Series 1

The Good Life

Have you ever yearned for a simpler existence? The so-called ‘Good Life’ of self sufficiency where you are living in harmony with nature? Perhaps you picture yourself in a cozy log cabin in the woods or relaxing on a small sailboat on a beautiful sunny shoreline?

Well my final guest for Series 1 of Wyse Woman is Mandy Haggith, a writer and activist who is doing just that. Mandy gave up the conventions of being ‘chained’ to a job and a mortgage to live and work on a croft in acres and acres of Scottish paradise with her husband Bill.

In our conversation we talk about how she is now able to trans-migrate from her log cabin to her sailboat at different times of the year, her passion for trees and bears … and her firm belief that we don’t need to concern ourselves about ‘reconnecting’ to nature … we just need to remember that we are nature.

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to view pictures of Mandy’s home/office.)

Further Reading

If you enjoyed Mandy’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices.

Further viewing

Some images of Mandy’s log cabin, sailboat and views of the croft and surrounding areas for you to enjoy …

The Power of Mantra

Have you ever heard someone repetitively chanting or singing words such as, ‘Om Made Padme Hum’, ‘Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha’ or even ‘Hare Krishna’ and wondered why and what it all means?

Well these mantras (and there are many many others) are formulas of sacred syllables, which were originally revealed to the Rishis (seers or sages) in the deepest states of meditation. They are the earliest components of yoga and are quite possibly the first type of meditation that was developed. Often times these mantras are untranslatable but it is believed that our souls remember the meaning of the sounds and they can help us express feelings that ordinary language is unable to contact.

This Wyse Woman podcast is with Ellen Arthur, a yoga teacher and **Kirtan leader who lives in Bali and works at a yoga community called ‘The Practice.’ In our chat she talks about how mantra has helped and continues to help her access the deepest dimensions of her being. 

**Kirtan or Kirtana is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” an idea or story. Usually delivered as a devotional ‘call and response’ song by a leader to a community.  

To find out more about The Practice in Bali where I met Elle, click on the logo above or CLICK HERE.

Further Reading

If you enjoyed Elle’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices.

The Divorce

Ending a marriage is tough for anyone but imagine having to go through it when you have built a home and raised three children with your Australian husband on the other side of the world (after being in a relationship with him for over 18 years.)

My Wyse Woman guest on this podcast is Alice Revell from Bristol and in this episode (called The Divorce) she talks about the deep soul searching she had to do when her marriage broke down in 2016.

The Slow Healer

My Wyse Woman guest this month was a self confessed ‘on-the-go’ CEO and no words of warning from others about the importance of slowing down could stop her … she only really started to listen after badly damaging her knee on the ski slopes.

Justine Clement’s injury, subsequent operation and slow recovery invited her to learn how to ‘be’ rather than ‘do’ … and she found some powerful lessons in those enforced moments of stillness.

Lessons she shares now on her podcast ‘The Slow Healer.’ 

The Stillbirth

Stillbirth is much more common than people might think, with around one in 9 babies born sleeping every day, however it is a subject rarely talked about maybe because pregnancy is usually a time of joy and hope.

In this Wyse Woman podcast I talk to artist Zara Kolasinska who was 40 years old, 40 weeks pregnant and 4 days overdue when she lost her daughter Ginger.

Zara speaks so openly in our conversation about what happened to her and her husband and how she is continuing to grieve for and honour Ginger. She would also like to acknowledge the help she received from SANDS (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) who guided her through the early days of her bereavement. 

If you have been affected by any part of Zara’s story, you may like to contact them.  ,

The Stories So Far

Usually Wyse Women podcasts are released on the full moon, but here is a bonus podcast to enjoy, after I was invited in to do a radio interview with Charlie Taylor for BBC Somerset to speak about podcasting and some of the amazing women I’ve interviewed so far.