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...

Ep.79 – The Flying Monkey ‘High Road’ & Sugar-Coated Shame | DD #52 | Candice & Tracy

Beginning next week, we'll be shifting the conversation here on the main feed away from wellness 'cult'ure convos. But first, back in early February, Candice invited Tracy Stamper to record a last-minute Deconstructing Dogma release for Patreon, and it soon after became one of this pod's most downloaded bonus episodes to date. Flying monkey is a term popularized in cult recovery spaces.  Borrowed from the storyline of the Wizard of Oz, it...

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...

Ep.78 – P.S. Paper Tigers, Embodied Activism, Spiritual Gaslighting, & A Whistleblower ‘Reality’ Check | Special Guests

Welcome to another Patreon Sampler. Over a dozen conversations have dropped while Candice has been on break from the main feed (that's here), and there are currently 60+ ‘cult’ure series related bonus episodes now streaming over on Patreon. Episode #78 features some of the best moments from recent releases. On activism, diet 'cult'ure, & self-care >> Aimee Van Ausdall shares about her very-public exit from ‘the Org’, how she's...

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...

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....