The Dandelion Effect Podcast: The Magic Of Living A Connected Life

The Dandelion Effect Podcast: The Magic Of Living A Connected Life

The Dandelion Effect podcast is a space for organic conversation about the magic of living a connected life. Just like the natural world around us, we are all linked through an intricate web, a never-ending ripple that spans across the globe. Here, we explore the ideas that our guests carry through the world, remember who and what inspired them along the way, and uncover the seeds that helped them blossom into their unique version of this human experience.

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Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen: Becoming Who You Were Meant to Be

Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who has deep ties with the Feathered Pipe Ranch. In today’s conversation—beginning with her upbringing as a Japanese American during World War II, her first memories of recognizing injustices and privilege, moments of divine connection and humility, the Age of Aquarius and so much more. Listen Here

Gary Lemons: Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness

Gary Lemons is a poet, yogi, activist and long-time member of the Feathered Pipe Ranch Community, venturing to Helena, Montana for 20 summers in a row to study with renowned yoga and dharma teacher Erich Schiffmann. We recognize here, together, that poetry was a form of meditative awareness for Gary long before he even knew what meditation was, and he reflects on the evolution of his craft over the decades. Listen Here

Brant Secunda: The Healing Journey of Huichol Shamanism

Brant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. A humble man of gentleness and humor, Brant introduces us to the practice of Huichol Shamanism, and shares stories of the ways that he learned from his mentor Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Listen Here

Dr. Joseph Lamb: The Role of Spirit in Functional Medicine

Dr. Joseph Lamb of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Clinic by Metagenics, works in partnership with his patients to create optimal health and well-being by using Functional Medicine approaches. In this conversation, he helps us redefine what it means to be ‘healthy’ or ‘live well’—a standard much higher than the absence of disease and one that takes into account cognitive, emotional, physical, metabolic and behavioral aspects. Listen Here

Chris Cappy: Medicine, Money & Meaning

Chris Cappy founded Pilot Consulting in 1994, a firm specializing in leadership development, action learning, executive coaching and change/ transition management for companies throughout the world. In this conversation, we talk about his transition from wandering and looking for answers to life’s big questions to how he built a thriving consulting business that allows him to carry out his personal life mission--and help others do the same. Listen Here

Cho Cho Lwin: A Woman’s Journey to Love & Liberation

Cho Cho Lwin has always been a revolutionary soul. Cho Cho’s life story is one of sass and stubbornness, courage and strength, mixed in with an endearing sense of humor that carries her through the hard times. We talk about her childhood heroes, the women who showed her it’s possible to rise above the stifling sexist rules, and taught her the importance of speaking up for herself and speaking out for what she believed will lead to a better world. Listen Here

Aimee Ryan: Compassionate Communication for Conflict Resolution

Aimee specializes in conflict transformation, group process facilitation and collaborative communication. We focus on how the tools from her professional and life training can serve on a intrapersonal, interpersonal and systemic level. She walks us through an interactive exercise using nonviolent communication: the steps of observing, feeling, uncovering the need and making a request. Listen Here

Karma Tensum: Appreciating Life’s Miracles

Karma Tensum was born in Tibet and escaped to India with his family at a very young age, fleeing the violent Chinese Occupation of Tibet in 1959. We explore the meaning of the word home; discuss the ways that indigenous wisdom and ancient traditions like Buddhism can teach us about healing, the arts, the importance of strengthening the muscle of the heart, and how it’s possible to hold pain and gratitude in the palm of the same hand. Listen Here

Matthew Marsolek: Music is Your Birthright

Born into a family of musicians and artists, Matthew Marsolek of Drum Brothers has been at the forefront of the North American hand drumming movement since the 1990s. In this episode, we explore the ancient roots of music making, the proven physiological effects of drumming, the power of music to unite and build connection, and we take a deep dive into the multitude of music’s functions in culture and society. Listen Here

Matt Kuntz: Redefining Our Understanding of Mental Health

Matt Kuntz is the Executive Director of NAMI Montana, the nation’s largest grassroots organization, supporting, educating and advocating for people with mental illnesses and their families. We break through the stigma that’s typically associated with mental illness and talk candidly about the biological susceptibility and environmental factors that lead the human brain to function differently. Listen Here

Baxter Bell & Melina Meza: Sleep, Setting Boundaries & Seasonal Wellness

Baxter Bell, yoga therapist and medical doctor, along with yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic health educator Melina Meza join us to talk about the power of routine, the physiological effects of being in community, the roles that sleep, local foods and 20 minutes of daily exercise play in your overall health, and how setting boundaries can be the ticket to finding more space—and creativity—in your day. Listen Here

Allison Radecki: For the Love of Food, Sharing & Community

Allison Radecki is a food writer, culinary tour guide, a member of the first graduating class of Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences, and dear friend of the Feathered Pipe. Able to converse and share recipes in a range of languages, she has spent her career traveling the world, learning about culture, tradition and people through the lens of food–where it comes from, how it’s grown and by whom it’s prepared. Listen Here

The Dandelion Effect Podcast Reviews and Love Notes:

-- “I listened to the podcasts with Allison and Danny last weekend and was so impressed with the work. I found the nature of the discussions to be incredibly graceful and informative. I’ve really come to understand better the mission of The Dandelion Effect. From what I’ve listened to so far, it’s absolutely based in a place of kindness, giving, and gentleness.”


-- “I am only 26 minutes into the first episode and I am loving it so much. Remembering that my body innately knows how to heal and that I am right where I need to be. Thank you!”


-- “It’s refreshing to listen to a podcast telling real stories of mindfulness making an impact on people dealing with real issues in today’s turbulent climate. It’s raw, it’s inspiring and I love it.”


-- “Wow! I just listened to my first Dandelion Effect Podcast, the episode with Sarah from Mooxli. I’m so f’ing impressed. You are phenomenal. Thank you!”


-- “I just finished listening to the podcast – in every way, fabulous. I learned so much – and got perspective on the overall big picture of mental health research (its importance, where the obstacles are) and so many other insights. WELL DONE!!!!”


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