This week Walker Thornton speaks with Mary Ann about her work as an educator, public speaker and author advocating for women’s sexuality and encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. We talk midlife, women’s right to stay focused on their own wants and needs and why being in touch with our own sexuality is important and vital at every age.

Walker Thornton is an educator, public speaker and the author of Inviting Desire, A Guide for Women Who Want to Enhance Their Sex Life. She is a strong advocate for women’s sexuality, encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. Walker is the Sexual Health columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about sex and the older adult for Kinkly.com and other sites.

You can connect with her on her website www.walkerthornton.com,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkerJThornton/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WalkerThornton and
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+WalkerThornton/posts

This week we speak with Kimberly Weiss a Body Positive Health Coach about what it means to truly believe in the possibility of health at any size, why she is so angry about the public health obsession with obesity and why we each need to start with defining what health means for us and our own unique body.

Kimberly Weiss is a body positive, BS – free health coach for normal women that don’t want to manifest things or go on a juice cleanse. She coaches smart women who overthink, try to have it together all the time on the outside and want to stop freaking out about eating an extra cookie (or 5). She knows there is more to wellness than organic apples and kale and teaches people the power of fitness + movement for it’s mental benefits and not just a 6-pack. She can be found over at www.kimberlyweiss.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kimberlyweiss/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeissKimberly/

This week we talk with Ronna Detrick about how writing, both for herself and for others has helped her to delve deep in to her true nature. We talk about how writing can help us to uncover more about our deep fears and desires and in doing so identify our power and potential as women. Ronna also tells us about the support she is now offering to other women who want support and witness with their own writing.

Ronna Detrick reconnects us with the sacred that exists all around us and especially within. She is a writer, a speaker, and a coach/Spiritual Director. She has been blogging for over ten years, offering online products and courses for the past eight, and having rich, sacred, and provocative conversations longer than both of these combined. She has done a TEDx talk on Eve, creates and offers free weekly NotesFromHer, has an App called Sacred Muse, and offers * SacredReadings, sort-of like Tarot, but with the sacred stories she loves. She has most recently created a new offering called SacredWriting for writers, journalers, everyone! In the midst of all this, she drinks too much coffee, toasts “being enough” with champagne on Fridays, and is beyond proud to be the mom of the two most amazing daughters in the entire world.
ronnadetrick.com

This week we talk to Sarah Lloyd-Hughes from Ginger Public Speaking about her passion for supporting women to use their voices to share a message that really makes a difference. We talk about what holds us back from speaking our truth, how we can use imperfection to our advantage and why she’s committed to work with 100 leading women to support them to create change in the world.

Follow and find Sarah
www.gingerpublicspeaking.com
@gingernibbles on Twitter and Instagram

This week Mary Ann talks to Gwynn Raimondi, a an electrical engineer turned therapist about trauma and how we process it. Gwynn shares how she works not only with her clients own lived experiences of trauma but also both cultural and intergenerational trauma and we discuss why this kind of work is so closely connected to our desire for Social Justice

Gwynn Raimondi, MA, LMFTA is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate in the state of Washington. She specialises in processing trauma (specific traumatic acute or chronic experiences, intergenerational trauma, and cultural relational trauma) and grief with women (CIS, Transgender, AFAB non-binary and gender queer) in small groups, both in-person and online, as well as individually. She writes about how the individual and collective, self and social, and personal and political are related and interconnected on her blog as well as on Facebook. She is also a homeschooling mom of two, has the mouth of a drunken sailor, and enjoys burning down our patriarchal culture every way she can.

Contact Gwynn:
Website: http://gwynnraimondi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwynn.raimondi
https://www.facebook.com/GwynnRaimondiMA
Instagram @gwynnraimondi
Twitter @gwynnraimondi
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In this podcast we talk to Elinor Predota about story telling, being a pagan and why listening matters so much when you want to both tell stories and work for social justice.

Elinor is a storyteller, singer, Priestess, Interfaith Minister, thinker, activist and artist. She’s also a spoonie, a Marxist and intersectional feminist, a mystic, a Witch, a geek, and an out and proud, queer bisexual dyke.

She lives in the hills of southern Scotland with her partner and their big, fluffy dog, Mischa. Much of the time, she can be found knitting or crocheting, watching Star Trek or My Little Pony, baking gluten free goodies, singing to the land and its spirits, and cuddling with her pack.

She is constantly fascinated by uncovering what is, and discovering and creating what could be. Her work with others involves the creation and telling of stories; one to one work; retreats, classes and workshops; and the magic of ritual and ceremony.

All of what Elinor does is rooted in the practice of deep presence and listening, creating a welcoming space in which all feelings, all perspectives, all identities, all responses and reactions — whether expected or unexpected, pleasant or challenging — may find a home, and where experiences and lives may be transformed. This is her small contribution to the liberation of all beings.

Connect with Elinor
Website: http://elinorpredota.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PriestessElinor

This week Mary Ann talks to Claire Mahon, a human rights lawyer based in Geneva who consults, coaches and mentors others to do human rights work as well as running her own not-for-profit human rights legal work. We talk about how she got in to human rights work, what motivates and inspires her, what she has learnt along the way and how she has learnt to look after herself as well as the crucial work she undertakes.

Claire Mahon is an international human rights lawyer based in Geneva, where she is the founder of the social enterprise the Global Human Rights Group. Claire is also a coach and mentor, committed to nurturing advocates and change-makers, and developing up-and-coming, as well we already well-established, global leaders. She has worked for 20 years in a variety of roles, including as a lawyer in the private sector, as a human rights practitioner with non-governmental organisations, undertaking consultancies for UN agencies, and teaching and researching on international law and organisations in some of the world’s leading academic institutions. Claire shares insights into her world of working with human rights defenders and creating the next generation of human rights advocates with her Patreon supporters at http://patreon.com/clairemahon

Find Claire at:  clairemahon.com & GlobalHumanRightsGroup.org

Follow Claire on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/CMCoachingMentoring
http://www.facebook.com/GlobalHumanRightsGroup
http.//www.facebook.com/GlobalHumanRightsClinic

Find here on Twitter: @claire_mahon &@glblhumanrights

The current course that Claire talks about on the show:
https://globalhumanrightsgroup.doki.io/how-to-stand-up-for-human-rights (it’s not too late to enrol!)

This week we talk to Julika von Stackelberg , a parenting educator based in New York working with the Cornell Co-operative Extension about how she discovered the peaceful parenting approach that she now promotes, what it entails, how it has challenged her and the  parents she works with and why she thinks that changing our approach to parenting could, in the long run, change the world.

Julika von Stackelberg-Addo is a Parenting & Family Life Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension. She has an international background and has worked with parents one-on-one, in groups and as a workshop leader, teaching parenting skills and helping families integrate their unique values into their lives.

Julika’s background also includes raising funds and awareness to help end violence against women. She lives in New York, USA with her husband and their three children ages 11, 9 and 5. She loves books (mostly audio), binges on podcasts, loves the outdoors and hopes to run a Ragnar Race one day.

Best way to reach here is via email jv426@cornell.edu

Follow Julika on Facebook where she shares lots of useful resources about parenting peacefully:

Or Find her on Instagram

Here are some links to some of her favorite podcasts about parenting:

http://www.joyfulcourage.com/podcast/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/leadingedgeparenting (it’s an “older” one, but has excellent content)

Parenting Books Julika recommends:

The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary – general parenting approach

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham – general parenting approach, great for parents of young children. This author also has a great blog http://www.ahaparenting.com/peaceful-parent-happy-kids

Any book by Dr. Dan Siegel http://www.drdansiegel.com/books_and_more/ Parents of kids of all ages

Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalin Wisman – excellent book on understanding ‘girl world’ and helping girls navigate the tween and teen years