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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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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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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EXPANDING CONNECTIVITY: A Conversation with Amanda Feilding from the Beckley Foundation

inbodied life podcast Jun 21, 2020


Amanda Feilding is the founder and executive director of the Beckley Foundation, and is widely recognised as one of the driving forces behind the current psychedelic research renaissance. By establishing key research collaborations with some of the world’s most prestigious universities, she has propelled the field forward over the last 20 years, conducting several landmark studies, such as the world’s first LSD brain imaging study.

Since its inception, the Beckley Foundation has been at the forefront of the development of evidence-based drug policy. Through a series of pivotal international seminars at the House of Lords, over 50 much-cited reports and numerous meetings with thought-leaders, academics, policy-makers and the public, Amanda has ensured that the Beckley Foundation is a leader in the movement for drug policy reform. Through her work with the Beckley Foundation, Amanda is bridging the gap between science and...
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Nourishing The Disruption and Turning Big Experiences into Big Change: Conversations with Psychologist Ido Cohen

inbodied life podcast Jun 14, 2020


Dr. Ido Cohen is a clinical psychologist trained at CIIS and the Jung Institute in San Francisco. Ido works with individuals, couples and groups in the Bay Area, specializing in early childhood trauma treatment, recovery from addiction, relationship issues, and psycho spiritual exploration. Ido’s doctoral dissertation focused on the psychospiritual integration process of Ayahuasca ceremonies using a Jungian psychology lens. Ido offers preparation and integration services to individuals and groups, as well as various workshops and trainings on the topic. He is the founder of The Integration Circle, an organized community of professionals who are dedicated and passionate about helping individuals and groups prepare and integrate psychedelic and entheogenic experiences into long term and sustainable changes. In this conversation, we talk about the need for personal and systemic integration, the mess of healing, and why being you means...

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