Get comfy and settle in with your favorite cup of tea, because Jessie Kendall-Bar is about to take you on a magical tour of the sea. If you’ve never been scuba diving or seen an enchanted kelp forest, allow Jessie to enlighten your senses with her storytelling, and teach you about some of the most fascinating species on this earth. One of the most multi-faceted young women I know, Jessie is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department studying marine mammals. She’s also an underwater photographer, illustrator and overall passionate waterwoman, to name a few. She leverages her creativity and art to communicate scientific results, a refreshing way to learn an often complex topic. I hope you enjoy geeking out on marine mammals, biology and art as much as I did in this episode with Jessie!
Rene Tonalli brings earthy vibes and joins me from her cozy bungalow in the Redwoods. Admittedly, I reached out to Rene as a result of seeing Australia entirely on fire, and experiencing feelings of absolute devastation and hopelessness. I was selfishly craving stories of people who are still deeply connected to earth; indigenous stories from unseen places around the world, and I wanted some sort of reassurance that we can collectively get back to a place where the planet and our oceans are thriving. No pressure Rene! She shares stories about her time in the Amazon, how it helped heal some deeply rooted trauma, and also gives us tangible ideas of how we can reconnect with the earth today to help heal the land, and ultimately start healing ourselves.