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11 EpisodesProduced by OzWebsite

Exploring hippie culture and new age practices with a critical eye. Interviews and monologues about what once was counterculture and is now becoming common culture, including... Yoga, meditation, sound baths, veganism, reiki, healing crystals, float tanks, tarot, palm reading, chakras, breathwork, t… read more


Can you stand 10 days of silent meditation?

Before talking to Elize Todd, I've never met anyone who's attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat. So many surprises and delights in Elize's colorful storytelling of her first silent Vipassana meditation retreat in Burma. 

We dive into what is silent meditation, the specific benefits of vipassana meditation, and recommendations for those looking to experience a very different type of meditation. 

Resources mentioned...

Satya Narayan ("SN") Goenka, who helped popularize Vipassana meditation through centers around the world. More background on him here in a post-humous write up. He died at age 90 in 2013. 

Here's a Youtube video playlist of Goenka speaking after each of the 10 days of silent meditation.

Oz recommends first timers to try guided meditation. He uses Headspace. He also loves poetic, produced meditations like Learning to Surrender by Sarah Blondin

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You can find Elize's work as a UX Designer, Educator and Career Coach at and  her Youtube channel at:

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