Lean In Podcast

Welcome to Lean In, hosted by Kate Reardon, author, naturopath, intuitive healer, mother, wife, and lover of a good glass of wine.
Lean In is the podcast that explores ordinary people’s extraordinary lives. Through honest storytelling, Kate and her guests share their experiences of change and growth. Facing yourself and realizing that it may be time to make different choices is never easy, and it is never something completed as a solitary exercise.

Through a community of incredible people who have passed through emotional, physical, mental or spiritual change, Lean In will help you to emerge empowered, enlightened and full of wisdom and hopefully a big smile on your face. All you need to do is lean in and listen.

Partners in life and podcasting

As with all iconic relationships through history, Kate is joined by her best mate and husband Pat who helps in breaking down the information shared in the podcast and gives you ways you will be able to incorporate these elements into your own day-to-day life. Keeping it super real and relatable. Less show and more soul!

With a little piece of your own space

And in true Kate form, after each episode she has created a special place just for you ‘Your Space,’ This is an embodied and direct experience that allows you to engage in a restorative moment of calm, to unwind, reflect and be nurtured.

Kate will be your guide through intuitive and easy meditations, emotional processes, guided visualisations and the occasional blunt truth to get your body realigned, your mind relaxed and your soul stirred.

Join Kate, Pat and her guests as they embark on a journey of discovery, laughter, direct experiences and deep healing.


Trust in the Unknown: Elayna Carausu on Trading Stability for Adventure

In this episode, I had one of my favourite conversations to date, with the beautiful Elayna Carausu. Elayna and her partner, Riley, have been sailing around the world and filming their lives for their incredibly popular YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde, since 2014. With 1.35 Million subscribers watching their weekly videos, Elayna, Rilley and their adorable toddler son Lenn, let the world into their adventure, as well as their daily lives. Elayna always knew she was meant to live a different kind of life. Growing up in Australia, she fell in love with the ocean, which inspired a sense of wanting more. Exploring her love of the open sea, Elayna experimented with scuba diving, freediving and eventually sailing. When she took a job for a summer in Greece, she met Riley, who shared a similar view of the world. After returning to Australia, she consulted with a few friends that convinced her to take a chance and join Riley back in Greece. The rest, as they say, is history.

Special Edition: Finding Nourishment and Support In Times of Confusion, Fear, Panic and Uncertainty

This is a Special Edition of Your Space, because we all need a little extra support and nourishment right now. Find a quiet place, take a deep breath and just listen. “All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way. All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality. To how big we really are. To how little control we really have. To what really matters. To love. So we pray and remember that.” These powerful words from Father Richard Hendrick will help set the tone for what we should be focusing on instead of fear. I know it’s hard, and it’s ok to be scared. But let’s lean on each other and let our fear be the catalyst for hope. In this special edition of Your Space, I will be your guide through this easy meditation and emotional healing process. Follow me, as I take you towards getting your body realigned, your mind relaxed and your soul stirred.

Daydreams: Vanessa Conrad on Not Letting Disillusion Derail Your Path

In this episode, I had a poignant chat with my beautiful friend Vanessa Conrad. Vanessa is the brilliant mind behind the brand Kind Humankind. Through selling gorgeous one of a kind clothing, Kind Humankind works with disadvantaged countries to permanently improve lives. Every sale helps provide consumers with fair-trade, environmentally-friendly fashion while using only natural fibres and improving the communities that make them.Vanessa always knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. She knew it before she even knew how to express it. Daydreams of the glamorous life of a fashionista filled her head throughout her life in Brazil.

Regret-Free Living: Bronnie Ware on Living a Life Without Looking Back

In this episode, I’m talking to one of the most beautiful souls on this planet. 2009 gave us an article called “Regrets of the Dying”. This moving piece is from the viewpoint of a carer working with patients within their last few moments of life. It became clear that the physical duties she was there to do were only a by-product of the job. Her key role was as a listener and confidant.  Bronnie is an Australian author, songwriter, motivational speaker and devoted mother who is deeply committed to regret-free living within every aspect of her own life.  

Determination: Mukti on The Nourishing Power of Purpose

Mukti is a force of nature and an inspirational power in this life. She is best known as the founder of Australian eco-luxe beauty brand, Mukti Organics, but she’s also an Eco-activist, author and green cosmetic chemistry pioneer. Mukti has been a familiar face in the beauty and personal care industry for almost 20 years, and ustilises her background in complementary medicine, to create internationally-acclaimed and award-winning products that combine functional, ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients.

Pushing Limits: Caroline Van Hemert on Venturing Beyond The Horizon

In this conversation, I take a step into the wildness with Caroline Van Hemert, the highly acclaimed Alaskan writer, Wildlife Biologist, prolific adventurer and mamma bear to two beautiful kids. Caroline and her husband Pat are best known for their 4,000-mile human-powered expedition from the Pacific rainforest to the Arctic coast.  This expedition was a feat that pushed the bounds of what the human body is truly capable of, both physically and emotionally. 

Stefanos Sifandos on Recognizing Unhealthy Patterns and Changing Them

I sit down with Stefanos Sifandos and have an enlightening chat about the struggles he had as a child and how those unresolved patterns began affecting his adult life. Stef has quite an interesting story, and he uses the journey he went through working through the pain of his past to help other men going through similar processes.  Stef is a Men’s Leadership Mentor and reaches out to men who feel isolated, alone and unable to express themselves in a meaningful way. 

Trevor Hendy on Uncovering Your Shadows and Exploring Your Truth

In this episode, we’re definitely in good company. I invited Trevor Hendy to give some insight into his extraordinary life, and it’s certainly a captivating story of colossal wins, fame and adoration, but also reconnection and deep self-exploration.  Many may know Trevor as the world’s ultimate, unchallenged Iron Man. In Australia at the height of his sporting success, he was not only an athletic inspiration, but also a well-known, household name.

Christine Hassler: Rising Up: How an Awakening of Self Can Strengthen Your Relationships

In this episode of Lean In, Christine and I touch on universal issues we see within ourselves and so many women we’ve helped over the years. We talk about ways she’s gotten back in touch with the feminine energy we all have inside us and the changes that has brought to her life.Christine is such a ray of light for so many people, and we had an enlightening conversation about the journey she went through after her divorce at 31 years old.

Ashlee Donohue: Connecting to Your Inner Power to Overcome the Trauma of the Past

I recently had the opportunity to speak to my friend, Ashlee Donohue. Ashlee is an extraordinary woman who has lived an extraordinary life. She’s written about her personal experiences with domestic violence and childhood abuse in her stunningly honest book “Because I Love Him”. In this episode of Lean In, Ashlee tells her heartbreaking story with incredible openness and authenticity.

Terra Roam on Recovering from Trauma in Nature’s Healing Hands

In this episode of Lean In, I am beaming with joy at having this exciting opportunity to explore how one woman’s inner turmoil led to her slipping on the walking boots and venturing out on an epic journey of healing and self-discovery. Terra Roams is the wilderness adventurer, speaker, mentor and storyteller, who walked her way into the record books, becoming the first woman ever to trek the 17,000-kilometre journey around Australia, totally alone and unsupported.  

Mark Visser: Overcoming Waves and Reaching Your Dreams

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Mark Visser. If you’re not familiar with the surfing world, Mark is an Australian professional big wave surfer. He is best known for taking the plunge and becoming the first person to surf Hawaii’s most dangerous wave ‘Jaws,’ at night in 2011.


Paula Shaw: The Quest To Self-Acceptance

In this emotional and spiritual deep dive of an episode, I speak with my personal mentor and extraordinary friend Paula Shaw. Paula is an intuitive healer and psychic, working with all the unseen realms of this world for most of her life. She incorporates her own psychic vision with some of the world’s most ancient healing modalities, through tarot readings and astrology.

Worthiness: Kate Reardon on the Road to Knowing Who You Are

In this episode, the tables have turned and our usual host Kate is firmly nestled in the hot seat, with her husband Pat sitting in as host.  For those just joining the Lean In clan, Kate is a qualified practitioner of Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine. She’s an intuitive metaphysical healer, yoga teacher, a published author, keynote speaker and one hell of a wife and extraordinary mother.

Determination: Katherine Maslen on the Never-Ending Healing Journey

In this episode of Lean In, I’m reconnecting with my bestie Katherine Maslen at my parents’ home back in Australia. In this highly candid conversation, Katherine dissects her turbulent past life.  She hones in on her abusive childhood, drug addiction and the people that saved her life. 

Dream Big: Joyce Azzam on Finding Your Inner Power

In this deeply inspiring episode, I speak with Joyce Azzam. Born during the Lebanese Civil War in Beirut, Lebanon, Joyce and her family had to flee their home multiple times in order to survive, often taking refuge underground. 

Emily McDowell on Opening Yourself Up To New Beginnings

New beginnings can be unpredictable and scary, but if you just take that chance to unchain yourself and take the leap, they can also be incredible. In this episode, I speak with Emily McDowell the inspirational writer, illustrator and multifaceted entrepreneur.

Redreaming: Mel Loh on Refuelling Your Life’s Motivation

In this episode of Lean In, I get down to business with one of the most mind and heart centred entrepreneurs I know, Mel Loh. Mel is an inspirational, self-described east-west mix, third culture kid that doesn’t quite fit the mould when it comes to her professional and personal life.

Surviving: Ibu Sari on Turning Pain Into Positivity

If you are going through a change or challenging period in life, Lean In is the space where we can surrender to the cycle together. In this episode of Lean In, you can find me sitting in the middle of the jungle, singing to the monkeys with Ibu Sari, one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever met. 

Cat Kabira on Navigating Self-Acceptance and Reconnecting With Your Core Truth

In this episode of Lean In, I sat face to face with Cat Kabira. Cat is almost superhuman in how she contends with life, a beautiful trait that has given her the ability to teach others to connect and tune into their personal power and reconnect with their core truth.

Lucy Barnard on Lifes Greatest Adventure & the Power of Human Kindness

In this episode of Lean In, I had the privilege of speaking with Lucy Barnard, the extraordinarily resilient woman who has set her sights on becoming the first woman ever to walk the length of the world. She started her journey in the southernmost point of South America and seeks to conclude it at the highest point of Alaska, covering over 30,000km across 15 countries.

Jeremiah Abram on Unravelling The Psyche and Decoding Our Dreams

I invited Jeremiah Abram to share his wisdom and take us through the realm of dream psychologyJerimiah started out in the ‘helping profession,’ during the anger infused times of the Vietnam War. Now, he is a Jungian therapist, author and dream psychologist, working in both San Francisco Bay area and Ubud, Bali.

Kamau Abayomi on Unleashing Your Uniqueness and Inspiring The Inner Artist

In this episode of Lean In, I dive into the fascinating life of Kamau Abayomi and the inner workings of his highly artistic mind. Kamau is the embodiment of the term “Artist”. From being surrounded by creatives in his celebrity-filled kitchen to a clairvoyant’s vision, kick-starting his successful career.

Rick Pursell on a Journey Through War, Overcoming Grief and Life’s Purpose

Rick opens up about his past and what it means to live with purpose. From his idyllic childhood exploring the lush English countryside. To planning his own suicide in the Vietnam War.

Pat Reardon on Surrendering to Fate, The Tapestry of Life and Living the Moment

In this episode, I dive into Pat’s turbulent life story. From leaving Australia at age 18 in search of adventure to a devastating cancer diagnosis that shook us to the core. Pat talks about dealing with the fear of the unknown and his conscious decision to be more present in the face of change.

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