Show #276 – Roots and Rituals with Becca Piastrelli


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And on this week’s show!

Do you feel a strong sense of belonging and connection? Would you say you have strong presence of rituals in your life from season to season, and in different seasons of your family’s and your lives? Today’s guest Becca Piastrelli, author of Root and Ritual, gives us many compelling reasons to bring rituals into our lives to feel more deeply rooted within ourselves, our place, the community, and the world. It’s a meaningful, thought prokoving all to arms for a life worth living. I can’t wait to hear what you take from it.

Questions I asked Becca:


  • Were you brought up in a house of rituals or was it a journey of discovery looking for something to make life richer/more meaningful? 
  • Connection and feeding bonds is something we’re going to talk about today but first I want to ask: Is part of what’s making us feel disconnected generally, due to the fact that we’ve never had so many ‘connections’ ever before? (through social media networks) 
  • And then in deepening our connections – how do we go about that those of us who’ve tuned in and thought “oh crap, I have surface conversations with everyone or functional conversations but don’t go very deep very often!!” 
  • Rituals – how do rituals give us a sense of purpose/connection to self and others? 
  • How can we build them into our lives? 
  • I LOVE your ancestor altar post recently. Talk us through it and why it’s spiritually important. (I’ll also ask about what if we come from a history of painful family experiences, can something be done here to help heal that pain when it comes to altars?) 
  • Does accepting our past help us accept ourselves today?
  • Now let’s talk about seasons – how can we amplify seasons throughout our year through rituals and celebrations? 
  • Why are growing plants so important to our spirit? 

About Becca Piastrelli:

Becca Piastrelli wrote abook called Root & Ritual and facilitates women’s gatherings both virtually and in person, and is the host of the Belonging podcast. She teaches virtually, speaks on the nature of belonging, and runs retreats to help women reconnect with their rooted sense of self.

Becca prefers she/her pronouns and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, child, two cats, and five chickens, where she gardens, cooks, mothers, and gathers with the ebb and flow of the seasons.

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Her book, Root & Ritual is also available at The Book Depository.

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Lismore Library

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