PLANT-BASED LIVING

Jo-Anne McArthur on Uncovering Truth & Inspiring Compassion for We Animals

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Each week I talk to women who are creating and living the life that they want to live and today I’m talking to Jo-Anne McArthur.

For fifteen years, Jo-Anne has been documenting our complex relationship with animals. She has walked onto factory farms, visited zoos and marine parks, attended rodeos, assisted in animal rescues and raids, and documented the lives of animals in sanctuaries. With her images, JoAnne seeks to bring the invisible animals of our world––the animals we eat, wear, test on, and confine––into the light.

This might seem different to you, if you’ve listened to the show before, because we usually talk about spirituality, manifestation, wellness, entrepreneurship, but here’s the thing.

As is the micro, as is the macro. If we’re not taking care of one another, and yes this includes the animals and plants on our planet, we feel this on a much bigger scale. And we’re seeing it now – animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.

And Jo-Anne discusses these very difficult topics with such compassion, such empathy, without judgement and she even talks about how going vegan made her feel more clear spiritually as well.

Jo-Anne founded We Animals, an international photo project documenting our complex relationships with animals around the world and in 2013, she was the subject of the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of these abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings.

In 2018, one of her images won the People’s Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and her newest endeavour, the Unbound Project, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical.

Jo-Anne’s images have been used in hundreds of campaigns around the world, including by the largest animal protection groups in the world. She is the author of two books We Animals (2014), and Captive (2017) and in 2017, she and the We Animals team launched the We Animals Archive, which allows free use of thousands of images for anyone fighting for animals.

If you like what you hear today, or you’re inspired to eat more plants and less animals, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast, Manifest This!, on iTunes and email me a screenshot of your review to hello@ashleywood.life. I will send you a free ebook called High Vibe Vegan Food filled with delicious recipes to help get you started!

 

"I felt totally spiritually aligned with myself and who I wanted to be and who I wanted to be in the world.” 

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ what Jo-Anne does and how she got into this work
+ who the ‘invisible animals’ are
+ how people respond to Jo-Anne’s message
+ Carnism
+ why I gave up dairy
+ the lies that children are told by the dairy industry in elementary schools
+ how Jo-Anne speaks to children in elementary schools about the factory farming industry and invisible animals
+ why Jo-Anne went vegan
+ how veganism and spirituality are interconnected
+ how Jo-Anne finds the opportunities to take the photos that she does
+ We Animals Archive
+ how We Animals and Jo-Anne’s work is funded
+ how Jo-Anne remains emotionally grounded and how she takes care of herself
+ the Unbound Project
+ dairy and feminism
+ how she feels about the work she does

 

“The animals who are the most abused are the female animals.” 

 

Ellen Fisher on Unschooling and Following Your Heart

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I want to take a moment to deeply thank you for all of your feedback and love on my special birthday episode that I shared last week – 33 Things that I’ve Learned in 33 Years – so many of you told me that my words brought you to tears and that means the world to me.
I was talking to one of my close girlfriends Alexandra Dawson, former podcast guest (episode 10) about how I wished I had included one more lesson and she suggested that I share it today as a good luck lesson “you always need an extra for good luck!” she said.

So here it is…

Appreciate your body. Love your body. LIVE in your body. Respect your body.

This is one that I’m always working with. I constantly find myself looking back at photos of myself thinking “I looked so good then…” or “wow..I was so fit then..” when in reality, I’m still wearing the same clothes, they fit the same…the shape of my body may have changed a little here and there but for the most part, I look the same now as I did in the photographs that I always look back on. It’s my mind that sees someone different in the mirror. And here’s the thing – my body made a baby, birthed a baby medication free and has breastfed her now for almost 21 months. My body healed itself naturally after being burnt in a house-fire. My body has overcome an eating disorder. The list goes on and I’m sure you have similar stories about what your amazing body has done for you. Because our bodies work SO HARD every single day for us so something that I’m constantly working on, my “lesson for good luck” is to constantly love and accept the ebbs and flows of my body as it evolves with time and life.

Let’s talk about today’s guest – Ellen Fisher.
Ellen is such an effortless force. I started watching her YouTube videos years ago and fell in love with her vibrant, healthy, natural lifestyle in Maui Hawaii. Sharing now with an audience of half a million people, Ellen’s become a world-wide resource and role model for veganism, gentle parenting, home birthing and breastfeeding. In our chat we talk about how she and her husband Andrew manifested their move from California to Hawaii, why they did it and how they made it happen, we talk about unschooling and Ellen’s thoughts on the traditional school system, we talk about raising vegan children and what to do if you have a picky eater and we also talk about how social media has helped Ellen build up her confidence and improve her relationship with herself.

 

"Living is learning.”

 

In This Episode We Discuss...

+ why Ellen & her family decided to move to Hawaii from California and how they made it happen
+ tips Ellen has for others who want to move somewhere else
+ how Ellen has achieved financial freedom for her and her family
+ Ellen’s social media career
+ breastfeeding & milk sharing
+ our feelings around education
+ unschooling and allowing children to be ‘free thinkers’
+ raising children vegan
+ tips on getting your children to eat more fruits and vegetables
+ outside negativity and how to overcome it

 

"I really believe that we are all born vegan in our mind and in our hearts.”

 

33 Things I've Learned in 33 Years

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Today is my birthday! I’m 33 years old today and so far this has been the most incredible year of my life. I really feel like for the first time in my life I’m living my Divine purpose. I have found my place, my purpose, my role in this life and I am so, so happy. So today I am going to share with you, in no particular order, 33 things I’ve learned in my 33 years of life. 

 

In This Episode I Discuss...

+ 33 of the most important lessons that I've learned in my 33 years of life
+ my Akashic Records readings
+ the winners of the free Akashic Records readings

 

“Once I let go of competition with myself and other people, I felt so much more at peace.”

 

Amelia Barnes on Light After Loss and Healing the Planet One Garment at a Time

episode 41

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Each and every week I have the honour of sitting down with an extraordinary woman who is creating and living the life that she wants to live to talk about manifestation, spirituality, wellness, entrepreneurship, motherhood and more all with the intention of inspiring you to connect to your highest self so that you can manifest magic in your life! And today I’m talking to Amelia Barnes.

You may recognize her from her yoga videos on oneOeight or from her popular Instagram account @ameliayoga or perhaps you own one or many pieces from her eco-friendly clothing line, Prana Vida.

I started following Amelia back in 2014 when she was publicly sharing her grieving process after losing her son Landon on Instagram. Landon only lived for four days but touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world and continues to do so today. We’ll talk more about him and the work Amelia did to process her grief as well as what she’s up to now, as a mom to her daughter Lily, a business owner, why she cares about making her clothing eco-friendly and what that even means and also about her new vegan and zero waste lifestyle.

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ Amelia’s son Landon
+ how Amelia used writing and sharing to process and overcome her grief
+ how the power of social media can help us heal
+ ICP signs and symptoms
+ Amelia’s business Prana Vida
+ the new materials she's using in her summer collection and why
+ Amelia’s new lifestyle as a zero waste vegan
+ grocery shopping as a zero waste vegan
+ raising vegan children

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Demetra Penner on Connecting to Earth Mother and Unblocking Financial Abundance

episode 40

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Today I’m chatting with Demetra Penner, creator of all potions for Sweet Spirit Apothecary, plant medicine expert, musician, mystical spiritual goddess and I love this conversation so, so much. Her words were and are like medicine to me.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t going to air this episode until June, we recorded it less than a week ago. When I made the decision to go down to one episode per week, I sat with the decision for a few days before sharing it with you and during that time I did some inner work. I know that when I am out of alignment my masculine energy becomes more prominent and it was this conversation with Demetra that helped me really realized that. It felt like she was sent straight from Spirit to me in the very right moment. So I had to air it right away because the words she shares today spoke straight to my heart, like medicine for my soul.

She shares about her life in her little cabin in the forest on the lake and how she and her finance found themselves living surrounded by nature, she talks about her life as a Spiritual woman and about how she’s been different from the moment she was born, she talks about plant medicine and how plants are aligned with our chakras, she talks about being so immersed in the Feminine as an eternal creator and at the end we talk about money – blocks around money, the energy exchange of money and how we both view money so differently now than we used to.

And she’s also doing a giveaway!

Demetra is so kind to share a $100 Sweet Spirit Apothecary giftcard to one lucky listener.

To enter...
Follow me on Instagram @_ashleywood
Follow Demetra on Instagram @sweetspiritapothecary
And subscribe, rate and review this show on iTunes (has to be on iTunes) and send me a screenshot of the review to hello@ashleywood.life.

I’ll choose a winner at random on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ how Demetra found herself living in a cabin in the forest on a lake
+ how she knew she was different from others around her from the start
+ how Demetra views life
+ the importance of nature to Demetra
+ how she started making plant medicine
+ essential oils
+ the similarities between our bodies, the chakras and plants
+ how Mother Earth blesses us with her abundance in plants
+ why Demetra is choosing to keep her business small
+ how manifestations never end and that as humans we are constantly creating
+ our society’s relationship with money
+ money, blockages, misunderstandings and resolutions 

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Sahara Rose on Speaking Your Truth and Modern Ayurveda

episode 38

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Today I'm talking to Sahara Rose. Sahara is inspiring, she’s SO wise, she’s on fire!

She is the best-selling author of the Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda and has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra.

She is a Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic and Sports Nutritionist, wellness blogger and host of the Highest Self Podcast – which just hit 1 million downloads in just 10 months of existence and is listed as top 7 podcasts by Yoga Journal. Sahara's mission is to awaken people to their innate potential so they can share their gifts and fulfill their purpose on this planet.

Her next book, Eat Feel Fresh: A Plant-based Contemporary Ayurvedic Cookbook will be available in bookstores nationwide October 9. And we talk about her book a bit in our discussion and HOW it’s different from every other Ayurveda book out there.

We also talk about world travel, we talk about the problems within the spiritual community, we talk about past lives, we talk about manifestation. 

I seriously love this conversation so much. She’s truly speaking her truth and I am so excited to share it with you.

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ what is Ayurveda
+ Sahara's approach to 'modern Ayurveda' and why she was afraid of questioning the ancient traditions
+ how Sahara's world travels have inspired the work she does now and who she is as a person
+ women's rights in India
+ problems within the spiritual community
+ how Sahara manifests
+ the Law of Attraction
+ past lives and the concept of time

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THANK YOU TO THE DIVACUP FOR SPONSORING THIS EPISODE!

 

I love doing giveaways because I love giving back to you when I can. One listener will receive...

+ one DivaCup
+ one DivaWash
+ one copy of Sahara's book, The Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda

To enter the giveaway…
+ follow ME on Instagram @_ashleywood
+ follow DIVACUP on Instagram @thedivacup
+ follow SAHARA on Instagram @iamsahararose
+ subscribe, rate and review this podcast and email me a screenshot of the review to hello@ashleywood.life

Contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States
Contest closes on May 18, winner will be contacted at 5:00 pm CST

Monique Pantel on Finding Your Purpose & Giving Yourself Permission to Embrace What You Love

episode 36

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I'm super excited to share today's episode with you because it's the recording from my first ever Manifest This LIVE! event that I held a few weeks ago on Earth Day here in Winnipeg.

I wish you ALL could've been there (and thank you so so so much to those who came out) the energy in the room was HIGH VIBE in every sense - it was so positive, so full of love, so inspiring, over 70 people came out, which was 20 over capacity and honestly it was such an incredible experience, I can't wait to do another one on MAY 16! I'll be interviewing Kiera Fogg, President and Creator of Little Box of Rocks at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg and we'll also be celebrating the launch of her book Crystal Gridwork: The Power of Crystals and Sacred Geometry to Heal, Protect, and Inspire. You can learn more about that event here.  

Monique Pantel was everything and more that I hoped she'd be as my first Manifest This! LIVE guest - she's inspiring, well-spoken, so intelligent, so insightful and after the event I received so many messages from women telling me how it was the best part of their weekend and that they felt SO inspired to enter the week as their best selves. I hope you feel the same way, too!

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ how she made the transition from her previous business, Prairie Yogi, to running her own photography business
+ why she chose to be a photographer
+ what it was like breaking off her partnership with her previous business owner (and friend)
+ giving yourself permission to be who you are and embrace what you love
+ her experiences traveling the world as an International Photographer
+ Monique's Heart Projects
+ how the book "The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" changed her life and how she views herself as an artist
+ why Monique became vegan and how it's changed her
+ Q&A from the audience

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Thank you so much to our partners Generation Green, Peg City Yoga and Little Box of Rocks who helped make this event and episode happen!

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Channeling the Light & Focusing Inwards

episode 30

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Today I want to talk about channeling the light. Choosing love.

In a world where there is so much darkness, always. We see hate, we see war, we see crime, the news sensationalizes it, it’s on social media, people are targeted, bullied, slammed and as a vegan, an ethical vegan, the injustice to animals and people within this industry, along with so many others, is everywhere. When I first went vegan someone told me that it’s like opening your eyes for the first time. You cannot close them again to the suffering, to the cruelty. And I feel like this is the case for whatever cause pulls at your heart. The more you see it, the more you learn about it, the more injustice you become aware of.

So how do we remain positive? How do I channel the light and remain calm and aligned? That's what I'm discussing today. 

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IN THIS EPISODE I DISCUSS...

+ an email that I received from a listener about an issue they have with Abraham Hicks
+ how I used to be an 'angry vegan'
+ how I channel light and remain positive and in alignment

SHOW NOTES

Abraham Hicks YouTube channel
 

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Julie Piatt on Mothering, Eternally Creating and the Rise of SriMati

episode 29

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Today I’m talking to Julie Piatt.

And you guys…pinch me. Did this really happen?
When I first started this podcast I made a list of guests that I want on the show. It was a very, very long list and thank you Universe, a lot of them have already been on the show. I also made a list of dream guests – guests that I thought “okay, maybe one day I’ll be able to connect with these women, maybe they’ll want to come on the show…who knows when, maybe after the show has been up and running for a few years and has hundreds of thousands or millions of downloads, maybe then I’ll get to connect with these women.”

Julie was one of the women on the list.

And here she is.

Manifest This! is three months old and Julie is on the show today.
To say I’m fangirling is an understatement, but I truly feel as though I manifested this interaction and connection, I’m forever grateful for it and my goodness, she’s an angel.

She’s so wise, I believe she’s lived SO many lifetimes (maybe this is her last one) because her wisdom and the way she speaks is so grounded, so eloquent, so graceful and confident and so calming.

If you don’t know her, Julie Piatt, also known as SriMati, is a true spiritual wellness warrior. She’s an author, podcast host, plant based chef, motivational speaker, meditation guide, yoga teacher, and singer. At the core of all of Julie’s offerings is an opportunity for an expansion of our perspectives; a gain of cosmic view so that we all may realize our divine blueprint or life purpose.

Julie has spent decades expressing divinity in all her life experiences. Living from a deep place of devotion SriMati guides others to remember their spiritual nature so that they too can experience the full presence of existence: the eternal consciousness breathing all life.

And we talk about SO MANY things in our conversation.

We touch on her background a little, we talk about the nature of the feminine existential frequency and how this energy breathes through Julie and allows her to continue creating, we talk about appreciating the friction in our lives, how it provides us room for expansion and growth, we talk about spirituality and her upbringing, we talk about raising children with spirituality, we talk about where she’s at currently with her kids in her journey as a mother, we talk about homeschooling and unschooling, we talk about what Julie calls ‘her sacred moment’, the rise of her empire, SriMati, why she chose to write a book about Italian cooking and so much more.

This conversation is truly spectacular and I’m so honoured to share it with you. Please listen to the end to hear how you can enter to win a trip to Italy to join Julie and her husband Rich Roll at their sold-out retreat this spring.

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ how Julie built the life she has for herself
+ the nature of the feminine existential frequency and how this energy breathes through Julie
+ why some of us incarnate into a family we do not fit into
+ appreciating the friction and room for expansion in our lives
+ Julie’s upbringing and spirituality
+ involving children in spiritual practices
+ the journey Julie is currently at with her kids
+ why Julie doesn’t believe children need to be taught to meditate
+ homeschooling and unschooling
+ the many colours of love
+ Julie’s "sacred moment"
+ the rise of SriMati Empire
+ SriMati This Cheese is Nuts
+ the PlantPower Way Italia

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Summer Sanders on Eating Disorder Recovery, Plant-Based Living & the Power of Childbirth

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Today on the show I’m talking to Summer Sanders. Since recording this podcast, which was the first time we ever talked, to now airing it, I consider Summer a friend. We just click, you know? She’s so kind and genuine and down to Earth and I want to go to Sedona ASAP and hang out with her and her little guy Henry and drink juice at her shop, Local Juicery and soak up the spiritual vibe that apparently Sedona has to offer!

Summer is a trained raw food chef, an author, a restaurant owner, a plant-based nutritionist, a personal trainer, a mother and she’s one of the few people I know who was raised by a mother who had her at home, was juicing, eating vegan, and doing the whole WELLNESS thing long before it hit the ‘scene.’

In our chat we discuss Summer’s background, how she found juice and fell in love with it so deeply that she ended up opening a juice bar. We also talk about eating disorders, something we both have experience with. Summer and I talk about how we have both dealt with our eating disorders, we talk about raising our children vegan, we talk about the school system, we talk about so much.

I loved this conversation, it was a JOY getting to know her better and I know you’re going to love her too. AND this is Summer’s first time ever being on a podcast, so exciting!

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IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS...

+ Summer's holistic upbringing, being born at home, being exposed to nature, living off the grid
+ moving with her mother to Sedona, Arizona
+ being ‘the weird kid' at school and how this affected her development
+ what she describes as having a fragmented sense of self’ 
+ experiencing a dark time after moving to California and changing her career path
+ what led her to trying her first juice cleanse
+ coming home to herself
+ attending Matthew Kenney's school and working for him
+ pregnancy
+ openning Local Juicery in Seonda in 2015
+ her experience with disordered eating
+ raising plant-based children
+ home-schooling vs. public school
+ ups & downs with meat
+ postpartum recovery
+ spending time doing the things you enjoy
+ finding balance and enjoyment in life
+ crystals
+ knowing what’s right for YOU
+ how to incorporate more plants into your diet

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The first ever Manifest This! LIVE event is taking place on April 22 in Winnipeg at Fools & Horses! I’ll be interviewing Monique Pantel, owner of Pantel Photography – and you guys, she’s an angel. Monique is so kind and so special and she’s built a successful photography business that takes her all around the world. Monique’s photos are so beautiful, she captures moments unlike anyone else and she puts her heart into her work. She’s always jet setting to gorgeous destinations like Italy or Kenya or Arizona or Mexico to shoot for weddings, family portraits and NGO’s and we’re going to talk about how she’s creating and living a life that she loves and so much more.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – We’re going to start our chat around 6:15 pm so please come early – doors will open at 5:40 pm, you can come get a drink, hang out…it’s going to be cozy, intimate and really fun. I can’t wait to see you there!