August 5, 2020
My guest today is Kristyn Ivey founder of For the Love of Tidy. She is Chicago's first platinum certified KonMari consultant. Kristyn is dedicated to teaching busy families, professionals, and creative entrepreneurs, how to let go of stuff and attract a truly abundant life. Educated in both engineering and interior design, Kristyn applies her project management background and innate creativity to transform homes with order and style all in harmony with the KonMari method, dedicated to Marie Kondo's mission to inspire the world, to choose joy. Kristyn helps clients declutter their way to becoming graduates of tidy and masters of life. Today, we talk about how to start the decluttering process, how clearing out your space saves you both time and money, and how to sustainably declutter during the COVID pandemic let's get started.
July 29, 2020
My guest today is Epiphany Jordan. She's a nurture by nature and profession Epiphany is on a mission to redesign human touch for better health and relationships. She's the founder of the Austin, Texas based Karuna sessions and the author of "Somebody Hold Me: A Single Person's Guide to Nurturing Human Touch". Today, we talk all about human connection, platonic touch, how we can get our touch needs met, how COVID has changed, how we interact with others and more.
July 22, 2020
My guest today is Sara Safari and author speaker and women's empowerment advocate. Sara is a postgraduate student in leadership and change as well as an electrical engineering professor. Sara is also an avalanche survivor and will soon be the first Iranian woman to climb the Seven Summits. Today, we talk about success, failure, stepping out of your comfort zone, and learning to overcome obstacles to climb your own Everest.
July 16, 2020
Today is a special episode because I've got a big announcement to make actually one of the biggest things to ever happen in my life. Bestowed Essentials was selected as one of the 15 winners of the Stacy's Rise Project™, which includes a $10,000 grant. Stacy's pita chip is a female founded brand with a history of helping women rise. Since 2017 Stacy's Rise Project™ has invested more than $600,000 in female founded businesses. And I am still in shock that my business is now part of this incredible project.
July 8, 2020
My guest today is Gabrielle Thomas. She's an entrepreneur creative director and wellness educator. Gabrielle helps women to trust themselves, build businesses and claim their seat at the table while getting paid, what they deserve. Today, we talk about what allyship means, why it's a verb, not a noun, how we can all use our voices to make a difference. And Gabrielle's latest project, Less Captions, More Action.
July 1, 2020
My guest today is Lauren Ornelas. Yes, she's the founder and president of the food empowerment project, an organization working to create more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. Lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years in cooperation with activists across the country, Lauren persuaded Trader Joe's to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier One Imports, and others. Lauren also helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California, and she served as campaign director with the Silicone Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Today, Lauren and I are talking about ethical and unethical food practices, environmental racism, the impact our food choices have and so much more.
June 24, 2020
My guest today is Michelle Kuei. She's a certified confidence leadership coach who helps negative self talkers believe in their talents to reach full potential in a fulfilling, personal and professional life. Michelle is the author of the new memoir, "Perfectly Normal: An Immigrant Story of Making it in America". She owns her own coaching company and is a board member of the United Nations Association of the USA and a Clinical Pharmacist at USC's Keck Medical Center. Michelle was born in Taiwan and grew up in New York, but today she lives in Los Angeles with her Tabby cat named Buster. We talk about overcoming life's obstacles, what self-talk is and how we can use self-talk to our advantage.
June 17, 2020
My guest today is Kristen Manieri. She's the host of 60 mindful minutes, a podcast that launched in 2017 to share conversations about what it means to live a more connected, conscious and intentional life. She's a writer with more than a decade of experience and her work has been published in Huffington post, pop sugar, your tango, and the Gottman Institute blog as well as inflight magazines and blogs for international airlines such as WestJet and Virgin. In 2018 Kristen launched her course awakened living and is now taken countless woman through the process of becoming the conscious witness of their lives. As a mindfulness teacher, her goal is to help students become their sturdiest steadiest calmest selves.
June 10, 2020
My guest today is Linda Lattimore, a well-regarded expert speaker in the field of sustained leadership, a seasoned lawyer, C suite executive and business strategist. Linda released her bestselling book in 2018 titled "Solutionaries: You are the Answer." This book gives individuals a path forward to fill their heart accounts as full as their bank accounts. As the founder of both Solutionaries Academy and Cross Sector Institute, Linda offers training to change makers and forward thinking companies that understand the need and value of social innovation and conscious business. Linda's online class for change makers offers, videos, guides, and helpful hints for the topics we'll be discussing in this episode. And we have a special bonus for our Hippie Haven Podcast listeners. The first 50 listeners who sign up for Linda's online Illuminate class will receive a 40% discount. Use the code HH SOLUTIONARY when signing up for the discount.
May 27, 2020
My guest today is Toni Okamoto. She's the founder of Plant Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save money by eating more veggies. Toni is the author of two books, the Plant Based on a Budget Cookbook and the Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook. She is also the cohost of the plant powered people podcast. And today Toni and I will be talking about how you can eat plant based on a budget.
May 20, 2020
My guest today is Jennifer Stensaas. She's the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Feeding South Dakota. She's been working there since 2008 and is responsible for the implementation of Feeding South Dakota's marketing and public relation initiatives, coordinating statewide communication efforts to inform the media, donors, community leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders about issues and policies affecting feeding South Dakota's hunger relief efforts. Today we talk about the differences between food banks and food pantries. What is food insecurity, signs of childhood hunger, how COVID-19 has impacted food banks and how we can help.
May 13, 2020
My guest today is Baruch Zeichner. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and education and a master's degree in counseling psychology. Baruch has practiced psychotherapy, massage therapy and body oriented psychotherapy for more than 25 years. His father was also a psychologist and his mother was an activist. Baruch has participated in many community and political activities from a very young age, ranging from anti-nuclear activism to peace activism, working with local teenagers and drug and alcohol abuse prevention, date rape and sexual assault prevention and HIV support. Today Baruch and I will be talking about his own journey towards inner peace, about the mental health stigma and how it especially affects men and Western society and how you can use this unexpected downtime for your own healing journey.
May 6, 2020
My guest today is Kelsey Ducheneaux, a fourth generation tribal rancher and the Cheyenne river Sioux nation. Kelsey's passion is working directly with land managers and producers and promoting regenerative agricultural practices. She is the owner of DX Beef, a sustainable cattle company and her family farm DX Ranch also houses project help a nonprofit that supports youth by enhancing life skills through thoughtful horsemanship practices. Kelsey received her bachelor's of science degree in range land management from South Dakota state university, then her master's of agriculture degree and integrated resource management from Colorado state university. Kelsey is also the natural resources director at the intertribal agriculture council, an organization that conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members. One of my dear friends and former employees, Courtney now works at the intertribal agricultural council as well, and put me in touch with Kelsey for this episode on conserving and developing indigenous agriculture resources.
April 30, 2020
My guest today is Danielle Thompson, a 25 year old entrepreneur and digital nomad. She's been traveling the world full time for the last four years while building and running an entirely remote six figure design agency whose work has been seen by over 100 million people. After finding success in her design agency, Danielle decided to start teaching others how to work online and travel too. She's on a mission to empower 1 million freelancers by teaching creatives the business skills they need to get work that inspires them. Danielle is also dedicated to her personal development and passionate about human betterment. Today she'll be sharing her experience with psychedelic plants like ayahuasca and how they transformed her life.
April 29, 2020
My guest today is Danielle Thompson, a 25 year old entrepreneur and digital nomad. She's been traveling the world full time for the last four years while building and running an entirely remote six figure design agency whose work has been seen by over 100 million people. After finding success in her design agency, Danielle decided to start teaching others how to work online and travel too. She's on a mission to empower 1 million freelancers by teaching creatives the business skills they need to get work that inspires them. Danielle is also dedicated to her personal development and passionate about human betterment. Today she'll be sharing her experience with psychedelic plants like ayahuasca and how they transformed her life.
April 22, 2020
Today's episode is a repost of an Instagram live I did it just a couple of days ago with my dear friend Jamie Nicolini, owner of the sustainable supply company, The Collective in Des Moines, Iowa. Jamie and I met in April, 2019 when I spoke about reducing your environmental impact at the Des Moines Vegan Fest, which she helped organize. Then the day after the vegan fest, she took me out to breakfast to pick my brain and we ended up sitting there for like eight or nine hours talking about opening a zero waste store, our struggles with alcohol, our journey to veganism and so much more and we've been friends ever since. Then last summer she opened her own brick and mortar store in Des Moines and of course she stocks my Bestowed Essentials products there. We both get so many questions about what it's like running a zero waste business and how we got started. So that's why we did this Instagram live, which I'm crossposting to my Hippie Haven Podcasts so that it can reach more of you.
April 15, 2020
My guest today is Leslie Samuelrich, the president of Green Century Capital Management. She leads by focusing on the firm's investment strategies, business development and impact investing program. The Green Century Funds have experienced 570% growth under her leadership. Ms Samuelrich holds a BA in economics from Boston College and has more than 25 years of experience in ESG investing, corporate engagement and environmental and public health advocacy. Her comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Responsible Investor, Barons, and many other outlets. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and the advisory board of the Intentional Endowments Network. She has a guest lecture on impact investing at the Wharton school and annually presents at dozens of national and regional industry conferences and events. Ms Samuelrich was honored with the 2019 SRI service award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership innovation, high standards of professional conduct and accomplishment and collaboration with other SRI industry leaders. She was also selected as one of the 43 world changing women and conscious business in 2020.
April 8, 2020
My guest today is Ayana Young, a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration with an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, including a double major in art history and theology and a minor in philosophy as well as education through Columbia university and ecology and Eastern religions plus restoration ecology at the university of Victoria. Young has a strong academic background at the intersections of ecology, culture and spirituality. Postgraduate dividends from her early career allowed Ayana to conserve 500 acres of coastal Redwood and salmon habitat in Northern California where she's been living for over five years, the first few years in a tent with no electricity or running water as she established a homestead and broke ground on a native species nursery and research center. Ayana Young is also the founder and executive director of millennial media organization and nonprofit For the Wild.
April 1, 2020
My guest today is Tahmina Watson owner of Watson immigration law to Tahmina obtained her law degree in 2000 and became a barrister in London in 2002. She relocated to the United States in 2005 where she was admitted to the New York bar in 2006. Prior to founding her law firm Tahmina was a partner at White and Watson until 2008 practicing exclusively in the area of U S immigration and naturalization law. Before that Tahmina externed with his honor judge Ricardo Martinez at the district court of Western Washington and downtown Seattle Tahmina is admitted to practice law in Washington state and the state of New York. She has also admitted to the federal court of Western district of Washington. Tahmina currently serves as chair of the response committee of the Washington chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a committee she helped create after the November, 2016 election. She currently serves on the board of trustee for the King County Bar Association. In addition Tahmina recently helped form a nonprofit organization called WIDEN Washington Immigrant Defense Network, which combined skills of immigration and non immigration lawyers to help detainees. Her other community activities includes serving on the board of Point Hope, an organization that helps children. She is an active member of the pro bono community in Seattle and often provides free legal advice at local legal clinics. Furthermore, she is an active supporter of Chaya, a Seattle based nonprofit organization that assists battered women from a South Asian background. Tahmina serves as chair of the legal advisory committee of the global entrepreneur and residence coalition. She is also a columnist with the Seattle Globalist.
March 25, 2020
I have two special guests today, sisters, Nina and Sonya Montenegro, who just published an incredible book called mending life, a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts. The sisters have also previously written two other books together, a year in the garden and three year garden journal. Sonya and Nina are also co-founders and co-creative directors of a design studio, The Far Woods, which is located on an organic farm outside Portland, Oregon. Today. They're both sharing their mending journey and all their best tips on how you can repair your own clothes at home.
February 26, 2020
My guest today is Kate Hanley, a bestselling author, personal development coach, and host of the How to be a Better Person Podcast. Today, we're talking about what it really means to be a better person, how to find our life's purpose, reduce stress, and avoid burnout effectively.
February 19, 2020
My guest today is Tori Dunlap, the bad-ass creator of Her First 100K. Tori saved $100,000 by the age of 25 and has since quit her corporate job in marketing to now help thousands of women make more, spend less and fight the patriarchy. She's sharing all her best tips on saving, investing, budgeting, paying off debt, lowering recurring bills, increasing credit score, and negotiating your salary and more.
February 12, 2020
Our guest today is Lunide Lewis, born in Haiti, Lunide migrated to New York City at the age of 10. She then spent 12 years in Boston where she received her bachelor's and master's degree in organizational psychology. She now lives in San Diego, California, where she pursued her doctorate degree in organizational psychology and leadership.. Lunide is the host of the Best Morning Ever podcast. This podcast is the first of its kind, devoting a whole show, discussing effective morning routine tips and chatting with entrepreneurs and thought leaders on how their healthy morning habits have contributed to their success.
February 5, 2020
Our guest today is Michelle Dickinson, a passionate mental health advocate, a Ted speaker and published author of a memoir entitled Breaking Into My Life. After years of playing the role of child care giver, Michelle embarked on her own healing journey of self discovery. Her memoir offers a rare glimpse into a young girl's experience living with and loving her bipolar mother. Michelle then spent years working to eradicate the mental health stigma within her own workplace at a fortune 500 company by elevating compassion, causing more open conversations and leading real change in how mental illness is understood in the corporate setting. She also knows firsthand what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness after experiencing her own depression due to challenging life events of her own. As a past volunteer with court appointed special advocates, the Make a Wish Foundation and serving as big sister with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization, elevating the wellbeing of our youth matters to her. Michelle's volunteer work led her to create her own children's program called Perfect Just The Way You Are. This program was designed to help youth better understand how to nourish the body and the mind and has reached over 2000 children and their families in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in the last five years. The program recently evolved into a school-wide and student led mental health wellness fair. Michelle's intentions are to touch as many children's lives as possible with this program so that children proactively develop a healthy relationship to brain health. In today's episode, we're talking about how to reduce the stigma around mental health, how to create more compassion in today's society, how to improve the collective mindset around mental health in your workplace, the economic benefits of investing in mental health resources, and Michelle's advice to those affected by mental illness.
January 29, 2020
Our guest today is Cari Nadeau, a Certified EFT Practitioner, Certified Emotion Code Practitioner and a Certified Theta Healing Practitioner. Cari learned about the relevance of the subconscious mind in the healing process and began to understand why talk therapy just wasn't helping. She learned how to do The Emotion Code on herself and also worked with a practitioner. She dove into the deeper-than-physical levels of healing, the levels of the emotions, mind, and spirit and shares with us how to use energy healing to recover from chronic illnesses.
January 22, 2020
Our guest today is Lisa Erickson, a writer, teacher, and energy healer specializing in women's energy and sexual trauma healing. She is certified in both mindfulness meditation instruction and trauma sensitivity and has been teaching about chakras and meditation for over 15 years. Lisa teaches us about the chakras, how they relate to our physical and emotional health, and how to heal them. Content warning: This episode mentions sexual trauma.
January 15, 2020
Our guest today is Kathleen Nightingale, a spiritual life coach, certified hypnotherapist, and narcissistic abuse recovery coach. Kathleen shares how to spot signs of narcissistic abuse, how to break their hold, and steps to recover and heal.
January 8, 2020
Content Warning: This episode of the Hippie Haven Podcast mentions suicide and addiction. Our guest today is Jen Sugermeyer, a speaker, life coach, author, and advocate for those struggling with addiction. In this episode, Jen shares about her past with addiction, how she began down the road to recovery, and resources for those dealing with addictions themselves or with loved ones.
December 26, 2019
On this episode of the Hippie Haven Podcast, Callee reviews all the goals she did (and didn't) reach in 2019 and shares about her recent French adventure!
December 25, 2019
Content Warning: This episode mentions suicide and substance abuse. In this bonus episode of the Hippie Haven Podcast, Callee shares resources for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues during the holidays and the rest of the year
December 24, 2019
In this bonus episode of the Hippie Haven Podcast, Callee shares some awesome ways to give back during the holidays. Check us out on Instagram, @bestowedessentials, @hippiehavenshop, and @ahippieinavan
December 10, 2019
In this episode, Callee discusses why you shouldn't support the Salvation Army this holiday season (or ever).
October 30, 2019
My guest today is my baby sister, Brooklyn. She is 13 years old and recently decided to become vegan a few months ago. So with World Vegan Day coming up on November 1st I asked her to do a quick phone call with me to discuss why she's vegan and what it's been like to make that lifestyle change as a young teenager.
October 23, 2019
My guest today is Lindsey Elmore, a pharmacist and essential oil expert here to talk about how essential oils are produced, how to use them safely and sustainably, and clearing up the confusion around essential oils with pets, kids, medication, and internal consumption.
October 17, 2019
In this episode of the Hippie Haven Podcast, Callee shares an update on changes to Bestowed Essentials and the Hippie Haven Podcast from Marseille, France. Hear exciting announcements about new businesses and our new Community Manager, Kelly. Check us out on Instagram, @bestowedessentials, @hippiehavenshop, and @ahippieinavan
October 9, 2019
Today's guest is my friend Liz, the owner of No Trace Shop, a Santa Cruz, California based company that makes wax wraps, bags and other zero waste products. I'm really excited to have her on the show today to talk about zero waste parenting because this is my most requested topic, so I tried to make sure we cover a wide area. If you're a parent looking for zero-waste parenting advice, I hope this episode benefits you.
October 2, 2019
Today I'm chatting with Naomi Grevemberg. Like me, she's low waste and lives in a van, but the similarities pretty much end there. She's been doing van life for twice as long as I have in a van that's older than I am, and definitely way older than my own van. She travels with her husband while I travel solo. They like rural camping. Well, I prefer to stay in urban areas, etc. So as we're swapping stories and tips from our lives on the road, you get to learn all about van life from two very different perspectives today.
September 25, 2019
Today I'm chatting with Brendan Synnott, the CEO of PACT, an organic clothing brand, and he is sharing his expertise on entrepreneurship from having started and sold multiple successful companies. We also discuss fair trade factories, cotton crops, and the number one thing he does to live as sustainably as possible.
September 11, 2019
Today's episode is a replay of a recent interview I did with Polly Barks for her 2019 'Zero Waste Beyond The Bag' Summit about grassroots activism and how to make a difference in your community. Grab something to take notes with because you'll be walking away today with multiple action steps.
September 4, 2019
Today's guest is Olivia Webb of here to talk about planned obsolescence and your right to repair. What does that mean? How do manufacturers prevent consumers from repairing their purchased goods? Who are the worst offenders, who's not so bad, and most importantly, how to fix your stuff? We're covering all that and more.
August 28, 2019
On our 50th episode of The Hippie Haven Podcast, we are celebrating 1 year on air today with a special Q+A!
August 21, 2019
Today's guest is Sharon Carne, creator of Sound Wellness, a holistic modality that uses techniques based on sound and music to bring your body, mind, emotions, and spirit back into harmony to reduce stress, allow natural healing and prevent illness. In 2020 the World Health Organization estimates that 75% of deaths around the world will be due to chronic illnesses and stress is a major factor in chronic illnesses. In fact, the World Health Organization declared stress to be the health epidemic of the 21st century as eco anxiety or anxiety around the existing climate crisis and future survival of the human race. As that grows, I want to talk more about ways that we can all reduce a little stress in our day to day lives. So Sharon is here to share her tips related to sound healing based on a program that she originally developed for the integrated health institute at the Mount Royal University in Canada and his since presented to the Canadian Mental Health Commission, the Alberta Health region conference on chronic disease management, the Manitoba Health region, and the national health work and wellness conference in Quebec plus many others.
August 14, 2019
Today's guest is La Vee, a psychotherapist and host of The Thrift Therapy Podcast. We're talking about thrifting as a lifestyle, her best thrifting tips, the psychology behind shopping and why it makes us feel so good, how to avoid unnecessary impulse purchases, how to help yourself or a loved one on relying too much on retail therapy, and why some people become hoarders.
August 7, 2019
Today's guest is Matt, also known on Instagram as @AnUrbanHarvester back again this week for a conversation on palm oil and how bad it really is.
July 31, 2019
Today's guest is Matt known on Instagram as @AnUrbanHarvester where he fights food waste by living off of food. He rescues daily from his local supermarket dumpsters. In this episode he shares more about why and how he dumpster dives, the safety of dumpster diving, why grocery stores are throwing out still edible food and what we as individuals can do to fight industrial food waste beyond dumpster diving.
July 24, 2019
Today's guest is Rain Wickham, founder of Lost Property, a clothing library in Fremanitle, Australia. It's a collaborative wardrobe of clothing, everything from everyday outfits to dress up, costumes that you rent, return and borrow something new. Rain shares the details of how it works, where they get their inventory from, the hurdles of starting and scaling a clothing library and her tips on how you can start a clothing library in your community.
July 17, 2019
Today's guest is Nicky Schauder, a permaculture expert who grows $700 worth of food and her 100 square foot yard in Washington DC. She's sharing all her best tips for backyard gardening and how you can supplement your family's diet with healthy organic homegrown foods.
July 10, 2019
Today's guest is Brenden Fitzgerald, CEO of planet protein makers of clean, vegan and low waste protein bars and protein powder, and he's the other half of the Sustainable Duo with his life and business partner, Carly Bergman, who's been on the podcast herself in the past. You might also know Brenden on Instagram as the @The_Sustainable_CEO. He's a really cool dude. Brenden will be sharing his journey from marine to vegan activist and business owner, his thoughts on toxic masculinity and meat eating plus debunking a few of the most common myths around veganism.
July 3, 2019
Today's guest is Lyndsey Manderson, co-founder of the Zero Market, a wildly successful zero waste store in Denver, Colorado here to share with you how she started a zero waste store and how you can too.
June 26, 2019
Today's guest is Dr. Jessica Shade, the Director of science programs at The Organic Center, a non profit research and education organization based in Washington DC. Their mission is to conduct and convene credible evidence based science on the environmental and health effects of organic food and farming and communicate the findings to the public with a vision of a sustainable and secure food system that promotes the health of humans and the environment. Some of Dr. Jessica Shade's most recent collaborations include projects aimed at decreasing nitrogen pollution from agricultural sources, increasing on farm biodiversity and developing integrated pest management solutions for organic growers. Dr. Shade develops and leads the center's signature conference event, which brings together policy makers or researchers, farmers, industry members, and other nonprofits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector. She has a Switzer environmental fellow and has been honored for her environmental accomplishments by the Ecological Society of America Student Section and Union for concerned scientists through their ecoservice award. She received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley, and today she'll be clearing up all the common myths on organic food.
June 19, 2019
Today's guest is Stephanie Wall, the co-founder of Seattle Zero Waste, a community meet up and activism group in the greater Seattle, Washington area, that she and 3 other Instagram friends started 2 years ago. Stephanie will be sharing how they started a local zero waste group, and how you can too.
June 12, 2019
Today's guest is Hannah Evans of population connection and we're discussing how the growing number of people on the planet have affected and will continue to affect global warming and how global warming will affect the human race.
June 5, 2019
Today's guest is Daron Willison of Coral Reef Alliance and we're breaking down what's going on with the coral reefs, what the future looks like for coral reefs and what you can do to make a difference.
May 22, 2019
Today's guest is Kate Jaceldo from Compost Queens, a mother daughter owned compost pickup service in San Antonio, Texas, where they collect food scraps and other compostable materials from local residents and businesses donating them to organic farmers in the area to replenish their soil. Kate is sharing how her and her mother started and grew this business, why food waste is such an important issue and how you can start your own composting business to have a huge impact not just in your community alone but for the environment overall.
May 8, 2019
Today's guest is Richard Arterbury, the executive director of Ocean Blue Project, a nonprofit organization based in my home state of Oregon. Their mission is to protect and conserve the ocean and its associated waterways through hands on volunteer efforts to clean beaches and rivers, enhance wildlife habitats, and reduce pollution and through service learning projects to provide education and increase awareness of the critical importance of clean waterways. Today we'll be discussing how he started his nonprofit organization, what he's learned along the way and how you can organize a trash cleanup in your community.
May 1, 2019
Today, we are chatting with Dr. Samuel Milham, a specialist in occupational epidemiology who's known as the scientist who first alerted the world to the frightening potential link between occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields and human disease. Born in 1932, Dr. Milam is a graduate of union college and Albany Medical College. He became a senior resident and epidemiology at the New York State Department of Health in 1961 and then was a development consultant for that department. His experience includes associate professor, department of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College, associate professor, University of Hawaii, school of Public Health and medical school section head epidemiology section, Washington State Department of Health, chronic disease, epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health, and more. He has received many awards, including the Robert Carl Strom Foundation Humanitarian Award in 1990 and has written dozens of peer reviewed articles on various medical issues. His mortality rate studies led to the writing of his book, Dirty Electricity, to alert people to the possibility of a looming epidemic of mortality due to high frequency radiation and what steps to take to reduce our exposure to dirty electricity. Now, this is a controversial topic with limited research behind it. There are many people who do believe that electromagnetic fields are negatively affecting our bodies, and that there needs to be more research done into the longterm consequences on humans, animals, and the environment. And there are many others who think that the existing research proves that there's no adverse health risks from electromagnetic fields. My goal is to always introduce topics to you and then encourage you to do your own research and to, at the end of the day, do what's best for you, your family, and the planet as best you can.
April 24, 2019
Today, we are chatting with Corinne Hellyer, a resident of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, where she and other fellow citizens were successful in getting their city council to ban plastic bags. She is sharing how they made that happen, what hurdles they had to overcome, and how you can do the same in your town.
April 17, 2019
Today's guest is April Dickinson aka @zerowastedork, the Communications and Operations Coordinator for Washington State Budget and Policy Center. In this episode, we are brushing up on how the American government system operates, how bills are introduced and where they go from there, how to find and connect with your state representatives, how to enact change through legislation, plus a ton of other related topics and plenty of side discussion! This episode is sponsored by Bestowed Essentials
April 3, 2019
Today's guest is Marissa McClellan, a full-time food writer + canning expert at, and her 4th book, The Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 ways to cook, bake, plate + share your homemade pantry was just released yesterday! Now she's sharing with us all her tips on how to can food, what equipment you need to get started, how to troubleshoot common canning problems, healthy sugar alternatives for canning recipes, foods you didn't know you could can, and more. This episode is sponsored by Earthlove Box, a quarterly subscription box of eco-friendly products, run by a female farmer in Washington State, to help you connect with nature + live a more holistic lifestyle. You can save 10% off your first order with my discount code "HIPPIEINAVAN10", and if you order next month's box, it'll include a face mask from my eco brand, Bestowed Essentials!
March 27, 2019
Today's guest is Robin LaCross, a holistic health practitioner who specializes in women’s reproductive health. She has been teaching natural birth control methods for over 25 years, and she is passionate about making sure every young woman grows up knowing and understanding her body. Robin is on a mission to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of STDs in the world by changing the way mothers talk to their children about puberty + sex. Today, Callee + Robin are talking about natural birth control, as a way for you to take control of your own reproductive health, to save money, and to make less waste. Whether you already have kids, don't ever want to have kids, or are currently trying to have kids, there's something for everyone in this episode, men included. And if you, like Callee + Robin, have known since a young age that being a mother isn't part of your life plan, definitely stay tuned near the end of this episode where they talk about tubal ligation, how difficult it is to find a doctor who respects your decision, and what they've both done to prevent unintended pregnancy.
March 20, 2019
Today we are chatting with Lindsey McCoy, co-founder and CEO of Plaine Products. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and spent the last 10 years working on environmental education in the Bahamas where single-use plastic is common. She and her sister co-founded a company, Plaine Products, that offers shampoo, conditioner and body wash and lotion in aluminum bottles that can be returned, refilled and reused. We discuss how they started a refill-by-mail company, how it works, what business struggles and hardships they faced, and more.
March 13, 2019
Today we are chatting with Chris Maxwell-Gaines, a professional engineer and owner of Innovative Water Solutions LLC. IWS is a full-service design / build company passionately committed to providing comprehensive, sustainable, and absolute water management and conservation solutions, utilizing alternative water sources and stormwater management for residential and commercial projects. IWS focuses on systems such as rainwater collection, graywater reuse, stormwater management, and green infrastructure. To date, IWS has installed over 7,000,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas. Today he is sharing some easy ways you can conserve water at home, how to collect, filter, and use rainwater. We talk about what gray water is and how to reuse it, the legalities of using rain water and gray water throughout the US and more.
March 6, 2019
Today we're talking with Leah Segedie, author of Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!), founder of the Mamavation® community, founder of ShiftCon Social Media Conference, food activist and social media consultant. We discuss topics like how to investigating "organic" baby formula companies, ceramic cookware companies, and how to advocate change. Shownotes for this episode, including a full transcript, are available at
February 27, 2019
Today we chat with Bethany Daughtery of Recraft Indy, a secondhand supply craft store in Indianapolis, IN. We discuss topics like starting your own eco craft store or any store as we touch upon the business aspect of it. You can visit the stores' website at and follow them on instagram @recraftindy, and find them on Facebook here: Shownotes for this episode, including a full transcript, are available at
February 20, 2019
Today's episode is all about composting with worms, featuring Anna de la Vega, a composting expert who founded The Urban Worm, and provides vermicompost workshops + consulting to individuals, businesses + schools in the UK. You can follow her on Instagram @wormologist, or visit her website at Shownotes for this episode, including a full transcript, are available at This episode is sponsored by Uncle Jim's Worm Farm, the #1 supplier of composting worms + supplies in the US. I've got a compost bin in my shop that's thriving with worm from Uncle Jim's, and I'll be ordering from them again in a few months when I start a second worm bin in my campervan once I'm back on the road. Uncle Jim's ships worms to the continental United States, plus Alaska, Puerto Rico + the Virgin Islands year-round, with guaranteed live delivery. To order worms or other compost supplies, visit, and as always, thank you so much for supporting our podcast partners!
February 13, 2019
We are back today with returning podcast guest Sabrina Katz, @sustainablesabs on Instagram, and marketing director for The Wally Shop, the first zero waste grocery delivery company, launching now in select NYC zip codes. This episode is slightly different and more laid back than the rest because it was recorded for the IG live I did with Sabrina last week, in case this interview sounds familiar to you already. We talk about how to handle negative comments from family and friends and common zero waste misconceptions throughout the episode.
February 6, 2019
In 2006 Rachel Papworth cleared out all the junk from her home - and has lived clutter free ever since. A trained coach with a psychology degree, she's now a member of the Association of Professional Declutterers + Organisers , as she helps people with too much stuff to declutter and create homes they love that support them to live the life of their dreams. Shownotes for this episode are available at, where you'll find a full transcript + links to everything we mentioned.
January 30, 2019
Carly Bergman is an eco-influencer, author + consultant, with a degree in Integrated Studies, concentrating on sustainability + eco-spirituality, in addition to being certified in permaculture design. She's the creator of the #FuturisticFebruary challenge, which raises awareness on unsustainable consumerism in today's society. Carly + her partner Brenden, (who will also be on the podcast soon!) run a consulting firm called Sustainable Duo, where they travel around the country speaking at vegan + zero waste events.
January 23, 2019
Dianna Cohen is an artist and the co-founder + CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that raises awareness of ocean waste and addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. She was inspired to co-found the Plastic Pollution Coalition due to her work as an artist -- because her chosen material is the plastic bag. We talk about the dangers of plastic, why recycling isn't a viable solution, how plastic pollution relates to climate change, and what individuals can do to fight plastic pollution.
January 16, 2019
In today's episode, I'm chatting with Alyssa of Live Planted, a popular podcast about a practical vegan lifestyle. Yesterday, she interviewed me on her podcast, where we discussed owning an ethical business, being zero waste while traveling in a van, and more about me, you should definitely go listen to that episode on the Live Planted Podcast if you haven't already, and now I'm chatting with her about fast fashion, thrift store shopping, the ethics of secondhand wool + leather, the intersection of veganism + feminism, how she applies her favorite motto "life's not that serious", and so much more.
January 9, 2019
Today's episode features Nicole Lindsey + Timothy Paule, the co-founders of Detroit Hives, a non-profit on the East side of Detroit, Michigan, where they transform vacant city lots into urban bee farms for the conservation of honeybees, and the education of their local schools and communities about bees and their contribution to our environment.
January 2, 2019
Happy New Years everybody! This is the first episode in 2019, and today we'll be talking all about starting + operating an ethical + eco-friendly company, which is really on par with one of my big goals for this year to continue expanding my business, Bestowed Essentials, as well as helping other start their own sustainable business. I actually have an interview series on my blog called How To Start A Zero Waste Store, which as it sounds, is interviews I've done with zero waste store owners around the globe, so if the idea of opening your own zero waste shop, or any type of eco-friendly business, is something you've been dreaming about, take this as your sign that you should definitely go for it, listen to the rest of this episode, check out that interview series on my blog, and together let's make 2019 the year of zero waste businesses! Today's guest is Sharon Rowe, founder + CEO of Eco-Bags Products, an award-winning, certified B corporation that began in 1989 selling responsibly made + sourced bags as reusable alternative to plastic grocery + produce bags. Sharon is also the author of The Magic of Tiny Business, where she uses the success story of Eco-Bags Products to share her step-by-step process of building a profitable and sustainable company that doesn't compromise your values. Sharon + her company have been featured in Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, on NPR, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the award-winning documentary “BagIt”. Sharon has received numerous awards, including the National 2012 Enterprising Woman, CBS Radio Women’s Achievement, and Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year, and she is an active member of the Social Venture Network, and the Women Presidents' Organization. In this episode, we talk about her company Eco-Bags and how it's evolved over the years, including their sustainable manufacturing, eco certifications, and what's next for the company. Sharon also shares tips from her book The Magic of Tiny Business on what tiny businesses are, how to start one, how to not quit when it gets tough, and some of her favorite tiny businesses to support.
December 26, 2018
Happy Holidays, and a merry day after christmas if you just celebrated that. This week's episode is a little different, a little more laid-back due to the festivities. You might have already heard it, if you saw the IG live I did a couple weeks back on my account @ahippieinavan with Sabrina Katz of @sustainablesabs, but if not, we chat all about zero waste, veganism, minimalism, including common zero waste misconceptions, tips on going vegan, using a safety razor, her favorite books, new years resolutions, and we answer a few questions from the live viewers as well. To give her a proper introduction, Sabrina Katz is a texas girl now living in Brooklyn new york, working as the communication and marketing director for the wally shop, the first zero waste grocery delivery company, launching now in select NYC zip codes. Because we were recording on both our computers for the podcast audio, and on our cell phones for the IG live, there are a few places where there's a slight echo, and also I accidentally muted my side of the recording for the very first two questions I asked, so here's Sabs with how she got started in both zero waste and veganism, as well as how she ended up in New York.
December 19, 2018
We are back today with Thea Wayne, co-founder of Humble Flower Co, a women-owned and operated cannabis-infused company started in Humboldt County, California and now based in Los Angeles. Their cannabis products use all-natural and ethically sourced ingredients and use recyclable packaging as part of their environmental efforts, although, they are currently only available at California dispensaries. Thea and I discuss how Humble Flower Co got started, how the business works, the difference between CBD and hemp, their low-waste initiative, and much more!
December 12, 2018
We are back today with Polly Barks of Green Indy Blog. Polly was actually the very first person I interviewed for the podcast, back in July, though it ended up being the second interview published. In that episode, we talked all about how to advocate for zero waste, including online, in your local community, what to do if your friends + family totally aren’t interested, and more, so if you haven’t listened to that one already, be sure to add it to your play list! Polly has living zero waste since 2015, and has been teaching it as her full-time job for about a year now. She is about to launch a new online course called the Essential Zero Waste Blueprint starting January 1st, 2019, covering how to go zero waste in 12 different areas of your life over a twelve month timespan, no matter how or where you live. She’s here today to share more info on that course, including her 12 starter tips for a waste-free life.
December 5, 2018
We are chatting with Ashlee Piper today, author of one of my new favorite book, Give A Shi**, Do Good, Live Better, Save The Planet. Ashlee is a former political strategist who channeled her passion for animals and eco-logical preservations into a career as an eco-lifestyle expert. She is a journalist, tv/media personality, and consultant who's aim is to find and communicate the latest and greatest in the realm of sustainable living. We are chatting all about her book, how to implement small, eco actions in your home no matter your lifestyle. We also talk about minimalism, recycling, composting, reducing junk mail, how to ethically dispose of your mattress and so much more!
November 14, 2018
Today I'm chatting with one of the co-founders, Saasha Celestial-One, on how OLIO grew from an idea into a marketplace saving thousands of food items every week. We also talk about the global food waste crisis and how each of us, as an individual, can reduce the food waste in our home, and in our community, to help fight one of the biggest crises the world faces today.
November 7, 2018
Today on the Hippie Haven Podcast, I’m chatting with Katie Patrick, an Australian-American environmental engineer, software designer, author, podcaster and public speaker with 20 years of experience in her field. After graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a degree in Environmental Engineering, she worked as an environmental design engineer in Sydney on some of the world’s first platinum-LEED-certified commercial buildings. She has served on the board of Australia’s national eco label, Good Environmental Choice Australia, and won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year Award for entrepreneurship. Katie has been a media spokesperson on environmental issues and has been featured regularly on TV, radio and in print publications including Vogue Australia. She was CEO of the green-lifestyle magazine Green Pages Australia and was appointed environmental brand ambassador for Volkswagen, Lipton Tea and Wolfblass Wines. Today, her tech company, Hello World Labs, applies data-driven, gamification and behavior-change techniques to solve the world’s biggest environmental problems. She is the author of Detrash Your Life in 90 Days – The Art of Zero Waste Living, and she’s about to release her second book How To Save The World, which has an accompanying podcast and youtube channel by the same name. Katie is the creator of Zerowastify, an app designed to better measure municipal solid waste and Urban Canopy – a map-based application that uses spectral imaging of urban heat islands to encourage urban greening initiatives. Katie Patrick is truly a powerhouse in everything she does, and I am so honored to be interviewing her today!
October 10, 2018
Today on the Hippie Haven Podcast, I'm chatting with Addie Fisher, a sustainable living enthusiast + influencer, known on instagram as @oldworldnew. Addie graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Architecture Studies and minors in both Interior Design + Sustainability. She originally started her blog, OldWorldNew, six years ago as a class project, and it has since evolved into an informational platform about eco-friendly living. Addie talks about her journey into sustainability, what her experience has been as a black woman in this field, and how she aims to show that "everything can be done sustainably", no matter what your background or income level.
October 3, 2018
Today we're talking about how to manifest your best life. If you have no idea what manifestation is, don't worry. My friend Katie Jones explains everything, how it worked for her, how she's helped me find my path and how you can apply it to your own life. Katie is a meditation and manifestation coach originally from Austin, Texas, but she now splits her time between Costa Rica and Truckee, California. She did the desk job life for about a year, then quickly realized it wasn't for her and so she began pouring all her time and energy into creating the location independent lifestyle she truly wanted. Katie is also the host of the Wander Well podcast, which empowers women to live their best life by sharing stories of nomadic women who already are.
September 26, 2018
Callee chats with Kathryn Kellog, the popular blogger behind Kathryn is a professional actor turned eco-activist. After a breast cancer scare led her to cutting plastic out of her life, she discovered the zero waste movement, and started her blog in 2015 about her journey to fit all of her trash in a 16 oz mason jar. She quickly became one of the most well-known names in the zero waste community, and has been featured on CNN, The Guardian, MSNBC + National Geographic, just to name a few. She now spends most of her time educating the public on the dangers of trash, plastic pollution, and food waste with small, actionable tips we can all implement to make the world a little greener. Her new book, 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste, will be released in April 2019 and is available for preorder now.
September 19, 2018
Callee chats with Sarah Williams, creator of Tough Girl Challenges. Sarah is a published author, podcaster, vlogger, motivational speaker, life coach, and world adventurer who, among her many amazing accomplishments, has hiked the Appalachian trail, completed the Marathon des Sabes, and climbed Mt. Kilmanjaro. Sarah was also recognized by the Guardian as one of the 10 most inspiring contemporary female adventurers to follow, and Red Bull named her as one of the adventurers to follow on Instagram in 2018. Currently, Sarah is cycling approximately 4,000 kilometers, or 2,500 miles along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In this episode, Sarah shares details of her incredible journey, from how she quit her job to travel the world, to suffering and surviving a major illness, what lies ahead for her, plus how you can truly do anything you set your mind to!
September 12, 2018
Callee chats with Amanda Brown, who is a eco-artist and conservationist in Florida. She completed her Bachelors in Environmental Science from Franklin University Switzerland and currently works as an environmental program officer for a media-based nonprofit. In her spare time, Amanda makes art out of plastic pollution for her Etsy shop, Reefusables. We talk about where she gets her inspiration + her materials from, the severity of trash in the ocean, and how you can help prevent plastic pollution no matter where you live.
September 5, 2018
Callee chats with Yolanda Shoshana, who is a culinary historian with a focus on wine and spirits. In this episode, we talk about how wine is traditionally made, which turns out, includes the use of some weird animal products, what vegan winemaking alternatives exist, and what her favorite vegan wine brands are.
August 29, 2018
Callee chats with Celia Ristow, the blogger behind, in a two-part interview. In the previous episode, we talked about her journey into zero waste and in this episode we’re talking about food waste, how to prevent it, how to properly store food, different composting methods, and why composting isn’t enough.
August 22, 2018
Callee chats with Celia Ristow, the blogger behind, in a two-part interview. In this episode, we talk about Celia’s journey into zero waste, how she was one of the first zero waste bloggers on the scene to discuss imperfect zero waste and how she cofounded Zero Waste Chicago, which is an environmental organization that offers resources and education to increase awareness of alternatives to the traditional waste stream.
August 15, 2018
Callee chats with Erin Curtis about vegan + zero waste parenting. We discuss her vegan pregnancy, natural home birth, raising her daughter with zero waste, bringing her daughter to slaughterhouse protests, and so much more! To learn more about the Hippie Haven Podcast or to contact Callee about zero waste consulting, visit her website at Join the Hippie Haven FB Group too! Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe AND leave a review. It only takes 60 seconds, but it really helps because reviews influence how easily people can find this podcast in search results. Thanks again + stay tuned every Wednesday for the next episode!
July 29, 2018
Welcome to The Hippie Haven Podcast! In this episode, Callee chats with Ezra Frazier of All Around Vegan Box. Ezra is a 19 year old in North Carolina who started his own vegan business, the All Around Vegan Box. We chat about why Ezra became vegan even though he didn't care about animal rights at first, how his mindset shifted, how he encourages passive animal rights activism through his monthly subscription boxes, why he thinks there's so few male vegans, and how to change that. Check out Ezra's vegan subscription box at To learn more about the Hippie Haven Podcast or to contact Callee about zero waste consulting, visit her website at You can also check out her company at Join the Hippie Haven FB Group too! Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe AND leave a review. It only takes 60 seconds, but it really helps because reviews influence how easily people can find this podcast in search results. Thanks again + stay tuned every Wednesday for the next episode!
July 29, 2018
Welcome to The Hippie Haven Podcast! In this episode, Callee chats with Polly Barks of Green Indy Blog. Polly is a full-time zero waste activist, with a focus on making zero waste accessible for all. We chat about what zero waste really is, why "zero" is misleading, how to create a zero waste community in your town, what to do if your family isn't on the same page, and so much more about advocating for zero waste. Check out Polly's zero waste blog: To learn more about the Hippie Haven Podcast or to contact Callee about zero waste consulting, visit her website at You can also check out her company at Join the Hippie Haven FB Group too! Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe AND leave a review. It only takes 60 seconds, but it really helps because reviews influence how easily people can find this podcast in search results. Thanks again + stay tuned every Wednesday for the next episode!
July 29, 2018
Welcome to The Hippie Haven Podcast! In this episode, Callee chats with Stefanie Grant, owner of Twinkle Apothecary - a line of natural beauty + wellness products. Stefanie tells us about her journey from being an actress in LA, to becoming a single mom, moving back home to Oklahoma, and opening her own business. We also talk about why her son isn't entirely vegan, how she creates her essential oil perfumes, how a mindset change grew her business, and why we both consider working late to be a form of self-care. Check out Stefanie's business at To learn more about the Hippie Haven Podcast or to contact Callee about zero waste consulting, visit her website at You can also check out her company at Join the Hippie Haven FB Group too! Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe AND leave a review. It only takes 60 seconds, but it really helps because reviews influence how easily people can find this podcast in search results. Thanks again + stay tuned every Wednesday for the next episode!
July 29, 2018
Welcome to The Hippie Haven Podcast, where we have real life conversations about all things hippie, from veganism, to zero waste, to tiny living, and everything in between. In this bonus episode, Callee, the host of the Hippie Haven Podcast, tells you about her background, from her time in the military, to traveling the USA in a van, starting her sustainable self-care business, and becoming a zero waste activist + consultant. To learn more about the Hippie Haven Podcast or to contact Callee about zero waste consulting, visit her website at You can also check out her company at Join the Hippie Haven FB Group too! Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, please subscribe AND leave a review. It only takes 60 seconds, but it really helps because reviews influence how easily people can find this podcast in search results. Thanks again + stay tuned every Wednesday for the next episode!
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