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December 30th, 2011

Working Together For Our Future

an interview with Zev Friedman

Zev Friedman grew up in Sylva, NC and received his B.S. in Human Ecology from UNCA. Zev’s specialty is forest agriculture; he now runs the Forest Cuisine Project, which helps land owners to start forest farms and to market their products. He is particularly passionate about assisting landowners in setting up mushroom farming operations and in using fungi as remediators for damaged environments. Zev also specializes in urban permaculture design and installation, including many private residences, as well as consulting on the design of the Mars Hill town hall and grounds; he is an active member and teacher in Transition Asheville, helping to plan for Asheville’s future as an abundant, self-reliant city in the age of petroleum decline.

www.upgardens.com

Zev speaks with Joanna about permaculture and imagination, learning from indigenous societies, transitioning to an Earth-based way of living, working with the “cultural compost”, attuning to the local ecosystem through the Forest Cuisine project,…and more

Music: “Qosh tari” ( from Ouzbekistan L’art du dotar) by Hamidov, Khodaverdiev, Razzaqov

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December 23rd, 2011

What If I Told You…

an interview with Christopher Johnson

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Christopher Johnson is a highly acclaimed, nationally known Spoken Word artist and Poet. Christopher has been on many National Poetry Slam Teams including New Jersey, Providence and Boston. In 2007, Christopher won the $10,000 dollar grand prize for spoken word in the Fame Cast contest. He now resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he gives workshops throughout the Rhode Island school system.

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December 23rd, 2011

Corporations Are Not Persons

an interview with Riki Ott

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Riki Ott, PhD, is an activist, author, marine toxicologist, and former commercial fisherma’m who experienced the Exxon Valdez oil spill first-hand. Her latest book on oil spill impacts is Not One Drop (Chelsea Green). She starred in Black Wave, an award-winning feature film. Ott received Huffington Post’s Game Changer 2010 Award for her volunteer work in the Gulf, empowering local residents to take action after BP’s disaster. She co-founded Ultimate Civics, a project of Earth Island Institute, and teaches value-based community organizing from fifth grade to university, sharing practical skills for sustainable living and ending corporate rule: www.changingtheendgame.org

“This is really my favorite Bioneers, and it’s because of this intentional integration of youth…”

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December 16th, 2011

Jazz in the Soul

an interview with Robert K.C. Forman

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Dr. Robert K.C. Forman is a professor of comparative religions, (CUNY), and founder of the Forge Institute. He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world. He was the co-founder and is executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies, which has become the principle journal in the field. He is also the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions. His latest book is Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul .

Robert speaks with Joanna about his experiential understanding of what is enlightenment, the similarities and differences between spirituality and psychotherapy, the whisper of the personal call, “jazz in the soul”, feeling the unity with Nature…

http://enlightenmentaint.com/
http://www.theforge.org/site/content.php

Music: “Main theme from When Almonds Blossomed” (from Giya Kancheli: Themes From The Songbook), by Dino Saluzzi, Gidon Kremer, Andrei Pushkarev

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December 9th, 2011

Future Justice

an interview with Kari Fulton

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Kari Fulton is an award winning Climate Justice advocate and new media journalist. Fulton works to amplify the voice and concerns of communities most impacted by Climate Change and Environmental Injustice. Through her work she connects local and global grassroots movements and supports youth leaders in becoming long-term environmental advocates. She is the Co-founder of ChecktheWeather.TV and the Interim-Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. Fulton is a native of Denver, Colorado, a proud alumna of the Howard University, and a resident of Washington, DC.

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December 9th, 2011

The Family Dinner: A Great Way to Connect

an interview with Laurie David

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Laurie David is an environmentalist, author and a producer of the 2006 Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She also executive produced the HBO documentary Too Hot NOT to Handle and the TBS comedy special Earth to America!. Over the past decade, Laurie has produced many projects to shed light on the issue of global climate change – including the bestselling Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and co-authoring The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, written for kids of all ages and published in eleven languages. Her newest book is The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time: an inspirational, practical—and, of course, green — guide to the most important hour in your family’s day, dinnertime.

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December 2nd, 2011

The Magical Ritual Of Forgiveness

an interview with Olivier Clerc

Olivier Clerc is a writer, translator and editorial consultant, specializing in spirituality, shamanism, health, personal development and human relationships. Olivier has crossed paths with many famous authors and teachers whose books he has translated into French, and with whom he often trained. Among them are Stan Grof, Marshall Rosenberg (founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication), Don Miguel Ruiz, and many others. He is the author of 8 books, including Modern Medicine: The New World Religion: How Beliefs Secretly Influence Medical Dogmas and Practices, and Invaluable Lessons from a Frog: Seven Life-Enhancing Metaphors.

www.giftofforgiveness.net

Olivier speaks with Joanna about his experiences with don Miguel Ruiz, the “key” to the gift of forgiveness, the obstacles to forgiveness, implications of forgiveness, from don’ts to dos…

Music: “Paseo 1 Primavera” (from Lo Fi) by Bosques de mi Mente

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November 25th, 2011

Like A Tree

an interview with Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical and personal wellsprings of experience. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and Urgent Message from Mother, and Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award”, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered.

www.jeanbolen.com

Jean speaks with Joanna about the “tree persons”; nurturing a heart-connected activism; morphic fields, circles of support and critical mass; gnostic knowledge…

Music: “At The Zeergen-Grassy Mountain” from World Music Library – Mongolian Songs

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November 18th, 2011

Rediscovering Ourselves

an interview with John Francis

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

John Francis, Ph.D.,  is an American environmentalist nicknamed the planetwalker. After witnessing the devastation caused by a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994.  Several months later, to stop the arguments about the power of one person’s actions, he took a vow of silence. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent 17 years voluntarily silent. During that time Dr. Francis walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern  Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World

John speaks with Joanna about sustainability as caring for each other, rediscovering ourselves, inhabiting the present moment, the value of the social networks, using technology to raise our consciousness.

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November 18th, 2011

Nurturing The New Possibilities

an interview with Jodie Evans

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Jodie Evans is a co-founder of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years.  She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict.  She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign.  She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known . Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.  She is the mother of three.

Jodie speaks with Joanna about the 99% movement, the shift of paradigm in activism, the power of sharing stories, participation and community, democracy as open-ended participation…

www.codepink4peace.org

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November 11th, 2011

Wireless Technology And Human Health

an interview with Meg McMorrow and Bradford Harding

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Meg McMorrow and Bradford Harding speak with Joanna about the current state of research of the biological effects of electromagnetic and radiofrequency (EMF/RF) radiation – used in wireless technology – that have now globally distributed. What can we all do to protect ourselves from the adverse consequence of this pervasive form of pollution?

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November 4th, 2011

Embracing Our Gift

an interview with Sobonfu Some'

Speaker at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Destined from birth to teach the ancient wisdom, ritual and practices of her ancestors to those in the West, Sobonfu, whose name means “keeper of the rituals” travels the world on a healing mission sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso, which ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries yet one of the richest in spiritual life and custom.

It is this reliance on spirit, community and ritual that has allowed Sobonfu’s personal and professional path to become one. Since the beginning of her journey in the West Sobonfu has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, conducting workshops on spirituality, ritual, the sacred and intimacy.

Sobonfu has written two books, The Spirit of Intimacy, and Welcoming Spirit Home, her newest offering which draws on rituals and practices involving community, birth miscarriage and children.

www.sobonfu.com

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November 3rd, 2011

Wholeness, Integrity, Cohesion

an interview with Satish Kumar

Speaker at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar is the editor of Resurgence, the longest-running environmental magazine in Britain. He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in UK.

His books are No Destination (autobiography), You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence,The Buddha and the Terrorist, and Earth Pilgrim.

Satish is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, a unique online community that enables people to share ideas, design the future and create global change in the real world. Satish teaches, lectures and runs workshops internationally on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity.

www.resurgence.org/satish-kumar
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October 28th, 2011

The Organic Internet

an interview with Martha Llano

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Martha Elena Llano Serna is a graphic designer, documentary photographer, and expert in strategic thinking for environmental conservation. She is the founder of “SENTIR”, an educational project about endangered species and ecosystems that has become a Foundation which promotes sustainable development in Colombia. She has lived in the Colombian Pacific (Pijiba), helping to identify photographically the Humpback Whale. She lives in El Robledal Nature Preserve, where she works in environmental conservation, ecotourism and actively supports local networks.

http://www.sentir.org/
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October 21st, 2011

I Was Born To Empower Others

an interview with Beatrice Achieng

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Beatrice Achieng Nas is a Ugandan Womens’ rights grassroots leader, and a citizen journalist with World Pulse – a global media and communication network devoted to giving women a global voice. Beatrice is touring the USA in October 2011.

“I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the opportunity, education and motivation everyone can become someone admirable.”

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October 14th, 2011

Be The Change

an interview with Nora Barrows-Friedman

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Nora Barrows-Friedman, an award-winning independent journalist, radio producer and writer, was the senior producer and co-host of Flashpoints on KPFA for seven years, and currently is on the editorial staff at The Electronic Intifada. Nora also contributes to al-Jazeera English, Truthout, Inter Press Service, and a number of periodicals. She is the author of a chapter on Western media and Palestine in the Project Censored 2011 anthology, and regularly travels to Palestine.

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October 13th, 2011

Thinking Like A Planet

an interview with Toby Herzlich

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Toby Herzlich is a facilitator and trainer with a focus on leadership, sector enhancement and organizational excellence. With Nina Simons, Toby is co-designer and facilitator of “Cultivating Women’s Leadership,” a program for women working toward social change and environmental sustainability, and has created networks of emerging women leaders in war-torn areas of the Middle East and the Balkans. Also a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and on the faculty of the Center for Whole Communities, Toby is currently developing Biomimicry-inspired programs to integrate nature-inspired innovations and perspectives into social change leadership.
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October 13th, 2011

The Herbal Kitchen

an interview with Kami McBride

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Kami McBride has inspired thousands of people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. She teaches experiential herbal programs in reviving the art of home use of herbal medicine. Her work is centered in sustainable wellness practices, creating self-reliance and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world. She is the author of Herbal Kitchen.

www.livingawareness.com

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October 8th, 2011

Uprisings For the Earth

an interview with Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is an artist, writer, and lifelong advocate of social and environmental justice issues. She is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey studied Ancient History and Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon where her focus was on an Ecological Impact Study of the Oregon river system. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz where her reports on the use of phenoxy herbicides and alternative methods for pest management played a central role in Santa Cruz County’s re-evaluation of herbicide use. She received her MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Her recent book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (2010), delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges.

www.ospreyoriellelake.com

Orielle speaks with Joanna about reconnecting with Nature in urban life, the balance between high technology and hand-made things, women leadership and climate situation, indigenous wisdom and partnership model, Nature as teacher, open to the beauty and awe of the “big conversation”, Frau Holle and other female archetypes of Nature, art and environmental awareness, honoring the rights of the Earth…

Music:”Sanza” (from Echoes Of The Forest – Music of the Central African Pygmies)

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September 30th, 2011

Speaking The Truth About Power

an interview with Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist.  Jensen has published several books questioning and critiquing modern civilization and its values, including A Language Older Than WordsThe Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. He holds a B.S. in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. He has also taught creative writing at Pelican Bay State Prison and Eastern Washington University.

www.derrickjensen.org

Derrick speaks with Joanna about words and action for social change, abuse as identity in the dominant culture, the importance of naming the unspeakable, putting nature first, “to speak truth about power”, preparing the transition towards a sustainable culture…

Music: “Ancient Trees” (from On the wing) by Stephan Micus

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September 23rd, 2011

An Earth-friendly Vision Of Relationship

an interview with Kimerer LaMothe

Kimerer LaMothe, Ph.D., is a philosopher, dancer, and scholar of religion who lives with her partner and their five children on a farm in upstate New York. After earning a masters degree in Christianity and Culture from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in Theology of the Modern West from Harvard University, LaMothe taught at Brown and then Harvard Universities. She received fellowships for her work in religion and dance from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions; and is an award-winning author of several books, including What a Body Knows: Finding Wisdom in Desire, Nietzsche’s Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values, and her latest, Family Planting: A farm-fed philosophy of family relations.

www.vitalartsmedia.com

Kimerer speaks with Joanna about our basic human impulse to connect with one other and the natural world,, attuning to the bodily self, the “sting of impossible desire”, thinking and bodily movement, the rhythms of nature, ecstasy and natural birth…

Music: “End” (from Ibero-Caucasian Style) by The Shin

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September 16th, 2011

Exploring Energetic Evolution

an interview with Elaine Seiler

Elaine Seiler is a writer, facilitator, and coach, specializing in the field of Energetics. In 1992, after 20 years of work as a career consultant and Life Planning Coach, she discovered Energetics, or the study and use of Multi-Dimensional Energies and their interplay with life on earth. She now focuses full time on this expanded reality and assists others to awaken to this reality. She currently spends most of her time in America and Australia, focused on projects that shift consciousness and initiate new paradigms.

She will be releasing her first book, Multidimensional You: Exploring Energetic Evolution,  sharing her personal journey to multi-dimensionality, to energy work and to a transforming world in the fall of 2011.

www.transformationenergetics.com

Elaine speaks with Joanna about our multidimensionality, expanding the range of our lens of perception, the shift in planetary and human evolution, metaphoric language and energetic experiences, attuning to guidance, ecological work as a vehicle of energetic learning…

Music:  “Bird’s-Eye-View” (from Chiaroscuro) by Arve Henriksen

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September 9th, 2011

Love, Wide and Open

an interview with Malathy Drew

Malathy Drew is a healer, teacher and a social media innovator. Malathy was recently honored by Fast Company Magazine as the ’23 Most Influential Person in the Online World’. Her vision of ‘Cultivating Global Healing, One Soul at a Time’ has became “WE (Whispering Energy Collaboration)”: heart-centered networking.

www.whisperingenergy.com

Malathy speaks with Joanna about “WE (Whispering Energy)”, the new paradigm of heart-centered networwing and its applications, uplifting each other in order to uplift the world, raising consciousness and re-distributing wealth, social media and collective change…

Music: “Collection of Folk Songs” (from World Network: Georgia ) by Rustavi Choir & Duduki Trio Omar Kelaptrishvili

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August 26th, 2011

The Green Spirit of Simplicity

an interview with Marian Van Eyk McCain

Marian Van Eyk McCain, originally a social worker, and then for many years a transpersonal psychotherapist, workshop leader and health educator, now concentrates on writing, and environmental activism. She writes on a number of subjects, including ‘Wellness,’ stress-management, psychology, personal development, women’s health and spirituality, conscious, ‘zestful’ ageing, environmental issues, organic food production and alternative technology. Her most recent work has been as Editor of what has been hailed as the definitive book on green spirituality, GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness (O Books, 2010), Downshifting Made Easy: How to plan for your planet-friendly future (O Books, 2011) and her first, full-length novel, The Bird Menders. She is also secretary of the Wholesome Food Association. She runs a women’s group and a writer’s circle, is active in her local community, grows organic vegetables, goes for long walks, reads a lot and loves to dance.

www.elderwoman.org

Marian speaks with Joanna about conscious ageing, combining simplicity with modernity,green spirituality, the collective shift of consciousness, developing the “enough switch”…

Music: “We Build Fires” (from Scotland – World Network 32) by The Poozies

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August 19th, 2011

Restoring Natural Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over forty years, in the process of which she has developed therapies (Healing Stories) which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community, political and environmental disintegration.   With her husband, writer/healer Michael Ortiz Hill, she has introduced the concept of Daré, meaning Council, to North America.

She is the author of many books, the most recent: La Negra y Blanca (“a novel of the Conquest of the Americas and of hope, where wisdom leaks through misty realms between memory and imagination”).

www.deenametzger.com

Deena speaks with Joanna about the characters of her latest book “La Negra y Blanca”, grounded visions, the coming shift, making alliances and restoring a right relationship with the Earth and all beings, “the conquest never ended”, the helping guide of the ancestors, the process of peace-making, “the way of story”…

Music: “No soy de aquí ni soy de allá” (I’m not from here, I’m not from there) by Facundo Cabral

Deena’s Photo: courtesy www.deenametzger.com

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August 12th, 2011

Renewing Connections

an interview with Linda Buzzell-Saltzman

Linda Buzzell-Saltzman is the founder of the International Association for Ecotherapy (IAE) and the editor of The Ecotherapy News. The IAE brings together therapists, educators, students and clients who are interested in the field of applied ecopsychology and healing the human-nature relationship. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, and specializes in helping people with career issues and lifestyle choices.  She is the originator of For the Future’s Sustainable Small Cities project. She teaches classes at Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education on ecopsychology, ecotherapy and career opportunities in the emerging sustainable society. She and her husband Larry are the founders of the Santa Barbara Organic Garden Club and they have created an edible “Backyard Food Forest” on their city lot, growing vegetables, herbs, tasty flowers and over 60 fruit and nut trees.

http://lindabuzzell.com/

Linda speaks with Joanna about ecotherapy as a “emergency medicine”, the link between mental health, community and environmental health, beyond green jobs, greening the city, ways to re-connect with the wild nature, the disociation of the body, the archetypal femenine and the earth, the “transition movement”…

Music: “Tundra“, (from The Soul of Yakutia) by Spiridon Shishigin

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August 7th, 2011

Rediscovering An Ensouled Cosmos

an interview with Keiron Le Grice

Keiron Le Grice  is author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology, founder and co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, and co-founder of Archai Press. He holds degrees from the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology, 1994) and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (M.A., Philosophy and Religion, 2005; Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, 2009) where he is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Joseph Campbell Research Grant by the Joseph Campbell Foundation in association with the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara. He currently divides his time between San Francisco and the U.K.

www.keironlegrice.com

Keiron speaks with Joanna about his recent book “The Archetypal Cosmos”: that articulates a new mythic worldview, archetypes as creatives principles of the cosmos, the cosmic memory, developing a conscious relationship with the archetypes, healing the split between the individual and Gaia/Cosmos, the archetypal resonance between the sixties and now…

Music: “Syrtos (dance of Western Crete)”  (from Cross Current) by Ross Daly, D. Chemirani & I. Khan

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July 31st, 2011

Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and Spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan speaks with Joanna about aging and death, engaged Buddhism and systemic activism, personal and social transformation, the historic significance of LSD as a Dharma door, embodied compassion with dying people, speaking truth to power…

Music: “Song without words to Bohdana Pivnenko, I.-Elegy”  (from Fleeting Melodies) by Valentin Silvestrov {Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) }

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July 29th, 2011

The Song of Change

an interview with Rha Goddess

Rha Goddess is an internationally renowned performance artist, activist and social entrepreneur. As CEO of Divine Dime Entertainment, Ltd. she was the first woman in Hip Hop to independently market and commercially distribute her music worldwide. Her activist work includes founding and running the young women’s performance movement, We Got Issues!, and producing The Hip Hop Mental Health Project and the play The Meditations Trilogy. Rha is a 2008 recipient of the National Museum for Voting Rights Freedom Flame Award for her outstanding work in the field of arts and civic engagement.

This was a conversation during the 2008 Bioneers By the Bay conference.

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July 22nd, 2011

From Despair to Ecological Empowerment

an interview with John Seed

John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia.

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Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth ing workshops  around the world for 25 years. In the US, his workshops have been hosted by Esalen, Omega, Naropa and the California Institute of Integral Studies. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote “Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings” (New Society Publishers) which has now been translated into 10 languages. He is an accomplished bard, songwriter and film-maker and has produced 5 albums of environmental songs and numerous films www.rainforestinfo.org.au/video.htm

From 1984 to the present he has traveled around the world each year with roadshows raising awareness about the plight of the rainforests and raising funding for their protection. In 2007 he launched the Rainforest Information Centre’s climate change campaign and has offered “Climate Change, Despair & Empowerment” presentations and workshops in Australia, Canada and the US. www.rainforestinfo.org.au/climate/roadshow.htm

John speaks with Joanna about “climate change, despair and empowerment”, the evolutionary importance of human feeling, working ecologically with Nature, his experience in the reforestation project at Arunachala, experiential tip ecology practices,  Earth Changes, his present work, his love of the earth…

Music: “Frogs & Cicadas – Genggong Duo – Gamelan Genggong” (from World Network-Bali) by Traditional Musicians

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July 15th, 2011

Remembering the Ancestors

an interview with Martin Prechtel

Martin Prechtel is a thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala where he became a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, and eventually served as a principal, responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen.

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July 9th, 2011

A Food Rebel

an interview with Mark Winne

For 25 years Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of a commercial hydroponic greenhouse, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, several farmers’ markets, a 20-acre community supported agriculture farm, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Winne now writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community assessment, and food policy. He also does policy communication work for the Community Food Security Coalition. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous newspapers, organizational and professional newsletters and journals across the country. He is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008) and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Mark speaks with Joanna about the food system and emotional connectedness, freedom from the industrial food system, active citizen engagement, re-learning cooking skills as a life-changing shift, the nightmare of the industrial slaughterhouses, food and reinvigorating democracy…

Music: “Adagio” (from String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”) by Leos Janacek.

Note: A special thank you to Pam Roy and FarmToTable for making this interview possible.

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July 1st, 2011

Animal Healing

an interview with Hugh Wheir

Dr Hugh Wheir graduated from Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and operated a successful and innovative veterinary practice in Santa Fe for many years. A pioneer in animal acupuncture and natural healing, Dr Wheir was trained by Sensei Nakazono in the Kototama School of Japanse acupuncture and practiced on humans with many remarkable healing successes before he turned his full attention to animals. Dr Wheir has been  an advocate for humane population control of domestic animals and wildlife and the protection of endangered species, including Mexican sea turtles and African elephants. He has conducted hundreds of spay-neuter clinics in the US and Latin America through the organization he founded, Animal Alliance, and has lectured widely, collaborating with the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and many other foundations and institutions. He now serves on the board of Alliance for the Earth, Elephants in Crisis, and The Biosphere Foundation – and is excited to be a hands-on veterinarian once again!

Dr Wheir’s veterinary practice specializes in animal acupuncture and alternative approaches to health and healing, herbal medicine, diet and neutraceutical support for dogs, cats and horses. He offers exams, consultations, diagnosis, second opinions, geriatric care, management of chronic pain, lameness and paralysis and…..having successfully treated over 20,000 horses with acupuncture, Dr Wheir’s rapport with horses is extraordinary.

Hugh’s commitment is to create a field of healing intention in close collaboration with concerned clients to develop understanding & balanced energy for their animals. His expertise and years of tried and true natural solutions has resulted in many herbal remedies that anyone can apply.

Anyone interested in consulting with Dr Hugh Wheir on natural animal health care and healing and management or treatment of many common diseases can contact him at     allanimals AT igc DOT org

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Hugh speaks with Joanna about his life-long dedication to our animal companions, his very first treatment in animal acupuncture, inter-species communication, meeting the white lions of Timbavati…

Music: “Hey Da Ba Doom” (from The Codona Trilogy) by Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos & Colin Walcott

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June 24th, 2011

Remaining faithful to the Earth

an interview with Kimerer Lamothe

Kimerer LaMothe, Ph.D., is a philosopher, dancer, and scholar of religion, who lives with her partner and their five children on a farm in upstate New York. A former professor at Harvard and Brown Universities, recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for the Study of World Religions, and award-winning author of three books, Dr. LaMothe is currently director of Vital Arts, a center dedicated to creating art and ideas that remain faithful to the earth. Trained in modern dance, Haitian dance, ballet, and yoga, LaMothe has choreographed and danced two solo concerts, as well as performing in a range of concert, conference, and liturgical settings. Her third book, What a Body Knows: Finding Wisdom in Desire, uses personal anecdotes and cultural analysis to introduce her original philosophy of bodily becoming. Working with our desires for food, sex, and spirit, she describes a way of thinking and being that privileges bodily movement as the source and telos of human life.

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Kimerer speaks with Joanna about dance & philosophy, overcoming body/mind dualism through movement, desire as a healing impulse, sensory awareness, e/motions, the importance of touch, “remaining faithful to the Earth”…

Music: “Body and Soul” (from Ballads) by Derek Bailey.

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June 17th, 2011

The Fire of Life

an interview with Vedamurti Shri Vivek Shastri L. Godbole

From a lineage of 15 generations of learned practitioners of the Krishna Yajur Veda, Shri Vivek is the main teacher and principal of Sri Krsna-Yajurveda Pathasala, a school in Satara, India, which specializes in the revitalization of the Oral Tradition of the Vedas. Shri Vivek is an accomplished Vedic astrologer and is widely known for his evocative Vedic chanting and his love of performing yajna (Vedic fire ritual). In addition, he is recognized for his accessible and fascinating explanations of Vedic philosophy, ritual and culture.

www.vedikaglobal.org/vedika_gurukula/faculty/SriGodbole.html

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Shri Vivek speaks with Joanna about the Vedic tradition, the fire ritual, retrieving our relationship with Mother Earth…

Music: “We are the Ones“, live music from the conference

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June 10th, 2011

Creating together a new medicine story

an interview with Nina Simons

Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur and Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers. Nina’s life and work are informed by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness.

Nina speaks and teaches nationally about: the environment and the call to engaged action; leading from the ‘feminine’ and redefining leadership; women’s leadership; and businesses and organizations as living systems. She serves on the board of the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.

www.bioneers.org/about/founders/nina-simons

Nina speaks with Joanna about her book Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, nature as spiritual source, “wholeness-making”,  stories as medicine, power as love, community …

Music: “Woman’s Theme” (from Ulysses’ Gaze) by Eleni Karaindrou

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June 4th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Tata Erick González

Tata Erick González, also known by his Tolteca-Azteca name OmeAkaEhekatl and his Haida tribal name Gaada (supernatural light). Tata Erick is a lineage-holder and Daykeeper of the Cakchikel Maya of Guatemala. He trained in the ceremonial way for 32 years with indigenous healers and medicine people from North, Central, and South America and was ceremonially initiated as a Mayan Aj Qij (staff of light) in 1994. He is founder of Earth Peoples United that is creating two models of spiritual land stewardship: one in Guatemala on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and one north of Mt. Shasta in Northern California.

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Erick speaks Joanna about essential aspects of the Mayan culture, the Mayan understanding of 2012 – the ending of the Fifth Sun…and the beginning of a new era.

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June 3rd, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Whaea Raina Ferris

Raina Atareta Ferris is a member of the Māori Ngāti Kahungunu iwi (tribe) of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tracing her heritage through a lineage of warrior women, Raina lives rurally in the small township of Porangahau.  From an early age, Raina learned the rituals entrusted to her family, caretakers of the local marae (meeting grounds). Today she is helping her people reclaim their ancestral wisdom which had been watered down by several generations of colonization and missionary presence. Her particular emphasis is on the role of Māori women in the spiritual welfare of the marae and the community.

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Raina speaks with Joanna about her ancestral culture, being a warrior woman, trauma and resilience…

Music: “We are the Ones“, Live Music at the Conference

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May 28th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Kawan Sangaa Woody Morrison

Kawan Sangaa Woody Morrison began his training as a History Keeper for the Haida people at the age of three. Heir to the chief of the Whale House, he has sat in ceremony with tribal elders from around the world and has been an active planner and participant in international conferences on environmental, economic and health issues. He is president of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling and on the board of directors of Wisdom of the Elders, a non-profit organization that records and preserves indigeous oral traditions and cultural arts in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among native peoples.

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Woody Morrison speaks with Joanna about the indigenous perception of time, storytelling and humor, the communication with whales and the Earth, the soul and the breath of life, the  cultural discrimination against native culture, sustainable societies…

Music: “We are the Ones“, Live Music at the Conference

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May 27th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé is an author and teacher, one of the foremost voices in African spirituality to come to the West. Destined from birth to teach the ancient wisdom, ritual and practices of her ancestors to those in the West, Sobonfu – whose name means “keeper of the rituals” – travels the world on a healing mission sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso. She teaches and leads rituals throughout North America, Asia and Europe and has published three books: Spirit of Intimacy, Welcoming Spirit Home and Falling Out of Grace. She is involved in ongoing projects in the Dagara Villages of West Africa.

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Sobonfu Somé speaks with Joanna about grief & community, the relationship with the ancestors,  love…

Music: “Dagara Traditional Song“, by Sobonfu Somé

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