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December 26th, 2014

Reclaiming the Wild Soul

an interview with Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds ThompsonIn this week’s episode, Mary Reynolds Thompson speaks with Joanna about: our natural humanness; meeting the wild enchantment; poetry therapy: healing with metaphor; a future primitive; a guided journey through the primal landscapes; the roots of belonging to the earth; the energy of loving aliveness; rediscovering mystery and spontaneity in our relationships; exploring the reunion of  our roots and our future.

Mary Reynolds Thompson is an author, facilitator of poetry and journal therapy, and certified life coach who helps people discover and live their Wild Soul Story so they can bridge the false divide between outer and inner nature, Earth and Self, and become fully connected and alive. A fresh voice in the eco-spirituality movement, her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Ecozoic, and SageWoman.  She is the author of “Embrace Your Inner Wild” (best nature book, 2011) and “Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness”.

 

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December 19th, 2014

Medicines of Interbeing

an interview with Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver HockenhullIn this week’s episode, Oliver Hockenhull speaks with Joanna about: entheogens as cultural medicines; Aldous Huxley: a holistic intelectual; a longer version of his film “Neurons to Nirvana” to be released soon; societal healing: towards a culture of empathy and imagination; his new project “Ctizen Planet: The Meaning of Interbeing”; the algorithm of evolution; slowing down and recognizing our interconnectedness.

Oliver Hockenhull works in film, video, hyper media installations, writing, and design. He has taught at Northwestern University in Chicago and presented at Universities in Canada, rthe US, and Europe. He has concentrated on pivotal subjects: among others, the social and intellectual import of the eminenwrtier, Aldous Huxley; a hyper media installation that questions ‘chance’ – as quantum indeterminate noise – to edit film; and most recently a double versioned feature documentary on psychedelics. His newest project is ” Citizen Planet: The Meaning of Interbeing”.

http://www.thegreatmedicines.com

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December 13th, 2014

The Longing to Connect

an interview with Kosha Joubert

Kosha JoubertIn this week’s episode, Kosha Joubert speaks with Joanna about the longing to connect with the land; her first experience of intentional community in Nature; the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): buliding conversations between cultures; the sense of not-knowing and deep listening; conflict as “evolutionary tension”; ecological and emotional composting; the four dimennsions of sustainability; an ancient future: celebrating each other’s ancestry in a global eco-culture.

Kosha Anja Joubert is an international facilitator, trainer and consultant. She was born and grew up in South Africa. The system of Apartheid deeply influenced her life’s path: She decided to devote herself to the study and practice of trustful communication and community building in diverse settings. She has been living in intentional communities for the past 20 years and currently serves as President of the Board of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)-International and Secretary General of GEN-Europe. her last 10 years were spent in Sieben Linden, Germany. Recently she moved to Findhorn, Scotland, with her two children. She is a co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability and co-author of the internationally applied Gaia Education curriculum, the Ecovillge Desing Education. She co-edited “Beyond You and Me – Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community” (Permanent Publications) with her partner, Robin Alfred. She just had her first book published in Germany on the Power of Collective Wisdom: “The Change Makers Guide to Collective Wisdom”, and is looking forward to translating it into English. It is a joy and a honour for her to be an active part of the ecovillage movement.

 

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December 5th, 2014

In Love with Fermentation

an interview with Sandor Katz

Sandor KatzIn this week’s episode, Sandor Katz speaks to us about the fascinating world of fermented foods. He introduces us to fermentation as food activism; the association of traditional fermented foods and good health and longevity; easy ways of making fermented food in your home; entering in relationship with (micro)ecology: our bacterial allies; how the art of fermentation is attracting growing numbers of people.

Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught ferementaiotn experiementalist. he wrote “Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods” (Chelsea Green, 2003) – which Newsweek called “the fermenting bible” – in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book’s publication, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist”.  He is also the author of “The Art of Fermentation” – his latest book, an in-depth exploration of the topic – and “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements” (Chelsea Green, 2006).

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November 28th, 2014

A Planetary Initiation

an interview with David Spangler

David SpanglerIn this week’s interview, David Spangler talks to us about his recent contact with the Sidhe:
the cousins of humanity, nature-centric beings; their worlwide effort to reconnect with human beings on behalf of Nature and the wholeness of the Earth; the Gaian connection and our spiritual common ancestor; awakening the resonance with the life of Gaia and discovering new aspects of our own humanity; the spontaneity of undomesticated energy; our star origins; the star of life and the cosmic family; the challenge of a planetary initiation into Gaian connsciousness.

David Spangler lives in the Northwest, is married and has four children. He have been a spiritual teacher since 1964. From 1970-1973, he was a co-director of the Findhorn Foundation Community in Northern Scotland. In 1974 he co-founded the Lorian Association, a non-profit spiritual educational organization, and continues to work with it today. David is also a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, a gathering of scientists, mathematicians, artists, spiritual and religious teachers, ecologists, and political scientists, all interested in promoting a new culture based on holistic and Gaian values.

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November 21st, 2014

The Currency of Gratitude

an interview with Kristi Nelson

Kristi NelsonIn this week’s episode, Kristi Nelson speaks to us about her personal experiences and insights about money and social change; the powerful currency of gratefulness;  a deep sense of receiving and true community, gratefulness as a key to happiness and justice. Where is  is our real wealth as people; what really nourishes our lives and feeds the earth our true home: gratefulness as the reverence generator; the ongoing Indiegogo campaign “Grow, Grow, Gratefulness” as a call for grateful action.

Kristi has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, support and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In 2001, Kristi started a values-based consulting and leadership coaching practice, and in this capacity, she worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding Executive Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Before 2001, Kristi spent five years as the Executive Director of a regional women’s foundation where she led a successful $5 million endowment campaign, developed empowerment programs for women and girls, and oversaw a community-based grantmaking program. She now also feels tremendous good fortune to be working with her incredible colleagues from around the world at A Network for Grateful Living.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-grow-gratefulness

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November 14th, 2014

Medicines of Deep Remembering

an interview with Oliver

OliverThis week, Oliver talks with Joanna about the process of remembering who we really are with the help of “psilohuasca”, a combination of mushrooms and a MAO inhibiting plant source; he candidly shares with us his lifetime learning in the “long way to the light” and the numinous encounter with the Mystery at the heart of everything. Oliver talks to us about his combined approach to the healing experience with spiritual wisdom, and non hierarchical celebration. Also, he speaks about the heart opening experiences with the toad medicine and his insights about the cosmic game; how love is the medicine; avoiding the pitfall of escapism with entheogens.

Oliver is a facilitator of spiritual awakening weekends with Psilohuasca, helping people to open up to love and understanding.

 

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November 7th, 2014

Journey to the Heart

an interview with Nora Caron

Nora CaronIn this week’s interview, Nora Caron explores with Joanna the journey of self-discovery through creative expression and Nature. Nora shares her adventure in Chichen Itza. She talks with us about the courage of following one’s path and about the challenges of escaping the limiting paradigms of Western culture. Exploring one’s heart with humility and simplicity. How it was to grow up in a multicultural religious home; the mysteries of discovering the sacred snake energy; our possibilities in communing with the animals; staying connected through cooking, drumming, singing; the teaching of water. Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Nora Caron is a novelist and actress. Nora speaks four languages, has a Masters degree in English Renaissance literature, and is one of the three founders of Oceandoll Productions, a film production company which produces uplifting and inspiring films. In September 2014, Nora received the Living Now Book Award Silver Medal for Best Inspirational Fiction for “Journey to the Heart”. She is the award-winning author of The New Dimensions Trilogy which consists of “Journey to the Heart” (2013), “New Dimensions of Being” (2013), and “Jaguar Dreams” (2014). Nora writes monthly articles for the Australian magazine “Happiness & Wellbeing” and is the co-writer of the historical film “Wyoming Sky” currently in development in Hollywood.

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October 31st, 2014

Singing Into Freedom

an interview with Rachel Bagby

Rachel BagbyIn this week’s interview, Joanna speaks with Rachel Bagby. She works all over the world with thousands of people devoted to bringing their voices to life. Rachel talks with us about the double gift of relationship we can have with the Earth and all our relations. How we can re-plant ourselves; retrieving the blessing of our voice; the renewing, freeing energy of air and the nourishing hum of aliveness. She also introduces us to a simple, deep practice of singing with Nature and shares with us a personal experience which gave birth to a special song.
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If Rachel were to create a résumé, it would be scrawled on a piece of sheet music with a swooping treble clef next to her name: Rachel Bagby, J.D. It would include a number of positions, titles & roles: Graduate of Stanford Law School, poetic innovator & creator of Dekaaz Facilitation™, international speaker & author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices. Award-winning composer, social artist, and Founder of Singing Farm, she was a soprano in Bobby McFerrin’s original international touring ensemble, Voicestra.
Rachel is also a daughter of the earth and herbalist; a sonorous medicine woman healed by a mountain. She served on the founding board of Green for All, has spoken regularly at Bioneers, and founded an initiative called Choral Earth to inspire everyone to sing with and for the earth. Whether immersed in the harmonic joy of blessing leaders’ voices or honing the powers of a community into ten perfect syllables, the thread of commonality is the same: Rachel coaches individuals and communities to turn experiences into WISDOM & to cultivate our VOICES into instruments of change.
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October 24th, 2014

The Truth of Kindness

an interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon SalzbergWhat is kindness?  How can we develop our capacity for connection, love and wisdom?  When faced with despair, fears and doubt, how can we develop faith in our own inner-strength, and the bigger picture of life?  In this week’s interview, Joanna explores these questions with Sharon Salzberg, who offers words of wisdom grounded in her journey as a meditation teacher, and the important turning points she experienced along the way.  Sharon also talks with us about the challenges of sharing ancient wisdom in a language that others can hear;  how Americans’ perception of meditation has shifted over the past decades; the Dalai Lama’s hopeful vision for the future; the revolutionary power of community.  Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of meditation since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
Sharon’s latest book is “Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace”, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program” and “Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier” with Robert Thurman.

 

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October 17th, 2014

Invisible Nature

an interview with Kenneth Worthy

Ken WorthyAn independent scholar living in Berkeley, Kenneth Worthy is research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Environmental Studies and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California, and UC Berkeley. His research and reviews have been published in books, articles, and an encyclopedia. His new book “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” was recently released by Prometheus Books.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: our destructive dissociation from nature and the antidote; the roots of western unbalance; full sensory participation and healthy response; the irrationality of isolated rationality; choosing a non-disruptive technology; drawing sustainable connections for the next generations.

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October 10th, 2014

Imagination and the Gaian Mind

an interview with C. Michael Smith

C. Michael SmithC. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (aka, Mikkal) is a clinical psychologist, medical anthropologist, and an international shamanic teacher who has been working on four continents during the past six years. He is director of Crows Nest Centers for Shamanic Studies International, with communities in France, Belgium, South Africa, and the USA. He is author of “Psychotherapy and the Sacred”, and “Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue”. In July 2012 he was the keynote speaker for the International Conference on Amazonian Shamanism, in Iquitos, Peru. In addition to directing Crows Nest International he has lectured and taught on Jungian psychology and shamanism at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Theological Seminary, for the Institute Ressources (NLP) in Bruxelles, Belgium, and currently teaches for the Cercle de Sagesse Ancestrale de l’Union, in Paris, France.

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Michael speaks with Joanna about: remembering the future; the medicine of storytelling; the road from Jung’s journey to shamanism; “Crow’s Nest Center”: ecstatic healing in community; facing the global crisis: grief and creativity; “the shaman within”.

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September 26th, 2014

The Future Happens Through Us

an interview with Kingsley L. Dennis

Kingsley DennisKingsley Dennis, PhD, is an author, researcher, and sociologist. Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and has authored numerous articles on social futures, technology, and conscious evolution.He is the author of “Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception”; “New Revolutions for a Small Planet”; “The Struggle for Your Mind”; and “New Consciousness for a New World”. He is also the co-author, with Ervin Laszlo, of “Dawn of the Akashic Age”. His newest book is “The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness”. Kingsley is co-founder of WorldShift International, which is a conscious evolution initiative that promotes & supports a world shift both externally within our current global systems, as well as internally on a personal level. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain and continues to research, write, travel, and grow his own vegetables.

Kingsley speaks with Joanna about: “the phoenix generation”; a radical shamanizing of the human species; the global classroom; the new connectivity and the developing countries; the shift towards new values; instinctual gnosis; DNA and the light field of the body; becoming soulful agents of change.

 

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September 19th, 2014

Remembering Together

an interview with Åsmund Seip

Åsmund SeipÅsmund Seip is a poet, artist and love activist, burning for a collective, beautiful remembering of who we are – and where we are. Åsmund is the author of the book “100 Days of Love”, and he is currently crowdfunding his new book, “100 Days for the Earth – Love Poetry Revolution”. He lives with his family in a little red house outside of Oslo, Norway.

Åsmund speaks with Joanna: “love activism”; a magical moment; “if you go into the woods”; a way of remembering; the deepest longing; “you are nature”; “a hundred days of love”; playful wildness.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/100-days-for-the-earth-love-poetry-revolution

Due to a technical mistake, the sound in this interview is less than perfect, I apologize both to Åsmund and to my Future Primitive friends. Nevertheless, I love this conversation.

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September 12th, 2014

Coming Home to the Trees

an interview with Patrick Jasper Lee

Patrick Jasper LeeJasper is an experienced speaker on Romani Gypsy folklore, myth and the otherworld. He works with individuals and professionals, and regularly leads groups. He is a vibrant and charismatic speaker and his Romani Gypsy heritage, knowledge, and unique system of communication make memorable sessions and events you won’t easily forget. He often travels the world with his culture and writes articles, blogs and offers presentations and demonstrations at conferences, seminars and fairs. He is the author of “We Borrow the Earth” and his newest “Coming Home to the Trees”.

Jasper speaks with Joanna about: nomadism of the soul; myth and folklore in daily experiences; Romani archetypal characters; fully experiencing of grief; the portal to ancestral wisdom; being a chovijano; animism, the way forward; coming home to the trees.

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September 5th, 2014

Farming Soul

an interview with Patricia Damery

patricia-dameryPatricia Damery is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Napa, California, where she and her husband also grow grapes, raise goats, and grow and distill lavender and other aromatic plants. They are a Demeter certified Biodynamic organic ranch. Her professional writing often offers a Jungian lens on biodynamics as they practice it on their ranch, bridging the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner.
Patricia’s writing concerns the lively experience of spirit of place. This involves being more conscious not only of the personal psyche, but of our relationship to the animate and inanimate world as well. It necessitates a shift in consciousness, a “re-membering” of an older, more open-hearted approach to the natural world and to each other, while also valuing intellect.  She believes this shift is critical to the survival of life as we know it. She is the author of “Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation”, (the second edition with a Foreword by Robert Sardello, has been published in July 2014), and two novels: “Snakes”, chronicles the protagonist’s relationship to family and earth through the folk stories and the mythology of the serpent. “Goatsong”, is the story of a ten year old girl and three goat women and the tragic, transformative year they spent together.

Patricia speaks with Joanna about: her experience of the California earthquake; Lilith and the soul of the Nature; the Serpent energy and the Earth; synchronicity, heart energy and earth energies; communicating with the soul of the world; in relationship with the energy of of the wild; biodynamic farming: cooperating with natural forces; the Earth frequency; a wider experience of community; the unity of the practical and the spiritual; “everything we need is in the present”.

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August 29th, 2014

The Conscious Activist

an interview with James O'Dea

james-odeaJames O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations including The Peace Alliance. His latest book “Cultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador” (May 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics and activists.

James speaks with Joanna about: becoming aware of the cultural distortions; the different layers of our participation in the world; witnessing the breakdown and putting our energy in the breakthrough; wisdom of the energy masters; “the conscious activist”; the evolutionary journey into knowledge; the ripening of our oneness; transformational listening; looking into the shadow of the old stories; the compassion game.

 

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August 22nd, 2014

The Wastewater Gardener

an interview with Mark Nelson

Mark NelsonDr. Mark Nelson has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world; Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens, subsurface flow constructed wetlands. He served as Director of Space and Environmental Applications for Space Biospheres Ventures, which created and operated “Biosphere 2”, the 3.15 acre materially closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, the world’s first laboratory for global ecology. Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight person “biospherian” crew for the first two year closure experiment, 1991-1993.

Publications include co-authoring “Life Under Glass” and “Space Biospheres”, editing “Biological Life Support Technologies: Commercial Opportunities” and numerous chapters in books on space life support systems. His research papers include ones on ecological hierarchy, wastewater recycling through the use of constructed wetlands, and applications of closed ecological systems. His newest book is “The Wastewater Gardener”.

Mark speaks with Joanna about: “Biosphere 2”, a laboratory of global ecology; ancient recycling wisdom: “nightsoil”; the ecological toxicity of centralized sewage systems; multiple benefits of “wastewater gardens”; sustainability: coming back to ancient wisdom and moving forward.

 

 

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August 15th, 2014

The Brain of Eden

an interview with Tony Wright

Tony WrightTony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. He is the co-author – with Graham Gynn – of “Return to the Brain of Eden”. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.

Tony speaks with Joanna about: changes in diet and perception; a experiment in sleep deprivation; the original state of rapture and joy; the brain as a binocular lens of consciousness; three types of noetic treatments; forest consciousness; the role of plant biochemistry in human brain expansion; the experiential beginnings of religious traditions; the socio-cultural effects of the left brain dysfunction.

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August 8th, 2014

Aliveness Nurtures Aliveness

an interview with Steve Gallegos with Mary Diggin

Steve Gallegos Eligio Stephen Gallegos, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist with degrees from the University of Wisconsin, New Mexico State University and Florida State University. He discovered the Personal Totem Pole Processand at present is primarily engaged in training people, including therapists, artists and teachers in The Personal Totem Pole Process© and gives workshops in the use of imagery in growth and psychotherapy in various cities of the US and Europe (Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria). He is the author of – among others – :“The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery, The Chakras and Psychotherapy”, “The Animals of the Four Windows: Integrating Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Imagery”, “Into Wholeness: The Path of Deep Imagery”. His newest book is “Nothing is Nothing”, the first in a series of short novels that explore the ways in which education trains children to be obedient at the expense of their own wholeness and uniqueness, and how this is maintained by families, communities, schools, and the workplace.

Mary DigginMary Diggin has an MA in Mythological Studies and is an IIVR certified trainer and Deep Imagery Guide for over 20 years, leading trainings and workshops as well as working with individuals. Born in Ireland, she moved to New Mexico in 1998, where she lives with her husband, E.S. Gallegos on the Rio Grande, in the Embudo area where they run Deep Imagery workshops and also work with people on an individual basis through Imagery. Her particular interests are in the intersection between myth, storytelling, ritual and deep imagery as well as the link between psyche and nature. Mary’s deep imagery workshops often reflect these interests and her passionate understanding of the deep imagination as a powerful holistic means of accessing our inner world and building relationship with what we may call the outer world. She also trained in massage, web and graphic design and works as a micaceous clay potter, writer and Sweat Lodge Water Pourer. Mary is available to lead workshops and to work with individuals.

Steve and Mary speak with Joanna about: Steve’s newest book, “Nothing is Nothing”; the blossoming of a story; in relationship with the deep imagination; part of the ancient lineage of living beings; the spontaneous guidance of our own aliveness; the endless journey; “walking the path of continuously becoming more whole”; in relationship with All.

 

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August 1st, 2014

Improvisational Intelligence

an interview with Sabrina Page

Sabrina PageSabrina Page is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Healing Arts with over 30 years experience in somatic education, teaching individuals and groups to feel the body from the inside out and experience presence in the here and now. For over 25 years she has facilitated womens’ groups in movement and embodied awareness.  She teaches both dance and contact improvisation as meditations in motion, exploring the spontaneous expression of feeling moment to moment, allowing the wild mystery of the moment to emerge.  From 1987 –2001 she produced and dj’d Dance Spirit, an improvisational dance event in Marin County. Sabrina has a BA from Cornell University, as well as an MA in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, where she studied Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness.  She has been deeply influenced by the wisdom traditions of many cultures, exploring the meditation practices, the sacred music and the dance of these cultures.

Sabrina speaks with Joanna about: water-like movement; “there is river that comes through us”; entering interconnectedness through movement meditation; “improvisational intelligence”; guided by beauty; a reverberation of Romanticism and the sixties; the primal fluidity of laughter; a wellspring of joy and peace.

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July 25th, 2014

In the Arms of the Moment

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip ShepherdPhilip 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.
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: a vivid relationship with what is; a mutual calling into existence; “the bubble age” of distraction; radical wholeness; allowing the world to touch our core; a grounded sensitivity; finding wholeness; remembering from the ground up.

 

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July 18th, 2014

The Universe is a Diamond Maker

an interview with Christopher Bache

Chris BacheChristopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for 35 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 “Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life”, “Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind”, and “The Living Classroom”. His work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness.

Chris speaks with Joanna about: the soul level of collective transformation; integrating non ordinary states of consciousness; opening to expanded horizons of intelligence and love; an individuality of communion; “the birth of the diamond soul”; harnessing the powers of our innate creativity; the importance of being grounded in entheogenic exploration.

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July 11th, 2014

A World Web of Prayers

an interview with Celeste Yacoboni

Celeste YacoboniCeleste Yacoboni is passionate about helping people discover a deeper experience of the sacred in their daily lives. Celeste is a Minister of Walking Prayer, ordained by the Center for Sacred Studies in Sonora, California. Her work focuses on guiding and supporting people through transitions by creating a space of awareness, presence and inspiration, which integrates body, mind, spirit and emotions. Celeste leads “How Do You Pray?” workshops in which people share and experience different ways of prayer and connecting to Source. “How Do You Pray?” is her first book.

Celeste speaks with Joanna about: the infinite connection; passion and prayer; Earth Prayers; a unifying vision; the language of the heart; the prayer field; living in awareness; soul nourishment.

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July 4th, 2014

The Power of Choice

an interview with Diederik Wolsak

Diederik WolsakDiederik Wolsak is an international workshop leader, public speaker and relationship counselor with years of experience in group facilitation. Diederik is the founder and program director of the Choose Again Attitudinal Healing Centre. He is the lead facilitator of both the Vancouver and Costa Rica arms of the organization.

Diederik speaks with Joanna about choosing to go beyond our limiting beliefs.

 

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June 27th, 2014

Through the Doors of Perception

an interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen.jpgStephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.
His most recent works are: “Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth, “Healing Lyme Coinfections: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma” and “Herbal Antivirals: Natural Treatments for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections (Including Influenza, SARS, West Nile and other Encephalitis Viral Infections)”.
Stephen speaks with Joanna about: seeing without preconceptions; opening the doors of meaning; into the metaphysical background of the world; trusting oneself to Nature; aesthesis: the exchange of soul essence; changing the map of reality; the primal feeling sense.

 

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June 20th, 2014

The Call from the Future

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

Ken CohenKen Cohen is a renowned health educator, Qigong Master, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books “The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing” and “Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing”, as well as numerous Sounds True audio/DVD courses and more than 200 journal articles on spirituality and health. Ken speaks and reads the Chinese language, and his academic training includes graduate study of Taoism and theology.
Highly respected as a traditional healer, singer, and storyteller, Ken spent many years learning from Native American/ First Nation elders. Ken’s lectures and workshops have been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Ministry of Health, the Mayo Clinic and numerous medical schools, conferences, and organizations. In 2003, he won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. Ken Cohen has been involved in these healing ways for more than 40 years.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: the point at the center of the wheel; deep trust in the unknown; different ways of looking at the Mystery; grounded in the indefinable essence; natural self and environmental activism; re-attuning to inner and outer nature; possibilities and prophecies; working to make a good vision real; the call from the future; discovering and honoring our life purpose.

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June 13th, 2014

Live at the Iconik Cafe

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna Harcourt-SmithWe invite you to listen to a poetic, inspiring talk given by Joanna Harcourt-Smith at a book signing  for her recently published memoir  “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story”, at the Iconik Cafe, on the 7th of June, in Santa Fe.

 

 

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June 6th, 2014

The Art of Sacred Activism

an interview with Filiz Telek

Filiz TelekFiliz Telek is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and spirit. Her photography – especially of the people in their most vulnerable and authentic expressions – is a reflection of her love for the world. She sees and shows beauty. Because amidst the ongoing chaos of our times, committing acts of beauty is necessary to keep sane.

Filiz speaks with joanna about: falling in love with the earth; sacred activism; seeding holistic communities in Turkey; activating the collective heart intelligence; a strong energetic shift at Gezi Park; loyal to one’s calling; an experiment in gift economy; “the brave new world emerging”.

 

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June 1st, 2014

“Surviving Timothy Leary and Everything Else”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor my friends and allies in Santa Fe,

I am giving a performance talk and book signing next Saturday June 7th at 6:30 pm at Iconik Coffee Roasters, 1600 Lena Street Santa Fe.

$20 – Includes a signed copy of my book “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary”.

$5 – for those who already have a copy of my memoir.

$5 – for  those under 25 does not include the book. A special entry to foster inclusion of the younger generation.

info: future@futureprimitive.org

Come we will have fun together!

Joanna

 

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May 30th, 2014

The Courage to Care

an interview with Alan Clements

Alan ClementsAlan Clements was one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in a monastery during the 1970s and 1980s. Years later, he integrated into his classical Buddhist training a political awareness that included global human rights, environmental sanity, democracy and the preciousness of everyday freedom. His efforts working on behalf of oppressed peoples led a former director of Amnesty International to call Alan “one of the most important and compelling voices of our times.”

His newest project is Dana.io, a free crowdfunding platform for artists, authors and activists built on the love of a vision and fortified by the courage to care.

Alan speaks with Joanna about: “dana”, unconditional giving; a crowdfunding platform for the betterment of the world based on generosity; the essence of “the revolution of the spirit”; healing the wound of money; the courage to care for each other and the earth; a radical social experiment in our culture; the operating energy of interbeing; the beauty of love made manifest by action; “my life is my interactive art with you”; “world dharma”: celebrating the dance of our human utter uniqueness.

 

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May 23rd, 2014

What Cannot Be Conveyed

an interview with Henry Shukman

Henry ShukmanHenry Shukman is an English poet and writer. His first poetry collection, “In Dr No’s Garden” won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Poetry Prize. His book was also the Book of the Year in The Times and The Guardian, and he was selected as a Next Generation Poet in 2004. As a fiction writer he won the Author’s Club First Novel Award in 2006 for his short novel “Sandstorm”. His second novel, “The Lost City”, was a The Guardian Book of the Year, and in America it was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He has worked as a travelwriter, was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, and currently lives in New Mexico with his wife and two sons, where he teaches at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center and is a Associate Zen Master in the Sanbo Zen lineage, with the teaching name Ryu’un. He writes regularly for Tricycle and the New York Times, and his most recent book is the poetry collection “Archangel”.

Henry speaks with Joanna about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany”; a long search; a relationship system; clarifying who we really are; a path of not-knowing; trying to convey what cannot be conveyed; “things just happen”; archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension; two poems.

 

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May 16th, 2014

Intimacy as Spiritual Practice

an interview with Allan Badiner

Allan Badiner is a writer, teacher, and an activist with a special interest in how Buddhism relates to modern social problems. He is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of Rainforest Action Network. Allan edited, “Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics”, “Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology”, and “Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism”. Allan holds a masters degree in Buddhist Studies from the College of Buddhist Studies in Los Angeles, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Allan has been a student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years.

Allan speaks with Joanna about: his early entheogenic experiences; “Dharma Gaia”; the joy and openness of an ancient practice; compassion and psychedelics, a crucial question; intimacy and love as spiritual practice; a community of deep connection at “Burning Man”.

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May 9th, 2014

Future Primal

an interview with Louis G. Herman

Louis_HermanDr. Louis G. Herman, professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, has recently published “Future Primal: How our Wilderness Origins Show us the Way Forward”, a stunning book that responds to the multiple crises of globalized humanity by recovering the classical project of political philosophy—the truth quest—as “the search for the best way to live.” The story of the philosopher’s personal search becomes an entry into “big history:” the epic narrative of contemporary cosmology, of the emergence of creative, self-reflective humanity from a southern African wilderness, on an evolving planet within an evolving universe.

Louis speaks with Joanna about: “future primal”; growing up in the garden of Eden; ecstatic memories of the wilderness; experiencing the Dreamtime; reconciling scientific cosmology and direct experience; an ongoing Mystery; a seeing waking up to itself; a connective story.

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May 2nd, 2014

A Woman’s Vision

an interview with Annie Oak

wvclogoAnnie Oak is the founder of  Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC), a gathering of visionary women, healers, scholars, activists, and artists who study consciousness. She is a journalist, event organizer, and founder of the Full Circle Tea House. She lives in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and writes about the impact of psychedelics on science and creativity.

Annie speaks with Joanna about: the origins of the “women’s visionary congress”; medicine from the Earth; an emerging community of visionary women; cognitive liberty and ending the drug war; healing cultural activism; the ancient link between women and healing herbs; the importance of visionary communities for a sensible future.

 

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April 25th, 2014

The Magic of Being Alive

an interview with Philip Carr-Gomm

Philip Carr-GommPhilip Carr-Gomm lives in Sussex, England, with his wife Stephanie. From an early age Philip studied with Ross Nichols, the founder of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. He has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney. He also trained in Montessori education with the London Montessori Centre, and founded the Lewes Montessori School.  In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and he combines his role in the Order with writing, and giving talks and workshops.  He is the author – among other books –  of “Sacred Places”, “Druid Mysteries”, “The Druid Way”, “The Book of English Magic”, and is co-author with Stephanie of “The Druidcraft Tarot”.

Philip speaks with Joanna about: his initiation into Druidry; the contemporary connection to ancient roots; ecstatic community; the double rhythm of a spiritual path; cultivating the flow of creativity; the journey to wholeness; in relationship with the changeless and the changing; the pure joy of the universal life force; balance gender and beyond; three different kinds of magic.

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April 18th, 2014

Compassionate Collapse

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn BakerCarolyn Baker, Ph.D., was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. Carolyn’s latest book is “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times” (2013). Her 2011 book, “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition” (2011) is a toolkit for emotional and spiritual preparation for a very uncertain future. It was proceeded by “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse” (2009). Her other books include: “Coming Out From Christian Fundamentalism: Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and The Sacred” (2007) , “U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn’t Tell You” (2006) and “The Journey of Forgiveness” (2000). Carolyn offers life coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements nationally and internationally.

Carolyn speaks with Joanna about: emotional resilience; the difference between joy and happiness; facing the small death; hospice workers for the world; clearing the shadow; compassion for ourselves; a new relationship with everything; the truest essence of money; a planetary initiation; “the old woman and the unraveling”; Thelma and the Buddha; the transformative power of community grief; the diamond in the dark.

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

Jane BrunetteJane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on meditation and using writing as a spiritual practice. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing.
An authorized Buddhist meditation teacher whose own practice is inter-spiritual, Jane is also deeply influenced by the writings and practices of the Christian mystics as well as the wisdom of indigenous people around the world. She travels widely, living simply in cultures where this is still possible in order to free her time and her mind for contemplation and retreat. Her book of poetry, Grasshopper Guru, emerged from a long cycle of retreat outside of the American consumer matrix.

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Jane speaks with Joanna about: “the grasshopper guru”; shared grief-love and Earth activism; ceremonial healing; meeting the guardians of the forest.

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April 4th, 2014

Returning the Gift

an interview with Robin W. Kimmerer

Robin KimmererDr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi.  Her writings include “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her second book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth” on the subject of living in reciprocity with the land.

Robin Kimmerer speaks with Joanna about: the teachings of plants; transcending boundaries and healing with story; ecological reciprocity; engendering gratitude; learning resilience from the land; learning from our Great Mother; the union of scientific and indigenous ways of knowing; the most important things that we can do.

 

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March 29th, 2014

Back with you next week

Our  plans for interviews fell through the wishing well this week, but  we will be back at our post next week with a wonderful podcast ..stay tuned much love,

Joanna

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