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THE SOUL STORIES PODCAST

Conversations with Change Makers

Episode 1:

Talking with Queenie was truly inspiring and easily one of my favorite conversations I have ever had. She talks about the challenges of being 1 of 2 black students in med school, coming from Cameroon to find asylum in the U.S., overcoming traditional gender roles, dealing with ADHD and dyslexia, and adapting to the American education system on her road to becoming a doctor. She describes how a strong sense of self-confidence, acceptance, and creative problem-solving helped her navigate the obstacles in her way. In a few years, her goal is to specialize in family medicine and psychiatry. She credits her family and community as the foundation that has lead her to be as successful as she has been.

Since this conversation has taken place, Queenie has been accepted into a family medicine program in Pueblo, Colorado and will be starting her first year of residency.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

"I love soccer, arts and crafts, and dancing. I'm planning on opening a hospital and school in Cameroon far in the future. When people ask me how I'm doing, I say "I'm living the dream" because I know that my current life is someone's dream somewhere. Also, I love my husband and puppy, even if my puppy is a pain in the ass."

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

"I don't have social media, but you can find my husband Kamga Tchassa (the producer of The Soul Stories Podcast) on Instagram and Facebook. I would like to promote acceptance of everyone. I believe everyone has something to share and if the world were more accepting, it would be better."

What do you hope your impact looks like?

"I hope that I can help girls of minority be their truest self. I want them to realize their physical and mental capacity as well as push them to achieve their dreams."

Episode 2:

Mike Brancatelli, the Host of the Mikeadelic Podcast, is dedicated to liberty, psychadelics, and self-empowerment. Mike has been plagued with depression, escapism, and destructive habits in what he describes as his version of hell. He finds himself masking these through stand-up comedy, corporate success and travel. In 2016, his life changed when he found his healing through Ayahuasca while living with the Shipibo people in the Amazon. Mike has been on a profound and inspiring journey for personal and social truth. Through his transformation, he has found that his process has moved from the ego into vulnerability and heart-centered creativity. He hopes that this can ripple into people developing a stronger sense of curiosity, community and raw honesty in their paths.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

My podcast varies from solo episodes, episodes with guests, storytelling and more.

 

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

- Website: https://www.mikebranc.com/

- Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mikeadelic-liberty-psychedelics-self-empowerment/id1109139637?mt=2

- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3k5pBevX3Rcj4GzD99DYci?si=vJnnugJbTgO3ADIMbNnCNg

- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/orrybuddy/

- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mikebranc - instagram: @mikeadelic_podcast

- Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Mikedelicpodcast/

- Twitter: @mikebranc & @mikeadelicpod

What do you hope your impact looks like?

I hope my impact in what I do can help people connect in a deeper way to themselves and others. I try and share my life in full and in truth as much as I can in order to create something that people may need to hear to know that we are not alone and that we are all more similar than different. I hope to be the person that I wish I had when I was going through difficult and confusing times. The show isn't solely focused on psychedelics but more about the human experience and how we interact with the world and the people in it.

Episode 3:

Hannah is a writer and advocate for mental health awareness and sexual assault prevention. She comes from a journalistic background and seeks the nuance in difficult social conversations. Hannah grew up in Mississippi in a somewhat conservative household and has learned the importance of creating space for productive dialogue where minds can be changed. Since this conversation took place, Hannah and I hosted "Un/pact: a creative dialogue on consent" which was an extremely impactful evening. 10 performers shared personal stories on consent including topics like "hot consent", the gray spaces of power, how to ask for what you want, sexual assault, being a survivor, religion's impact on sex, and much more. In this episode, Hannah details parts of her own story and what she learned from an abusive and coercive marriage. This is an important conversation that I encourage you to listen to.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

It is my firm belief that no one (or almost no one) has their shit together really. Most of us are pretending about something. I’ve spent a lot of time as a journalist (in a past life) trying to get people to open up and trust me, to get them to not pretend. Yet I still pretend. All the time. Every day. About the weirdest stuff. I pretend even though I know the value of vulnerability and honesty. So I’d like the audience to know that it’s okay to pretend sometimes (as long as no one is getting hurt) and that they’re welcome in my tribe of weird, fucked up pretenders. I also really like parentheticals.

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

You can find me at www.hkskewes.com for publications and other projects like un/pact, and @hkskewes on Instagram for photos and the occasional poem. I’d like to shoutout the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. They do a lot of important policy work at the state level like advocating for comprehensive sex education this year. Donate, volunteer and read at ccasa.org.

What do you hope your impact looks like?

More than anything, I hope it looks compassionate and free of ego. Confirmation bias can be overcome. People have the capability to listen when they themselves feel heard. People have so many important stories to tell, and I’d like to spend time helping them both tell and hear them.

Episode 4:

Tanise has a passion for secondary education, individualized learning styles and museum exhibit design. She learned to navigate the education system with Dyslexia and ADHD on her own. Far before she was diagnosed, Tanise took it upon herself to identify creative strategies to learn. This was met with resistance from several of her teachers. She has taken those challenges and focused her efforts on creating individualized experiences to spark curiosity in youth and adults.  It was really inspiring to talk with someone who is so dedicated to improving education for our community. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

I love finding good spots to hang my hammock and a good glass of red wine! One day I hope to open a museum consulting firm so I can help museums small and large meet their communities in the best way. I’m a pretty open book so if you have any questions or want to pick my brain more I’m happy to sit down and chat! 

 

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to promote the Denver museum of nature and science and all the awesome work they do for the community and their expedition health gallery! 

 

What do you hope your impact looks like?

I hope to one day help people realize that there isn’t just one way of learning. Everyone is capable of so much and finding out how much you can do is so important. We all have this passion for learning and discovering how you learn is so gratifying,  I hope to one day help people discover that. 

Episode 5:

Dave Glaser is a fitness entrepreneur who is developing authentic community and vulnerability in a world overrun with toxic masculinity and pride. He speaks about how exercise has been his number one tool to overcome anxiety and depression and he hopes that he can do the same for his clients. What started as 1:1 physical training with his mother has now blossomed into a successful business and community. In this conversation, I press him on what healthy masculinity looks like and how vulnerability can show up in the world of sports and athleticism. I have been so fed up with performative masculinity in the sports world and the lack of emotional depth. Dave had some unique solutions to these issues in the latter half of this conversation. I'm curious what you all think. Feel free to leave comments.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

I am fascinated by modern human relationships and make it a point to research and discover more about myself so that I can have more grace and compassion for those people I interact with, coach, and support through the Enneagram, fitness, and nutrition coaching. Hence, the authentic dating podcast created in 2018.

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

The best place to connect with me is my websites. Www.Daveglaser.Com www.fitlifechampions.com - www.believeberealbebold.com

I would love to promote the mental health benefits in addition to the physical benefits of fitness and nutrition with our company's passion and purpose to improve self-confidence, decrease stress, and boost energy with our online programs. We believe that transparency and an authentic approach to exercise prescription helps our members reach their goals quickly and safely in our gym or theirs. Free week of online personal training available when they download our Free App! http://bit.ly/FLC-Online-app

What do you hope your impact looks like?

My impact would ideally be to spread awareness of the benefits of fitness and nutrition to improve mental health! 

Episode 6:

Episode 6:

Kamga Tchassa, The Soul Stories Podcast Producer and Engineer sits down to discuss his journey as a husband, storyteller and immigrant from Cameroon. Starting out in his home country's education system, he was placed on a track to become a professional in the sciences. Growing up, he was shy and considered himself "boring". It wasn't until he learned how to choose himself, develop a love for writing, and express himself openly, did he really come alive. He speaks to dealing with mental health issues, meeting the love of his life, Queenie, his intention to become a father and how we wants to his writing to connect with those who have had similar experiences to himself. Kamga is a good a friend and incredibly sweet soul. I think you will really enjoy this one.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

I'd love the audience to consider the importance of documenting their journeys and why this is quite important in my life's work. I talked a lot about my relationship with my wife, and it has grown into a more mature bond that I wish the world could see, yet, I'm even less drawn towards writing about it. Isn't that strange? Dear listener, if anything, I'd love for you you to know that the fact that you're taking the time to listen to me talk about my life brings me so much joy and honor. I want to do this for the rest of my life. Without you, I may have a hard time making things. Thank you. 

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

You can find me on nearly every single social media platform by searching 'Kamga Tchassa' or 'Tchassa Kamga'. My go to username is 'tchassakamga'. I've been working on a lot of things, but what I'm most excited about (and would love your review on) is my own podcast, The Loving Creative Podcast. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play, etc. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-loving-creative-with-kamga-tchassa/id1462844185It's the first major step in the direction of living a fully creative life built with intentionality. You can hear about the podcast, my writing, videos all on my Patreon page: patreon.com/kamgatchasssa

What do you hope your impact looks like?

A loving world. One open to taking different perspectives, taking time to pause and realize that we're both capable of miracles and ignorant in myriad things. That's the world I'm building. If I can move the needle a little more in that direction, I've won in life. 

Episode 7:

Shelsea is an artist, activist, and educator. She has a special ability to approach life with a sense of wonder and awe and hopes to inspire that feeling in others through creating meaningful experiences. Shelsea was home schooled, lived homeless for a short period of her teenage years, and has traveled the world. She is constantly seeking social change and believes that service with integrity comes from a place of human connection and mutual benefit. This conversation was a special one for me. Shelsea has been one of my closest friends and inspirations in life. It's a fun one! Enjoy.

What else do you want people to know about you?

Our entire existence is happening on a tiny speck of a planet in a vast ocean of space. We are small and insignificant, and yet we have the power to make each other smile. 

Where can they find you?

At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and performing on various stages around town. 

 

What do you hope your impact looks like?

I hope that people feel an immense amount of love and gratitude for life, our world, and the experience of being a human.

 

 

Episode 8:

Chris is a lifelong community activist, organizer, and family man. Growing up, Chris navigated multiple identities both within his family and in the community. This helped him develop an extraordinary understanding of how to build bridges between cultures. He is dedicated to his community, Montbello, an ethnically diverse neighborhood on the Northeast side of Denver that has gone through many changes in the last couple of decades. He has traveled the world, worked in education & community development, and is currently helping create a large scale affordable housing & supermarket project. Chris is not afraid of change, discomfort, difficult conversations, and has solutions that I believe can make this world more inclusive, understanding, and connected. His wisdom, mindfulness and experience come through strong in this interview and I believe we all have a lot to learn from listening to him.

 

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

I am a family man who believes in serving our community and is involved is several non-profit organizations.

 

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote? 

You can find me working in the Montbello Community trying to make our community better each day. I am involved with Montbello Organizing Community, Growing Colorado Kids and CLLARO organization. I would encourage folks to get involved in their community, with a neighborhood organization and make a difference.

 

What do you hope your impact looks like? 

That our community is a better place than when I first moved in. Community services meet the needs of its residents and everyone feels welcome and appreciated for their contribution to society.

Episode 9:

Patricia Alley is a certified coach, mentor and author, who has had to navigate childhood trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Early in her 20's she joined the Army and was deployed to Iraq. It was there she was faced with her own pain and destructive habits. In this episode she recounts how humility, vigilance and a myriad of supports saved her life. She now works to serve those on similar paths. She advocates for the fight against stigma and for our society to reclaim interdependence. Her resilience is remarkable and truly shows the power of the human spirit to overcome.

What else would you like the audience to know about you?

I am a public speaker and I coach and mentor others on this journey to a whole hearted state of being. I am a mother of two beautiful girls and happily married. 

 

Where can they find you? What would you like to promote?

www.PatriciaAlley.com and www.BecomingaSeeker.com. My book Becoming a Seeker will be coming out at the end of this year!

 

What do you hope your impact looks like?

I am hoping to have the kind of impact that gives others hope that there is more than pain, trauma, and addiction in this life. That there is beauty in it and there is a way to access that. I’m hoping to launch support groups around Becoming a Seeker.

Bonus: From The Loving Creative

I was lucky enough to be a guest on The Loving Creative where Kamga helps me share my story. We dig really deep in this interview and I reveal a lot about myself and my journey that many do not know. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Below is Kamga's description.

"Daniel "Danny" Mazur considers himself a "born-again creative". This episode of the podcast takes us on an emotional journey from the time he became an accidental poet, what he calls 'the year of mania', and the first iteration of what we see today as Soul Stories.

 

In his own words: 

"My name is Danny Mazur and I hail from the great state of O-HI-O. In 2013 I moved to Denver to start working in under resourced schools. Shortly after, my mom overdosed (and survived) and my close friend started to suffer from a severe mental health disease. This challenging period of my life inspired me to start Soul Stories, a non-profit dedicated to creating connection through dialogue. We host The Soul Stories Podcast and many different experiential storytelling events throughout the Denver area that tackle challenging topics such as gentrification, sexual consent, intimacy, and many more. Check out this episode to learn more about my creative journey with Soul Stories."

 

Danny and I talk about: 

Creating from pain. 

The people you attract with your creativity. 

The unique exercise that helped solidify his calling.  

The support he's had on his journey, How he handles negative feedback.

Discipline, rest, and self-care as a creative.

 

For more from The Loving Creative:

https://shows.pippa.io/the-loving-creative-with-kamga-tchassa/

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-loving-creative-with-kamga-tchassa/id1462844185

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Leadership

Founder/Executive Director:

Danny Mazur

Creative Director:

Shelsea Ochoa 

Community Advisory Board:

Hamish Pike

Shelsea Ochoa

Ellie Swensson

Kamga Tchassa

Joe Horton

Hannah Skewes

Project Teams

1st Sunday's:

Joanna Langston

Shelsea Ochoa

Hamish Pike

The Soul Stories Podcast:

Kamga Tchassa

Un/pact:

Hannah Skewes

A Seat at the Table:

Jhasmyne Cooper-Moore

Isaiah Martin

Jalen Taylor