Tripping Mama’s: Conversations with Psychedelic Therapist Melissa Whippo

inbodied life podcast Sep 07, 2020


Psychotherapist and Yoga Teacher Melissa Whippo is a pioneer in the maternal wellness space with 20 years of experience. Her work is deeply influenced by attachment theory, object relations, mindfulness meditation and herbalism. Currently, she offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy at the Center for Transformational Psychotherapy in San Anselmo. She also has a private practice.

Melissa is the ultimate champion for women. In this conversation, we talk about tripping mama’s, the challenges and blessings of motherhood and the importance of self care. 

What you will learn:
  • How ketamine assisted psychotherapy can be a safe and powerful treatment for postpartum depression, and for mama’s in general
  • The importance of a Time-Out for mothers as they recalibrate and reclaim themselves after giving birth; the normality of intrusive thoughts
  • The beauty of a blended family and using language in a more loving way
  • Why telling yourself...
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In The Arms of Family: Conversations with Dr. Dad

inbodied life Aug 31, 2020


In this episode of Inbodied Life, Lauren sits down with her father who is the primary prescribing medical doctor  in her Los Angeles based private practice. Dr. Dad supports Lauren’s work with ketamine assisted pscyhotherapy. In this conversation, we talk about Stephen’s journey into psychedelic experience, shifting from an attitude of "all drugs are bad" to understanding the healing powers that psychedelics carry. 
Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Stephen Taus MD graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1970. He’s been in private practice in San Pedro, California for nearly 50 years where he integrates alternative approaches such as acupuncture into his work. Stephen loves his family, healing work, and being a doctor. 

What you will learn:

  • How one doctor became open to psychedelic experience later in life, and why education is so important for those...
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The Presence You Bring: MDMA Therapy with Annie Mithoefer

inbodied life podcast Aug 24, 2020


Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N., is a Registered Nurse living in Asheville, NC. She was co-investigator on two of the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials for individuals with PTSD and a pilot study treating couples combining MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. She is currently co-investigator in MT1, a protocol allowing MAPS-trained therapists to receive their own MDMA-assisted session, she conducts MAPS Therapist Trainings with her husband, Michael, and is a supervisor for Phase 3 therapists. Annie is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and she is trained in Hakomi Therapy. I met Annie several years ago as a student of hers in the MAPS MDMA training, and I so enjoyed reconnecting in this conversation.

What you will learn:

  • How MDMA therapy works to heal trauma, and the rich possibilities that exist for MDMA as effective treatment for couples, eating disorders, depression, end of...
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Life is a Festival: Conversations about psychedelics, podcasting and life with Eamon Armstrong

inbodied life podcast Aug 17, 2020


Eamon is a podcast host, festival enthusiast, and passionate proponent of psychedelic medicine. He hosts the popular podcast Life is a Festival, about life lessons from festival culture and beyond. He also hosts the Psychedelic Therapy Podcast for Maya Health where he serves as the Vice President of Community. Maya Health is building software to support psychedelic healers and the wise stewardship of data between patients and researchers.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of destigmatizing all drugs, including alcohol! Shifting from a harm reduction model to an enhancement benefit model

  • The value in heavy psychedelic experiences like ibogaine and in more subtle ones like silence

  • What one man learned from his experience with Ibogaine in Gabon

  • How self expression can come through regalia and avatarism 

  • That we all have medicine where are our wounds are, and how families can heal together

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The Sabina Project: A Conversation with Founders Undrea Wright and Charlotte James

inbodied life Aug 09, 2020


Founded by Charlotte James and Undrea Wright, The Sabina Project is an educational, healing and inclusive space for all modern journeyers. The Sabina Project offers online and in-person Sacred Earth Medicine integration sessions and workshops to inspire radical self transformation and community liberation, focusing on the BIPOC (Black, Indigenou and People of Color) community.

Charlotte James has been a harm reductionist and psychedelic explorer for over ten years, but her path through this work has not been linear. After leaving harm reduction due to rapid burn out, she is back in the psychedelic space with renewed energy. Charlotte works to create a world in which everyone is able to live in fearless pursuit of their own radical transformation. She uses her skills as a marketing strategist and content creator to build and engage a virtual community focused on pursuing equitable liberation. 

Undrea Wright has been working to heal...

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Be Like Water, My Friend: A Conversation about Life with Shannon Lee

inbodied life podcast Aug 03, 2020


SHANNON LEE is the CEO and Owner of the Bruce Lee Family Companies. Shannon’s mission is to provide access for people to Bruce Lee’s philosophy through education and entertainment. In addition to being the daughter of Bruce Lee, Shannon is the Executive Producer of Cinemax’s WARRIOR based on her father’s writings as well as a singer, actor, producer, speaker, writer, and mother. Her first book, Be Water, My Friend, will be released October 2020 on her father’s philosophy and how to use it in daily life. Shannon hopes that these insights will help uplift, heal and unify people the world over. I am grateful to call Shannon a very dear friend of mine, and when we sat down to chat, the conversation just water! We talked about mental health, martial arts, philosophy, identity, spirituality, death and, of course, psychedelics!

What you will learn:

  • A taste of Bruce Lee’s philosophy and how...

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Heroic Hearts Project: Connecting Veterans with Psychedelic Medicine with Founder Jesse Gould

inbodied life podcast Jul 27, 2020


As Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, Jesse Gould spearheaded the research and acceptance of ayahuasca therapy programs for military veterans. Jesse has raised over $200,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s, partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers and is researching psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia. 

His mission is to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma and to spread awareness of the benefits that ayahuasca therapies offer as an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals. Jesse has spoken globally about the benefits of psychedelics on mental health and he has been recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist.

In this conversation, we talk about Jesse’s personal experience in the service, his journey into psychedelics, and how he’s been...

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Consciousness Medicine: Conversations with Françoise Bourzat about Bridging an Ancient Lineage with Traditional Psychotherapy

inbodied life podcast Jul 19, 2020


Françoise Bourzat is a consciousness guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec tradition and other indigenous traditions. She has a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from New College of California and is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner. Drawing from more than 30 years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states without divorcing them from their indigineous, ritual contexts. 

Bourzat trains therapists and facilitators, teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and lectures internationally. In 2019, North Atlantic Books Consciousness Medicine, a book co-authored by Francoise and one of her students Kristina Hunter. The book delivers a coherent map for navigating non-ordinary states of consciousness and offers an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation. 

Born in France, Francoise spent...

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The Snake Skin Shedding: Conversations about Music, Medicine and Nature with East Forest

inbodied life podcast Jul 13, 2020


East Forest is a unique bird in the Wild West aviary of electronic-chamber music, bridging the digital and natural realms. The fundamental mission of his project is to create sonic architecture for listeners to explore their inner space. As a leader in the field of wellness, he offers a spiritual yet secular pathway aimed squarely at the challenges of our contemporary lives. 

As a spiritual teacher and facilitator, East Forest has trail-blazed a path in the wellness movement building connections between the digital and natural worlds. His collaborations include Google and John Hopkins neuroaesthetics program, Consciousness Hacking, Science And Nonduality (SAND), in addition to his weekly podcast series that offers discussions with thought leaders alongside musically guided original meditations.  As a consistent pillar of his public offerings, East Forest offers in person retreats for deeper immersive experiences both at the...

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Decolonizing the Body: Conversations about Race, Social Justice and Psychedelics with Camille Barton

inbodied life podcast Jul 06, 2020


Camille Barton (they/them) is a non binary artist, writer and somatic educator, working on the intersections of wellness, drug policy and transformative justice. Camille is the director of the Collective Liberation Project, and the creator of a trauma informed approach to diversity and decolonization work that centres on the body and lived experience. 

Camille offers Embodied Social Change - movement sessions that fuse somatics and partner work to explore how oppression, such as racism and ableism, is rooted in the body; and how we can re-pattern it using mindful attention and movement.

Camille is currently researching grief on behalf of the Global Environments Network, creating a tool kit of embodied grief practices to support efforts for intersectional ecological justice. They also work as an advisor for MAPS, ensuring that MDMA psychotherapy will be accessible to global majority communities (POC), most harmed by the war on...
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