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December 27th, 2013

More Real Than Reality

an interview with Ptolemy Tompkins

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Ptolemy Tompkins is the author of “Paradise Fever”, “The Modern Book of the Dead”, and “The Divine Life of Animals”. He worked extensively with Dr. Eben Alexander in the preparation of the initial edition of Dr. Alexander’s Proof of Heaven, as well as the expanded edition coming out in October 2013. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best American Spiritual Writing.

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Ptolemy speaks with Joanna about Near Death Experiences: a new way for describing the NDE experiences; the archetypal charge of visionary narratives; a new worldview emerging; the story-like aspect of reality; the challenge of the transpersonal.

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December 27th, 2013

The Next Right Thing

an interview with Swanee Hunt

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As President of Hunt Alternatives Fund, Swanee Hunt is committed to advancing innovative and inclusive approaches to systemic change at local, national, and global levels. She chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, which consults with countries worldwide and conducts advocacy, training, and research to integrate women leaders into peace and security processes.

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Swanee speaks with Joanna about saying yes to possibility; invoking resilience; a new, inclusive paradigm; the anchor phase; the native ability to planetary connection.

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December 20th, 2013

Kindness and Dignity are Lovers

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna speaks with Cecile Lipworth  about her book “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary”: the historic and politic context; a sinchronistic encounter; the medicines of Gaia; my outlaw philosopher; looking down at the abyss; the solution is dissolution; the soul fancy dress party; recapitulation and healing; responsible expansion of consciousness; facing the personal and cultural shadow; becoming an authentic, empowered woman; the greatest taste on earth.

This show was broadcast live on the “Collected Words” show on 12/18/2013.

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December 13th, 2013

Tens of Thousands of Role Models

an interview with Bill Strickland

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

As president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Bill Strickland builds partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future. Strickland is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity.
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Bill Strickland speaks with Joanna about the measure of success; expanding the role models; the fuel of enthusiasm; how the arts and innovative vocational training can change the perception of value and human possibility.

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December 13th, 2013

Taking Responsibility for the Earth

an interview with Princess Lucaj

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Princess Lucaj is the current Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee whose mission is protecting the Porcupine Caribou Herd whose nursing and calving grounds are located on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She is a graduate of the George Washington University and has a long history of working with Native organizations in Alaska and throughout the US. She is also an actor and filmmaker and sits on the SAG/AFTRA Native American Committee.
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Princess speaks with Joanna about the protection of the Artic land; traditional sustainability; from grief to action; ancestral presence.

 

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December 6th, 2013

From Apathy to Action

an interview with Maggie Fox

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Maggie L. Fox is a veteran of numerous political, environmental and national issue campaigns and has over 30 years of experience mobilizing people to work for progressive change.  As President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project, Maggie has led a campaign to help citizens around the world discover the truth about the climate crisis and take meaningful steps to bring about global change. Along with Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore, Maggie has trained thousands of climate educators from around the world, most recently in Beijing, China, Jakarta, Indonesia, and San Francisco.
Maggie has served on the boards of numerous environmental and women’s organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Green Fund and was honored by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment as the 2010 Woman of the Year.

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Maggie speaks with Joanna about the new ways of enviromental activism.

 

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December 6th, 2013

Play Fair

an interview with Tal Dehtiar

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Tal Dehtiar, co-founded MBAs Without Borders, an international charity that has engaged hundreds of business professionals from around the world to volunteer and help build small and social businesses in over 25 developing countries including Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Nicaragua and Colombia. In 2009, he launched the first premium footwear brand made in Africa, Oliberte Limited, which manufactures across Africa and is sold globally. Tal is a recipient of the Ontario Global Trader Award, CYBF Chairman Award, Arch Award, was nominated for the YMCA Peace Award and nominated for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
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Tal speaks with Joanna about his journey from non-profit MBAs Without Borders to creating a sustainable lifestyle brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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November 29th, 2013

Gratitude in the Present

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about gratitude and the aliveness of present; the flow of background and foreground; “the whole body breath”; discovering the axial awareness; reconciliation of the male and female poles of consciousness; the dialogue of the world and the core of our being; doorways into harmony; balance, feeling a dynamic wholeness.

 

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November 22nd, 2013

Animate Earth

an interview with Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia (published in 2006 by Green Books in the UK and in 2007 by Chelsea Green in the USA). Holding a doctorate in ecology from the University of Oxford, Stephan taught wildlife ecology at the National University in Costa Rica before joining Schumacher College, the renowned international center for transdisciplinary ecological studies in rural England. Stephan has been the resident ecologist and tutor since the college’s inception in 1991. He is also coordinator of the college’s highly successful Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Science, a program offered in partnership with the University of Plymouth. At Schumacher College he has worked and taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological activists, thinkers and writers, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, David Abram and the planetary biologist James Lovelock (founder of the Gaia hypothesis) with whom Stephan has collaborated scientifically for a number of years. A uniquely gifted teacher and lecturer, Stephan uses the natural sciences to awaken a deep experiential understanding of the Earth as a vast sentient being that nourishes our every breath, our every thought, and indeed our every action, as a result of the astonishing relationships between our planet’s biotic organisms and her waters, rocks and atmosphere.

Stephan speaks with Joanna about the film “Animate Earth”; listening to Nature’s great story; Anima Mundi; holistic education: the synergy of intelectual and intuitive knowing; re-storying science; immersion in a flow of meaning; gnosis: soulful knowing; the creative, archetypal Mother Earth; a Gaian invitation.

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November 15th, 2013

Loving a Sentient Cosmos

an interview with Robert Tindall

Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism, “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”, along with numerous articles on themes such as pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago, the medieval quest, the Native American prophetic tradition, and the healing practices of the vegetalista shamans of the Amazon rainforest. Robert, as a professor of literature, has different teaching gigs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He, his wife Susana, and his daughter Maitreya currently live in Tarapoto, Peru, and lead journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archeological site of Chavin de Hauntar to encounter the healing traditions there.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the joy of participating in a sentient cosmos; water, the primordial womb; music and opening of the gates of consciousness; from shamanism to cultural regeneration; Tolkien: remembering the animistic perception of the world; “a love and respect of all things animate and inanimate”; “a cosmo-centric economy”; reintroducing the indigenous consciousness of reciprocity; cultivating a self-sustaining soil.

 

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November 8th, 2013

Explore For Yourself

an interview with Perle Besserman

Perle Besserman holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East.
Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” Her most recent books of creative non-fiction are “A New Zen for Women” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers”, coauthored with Manfred Steger (Wisdom Books). Two novels, “Kabuki Boy”, and “Widow Zion”, and “Yeshiva Girl”, a story collection, are forthcoming from Aqueous Books, Pinyon Publishing, and Homebound Publishing, respectively.

Perle speaks with Joanna about: the patriarchal attack on women; questioning the rules, commandments and explanations; one in the breathing; aboriginal Judaism; a free-floating identity; the shadow of distinction; “be a lamp unto yourself”.

 

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November 1st, 2013

The Real Magic of Consciousness

an interview with Eben Alexander

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Dr. Eben Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. A transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE), in which he was driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma from an inexplicable brain infection, changed all of that – completely!
In his best-selling book, “Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, Dr. Alexander explains that he was shocked to find the hyper-reality of that spiritual realm, which many had reported in NDEs. He has spent the last two and a half years reconciling his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. His spiritual experience is totally consistent with the leading edges of scientific understanding today.
Dr. Alexander believes that together, science and spirituality will thrive in a symbiosis offering the most profound insight into fundamental Truth, yielding unimaginable power. The keystone is in global progression of individual conscious awakening.

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Eben speaks with Joanna about his life-changing Near-Death Experience.

 

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October 18th, 2013

Informed by Harmony

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about breath and receptivity; touching the world from our core; the security of being; a different way of knowing; the limitless conversation; the take-over by the patriarchal culture; technology versus self-knowledge; informed by harmony.

 

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October 11th, 2013

Dream Yourself Awake

an interview with Robert Waggoner

Author, Robert Waggoner, is past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) . For the past ten years, he has been the co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams.
Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Evergreen State College. He is the author of “Lucid Dreaming. Gateway to the Inner Self” and his newest book, co-authored with Caroline McCready, “Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth”.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the lucid dreaming state: similarities between lucid dreaming and near-death-experience; a tool for exploring the nature of the mind and reality; dream telepathy; how to develop a lucid mindset for oniric lucidity; interacting with the awareness behind the dream; loving and healing our inner selves; lucid life, lucid death; the interconnected oneness of Nature.

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October 4th, 2013

Peace as Inner Power

an interview with Elizabeth E. Bader

Elizabeth Bader’s passion is the integration of spirituality, psychology and conflict resolution. A lawyer, mediator, coach, author and teacher, Elizabeth’s focus is on working with individuals and groups, coaching, education and training.
As Elizabeth has discussed in her recent publications, the worlds of psychology and spirituality come together during conflict. This is due to the way that issues of self and identity — also known as “face” or “ego” issues — create conflict and impede its resolution. Elizabeth believes we also need a new approach to spirituality — one that includes a psychological understanding of conflict, power dynamics and the tendency toward idealization of “gurus.” In Elizabeth’s work with individuals  she teaches what she calls Mindful Somatic Inquiry.  This practice combines insights from conflict resolution with somatic inquiry practices based on the work of Peter Levine, A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam.  The goal of this form of inquiry is to facilitate individual insight and opening to the here-and-now.

Elizabeth speaks with Joanna about psychological issues and conflict resolution; dignity, peace, power; doing from a deeper place; trauma work as key adjunct to spirituality; fight, flight…and freeze: playing dead to survive; shaking the freeze.

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September 27th, 2013

Of Seeds and Dignity

an interview with Martín Prechtel

A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading 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. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders 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. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul.

Martín speaks with Joanna about: the mind you never imagined you have; of seeds and dignity; becoming a more beautiful culture; re-membering the ancestral ground; metabolizing grief into beauty

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September 20th, 2013

Back Next Week With a New Interview

We shall return next week with a new interview with writer, artist and teacher, Martin Prechtel..stay tuned..

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September 13th, 2013

Tracking the Living Stories

an interview with Tamarack Song

Tamarack Song was born and raised in east central Wisconsin, and spent his youth learning from the woods, fields, and swamps outside of the “civilized” boundaries of his hometown. Studying wildlife conservation, community design, world cultures, and nonprofit law at various Wisconsin universities, he is the founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. Located in Three Lakes, WI, this school is aimed at bridging the path to the wisdom and lifeway skills of our Native ancestors, and has been featured in National Geographic and on such programs as MTV’s Real Life: I’m Living Off The Grid and CBC New’s Sunday – Real Survivor. Tamarack is the author of “Journey to the Ancestral Self”, “Whispers of the Ancients”, “Song of Trusting the Heart”, and numerous articles on Native cultures, skills, perspectives, and traditions. His newest book is called “Entering the Mind of the Tracker”.
Tamarack speaks with Joanna: we are nature; embracing the wild spirit; the intuitive intelligence; natural morality; the cycle of life and death; a life-changing moment; looking behind the mask; tracking the living stories; “like an old mountain”; maintaining the connection to water.

 

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September 6th, 2013

The Dream of the Cosmos

an interview with Anne Baring

Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst and the author and co-author of seven books, including “The Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an Image”. Her latest book – just published – is “The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul”. She is passionately interested in the fate of the Earth and the survival of our species in this critically important time of evolutionary change. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the universe that is the source or ground of all that we call ‘life’. Her website www.annebaring.com explores the deeper issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

Anne speaks with Joanna about her newest book; an early life-changing experience; the divinity of the Earth; reconnecting with the sense of Mystery; lunar,solar and stellar consciousness; thinking in planetary terms; cosmic and individual aspects of the soul; the corporate mentality; our suffering, part of the suffering of the planet; we are participants in the cosmic drama; the true ground of reality.

 

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August 30th, 2013

The Journey Of Remembering

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about recovering our other senses; relating to the body, relating to the world; the whisper of wholeness; the journey of remembering; consciousness: mutual awareness; the profound connection between embodiment and spirituality; the dance of freedom.

 

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August 23rd, 2013

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?

an interview with Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels. His newest book is “What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees.”

Tony speaks with Joanna about eco/nomy and eco/logy, two sides of a coin; the power of story for changing perception; the crucial rol of plankton as Gaian engineers; re-membering our embeddedness; a planetary Ponzi scheme; enlivening language; a cautionary tale.

 

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August 16th, 2013

Discovering Life’s Harmony Through Relationships

an interview with Suna Senman

Suna Senman is a life transformation facilitator who specializes in wellness counseling, childhood development, peace education, and diversity training. She blogs on topic for The Huffington Post; she has published articles on topic in periodicals such as Metro; and she is the author of “Being: A Process”, and “Peace: Discovering life’s harmony through relationships”. Through her work, Suna helps people expand their sense of self, release their illusion of separation, develop nurturing partnerships, and consciously design a harmonious life path. Suna has lived in Chappaqua, NY for 20 years, where she raised two children, facilitated childhood development programs at the local schools, and led youth service projects impacting thousands internationally.
Suna speaks with Joanna about focusing on solutions; the wisdom of the elder and the youth; finding your inner compass; love and creating possibilities; peace and relationships; “the green pill”.

 

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August 9th, 2013

Celebrating the Sacred Duality

an interview with Griselda Alvarez Sesma

Griselda Alvarez Sesma is a cultural educator and practitioner of Aztec & Mayan Medicine Ways.
Born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Griselda, or Grace as she is better known, is Mexican of Yaqui and Kumiai ancestry. Her “don” (healing gift) was deeply influenced by the spiritual work of her aunt, a curandera, and an uncle who was a well-known sobador/huesero, bonesetter. Much later she undertook the study of ancestral healing traditions with indigenous healers of various native backgrounds, in Baja California as well as the United States.
A humorous and inspiring speaker, she has lectured on Curanderismo at the  2010 International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine Conference, Children’s Hospital-Denver, CO, the University of Southern California – San Diego Medical Anthropology Department, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work, and other institutions. She is Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona where she teaches “Exploring Native American Medicine Ways: Learning from, and honoring, Indigenous Healing Traditions.”
Grace also has had diverse leadership roles in community outreach and social action programs, helping organize grass-roots advocacy groups. In acknowledgment of her work, she has been the recipient of many leadership awards including a commendation from the California State Senate. She travels extensively offering workshops and lectures.

 

Grace speaks with Joanna about curanderismo as a healing and spiritual path; Nature, the greatest teacher; the meaning and power of ritual; dreaming of the Grandmothers; celebrating the sacred duality of the masculine & feminine; attuning to life; healing and the truth of who we are; re-membering together.

 

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August 2nd, 2013

Where The Aliveness Is

an interview with Tesa Silvestre

Tesa Silvestre holds a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Pantheon-Assas, in Paris (1989), a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (1991), and a MA and M.Phil. in Political Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, (1997).
After leaving Academia in 2001, she co-founded a small consulting company that worked for several years with visionary leaders, organizations and networks like the Fetzer Foundation, the Solar Circle, and the Tipping Point Network. In 2006, she co-founded a community organization in Cape Ann (New England) that focused on supporting collaboration amongst local leaders, innovators, and residents working on sustainability-related initiatives. Since 2009, she has been living a nomadic life between Bali, Europe, the Middle East, and the United states, writing and reciting poetry, experimenting with flow funding and grassroots philanthropy, connecting inspiring change-makers, and teaching whole body meditation.

Tesa speaks with Joanna about whole body meditation; paying attention to where the aliveness is; a larger kind of intelligence; the process of befriending ourselves; remembering the way of giving/receiving; life force, money and vulnerability; the flame of awareness; tender spaciousness; receiving together the Life Force.

 

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July 26th, 2013

The Magic of the Wild

an interview with Jon Turk

For forty years I have wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about my adventures, the people, and the environments that I have encountered. I was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, I am focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points — and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world.

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Jon speaks with Joanna about experiencing the spirit of the wild; retrieval of the earth cycles; stop and feel the earth; a mysterious, life-changing meeting with Moolynaut, the Siberian Grandmother; “we are all adventurers”; the journey of the human potential; the bliss of the moment; healing, magic, hope and acceptance.

 

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July 19th, 2013

Changing Our Stories

an interview with David Loy

  This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

David Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011.  Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. In 1971 he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi.

Dr. Loy’s books include, among others: “Nonduality: A study in Comparative Philosophy”, “Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy”, “Existentialism, and Buddhism”, “Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution”, “The World Is Made of Stories”.

http://www.davidloy.org/

David Loy speaks with Joanna about the addictive behavior and the sense of a separate self; deconstructing the sense of lack; Japanese and American cultures; changing and cross-pollinating stories; love and Dharma; a wake-up call from the Earth.

 

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July 12th, 2013

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2012 conversation with Pancho.

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

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July 5th, 2013

The Roots of Our Being

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about our deepest sensitivity; knowing ourselves through the world; full body awareness and human freedom; personal coherence; grounded in the pelvic bowl; he offers us a simple and profound exercise: the roots of your being, among other topics.

 

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June 28th, 2013

The Contact Project

an interview with Jennifer K. Lynne

Jennifer K. Lynne founded thecontactproject in 2007 to promote the cultivation of listening, patience and respect as foundations for conflict transformation & peacebuilding.  Jennifer received her Master’s in Conflict Transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University with a concentration in Organizational Management and a specialization in Identity and Trauma.  In addition to role as director at thecontactproject, she has been awarded a Visiting Scholar’s position at the Mind & Life Institute at Amherst College and was an invited presenter at the International Peace Research Association’s bi-annual conference in 2010.

Jennifer speaks with Joanna about conflict transformation and peace-building; contemplative science and cultural context; identity threat vs. identity expansion; regaining dignity through shared experience; “the contact project”; the sense of wonderment.

 

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June 21st, 2013

Love Is All There is

an interview with John Dear

  This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
A longtime practitioner and teacher of nonviolence, John has written hundreds of articles and given thousands of talks on nonviolence. His many books include, among others: “Lazarus, Come Forth!”; “Living Peace”; “The Sacrament of Civil Disobedience”; “Seeds of Nonviolence”; “Our God Is Nonviolent”; and “Oscar Romero and the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice.”

John Dear speaks with Joanna about healing the shadow of Christianity; contemplative non violence and infinite love; active non violence; the feminine face of the Divine, enlightenment/enlivenment; among other topics.

 

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June 14th, 2013

An Ecovillage for Homeless People

an interview with Darrell Blair

Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.

 

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June 7th, 2013

Becoming the Soul

an interview with Susan Marie Scavo & Bill St.Cyr

Susan Marie Scavo and Bill St.Cyr are founding members and co-executive directors of North of Eden. They are master dreamwork analysts who received their training from Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, the founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. They co-lead the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst Training Program and the North of Eden Teacher Training Program and have led dreamwork retreat groups at the North of Eden Retreat Center since 2004, as well as at premier retreat centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Among other presentations, Susan Marie and Bill have presented Archetypal Dreamwork at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and at the first Symposium for the Study of Myth sponsored by the Joseph Campbell Society and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Susan Marie is the co-founder, director, and senior editor of North of Eden Press, and she and Bill have contributed to books by Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, co-founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. Susan Marie is the co-founder and co-editor of deLuge, an online literary and arts journal devoted to Archetypal Dreamwork. Bill leads the North of Eden Submit a Dream program, in which analysts-in-training respond to online dream submissions.

Susan and Bill speak with Joanna about their initiation into Archetypal Dreamwork and how the work is done; aligning with the soul; life beyond trauma; owning the projections in a relationship; the evolving soul, among other topics.

 

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May 31st, 2013

Dancing with the World

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about the reconnection with the body’s energetic intelligence; world-centered self-knowledge; gut feeling, vulnerability; surfers of presence; partnering with the world; rooted in the mindful earth; the brain in the belly; immersed in the wild peace; the participatory dimension of consciousness.

 

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May 23rd, 2013

A Way of Reconnecting Us

an interview with Dave Jacke

Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He is the primary author of “Edible Forest Gardens” .

http://carboneconomyseries.com/
Dave speaks with Joanna about the ecology of roots; designing forest gardening; paying attention to needs and context; self-hatred: separation from nature; the crucial difference between observation & interpretation;  Nature meditation; learning through play; understanding concepts of forest gardening; fire as an ally.

 

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May 17th, 2013

Buddhism: A Changing, Living Organism

an interview with Stephen Batchelor

This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world.
He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling “Buddhism Without Beliefs” (Riverhead 1997) and “Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil” (Riverhead, 2004). His most recent publication is “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” (Spiegel&Grau, 2010).

http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/

Stephen speaks with Joanna about “confession of a Buddhist atheist”; a Buddhist way of life; a middle road between religion and secularism; ethics & contemplation without metaphysical beliefs; the Dharma in a global culture; “Buddhism 2.0”; a plurality of discourses: the mythical and the historical; Keats and Zen…

 

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May 10th, 2013

The Joy and Truth of the Life Force

an interview with Hillary and Bradford Keeney

Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar, author, and practitioner of creative transformation and improvisational performance. Co-Founder and Director of THE KEENEY CENTER FOR SEIKI JUTSU, she is presently Distinguished Visiting Professor in Psychology, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico and Adjunct Faculty in the Creative Systemic Studies doctoral concentration at the University of Louisiana. Having begun her career in the non-profit sector doing community and social justice work, she now advances the art of change in a wide variety of venues, from the therapeutic clinic to the social service agency, classroom, and theatre.  Hillary’s most recent books (co-authored with Bradford Keeney) include “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, “A Master Class in the Art of Performing Change”, and “Creative Therapeutic Technique”.
Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned traditional healer, creative therapist, cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, and improvisational performer. He is presently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair, University of Louisiana, Monroe, and has served as a professor, founder, and director of clinical doctoral programs in numerous universities. He is the originator of several orientations to psychotherapy including improvisational therapy, resource focused therapy, and creative therapy. He is the author of 40 books including THE BUSHMAN WAY OF TRACKING GOD, which won the prestigious Silver Nautilus national book award.

Hillary and Brad Keeney speak with Joanna with open-hearted, contagious enthusiasm about their book “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, the upcoming two-year mentorship dedicated to promoting and advancing the wisdom of the world’s oldest ways of spiritual healing and renewal, and the open mysteries of the soulful Life Force

 

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May 3rd, 2013

The Ecstasy of Nature

an interview with Bill Pfeiffer

Bill Pfeiffer aka «Sky Otter» is the founder of Sacred Earth Network  which  implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years. In that time, Bill made Russia a “second home” having traveled there 42 times – -giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.
Bill brings to all his work a dynamic mixture of open heartedness, sensitivity, and a fierce determination for a peaceful, sustainable future. He has been living in the forests of Nichewaug (Petersham) Massachusetts for 18 years.

He is the author of the forthcoming book “Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for Ecstatic Culture”.

http://billpfeiffer.org/

Bill speaks with Joanna about the attunement to planetary intelligence; “ancient future perception”; creating ecstatic culture together; experiencing our greater body; micelia and dendrites; a neuro-holographic miracle; travels in Siberia; honoring the elders; ecstatic kindness; petroglyphs, a cosmic language…

 

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April 26th, 2013

Do Not Go Quietly

an interview with George and Sedena Cappannelli

George and Sedena Cappannelli are experts on individual, organizational and societal change and internationally known consultants, coaches and keynote presenters who have worked with hundreds of the country’s leading organizations in both the private and public sectors. They are committed to creating an age friendly society, revitalizing and reinvigorating life for the 150 million Americans who will soon be 50 or older and assisting them to reignite their passion, fulfill their dreams and leave behind a legacy of greater promise and hope. And they are truth-tellers, social revolutionaries and passionate spokespeople for the generations whose issues are being ignored and whose talents, wisdom and experience is being undervalued.
Their joint books include: “Say Yes To Change, 25 Keys To Making Change Work for You”; “Authenticity, Simple Strategies For Greater Meaning and Purpose a Work and a Home”; and their just released, “Do Not Go Quietly, A Guide To Living Consciously and Aging Wisely in the 21st Century”.

http://donotgoquietlythebook.com/

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George and Sedena speak with Joanna about the cultural denial of aging; femenine and masculine aging; social change and individuation; compassion and self-compassion; “let the beauty of what you love become what you do”; becoming elders; deep listening and the collective song…

 

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April 19th, 2013

Dear friends,

Joanna is under the weather. We’ll be back next week.

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April 12th, 2013

The Cosmic Lovers

an interview with Christopher Bache

Christopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for almost 30 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “The Living Classroom”, “Dark Night Early Dawn”, and “Lifecycles”. Chris’ work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness. He has degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University, and Brown University.

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/class/Dr._Bache_m635.html

Chris speaks with Joanna about the collective death/rebirth process of humankind; an absolute choice point for the survival of the species; twenty years of experience working with non ordinary states of consciousness; the need for a strong spiritual practice when working with the deep psyche; direct experience as initiation in this research; the terror and ecstasy of navigating the soul realms; waking up to the Cosmic Lovers; we are the midwifes of the future human…

 

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