LaidOpen explores the naked truth about sexuality, from trauma to transcendence. Join us for honest conversations whether you are turned on or can’t find the switch. Get questions answered about how to take baby steps towards having connected sex. This podcast is for post-trauma thrivers and their loved ones to understand how all forms of trauma affect sexual expression.

Charna has spent over two decades helping people heal and find pleasure in their bodies. Every week she shares her own story, answers your questions, offers practical exercises, and interviews other survivors, as well as experts and authors in the field of somatics, trauma, healing modalities, mindfulness, and the arts.

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Holy Erotica and Shaking off Shame After Religion


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This week’s episode Charna talks with Nathan Novero, ex-youth pastor, and the genius behind the seminal work, “Holy Erotica.” Together they touch on a variety of topics that intersect between religion, sex and shame. Nate speaks candidly on the topic of expectation versus reality in a relationship that’s influenced and guided by the church. Additionally, he interviews Charna about her drastically different upbringing, growing up in hippy, addict culture.

Nathan Novero is a docu-series editor for networks like Netflix, Discovery, History, NatGeo, MTV and A&E.  He is also a former church camp purity pastor deconstructing how he learned sexuality with his content. He is co-creator of the YouTube Series PURITY | Evangelical America’s Legacy of Shame and co-hosts Touch Podcast: Conversations of Spirit and Body.  He is also a director of Cosmic Touch, an award winning short film he produced while using his camera to confront his fear of feminine sexuality.  Nathan showcases his films to create conversation spaces for healing.