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Untangled season 4 returns March 2018

Have you ever asked: “Is this all there is to life?” Untangled explores the lives of people who have questioned our social systems, constructs and norms and chosen to live life in a different, often unconventional way. Through honest storytelling, the show explores one focal question: what does it really take to untangle from society’s giant rule book, move away from the mundane and embark on a search for something more? Join host Alana Helbig as she interviews ordinary people about...


038: The influence of capitalism on our spirits, with Lyla June Johnston

The influence of the capitalist system on our spirits: this was the theme of discussion I proposed to Lyla June Johnston when we began our interview. You see, Lyla June’s story is quite different from those we’ve heard previously. Believing that capitalism is the root of destruction of the earth and the people, she’s lived a series of life experiments, consciously weaving in and out of the capitalist system with an ultimate goal to change that very system. Life experiment number 1: She...


037: Navigate on Trust, with Fenja Sepers

Back in 2012, Fenja Sepers traded her job and home in Amsterdam for a surfboard and a suitcase and the plan to have no plan. She figured that our understanding of life and the world is not generated through reasoning, but through experiencing, and so taking distance and breaking with the Western system was necessary to create a rupture in the way of thinking and open up to new ideas and worldviews. Fenja baptised her journey Navigate on Trust, taking on a life-experiment that embraces the...


036: digging up the suppressed histories of women, with Max Dashú

Max Dashú is a teacher of global women’s history and cultural heritages. She’s the founder of the Suppressed Histories Archives which researches female spheres of power, mother-right cultures, patriarchy, the history of domination, and spiritual philosophies. Max has built an archive of over 30,000 slides and 130 legendary visual presentations, which bring to light female realities hidden from view. She has been sharing this research for the last 48 years. This interview explores Max’s...


035: Untangling from an old life and transitioning into something new, with Alana Helbig

The core question driving Untangled season 3 has been: what does it really take to follow the inner pull to create a meaningful life? After interviewing almost 40 men and women from all around the world on this topic, what I’ve come to realise is this: When we commit to living a meaningful, soul-infused life, we are always untangling, always in motion, always growing and changing. Therefore, we are always transitioning out of the old and moving into the new. And at times this can be...


034: The simple experiment, with Frances Murray

A couple of weeks back, my partner Clayton and I took an adventure in Walter the Campervan to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. Frances Murray, her partner Tyler and her two young children Olive and Jude, welcomed us onto their newly established permaculture farm in the Noosa Hinterland region for a look around and a chat about the choice to live a simple life. This interview was recorded in Franny’s tiny off-grid house, nestled in the living area on comfy arm chairs, surrounded...


033: Dare to slow down, with Laura Storm

Laura Storm knew from a very young age that her passion was in the realm of environmental sustainability. Her entire career has been focused on creating transformation to more sustainable societies. She’s rubbed shoulders with people like Richard Branson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and worked on projects and organisations such as the Copenhagen Climate Council, the World Business Summit on Climate Change, Project Green Light and Sustainia. Laura says her life was incredibly busy, yet this...


032: You’ve got to realise you’re a powerful being, with James Aspey

Vegan Activist James Aspey says his untangling began when he landed a dream job on a cruise ship, swapping out his drug-taking party life for meditation and veganism. During a 10 day meditation course, James had the inspiration to take a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. And, as you’ll hear in this interview, when this man puts his mind to something there’s no stopping him. James went on to travel around Australia and cycle 5000kms...


031: speaking to the plants, with Dani Gallagher

Dani Gallagher is the folk herbalist behind Roaming Soul Apothecary, a collective of wildcrafted plant medicine. Dani says her untangling began in her late teens when she became sick with a mysterious illness. Passed around from doctor to doctor to doctor for over a year, nobody could tell Dani what was wrong. It was an encounter with an herbalist in Dani’s local town who introduced her to the world of plant medicine and helped Dani to slowly begin to heal. Listen in as Dani and I...


030: what does it take to live a good life? with Eric Zimmer

If you’re a podcast fan, you’re probably familiar with Eric Zimmer, host of the hugely popular and successful The One You Feed podcast. Eric says he was forced into the realm of self-help because he was dying. At the age of 25 he was a homeless heroine addict, facing jail time. Listen in as Eric shares his story from drug addict with no skills, to working in the computer industry, to starting a solar energy company and to finally creating the One You Feed Podcast. We cover such a huge...


029: the physical body as a portal into the untangling process, with Ashly Rose Wolf

Ashly Rose Wolf is an International Women’s Health & Sensuality Coach and the founder of Femme Rising® helping women revolutionize their relationship with their bodies so they can unlock their full feminine potential. Ashly says she started using food as a way to feel but at the same time to numb out. As a senior in college, her food addiction had escalated into anorexia. She says she remembers looking into the mirror as she prepared to return home for spring break and realised she was so...


028: Follow your 'fuck yes' feeling, with Deanne Love

Here is an interview I’ve been wanting to bring to you for quite some time. I starting ‘stalking’ – in all the good ways – Hoop dance teacher Deanne Love in 2016 when I took up hooping. Instantly, I fell in love with her cheekiness, playfulness and amazing dance moves. It was clear to me, this woman was doing her passion work and I wanted to be around that! So I obsessively watched all her YouTube videos, bought her courses, commented on all her Instagram photos and eventually got up the...


025: move to your own rhythm and beat, with Lauren Aletta

Back in 2013, I began one of the biggest untanglings of my life. My relationship had broken down, I was half way through a degree I hated, I felt like I no longer fit into my corporate job and I wasn’t being honest with myself about who I was. What I didn’t know at the time was that this was just the very beginning and I was about to enter into an extremely dark phase, a phase that would last the better part of three years. For three years, I stumbled around in the dark. For three years,...


024: when your soul gifts are not what you or society expects them to be, with Alana Helbig

Inspired by some insight I had on my morning walk this morning, today’s episode features just me, jamming on what I’ve learnt during the search for my ‘soul gifts’ over the past 18 months. I share: + How I turned down the volume on the story of “I have no gifts” to see what was really hiding underneath + Why searching outside of myself and looking for answers from other people only lead me further away from my gifts + The subtleties of my gifts and why they are something that I feel,...


023: Beauty + ugly, acceptance + judgement, false self + true self and allowing ourselves to feel it all, with Luna Love.

Luna Love says that the remembering of herself and her truth came through the process of grief. Entangled in her identification as a mother, a daughter and a partner, when these pieces and people in her life were stripped away, she had no choice but to turn inwards. What I love specifically about this interview is the contrast of life Luna expresses so eloquently. The beauty, the ugliness, the judgement, the acceptance, the forgetting and then the remembering of her truth self. In this...


022: finding soul where you previously didn't see it, with Lindsay Mack

Lindsay Mack is an intuitive healer and teacher who uses the Tarot for deep soul evolution. Lindsay says that at the age of 30 her healing journey blew wide open when she experienced a nervous breakdown and, in one defining moment, chose life instead of death. And it was this same healing journey which then led Lindsay to remember her unique intuitive gifts. In this interview Lindsay and I explore: + How she has made peace with her abusive childhood and how she was able to drop out of...


021: breaking out of the old system to create something new, with Candy Royalle

Ten years ago, Candy Royalle says she was ‘dying inside’. Using recreational drugs, working in a job she hated, ridden with anxiety and completely disassociated from herself. Candy says she was hiding herself from her family and, well, from herself. She had deeply buried the truth of who she was. In this interview, Candy and I explore: + The mental breakdown she had to have to rebuild herself from a space of truth. + How she found the courage to step out of the corporate world and take...


020: the return of the exiled feminine, with Lara Catone

If you’re not familiar with Lara Catone’s work let me share with you this. Lara is the creatrix of the Artemis School, the first and only educational institution weaving sex education with embodiment and nature based mystery traditions. The school teaches the full spectrum of women’s sexual and reproductive health from arousal to climax, menstruation to menopause and from maiden to crone. Students learn to map their sexuality to every aspect of their life from brain chemistry to creative...


019: your free soul alignment for 2017, with Nicole Mathieson and Alana Helbig

A special treat for the final Untangled episode for this year. I’ve invited my good friend and powerful healer, Nicole Mathieson onto the show to do a collective healing and soul alignment for all Untangled listeners. A few weeks back we put out a call to our communities, asking each woman to respond with one word – their soul-anchoring word for 2017 – the word to describe 2017. What you want to call in for 2017. What you want to anchor into. In this healing, Nicole and I work together...


018: trusting in the synchronistic unfolding, with Natalie O'Brien

Initially Natalie O'Brien was a teacher, when a move to Perth with her family found her unable to find a new teaching position. Tuning into and trusting the synchronistic signs she was receiving, Natalie was lead on a two-year adventure where she came to uncover her gifts as a crystal and energy healer. In this interview, Natalie and I explore: + How she found the trust, faith and courage to follow the synchronistic signs and guidance + How she got her husband on-board and involved in...


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