestyle and career unfold with one question, “How do I accomplish the same thing without spending a dime and the result is sustainable and fruitful for all?” Harvesting mushrooms. As much as William began his renaissance by ingesting mushrooms, he will use the same substance to boost his permaculture career. If you have mushrooms, you have soil for further harvesting. William used to suffer from gastrointestinal issues originating from an unbalanced diet and emotional stress. He altered his diet but realized fruits, vegetables, and herbs are very expensive. It is much more affordable to grow them in your own backyard. Thus, his permaculture career began to blossom, and over time it transformed into a multi-million dollar business that continues to put back into the community in workshops, a garden network, and a community of constant education and practice. There is an affordable and sustainable way of life that is, literally, fruitful. It is good for your body, your brain, and the longevity of your life and future generations to come. It starts with learning how and there’s no better guest than William himself to get your feet wet. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Magic mushrooms and what we can learn from the experience Growing mushrooms and other food in your backyard (even in an urban setting) Affordable to grow food rather than buying from the grocery store Mycosymbiotics and permaculture Finding your community through trade and barter and few passionate supporters Resources Mentioned: Toolkit for Sustainable City Living Sense of Humanity and Sacred Economics Guest Info: William Padilla-Brown is a mycologist and citizen scientist who is entirely self-taught. He published the first English-language handbook on how to cultivate Cordyceps militaris, the fungus famous for its medicinal properties; he founded his own mushroom cultivation and research lab, Mycosymbiotics in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; he leads community mushroom foraging and cultivation classes nationwide; and he teaches his friends microbiology. Follow William Padilla-Brown on Instagram mycosymbiotics.com EARTH DAY FEST 2023 Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
1/10/202339 minutes, 45 seconds
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Options beyond hormonal birth control with Fertility Awareness Method and Nathalie Daudet

Nathalie Daudet is a fertility awareness educator, menstrual cycle coach, and the founder of Fertility Awareness Project. She discovered fertility awareness and cycle charting after searching high and low for a method of non-hormonal birth control. Although birth control works for some, the additional hormones do not work for everyone and there is more control in diligent tracking of your period to properly avoid pregnancy. Fertility Awareness Method often is confused with the rhythm method of 14 days after your period, ovulation begins. No cycle is a “regular” cycle and sometimes ovulation does not occur or it is delayed. This is where the diligent chart tracking of your ovulation cycle is able to outshine the rhythm method, by being able to effectively know when you are ovulating and when you are not. Therefore, when to use protection or not at all. Fertility Awareness Method is the education all menstruating women have been needing. There is an answer if your mood wavers, there is an answer if you’re experiencing cervical mucus, and there is an answer if you’re glowing one day and not the next. It is in your ovulation cycle and your education begins now. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Fertility awareness method is a way of observing fertility and knowing when you’re ovulating The window of when pregnancy is possible and when pregnancy is not possible Cervical mucus can tell you a lot about where your body is in your cycle Common misconceptions around fertility awareness and why The difference between the rhythm method and the fertility awareness method Knowledge of our body and its cycle strengthens women’s intuition Debunking the “regular” cycle Downsides to birth control Resources Mentioned: Vagina Obscura Read Your Body App Guest Info: Nathalie Daudet is a fertility awareness educator, menstrual cycle coach and the founder of Fertility Awareness Project. She discovered fertility awareness and cycle charting after searching high and low for a method of non-hormonal birth control, since then over 200 people worldwide have learned to chart their menstrual cycle for birth control with her online course, Cycle Love. Her passion lies in sharing the magic of cervical mucus, ovulation, sex and cycles, she lives with her partner in Winnipeg, Canada. Follow Natahlie Daudet on Instagram Take FAM Fundamentals Free  Ultimate Guide to Cervical Mucus with Photos Cycle Love Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
12/27/202252 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Science of Breathwork and Opening your Heart to Love with MJ Renshaw

MJ Renshaw is a mother, a rock collector, and the founder of The Being Method: a course on the science of spirituality. MJ began her career as an osteopath, but felt that there was a lack of feminine essence in her practice. She developed The Being Method to find a flow between research-backed techniques and divine inner-knowing. In our conversation, MJ explains how breathwork facilitates the release of trauma that’s stored on a cellular level. We dive into some of our powerful breakthroughs and releases via breathwork, particularly the holotropic method. MJ highlights what we can do to shift into a more conscious, intentional breathing pattern on a daily basis as well. MJ shares a simple, yet powerful practice for connecting with your ancestors and talks about how that journey inspired her to open up about her complicated birth story. Though it was radically different than she had planned, she talks about the intergenerational healing that she experienced as a result. MJ and I also discuss her developing relationship with fungi and other plant medicine. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Cultivating a deeper sense of trust in your body How to create heart coherence using your vagus nerve What breathwork does to support the body from both mechanical and spiritual standpoints Going on an ancestral journey and healing intergenerational trauma Finding comfort floating in in-between spaces of life Resources Mentioned: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Guest Info: Follow MJ on Instagram: @beingmethod Learn more about The Being Method: beingmethod.ca Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
12/13/202255 minutes, 14 seconds
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Exploring Science, Spirituality, and Psychedelics with Dr. Dennis McKenna

Dr. Dennis McKenna has had such a profound influence on my understanding and relationship with sacred plants, so it was an honor to sit down with him to discuss some highlights from his 40-year career in ethnopharmacology. In our conversation, Dennis takes us back to how he and his brother Terence discovered psychedelics in the late ‘60s and eventually went on to conduct transformative research in the field of psychoactive drugs. He reflects on early trips to South America and their quest to learn more about DMT, Ayahuasca, and psilocybin. It was during that time in La Chorrera, Colombia that he decided to pursue the study of botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of psychedelics. We also talk about the intersection of science and spirituality, emphasizing the cultural context and indigenous nature of plant medicine. Dennis touches on the chemical and neuroscientific  side of things, and shares why psychological flexibility is a powerful tool for exploration and healing. We contemplate the joy of existence, the nature of reality, and the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic medicine. Plus, Dennis shares the exciting work and events happening at his non-profit, the McKenna Academy. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The inherent transformative power of nature A look back at Dennis’s childhood with Terence McKenna and introduction to psychedelics Research and findings that blend indigenous knowledge with hard science The key insights that can come from psychedelics Reconnecting with the playfulness and wonderment of childhood How the McKenna Academy is working to advance the conversations and education around plant medicine Resources Mentioned: The Experiment at La Chorrera: A 50-Year Retrospective  Guest Info: Follow Dennis on Instagram: @dennismckenna_ Learn more about the McKenna Academy: mckenna.academy Register for free to access ESPD55 event recordings: espd55.com/register Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
11/29/202256 minutes, 50 seconds
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Finding Your Spiritual Calling, Understanding Ascension and Awakening the Medicine Within with Natasja Pelgrom

I’m joined by Natasja Pelgrom, founder and vision keeper of Awaken The Medicine Within. She’s a mystic, devoted creative, and visionary whose life's work is to lead spiritual experiences that support others in their journey of transformation and growth. In our conversation, we touch on discovering your sovereignty in your spiritual calling, what clair senses are and how to cultivate their abilities, and observations about the ascension process. Natasja’s trauma-informed work is rooted in safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, and empowerment. She breaks down her understanding of the four psychic clair senses and how to differentiate the types of knowings there are. She also describes ways that she’s created boundaries and a sense of responsibility around her visions, which can be difficult when you experience such potent downloads. Natasja highlights influential guides and traditions that she’s encountered on her journey, but emphasizes that her greatest teacher has always been herself. We discuss the fluidity of spirituality and our interpretations of ascension. Listen in to hear more of Natasja’s incredible wisdom on energy and spiritual evolution. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Natasja’s journey to awakening the medicine within Speaking into ascension from an Earth perspective Cleaning up the polarity inside of you and understanding your programming The need for slow growth, guides, and enriching daily practices The lack of initiation processes in Western cultures and the effect that has on spiritual growth Guest Info: Learn more about Natasja & her offerings: natasjapelgrom.com Learn more about Awaken The Medicine Within: awakenthemedicinewithin.com Follow Natasja on Instagram: @natasja_pelgrom Special Offer: Enjoy free access to 21 Days of Gratitude Practice and one month access to all community platform content: awaken-the-medicine-within.mn.co Follow Me: Follow me on Instagram: @tonyapapanikolove Follow Rainbo on Instagram: @rainbomushrooms Shop Rainbo: rainbo.com
11/15/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 22 seconds