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#17: Absorbed by Awe with Kirk Schneider

Kirk Schneider is a psychologist and leader within the field of Existential-Humanistic Psychology. Kirk began exploring the fundamental questions of human existence at an early age following the death of his brother. Kirk believes that one of the keys to human flourishing is through the cultivation of awe and presence - especially as we approach the AI and robotic revolution. Kirk offers his critique of mainstream cognitive behavioural therapy as he advocates for an integrative model of...


#16: Depth Hypnosis with Isa Gucciardi

Relying on our human will can only take us so far. There comes a time in our life when we have to surrender the mind and allow the soul's path to unfold naturally. On this episode, we explore the unseen powers of nature with Isa Gucciardi. Isa has spent over 30 years studying spiritual, therapeutic, and meditative techniques from around the world. She has worked with master teachers of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Sufism, as well as expert Shamanic practitioners from the indigenous...


#15: From Ecstasy to Remedy - MDMA Therapy with Anne Wagner

In 2017, the FDA granted "Breakthrough Therapy" Designation to MDMA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is currently in phase 3 clinical trials. Popularly known as a recreational drug, and as the main ingredient in ecstasy, MDMA is paving the way for the possible near-term legalization of psychedelic therapy. On this episode, we talk to Anne Wagner, a clinical psychologist and one of the lead investigators involved in the clinical trials of MDMA + cognitive-based...


#14: Spiritual Inclusion with El-Farouk Khaki

On this episode, we are joined by El-Farouk Khaki, a refugee and immigration lawyer, public speaker and human rights activist. We explore the toxicity of dogma and how religion can be used as a form of spiritual violence. El-Farouk shares with us his vision for a more inclusive and tolerant Islam. In 1991, El-Farouk founded Salaam: Queer Muslim Community and in 2009, he co-founded the El-Tawhid Juma Circle, Toronto Unity Mosque. El-Farouk speaks publicly on issues including Islam, LGBTIQ and...


#13: Symbols of Our Times with Jonathan Pageau

On this episode, we explore symbolism and stories with Jonathan Pageau. Jonathan is a professional icon carver, writer, public speaker and the host of the popular YouTube channel, The Symbolic World. We talk about the role of art and how understanding symbolic language in religious stories, legends as well as blockbuster movies can help us navigate the modern meaning crisis. We dive into Zombies, The Matrix, feminine symbolism and more. Jonathan is the editor and a contributor for the...


#12: Reclaiming the Inner Teen with Avi Zer-Aviv

On this episode, we have a conversation with Avi Zer-Aviv, a Toronto-based Psychotherapist and educator. Avi is a member of the Canadian Humanistic and Transpersonal Association and a LGBTQI positive Practitioner. Avi's holistic approach to psychotherapy is informed by decades of deep inner work and spiritual exploration. In this conversation, we discuss the role of psychotherapy in modern society and learn the tricky dance of working with activated "inner teens". Avi shows us how our...


#11: Living Your Personal Myth with Jean Shinoda Bolen

On this episode, we have a conversation with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. We talk to Jean about how to find purpose in the second half of life, discovering our inner archetypes, and how children can carry the un-lived parts of their parents. Jean is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the...


#10: Enter the Sacred Field of Kabir with Andrew Harvey

The mystical, the mythical, and the mysterium, the realm of cosmic forces remains enigmatic. We may project our human perception onto the unknown or completely reject it. What we don't know scares us. Fear of the 'other.' It may be easy to dismiss mysticism as a way of the ancient ones. Yet, our mythical and mystical musings remain alive today through literature, poetry, music and yes, through video games and shows like the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter! There is no separation. The...


#9: Pockets of Silence with Aryne Sheppard

Slowing down and sitting with silence seems to be the antithesis of our modern life. However, the reality of our lives or what we have deemed as reality is often incongruent with our nature. With this week's episode, we dive into the importance of cultivating silence. Our guest, Aryne Sheppard, has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1999. Following, a major mental health crisis in her twenties, Aryne shares with us how she discovered the power of inner exploration. Currently, Aryne...


#8: Cognitive Tools to Wisdom with John Vervaeke

On this episode, we interview John Vervaeke. Speaking to the meaning crisis, John's work is centered around bridging the gap between science and spirituality. He talks to us about psycho-technologies such as meditation and psychedelics as tools to help us overcome self-deception and move towards wisdom. We also navigate the world of altered-states and transformative experiences. John has been with the University of Toronto since 1994 as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department,...


#7: Mental Game with NBA Strength Coach Drew Cleary

On this episode, Adrian does a solo interview with Drew Cleary. Drew worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the NBA for 18 years. In his career, he has worked with over nine Hall of Famers and personally trained athletes like Scottie Pippen and Monica Seles. They discuss the mental dimension to high performance sports, how coaching style is linked to the flow state, and the changing attitude towards mental health in pro sports. Enjoy! Let us know if you have questions or...


#6: Explore Your Consciousness with Jeff Warren

Meditation, being one of the oldest contemplative practices, helps us turn inwards. Turning inwards helps us understand the nature of our minds better, deepens our self-awareness, brings us closer to some form of internal freedom, and, hopefully, equips us with the tools to overcome daily humanely challenges a bit better. Using the metaphor of an armada of vehicles, our guest today playfully describes the different forms of contemplative practices, he writes, "We have the Yogic...


#5: Embodied Problem-solving with Jonathan Varkul

"What if your problem isn't what you think it is?" More often than not we find ourselves stuck in our heads, and so we try to navigate through stressful situations using our mind. Sometimes all it takes from us is to loosen our grip a little and open up our heart. Sometimes we need to feel our way through a problem. In this episode, we interview Toronto based executive coach Jonathan Varkul. He helps people in leadership positions address problems from the inside out. For over 20 years,...


#4: Power of Deep Breathing with Hannes Bend

In this episode, we hang out with Hannes Bend (@hannesbend) and learn how to alter our body chemistry using powerful breathing techniques. He shares with us how yoga, meditation, and breathwork have helped him heal from decades of depression linked to his birth trauma. Hannes teaches breathing, mindfulness, and yoga and has trained personally with "The Iceman" Wim Hof and Tibetan meditation healer Drukmo Gyal. He has also contributed to neuroscientific research on meditation and breathing...


#3: Psychology of the Unconscious with Jungian Analyst Christina Becker

Some of us wake up one day to realize that we have been living someone else's life. We leave parts of ourselves in the realm of the shadow, which may sneak in on us through unconscious behaviours, tensions in our relationships, various addictions, and neuroses. On our third episode, Zurich-trained Jungian analyst and registered psychotherapist, Christina Becker (@JungianPath) talks to us about our unconscious. She even guides us through a live dream interpretation. Christina shares her...


#2: Sacred Sexuality with Monica Kovacs

In this episode, we explore the intersection of sexuality and spirituality with Somatic Sex Educator Monica Kovacs (@integrativesexcoach). Monica's work is heavily influenced by Eastern wisdom traditions including Tantra, yoga, Taoism and various shamanic roots. From the Western side, she draws from the teachings of depth psychology, eco-spirituality, and the pioneering works of bodywork teachers such as Peter Levine, Bessel Van der Kolk, Joseph Kramer, and Caffyn Jesse. We also delve a...


#1: Searching for Meaning with UX Samurai Jay Vidyarthi

Ever wonder what it would be like to quit everything to find more meaning and purpose? Our first guest, Jay Vidyarthi (@jayvidyarthi), did just that when he and his wife abandoned their city life and moved into a monastery. They came back with some life altering surprises. Jay is an award-winning UX or "User Experience" designer and researcher. Named by Forbes as one of the "top 10 world-renowned meditation tech experts", Jay specializes in using a human-centred approach to creating useful...


The Soulspace Podcast - Official Trailer

Welcome to the Soulspace Podcast! We are excited to announce the launch of our new show. We have just wrapped up our first batch of episodes and will be releasing them weekly starting January 6, 2019. Please enjoy our trailer and a brief introduction from our hosts Adrian Choo and Thal Mohammed.