S2E11: What's in a Witch?

This week the Semi-Woo duo sits down with self-proclaimed witch Jen Siomacco in a classic woo woo episode. In addition to casting spells and whipping up potions Jen heads up Catalyst Wedding Magazine which caters to "feminists, the LGBTQ community and woke folk." We discuss the real origins of the Salem witch trials, cultural appropriation of spiritual practices and why Jen will never again put a hex on a living being!

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Catalyst Wedding Magazine: http://www.catalystwedco.com/magazine/

The Good Witch's Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells (The Modern-Day Witch) 

BeingBoss Podcast (https://beingboss.club/podcast/podcast-episode-51-getting-witchy-carolyn-elliott)

Hauswitch Store (https://hauswitchstore.com/)

S2E10: Amanda's Ayahuasca Journey

It's been a long 3 years since Semi-Woo co-host Amanda's last Ayahuasca journey. Listen in to find out how this magical, mysterious plant medicine took her into the past, the future and somewhere completely inexplicable. You'll hear how this jungle concoction cleans the body, the mind and of course the spirit. And even get a glimpse into her future wedding!

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S2E9: Heather's Vipassana Retreat

Over the last few weeks, Semi-Woo co-host Heather went through the toughest 10 days of her life. She attended a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat and feels like a completely new person. Tune to in find out how 3 whole days of noticing your breath on the top of your lip with yield the same results as an intense plant medicine ceremony. Heather now knows what it feels like to experience one's self as a truly vibrational being on a sub-atomic level! Check out this week's deep-dive into intense meditation with Semi-Woo.

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The Northwest Vipassana Center

Goenka, Vipassana Teacher

Gaia Sagrada

S2E8: All in a day's (Sex) Work: Interview with J. Leigh Brantly

Today's podcast is interesting, inspiring and very eye-opening. What does it mean to be a sex worker in the world today? We sit down with Family in Woo and long time friend J. Leigh to discuss sex worker rights and the fight for fair representation in the current atmosphere of human rights advocacy on a broader scope. Laugh, back us up with an amen and expand in this rousing Semi-Woo episode (we promise this ain't your grandmas podcast!) 

J. Leigh Brantly is a genderqueer professional Dominatrix, sexuality educator, sex worker activist/organizer, fetish wrestler, media consultant, performer, filmmaker, and sex researcher. Zhe is Alternative Sexuality Advisor for the SOAR Institute, Public Health and Administrative Director for;Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society and volunteers for Best Practices Policy Project. You can regularly find J. Leigh’s entitled ass trying to submit you on a Jiu-Jitsu mat.

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SOAR Institute: https://www.soarinstitute.org/
MoMa Sex Workers' Festival of Resistance
All In A Day's Sex Work By Blair Hopkins (Documentary) http://www.wayfaringphoto.com/

S2E7: What do camp, activism and photography have in common? Carly Romeo of Feminist Camp

You're a Feminist and you want to work to further the cause and keep food on table, but how? Enter Feminist Camp. In this week's episode we sit down with activist, photographer and all-around super woman Carly Romeo. As Director of Feminist Camp her work empowers feminists to find their place and build their skills, "translating theory into action."    Before she co-founded Catalyst Wedding Magazine she couldn't find one relevant website in a Google search for "feminist wedding photography. Her photography philosophy is refreshing. She’s created a simple, authentic, candid, comfortable style that resonates with people who want to sincerely celebrate their union (more than the amount of tulle on the brides dress).     Enjoy this laughter-filled episode that includes Carly’s take on the plusses and minuses of the #metoo movement and where we’re headed in our global pursuit of equality. 

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Soap Box Inc.
Feminist Camp
Catalyst Wedding Magazine
Carly Romeo & Co.

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S2E6: Psychedelic Science and Consciousness with Comedian Shane Mauss

You won’t want to miss this week’s existential and psychedelic melting of the minds! Podcaster and science-loving comedian Shane Mauss joins hosts Heather and Amanda on the ‘Woo. If you’ve ever wondered what 100 DMT trips will do to your mind and your waking life, Shane is your go-to dude. He’s spent the last few years touring the world with his psychedelic comedy show which is “part stand-up, part funny stories of experiences, and part Ted Talk.” He also runs a unique behavioral and evolutionary science podcast, Here We Are.  Shane teaches us that our thoughts are slippery motherf*ckers that have a life of the own. And has all of our reality has been dreamed up by our ancestors sitting around a campfire? You’ll find out on this week’s trippy episode.

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Shane Mauss: http://www.shanemauss.com/

Here We Are Podcast: http://www.herewearepodcast.com/

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S2E5: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do?

Another classic "Heather and Amanda" episode of Semi-Woo featuring Heather's recent relationship and a plant-medicine-induced breakup. What happens when you mix powerful weed oil into a nice, warm soup? Well, it may just give you insight into your relationship, your job, where your money is being spent and how to heal all of these areas of your life. Tune in to hear all of the insights on this week's episode.

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S2E4: Working with Ayahuasca at Gaia Sagrada

Semi-Woo is broadcasting from Gaia Sagrada Plant Medicine Retreat Center in southern Ecuador. Amanda sits down in the Goddess Temple with one of her fellow work exchangers, Manuel Bourget. Manuel started his journey with Ayahuasca 3 years ago in Costa Rica. Since his first ceremony, he has learned what it means to have an open heart, how to grow in confidence and understanding the energy force that drives all life.  If you've ever wondered what the workers and helpers do at an Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat, you'll want to get into this awesome episode of Semi-Woo!

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S2E3: MycoMeditations Mushroom Retreat Review

In episode 1 of Season 2, we discussed Amanda's personal journey all over Mexico & Jamaica. Today, we get an in-depth look at her time as a teacher, facilitator at MycoMeditations Mushroom Retreat. This "Psychedelic Specialists Retreat" featured comedian Shane Mauss, psychedelic researcher Katherine Maclean, Ph.D. and art integration healer Eileen Hall. The 10-day retreat was magical, transformational and a whole lot of fun. Listen in to all the mystical details, mon!

 

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S2E2: Conscious Online Dating

This week Heather and Amanda are joined by best friend Sarah Perry for a stimulating round table discussion on online dating. We share our different juicy stories, perspectives, cautionary tales and hopes for the future of responsible, conscious relationships in this rousing episode you won't want to miss!

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