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Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for discerning seekers, with all the community and none of the cult. Hosted by Sedona “sweat lodge” survivor Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru® is known for big conversations about the state of the self help industry, cult dynamics and indoctrination, self growth, creativity and spirituality. Laura and guests share stories and insights from their journey so we can all learn how to connect to our inner wisdom in a healthy and socially conscious way.

Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for discerning seekers, with all the community and none of the cult. Hosted by Sedona “sweat lodge” survivor Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru® is known for big conversations about the state of the self help industry, cult dynamics and indoctrination, self growth, creativity and spirituality. Laura and guests share stories and insights from their journey so we can all learn how to connect to our inner wisdom in a healthy and socially conscious way.

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Canada

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Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for discerning seekers, with all the community and none of the cult. Hosted by Sedona “sweat lodge” survivor Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru® is known for big conversations about the state of the self help industry, cult dynamics and indoctrination, self growth, creativity and spirituality. Laura and guests share stories and insights from their journey so we can all learn how to connect to our inner wisdom in a healthy and socially conscious way.

Language:

English


Episodes

Spot the Red Flags with Steve McCready

10/13/2021
It's a podcast swap! Steve McCready is our guest host, and I'm at the guest microphone. Steve McCready is the host of The Sensitive Rebel podcast. He is here to interview me about life before, since, and lessons learned from my involvement in the self help industry and my involvement in “that sweat lodge.” Over on the Sensitive Rebel, you will find an episode called Laura Tucker Helps Steve Free His Inner Guru. Steve McCready is a coach with a background as a psychotherapist. Steve and I...

Duration:01:22:07

#igotout: Every Cult Survivor’s Story Makes a Difference

9/30/2021
#igotout is a hashtag, website and movement to make abuses of power unacceptable in all kinds of groups, not just cults. Gerette Buglion and Lisa are two of the founders of #igotout. They believe now is the time for survivors of cult dynamics to share their stories with unflinching honesty. Every story matters, and the ripple effect of speaking up can make a difference. Survivors of cultic abuse can raise awareness of undue influence and coercive control. The goal is to change the cultural...

Duration:01:12:49

Punching Back at Nine Perfect Strangers

9/9/2021
Host Laura Tucker is a survivor of the fatal 2009 sweat lodge at a self help retreat in Sedona in 2009. Laura shares her response to the line five minutes in to the first episode of Nine Perfect Strangers: "Remember those people who died in that sweat lodge? They thought they were being enlightened, but in reality they were being cooked." This episode includes the article Nine Perfect Strangers Made Me a Punch Line and Now I'm Punching Back - Survivor of That Sweat Lodge Stands Up For...

Duration:00:42:46

Regina Louise: I Dream in Equality

8/13/2021
You are going to love this conversation with Regina Louise, author of Permission Granted: Kick-Ass Strategies to Bootstrap Your Way to Unconditional Self Love. Regina Louise is a remarkable human being who engages in this conversation with grace, intelligence, empathy and generosity. Before Regina wrote her latest book Permission Granted, she authored two bestselling memoirs: Somebody's Someone and Someone Has Led This Child to Believe in which she shares her journey that included being in...

Duration:01:00:17

Wolf Terry: The Yoga and Wellness Worlds are Sick

7/29/2021
Wolf Terry joins Laura Tucker for a conversation about her controversial Yoga Journal article “Getting Vaxxed Was My Act of Ahimsa.” Wolf Terry is a contributing writer for Yoga Journal. She left teaching yoga at the beginning of the pandemic after years of working at every level of the $88 billion industry in order to become a full-time writer. In 2018 Wolf lost her younger brother and best friend to suicide, mere months after her child was born. Since then she has been an advocate for...

Duration:01:05:09

Cult Dynamics and Abusive Intimate Relationships with Shulamit Ber Levtov

7/14/2021
Shulamit Ber Levtov joins Laura for a conversation about the parallels between cult dynamics and abusive intimate relationships, the intersection of conspiracy theory and the self help industry, and dealing with shit therapists. Shulamit Ber Levtov is a resilience and mindset consultant who uses her background as a trauma therapist to help woman-identifying entrepreneurs manage their mindset and pilot their emotions so they can overcome the anxiety and isolation of running a business. Full...

Duration:01:07:52

Dr Janja Lalich: When Self Help Turns Cult

6/16/2021
Dr Janja Lalich joins Laura for a dive deep into the intersection of self help and cults. Full show notes with links to everything mentioned at https://freeyourinnerguru.com/janja-lalich/ Janja is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State...

Duration:00:56:45

AdaPia D’Errico: Productive Intuition

6/1/2021
AdaPia D'Errico is a global visionary leader, entrepreneur, investor, powerful keynote speaker, and author of Productive Intuition: Connecting to the Subtle. AdaPia D'Errico has co-founded businesses, launched brands, and re-defined industries. She is a respected fintech entrepreneur and real estate investment executive known for her role in launching the estate crowdfunding industry into the mainstream. Challenge is the teacher. From leaving her first marriage to a viral Goalcast video gone...

Duration:01:14:13

Jonny Barefoot: Open for Inspiration

5/20/2021
Jonny Barefoot is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, childrens' music teacher from Toronto, living in Japan. Jonny's passion is to hear the music in every aspect of his life. Jonny and I know each other from when we were teenagers. I've always been curious about his experience in Japan, and invited him on the podcast after we reconnected over social media. In this wide ranging conversation, Jonny catches us up on life in Japan and we explore the intersection of culture,...

Duration:01:10:45

Paria Hassouri: A Mother Transformed by her Daughter’s Gender Transition

5/6/2021
Paria Hassouri is an Iranian American mother of three, pediatrician, and transgender rights activist. Paria Hassouri's memoir Found in Transition: A Mother's Evolution During Her Child's Gender Change begins in 2017, when she first learns that her fourteen year old is having gender dysphoria, and concludes in 2018 when her daughter Ava legally changed her name and gender. In this compelling conversation, Paria Hassouri opens up and shares her journey from grieving the vision of the child she...

Duration:00:54:45

Suzanne Wylde: The Art of Coming Home

4/21/2021
Suzanne Wylde is the author of The Art of Coming Home - Common sense self-development exercises to educate, inspire, and empower you. Suzanne is an acupuncturist, holistic coach, and alternative therapist. She and I met online a number of months ago. Her pragmatic straightforward approach led to an invitation to come on Free Your Inner Guru for a deep dive. We get into her varied experience and education, and the conversation lands on processing emotions. It’s fitting. Emotions are running...

Duration:01:31:48

Kim Chestney: Radical Intuition for Everyday People

3/31/2021
Kim Chestney is a globally recognized author and innovation leader. Her new book is Radical Intuition - A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power. I know you're going to love this conversation with Kim Chestney! Radical Intuition introduces four archetypes of intuition - the Healer, Sage, Visionary, and Mystic - and includes self assessments and quizzes to help us understand our own natural intuition affinities. We get right into the framework for intuition that Kim has developed - our...

Duration:01:17:49

Christine Arylo: Overwhelmed and Over It

3/17/2021
Christine Arylo is a transformational leadership advisor, teacher, speaker and three-time best selling author. Christine is recognized worldwide for her work helping women to make shift happen - in the lives they lead, the work they do, and the world they wish to create. In her most recent book Overwhelmed and Over It, Christine advocates for us to return to feminine wisdom to get out from under the overculture of overwhelm in today's society and create a more sustainable and joy-filled...

Duration:01:25:19

The Meaning of Life with Nathanael Garrett Novosel

1/15/2021
Nathanael Garrett Novosel wants to help you systematically create a life that is meaningful to you. In his career as a professional researcher and advisor, Nathanael has researched psychology, evolutionary biology, organizational best practices, leadership decision making, business, technology, finance, and philosophy to understand how the world as we know it works and why. In his book The Meaning of Life: A Guide To Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Natanael has laid out a framework to help you...

Duration:01:45:00

A Quiet Christmas and the Purple Toilet

12/25/2020
A story about my first quiet Christmas resonates with Christmas 2020. May your focus this holiday season bring you ease and grace. Laura Original video on Instagram Original blog on lauratucker.com

Duration:00:16:10

Bridgit Dengel Gaspard: Get Across Your Finish Line

12/16/2020
Author and therapist Bridgit Dengel Gaspard explains how the double bind is often the cause of why we get stuck just short of accomplishing our goals. Have you ever been caught between a rock and a hard place, unable to find a palatable - let alone winnable - option? If you've ever felt this way, you'll recognize your situation as a double bind. "One of the best-kept secrets of your Inner Critic is that it plays both sides of the double bind. It tells you that you're not good enough as it...

Duration:01:05:09

K A Tucker: Simply, Forever Wild

11/25/2020
K A Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. K A Tucker has published 31 books and is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads...

Duration:01:09:38

Seth Godin: The Practice of Picking Yourself

11/18/2020
Seth Godin is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Seth’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip , Purple Cow, and This...

Duration:00:43:59

Louise Karch: All Leaders Will Have to Name Something

11/4/2020
Louise Karch is a name whisperer and the author of the multi-award-winning book Word Glue: Find your Million Dollar Brand Name. Louise Karch has been naming things all her life. She believes that naming and conscious leadership go hand in hand. Word Glue is like having an award-winning naming agency in your pocket. It’s a beautifully designed handbook that contains all of Louise’s naming secrets. Conversation highlights: Louise shares how she realized that naming is her superpower. Louise...

Duration:01:07:04

John Larson: Make Coaching Better

10/7/2020
John Larson wants to transform coaching from “all conversation” to something more tangible and meaningful in the world. John Larson is the founder of CoachAccountable, a powerful tool designed to make coaching better, and bring it to the mainstream. In this high energy conversation, John shares how his own personal development journey led him to create CoachAccountable, a platform that turns coaching into documented wisdom. John’s enthusiasm for his work is unparalleled, and he’s got an...

Duration:01:06:09