Welcome to Spiritual Wanderlust, the podcast exploring the wild, untamed frontiers of the interior life.
In each episode, I talk with inspiring guests—contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, neuropsychologists, and mystics—about their spiritual practices, path to healing, and search for the divine.
I'm your host, Kelly Deutsch. As a former nun and neuroscience aficionado, I bring you 19 years of contemplative practice and curiosity.
With a wily blend of ancient wisdom, scientific research, and outright mischief, we'll explore topics like divine intimacy, trauma, somatic tools, and how our vulnerability leads us to wholeness.
Launched in August 2021 as a live video podcast, it has already attracted tens of thousands of weekly listeners. Listen to our latest episodes below, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
PLAY: the Secret to Letting Go
with Interplay co-founder Cynthia Winton-Henry
Join us for a rich, embodied conversation with our very special guest today, Cynthia Winton-Henry. Cynthia is the co-founder of Interplay, a worldwide “movement” movement - a community of practice that uses dance and play and spontaneity to unlock the wisdom of the body.
Modern Day Merton
with Dave Denny
It’s not a stretch to say Dave Denny is what Thomas Merton would have looked like today, had he lived. Both avid writers, teachers, interspiritual pioneers, activists, and hermits–they share a depth of wisdom that is borne of silence.
The Neurobiology of Presence
with Bonnie Badenoch
Have you ever been struck by someone’s depth of presence? Like when you meet a wise, holy person. The depth of their presence overwhelms us, floods our body with their peace.
Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide
with Adam Bucko
Get ready for a real deep dive, ya’ll. From his childhood in oppressed Poland, to being an undocumented immigrant in the US, meeting Christ in India, and founding a new monastic community, Father Adam Bucko’s story has given him a razor-sharp vision into the meaning of life.
Birthing the Holy
with Christine Valters Paintner
During this time of Advent - of darkness and winter in the northern hemisphere - our bodies are inclined to hibernate. We curl up by the hearth and wait, attentive to the life pregnant in the darkness.
The Poetic Imagination
with Kathy Henderson Staudt
Poetry and the Contemplative life share a lot in common. Both require an attentiveness to life, a depth of presence, a sort of immersion in reality.
Mysticism & Longing - with Kelly Deutsch
with Kelly Deutsch & Karl Thienes
Our guest host Karl Thienes puts Kelly in the hot seat to ask her all sorts of burning questions about interior life.
A Female Rumi
with Chelan Harkin
I’m excited to introduce to you a little-known poet, whose work deserves wide attention. (I’ve been sharing her writing with all of my friends!) She reminds me of a modern day Rumi or Hafiz. –And if you haven’t read Rumi or Hafiz, start there, and then pick up the work of our guest, Chelan Harkin!
The infinite is inside of us
with Ronald Rolheiser
What do the mystics mean by “divine union”? Why is suffering such a big deal for them - and what role does it play in our contemplative path?
Loving Acceptance of our Helplessness
wtih Karl Thienes
In this episode, host Kelly Deutsch shares frankly about her difficulty accepting her chronic illness, while returning guest Karl Thienes shares his momentary identity crisis.
The Making of a Saint - with Fr. Bob Wild
with Fr. Bob Wild
Today I have joined a unique guest who has spent much of his life as a hermit, and is now in charge of the cause for canonization of a Russian mystic.
Glimmers: Finding the Divine in Everything with Regis Martin
with Regis Martin
If I have a spacious and spritely spirituality, Dr. Regis Martin is partially to thank. He was my first ever theology professor, and he opened my eyes to this magical universe so alight with wonder.