The Healing Place Podcast: Shelley Buck & Kathy Curtis – Love & Loss: Cathartic Writing, Living Your Light, and Talking Through Grief as Healing Tools

Ryder Buck lived a short but charmed life on the west coast, where he practiced yoga, fell in and out of love, and formed an indie band, Ryder Buck & the Breakers, that made waves all across the LA area.

A deeply beautiful and insightful conversation on love and loss with mother, storyteller and artist, Shelley Buck, and her lifelong friend, healing artist and writer, Kathy Curtis. Please join us as we discuss:

  • their insights on friendship and the gift of writing a healing book together
  • their philosophies on grief, loss, healing strategies, and “living your light”
  • their book Leave Your Light On: The Musical Mantra Left Behind by an Illuminating Spirit
  • Shelley’s son, Ryder Buck, and his wisdom and light shared through his journal entries and music
  • and so much more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

Shelley Buck

“Shelley Buck was born into a creative family in the Midwest and moved to California after college to follow her dream of working for Disney. It was there she met and fell in love with her husband, Chris, who worked in animation. After they married and had their first child, Ryder, she stayed home to be a full-time mom to him and the two brothers who followed.

She is a storyteller and artist, which she expresses through her original jewelry at ShelRae Designs. When Ryder was diagnosed with cancer and the journey went to unimaginable places, she poured her heart into writing their story. Her lessons in parenting through these tribulations, combined with the power of Ryder’s larger-than-life spirit, offer profound messages for living in the light.”

Kathy Curtis

“Kathy Curtis moved into Shelley’s neighborhood when they were both 12 years old and an instant, lifelong friendship took root. She has worked as a healing artist and writer since 1991. Her programs support the transformation of grief, illness, and emotional barriers through creative expression. She is the author of Invisible Ink, a memoir about her own journey through grief. The unique writing process that brought her so much healing has since become a successful program, online and at various venues in the Midwest.

Kathy’s intimate connection to the Buck family, combined with her writing and healing background, made her the perfect person to partner with Shelley on the creation of this book.”

Ryder Buck

“Ryder Buck lived a short but charmed life on the west coast, where he practiced yoga, fell in and out of love, and formed an indie band, Ryder Buck & the Breakers, that made waves all across the LA area. After a 9-month battle with cancer, Ryder emerged disease-free and fearlessly followed his dreams of changing people’s lives
through his music. When tragedy met him on a dark highway, the light he had so fiercely protected throughout his life became limitless. His words and songs continue to carry that light forward. Ryder received the Flame of Hope Award (posthumously) from a local cancer facility where he and his band played for cancer survivors.”

** Visit the book website: https://www.leaveyourlightonbook.com/

** Download inspirational Ryder’s music: ‎Leave Your Light On by Ryder Buck on Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/leave-your-light-on/1045120973?i=1045120980Peace,

Teri

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The Healing Place Podcast: Melanie Gibson – Hiding in Plain Sight with Mental Illness

Although Melanie had academic and career achievements throughout her life, she struggled with mental illness and low self-esteem. After making some progress through psychiatric treatment and counseling, she knew she needed to do something more substantial to make lasting changes. Returning to taekwondo had always been in the back of her mind, and the timing was right. 

Join me for an insightful conversation with author and blogger, Melanie Gibson, as we discuss:

  • Melanie’s insights on martial arts as a healing strategy
  • her philosophies on mental health stigmas
  • her book Kicking and Screaming: A Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts
  • her Little Black Belt blog
  • and so much more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“Melanie Gibson began taekwondo training at age ten. At age twelve she stopped taekwondo to pursue other interests, and resumed training in her early thirties.

Although Melanie had academic and career achievements throughout her life, she struggled with mental illness and low self-esteem. After making some progress through psychiatric treatment and counseling, she knew she needed to do something more substantial to make lasting changes. Returning to taekwondo had always been in the back of her mind, and the timing was right. 

Taekwondo proved to be not only an opportunity to re-learn a beloved skill from her childhood, but also a means to build her self-esteem and confidence, and heal from old wounds. It brought a needed excitement and purpose to her life, which she shares in her blog Little Black Belt (http://littleblackbelt.com). While continuing to work at her full-time job, Melanie dedicated herself to taekwondo training and earned her first degree black belt in 2015. In 2017, she earned her second degree black belt. Although a pandemic and knee injury sidelined her training in 2020, Melanie plans to return to taekwondo and test for her third degree black belt. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Melanie has worked in the healthcare industry since 2004, with roles as a hospital librarian, corporate trainer, and learning designer.”

** Visit Melanie’s website: https://littleblackbelt.com/Peace,

Teri

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The Healing Place Podcast – Justin Caffrey – a Parent’s Grief; the Vagus Nerve, and Training with the Yamabushi

After losing his son 10 years ago he turned to Eastern Psychology | Philosophy | Neuroscience. Justin has become a recognised expert on the Vagus Nerve, the autonomic nervous system, and how Eastern traditions have recognised the importance of these key physiological repossess for thousands of years.

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to learn from Justin Caffrey’s deep wisdom. Justin is a recognized thought leader in mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing. Please join us as we discuss:

  • Justin’s insights on the Vagus nerve
  • his philosophies on grief and the impact of the trauma of losing a child
  • who are the Yamabushi of Japan and how did he train with them
  • his transition into studying Buddhist meditation practices
  • and so much more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“A proven multi-business entrepreneur in differing sectors and countries, who built and sold regulated companies with seven figure exits.

A Certified Investment Fund / Hedge Fund Director and Private Equity Professional. He also holds a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the prestigious University College Dublin.

All Ireland All Star Thought Leader in Personal Development in 2019 & 2020.

After losing his son 10 years ago he turned to Eastern Psychology | Philosophy | Neuroscience. Justin has become a recognised expert on the Vagus Nerve, the autonomic nervous system, and how Eastern traditions have recognised the importance of these key physiological repossess for thousands of years.

His research is a rich combination of Western neuroscience, Eastern philosophy, mindfulness and his own hard earned life experiences.

Justin swims in cold water all year round, fasts daily for 19-hours, eats a plant based diet and meditates each morning at 5am. He is one of only a handful of Westerners to have completed the gruelling Master Training with the Yamabushi in the remote mountains of Shonai, in Japan.

When you leave the extremes of private equity and hedge-funds for Buddhism, you can expect some exciting outcomes.

Having built routine and structure within his own lifestyle, Justin provides advice and guidance on sleep, intermittent fasting, cold water, the Vagus nerve, meditation practice and mind/body connection.

Justin’s YouTube Channel on the Vagus Nerve, PTSD and recovery, has been watched by over 175,000 people globally. His channel receives 3,000 views a day.  He is a regular contributor to media, TV and podcasts.”

** Visit Justin’s website: https://www.justincaffrey.com/Peace,

Teri

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