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Afro-Latina + white besties invite white people into courageous conversations about race with accountability via a judgement-free podcast + learning community.The Opt-In with Aurora + Kelly invites its audience to an intimate, ongoing conversation between a Woman of Color and a white woman who are unpeeling their collective conditioning, exploring ongoing re-education, and stumbling on their traumas and blind spots, all while making more space for love, forgiveness, freedom, and truth. The O ...
 
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How do we heal the trauma of a country built on stolen land with stolen people? Look no further for a holistic plan for America, than Dr. Gail Christopher. Dr. Gail is the visionary and architect for the Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Commission, a resolution going in front of the US House of Representatives. Healing is a natural pr…
 
Colette Pichon Battle is a climate justice WARRIOR. A generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana, she is founder + ED of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, developing programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice + Energy Democracy. Colette works with local communitie…
 
Water is LIFE. As a water scientist and protector, Dr. Kelsey Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policy-making. Fighting for legal personhood of water, Dr. Kelsey Leonard represents the Shinnecock Indian Nation on the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean, which is charged …
 
We are getting SCHOOL-ed with co-authors, lifelong educators, parents, + great friends Alli Frank + Asha Youmans. Their debut novel, Tiny Imperfections, offers a lighthearted take on race, family, and friendship in the world of elite private schools—a product of their shared experiences as educators and also their differences: Asha, a black woman f…
 
How do we raise our kids to talk, play, learn and rise up for racial justice? Aurora + Kelly virtually sit with Tia Mathisen, the managing director at The Philadelphia Citizen, whose interest resides in connecting people and building community. Tia is deeply intrigued and ignited by the disparities within the socio-economic structures in society an…
 
Jenna Arnold pulls the curtain back on the proverbial White Woman of Oz to reveal why America's most powerful demographic seems to think they're, well, powerless. She is the author of Raising Our Hands, an educator, social entrepreneur, activist + mother who lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Jenna was one of the National Org…
 
For Aurora, community is love, family and life. For Kelly, community is joining a pool or gym. To break down what community means and how we need it more than ever, they're joined by great friends on the journey small-biz owner Bonkosi Horn of Freedom Apothecary and yogi/entrepreneur Mariel Freeman of Three Queens Yoga to have an intimate conversat…
 
We're back! New episodes of the Opt-in drop next week. The Opt-In is hosted by Kelly + Aurora, two socially, generationally and ethnically divergent besties getting real with honest, messy conversations. This season we're talking all about community. Subscribe on all your favorite podcast platforms. And find us know on Instagram, Facebook, and Twit…
 
View this post on Instagram That late morning golden glow on the trail, Christmas lichen, and an orange blaze…ahhh, perfect! The Florida Trail through the Chuluota Wilderness, January 2020. . #floridatrail #orangeblazepodcast #thruhiker #sectionhiker #floridahiking #girlswhohikefl #womenwhohike #chuluotawilderness #bronsonstateforest #sunshinestate…
 
View this post on Instagram It is always rewarding to rise early and witness the morning scenes of nature. This past Sunday I visited Everglades National Park, specifically near Pa-hay-okee Overlook at sunrise. I was fortunate enough to to take in this view of Pond Cypress (Taxodium ascendens) as the sun rose and broke through the clouds while trav…
 
View this post on Instagram One of my favorite of Florida’s native milkweeds (do I say that all the time?); Longleaf Milkweed / Asclepias longifolia is typically found in moist to wet soils, though seems to be adaptable to varying soil pH. This species truly is my fave Florida milkweed (sorry viridis). It is really easy to overlook at just a few fe…
 
View this post on Instagram Nature journal page highlighting just a few of the things I saw on my hike at Econlockhatchee Sandhills a few days ago. A post shared by Kate Dolamore (@thelittlenuthatch) on May 30, 2020 at 1:05pm PDT http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/OB_Ep45_KateDolamore_07032020.mp3 Download Episod…
 
View this post on Instagram March 15, 2020 And it’s a wrap, well almost. I have about 120 miles up north to reconnect my footsteps back to Jekyll Island, Georgia, just south of Savannah. The plan is to get to Palatka, Florida and reconnect for a continuous ECT via the Long Trail. Let’s go! A post shared by Lil’ Buddha (@lilbuddhahikes) on Mar 17, 2…
 
View this post on Instagram There is something special about being in a wild wide open space as the sun is going down. We had that opportunity on a late day hike at Hal Scott Preserve a couple years ago, and this happened. Pretty amazing since it’s only ten minutes from the airport in Orlando. With more than 15 miles of forest road trails, lots of …
 
View this post on Instagram The long-awaited Suwanee River. Not just beautiful by Florida standards, it's beautiful by any standard. #floridatrail #backpacking #thruhike A post shared by LarryBoy (@lbhikes) on Feb 9, 2020 at 11:44am PST http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OB_Ep42_LarryBoy_04252020.mp3 Download Epi…
 
View this post on Instagram FT Sobo – Around Eglin AFB. • Clear springs, lovely bridges and pleasant hiking. • #floridatrail #ftthruhike #thruhike #ft2020 A post shared by Tess / Lotus (@lotushikes) on Jan 19, 2020 at 6:14am PST http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OB_41_JupiterAndLotus_04252020.mp3 Download Episod…
 
View this post on Instagram Some more shots from our hike in Tosohatchee last week! Take a closer look at the last picture. Can you spot mom and her babies? @thegroundskeepers A post shared by Sunshine State Seekers (@sunshinestateseekers) on Apr 14, 2020 at 7:34am PDT http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OB_Ep40_T…
 
Aurora + Kelly are joined by Erica Taxin Bleznak and Lisa Lord, from Season 1's 10,000 White Women: Doing the Work episode, to reflect on Season 2 and share their growth from the last year. If you enjoyed this conversation and would like to support Aurora + Kelly curating more conversation to propel your introspection, growth and being better a hum…
 
Nimblewill Nomad, Chris Bell, and Billy Goat Sunny ‘Nimblewill Nomad’ Eberhart is a hiking legend, known throughout the hiking community for his 20+ years of trekking hiking routes both popular and well-traveled and those more obscure and quiet. I had the chance to sit down and chat with him at Billy Goat Day, hosted by FT ThruHike, last January. h…
 
View this post on Instagram It’s done! Florida Trail FASTEST KNOWN TIME. 22 days 7 hours and 28 minutes of hell on my mind and body. I averaged 50 miles a day. I have no blisters, all my toenails and no injuries. Last mile I ran at 6 min pace. What an epic journey. Thank you for following my journey. None of this was possible without Joey Delgado m…
 
View this post on Instagram ROUTE PLACE NAME: Big Eddy, Cold River Country section = An eddy is a calm section of river water, and this one's big. This feature remained unnamed until 1953. The Adirondacks' other Big Eddy is on the West Branch of the Sacanadaga River. #transadk #adirondackpark #adirondackmountains #adirondacks #thruhiking #thruhike …
 
Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. Aurora + Kelly talk with Layla about her NY Times Bestseller Me + White Supremacy, spiritual white women, and Layla's work to 'become a good ancestor' -- living and working in ways that leave a …
 
View this post on Instagram Let the adventure begin; Florida National Scenic Trail! #ftthruhike #livingthedream #livelifeproof #thruhike #backpacking #barefoot #barefoothiking #floridatrail #fnst #optoutside #livefeetfirst #fortpickensorbust #floridatrail2020 #hikertrash #takeahike A post shared by Terry R. Riley (@chief_shoeless) on Jan 16, 2020 a…
 
Rose ‘Scarecrow’ Shirley & Oreo at the campground during Billy Goat Day. The pair are on 10 year trek and adventure and the Florida Trail is just one stop along the way! http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OB_Ep35_Scarecrow_03222020.mp3 Download Episode 35 .emd_dl_blue { -moz-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bbda…
 
Anne Devereux-Mills, an author, speaker, advocate, entrepreneur and corporate leader, was sick of transactional and boring interactions with competitive white women. After a career spent running advertising agencies in New York and faced with some of her biggest fears come true, Anne craved authentic friendships with deep connection and in 2012, fo…
 
Communication and Human Nature Expert, Award-winning journalist, NPR host and Best-Selling Author Celeste Headlee has us asking why do we measure our time in terms of efficiency instead of meaning? Why can't we just take a break? Aurora + Kelly dive into her process behind Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving as…
 
Many white people want to do good - but are afraid to say the wrong thing. Meanwhile, many people of color are exhausted from speaking up. Dr. Amanda Kemp teaches people of all races how to feed their spirits and have joy while they stand for racial justice so they’re not exhausted or scared. A scholar, author, racial justice coach and mindfulness …
 
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Turtle chatting with a fellow hiker. The sweet Pup! http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OB_EP33_TurtleandPup_03012020.mp3 Download Episode 33 .emd_dl_blue { -moz-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bbdaf7; -webkit-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bbdaf7; box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bbdaf7; background:-webkit-…
 
Melton ‘Grits’ Cockrell and Kelly ‘Frosty’ Fairbanks at Billy Goat Day. Grits is a multi-time Florida Trail thru-hiker and Kelly was on episode 8 of the podcast. http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OB_Ep32_MeltonGritsCockrell_02262020.mp3 Download Episode 32 .emd_dl_blue { -moz-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bb…
 
Jay Coen Gilbert is co-founder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The vision for Certified B Corporations is to change the operating system, culture, and practice of business so that all companies compete to be the best FOR the world, and as a result society will enjoy a sh…
 
Due Quach (pronounced ‘Zway Kwok’) is an inspiring social entrepreneur and author of Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy. Due uses neuroscience and mindfulness to guide organizations to tackle complex social challenges like addressing unconscious bias, healing trauma and building resilience,…
 
If we ever needed a narrator to help generations of American people understand where we've come from and the direction we are going, it is Heather McGhee. A political strategist and distinguished senior fellow at think tank Demos, Heather demystifies the "American Dream" explaining how we have to work much harder to get no where near the generation…
 
View this post on Instagram Birthday wishes for Billy Goat… . #billygoatday #hikingflorida #floridatrail #ftthruhike #floridahiking #floridahikes #lakemillspark #hikertrash #onthetrail #longdistancehiking #thruhike #sectionhike #pct2020 #pacificcresttrail #sunshinestate #flamingomag #floridaliving #orlandoflorida #backpackermag #backpacker #orangeb…
 
THIS is the yoga we've been waiting for. Michelle C. Johnson, author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer, gets into deep conversation with Aurora + Kelly about the intersections of yoga and justice, embodiment, liberation and spiritual bypassing. She has a deep understanding of trau…
 
View this post on Instagram It’s finished. 1103 miles walked! A post shared by TjandMark (@tjandmark) on Apr 4, 2019 at 11:49am PDT http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OB_Ep30_Pearl_Hawkeye_02022020.mp3 Download Episode 30 .emd_dl_blue { -moz-box-shadow:inset 0px 1px 0px 0px #bbdaf7; -webkit-box-shadow:inset 0px 1…
 
When Daralyse Lyons isn’t doing splits or jumping out of airplanes, this former yoga teacher and eternal adrenaline junkie can be found with pen in hand furiously scribbling her latest novel. The "Transformational Storyteller" Daralyse talks with Aurora + Kelly about being "mixed" (half-Black, half-white) - her identity, her heritage - as both her …
 
Tech and innovation legend Nilofer Merchant is on a mission to reimagine a future of work that actually works… for all of us. We often listen to the loudest guy in the room. Or the best looking. And in reality, most of us are "covering!" Few industries or brands understand what Merchant calls “Onlyness” – the experience, talent, perspective, and pu…
 
Stay tuned for Season 2 of The Opt-in. The first episode premieres January 21, 2020. The Opt-In podcast is two socially, generationally and ethnically divergent besties getting real with honest, messy conversations about their different experiences with racism, food systems, white supremacy, alternative healthcare and more. Get ready to listen and …
 
View this post on Instagram Sabatia grandiflora, largeflower rose gentian. Seen along the Ocean to Lake Trail, November 2009. . Thanks everyone who contributed to the impromptu IG gift guide I’m going to put together for Monday! Some great ideas for hikers! Also, thanks to those who have contributed so far on the q&a/ama episode for January. I have…
 
View this post on Instagram This was an exciting encounter near our Little Rain Lake Preserve in Clay county. Our land manager, Matt Greene, was present during this encounter while on a Christmas Bird Count with a group. Matt mentioned this is the largest Florida black bear he has encountered. Florida black bear presence is apparent in this area, t…
 
Aurora + Kelly join The Opt-In producer Rachel Ishikawa in reflecting on this past season and share their New Years Revolutions. Opt-in to the conversation and let us know what's on your mind. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @theoptin. Twitter Instagram Facebook Produced by Rachel Ishikawa Music by Jordan McCree Hosted by Aurora Archer …
 
Having lived the first half of his life as a Black woman and now over a decade as a Black man, Jaiden Love redefines the term intersectionality. He offers his wisdom as a Diversity and Trans Inclusion Consultant for workplaces, groups, and businesses and works closely with families who have a child or spouse/partner that is living outside of the ge…
 
View this post on Instagram Getting amped for all these FTthruHIKERS. . . #backpacking #hiking #floridatrail #ftthruhike #hikertrash A post shared by FTthruHike (@ftthruhike) on Nov 23, 2019 at 6:57am PST http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OB_FTThruHike_12022019.mp3 Download Episode 27 .emd_dl_blue { -moz-box-sha…
 
View this post on Instagram A tried and true Florida Trail adventure. Find out what it’s like to hike through this fascinating state. Gators, Guts and Glory – Adventures Along the Florida Trail. On Amazon. blissfulhiking.com A post shared by Lauralee Bliss (@blissfulhiking) on Sep 5, 2019 at 3:48pm PDT http://orangeblaze.thegardenpathpodcast.com/wp…
 
Joanne Ramos, author of NY Times bestselling novel The Farm, breaks down motherhood, money and meritocracy with Aurora + Kelly this week. From dormitory housing for domestic workers, to a luxury retreat for surrogates to penthouse apartments for .0001%ers, Joanne knows just how to hook you into her imaginative world while questioning systems of pri…
 
April Harter LCSW is an antiracism therapist and coach who helps white people break the rules of antiracism in order to show up authentically in their interracial relationships. Her work is controversial because her theories go against most traditional antiracism "rules." What is her source? Love. Find out more about April Harter at https://aprilha…
 
From growing up a white girl in Charlottesville, VA, to becoming a Zen Buddhist Monk for eight years to creating the first for-credit Mindfulness Course in Portland, Oregon high schools, Caverly Morgan's path has been anything but predictable, yet intriguing and purposeful. Aurora + Kelly get intimate with Caverly as she divulges everything from fl…
 
Philadelphia 76ers partner and REFORM Alliance co-chair Michael Rubin talks with Aurora + Kelly and reveals how his friendship with Meek Mill shifted his perspective, his opt-in moment to help #FreeMeek, and ultimately, his mission to advance criminal justice reform by passing bills at the state level to eradicate laws and policies that perpetuate …
 
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