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Lea Povozhaev


Dr. Lea Povozhaev is eager to speak on topics related to the relationship between the body and soul. Lea is an Orthodox Christian and a mother of five. She is a college writing instructor, author, and speaker, and her favorite topics relate to Orthodox Christianity and a living experience of the Faith. Her most recent book, Becoming Whole: Building Natural Immunity in the Body and Soul, is an investigation into vaccination. The issue is personal to her, as her first son is vaccine injured. Lea believes in the sanctity of life. Her writing becomes one venue for reflection and sharing with others. She says, “Exploring the ways the body and soul interact is integral to my faith in the Giver of Life.” 

Dr. Lea Povozhaev earned her PhD in Medical Rhetoric in 2014, an MFA in Creative Non-fiction in 2007, and studied literature and composition prior to that. She traveled through Russia as a young woman before she was married at 21, and has great respect and interest in Russia and multicultural relationships. A memoir on her multicultural marriage and conversion to Orthodoxy was recently re-published as Finding Love, Family, and Faith: Living the Orthodox Christian Tradition. Lea has published a number of essays and personal narratives, and some more recent blog posts appear on the Orthodox Christian Network. She has spoken to audiences interested in topics ranging from academics and writing to faith and culture. She is a passionate and energized speaker who is skilled at engaging audiences. 

Lea aims to help others seek holistic approaches to wellness that carefully consider the relationship between the entire body and soul of human beings made in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. She makes a compelling case for considering wellness according to how the Orthodox Church understands personhood as body and spirit.

Speaking Interests:

Natural immunity, holistic health, and anti-vaccination;

Prayer, prayer vs. secular meditation;

Ancient faith and contemporary Christianity

Topics for Speaking, tailored to particular sponsors’ interests:

  1. Individualizing Wellness and Saving the Holistic Self
  2. Preserving Life and Nurturing Natural Immunity
  3. The Right to Life: Diseases Today and False Herd Immunity
  4. Being Well in the Ancient Faith
  5. Life as Prayer: The Warring Dogs
  6. Ancient Christian Prayer Beyond “Christian Yoga”
  7. Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road
  8. Holiness and Wholeness in Orthodox Christianity
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