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THE BEGINNING OF US with BILLY OTTO
77 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
#18 WAN OTTO: FORGIVENESS, FOLLOWING YOUR TRUTH & THE ART OF LETTING GO
Yes my mum has arrived to your ears. We don't believe all the same things about life, doctrine, abortion or the shape of the earth, but we are still best friends. Love oozes from my mothers eyes. Her hugs literally save lives. We welcome to the podcast The Malaysian Queen of the Flat Earth.
77 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
SEASON 2 #16 JAKE TAYLOR OF IN HEARTS WAKE: Embracing the feminine and starting fires.
Jake Taylor of In Hearts Wake is leading us out of the gate for episode 16. It’s a riveting chat - traveling the world with a metal band, Native American understandings of country, balancing masculine and feminine energies as a man and changing the world one fire at a time. In Hearts Wake as a band have pushed boundaries not only in their heavy music genre, but also in their ethical practices as a band. The making of their last album was carbon negative. Jake is leading the charge in bringing sacred work flow to the music world and beyond. Follow Jake https://www.instagram.com/jakegtaylor/?hl=en Wilderness Training @earthwalkercamp IN HEARTS WAKE https://www.instagram.com/inheartswake/?hl=en
74 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
#15 Season 1 Finale with Dougy Mandagi: The Temper Trap frontman talks tuning into the heart
Listen to the Temper Trap https://open.spotify.com/artist/4W48hZAnAHVOC2c8WH8pcq?si=DwWqz10AQBGqMRcRr0hrkw Follow Dougy on instagram https://www.instagram.com/manusiakarton/?hl=en
95 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
#14 JAKOB CASELLA - attachment theory, mindful coaching and embracing your truest self
Had an amazing chat with such a beautiful soul. Jakob, AKA the mindful coach, has spent his life on the personal/spiritual growth train. His journey began with childhood depression and challenges at school that propelled him towards a career as a transformational coach. Jakob healed his depression in his early twenties through meditation and self-help books whilst studying at university. He spent four years working with some of Australia’s most vulnerable people as a homelessness support worker. This time brought with it a newfound level of understanding of the human condition and what it really takes to guide people towards lasting change. It was this work that got him asking the big questions of how and why these people came to experience a life of challenge and struggle. What came next was a new level of understanding of the ways that humans are programmed by their early childhood experiences. Jakob now works 1on1 as a transformational coach who specializes in reprogramming unhelpful subconscious programs. He is a university lecturer and is currently writing his first book called ‘Not Good Enough: Our self-worth epidemic which is planned for release in early 2021. Jakob lives in Byron Bay with his wife Larissa who is a singer, song writer and energy healer. Jakob loves deep conversations, surfing, nature time and music Checkout his instagram - https://www.instagram.com/iamthemindfulcoach/?hl=en
65 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
#13 Tim Silverwood - sacred activism and the complex situation of saving Mother Ocean.
I had the absolute privilege to converse with legend ocean activist @TimSilverwood. I owe so much to this man. I believe that the first environmental movement I ever participated in was Take 3 for the sea. He was the founder of that movement! Tim is wired with an articulate lexicon and genuine wit when it comes to the climate conversation. I love his organic flow of thoughts, heart reflection and research. Tim has gone on to co-found Ocean Impact Organization. O!O has a mission to create an abundant and sustainable ocean through inspiration, innovation, leadership and good business. They exist to help people start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean. Tim, you ooze with conscious innovation and vision. Thank you for your heart conviction to step out and give your life in the protection of our Mother Ocean. You’ve inspired so many humans like me to go deeper into sacred activism and to live a more considered life. I really loved this chat brother. Follow Tim on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/CDntyChHfmf/ Checkout Ocean Impact https://www.ocean-impact.org/
64 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
ASH GRUNWALD // the delta-blues songsmith talks mindset, insecurity and dreaming bigger
Had such a blast chatting to Australian blues legend, surfer, father and husband, Ash Grunwald. Wow did we go deep.. I left his house feeling lighter, more inspired, nourished by plant-based food and uber challenged about my smallness of thinking. Follow Ash https://www.instagram.com/ashgrunwald/ Listen to Ash https://open.spotify.com/artist/04HjibunL2jGRLEqVEMfZY?si=cAMpFoyPTwewLo8AJ4AfOA Follow Ash's podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/1CJOS2pwkB8KQ1ZQJjYIXp?si=hlP8xMaWSu2CAWh0bZDWXg Order his book https://ashgrunwald.com/products/surf-by-day-jam-by-night For all other enquiries check out ashgrunwald.com
75 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
#11 ISABELLE CORNISH - Conscious actor, model and author talks holistic thriving.
I had the biggest blast chatting with my epic bogan neighbor Isabelle Cornish. This sister has lived many lives as a young actor, model, and author. I truly left feeling inspired, seen, and at peace with my reality from hanging with her. You may have seen her grace the screen through the years with Puberty Blues, Inhuman and Home and Away. I was really challenged by Izzy’s ability to speak from such a mature place of humility and vulnerability. We traversed through a whole range of fascinating themes. One of these chin-wag points included being holistically healthy - having your mind, body, soul, spirit in equilibrium through a good diet, conscious community, connecting with nature, positive psychology, and having fun! We also covered male and female communication disconnect and the journey for all genders to live from a space of honor. Isabelle journeyed into the Hollywood world before even finishing high school. She was surrounded by a million weird and wonderful opportunities - but through self-awareness, she was able to transcend some of the darker sides and seasons of the L.A world. The paddy episode is available everywhere! Link in bio. If our existential chatter doesn’t astound you, Izzy’s freaking gnarly Newcastle bogan accent will. It will blow your mind! much love sis and world, stay in joy! yewwww FOLLOW ISABELLE https://www.instagram.com/isabellecornish/
95 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
#10 DAN KURLAPSKI - Creating space for inner ascension
What a pleasure it was to chat with brother man Dan Kurlapski; Integral Developmental coach, speaker and facilitator. We went raw and covered a bunch of heart territory concerning spaciousness, inner ascension, ayahuasca and plant-based medicine, and the nature of energy. Dan has travelled the world learning about meditation, developmental psychology, communication and human performance. He believes in connecting the human with their truest expression of self, building their capacity to serve the collective from a healthy, thriving state whilst having a regenerative impact on this planet. Being a keen advocate for regularly triggering your brain’s leap muscle to break routine and step into a truer self, Dan challenged himself to 52 new experiences in 52 weeks. Upon completing the project, he applied everything he had learnt to his own life and has since founded two successful companies - co-founder of a series of physiotherapy clinics across Sydney under the iMove brand and founder of Developmental Coaching and Adventure company, YES&. Whilst a physio in a 'past' life, Dan is an NLP (NeuroLinguisticProgramming) Master Practitioner and Trained in Integral Semantic Facilitation. In short - it involves work on how the language we use, both verbal and non-verbal, has a direct connection to the deepest parts of our sub-conscious, where all of our limitations, beliefs and potential to thrive take place. As a Leadership and Integral Development Coach, a meditation teacher, a lover of nature and adventure - Dan has helped many transcend their preconceptions and limiting beliefs through 1-on-1 coaching, YES& Festival, meditation programs, retreats, and YES&’s Arctic Leadership Adventures. Follow YES& https://www.instagram.com/p/CDilUpOD9fD/ Listen to Tambah Project song - Our Song https://orcd.co/oursong_
81 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
#9 ROB AMORUSO: Music “success”, the hellish pit of depression, and becoming free.
Father, Husband, Producer and Jakubi guitarist talks restlessness, the elusive dream, touring with Justin Timberlake, and soul freedom. FOLLOW ROB AMORUSO https://www.instagram.com/rob_amoruso/?hl=en LISTEN TO JAKUBI https://open.spotify.com/artist/71Mm7PHNOerxK5GkaT9ACY?si=uX15iuYdRGaldGL-dRHAmg
77 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
#8 Bobby Alu - The oceanic songsmith talks conversations with the heart
We go raw with Samoan-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and conscious Byron man Bobby Alu. We converse on highschool racism, Polynesian heritage, male identity, finding flow, and the power of stillness. I was so moved from my time with this gentle giant. This human who oozes with creative genius and ecological zeal is still such a man of peace, simplicity and connection. You'll be touched by his wise and reflective word. Checkout Bobby's music - https://www.instagram.com/p/B76xcuHFXdA/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZkjRupjk0iaff7ame7kZc?si=ayxjkC5kR56qUqBe0Izs3Q
87 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
#7 Sean Doherty: Legend surf journalist and social analyst talks climate inaction and cultural cringe
EPISODE #7 is up, with the one and only Sean Doherty @seano888. This conversation is as compelling as they come. I have a lot of love and respect for this man. As many of you know, Seano is a surfing journalist legend. He’s the author and editor of a tonne of incredible books on surf culture. I grew up reading his articulate articles in Surfer & @tracksmag. He’s one of the @patagoniaaus lords, and has even now emerged to be a rogue-punk rock social analyst renegade in his commentary on the shadows of Australian politics and climate inaction. This Dead Kennedy’s listening, Akubra wearing ageless grom has somehow become one of the foremost coastal voices on the complicated and dark system of big oil and big coal. In early 2019 I’d just played my new activism song “Can’t Take The Ocean out of Me” in Torquay at a massive #FIghtForTheBight paddle out which involved over 3000 phenomenal ocean lovers. I was nervous, and I’d gotten words wrong and even sung the song in the wrong key, but maybe the vibe was still alright! Seano ran up to me an hour later when I was leaving and told me he vibed the track and that he wanted to collaborate on a Patagonia project with me. And thus, “Can’t take the Ocean out of Me” was used for the Patagonia film “The Head of the Bight”, and we travelled up the coast together screening the film and playing the song. It was wild! I’m really thankful for this guys belief in young creatives and his desire to see art being used for purpose. This interview was recorded in the apex heat of the bushfire season in Australia. We go raw. Seano speaks with such an earnest intent to see his country experience a deep homecoming of its indigenous culture, and a recognizing of our custodian responsibility as we strive to protect our endangered ecology. We also talk Bra Boys, The Fight For The Bight campaign, the disappearing cicada population, cultural cringe and Seano’s decision to leave the doctor path and remain in the froth and flow; living by the ocean, writing for surf mags, and chin-wagging as a world surf tour correspondent. Proud to call you a mate Sean Doherty. Thank you for this very heartfelt and insightful conversation. Bless ya cuz. B
64 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
#6 The making of BØRN EP Part 1.
I've always wanted to dive deeply into the creation of my sophomore record, BØRN. In this episode, I chat with my dear friend Jarrah about the stories and writing and people and production involved in this body of work. This record was transformative for me. It opened up so many new revelations, opportunities, and extremely joyous moments for me; so I feel like I really want to do it some justice. It's been 5 years since I began writing this EP, so here you have it. Hear the stories of love, adventure, loneliness, family struggle, and faith as I endeavored to make something beautiful and meaningful for the world.
90 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
#5 BEN GORDON of PARKWAY DRIVE
We go deep diving into Ben’s story of growing up in Byron and becoming part of Australia’s greatest metal band of all time. Little did I know that we would journey into such lush conversation around conscious awakening, mindfulness practice, and alcohol abstinence. Ben has a lot to say about the nature of brotherhood, mental health, artistic language, and learning to observe thoughts as a portal to inner freedom. Follow his cafe - https://www.instagram.com/byron_general_store/?hl=en Listen to Parkway Drive - https://www.instagram.com/parkwaydriveofficial/?hl=en https://open.spotify.com/artist/159qqlGwzE04xyqpfAwRLo?si=3q6IbM3XS_yK29PrnZGFwg
90 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
My Story - I lost God, to find God. I left Church and found Jesus.
This week I did something a little bit different. I collaborated with my dear friends from the Ideas Digest Podcast. I love these humans. They are doing an incredible work - Humanising controversial ideas by learning about where we found them and how they change us. Whether they be religious, political, taboo or politically incorrect. I share my story about being a radical fundamentalist Christian and minister, and coming out of that experience through reflection, suffering and beautiful deconstruction. We talk about literalism, heaven and hell, sex, tribal control and everything theological. Follow the pod at - https://www.instagram.com/ideasdigest/ https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ideas-digest/id1456290043 I wanted to pay my respects to their beloved host Cam Ferry, who tragically passed away one week ago. I want to honour his legacy, and the way he held space for me throughout this conversation, helping me come to terms with my own evolution. What a beautiful man. Thank you for holding space for me and so many others brother!
76 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
#3 Cliff Kapono // Surfer, Scientist, Story Teller
We catch up with professional surfer and oceanographer Cliff Kapono as he unleashes his perspectives on surf science, healing his masculinity and protecting mother ocean.
77 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
#2 KATE NELSON // The Plastic Free Mermaid herself speaking into our collective responsibility to protect Mother Ocean.
Kate Nelson is a water woman magical mermaid and yogi goddess who has been disposable plastic-free for ten years. She is the author of "I Quit Plastics: You can too." Follow Kate on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plasticfreemermaid/?hl=en Checkout her website: http://iquitplastics.com/
68 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
#1 KYLE LIONHART // The singing and songwriting iconoclast, speaking into broken masculinity, fatherhood and mental health.
We go raw with Byron Bay based singer-songwriter Kyle Lionhart - journeying into masculinity, wounds, healing and the inner child Everyday is a new day to be reborn and to re-child. Many of us ask “What does it mean to be human?” I believe that the most monumental breakthroughs and self-revelation begin with - this - the present moment. My name is Billy Otto, a songwriter, producer, environmental activist, and mental health advocate. Come with me on a journey and join a conversation with like minds, exploring the path of curiosity, connection, creativity and re-creation with artists, philanthropists, nature lovers, change-makers and a whole host of beautiful and open minds. Life is a canvas, and today we are all artisans. And together we have the ability to posture our hearts and minds towards a more regenerative paradigm. With this trajectory, let’s pursue an adventure of cultural renewal for our ever-evolving world. FOLLOW KYLE LIONHART https://www.instagram.com/kylelionhart/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKbWX5gp2cRmqYoR0qEJNxQ
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