Podcast Episode 254: Leaning Into Life, Breathwork and Plant Medicine with Giovanni Bartolomeo

Today’s guest, Giovanni Bartolomeo, is a full-spectrum entrepreneur, personal development coach and breathwork instructor who holds a deep reverence for the power plant medicine. After establishing himself within his multifaceted, but more traditional, career path—with a wife, kids and a nice BMW in the driveway—Gio realized that he still felt empty inside. Not too long after that, he found himself amidst a plant medicine ceremony in a foreign country, at which point his family and friends became fully convinced that he had lost his mind. Slowly, but surely, Gio’s shifted demeanor and outlook on life became undeniably apparent and the people around him began to listen. He’s since assumed the role of spiritual teacher, with the aim of helping others find a similar type of fulfillment and purpose for themselves.


In this episode of The Wellness Witch Podcast:

  • How Gio was influenced by the constant hustle and grind of his Italian culture
  • The google search that changed the course of Gio’s life
  • What happened after Gio’s documentary film file was corrupted
  • How he independently developed the elemental breathwork technique
  • Plant medicine’s impact on Gio and Samantha


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Top 3 relevant quotes:

  • “As I walk more of a life with purpose and intention, I have had all of these synchronicities. Things fall apart a lot, and I think, ‘Oh my god. What’s going on?!’ but if I’m able to surrender and trust that it’s going to realign in a better way than it is right now, usually something amazing happens. I have so many examples of this in my life.”  
    • Giovanni Bartolomeo
    • 18:49
  • “At first, I was like, ‘Everybody has to do this. The whole world has to do this.’ But you start to realize people have to feel called. You can’t force anyone to change, heal or anything. You can lead by example, share with them, but, until they’re ready to make that commitment to themselves, not much is going to happen.”
    • Gio
    • 42:33
  • “The truth is not so far away, usually it’s already within you. I was looking all over the world, searching and searching, and all the answers that came back were very simple and came from within me.
    • Gio
    • 1:01:29
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