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Mark Groves, a Human Connection Specialist, explores the complex world of relationships and connection. What underlies our connection with ourselves and others? Why do we show up the way we do in our romantic relationships, professional life, friendships, our own health and wellness and more? How do we maintain long term connections that thrive? Mark has a fun, no holds barred, no BS approach to exploring the human condition and the fundamentals of all our human connections.
125 Episodes
This week I am pleased to introduce you to my friend Lalah Delia. Lalah is a spiritual writer, wellness educator, certified spiritual practitioner, founder of, online School of Vibration, and bestselling author Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power. Her work, writings, and bestselling book are guiding readers around the globe on a journey back home to their empowered, higher-potential, whole selves.  In this episode, Lalah shares her own story of transformation and awakening. She explains how she learnt to transform her lows into highs by channelling the energetic vibrations of all things in her life. Lalah explains how we can reach our higher-potential by recognizing our internal place, the vibrations we are calling in, and our overall outlook on life.  Find Lalah on Instagram, or on her website at See for privacy information.
The Alchemy of Initiation: Soul Work and the Art of Ripening This week I am absolutely elated to introduce you to the incredibly insightful, Francis Weller. Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions. Having completed some of Francis' workshops myself, I couldn't wait to have him on to speak about the initiatory process and his theories behind soul-centered psychotherapy. In this episode, Francis leads us through a discussion of the soul, and how the greatest work and connection to the sacred is found during our greatest times of darkness and grief. We dive into what Francis teaches as initiation, a process which encompasses grief, loss, challenge, illness etc. where our identity is altered drastically and we land in the hands of something that is far greater than ourselves.  Find out more about Francis, and his audio series at See for privacy information.
Ryland Engelhart is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kiss the Ground, and is the producer of Kiss The Ground the Movie on Netflix. He has spent the last 15 years as an entrepreneur and love-activist, working in hospitality and building a family business of organic plant-based restaurants called Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre in Southern CA.  In this episode, Ryland tells us the origins behind his business and restaurants, and the fundamental idea behind the film Kiss The Ground. The film explores the idea that by regenerating the Earth's soils we can reverse some of the effects of climate change. We also dive into some of the things we can do as consumers to contribute to a healthier future for our planet. Find Ryland on Instagram or learn more at See for privacy information.
This week I am so excited to have on the incredible Damona Hoffman to chat about all things dating! Damona is a dating coach & TV personality who starred in the A+E Networks' series #BlackLove and A Question of Love.  She’s a contributor for CNN Headline News (HLN),, The Washington Post, LA Times, Match dating app and more. In this episode we dive into dating apps, intentional dating, and dating within integrity. Damona gives us tips on what should be on your dating profile,  what shouldn't, and some examples of red flags and green flags to look out for while you're swiping. The dating world has shifted so much and Damona challenges us to question the beliefs and stigmas we've been taught, and the restrictions we place on what we want in a partner. This one is fire!! Find more about Damona and her podcast on her website See for privacy information.
Dr. Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Dr. Susan David is a sought-after speaker, author and researcher with a deep focus on emotions.  In this episode we discuss some of the narratives around emotions that we've gained from society and the ways in which they are making us less healthy and contributing to a culture of toxic positivity. Susan explains how we can show up for ourselves by ending the constant struggle between how we think we should feel, and how we actually feel. You can find Susan's quiz on her website, her TED Talk here and find her bestselling book, Emotional Agility on Amazon. See for privacy information.
This week I've been thinking a lot about the practice of being present, sitting in stillness and really uncovering your true self. What happens when we allow ourselves to really feel? When we don't blanket our emotions, we can try to learn and grow from our sadness. We have been so dominated by a culture that praises the highs, but what would happen if we began to rejoice our setbacks and embrace the opportunity to learn from them.   See for privacy information.
This week I am joined by Human Design Guide and Leadership Coach Erin Claire Jones. Human Design is a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science that sheds light on a person’s energetic makeup, as well as specific tools they can use to live at their happiest, healthiest, highest potential. It teaches people about themselves so they can have a better understanding of why they are the way they are. In this episode, Erin walks us through the different types of Human Design and the concepts and characteristics of each type. We also review my personal Human Design and my emotional, psychological and energetic makeup. You can find Erin on Instagram or head to her website to book a session or look up your design To get access to your own Blueprint head here and use code CREATETHELOVE for 10% off. See for privacy information.
Giacomo Gianniotti is an actor, writer, director, and philanthropist most recently known for his role as Dr. Deluca on Greys Anatomy. In this episode Giacomo and I have an encompassing conversation on humility, relationships, and conflict. Giacomo walks us through his relational experiences, and his personal growth from therapy and vulnerability. We touch on sincerity, the art of apologizing, and the importance of asking for what you need.  Find Giacomo on instagram at @giacomo_gianniotti and in his 1st feature film entitled “Acquainted” on Apple TV. See for privacy information.
Navigating heartbreak can often feel insurmountable. But what if we used it as fuel to become our highest self? What if in each heartbreak we asked ourselves "how do I learn from the lesson that broke my heart?" Learning how to open our hearts in a space that feels safe after heartbreak is one of the biggest lessons we can learn. If we continue to ask ourselves "how can I be better?" Then when we begin to implement those changes, we begin to curate a life aligned in integrity and our highest values. See for privacy information.
I am so excited and honoured to welcome one of my absolute dream guests - the incredible Dr. Harriet Lerner this week.  Dr Lerner is  best known for her scholarly work on the psychology of women and family relationships and is also a best selling author, speaker and teacher. Her incredible books including The Dance of Anger, The Dance of Intimacy and Why Won't You Apologize have completely transformed my life and the way I relate. In this episode, Dr. Lerner walks us through the 7 steps on how to find courage and use your voice. Each step arms us with the tools to converse effectively and to distinguish between real feelings and our pure anxiety driven reactivity. You won't want to miss this! You can learn more about Dr. Lerner on her website and on Instagram and Facebook. You can also find her TED talk here:  See for privacy information.
This week I have the honour of speaking with the brilliant Allyson Byrd. In this episode, we dive into all things entrepreneurship, personal and professional expansion, spirituality, and how it pertains to our growth, success, and goals. Words don't do this one justice - listen in! Allyson Byrd is also known as the “Profit Accelerator™ and she is celebrated as one of the world's most trusted leadership advisors and sales experts for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Learn more about Allyson at or on Instagram @iamallysonbyrd. You can also find more about Allyson's journey to success in her latest collaboration with Amazon Prime called SpeakUP. See for privacy information.
This week, one of my favourite people and dear friends Sheleana Aiyana joins us for a super juicy conversation on all things relationships. Shay is the founder and visionary of Rising Woman. Through a traumatic childhood, addiction and abuse, Shay found her way to the inner-work and Rising Woman was born. Rising Woman is a reflection of her mission to support others in embracing their shadows and finding their light within. This week we chat about how relationships are never really the fairytale that Hollywood has portrayed them to be... Shay explains that healthy conscious relationships require work, healing of our inner child and that we must enter into them knowing that we are complete on our own. We talk about what a healthy relationship truly looks like, and how we can rise up from the rock bottom of heartbreak and ask, "how did I get here and what has it taught me?" Find Shay and her community on Instagram @risingwoman or online at  See for privacy information.
My dear friend Jules Webber is back this week for a deep dive into the concepts of codependence, over-functioning and under-functioning. Jules walks us through what it means to be an over-functioner, and gives concrete examples from her own journey through life to help us understand this complex topic. Jules arms us with the tools to heal and move forward more balanced. Jules teaches us to embrace rather than ignore our triggers, and learn how we can better parent those reactions and condition ourselves to respond in a healthier way. Jules Webber is an Intimacy and Life Coach who helps women go within, nurture an intimate and loving relationship with themselves, and experience true Wholeness and belonging. Find her on instagram @jules.webber or on her website at See for privacy information.
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a neuroscientist specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. This week we chat about what is actually happening in the brain with relation to memories, relationships, and life experiences, and how to use mind-directed techniques to help relieve intrusive thoughts. Find Dr. Leaf online at or on Instagram @drcarolineleaf. See for privacy information.
Stand-up Comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson are the hosts of the popular podcast "Guys We F****d." This podcast is most known for changing the way society thinks about female sexuality through a merging of humor and expansion. This week I am so delighted to have these two ladies on to lead us through their experience hosting a podcast with such controversial topics, and their own personal journeys of self discovery, boundary setting, and challenging the stigmas related to female sexuality. Buckle in for a no bullsh*t, straight to the truth episode. Find Kystyna and Corinne's podcast on the Luminary App and on instagram @sorryaboutlastnight.   See for privacy information.
In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, it is so easy to get swept up in the chaos and anxiety that come with it. This week, the incredible Manoj Dias talks us through how we can find pause, compassion and solitude through mindfulness and meditation. We discuss what is involved in a meditation practice, how it informs how we show up in the world, and what happens when we allow our minds to be calm. Manoj is the co-founder of Open, a modern meditation studio based in California and EVRYMAN, a men's emotional intelligence movement. Whether he’s teaching through words or the silence between them, Manoj’s great love for Buddhist wisdom and contemporary science is present in every encounter. Find Manoj on Instagram @manojdias_ and check out some classes at See for privacy information.
This week I welcome Embodiment Coach and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tami Amanda to the podcast. Tami walks us through her own experience with therapy and the ways she still felt stuck in her shame after therapy. This led Tami to the realization that something deeper may have been missing. After working with immigrant and refugee children in somatic therapy, she saw children heal deep childhood trauma without ever talking about what happened. This led Tami to ask the question, how do we look inside for our healing? This week, we dive into the complexities and benefits of somatic therapy and we get curious about some of the limits of talk therapy. Find Tami on Instagram @tamisasson_ or on her website at See for privacy information.
I am so thrilled to have one of my best friends Christine Chang join me this week. Christine is a Celebrity and Lifestyle photographer, and best-selling author of the book "SHOW UP: Finding Love for Independent Women." In this episode we discuss some of the themes in Christine's book, and her own personal journey navigating the dating world as a strong and successful woman. We dive into the complexities of different relationship dynamics, and the importance of cultivating and nurturing a strong sense of self outside of a relationship. For Christine, the ideal relationship came out of showing up as her authentic true self and getting to the core of her own emotional needs. You can find Christines book here and follow her on instagram at @cchangandco or find her on her website at See for privacy information.
This topic is so important and yet so rarely discussed. That’s why I’m so appreciative that Holly Grigg-Spall has joined me this week to discuss the contraceptive pill. The Pill has long been associated with sexual freedom and liberation, but Holly talks us through her journey of discovering the impact that it had upon her mental and physical health. In doing so, Holly walks us through the research that is often overlooked and the various reasons we avoid having these conversations. I’m so honoured to have this discussion because I know it is so important that this topic is brought to light. You can find out more about Holly and her book at See for privacy information.
This is our 100th episode together, so to celebrate this special episode I want to offer my gratitude and more insights about myself. Hosting this podcast has been such a learning journey. I have been able to witness myself soften, open and grow throughout these episodes. My solo episodes are always met with so much grace from you all, so I want to humbly thank you all for witnessing my evolution and allowing me the space to do this. I look forward to what the next 100 episodes will bring us. See for privacy information.
Comments (43)

Nicole Heddema

This really inspired me to share my thoughts on my own podcast. it's hard to go against the main stream narrative. I think it should come down to respecting one another, showing love...and ..questioning everything! haha.

Dec 2nd

Sarah Erickson

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on so many powerful and relevant topics. This episode really spoke to so much of the pain, anger, worry and fear that I've been having a difficult time articulating.

Dec 2nd

Missy Tria

"discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life" Yesssss 🙌

Dec 1st

Megan Saunders

Is there a place I can look to find the resources (books, audio series etc) mentioned in this podcast?

Oct 13th

Patty LaMagna

Am I able to connect to an older podcast series that was referred to me -Create the Love. thank you

Sep 30th

Tatiane Villar

Question 3 resonates with my situation in my previous relationship. I wish I heard Marks response 2 years ago and wouldn't have fallen in the trap thinking that I'm the overreacting one, that I was the one that needed to adjust my tolerance, that I was the one to not have prejudice, that I was the one supposed to trust more in the purity in people, to open my mind, speak from the heart and make myself vulnerable in expectation that he would grow and change... only to find myself 2 years down the road exploding in rage for having my boundaries and dignity completely disregarded and disrespected over and over again! same issue each time btw... And you guessed it, I dumped his effing ass, my life improved exponentially!! :) Thank you Mark for the amazing podcasts 👏

Sep 19th


love it!

Sep 15th

Sara Lasenby

Thank you so much Mark 🙏 for doing these podcasts and having such amazing guests. Thank you Hilary for your wisdom and knowledge teaching us that emotions are ok to feel and not to be hidden 🙏

Aug 21st

Sara Lasenby

Thank you so much looking into this subject. Money was never talked about growing up and it became shameful. So glad I found Mark Groves, he is so real and swears 😂 🙏

Aug 21st

Stella Vee

mind blowing! I'm am Earth lover anyway, so live that this supports my view!

Aug 5th

Jessica Higgins

My favorite episode yet ❤ After 100 episodes, I am finally ready to live in my truth and release what no longer serves me. I never thought I would get here. Thank you so much for taking us along this beautiful journey.

Aug 4th

Stacey Fitzgerald

who is the author of the Codependent No More book. seems to be a few out there

Jul 23rd

Darius Bell

I don't like this guest she acts like none of the stuff can apply to men she sounds like a feminist

Jun 2nd

Dennis Peterson

fucking awesome

May 22nd

Ashley Williams

This is so important!! geeze

May 22nd

Christine Hammond

Mark! You speak to my soul. Knowing that I'm not alone in this journey is just so empowering. Thank you!

May 16th

Bernsa Laurie

That you to whomever wrote the second question... It is almost word for word my situation. Thanks you for asking this, from someone who couldn't.

May 16th

Jaquinta Nickle

This episode spoke to my inner self big time x

May 5th


loved it, thanks!

Apr 23rd

Tanya Fortier

This podcast is amazing. So many wonderful humans giving power to voice. Love and Light 💕

Mar 31st
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