65 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Surviving Losing a Parent (Tonia McIntosh)

December 6, 2017

I love Tonia. We've known each other for years when we both lived in Las Vegas. She attended tons of my Yin and hot yoga classes when I first began teaching yoga at a local hot yoga studio and we became fast friends. Spending time before or after class catching up. We always made time to celebrate birthdays and life together over meals. She's a facinating, kind, loving and tolerant human. Her quiet strength is remarkable. 

Tonia McIntosh was born and raised in Michigan and later moved to Las Vegas where she currently resides. It was here that she received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Tonia is an explorer of all forms of self-expression including acting, painting, drawing, dancing and writing. Although she loves many forms of expression, the written and spoken word feels the most like home to her. Tonia’s message is one that includes a heavy emphasis on self-love and care. Navigating her way through her own grieving process after the death of her mother has helped her to see the value in making the most of the time she has. She believes it’s important to nourish and grow relationships - especially the one you have with yourself.

To connect with Tonia:


64 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Surviving Domestic Violence (Michael Smith)

November 30, 2017

Michael Smith is overwhelmingly an easy going man despite his life experiences. He has an easy laugh and adores the people in his life. We met for the first time over coffee shortly after the 2016 Presidential election and had a great time connecting over racism, the election results, life and essential oils. 

Michael Smith was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and is a descendant of the original Black settlers

to the Central Michigan area. He graduated early from Creston High School at the age of 17 and entered
the US Army in March of 1983. He served on Active Duty in the US Army for eight years and participated
in or supported the following: Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada); Operation Desert Shield; Operation
Desert Storm; and Operation Provide Comfort. He received an Honorable Discharge from Active Duty
and immediately joined Washtenaw County Government and worked in Human Resources and the
Foster Grandparent Program before coming to the County Department of Veterans Affairs. Michael
began as a County Veteran Service Officer and advanced to the Veteran Services Analyst position and
was eventually appointed the Director by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on May 18,

While working in the County, he remained a member of the Army National Guard and US Army Reserves
until he retired from the Reserves in April 2004 at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Michael also pursued
his education during that time. He graduated from Washtenaw Community College and obtained his
Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University where he studied Public
Administration and Political Science. He is the single parent of one daughter who just completed her
sophomore year of college and the proud grandfather of one granddaughter. He is a member of
American Legion Post #31 in Chelsea, MI.

To connect with Michael:

* Email: smithmgjr@gmail.com


63 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Surviving Being an Immigrant (Salem Afangideh)

November 23, 2017
This brave and bold young woman has been practicing law for three years and she's only 23. That means she has grit, determination and doesn't scare easily. And yet, there is a soft side to Salem that I wish others would see. She walks us through how she's been able to survive being a stranger in a land that isn't always loving.
Salem Afangideh is a lawyer,  a yoga instructor, and chief space creator at THRIVE African Girl - a hub for African women.  She is dedicated to using her voice and her power through law to come alongside immigrants, survivors of human trafficking and minorities building businesses and non profits. In the wellness space she is redefining what it means to be a yogi and teaching women to care for themselves. Her life goal is to love well and build well. She loves to connect with new friends through her Facebook and Instagram pages at Yoga Lawyer Salem. And on her website on SalemAfangideh.com. Her new podcast about the African experience is the THRIVE Table Podcast available on iTunes and SoundCloud. 
To connect with Salem:
* Facebook: Yoga Lawyer Salem
* Instagram: @salem_afangideh
* Podcast: THRIVE Table Podcast

theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: One Year Anniversary (Chidimma Ozor)

November 23, 2017

Where we have been together over the last year.


To connect with Chidimma:

* Email: chidimma@thetypeahippie.com

* IG: @thetypeahippie

* FB: www.facebook.com/typeahippie


62 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Surviving Multiple Sexual Assaults (Rachel Bertner)

November 16, 2017

Rachel Bertner is one of those people that makes you want to be a better version of yourself not only for your community, but for yourself. She's definitely a member of the badass brigade and has allowed her pain to cultivate her passion with working with other survivors to empower them on their path of recovery as well as the perpetrators of sexual assault via the healing therapeutic practice of yoga and other modalities.

Rachel Bertner is a spiritual counselor, yoga teacher, energy educator and healer who specializes in working with women to heal after trauma.  Her own healing from rape, molestation and abuse found resolve in alternative modalities/methods after over a decade of failed western focused attempts. It is her passion to share and educate others about how and why a mind/body connection, results in healing beyond the self. Working exclusively with the release and reset of the mind, body and spirit after trauma, Rachel teaches further to the contemplation of what it means to release the energy of violence or emotional disturbance and recognize it's void. Rachel has taught/teaches at universities, high schools, prisons, rehabs, transitional living homes and works exclusively one on one to help humans understand the energy of their lives and our lives as a collective. Passionate about empowering a collaboration over competition mentality that together, we can change anything - Rachel stands as source of being inspired by the type of adult she needed. Her personal platform centers around empowering accountability, education, progressive change and eye contact with a genuine smile. She connects the disconnected and is committed to finding wholeness in the holes for a reconnection and reintroduction to a life worth living.
To connect with Rachel:

61 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Surviving Drugs and Brain Cancer (Anna Feagans)

November 10, 2017

Anna Feagans is quite honestly one of my favorite people - and we haven't met yet! Her spirit is one of survival and she has an authenticity that many wish they had. Her heart is open and she loves being of service to others. Her devotion to the traumatic brain injury (TBI) community is beautiful and inspires many.

Anna is no stranger to surviving. She is actually well acquainted with it. On January 31, 2006 she hit rock bottom from years of drug abuse and has been clean for almost 12 years. Day by day she has found her sobriety and doesn't normally talk about the years she's been clean but sticks with the mantra of "today I'm clean". Then in March of 2013, doctors found a 4 cm tumor on her right frontal lobe and after a craniotomy and removal of said brain tumor she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Anna believes in the deep healing of breath, laughter, hope and as a 500hr certified instructor, the practice of yoga. She relies heavily on her faith and the power of laughing in midst of pain, suffering or trials that come with survival. After years of digging into the hard spaces and sifting through what works and what doesn't she is just now discovering what her "new normal" is. She believes in the process, not the outcome; the journey, not the destination. She is now on that beautiful, but painful journey of discovering who she is beyond her survival and learning to thrive with kindness, love, laughter and grace in the midst of it.

To connect with Anna:

Email: annalaura.fullofgrace@gmail.com

FB: www.facebook.com/anna.feagans


To donate to Grey Matters of Southwest Missouri:

Grey Matters of Southwest Missouri exists to provide education, support and financial assistance to those in the Southwest Missouri area impacted by brain cancer, tumors, and other brain traumas.

Website: https://greymattersswmo.com/


60 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Ethical Fashion, Life and #BlackGirlMagic (Katie Pruett)

November 2, 2017
Katie is an amazing person who is interested in encouraging people to live in an ethical manner. She's purpose-driven and a free spirit whose light is contagious. Looking forward to meeting her the next time I'm in Texas!
Katie is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ethical Style Journal, a fashion magazine promoting ethical and sustainable fashion to inspire readers to shop more consciously.
To connect with Katie:
IG: @ethicalstylejournal 
FB: www.facebook.com/ethicalstylejournal

59 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Racism, Yoga, the State of the Union & #BlackGirlMagic (Maythinee Washington)

October 26, 2017

Maythinee and I connected over laughs because a woman was convinced I was here. Friends, we look NOTHING alike. We're both beautiful, yes. We both teach yoga, yes. And we're both women of color (WOC), yes. She is multiracial with longer, wavy hair and I'm Nigerian-American with jet black tightly curled hair that is short. These are some of things we talk about along with the state of the Union, activism, advocacy, privilege, racism and sexism amongst other things.

Maythinee's bio: Coming soon!

To connect with Maythinee: Coming soon!

For more information:



58 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Recovery, Buddhism & Life (Noah Levine)

October 19, 2017

Noah Levine is one of those people that puts you at ease when you're in his presence. If you look at him and formulate an opinion without actually speaking to him, you will likely regret your decision. He's a friend to many and I enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to connecting with him in person over tea at a coffeehouse at the beach. He's thoughtful, kind, determined, humble and spiritual AF. 

Noah was a young man embedded in a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. 

As with many self-destructive kids, Noah's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society. 

Fueled by his anger and so much injustice and suffering, Noah now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion. 

Noah is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions. 

Noah currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

Noah is the author of Refuge Recovery and Dharma Punx

Refuge Recovery 

Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.

Refuge Recovery is a systematic approach to training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming. You are entering a way of life that may be familiar to some and foreign to others. In the beginning some of it may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and some of it is. But you will find that with time, familiarity and experience, it will all make perfect sense and will gradually become a more and more natural way of being.

To contact with Noah:

* FB: www.facebook.com/RefugeRecovery

* Twitter: @_RefugeRecovery

*IG: @refugerecovery

* Website: www.refugerecovery.org


57 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Ethical Fashion, Social Justice & Sseko Designs (Liz Forkin Bohannon)

October 12, 2017

I knew that Liz and I would immediately connect and I was correct. She's an amazing human and her laugh is contagious. She goes deep and it's clear that she loves humanity.

Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko Designs enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko Designs has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to over 50 women in East Africa.

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking and empowering women. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future.
She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs.

To connect with Liz:

* Instagram: @ssekodesigns

* Twitter: @ssekodesigns

* Facebook: www.facebook.com/ssekodesigns

* Website: www.ssekodesigns.com/chidimma_ozor (if you're not connected with a Sseko Fellow); if you are connected with a Sseko Fellow, please connect directly with them.