It’s episode 63 and I’m chatting with Venessa Rodriguez, a functional nutritionist, intuitive nourishment guide and host of the Feed Your Wild Podcast, currently living in southern Oregon.
I first encountered Venessa via her Feed Your Wild podcast and so appreciated her thoughtful conversations that I reached out to invite her to do a dual podcast interview (one of my favourite kinds – where we interview each other on our podcasts and publish them simultaneously.) She said yes! How fun!
We had an incredibly wide-ranging and lovely conversation, talking about Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, being a wanderer, rites of passage, the sea and salt-water air, quincenearas (and choosing not to have one) fertility awareness methods, unraveling family mythologies about excruciatingly painful menstruation as being normal, parents having cancer, the growth and changes in relationships to parents that have passed over, multigenerational healing, pain, sacrifices, unrequited love and a quieter kind of creativity involving plenty of handwork and drum-making (to Venessa’s own surprise!)
Venessa’s mission is to put the soul back into medicine, supporting wild-hearted change-makers get to the root cause of their challenges with their health, body, and soul path and awaken their innate healing capacity by reconnecting them to nature and their own medicine through food, spirit, and love.
Through her work combining the science + spirituality of food using a functional approach, intuitive guidance with Akashic Records, and ancestral nutrition, Venessa guides her clients through transformative experiences not only within their own health and life but by sharing their gifts with the world.
It was so fun to connect more deeply with Venessa, and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy listening in – as well as checking out her podcast too!
Enjoy our ramble through the fairytale of The Little Mermaid as well as Venessa’s relationship with her body and creativity.
Reciprocity & Appreciation
This is an ad-free self-produced podcast. That means I DIY it all. However, I’d love to hire experts – people that are skilled in editing and I’d like to get the episodes transcribed to make them more accessible, and eventually I’d like to pay my guests.
It takes a community to make goals like this happen, so I’m asking you, the listeners, for your help.
If you appreciate the Personal Mythmaking podcast please support the show at: www.patreon.com/janellehardy so I can use that money to employ amazing podcast producers and pay our amazing guests.
You can also make a one-time donation with this paypal button:
There are some lovely perks for supporting the podcast on Patreon:
- a monthly recording of a fairytale for you to listen to
- access to my Honouring Your Anger ecourse
- access to my Honouring Your Grief ecourse
- At the $50 level, a monthly writing circle, in which we work with a fairytale and write and discuss (this is so rich and fun!)
It would mean so much to have you support the show: www.patreon.com/janellehardy
Resources from this episode:
- The Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation
- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians of southern Oregon
- The Takelma People of southwestern Oregon
Connecting with Venessa:
Venessa’s Free Gift
- A 6-module audio program Wildly UNSTUCK: Mastering the Mindset of Health. Learn the top 5 things sabotaging your health goals and what to do about them.
Connecting with Janelle:
Things we chatted about in this episode:
- the fairytale The Little Mermaid
- relationship with body
- relationship with creativity