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October 20th, 2017

The Medicine is the Teacher

an interview with Dennis McKenna

In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks with Jacob Aman and Christine Marie at the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival: the lack of cultural context for LSD in the 60s; the emergence of psychedelic consciousness through the mushrooms; fifty years of engagement with ethnopharmacology; psychedelics from a co-evolutionary perspective; plant intelligence emerging in the world stage; we are symbionts with eberything on Earth; the urgent need for non authoritarian, genuine, spiritual experience; the essential message from ayahuasca to Dennis; ayahuasca, beyond the biomedical model; intriguing perspectives at La Chorrera.

Dennis McKenna received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is a consultant to several companies doing research in plant medicine. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon and has recently completed a four-year project investigating Amazonian ethno medicines as potential treatments for cognitive disorders in schizofrenia. Dr. McKenna is also co-author of several books – among them,“The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna” –  and over 40 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is well respected among his peers and maintains a reputation as a pioneer among entheogen and plant medicine scholars.

 

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October 13th, 2017

A Deep Unified Reality

an interview with Jude Currivan

In this week’s episode Jude Currivan speaks with Joanna about: a mystic and scientist walking between the worlds; the Universe, a coherent, unified entity; we are microcosmic co-creators; all reality has a purpose and a meaning; celebrating the diversity of oneness; children of Gaia; divine sparks of the cosmic fire; a dynamic, patterned in-formation of the world; the Big Breath; through the birth pains of a new awareness of reality; an ancient, poetic description of fractals; empowerment from a place of transpersonal awareness and compassion; consciousness and information are taking center stage.

Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer and author. She was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of reading researching ancient cosmologies. She has traveled tomore than 70 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 5 prior books, her latest “The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation”, she is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and lives in Wiltshire, England.

 

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September 30th, 2017

Sacred Soil

an interview with Robert Tindall and David Shearer

In this week’s episode Robert Tindall and David Shearer speak with Joanna about: the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations that left their lands more fertile than when they arose; reintroducing ancestral wisdom in the 21st century; biochar, charcoal used for agricultural regeneration; the suppression of the indigenous ways of consciousness in Europe;  bridging the scientific and the indigenous views of the world;  biochar, biomimicry of fire;  “shamanic archaeology”; re-encountering the animistic, multidimensional mode of perception; a vision about the missed possibilities of the meeting of two cultures and the future; the Amazon women of the Amazon.

Robert Tindall, MA, is a classical guitarist, a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, an inveterate traveler, and the author of “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey:Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”. Tindall works as a professor of literature, and divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Peru. He leads journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar to encounter the healing traditions there.

David Shearer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar, a clean technology company developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. He was chief scientist at California Environmental Associates and principal environmental scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology. Dr. Shearer has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and a MS in environmental microbiology from the University of California.

They are co-authors, with Frédérique Apffel-Marglin – emerita professor of anthropology at Smith College and director and founder of the Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon – of “Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth”.

 

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September 22nd, 2017

Ancestral Medicine

an interview with Daniel Foor

In this week’s episode Daniel Foor speaks with Joanna about: connecting with loving ancestors for healing; becoming an ancestor; experiences of spontaneous ancestral contact; ancestral recovery and soul immunity; ancestors of blood and ancestors of the land; the larger than human web of consciousness; rituals of forgiveness, restorative justice and systemic change; ancestral healing goes in both directions; trees connecting the different worlds; initiating the healing in the ancestral line;  reconnecting with the older, earthy roots of Europeans; the bones of the Earth.

Daniel Foor is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping folks to learn to relate well with the rest of the natural world. His focus on the ancestors from his training as a doctor of psychology and licensed marriage and family therapist, from the guidance of his teachers in earth-honoring traditions, and from two decades of implementing the teachings of ancestor reverence in his own life. Since 2005 Daniel has guided hundreds of ancestor trainings, rituals and talks throughout the United States and helped many others to reconnect with their family ancestors through personal sessions. He is the author of the recently published “Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing”.

 

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September 15th, 2017

Let the Plants Lead the Way

an interview with Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer

In this week’s episode Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer speak with Joanna about: trees as spiritual teachers; the alchemical process of living together; the sense of mystery; being cooked in the alchemical stew; the neurotransmitters of the world soul; teaching as  a soul calling; surrounded by molecules of connection; the microcosm as a fractal of the macrocosm; touching and being touched by Nature; communicating deeper with all the senses;  absorbing the energy of the place; aroma and the sense of smell as guides and teachers; seeing the gold in the dark.

Cathy Skipper farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist, and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonaisse de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. In her teaching she marries theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as an impetus for healing. Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.

Florian Birkmayer, MD is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian Depth Psychology and aromatherapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of Mew Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

 

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September 8th, 2017

Crying with the Rain

an interview with Jay Dufrechou

In this week’s episode Jay Dufrechou speaks with Joanna about: opening to the energies of reality; following grief, reconnecting with Nature; feeling the natural rhythms; the many layers of grief; a sense of greater belonging; bringing thinking back into balance; energetic shifts in conflict mediation; Holotropic Breathwork and restoring the sense of the sacred; the offering of presence; finding peace in the human family; archetypal astrology as a useful tool in personal growth; the eco-spiritual crisis and the increase of spiritual awakenings; a deep experience of connection with the rain.

Jay Dufrechou is a lawyer and transpersonal psychologist helping people resolve problems and navigate their life paths. He is one of the founders of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) and a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork. He is the author of “Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature”.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Moved by Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.

 

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August 25th, 2017

Addressing the Roots of Pain

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

In this week’s episode Charles Eisenstein and Joanna speak together about: expanding love to include all the people and beings of the earth; trapped in a narrative of hate; the seeming possibility of a change of consciousness in many people; addressing the situation instead of fighting the enemy; bringing empathy into politics; the joy of being useful; passing on the gift; the dance of mind and heart; psychedelics as emergency interventions; addressing the roots of pain; listening for a compelling narrative for humanity.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of “Sacred Economics”, “The Ascent of Humanity”, and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

 

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August 22nd, 2017

Unify Fest

an interview with Nathan Crane

In this special episode Nathan Crane, Executive Producer of UNIFY FEST, speaks with Joanna about the 2017 edition of this 3-day Transformational Festival dedicated to uplifting, connecting and transforming our lives through diverse and inspirational workshops, yoga, art, movement, music, ceremony, healthy living, and conscious entertainment. In this 2nd year of sober and conscious Festival Experience in New Mexico, September 1st-3rd, Nathan is offering a 20% discount for our listeners.

Nathan Crane is an award winning author, inspirational speaker, and conscious filmmaker dedicated to helping every human being experience a healthy, sustainable, meaningful life.

UNIFY FEST 2017

 

 

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August 18th, 2017

The Sacred Flow of Life

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Witchcraft, one of the starting points to track the roots of Western domination; recovering the cultural heritages around the world; 2017, thrown back into the older history of captivity and war; Native American prophecies about women reclaiming power; a living, spinning, sacred world; ancient, enlivening names of the wise woman; picking up insights from the living currents; Sardinia and the animated, spirit distaff of the witch goddess; a reverential relationship with the consciousness in trees and stones; the divinatory medicine of Raven in European cultures; the peace-making weavers; the origin of the word sanctuary.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press,2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

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August 11th, 2017

The Culture That Connects

an interview with Scott Pittman

In this week’s episode Scott Pittman speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: from New Mexico to Nepal with Bill Mollison; learning whole systems thinking; the Permaculture Drylands Institute; looking for solutions to the basic dysfunction of our culture; the “invisible structures” of society; the core ethics of permaculture; caring for the land and the people; a non-hoarding ethics; dignity of the aboriginal people; the deepest spiritual longing; speaking truth to love; a fearless pedagogy for the oppressed; engaging the living process of this planet; breaking free from a frozen mindset; opportunities for healing and changing things.

Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs.

 

 

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August 4th, 2017

Tamed by the Wild

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

In this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: mending the world; listening and talking to Bear; going on a journey with one’s helper; the challenge of expanding our worldview; trusting our own perceptions; from being takers to reciprocal relationship; the isolation of reductionistic materialism; learning lightheartedness; the circularity of nature and Spirit; reuniting consciously with what we knew as children; writing from within the connection.

Priscilla Stuckey is a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature; including their own natures. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, won the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her newest book is “Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self”. Priscilla received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in religious studies and feminist theory. In Oakland she founded an urban creek-based land trust and led creek cleanups and restoration projects. In Boulder she co-founded a local rights-of-nature group. She lives at the base of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque with her partner, Tim, and their dog, Bodhi.

 

 

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July 28th, 2017

Changing Our Lives

an interview with Don Lattin

In this week’s episode Don Lattin speaks with Joanna about: why psychedelics are illegal?; the comeback of psychedelic-assisted therapy and entheogenic spirituality; Bill Wilson and his psychedelic experiences; an essential insight from ayahuasca; MDMA-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder; the double edge of psychedelics as socio-political catalysts; exploring microdosing.

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, “Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy”, is the latest installment in a trio of books about the recent history and future prospects for finding beneficial uses for drugs and plants medicines like LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and ayahuasca. “Distilled Spirits: Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and Hopeless Drunk”, and “The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Ram Dass, and Huston Smith Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America”.

 

 

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July 21st, 2017

Becoming Gaianeers

an interview with David Spangler and Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode David Spangler and Jeremy Berg speak with Joanna about: what is “Gaianeering”, the forthcoming Lorian Summer Conference; participating in an ecology of consciousness; the heart of an incarnational spirituality; learning to live on behalf of the life of the world; Findhorn, an early example of gaianeering; cooperating with the subtle intelligences of Nature; a possibility for broader, new ways of being human; a relationship with Gaia based in love; emergent novelty and love; rediscovering and realigning with our wholeness and the wholeness of the world.

 

David Spangler is a visionary, author and spiritual teacher, and Lorian Priest. A lecturer and teacher since 1964, David has written numerous books which include: “The Call”, “Everyday Miracles”. “Blessing: The Art and the Practice” and “Incarnational Spirituality”. From 1970 to 1973 David was a co-director of the Findhorn Foundation Community in northern Scotland. He is a co-founder of the Lorian Association and a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association. Currently he serves as Director of the Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality and is primary faculty for the Path of the Chalice Program. David is married with 4 children and lives in Washington.

Jeremy Berg, MCS lives in Traverse City, Michigan and is owner of the Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, artist for “The Card Deck of the Sidhe”, a Lorian priest and workshop presenter. He holds an architectural patent for earth sheltered structural systems featured on the cover of Popular Science magazine, has taught at both the secondary and post-secondary level and has been a college dean and vicepresident. He is part of the Lorian education development team.

 

 

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July 14th, 2017

The Women Who Know

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: the nectar of ancestral traditions; the sacred meaning of names for the wise women in Europe; demonization of the herbalist women through naming; a whole body of healing practices; life force medicine; seeress in the roof; witches as spiritual leaders; the women who see and know; cultural spells of patriarchy; the colonialist invention of white identity; honoring the indigenous names of the land.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100” (Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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July 7th, 2017

The Invisible Relationships

an interview with Ralph Abraham

In this week’s episode Ralph Abraham speaks with Joanna about: a reciprocal understanding of psychedelic experience and mathematics; connecting with primordial visionary art; meditating in the Himalayas; world history through the lens of chaos theory; a miraculous, historic bifurcation; internet and the fight for democracy; Terence McKenna and 2012; everything we do matters; understanding the world through models of dynamical systems; activating the forces of good; the death track of world history; Hip Santa Cruz, the complexity of collective memory; the evolving global brain.

Ralph Abraham has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1968. He has been active on the research frontier of dynamics and a consultant on chaos theory and its applications in numerous fields (medical physiology, ecology, mathematical economics, psychotherapy, etc.) and is an active editor for the technical journals “World Futures”, and the “International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos”. He is the author of more than 2o texts, including eight books currently in print, among them “Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History”, “Demystifying the Akasha: Consciousness and the Quantum Vacuum”, “Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness” (with Rupert Sheldrake and Terence McKenna), and his newest book “Hip Santa Cruz: First-person accounts of the Hip Culture movement”.

 

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June 30th, 2017

The Story of the Soul

an interview with Tim Freke

In this week’s episode Tim Freke speaks with Joanna about: an authentic spirituality for the 21st century; from oneness to individuation, understanding our life journey; a philosophy that embraces science and spirituality; the soul crisis of our time; a mysterious universe; the evolutionary journey of the soul; the potentiality or our deepest Being; the soul-stream; the time where all opposites meet; co-evolution of the inner and physical domains; realizing new potentials on the level of the soul; the next step in the evolutionary process; feeling together the love of conscious oneness; we are the universe becoming conscious of its possibilities.

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality and the bestselling author of more than 20 books, which have been translated into 15 languages. He is pioneering a new approach to awakening that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He presents life-changing events internationally and online. His latest book is “Soul Story: Evolution and the Purpose of Life”.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2017

The Awakening Body

an interview with Reginald A. Ray

In this week’s episode Reginald Ray speaks with Joanna about: Trungpa Rinpoche and the transmission in the West of the deepest Tantric teachings from Tibetan Buddhism; the inherent spirituality of the body; returning to the sanity of direct experience; the natural love of embodied existence; a microcosm of the Universe; entering the somatic realm beyond thinking; feeling deeply the sacredness of human life; trauma recovery and the spiritual path; metaphoric language and the body; awakening to the nourishing and loving presence of the Earth; changing the world through reconnecting with the Earth.

Reginald A. Ray, PhD,  is the co-founder and spiritual director of Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Reginald is the author of several books including “Indestructible Truth” and “Secrets of the Vajra World”. His newest book is “The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life”.

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June 16th, 2017

Birthing a Future for Life

an interview with Bruce Damer

In this week’s episode Bruce Damer speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: a gathering of hearts and minds exploring consciousness; using imagination for science; microtubules and the mind; finding the others in the field of knowing; a second Copernican revolution; a new model for the origin of life as a collaborative community; beyond strict Darwinism and supernaturalism; changing the narrative of separation, remembering our primordial belonging; Gaia’s greatest and most beautiful creation; from the Summer of Love to Burning Man; birthing a future for life in the cosmos; technology, biology, art and poetic tools; raising children for a sharing civilization.

Bruce Frederick Damer, PhD is a Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, designer, and author. Dr. Bruce Damer collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 19802 developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium.

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June 9th, 2017

Seeing in a New Way

an interview with Howard G. Charing

In this week’s episode Howard G. Charing speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing event; cultivating a fresh, appreciative perception; learning from the Amazonian medicine; unconscious curses; patterns we inherit from previous generations; the mystery DNA; visionary art and the interconnected net of consciousness; humanity’s role in Nature and Cosmos; perceiving the underlying fabric of reality; breaking through the imposed cultural limitations; the visionary brilliance of Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; “an evolving jewel in the maelstrom of creation”; keys to personal transformation.

Howard G. Charing is an international workshop leader on shamanism, an author and a visionary artist. For over twenty years he has worked with some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans and elders in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. He has run training and developmental courses on behalf of the prestigious Foundation for Shamanic Studies (USA), and for many years worked with Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism, one of the foremost training organisations in Europe. He has co-authored “Plant Spirit Shamanism” and “The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo”. His newest book is “The Accidental Shaman: Journey with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies“.

 

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June 2nd, 2017

A Collective Initiation

an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck

In this week’s episode Daniel Pinchbeck speaks with Joanna about: a passionate inquiry about human transformation; looking for a deeper paradigm shift; a spiritual (r)evolution and initiation process for the human species; ayahuasca’s role in the cultural and spiritual shift; Tamera community, exploring a a new radical template for a new society; bringing Eros back into a conscious community; reaching a cultural tipping point;; Buckminster Fuller and the application of design intelligence to a more awake culture; traditional religions adapting to ecological regeneration; the crisis of human civilization as part of an evolutionary process; a great area of discovery: the untapped, psychic human potential; Trump, the ultimate manifestation of the shadow of a culture lacking initiation; harking back to indigenous cultures for wisdom.

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of “Breaking Open the Head”, “2012” The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, and “Notes from the Edge Times”. In 2007, he launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and cofounded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Philips. Daniel has been a speaker at conferences around the world, including DazedFest in London, Horizons in New York, Breaking Convention in London, and the World Psychedelic Forum. His newest book is “How Soon Is Now?”, a look at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a “blueprint for the future” – how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

 

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May 26th, 2017

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: remembering other ways to live; “witch hunts” in Europe, the prehistory of our current socio-political situation; the Three Sisters spinning the webs of Wyrd; ancient Norse and German cosmologies and the curving nature of Time; the archetypal Tree and Well; the pan-global symbol of the holy matrix of Being; the Maidens on the sea of Knowledge; the Faery Faith and the ancestral religion; the break up with ancient knowledge at the time of Industrial Revolution;  language and recreating the future web of meaning.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. Max Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch-hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100”. This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming.

 

 

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May 19th, 2017

Your Life Can Be Your Art

an interview with Stephen Nachmanovitch

In this week’s episode Stephen Nachmanovitch speaks with Joanna about:

Improvisation and relationship; the source of creativity;network and connection of relationship;art is life;inspiration is a lifetime of work;the patterns that connect;recognition;assimilating what you see into your being;improv is not random;feeling the world;escaping from perfectionism ;mirror neurons;a matrix of ethics;message from Jesus;his new book;

 

Stephen Nachmanovitch performs and teaches internationally as an improvisational violinist, and at the intersections of music, dance, theater, and multimedia arts. He is the author of “Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art”.

 

 

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May 12th, 2017

This Enchanted World

an interview with Rachel Harris

In this week’s episode Rachel Harris speaks with Joanna about:  listening to the voice of the rainforest; divination and cleansing; a plant teacher of heartfelt embodiment; communicating with the spirit of Grandmother Ayahuasca; ceremony and song are part of the healing intervention; varieties of the journey of psychospiritual integration; ecstatic revelations and downloads through the plant ally; the shadow side of the ayahuasca culture; the importance of relationship with the natural world; the shift in values after ayahuasca; beyond spiritual experience and psychological healing.

Rachel Harris, PhD is a psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. After thirty-five years in private practice, she embarked on a research study exploring how ayahuasca is being used in North America, focusing on the process of psychospiritual integration. She has received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award, and published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Adicction, PTSD, and Anxiety”.

 

 

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April 28th, 2017

The Alive Molecule

an interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.

 

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book “Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey” and the companion volume of interviews, “The Ayahuasca Sessions”. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary “Aya: Awakenings” and has been called one of the “leading spokepersons for the new paradigm”.

Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for “Shamans of the Global Village” in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled “Transmutation” is due for completion in 2017.

 

 

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April 21st, 2017

Imagining A Better Way

an interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

In this week’s episode Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Joanna about: the circle of healing; falling in love with the grace of Nature; the greatest injustice in humankind’s history; stories of grief and wonder; the guiding force of environmental activists; integrity in action beyond hope and despair; approaching three crucial tipping points; Standing Rock, an outstanding example of extraordinary courage; the will to act with compassion; freeing our imagination for a better way; the joy of doing what is right.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher (she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado), and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who could pillage and wreck the planet. As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – “Riverwalking”, “Holdfast”, “The Pine Island Paradox”, and “Wild Comfort”. Her new books are “Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change”, and her latest, “Piano Tide: A Novel”.

 

 

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April 14th, 2017

Souls in Action

an interview with Chris Moore-Backman

In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.

Chris Moore-Backman – scholar/educator, activist/organizer, theorist and journalist – has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow”, a radio documentary series. “The Gandhian Iceberg” is Moore-Backman’s first book.

 

 

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April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 30,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100( Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: the Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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March 24th, 2017

Dear friends,

Next week we’ll be back with a wonderful interview.

Love,

Joanna

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March 18th, 2017

Planting the Seeds of Consciousness

an interview with Ann Filemyr

In this week’s episode Ann Filemyr speaks with Joanna about: power as accumulation versus power as relationship; the religious persecution of Native Americans until 1978; preparing for the vision quest; a worldview where everything is animated; the intrinsic value of everything; a shift to the work of the heart; carrying out the message of the Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; planting the seeds of consciousness; a world where intimacy matters; the potential for change within us; the medicine in stories and language; giving thanks to the land; ceremonial Earth-based intensives; a song of gratitude.

Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., is the Director of the Transformational Eco-psychology Certificate program at Southwestern College & New Earth Institute in Santa Fe. She is a published poet and author – her most recent book of poetry, “Love Enough”, explores myriad expressions of intimacy and loss. Her writing explores our relationship to nature, the sacred, love and personal transformation. She served for two decades as an oshkibewis or apprentice/helper to the late mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman) Keewaydinoquay. She continues to live and teach from this lineage.

 

 

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March 10th, 2017

The People of Peace

an interview with Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode Jeremy Berg speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Sidhe, the people of peace; a visionary download of Earth’s history; an invitation to collaborate with the full range of planetary life; the collective creation of a visionary gateway; the Bard Stone’s enigmatic voice; the imagination is a doorway into another branch of being; setting up an open field of synchronicity; a more beautiful expression of what humanity can become; recognizing and honoring the life arond us; a time of wake up call and nurturing the gestation of a new world.

Jeremy Berg, MCS – Michigan, works as an educator, artist, writer and publisher and has been associated with the Lorian Association since 1976. He was trained as an architectural designer and holds a patent for a panelized arch structural system. His work in energy efficiency and earth sheltered construction have been well publicized including on the cover of Popular Science magazine. He is part of the Lorian faculty and provides teaching and technical services for Lorian education as well as working as publisher/owner of Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, “Faerie Blood” and artist for the “Card Deck of the Sidhe”. Jeremy offers classes using the “Card Deck of the Sidhe” as a part of the Lorian faculty and writes occasionally in the community Blog.

 

 

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March 3rd, 2017

Remembering Our Sacred Purpose

an interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry

In this week’s episode Glenn Aparicio Parry speaks with Joanna about: remembering that our thoughts come from Nature; an ecstatic dive into the waters of the Heart; asking four key questions; the egalitarian Native American spirit at the foundation of the U. S. Constitution; bringing dialogue to these polarized times; a collective initiation?; revisioning the linear concept of time; human language and biodiversity; original gratitude.

 

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He has previously written about these experiences in a book chapter entitled “The Old is Now: Creating a Shift Towards Wholeness through Dialogue” (with Philip H. Duran); in “SEED Thoughts on Dialogue”, Revision Journal (winter 2004), “Native Wisdom in a Quantum World”, Shift (IONS Journal, December 2005), and in his doctoral dissertation: “SEED Graduate Institute: An Original Model of Transdisciplinary Education Informed by Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Dialogue”. He is the author of  “Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature”.

 

 

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February 24th, 2017

The Magic of the Pachamama

an interview with Oakley Gordon

In this week’s episode Oakley Gordon speaks with Joanna about the masters of the heart; a dance of reciprocity; the man with the shining eyes; the aliveness of Nature and the Cosmos; a relationship of love with the Pachamama; seeding a future of greater beauty and love; the stars within us; the magic ingredient of intent; living the complementarity of opposites; two Andean meditations of energy with the Earth.

 

Oakley Gordon received his doctorate in cognitive psychology (the study of perception, learning, memory, and consciousness). For the past twenty two years he has been exploring the Andean Cosmovision under the tutelage of his Peruvian mentor and friend don Américo Yabar. In his trips to Peru Oakley has also worked with many other Andean paqos (mystic/shamans) and healers. He has shared the Andean Cosmovision with Western society through papers at academic conferences, presentations to the public, a few articles, an extensive blog, and several hundred experiential classes and workshops. Over many years of going to Peru to learn the Cosmovision, coming home to integrate it with his life in the West, and then teaching it to others, he has reached the point where he ould write this book, “The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature, and the Cosmos”.

 

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February 17th, 2017

A few words from Joanna

A few words from Joanna and the performance of her piece at The Election Monologues in Santa Fe.

The Election Monologues was a nationwide event performed in 12 cities across the country (and one in Canada) on Inauguration Day – January 20th, 2017. The event was conceived by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and Kerri Lowe. The Santa Fe Monologues were facilitated by Rubinstein and Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus.

 

 

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February 10th, 2017

Remembering Eternity

an interview with Richard Maddox

In this week’s episode Richard Maddox speaks with Joanna: bridging the gap between mystical wisdom and the context of the modern world; what is enlightenment?; remembering the background of consciousness; a modern hero’s journey; our precious human essence; there is no separation; the Mystery shining through all forms; dyeing the cloth of the mind; the urge of the human soul; art as a mediation to higher consciousness; the merging of two infinities;; gaining a deeper identity.

Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwestern United States and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation. He then taught meditation for two more years, before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing. Richard Maddox spent most of his life preparing to write “Remembering Eternity”,  his epic nine-volume enlightenment novel. The series tells the fascinating story of a modern soul’s search for enlightenment, for that most elusive of goals, perfect and permanent joy.

 

 

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February 3rd, 2017

The Depth of Psychological Activism

an interview with David Bedrick

David _BedrickIn this week’s episode David Bedrick speaks with Joanna: psychological activism; the social aspect of shame and shaming; bearing witness to the cultural psychic wound in the individual; the whitewashing of Martin Luther King; addressing the violence in the U. S. shadow in a healing environment; being an ally to the unheard and marginalized voices; waking up to internalized violence; the ancestors’ message.

 

David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW., is a faculty member of the Process Work Institute and spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix. He speaks on the topics of shame, weight loss, social injustice, and alternative psychological paradigms. He is the author of “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology”; he blogs for Psychology Today and the “Huffington Post” and counsels people internationally. His newest book is “Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change“.

 

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January 27th, 2017

A Love Deeper Than Words

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode Tim Freke speaks with Joanna: Love is how oneness feels; a pure, naked sense of being; the three maturations; awakening in the 21st century; a knowing before words; working for a better world from a deep acceptance; Walt Whitman, an ecstatic inspiration for our times; reaching oneness through our individuality; time to update an outdated spirituality; the key of paralogical thinking; know yourself and show yourself; a love that goes to each cell of the body; waking up through deep safety.

 

Tim Freke is a pioneering philosopher and respected authority on ancient and contemporary spirituality, whose work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of more than 20 books, which have been translated into 15 languages. He presents life-changing events internationally and on-line. His newest book is “Deep Awake: Wake Up to Oneness and Celebrate Your Individuality.”

 

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January 20th, 2017

A Good Foundation for Reality

an interview with Starr Goode

Starr_GoodeIn this week’s episode Starr Goode speaks with Joanna about: Sheela na gig, a mysterious female figure of sacred display; the healing and protection of Sheela na gig, from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art; the primordial, revered symbol of the ever-renewing Life Force; the life-restoring, evil stopping powers of the displayed vulva in myth and history; the political and social reclamation of the word “pussy”; the contemporary emergence of feminist sacred art; sacred images for another order of being; the Dark Goddess and the renewal of life; reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies from the patriarchal mindset; seeding the foundation for a life-affirming culture.

Starr Goode, MA teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College. She is producer and moderator for the cable TV series “The Goddess in Art” (available on YouTube). An award-winning writer, she has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in such publications as the L. A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her previous work on the Sheelas was published in “ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation”, the “Irish Journal of Feminist Studies”, the three-volume encyclopedia “Goddesses in World Culture”, and in “About Place Journal”. A recent book, “The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool and Dino”, explores the power of wit and the importance of play. Her latest book is “Sheela na gig, the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power”.

 

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January 14th, 2017

The Conscious Use of Electromagnetic Radiation

an interview with Michael Blanshan

Michael_BlanshanIn this week’s episode Michael Blanshan speaks with Joanna about: researching the health hazards of electromagnetic radiation (E.M.R.) exposure on humans; the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety; blanketing the cities with high electromagnetic signals without safe zones, a national issue; being conscious about using the new wireless technologies; the possibility of destroying the aesthetic look of the City Different; the exponential increase of electromagnetic radiation, an uncontrolled human experiment; the public right to a precautionary approach with electromagnetic radiation.

Michael Blanshan practiced as a traditional naturopath from 2001 to 2010. He was one of the founders of Doctors W.A.R.N. (Wireless And Radiation Network),  group of health professionals in Santa Fe researching the health hazards and risks of continuous E.M.R. exposure on human beings. He now devotes his time to research, education, and consulting, finding the most credible sources and archiving the best information on a number  of subjects. He is a representative of the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety. He can be contacted at: michaelblanshan @gmail.com

 

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January 6th, 2017

A Love That Heals

an interview with Lee Irwin

lee-irwinIn this week’s episode Lee Irwin speaks with Joanna about: the Hermetic Christ and the diversity of loving expression; the spiritual freedom of joy; participating in multiple spiritual communities; towards a full integration of the Feminine in spiritual traditions; the Divine Feminine and the tradition of Sophia; the emerging horizon in spirituality; supporting creative change in these times of polarization; cultivating the state of “good mind and loving heart”; the play of reincarnation, free will and spiritual values;; fillin the cup of the heart in partnership.

 

Lee Irwin is a scholar of world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, Western Esotericism, contemporary spirituality, and transpersonal religious experience – particularly as connected to dreams and visions. He is a guiding voice for “The Seven Pillars House of Wisdom” (Sufi International Order) and the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. He has been a workshop leader and group facilitator for over twenty years, particularly in the areas of visionary cosmology and the development of the sacred human. His books include, among others: “Visionary Worlds”, “Awakening to Spirit”, “The Alchemy of Soul” and “Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance and Renewal in Native American religions”. His newest book is “Meditations on Christ”.

 

 

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