BewilderedTM

with martha beck
and rowan mangan

What if we stopped listening to the controlling voice of the culture around us, and instead learned to reconnect with our own true nature? 

Sometimes we aren’t even sure why we feel so bewildered… and discontented… and even downright miserable. Often it’s because we have let the forces of society replace our own instinctive knowledge of what is right for us. 

Now, it’s time for us to find that voice again—before it’s too late.

For Martha and Rowan, Job One is to live according to our deepest truths, making the commitment to feeling good even when it means looking weird. We believe that this is how we will reinvent our world—from the inside out— to create a society that’s kinder, more equitable, and more ecologically sustainable than the one we see around us right now. 

This is the vision that we laugh and stumble and chat and feel our way towards here on this podcast.  Did we mention LAUGH? We want no part of personal and global transformation if it isn’t fun!

So if you struggle to find a place where people who are as idealistic and brokenhearted, as silly and deeply sincere, as bewildered as you are—you might have just arrived. 

Welcome!

Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode #81

Beware Fake Urgency

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“Quick! Do this now! It’s urgent!” 

Our culture constantly pressures us to do things that serve the system, and we’re trained to think of these things as urgent. But are they really?

In this BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, Martha and [...]

Episode #80

The Empty Project

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Do you ever feel like you’re trying to fit even more stuff into a life that’s already full?

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro are talking about our culture’s obsession with more, more, more, and how it’s making [...]

Image for Episode #79 All the Way to Heaven is Heaven for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Most of us are socialized to believe that if we suffer enough, we’ll be rewarded later—and the reward for our suffering will be happiness. In other words, happiness is something we must earn through suffering.

In this episode of Bewildered, [...]

Image for Episode #78 “Dream Food” And Other Lies About Fulfillment for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Culture teaches us that scrambling up peaks of achievement is a worthy goal—and that when we reach the pinnacle of success, we’ll finally be happy. 

The problem is, not everyone can reach the very top. And even for those who [...]

Image for Episode #77 Living Lightly (and The Opposite of Golf) for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Watch out, everyone…Martha and Ro have F-bombs and they’re not afraid to use them!

Join them for this episode of Bewildered, where they’re plumbing the depths of what it is to live a good life—and more than a little profanity [...]

Episode #76

Feeling Like an Alien

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Have you ever felt like a stranger in a strange land?

In this BeWild Files episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro dive into a question from listener Alia about feeling like an alien when you’re among the people you’re “supposed [...]

Episode #75

The Other Butterflies

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Martha and Ro have a very special guest on this episode of Bewildered…Ro’s mum Paula!

Paula has a mind-expanding story to tell about the time she followed monarch butterflies on their migratory path and learned that 10% of these butterflies [...]

Image for Episode #74 Really, Really, Really Far Outside for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Martha and Ro are doing something a little different and a lot of fun on this episode of Bewildered: sharing about times when they’ve gone WAY outside of the culture. 

Because when we all tell each other stories about going [...]

Episode #73

On Burnout and Reset

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Ever suffer from burnout? Martha and Ro have, and they’re talking all about it on this episode of BEWILDERED!

Burnout is something our culture doesn’t allow because it expects us to be productive non-stop. However, our wild natures require “wintering” [...]

Image for Episode #72 Undercover Counterculture Bandit for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Get excited because Martha and Ro have a very special guest on this episode of BEWILDERED: their beloved partner Karen Gerdes!

While Karen may seem mild mannered and conventional at first glance, that’s just her cover. Karen stopped listening to [...]

Episode #71

Big Feelings

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Have you been struggling with big feelings?

Frustration. Overwhelm. Anger. Grief. These are all vitally important human emotions, yet the culture demands we suppress them at all costs. 

In this episode of Bewildered, Martha and Ro talk about why that is, [...]

Image for Episode #70 Change Cycle: Beauty That Moves for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

The culture tells us that whenever we achieve a goal, we’re supposed to stay there: 

“Now you’re a butterfly. The End.” 

Yet Nature, which we’re all part of, is always changing. 

In this final episode of their series on change, Martha and [...]

Image for Episode #69 Change Cycle: Wild Horses for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Have you ever felt driven to do specific excruciating tasks, and you couldn’t explain why? 

This “wild horses feeling” is present whenever you’re working toward your heart’s desire, and it’s a key part of what Martha calls Square Three in [...]

Image for Episode #68 Change Cycle: A Space for Dreaming for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Change isn’t always easy, but did you know that parts of the process can be a lot of fun?

In this second re-release episode from their four-part series about The Change Cycle, Martha and Ro are exploring Square Two—the “dreaming [...]

Image for Episode #67 Change Cycle: Bug Soup for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Do you know what happens to a caterpillar inside its cocoon? 

It disintegrates into a gooey mass before its cells reform into a butterfly. This “bug soup” phase isn’t pretty, but it’s an essential part of change—what Martha refers to [...]

Image for Episode #66 Bittersweet Misunderstandings for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

The culture says it’s a given that the people who love you will understand you. But very often, the people who love you don’t understand you at all—yet they can have the strongest ideas about who you should be.

Martha [...]

Episode #65

Beauty That Moves

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Martha and Ro are coming “full square” on this episode of BEWILDERED® to talk about Square Four in Martha’s Change Cycle.

The culture tells us that whenever we achieve a goal, we’re supposed to stay there: “Now you’re a butterfly. [...]

Image for Episode #64 Zen and the Art of Travel With Toddlers for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

The hinges have come off, folks—Martha and Rowan have jet lag (and they’re not afraid to use it!) in this episode of Bewildered: Zen and the Art of Traveling with Toddlers. 

On two recent international trips, Martha and Ro’s toddler [...]

Image for Episode #63 Best of Bewildered: Vulnerability Hangovers for the Bewildered Podcast with Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan

Have you ever bravely shared your authentic self, only to agonize over it later thinking you shared too much?

This is something Brené Brown calls a “vulnerability hangover”—and we’ve all been there.

In this episode from THE BEST OF BEWILDERED, Martha [...]

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It’s THE BEST OF BEWILDERED, and this week we’re revisiting another favorite episode from the vault: Making the Right Choice.

The culture believes there’s always a single right choice and that choosing wrong means you’ve wasted your entire life. So [...]

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