I’m Ana Verzone, expert Altered States Guide and host of the Rebel Buddhist® podcast. I help wanderers and freedom seekers make the most of this one, precious life by guiding nature-based altered states experiences and inner + outer adventures to help you explore your mind and soul.
And in case you’re wondering: yes, it really is as fucking cool as it sounds.
My people have Freedom as one of their top values. They want to create true freedom, inside and out. It’s part of the reason we’re so naughty;) We love that feeling of no limits, stretching the limits, setting our OWN limits. Breaking others’ limits. And we wonder about what’s possible, over and over again.
But sometimes we get confused about what true freedom is. And we do things that don’t serve us because we think it’ll help us feel better, like escaping with alcohol or overusing weed or psychedelics, binge-watching shows, overeating, over___(fill in the blank). Or we run from it. We tune out. We lash out. Wee have a pity party – which sucks for everyone involved.
I’m speaking first-hand here, because I’ve had some adventures – and misadventures – that led me to look to places for healing and comfort that weren’t very helpful. And they also led me to progressively deeper dives into healing and transformation.
Here’s a taster, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
There’s more. But that’s enough about me. As you can see, I’ve had some crazy life experiences that will help me help you as your guide and coach. I’m happy to use what I’ve learned during my adventures and misadventures to give you a better chance at avoiding my mistakes, and learning the things that helped me the most, especially when I was really scared and confused.
Oh, and if you’re the street cred type that wants the geeky details, this section is for you. Otherwise, feel free to just click here and schedule a consult.
In addition to being an expert Altered States Guide, I:
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s one of the perks of having a coach who is a multi-passionate! If you’re like me, you know this list would take PAGES, right?!
How to Know if We’re Meant to Be
Why did I choose to be an Altered States Guide over a very successful career in healthcare and academia and after doing a sh*t-ton of handwork getting my doctoral degree? Because of you.
Because I love working with people whose #1 priority is freedom and who know that isn’t just about what they can DO in life, but also about how they are BEING in the world. Who are deeply curious about what’s possible in this one precious life we have on this miracle of a planet. Who want to milk every moment they have and be fully present for ALL OF IT.
Yes, even our shadow sides and more challenging experiences, because that’s where the juice of this life is. That’s where we are tempered in the fire and emerge transformed.
Freedom seekers want to live a life that is in alignment with who they are on the inside. Be proud of how they show up in the world. Live a life with no regrets. No “what ifs…” or “ I wish I had…” No part of us left unexamined.
You want to live – and know – life.
And you want to do it with integrity. In alignment.
You believe in Justice. Equality. And Freedom – for everyone. You will stand up for it. Sometimes you want to be more confident about it and stand up for it more often. That’s OK – I can help you do that.
You meditate. Or at least you’ve done it once;) You do it less than you’d like, but you know it’s good for you. You take care of your body. Less ideally than you want, but better than most. You know mindfulness has incredible power but you don’t know how it would work for you, or how to apply it to your everyday life (when the defection is hitting the oscillation, if you know what I mean). But you want to.
You’re Buddhist-curious. I won’t pretend this doesn’t influence my work. But as the Dalai Lama said, “Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” I won’t be trying to convert you. I will share the tools I’ve learned to explore consciousness from a tradition that has meditation and mindfulness as their main practice for over 2700 years.
You want to milk every moment of every drop of juice that it has to offer.
I get you. I AM you.
And what I get off on the most is helping people like you realize the amazing life that opens up when you free your mind. When you don’t need ANYTHING but what you have right now in the present moment to feel fully alive, adventurous, and free. You won’t even need me.
This is how I work with clients and why
I’m just going to tell you now so there’s no mistake: I’m a no bullsh*t coach who will simultaneously challenge you and remind you of your greatness, because my superpower is seeing that greatness in others. Ever since I was a kid it’s been like that.
When I was 7 years old I started “The Double Dare Club.” Yeah, no shit. I charged 25 cents to join and I gave people hard and scary stuff to do (for a 7 year-old), like jump into the mean neighbor’s yard (in my hood that meant he might shoot you) without him seeing and steal some apples from his tree then hop the really high fence and shoot a basket from the free-throw line with just ONE try, then crank call the kid you had a crush on. Kids PAID me to help them do what they didn’t think was possible and what scared them then. And they pay me to do it now – as adults.
Because that’s what I was born to do.
How about you? What were you born to do? What kind of life were you meant to live? Let’s discover that. And DO that.
Listen, I’ve been through the fire myself, and seen people rise from the ashes like a Phoenix, so I sincerely believe in my clients. Not in a cheerleader rah rah kind of way. But in a fierce, look-you-in-the-eye-and-tell-you-to-get-past-the-bullshit-and-dig-deep-because-I-know-you-can-do-it kind of way.
I’m here to help you manifest your best self and your best life – one without regrets. That takes courage on your part – and mine. Because you may not always like me. And I’m OK with that, because I’m not here for you to like me. I’m here to help you see that anything really IS possible. Like fucking magic.
I’ll call you out on the ways you are not showing up in alignment with who you are meant to be, because that’s what good friends do, and it’s certainly (in my opinion) what a good coach does.
I teach you a combination of nature-based soul crafting as well as practical skills that help you apply the insights you’ve gained from altered states to the real world. And let’s not forget radical mindfulness and other modern brain science I’ve curated. I share what’s in my brain and heart with you – unfiltered. I do it with fierce love for you and for this precious life we ALL have.
INSIGHT + CLARITY + COURAGE + RADICAL MINDFULNESS + BRAIN SCIENCE + COMMUNITY = UNSHAKEABLE FREEDOM