Episode 156: Data Garden | Connect with Nature through Plant-Generated Music


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 156 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete are Jon and Joe of Data Garden.

Data Garden builds community and connection to nature through experiences that extend human perception through sound. 

In 2011, Joe Patitucci along with Alex Tyson founded a zero-waste record label called Data Garden. Instead of CDs, vinyl records, and tapes, the label released digital albums via download codes on handmade printed artwork embedded with seeds that could be planted and grown into flowers.

"When something happens inside your body that creates a palpable shift in the environment, you'll hear something from the plant."

The fact that there seemed to be a connection between people who work closely with plants and subtle forms of energy greatly interested Joe. From that point on, he needed to learn how to connect to these energies without technology and continue to make this experience available to more people so that they could experience this connection.

This ultimately led to success, and they continued Data Garden's work in festivals and museums across North America.

Jon Shapiro then joined Data Garden and did not waste any time in exploring ways of presenting plant music in new spaces and formats. He explored the relationship between fluctuations in plant music with feelings in his body while practicing yoga. He began bringing musical plants to yoga classes and holistic healing spaces to explore how the relationship between plant music and energetic shifts in traditional healing.

On this episode, Jon and Joe take you on their story - how they came up with Data Garden and what they're looking forward to in the future.

Learn more about Data Garden:







Check out the MIDI Sprout here.

Episode 155: Emily Gallagher | Opening Up with the Conscious Boss


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 155 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Emily Gallagher.

Emily Gallagher is a connector, coach, speaker, experience creator & obsessive collaborator. She is the creator of Conscious Boss Clique, a growing network of 1200 wellness entrepreneurs who come together in person and online to learn from business leaders and to connect as a community.

"Surround yourself with epic people."

Emily has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs privately, through her group coaching programmes and events and is passionate about creating a conscious community of collaboration, connection & empowerment.    

"Be generous. Give more."

She has helped hundreds of women to reconnect their fire, their belief, and build the confidence to launch and scale their businesses from $0 to five-figure-dollar months.

"Be generous. Give more."

Connect with Emily



Instagram: @consciousboss


Episode 154: Rick Cowley | Break Free with VisionQuest


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 154 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Rick Cowley.

Rick is the founder of VisionQuest Bali, a retreat which "attracts awesome people who are reaching for bold things in their lives, are willing to be real, and are down for adventure."

"What makes you feel alive?"

He survived leukemia at the age of 21, and because of that, he started looking at life differently. Rick started to surrender to his life's passions - and he wants the same for everyone too. VisionQuest was originally designed for cancer survivors, to help them appreciate the value of life. Today, Rick runs VisionQuest and caters to the general population.

"Something happens when you write things down. It's a bridge from just an idea to the physical world."

Rick believes in writing goals down. He believes that bringing these ideas into the physical world helps in its materialization and keeps us grounded.

On this episode, Rick talks about how you too can break free and reconnect with your life's true passions, with your soul's authentic mission, and to surrender completely for more clarity.

"Be willing to let people say what they want to say, let people hear it, let people react to it."

Connect with Rick:




Instagram: @visionquestwithrick

Episode 153: Gina Swire | Embracing the Beauty of Self-Love


Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 153 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Gina Swire.

Gina is a self love expert and coach. She teaches women how to fall back in love with themselves through her programs, one to one coaching and retreats.

"What is it that I need today?"

Having spent many years feeling like something was missing in her own life and then figuring out exactly what that something was, she now teaches exactly how she shifted her own life to thousands of women around the world. Gina lives in Bali and travels around for various retreats and speaking engagements. 

"Find your version of self-love."

Gina is currently in England but spends most of her days in Bali and travels around for various retreats and speaking engagements. 

On this episode, she shares her experience being a plus-size model who wasn't "plus" enough. During this time in her life, there always seemed to be something lacking. Find out how Gina pushed through and broke through this challenging time.

Find out more about Gina:



Twitter: @ginaswire

Instagram: @ginaswire

Infinite Self Love Society Facebook group

Episode 152: Candace van Dell | Aligning with Your Higher Self

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 152 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Candace van Dell.

Candace is a Spiritual Coach offering her soul-centered approach to healing.  Candace believes that many of the negative symptoms we experience whether it be sabotage, illness, addiction, depression, anxiety are signs that we are OUT OF ALIGNMENT with our True Self, we have forgotten who we truly are.  We have been conditioned to align with external authorities, opinions, societal ideals, out of date learning styles and perfectionistic standards.

"We are whole souls coming into this world, and we are perfect for our purpose. But our purpose might not be totally aligned with society's idea of what life should be."

Her philosophy is that we don’t need to be fixed we just need to be healed.  Candace’s work proves time and time again that the holes are our call to wholeness.  The “symptoms” in our lives and unwanted patterns are nothing more then a guide to show us where there is a lack of alignment in our beliefs and where that belief has been continued.

"A lot of times the emotion is too big that we think the emotion is us."

On this episode, Candace talks about her own failures and how she overcame them by focusing on how she can turn her past into a healing process, instead of allowing it define her as a victim.

 Follow Candace and her work on:






 Get her Spiritual Fitness workbook on Amazon today!





Episode 151: Sarri Gilman | Listen To Your YES and NO

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 151 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Sarri Gilman.

Sarri is a psychotherapist, a TEDx speaker, and an author who is on a mission to help people connect and listen to their boundaries. She wrote the book “Transform Your Boundaries” which gives on-hand experiences that will get you involved in developing your own boundary skills in your everyday life. She has been a therapist for over 3 decades and is now on a journey to educate people on the essence of boundaries.

"Boundaries really are just ‘What’s your YES’ and ‘What’s your NO’.”

This is a very powerful conversation about the YES and the NO inside of us. I, personally, experience how important it is to have the freedom to say NO. Sarri explains why it is significant to bring those boundaries up and connect with them. She also explains how our problems and struggles are relative to how we deal with our boundaries.

“Your boundaries have one job and that job is to take care of you.”

We are always locked up in the idea that saying YES is the right and polite thing to do. Listen to this episode and learn what boundaries are and what they truly mean.

"Keep reaching up for the things that make you feel better.”


To learn more about Sarri, her book, and her program, visit:





Transform Your Boundaries


Episode 150: Nik Wood | Road To 50 Episodes

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 150 of the Life Athletics podcast!

This is a special episode where I share with you my journey for the past 50 episodes - my experiences and realizations. I’ve been caught up with so many things in my life that I sometimes forget the true meaning of happiness and satisfaction. But, with the recent events, I have turned into someone I always want to be. As Life Athletes looking to level up, having goals and achieving them is a big win!

“I liked who I was, but I wanted more of myself.”

On this episode, I talk about the recent events in my life that have made a great impact on me, to my relationship, and to my career. Recently, I just started rebuilding a relationship with my father who has been estranged from me for several years. This reunion has thrown away all the negative emotions I have for him and now, I am completely free to live a life of YES.

“I have the perfect dad.”

Listen to this episode and find out what Life Athletics has taught me and why I always encourage people to win in all the games that they’re playing at. I always thank everyone for the support and for joining me on this journey.

“To understand your yes, you have to know who you are, who you want to be, and what your game is.”


Episode 149: Jason Cooper | A Boy’s Thoughts: Achieving A Childhood Dream

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 149 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Jason Cooper.

Jason, a.k.a Loops Ocean, is a musician who started rapping at the age of 13. He is a very cheerful person with a very bright personality. As a child, he was always drawn to music and sound. Since then, creating sounds that will bring joy to people has become his dream. Now, he just released his very first rap album, “A Boy’s Thoughts”, with the sole purpose of people listening to it and hopefully light up their day.

"I had a sound in my head and I want to get that out there.”

On this episode, Jason reveals his secret behind his fun and lively attitude. He explains the theory of playfulness and why he brings humor in every situation. He shares some inspiring life hacks that could bring joy in every waking day.

“I’m not expecting to get a GRAMMY from it; I just want to MAKE it.”

Jason also shares his journey in achieving his childhood dream. He brings us behind the scenes on how his first album materialized. This is a fun episode that you will surely enjoy.

"You’re the only one that is negatively or positively affected by your reactions.”


Listen and Subscribe to Jason's music as LOOPS OCEAN on:



CD Baby Music Store


Send him an email through loopsocean@gmail.com

Episode 148: Rolf Gibbs | Get Up - Get Going

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 148 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Rolf Gibbs.

Rolf is the founder of UBUD RAW Chocolate Factory, a chocolate business based in Bali. UBUD RAW is a revolutionary concept in chocolate which is made from just two healthy plants: Cacao and Coconut. UBUD RAW chocolate tastes smoother and creamier than milk chocolate but also has a potent cacao flavor like a dark chocolate. Being branded “the best tasting chocolate” by thousands of people, he found inspiration and encouragement in running this chocolate company. The compliments and the health purpose of these chocolates serve as his motivation to continue despite negative feelings crawling up his sleeves.

"When we don’t cook things, there’s a lot more nutrition in it.”

This episode talks about life, passion, and motivation for running a business or continuing a career. You will definitely learn so much from this conversation that will guide you in your daily work and endeavor.

“The definition of one successful business is one still going.”

Join us in this fun and interesting episode that talks about chocolate, dance, game of life, intense experiences, challenges, and so much relatable stuff that will teach us new lessons and give us the inspiration to wake up each day and continue what we started.

"What I and other raw chocolate companies are doing is shifting the paradigm from chocolate being a candy to chocolate being something that is powerfully good for you.”

To learn more about UBUD RAW chocolates, visit:

UBUD RAW on Facebook

UBUD RAW on Motion Fitness

UBUD RAW on Food Nomad

You may reach Rolf on:




Episode 147: Andy Gordon | Dream, Believe, And Be On Top

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 147 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Andy Gordon.

Andy is a coach, a consultant, and a creator who is going through an amazing transition in life. Setting aside his coaching career, for the time being, he revisited his dreams when he was younger. He went out of his comfort zone and entered the unfamiliar world of music, photography, and film. Surely, he has found happiness and fulfillment in this new path.

"I’m actually seeking out things that are stretching my comfort zone.”

This episode talks about his journey in finding his passion while leaving behind what’s comfortable for him. He encourages everyone to do what they want in life and to do them not for others but for themselves. It is not wrong to start something different because as long as your heart is in it, it will always draw a smile on your face.

"The biggest issue that I see is people doing it for others and not themselves.”

He recounts his experiences after becoming homeless and how he overcame that misery. He realized that looking into the bigger picture of life while appreciating little things can bring happiness. At the end of the episode, he gives an inspiring message for all the life athletes on how to win in life.

“If you’re going to do anything, be on top of it.”

Just do what you love and enjoy life!


You may reach Andy and learn more about what he does:




Episode 146: Kaila Krayewski | The Content Castle: A Creative Home for Writers

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 146 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Kaila Krayewski.

Kaila is the founder of The Content Castle, a haven that provides a conducive environment for talented writers who want to get their books, poems, and manuscripts done. It is a 6-bedroom house in Koh Samui, Thailand, purposely built to inspire creativity in writers.

"The Content Castle is, as I say, a creative haven for writers.”

On this episode, she talks about what The Content Castle is and who are given the amazing experience to live in the house. She reveals the Content Castle’s application process, the aid they provide for writers, and the camaraderie that is being built inside this wonderful home.

"I think Search Engine Optimization is not as important anymore as pure good writing.”

Kaila shares us some simple tips on how to become a good writer. Listen to this episode and get inspired to pick that pen up and start writing. She also shares her habit of action, her motivations, her failures, and how these pushed her to succeed.  

“How to become a good writer? First of all, READ.”

If you have a novel to compose, a book to write, a manuscript you are eager to finish, you are welcome to apply here.


If you want to know more about The Content Castle, visit:

The Content Castle website





You may email Kaila at kaila@helloarchipelago.com

Episode 145: Allie Cameron | Sustainable Fashion With Hara The Label

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 145 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Allie Cameron.

Allie is the founder of HARA The Label, a line of intimate apparel made out of bamboo fabric. It is a clothing label designed for the good of the people and for the earth collectively. Its mission is to help the planet and raise awareness about the issues within the fashion industry. She aims to use HARA as a platform for change and educate people how to achieve that change.

"What we wear actually impacts the environment we live in.”

On this episode, Allie reveals the secret behind the use of bamboo fabric in HARA. She shares her challenges, thought pattern and journey in bringing HARA to what it is now. She also shares how she was working with her brother, how she learned the clothing business, and how the process went.

"If I’m doing this for the right reasons and really putting my heart in it, then let’s do it.”

 This is a powerful conversation about sustainable and ethical fashion. Listen in and find out how she was able to succeed in this business for less than a year. Allie encourages life athletes to do what they are passionate about and everything will fall into place.

 “You don’t need to have certain background, you just need passion, motivation, and love; and basically anything is possible.”

Be a part of the change.


Learn more about HARA on:

HARA The Label



Episode 144: Dai Manuel | Mind and Body Fitness

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Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 144 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dai Manuel.

Dai comes with several titles – a Certified Fitness Professional, a Life Enhancer, an Entrepreneur, a Keynote Speaker, a Cross Fit Athlete; but ultimately, a Father. He wrote the book “Whole Life Fitness Manifesto” which teaches equipment-free workouts for a whole-life fitness that blends mindfulness and personal development.

"Often, I just ask people ‘when was the last time you felt really good?’.”

This episode talks about health, fitness, and well-being. Suffering from obesity as a teenager, he educated himself with these aspects and turned from FAT to FIT. If you want to learn how he did it, listen to this conversation.

"And that’s my game. It’s enhancing the lives of others.”

 Dai also talks about his habit of action, his failures, and his inspirations. This is an inspiring episode for all the life athletes who want to feel good about themselves.

 “Find that passion that pulls and drives you and literally just motivates you to level up.”


Learn more about Dai:


You may reach Dai on his socials:






Episode 143: Tom Hickman | Creating An Impact Through Ultra Marathon

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 143 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Tom Hickman.

Tom, together with his friend, is running Bali’s first coast-to-coast ultra marathon overnight on August 19th/20th. Their goal is to raise $10,000 in order to put 7 kids through primary school with Classroom of Hope. His mission is to help the unfortunate ones change their lives.    

"This is definitely a new version of myself in terms of my running.”

On this episode, Tom talks about creating an impact on society, changing lifestyle and becoming a better version of himself. After being heartbroken, he chose to run to relieve the pain instead of going to the bar and drink like most men do. This became the start of his life-changing journey and commitment.

"There are moments of satisfaction and fulfillment but the deeper fulfillment is being in the path.”

 Join the run and help create an impact. See how a few dollars can help change someone else’s lives.

 “I’ve always been prepared to try things.”


To donate or share, click here.


You may reach Tom on:




Learn more about The Bali Coast-to-Coast Ultra:

on Facebook

on Instagram

Episode 142: Daniel Packard | A Committed Love Athlete

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 142 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Daniel Packard.

Daniel is the man behind Love Athlete Academy whose mission is to help people who feel that they are not enough to be loved. He offers online training, coaching, retreat, free master class and a free book that will surely make you realize your worth. He believes that like training the physical body, Love Athletes can also train their consciousness for leveling up in Love.

"I wake up every morning trying to fall in love with myself more and more every day and show other people how to fall in love with themselves every day.”

On this episode, he talks about vulnerability, self-worth, inner software and lots of inspiring lessons on love and what it takes to be loved. Daniel shows people that what they are now is enough and that they don’t need to change anything or be better at something just to be loved.

"You don’t need to be any different to be loved.”

If you think that you are not good looking enough, not funny enough, not successful enough, THINK again! Listen to this episode and it will surely change how you feel about yourself.

 “When we tell ourselves we’re not enough to be loved and there’s something wrong with us, we basically tell God he made a mistake.”


You may reach Daniel on:

Love Athlete Academy



You may also grab a copy of his book for free:

Love’s One Lesson: The One Thing That Can Change Everything

Episode 141: Christian Nilsson | Experience Self-Transformation Through Yoga

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 141 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Christian Nilsson.

Chris is a certified yoga instructor who found self-love after years of hating what he sees in the mirror. Yoga has transformed his life and has turned him into this amazing person he is now. He started yoga at the age of 31; but despite starting late, he became one of the best – proving that it is never too late to do anything.

"I can stand in front of the mirror now and say that I love myself the way I look and the way that I feel.”

On this episode, Chris shares his yoga experience and how it changed his life. He was introduced to yoga by his girlfriend and little did he know that this was the start of a journey of happiness and satisfaction.

"My life changed a lot thanks to yoga.”

He believes that teaching is all about allowance and that people should allow themselves to discover whatever it is that they want to do – on or off the mat.

 “Just know that everything is possible.”

Join us in this conversation and be inspired to pursue that one thing you want to do in your life.


You can reach Chris on:




Episode 140: Rob Chrisman | The Man Behind The Music

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 140 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Rob Chrisman.

Rob is someone who has been a part of this podcast for a long time. He is the man behind the music of the Life Athletics podcast and has been very supportive when this endeavor started out. He is a musician, a guitar player, a rapper and a producer. He creates his own music by putting his emotions, feelings, success and failures into it all – and he is here to share his music with us.

"Let’s dive in and learn this stuff.”

He talks about the new album called The Shadows of our Laughter which is a concept album about time traveling. He believes that we are what we are today because of what we are in the past, good or bad; and that it is never too late to learn something. At the end of the interview, he will play the song live for us.

"I have to do it for me and not trying to impress other people.”

Rob has a very lively personality. He is able to share so many things in this episode including his inspirations in getting into music, his new project, his rapping, his motivations and his failures as a person.

 “If you want to do something 10 years ago, do it today. Do it right now!”

This episode features the new theme music for the Life Athletics podcast composed by our very own Rob Chrisman.


Listen to Rob’s music:




Episode 139: Trent Simmons | Learning Ultimate Life Lessons Through Ultimate Frisbee

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 139 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Trent Simmons.

Trent is an Ultimate Frisbee player for 20 years playing an average of 25 tournaments a year until he decided to run tournaments himself. He launched Selfless Tournament which became a success. His life has been dedicated to the sport which helped him establish his principles in life.

"The real point of sport is to challenge your self.”

He also launched an international youth development NGO, 10 Million Discs, which aims to give 10 million discs to kids from around the globe and teach them life skills, mutual respect, self-accountability and conflict resolution.

"Your enemy is not your opponent.”

He believes that being your own referee tests what is more valuable to you – winning the game or keeping your integrity.

 “If at first you don’t succeed, go bigger.”

On this episode, Trent talks about the life lessons brought by the sport, external validation versus internal validation and what it truly means to win.  


Learn more about Trent and what he does:

10 Million Discs




You may send him an email:



Episode 138: Ana Wood | Looking From The Heart With Try Love On

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 138 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Ana Wood.

Ana is a coach and is currently launching a platform for spiritual awakening called “Try Love On” for people who wants to live from a deeper essence and look from the heart. She is a very optimistic person who believes that love is a never-ending journey of exploration.

"My game is to expand in the experience of love.”

For Ana, love is something that is greater than any word can define. The beauty that lies within love is through experiencing and embracing its mystery.

"It’s not what we do but where we do it from.”

On this episode, she talks about the essence and the truth of living. She brings us to a deeper level of our emotions where we get to appreciate life more.

“I feel that love is transcendent because it can’t be explained; it can’t be defined.”

Listen to this episode and fall in love with life.


You can find Ana on:

Try Love On





Episode 137: Robin Hallsten | Exploring Life's Limits

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 137 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Robin Hallsten.

Robin is also a podcast host like me. He is a one-of-a-kind traveler who steps out of his comfort zone and pushes his limits. He explores all the possibilities in life and let it lead his way. He also wants to experience the true essence of living free. And when I say free, I mean literally FREE. He, together with a friend of his, is trying to start a project called, Free Loading Trip, where they show people how to survive by just asking for food and accommodation from people. They plan to document a 30-day trip in Sweden without using their personal money.

"We don’t know how we’re gonna get through but I just know we’re gonna make it.”

On this episode, Robin talks about how he ended up with the life he has today. By leaving home, selling his apartment, quitting his job, he went on a journey of uncertainty that a lot of people fear about.

"What is our purpose?”

Robin believes that we should let life take us not to where we want to go but to where we need to go – and he wants to leave this advice to all the life athletes out there wanting to level up in their games in life.

“For happiness to exist, there has to be sadness. For pleasure to be around, there has to be pain.”


You may reach Robin through: