Meet the Host
Caroline Ruderman, Reiki Master Teacher and host of Energy Matters on Valley Free Radio 103.3FM Northampton. Energy Matters interviews professionals in the health and wellness field field, live every Friday 4-5pm. Get to know what the Pioneer Valley has to offer!
Caroline has been a Reiki professional since 2011. Her intuition and skill at moving energy has led her to become one of the top Reiki practitioners. She is available for private sessions as well as her online 30-Day Reiki Intensives.
Energy Matters Archive
March 14, 2020. Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman, The Clutter Doctor. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman of The Clutter Doctor. Carleen discusses how she got into this work and the down and dirty details of what decluttering and reorganization really looks like and how it heals. She talks about hoarding and shares some field stories. Carleen also offers some useful tips for organizing!
March 7, 2020. Winifred Costello, AwenTree. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Winifred Costello, owner of the metaphysical magick shop the AwenTree in Easthampton, MA. Winifred talks about her early introduction to spirituality, how she blends earth-based traditions to connect with the world around her, as well as the forming of her shop and online classes. Tune in for an awesome show!
February 28, 2020. Lynn Curry, Acupuncture. On today’s show, Caroline chats with Lynn Curry, an acupuncturist of over 20 years. We discuss the evolution of acupuncture of when Lynn first began training versus what it looks like now. Lynn talks about why she loves this work so much, what kept her motivated over the course of her career, and the dynamics of “fixing” our bodies versus “healing.” Tune in for a great show!
February 21, 2020. Alison Fornes, Family Constellations. On today’s show, Caroline interviews a Family Constellations facilitator Alison Fornes. Alison talks about how we can process issues in our lives through the lens of the family dynamics. As a former biology teacher, she teaches workshops on how to use intellect, instinct, and intuition to access our sensory perception to recognize and heal what’s going on in our lives. Tune in for a great show!
February 14, 2020. Jennifer Gehl, Harmonic Astrologer. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Jennifer Gehl of Sound Works to talk about using sound to heal planetary influences. Jennifer discusses her training as a classical musician, how astrology helped her self-discovery, the Extraordinary Vessels, Acutonics, and how her passions collided into her work today. We also talk about her latest book on the newly discovered planet Sedna and its importance to healing our planet. Stay tuned for a fabulous show!
February 7, 2020. Michele Lyman, Serenity Yoga. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Michele Lyman to talk about her yoga studio Serenity Yoga in South Hadley, MA. Michele talks about her transition from corporate accounting to yoga teacher, her early training, and teaching yoga to brand new students. They discuss the challenges and successes of running a yoga studio and what it means to run a business doing something you love.
January 31, 2020. Kate Hennessey, Massage Therapy. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Kate Hennessey to discuss trauma-informed deep tissue massage. Kate discusses her experience as a massage therapist, how her work farming led her down a new path, and her daily practices to care for herself with this very physical work. Tune in for an informative show!
January 24, 2020. Bonnie Diamond, Acupuncture. On today’s show, Caroline chats with Bonnie Diamond, Japanese acupuncturist who specializes in pain and chronic illness. Bonnie discusses the tradition of Japanese acupuncture, how this practice is very kinesthetic, and some of her favorite points. Bonnie discusses her own journey healing chronic fatigue syndrome and how that led to her career in acupuncture. Stay tuned for an informative show!
January 17, 2020. Katherine Harris. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Katherine Harris, a nurse, aromatherapist, and transformational healer to discuss aromatherapy and western medicine. We discuss how aromatherapy is being introduced in a fragrance-free setting to maximize the benefits while maintaining safety in the hospital. Katherine also discusses how to navigate the world of aromatherapy as a consumer, her custom aromatherapy blends (known as “monster spray”) that help kids sleep at night, and her aromatherapy classes for pregnant women. Tune in for a great show!
December 20, 2019. Reina Goldberg. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Reina Goldberg, an intuitive coach and teacher of Self-Care Tuesdays at Sun Studios in Florence, MA. Reina discusses how to tune in to yourself among a collective environment, how she uses her intuition to assist people to tap into theirs, her training with indigenous communities around the world, bringing these exercises into inner city classrooms, and how this class is an evolution of her larger work. Tune in for a great show!
December 13, 2019. Morgan Kent of Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Morgan Kent of Spirit of the Heart to discuss this martial arts studio. Morgan discusses what the style of Indonesian Silat looks like and how their studio focuses on self-improvement and fitness. Morgan talks about how he took lessons as a kid and how it became his whole life. Tune in for a great show!
December 6, 2019. Rachel Condon of Northampton Community Acupuncture. On today’s episode, Caroline sits down with Rachel Condon of Northampton Community Acupuncture. Together, we discuss what community acupuncture is all about from a practitioner’s point of view in that busy, but affordable environment. Rachel shares how working at a book publisher led her into Japanese acupuncture, her favorite set of points the extraordinary vessels, and much more!
November 22, 2019. John and Betsy Barlow of the Heartfulness Meditation Center. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with meditation teachers John and Betsy Barlow at the Heartfulness Meditation Center in Sunderland, MA. They discuss how the meditation group grew out of their living room into the regional center of the U.S. They discuss their early introduction to meditation and yoga, how the heart acts as a portal, and how meditation and spiritual path affect their relationship. Tune in for a great show!
November 15, 2019. Katherine Golub of Callings and Courage. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with professional coach Katherine Golub. Katherine discusses how to shift from the mentality of struggle to fun, how she offers a container of support, why she works with activist and purpose-driven folks, and how working for herself has impacted her family life. Original broadcast: 11/15/19. — audio unavailable!
November 1, 2019. Rishi Eric Infanti. On today’s episode of Energy Matters, Caroline sits down with author, healer, and teacher Rishi Eric Infanti. Together, they discuss teaching yoga to veterans, his own healing path, and how using mindfulness assists his writing. Original broadcast: 11/1/19 — audio unavailable!
October 11, 2019. Beth Pellettieri. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with professional coach Beth Pellettieri. Beth discusses how obstacles can help us prioritize what we want, the basic steps to get there, and how her love of systems helps to keep people on track as they are pushing off into their new journey. Tune in for an informative show!
October 4, 2019. Mary Ryan and Emma Donnelly of Blue Dragon Apothecary. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with the co-founders of Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield, MA. They discuss the network of healers at Blue Dragon, ecological medicine, and how Emma and Mary came into this work, met, and grew this healing arts center. Tune in for a great episode of Energy Matters!
September 20, 2019. Abby Beale. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Abby Beale, the Board President of the National Center for Homeopathy to talk about how homeopathy works, how these energetic remedies are created, and how she got into this work. Abby talks about her training as a nationally certified classical homeopath, what her healing “toolbox” looks like, and the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy. Tune in for an interesting and informative chat!
September 6, 2019. Therese Jornlin. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Therese Jornlin, a public speaker, teacher, and transformational coach, to talk about her program “Women Awake.” Therese discusses how women can connect with our natural cycles to deepen our connection with our power, telling the story of our first menstruation as a tool for understanding our sacred biography, and reclaiming the high intelligence of the body. Tune in for a great show!
August 30, 2019. Ruth Anne Lundenberg of Nirvana Yoga. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Ruth Anne Lundenberg of Nirvana Yoga in Easthampton, MA. Ruth Anne talks about her vision for an eco-friendly yoga studio, her evolution of teaching yoga since the 90s, media fasting, how yoga, art, and nature influence her life. Tune in for a great show!
August 23, 2019. Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Menpa Phuntsog Wangmo, doctor of Tibetan Medicine, professor, and international director of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine in Conway, MA. We discuss her dual roles as a teacher and a doctor, how her role working with patients improves her experience with teaching, and how teaching continues the Tibetan medicine lineage. Phuntsog discusses what goes into the bachelor degree at Shang Shung School as well as the approach and strengths of Tibetan Medicine with mental health and chronic illness. Tune in for a great show!
August 16, 2019. Dan Winter of Toward Harmony. Caroline welcomes Dan Winter of Toward Harmony Tai Chi and Qigong back to Energy Matters! We sit down and talk about anxiety from the lens of an energetic perspective, different techniques to balance that upward force, and Dan also talks about his recent Qigong intensive training and deepening his study among likeminded folks. Tune in for a great show!
August 9, 2019. Rajeshwari of The Yoga Space. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Rajeshwari of The Yoga Space in Keene, NH to talk about her new Mantra Teacher Training. They discuss how Raji got into yoga early on, the influences of her early spiritual teachers and how they encouraged her to share and develop mantra as a tool for spiritual practice. Raji talks about the accredited 200-hour Mantra Teacher Training, how it came to be and how this energetic practice can be used to improve our everyday lives. Tune in for a great show!
August 2, 2019. Sacred Roots Healing. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Jen Parmentier and Steve Fleury of Sacred Roots Healing in Easthampton, MA. Together, they discuss how Sacred Roots got started, how the variety of events and workshops facilitate different ways people heal, Jen’s work with trauma and recovery, and Steve’s development of intuition around the birth of their son. Stay tuned for a great show!
July 26, 2019. Chris Marano. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Chris Marano, a clinical herbalist, medicine maker, and teacher behind Clearpath Herbals. Chris talks about keeping his many passions balanced, the way his 3 year herbal school is set up, getting to know plants intuitively and intellectually, and growing community gardens. Tune in for an excellent show!
June 21, 2019. Hannah Jacobson-Hardy. In today’s show, we sit down with herbalist Hannah Jacobson-Hardy to talk about Lyme Disease prevention. Hannah discusses the stages of Lyme through a lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine, simple prevention tips and her herbal prevention formula, dealing with the fear reaction, as well as Hannah’s experience sitting with a tick and listening deeply to its messages. Tune in for an informative show!
June 14, 2019. Rowan St. John, sound healing and Family Constellations practitioner. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Rowan St. John to discuss his work with sound healing and Family Constellations. Rowan chats about using sound as meditation and purification, demonstrates how to vibrate the sound seeds in your body, the traditional Zulu practice working with family dynamics turned modern practice, and how this work impacted his immediate family. Tune in for a great show!
June 7, 2019. Arden Sundari Pierce, yoga therapist. On today’s show, Caroline chats with yoga therapist Arden Sundari Pierce. Arden discusses how her unique style of yoga developed alongside her work with pregnant women, how the psoas impacts low back pain, and the newer yoga therapy class series around incontinence and the pelvic floor. Tune in for an informative and interesting show!
May 31, 2019. Stephen Bryla of Go With the Float. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Stephen Bryla, owner of Go With the Float. They discuss the basics of floating, Stephen’s powerful experiences and what led him to expand floating into Western Mass. They discuss floating as meditation and a way to explore consciousness, as well as how athletes use the tanks to recover. Tune in for a great show!
May 24, 2019. Annie Skillings, Mindful EAL (equine assisted learning). On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Annie Skillings, who practices Mindful EAL (equine assisted learning). Annie talks about the blending of her two passions mindfulness and horses! We discuss everything from her early research with John Kabat-Zinn, horses as sentient beings, and how being nurtured by the energy of horses can be deeply healing for trauma. Tune in for a great show!
May 10, 2019. Kathleen Farris, medium. In today’s show, Caroline sits down with Kathleen Farris a psychic medium. The discussion ranges from the difference to a psychic versus a medium, what it was like growing up seeing spirits, the conflict of this gift with her religious upbringing, and how talking to loved ones in spirit can help us move through those stuck points in our grieving process. We covered so much more! Tune in!
May 3, 2019. Georgiann Kristek, yin yoga. In today’s show, Caroline sits down with Georgiann Kristek, yin yoga instructor and learns about this receptive, slower form of yoga. We discuss the yin versus yang styles, how we stress our connective tissue for health, how this gentler yoga practice can offer deep insights in how we navigate our world. Stay tuned for a great show!
April 26, 2019. Dale Thomas of Healthy Body Thermography. In today’s show, Caroline sits down with Dale Thomas of Healthy Body Thermography. We discuss how thermography offers us a glimpse into our body’s heat map, showing us inflammation on a cellular level, and how this information can impact our health. We learn the difference between a mammogram and a thermogram and how women of all ages can use this tool for breast health and much more! Tune in for a great show!
April 19, 2019. Steve Kramer of Spirit Fire Retreat Center. On today’s show, Caroline talks with Steve Kramer of Spirit Fire Retreat Center in Leyden, MA. Steve talks about Vipassana Insight meditation, how the brain’s default mode network works, how food affects us, and we close with a short guided meditation. This is a great show, so tune in!
April 12, 2019. Ashley Mader, sex therapist. In today’s show, Caroline talks with sex therapist Ashley Mader. We discuss what healthy aging looks like, how humor influences negative stereotypes about getting older, examining our belief systems about sex and aging, what “sex positive” means for ourselves, our therapists, doctors, and other health care professionals. Tune in for a great show!
April 5, 2019. Leslie Chaison of the People’s Medicine Project. On today’s show, Caroline sits down with Leslie Chaison, the founder of People’s Medicine Project, a nonprofit that provides herbal medicine and alternative health care for people in recovery. As we learn more about the different aspects of this social justice project from farm to clinic, we hear about the client’s perspective as well as the practitioners. Tune in for a great show!
March 29, 2019. Glenn Smith of Sound Seeds. In today’s show, Caroline sits down with self-taught musician Glenn Smith to talk about his singing group the Vocal Voyagers. Glenn discusses the origins of improvisational singing, how each group creates a unique soundscape, finding one’s voice, and his own ah-ha! moment when he started this work. Listen to a demonstration of what this work sounds like, and explore how sound can heal!
March 22, 2019. Robert Abbatiello of Clear Point Acupuncture and Integrative Health Care. In today’s show, Caroline talks with Robert Abbatiello, acupuncturist, herbalist, homeopath, nutritional consultant, and healer. Robert discusses how meditation impacted his health, how he uses muscle testing in understanding what the body needs, the spring detox, and much more! Stay tuned for this vibrant show!
March 15, 2019. Lauren Pacosa of Groundings new age gift shop. Today on Energy Matters, we talk with Lauren Pacosa of Groundings, the new age shop in Florence, MA! We learn all about the shop, the community of art and healing practitioners, as well as Lauren’s early connection to crystals, how she uses tarot and divination for daily and monthly guidance, and what a crystal healing looks and feels like. The closing meditation is by Darlene Van de Grift. Stay tuned for a great show!
March 8, 2019. Laura Campagna, The Wednesday Witch. In this episode, The Wednesday Witch, Laura Campagna, gives us a tarot reading to guide us through Mercury in Retrograde! Learn more about this astrological season and the tools we can tap into for guidance. Tune in for a great show!
March 1, 2019. Kelly Flaherty of Henna Elements. In today’s show, Caroline chats with henna artist Kelly Flaherty of Henna Elements. Kelly discusses the origins of henna, the plant versus the art, symbols and designs across cultures, the preparation of the dye, her plant spirit journey, as well as her creative process for offering intuitive designs for clients. Tune in!
Feb 8, 2019. Ananda Wilson of GATHER Perfumes. In today’s show, we interview the botanical perfumer Ananda Wilson of GATHER Perfumes. We discuss how her background in herbalism and wildcrafting led her to create plant-based perfumes. We chat about where Ananda draws her inspiration, how her background as a dancer influences her now, how smell affects our memory, emotions, and how we feel about ourselves. Tune in for a great discussion!
Feb 1, 2019. John Perdrizet. On today’s show, Caroline interviews holistic veterinarian Dr. John Perdrizet of The Sanctuary Animal Clinic in Holyoke, MA. We discuss why John began practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine after 25 years of Western veterinary care and the impact he has seen on his animal clients. We chat about the inspiration behind the clinic’s location (a historic Victorian home), how yin and yang energies affect our pets, as well as the range of care offered to pigs and horses to cats and dogs. Tune in for an informative show!
Jan 18, 2019. Molly Scott. In today’s show, Caroline sits down with Molly Scott, therapist, musician, writer, and educator. Molly discusses how sound affects us and how we can use it to not only find our voice, but also to heal from deep wounds. Molly discusses how her creative passions, in combination with her formal psychotherapist training, formed her healing work today. Tune in for a great show!
Jan 4, 2019. Hannah Corbett. In today’s show, Caroline chats with Hannah Corbett, writer, healer, artist, and author of Lunar Flower Priestess. Hannah discusses her new book, the process of compiling her Book of Shadows, lunar consciousness as the foundation of magical life, witchy menstrual rituals, resetting her painful periods with dandelion, plant consciousness, the health benefits to be being in contact with your monthly flow, and much more! Tune in for a great show!
Dec 28, 2018. Darlene Van de Grift. In today’s show, Caroline interviews Darlene Van de Grift, a medical intuitive, transformational counselor, author, and artist. They discuss the spiritual and emotional components to health, how unconscious beliefs and past lives can shape our lives, kinesiology, intuitive development, the importance of meditation, how to use synchronicity, how Darlene’s paintings were influenced by her intuition, galactic mediumship, the Council of 28, and how to discern information that comes through. Tune in for a great show!
Dec 21, 2018. Mark Vecchio. In today’s show, Caroline chats with Mark Vecchio, an ADHD coach. They talk about how adults with ADHD experience the world, how they often hide it to manage their work, the experience of time, the flood myth, and how Mark’s work with each individual is about understanding what they experience. Mark also discusses how Somatic therapy assists in aligning body, mind, and emotion. Tune in for a great show!
Dec 7, 2018. Laura Seftel. In today’s show, Caroline interviews Laura Seftel, art therapist, author, and clinical supervisor. They discuss healing through creativity, what makes art therapy so unique for healing, letting go of the inner critic, the bridge between the conscious and unconscious, The Secret Club, and dealing with pregnancy loss. Tune in for a great show!
Nov 30, 2018. Michael Schreiber. In today’s show, Caroline interviews Michael Schreiber, business coach who helps actors and creative individuals grow their businesses. They discuss the basics of business coaching and what this looks like, the definition of success, aligning with your work, overcoming the need to hide, how vulnerability as a creative person can be a tool as a business owner, and much more! Tune in for a great show!
Nov 23, 2018. Gauri of Gauri’s Mantra Meditation. In today’s show, Caroline talks with Jyotish Astrologer, Gauri of Gauri’s Mantra Meditation. They discuss how eastern astrology uses charts as a roadmap of our lives, as a way to look into our karma, how Jyotish astrology is related to yoga and Ayurveda, the use of mantra in pop culture versus its Sanskrit origins as vibrational healing, and much more! Tune in to Energy Matters on 103.3 FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.
Nov 16, 2018. Joan Pillsbury of Green Burial Massachusetts. Today in Energy Matters, Caroline talks with Joan Pillsbury of Green Burial MA. The discuss the basics of green burials, the environmental impact of conventional burial practices, how the Civil War influenced the current practices, what is a “greener” burial, planning your green burial in advance, and how to discuss this topic with family members. Tune in for a great show!
Nov 9, 2018. Laura Campagna. Today in Energy Matters, Caroline interviews Laura Campagna, a Western astrologer, energy healer, and tarot reader. Topics discussed include: praying for guidance, identifying as a witch, Vortex Healing, Merlin tradition, “feel it to heal it,” the history of tarot, the way to get the most from your tarot reading, teaching people how to “get off the book” in giving readings, and much more! Stay tuned for a great show!
Nov 2, 2018. Dan Winter, Toward Harmony Qi Gong and Tai chi. In today’s show, Caroline interviews Dan Winter of Toward Harmony Qigong and Tai Chi. The discussion ranges from the origins of these practices, how standing and posture affect chi, the feel of beauty, the ease and flow of the Water Tradition, how tai chi influences dance, and the 70% rule as it extends to athletes. Tune in for a great show!
Oct 10, 2018. Michelle Ryan. On today’s show, Caroline interviews Michelle Ryan, founder of the yoga collective Ashtanga Yoga Northampton. We learn more about what is ashtanga, how the Mysore tradition differs from other yoga practices, running a teacher-owned yoga cooperative, dealing with conflict in a collective, the moon days tradition, as well as the community book club and cleanses. Tune in for a great show!
Sept 26, 2018. Hannah Jacobson-Hardy. In this episode of Energy Matters, Caroline interviews Hannah Jacobson-Hardy of Sweet Birch Herbals. Hannah talks about community herbal medicine, the gift economy model, her early introduction to herbs at UMass Amherst, learning about herbs from books versus learning from the plants directly, plant spirit journeys, and her range of herbal products, including Full Moon Ghee!
Sept 14, 2018. Tzivia Gover. Caroline talks with Tzivia Gover, dream therapist, author, educator and poet. They discuss the value of dreams, how mindfulness can affect day and nighttime, how dreams can help us understand our deeper selves, how professionals can benefit from learning how to work with dreams, Institute for Dream Studies, as well as Tzivia’s latest book.
Aug 29, 2018. Kyle Ricci. Caroline sits down to talk with Kyle Ricci, Reiki Master Teacher about Reiki! We talk about what is Reiki, how our body’s energy centers work, how he learned Reiki as a child (from his mom), and Kyle’s current work with oncology at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Cancer Connection. Tune in for a great show!
Aug 15, 2018. Ruth Folchman. Caroline talks with Dr. Ruth Folchman, clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, about everyday mindfulness. We learn more about her classes in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (MBCT) and how they can help around handling our emotions, while driving, dealing with family, and money.
Aug 1, 2018. Craig Fear. Caroline interviews Craig Fear of Fearless Eating, blogger and cookbook author. We chat about Craig’s career change from nutritional coach to cookbook author, writing for a career, how to monetize your website, how we can heal our gut health with bone broths, travels in Thailand, Thai recipes, and Craig’s latest cookbook!
July 4, 2018. Lori Schott. Caroline interviews Lori Schott, licensed esthetician and owner of Euphoria Float and Skin Care. They discuss the different types of sun blocks, the chemical ban in sunscreens that affects our oceans and coral reefs, safe skin care practices, and how to decipher what is actually inside your skin care products. Tune in for this informative show!
June 20, 2018. Melissa Stevens. Today, Caroline chats with Melissa Stevens of Sweet Melissa’s, a vegan chef. She talks about her meal delivery service Dharma Delights, what the “whole food, plant-based” lifestyle is all about, how her journey through dermatology drove her to experiment with eating, how she healed her acne, as well as her favorite recipes and how to throw a vegan dinner party.
June 6, 2018 Brittany Wood Nickerson. Caroline chats with Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal. Brittany talks about her cookbook “Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen” and shares a simple, nourishing recipe. She also talks about her creative process, what it means to “hold space,” how to eat with intention, how “food as medicine” informs her recipes, as well as the evolution of her writing, zines, posters, and workshops.
May 23, 2018. Kristin Anthony. Caroline sits down with Kristin Anthony, a somatic therapist, to talk about her journey with Lyme Disease. Kristin, a body-centered somatic therapist, examines how her work deeply influenced her journey of self-discovery through the trials of Lyme. This conversation includes a discussion of Lyme symptoms, the course of treatment, how she advocated for herself during this time, how she dealt with the fear, and how somatic therapy allowed her to stay present with her body and emotions when things got challenging.