DD#62 – ‘Good Girl’ Intervention & Group Discussion w/ Guest Contributors

Over in our After The Org recovery group, the topic of 'good-girl conditioning' has come up on several occasions, and it inspired Maria Skinner to suggest we chat it out! I loved the idea, and today we're sharing the result. We lost a chunk of our convo to tech issues, but I was able to salvage the best parts. Please note: While the title of this episode is gender-specific - focusing primarily on the psychosocial indoctrination of those...

DD#61 – The Empty Husk: Belief, Indoctrination, & Healthy Alternatives

Hey friends. Once again, I'm coming to you solo with a new episode of Deconstructing Dogma, because our examination of how to make meaning without making a gd-mess is far from over. And in this week's release, I'm sharing more personally about my own journey with spirituality and ontological inquiry. dd #61 - The Empty Husk: Belief, Indoctrination, & Healthy Alternatives In the first few minutes of this episode, I share some...

DD#60 – Safety & Belonging: How Our Definitions & Experiences Vary

In this week's episode of Deconstructing Dogma was inspired by an offline discussion with Adi & Tracy, and I immediately felt we needed to take things deeper. It's a convo that focuses on psychosocial 'safety' and what it really means - in our bodies, our relationships, and culturally. dd #59 - Safety & Belonging: How Our Definitions & Experiences Vary First: Adi shares about comments she made that inspired this discussion, sharing...

DD#59 – Buzzkill: Dogma, Magical Thinking, & ‘Cult’ Vibes – How They Make or Break Us

In this week's episode of Deconstructing Dogma, I'm coming to you solo with a metaphysical buzzkill - as I dissect dogma, magical thinking, and how they shape our perceptions of the world and of one another. I offer up some personal stories - a few of which I've shared before - to illustrate what I (we?) often mean when we say something looks, feels, or sounds 'culty.' And I celebrate how, at times, magical thinking can be...

TDP Encore & An Update on ‘Brain Yoga’ (aka My First Cult)

This week's release features an excerpt from the episode that I recorded but didn't release last November; you might remember is as the one that was supposed to wrap the 'cult'ure series. I pulled it at the last minute & I'm still sitting on the bulk of the content (for reasons that I won't go into here). Pulled from the intro to that episode, I share a story about a recent run-in with my first-ever cult, Dahnhak (aka 'Dahn Yoga' aka 'Brain...

DD#58 – Beyond The Org: Servant Leadership & No More Bangs! | Aimee Van Ausdall – Part 2 of 2

"You saved my life... don't give anybody that power. Anybody who lets you say that without correcting you, that's highly problematic." - Aimee Van Ausdall Welcome to Part 2 with Aimee Van Ausdall. If you missed DD#57, you're definitely gonna want to start there. dd #58 - Beyond The Org: Servant Leadership & No More Bangs! | Aimee Van Ausdall - Part 2 In this second half, we pick up right where we left off: For a hot-minute, Aimee became an...

DD#57 – Leaving Loudly: Bullies, Paper Tigers, & A Size-Stigma Reality Check | Aimee Van Ausdall – Part 1 of 2

"It is not, and it has never been disloyal to question things." - Aimee Van Ausdall Please help me welcome Aimee Van Ausdall to the pod! A few weeks ago, Aimee and I sat down for a candid, heart-hitting conversation; and this week, I'm releasing the first half. In Part 1, Aimee shares what motivated her to separate from 'the Org' in a very public way. We talk social justice. And she adds to our ongoing diet 'cult'ure convo. dd #57 - Leaving...

DD#56 – What My Body Is For: Self-Acceptance & Embodied Activism w/ Sara Avery

In this week's episode of Deconstructing Dogma, I sit down with new friend of the pod, Sara Avery, to discuss how she's discovered body acceptance and how a lifetime of being marginalized as a fat woman fuels her ongoing commitment to social activism. Content Warning: This episode makes brief mention of suicide. dd #56 - What My Body Is For: Self-Acceptance & Embodied Activism w/ Sara Avery " hat's the thing that will allow the ladder of...

Patreon 7-Day Free Trial – How to gain access!

It's come to my attention that a Patreon sign-up glitch (that I have since fixed!) has led to some understandable confusion re: access to the 7-day free trial. If your attempt to access a free trial was unsuccessful, please follow the following steps to gain access.How to gain access to a 7-day free trial:1. Visit the TDP Patreon Home Page.2. Click on "Become a Member" or if you don't see that, Select the "Membership" tab.3. Browse the sliding...

DD#55 – ‘Spiritual’ Self-Sacrifice: A Cautionary Tale & Cult-Hopping Heads Up! w/ Noa Kadman

You won't want to miss this week's bonus conversation! Noa Kadman spent years investing time & money in the 'Org' brand, but eventually stopped teaching to go all-in on a new practice; one created by a former 'Org' training duo who broke away to do their own thing. The story she shares here is a cautionary tale for students and facilitators alike. If we don't take time to do the real-deal work of recovery, history is likely to repeat itself....