Lucid Cafe

Lucid Cafe

What's on the menu at Lucid Cafe? Stories of transformation; healing journeys; thought-provoking conversations about consciousness, shamanism, psychology, ethics. Hosted by Wendy Halley of Lucid Path Wellness & Healing Arts.


November 16, 2023 50 mins

Jim Gale is on a mission to let as many people as possible know about the many benefits of planting a simple, low maintenance edible landscape in their yard or outdoor space. He founded Food Forest Abundance to empower individuals to create their own self-sustaining ecosystems, harnessing the abundant power of nature.

A food forest is a diverse, perennial garden that mimics a forest ecosystem and patterns found in natur...

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My guest Jahan Khamsehzadeh is a fount of information on all things psilocybin. In this final episode of season 5, we discuss his book The Psilocybin Connection, the theory that psilocybin may have played a role in human evolution, and the promise of psilocybin assisted therapy. 

Jahan completed his dissertation on psychedelics in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Doctorate program at the California Institute...

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July 18, 2023 9 mins

It was Vermont's turn for another catastrophic climate event because, as you know, climate change is a hoax (sarcastic face emoji). Last week the already saturated central corridor of Vermont received an additional 6-8 inches of rain over a 24 hour period. Hardest hit was the tiny capital city of Montpelier where I opened my wellness center 9 years ago. I love Montpelier.
So many folks have reached out in the last week...

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Stephanie Banks’ channeling journey began when her mother’s dementia made verbal communication impossible. She has since become a popular intuitive channel, mentor and guide teaching others how to access their own inner voice of wisdom. 

Connection and communication are common themes in all of Stephanie’s professional endeavors as a speech-language pathologist, birth doula, lactation consultant, infant massage instructo...

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June 16, 2023 70 mins

In this episode we take a deep dive into the healing power of our dreams. My guest Edward Tick conducts original and groundbreaking healing work in the Ancient Greek tradition. In our conversation and in his latest book Soul Medicine: Healing Through Dreams, Oracles, Visions and Pilgrimage Edward breathes new life into these Ancient Greek healing practices. 

Edward Tick is a nonfiction writer and poet. He is a transform...

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In this episode Karen Docherty shares how she’s been connecting with the spirits of folks who’ve died for a long time to help grieving loved ones bring a sense of calm and clarity to their lives. We talk about her work and how she mentors others to develop their understanding of psychic connections, self development, spirit communication and the mechanics of mediumship itself.

Since the discovery of her abilities, Karen...

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My guest Kanchan Bhaskar is the author of the memoir Leaving: How I Set Myself Free From An Abusive Marriage. In her book and in this episode, Kanchan gives us an intimate glimpse into a painful, extremely difficult time in her life and how she found her way out.

Kanchan was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Delhi University and a postgraduate certificate in personnel m...

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In this informative episode, professional psychedelic therapist and educator Daniel McQueen shares how to transform cannabis into a reliable and safe psychedelic medicine. He describes the hidden healing potential of cannabis blends to create experiences akin to psilocybin, MDMA, and even ayahuasca. 

Daniel is the author of Psychedelic Cannabis: Therapeutic Methods and Unique Blends to Treat Trauma and Transform Conscio...

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Using astrology as a diagnostic tool, author and licensed clinical social worker Lisa Tahir shares how to use the astrological placement of the minor planet Chiron in your birth chart to identify the core wounds and unconscious patterns that block your capacity to have self-empathy and to forgive. 

Lisa is the author of The Chiron Effect: Healing Our Core Wounds through Astrology, Empathy, and Self-Forgiveness and the h...

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Mitch Horowitz invites us to break through the walls of convention and explore the numinous, mysterious, and uncertain places that lie beyond those walls. In this episode Mitch serves as a tour guide taking us on a thought provoking journey of the spiritual, the occult, the magickal, and the extra-physical.   

Mitch is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticis...

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February 9, 2023 53 mins

After an emergency surgery that saved his life, Ed Cohen had a spontaneous healing experience that prompted him to ask the question: Why doesn’t medicine know about healing? In this episode Ed explores how Western medicine turned from an “art of healing” toward a “science of medicine” and how this shift has affected both medical practitioners and their patients.

Ed Cohen has a Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford, and for ...

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January 19, 2023 51 mins

Acharya Shunya has written a feminist manifesto rooted in class Vedic teachings and brought to life through India’s primary goddess archetypes titled Roar Like A Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous & Peaceful.

She is a highly-rated motivational speaker, podcast host, workshop facilitator and retreat leader with over 20 years of experience as a spiritual, wellness, relations...

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Howard G. Charing is the author of The Accidental Shaman, a book recounting his incredible introduction to shamanism as well as the co-author of Plant Spirit Shamanism and The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo. He holds workshops internationally and plant medicine retreats in the Peruvian Amazon. 

In this episode, Howard discusses:

  • His relationship with artist Pablo Amaringo
  • How the oracle deck came to be
  • The proc...
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December 7, 2022 48 mins

Taylor Ellwood encourages people who are interested in practicing magic, as well as veteran practitioners, to break free from dogmatic approaches to practicing magic. Instead, as the manifesto on his website states, he encourages you to become a Magical Experimenter; to create your own magical systems, develop your own magical workings and challenge what’s known by venturing into the unknown.

In this episode, Taylor dis...

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November 15, 2022 61 mins

Dr and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a Tao grandmaster, healer, teacher, and author of 30 books, including 11 New York Times bestsellers. He’s both a Western medical doctor and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

In this episode, Master Sha shares:

  • How Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus author John Gray encouraged him to write his first book
  • His motivation for writing books and teaching
  • His intro...
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October 25, 2022 46 mins

Amikaeyla Gaston is an international award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute.

In this episode, Ami discusses:

  • The profound role that music and vibration plays in our lives
  • The hate crime that almost took her life, and the near death experience she had
  • Her TEDx talk: Dare to Be Dauntless 
  • Performing for the Dalai Lama 
  • Our dama...
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My guest Linda River Valente offers her clients a lifetime of collected, eclectic wisdom through her work as a seasoned astrologer, witch, holistic sexuality educator, tarot visionary, magic maker, and Burlesque producer and performer. 

In this episode, Linda discusses:

  • What Holistic Sexuality Education is
  • Reasons why someone might seek out this service
  • Breaking the ice with clients
  • American culture’s twisted relati...
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Diane Dreher, PhD, is the author of five nonfiction books including the best-selling Tao of Inner Peace. She is an award-winning university professor and positive psychology researcher whose work on hope has been recognized internationally.

In the episode Diane discusses:

  • Her early introduction to Asian culture
  • An overview of Taoism
  • Her martial arts training
  • A technique to avoid conflict
  • What it means to be centered
  • ...
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Shirley Blancke is an archaeologist and anthropologist who recently released the book write The Way of Abundance and Joy: The Shamanic Teachings of don Alberto Taxo.

In this episode Shirley discusses:

  • How she became interested in archeology and was introduced to shamanism
  • The connections she made with American Indigenous tribes
  • The chain of events that led to her meeting don Alberto Taxo
  • An overview of shamanic ...
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Lisa Masé is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Health Coach, herbalist, and intuitive eating guide in central Vermont and beyond. 

In this episode, Lisa discusses:

  • How we all have the power to heal ourselves with food
  • How she healed herself after a decade of chronic parasites, anxiety and depression, an eating disorder, infertility, and food allergies
  • Living in Italy as a child and the culture shock she exp...
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