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Ancestral Medicine for Liberation

Renewing Ancestral Connection with MaryBeth Bonfiglio

Ancestral Medicine for Liberation

MaryBeth Bonfiglio is a woman whose words roll around your brain for days after reading them… So, imagine the potency of this conversation between us; where we talk about everything from the importance of personal decolonization to parenting to ancestral pilgrimmages.

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We ask some powerful questions of each other in this rich and feisty chat. MaryBeth is fast and fiery; a mama of three wild girls, a tarot slinger, a wondrous wordsmith and bone-deep writer. This conversation will make you think and feel deeply. Buckle up.

xo, Lola

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • 1:08 – Intro: MaryBeth Bonfiglio
  • 2:47 – Reclaiming What’s Been Forgotten
  • 9:22 – Ancestral Connections
  • 15:50 – Cultural Appropriation & Belonging
  • 23:06 – Parenting Our Descendants
  • 30:06 – Ancestral Healing
  • 33:00 – Ancestral Plant Medicines
  • 42:13 – Nothing Is Trash
  • 46:11 – Remembering Connection for Cultural Healing
  • 51:24 – Embracing Change
  • 56:02 – There Is No Magic Pill
  • 1:00:20 – Where to Find MaryBeth
Awakening to the deep grief of disconnection is the first step in a healing journey. #healing #grief
We're all worth it. #healing #medicine
Healing depends on collaboration. #healing #medicine



  • “Our cell memories are, basically, our ancestors.”
  • “I want to feel better about myself, so I’m going to take from you.”
  • “Be in the grief of your (be)longing.”
  • “Where is the space to be able to make your own choices?”
  • “Liberation is not one of the things on the [oligarchy’s] game plan.”
  • “We’re all medicine. We’re all worth medicine.”
  • “You don’t get a pill to fix s$$$$$$$$.”


  • “Our greatest fear is that no one will remember our name.”
  • “We are a culture of grief.”
  • “Real ancestral healing is in how we show up every day.”
  • “Healing is not something to do, it’s something to be.”
  • “This culture doesn’t want whole, healthy people that think for themselves.”
  • “Nature feeds on nature.”
  • “Healing is different than curing. Healing is a collaborative process.”

Terence McKenna

  • “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”


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