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December 2nd, 2016

The Dance of Grief and Joy

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode, Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: understanding the context of the latest American election; Standing Rock, example of sacred activism; inner and outer activism; the safe circle; the five gates of grief; return to radical joy; the shadow magnet of our time; reconnection is a two-way street; we must resist the possibility of a 21st century fascism; the way of developing resilience.

A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn Baker offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. She is the author of, among other books, “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”, and “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. Her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey, is “Return to Joy”.

 

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November 25th, 2016

A Talk About the Rooted People

an interview with Steve Stonearrow

steve_stonearrowIn this week’s episode we can listen to the talk “A Native American View on the Rooted People”, delivered by Steve Stonearrow at the Biodynamic Association Conference in Santa Fe, Saturday, November 19, 2016. “Native Americans believe that all living things have Spirits. In this teaching, we will seek to understand their relationship to us. Each plant’s unique Spirit helps us to learn more about the world as a whole.”

Steve Stonearrow is a spiritual leader within the Lakota ceremonial tradition. He is an example of what it means to walk in a sacred way within our quickly-changing society, carrying forward the cultural teachings and spiritual wisdom od the “Lakhól wichóh’an”, or the Lakota way of life. With his deep knowledge of healing and herbal medicine, Steve travels the country leading ceremonies and speaking about the many aspects of indigenous history, lifestyle and spirituality.

 

 

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November 18th, 2016

The Transformative Power of Nature

an interview with Alex Seymour

alex_seymourIn this week’s episode Alex Seymour speaks with Joanna about: searching for soul healing, from Afghanistan to the Amazon; a life-changing, spiritual experience through DMT; psychedelics and loosing the fear of death; exploring the unknown territory of the psyche; initiation to Mother Ayahuasca; a mythic voyage; rites of passage and masculinity; the feminine force of the planet; being born to compassion and empathy; power versus force.

Alex Seymour enlisted in the Royal Marines Commandos as a teenager, serving for 6 years and completing 2 tours of duty on active service. Twenty years later he returned to the service as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He is currently the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives with his wife and children in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the author of “Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon”.

 

 

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November 13th, 2016

The Crossroads of the Unexpected

an interview with Michael Garfield

michael_garfieldIn this week’s episode Michael Garfied and Joanna in an exquisite conversation about paradox, intensity, casuality and the art of fun.

 

Paleontologist turned performance philosopher, Michael Garfield‘s ecodelic explorations map the evolutionary landscape and our place in it. A contributor to Reality Sandwich & H+ Magazine, a speaker at Burning Man and innumerable other festivals events, and an internet video evangelist for planetary civilization, Michael walks the tightrope between the New Age and the Academe with grace and jazzy sophistication – reminding us that everything is equally art, science, and spiritual practice. De facto cyber-troubadour at the 2010 and 2012 MAPS conferences, he currently writes on human-technology co-evolution and tours the United States marrying acoustic-electronic music, fractal art, and public speaking into mind-opening transmedia performances.

 

 

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November 4th, 2016

A Culture Without Coercion

an interview with Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu

iku_fujimatsumoe_zimmerbergIn this week’s episode Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu speak with Joanna about: the global democratic school movement; hierarchy, control and separation from Nature; city kids rediscovering nature; diversity and commonality of the democratic schools around the world; consensus process versus voting in democratic schools; awareness andthe right use of power; an important distinction between structure and coercion; a student of Tutorial school shares his experience; systems theory and non hierarchical education; the joy of being oneself; trusting the process of one’s inner passion; the international democratic school conferences; helping to create a paradigm shift of interconnectedness.

With the participation of Maya Mascareñas.

 

As a dynamic, global educator and as an artist, Iku Fujimatsu has dedicated the majority of her professional life to the belief that an intimate relationship with nature is essential to an enriched education, as well as a healthy life, self-awareness and personal freedom. She spent her childhood both in Japan and the United States. Iku holds a degree in Fine Arts from Kyouritsu University, Tokio. In 2000, she received her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on At Risk Youth from the College of Santa Fe. In 1997 she joined The Tutorial School as a teacher of Japanese and the Fine Arts.

Moe Zimmerberg is one of the leading educational visionaries working in the United States today. He has evolved and advanced the concept of holistic childhood education through decades of work at The Tutorial School. He is also an active participant in the global Democratic School Movement. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mathematics and neuroscience. Moe has been involved with the Tutorial School virtually from its inception with Richard Testa who founded the school as a place for children to heal and blossom. Upon moving to Santa Fe, Moe worked at the Little Earth School and as a math instructor at the College of Santa Fe. He also received a state certificate in education. He joined the Tutorial School in 1990 and became a full partner in 1992.

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points – and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 21st, 2016

The Founding Mother

an interview with Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

robert-hieronimus-and-laura-cortnerIn this week’s episode Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner speak with Joanna about: honoring the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of compassionate enlightenment; Henry Miller and Bertrand Russell, two lovers of embodied freedom; the multicultural, goddess inspiration for the Statue of Liberty; retrieving human balance for thr future of the Earth; gender equality in early Gnostic Christianity; the direct influence of Native American Iroquois culture in the new American democracy; symbols are bridges between the conscious and the unconscious; meeting Jimi Hendrix and the enigma of the Great Seal; soul power in action, towards an engaged spirituality; remembering the American cultural heroines; Lady Liberty and the rising of Earth consciousness.

 

Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host. His research has been used by the White House and State Department and published in the congressional record. His giant murals and painted artcars include the 2,700-square-foot “Apocalypse” and the 1,750-square-foot “We the People”, the Woodstock Bus, and the We the people Artcar. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio, is the longest running radio show on the new paradigm in the country.

Laura E. Cortner graduated with honors from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, with a degree in English and a concentration in writing. She has coauthored previous titles with Robert R. Hieronimus including “Founding Fathers, Secret Societies” and “United Symbolism of America”. Their newest book is “The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World”.

 

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October 14th, 2016

Joyful Radiance

an interview with Meg Beeler

meg_beelerIn this week’s episode Meg Beeler speaks with Joanna about: remembering our inborn fluidity through energy alchemy; seeing with the heart; what is a spiritual connection with Nature; equanimity and embracing the whole; the joy of reciprocity; the ecstatic practice of transfiguration; an energetic prayer for Water; Salka, a river of undomesticated energy; connecting with the heart of the universe; integrating energy alchemy in daily life.

 

Meg Beeler, MA, Shamanic Guide, expertly weaves her Energy Alchemy and Shamanic Meditation to guide seekers into joyful connection, soul healing, and luminous presence. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to bringing to life our collective dream of a more beautiful world. She is the author of “Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos”.

 

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoranIn this week’s episode Jennifer Corcoran speaks with Joanna about: a film born of a visionary dream; a two-year journey of deep listening; remembering in Hopi land; following the story in the dreamtime; the mysterious Feminine, in relationship with all life; the alchemy of wonder; a cycle of women stories; journeying through the threshold into another world; the essential role of the land; the pace of the desert; offering our prayers for the protection of water and the Earth.

 

With a BA and MFA in Directing for Theatre, Jennifer Corcoran has worked on stage and documentaries, made super-8 shorts and as a literary editor. She home educated her three children. Having lived in several countries, in different languages, Jennifer has come to believe that the power of our human imagination is what is required to initiate change. Six years ago, she was prompted by a vision to create a cycle of films about women – but specifically, about the feminine – a voice which has long been silent. It is the feminine within each of us, male or female, which connects us to all that is living. A balance longs to be re-created. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first film of that cycle. Together with her brother, “She Sings to the Stars” producer, Jonnie Corcoranan entrepreneur who is an ardent cinephile and has launched successful startups – she is currently developing the second film of the cycle set in contemporary Ireland with a working title, “Now and Also Now”.

 

 

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October 1st, 2016

A Listening Heart

an interview with Stephan V. Beyer

steven_beyerIn this week’s episode Steve Beyer speaks with Joanna about: medicine people, the primordial doctors; healing with courage in a sitting circle; ceremony, opening the heart and creating sacred time; the spiritual gifts of the talking stick; from a culture of punishment to one of restoration and responsibility; healing the harm of conflict, telling our stories; carrying the invisible talking stick; the way of transcending conflict; Wisdom through a listening heart; are you willing to be a clown for peace?.

 

Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J. D., is a well-known writer and speaker on shamanism and spirituality. He is also a community builder, peacemaker; and carrier of council. He has been trained and certified in many areas of circle process, mediation, and nonviolence and has offered peacemaking workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from therapists to theologians, and at Montessori, charter, alternative, and public schools. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at Chicago University, teaching undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in restorative justice and in the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. He is the author of, among other books, “Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon” and his latest “Talking Stick: Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path”.

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September 23rd, 2016

Living in a Sacred Planet

an interview with Anne Baring

anne_baringIn this week’s episode Anne Baring speaks with Joanna about: person, Universe, and the alchemical vessel; the oppression of women under the patriarchal psyche; an ongoing collective consciousness awakening; a new masculinity emerging; the role of the cosmos in the collective awakening; Standing Rock, indigenous people defending the planet; the danger of mythic inflation in the religious lust for power; alchemy and Divine Wisdom; what is the signature of the Feminine; the sacrilege of war; a new cultural cosmology of no-separation; Mary Magdalene and the Cathars in a new light; healing the psychic wounds of our western culture; a new kind of relationship between men and women.

 

Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst, author and co-author of seven books, including, with Jules Cashford, “The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image”, and “Soul Power”, with Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Her most recent book is “The Dream of the Cosmos. A Quest for the Soul”. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the Cosmos that is the source or ground of all that we call “life”. Her website is devoted to the affirmation of a new vision of reality and the issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

 

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September 9th, 2016

The True Inner Medicine

an interview with Mingtong Gu

mingtong_guIn this week’s episode Mingtong Gu speaks with Joanna about: qigong, moving through life with grace and joy, in the energetic flow; tapping the source of creativity; to the formless through the form; deep healing, into the energy roots of disease; the Chi Center in Lamy, New Mexico, a one of a kind place dedicated to healing in North America; Dr. Ming Pang and the “medicine-less” Qigong hospital; uniting Western medicine and esoteric qigong to access the true inner medicine; sound vibration healing; the importance of diligent practice; the deeper interconnectivity of human, animal and plant life; the healing love of planet Earth.

 

Qigong Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, as treated over 200,000 patients; with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center, and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.

 

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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon for the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

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Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 198 Students Movement in germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is freed from hatred, lies, violence and fear. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.”

 

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September 4th, 2016

The Healing Revolution of Love

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon of the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

 

Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 1968 Students Movement in Germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is free from hatred, lies, violence and fear. He is the author of “The Sacred Matrix, From the Matrix of Violence to the Matrix of Life”, “Future without War. Theory of Global Healing”, “Eros Unredemeed. The World Power of Sexuality”, “Towards a New Culture. From Refusal to Re-Creation. Outline of an Ecological and Humane Alternative”. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love”.

 

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August 26th, 2016

The Way of the Real Human Being

an interview with Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion_MerculieffIn this week’s episode Ilarion Merculieff speaks with Joanna about: a vibrant, spiritually based culture; one with the ocean; the rich cultural legacy of the Unangan people; the secret to surviving in the Bering Sea for ten thousand years; Aachaa, the mystery of meeting your mentor; an ingenious, exquisite way to raise children; the field of awareness of flocks of birds; using the whole of our intelligence; a children-affirming culture; a history of oppression and contemporary slavery; coming to the place of original instructions; the Unangan view of life and death; the wisdom of how to move energy; an urgent call to transformation and action.

Ilarion Merculieff was born and raised on St. Paul island in the middle of the Bering Sea. He is an Unangan, Aleut, raised in a traditional way. Throughout his life Ilarion has focused on traditional knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality gained from culture bearers around the world, acting as a bridge from the past to those alive today. He has served as chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, as cofounder of the Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals; the Alaska Forum for the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He is currently the president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways. Ilarion Merculieff is available for readings and lectures.

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August 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

Lina_BarriosIn this week’s episode Lina Barrios speaks with Joanna about: introducing the Mayan territory and languages; Mayan culture’s resilience under the Spanish colonization; rituals for collective and individual wellbeing in Mayan life; Popol Wuj, healing and harmony with the Mayan sacred text; primordial energies and the word for creation in benefit of all; research into the extreme gender inequality in Guatemala; Mayan women facing discrimination at the university; gender equality in the Mayan cosmogony;  Venus in Mayan oral tradition; the meaning of 2012 and the Mayan calendars; remembering our poignant relationship with Mother Earth.

 

Lina Barrios is an anthropologist and Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) who, according to this ancient tradition has reached the age of wisdom, becoming an elder. For nearly 25 years she has worked tirelessly for the preservation of traditional Mayan languages, women’s rights, dress, culture and spirituality. She is a published author, awarded with the “Premio Iberoamericano de Investigación Municipal Villa de Madrid” (Iberoamerican Award for Research, City of Madrid) and “Premio Iberoamericano de Igualdad Cortes de Cádiz” (Iberoamerican Award for Equality, Congress of Cádiz). Lina also works as a university professor.

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August 12th, 2016

The Joy of a Blue Sky Mind

an interview with Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Richard_DiedrichsIn this week’s episode Richard Gentei Diedrichs speaks with Joanna about: a shard of pain in the heart; a seeker since a young age; growing compassion through embracing the inner child; discovering Alan Watts and the way of Zen; Western women and everyday Zen; a Dharma grandfather; “Living in Blue Sky Mind”; drinking from a wellspring of silence; joyful with all of life; “Cherry Blossom”, a novel about the edge of compassion.

 

Richard Gentei Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author of four books, Richard was fully ordained a Zen priest in 1990 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Currently, he is a Dharma teacher at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Hawaii. His newest book is “Living in Blue Sky Mind. Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life”.

 

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August 5th, 2016

On the Trail of Ayahuasca

an interview with Dennis McKenna

Dennis_McKennaIn this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks at the Synergetic Symposium & Salon “Earth Consciousness and Lore of the Amazon”. These “Conversations on Ayahuasca, Ethnomedicine and the Biospheric Imperative” were held at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday 6 April, 2016. Dennis McKenna describes in a candid and humorous talk the journey to La Chorrera with his brother Terence, and a lifetime of research and exploration of ayahuasca, the sacred brew of the Amazon.

 

Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of “The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching”, and “Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide”. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-é, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He is the author of “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss”.

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July 29th, 2016

Living to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamIn this week’s episode Gay Dillingham speaks with Joanna about: inter-generational conversations about what really matters; practising ego-death to live more fully; reactions to “Dying to Know”; beyond the screen, connecting the audience to itself; the human craving to explore; personal to political, manifesting our inner mind; waking up to the interconnected truth; seeing ourselves in the big biological cycle.

 

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS national followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Gay then co-founded and managed two environmental technology companies: Earthstone International and Growstone.

Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making films & telling meaningful stories.

 

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July 22nd, 2016

The Freedom of Inner Knowing

an interview with Catherine Shainberg

Catherine_ShainbergIn this week’s episode Catherine Shainberg speaks with Joanna about “reversing”, a great kabbalistic technique; the primordial language of images, rooted in the body; plunging into the subconscious for healing and growth; we are dreaming all the time; “dream opening” groups, exploring together the language of dreams; an exercise about how the images move the body; “Dreambirth”, having a good pregnancy and birth; a soul calling to learn the freeing power of visionary life; coming back to our senses to find our inner compass.

Catherine Shainberg is a transpersonal psychologist, healer, visionary and teacher with a private practice in New York City. In her 40 years’ experience she has taught thousands of students around the world and created revolutionary tools for clearing physical and emotional disorders. In 1982, Catherine founded The School of Images, dedicated to teaching the revelatory dream and kavanah (intent) techniques of the ancient Sephardic Kabbalah tradition. She is the author of “Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life”, “Genesis and Movement” (not in print), and “Dreambirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery Life”. She conducts imagery and dreaming workshops internationally.

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July 15th, 2016

The Toad of Dawn

an interview with Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

Octavio_RettigIn this week’s episode, Octavio Rettig speaks with Joanna about: what is 5-Meo-DMT; a power bigger than yourself; a deep transformation with the toad medicine; healing in Nature with ancestral songs; just a breath away of creating a new reality; toad medicine, a master key for opening the locks of the soul; the difficulty of languaging this essential experience of feeling infinite love; reaching a vibrational state of peace; changing the culture through feeling that we are One; a medicine of radical freedom emerging from the Sonoran desert; the creation of a sanctuary for the Sonoran Desert toad.

 

Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa is a Mexican doctor who works with the sacred medicine 5-MeO-DMT found in the secretions of the Sonoran Desert toad (Bufo Alvarius). He has learned the ancient songs and rites of the Seri tribe of Sonora from Don Pancho, an elder Seri medicine man, and has been authorized by the council of Seri elders to use this most powerful of medicines in the West. Dr. Rettig travels extensively throughout Mexico, the US, Australia, and Europe to give lectures and lead healing ceremonies. He is the author of “The Toad of Dawn. 5-MeO-DMT and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness.”

 

 

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July 8th, 2016

Other Words from Other Worlds

an interview with Neşe Devenot

Nese_DevenotIn this week’s episode Neşe Devenot speaks with Joanna about chemical poetics; the Timothy Leary archives; Leary’s “High Priest” and Sasha Shulgin’s “PIHKAL”, reflecting on the meaning of te psychedelic experience; psychedelics and pushing the boundaries of language; the the new science of Ecstatics; nitrous oxide and Romantic poetry; Richard Doyle’s Ecodelics, the revelation of interconnectedness; natural, endogenous psychedelics; “The Joyous Cosmology” of Alan Watts, an early description of fractals; “anything that stops the flow of writing is wrong”; expanding mind, expanding culture.

 

Neşe Devenot is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where her book project is exploring psychedelic philosophy and the literary history of trip reports. She is a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study. She is a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference and a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association.

Psychedelic Humanities

 

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July 1st, 2016

The Carbon Farming Solution

an interview with Eric Toensmeier

Eric-ToensmeierIn this week’s episode Eric Toensmeier speaks with Joanna about: the climate change and its ecological and human impact; the ancestral inspiration of permaculture; restoring the landscape and its connection to people; key questions in cultivating your garden; the challenge of permaculture, today; carbon farming, a toolbox of practices and perennial crops that can mitigate climate change; Las Cañadas in Veracruz, Mexico, a model of ecological cooperative; saving and savoring the world.

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of “Paradise Lot” and “Perennial Vegetables”, and the co-author of “Edible Forest Gardens”. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. Eric presents in English, Spanish, and botanical Latin throughout the Americas and beyond. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades. Eric has owned a seed company, managed an urban farm that leased parcels to Hispanic and refugee growers, and provided planning and business trainings to farmers. He is the author of “The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.”

 

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June 24th, 2016

Embodying the True Masculine

an interview with Patrick Anderson and Thomas Jaggers

Patrick_Anderson_and Thomas_JaggersIn this week’s episode Thomas Jaggers and Patrick Anderson speak with Joanna about survival, safety, and intimacy; the strength of vulnerability; the roots of homophobia; the historic repression of male expressions of love and affection; the potential for masculine and feminine qualities within us all; attuning to the body, preventing violence; the capacity to hold our woundedness; the cultural imperative for developing male violence; cultivating  a reverent relationship with our bodies; aware of our bodies, aware of Earth’s body; fear and greed, the false masculine.

 

Patrick Anderson has devoted much of his adult life to understanding the processes by which we, as human beings, can share the most intimate parts of ourselves with others, while retaining our own sense of integrity through a deep connection to our inner experience, as well as to the natural and spiritual worlds. With a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution, and over 20 years’ practice of meditation, energy work and physical modalities, Patrick continues to learn about the mysteries of the heart by sharing his understandings and practices with others in workshops, individual sessions, and transformative retreats.

Thomas Jaggers is a teacher, facilitator, and community leader and activist. Thomas is a teacher of MogaDao Qigong, Daoist meditation and Sacred Daoist Sexuality. He serves as Board Member and Community Relations Director for the MogaDao Institute in Santa Fe, and is on the faculty and leadership team of the Academy for the Love of Learning. As a facilitator, Thomas brings a passionate approach to social change and transformation. He seeks to create forums in which people can speak openly and be heard by each other in a space of compassion and vulnerability.

 

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June 17th, 2016

Initiated by the Mushroom

an interview with Shonagh Home

Shonagh HomeIn this week’s episode Shonagh Home speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing experience with the mushroom medicine; being held by the Earth; breaking the spell of forgetfulness; welcoming the tutelary spirits; entheogenic medicines and inner growth; a culture without initiations; shadow work as a preparation for entheogens; engaging the deep psyche and the unseen; embracing the original wound; we are at a choice point; a key answer at Palenque; the corporate takeover and the response of the people; the biodynamic revolution.

 

Shonagh Home is a writer, poet, shamanic therapist and teacher of the shamanic arts. Her specialized private sessions are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Her classes on the shamanic arts take seekers far beyond the watered-down, westernized model and focus instead on the vast and ancient realms hidden in both the world of nature and our own human nature. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, and a  voice for stewardship of the honeybees. She is the author of the books, “Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine”, “Love and Spirit Medicine”, and the upcoming book, “Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks”.

 

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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

Joanna_van_der_HoevenIn this week’s episode Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with Joanna about: discovering modern Druidry; an unexpected ancestral connection; origins of the Celtic culture; attuning to Nature and the ancestors; Awen, the flowing thread to the Life Force; Nemetona and sacred space; Zen Druidry; the importance of summer and winter solstices; a new eco-spirituality emerging; sensual immersion in Nature; letting Nature to experience you.

 

Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid and best-selling author. She was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to the UK in 1998, where she lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk, near the coast of the North Sea. Joanna is a singer, poet, dancer and teacher. She has studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. She is currently the Media Co-Ordinator for the Druid Network and is also the co-founder and a tutor at Druid College UK. She is the author of “Zen Druidry:Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness”, “Dancing with Nemetona: A Druid Exploration of sanctuary and sacred space”, “The Awen Alone: Waking the Path of the Solitary Druid” and “The Stillness Within: Finding Inner Peace in a Conflicted World”.

Druid Heart: Living A Druid Life

 

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May 27th, 2016

Finding Gold in the Shadow

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: healing the personal and collective shadow; the ego and the sacred self; transforming the tyrant,victim,rebel,savior dynamics; rites of passage and the right use of power; surrender and spiritual empowerment; becoming aware of the shadow of the U.S.; institutionalized racism and the western story of separation; the antidote to entitlement; the connective observer self.

Carolyn Baker is the author of “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. Her newest book is “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”.

 

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May 20th, 2016

Psychedelics and Social Change

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

Charles-EisensteinIn this week’s episode a heart-to-heart conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Joanna: the mystery of gender; reclaiming a joyous cosmology; the complexity of psychedelics and systems change; holding each other in the bridging of psychedelics and everyday experience; a holistic culture is being born; Kennedy’s assassination, a moment of global reunion; psychedelics and the dissolution of the Western narrative; love as impetus for social change; the sixties planted the seeds of the future; a better education for a new reality.

 

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

 

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May 13th, 2016

My Mother Crosses Over

an interview with Nora Caron

Nora CaronIn this week’s episode Nora Caron speaks with Joanna about: the path of the spiritual warrior; an unconventional childhood; stranger than fiction; exploring our gifts; trauma and sensitivity; healing the ancestral shame and guilt; acceptance and forgiveness in the face of death; another approach to cancer.

 

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. Nora is currently writing her first non-fictional spiritual self-help book.

 

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May 6th, 2016

Diversity’s Embrace

an interview with Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Mi'Jan_Celie_Tho-biazIn this week’s episode Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz speaks with Joanna about: storytelling and social change; connecting the heart to the head to the hands; where intimacy resides; embracing the mess; the Prison Birth Project: banishing the inhumane practice of giving birth shackled; the gift of living in Brazil; the generosity of Mexican culture; the richness of slow traveling; the new social media and the oppression of the Black American community; the power of inter-generational community and society; reaching for the ancestral roots.

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D. is a cultural worker, documentarian, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Franklin Project Ambassador. Mi’Jan Celie has extensive practice in the fields of arts education and creative leadership, as well as 15 years of experience in multicultural curriculum design and instruction. As an independent community radio producer and host, she works in artistic and Native communities using the power of narrative as a transformative tool for social change.

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing  journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicine. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He is also the editor and contributor to the forthcoming “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Spirit Ally”. He is the co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, where he lives.

 

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April 22nd, 2016

The Ancient Language of Connection

an interview with Robbie Holz

Robbie HolzIn this week’s episode Robbie Holz speaks with Joanna about: from breakdown to breakthrough; opening up to the love of Mother Earth; a life-changing encounter in the Outback; allowing the energy of love; a vital message to women; the ancient language of connection; the energy of sacred places; communicating with everything; plugging into the greater consciousness; feeling the voice of the soul; embracing the unwanted parts of oneself; changing with the planet, one choice at a time; the feeling of interconnectedness.

 

Robbie Holz is an internationally-respected healer and speaker. She is an author of the award-winning book “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” and her memoir “Aboriginal Secrets of  Awakening”. Using Australian Aboriginal principles, she healed herself of hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and treatment-induced brain damage. Robbie has also participated in ceremonies with Aboriginal tribeswomen in the Australian Outback. She is passionately committed to help people worldwide activate their powerful inner healer.

 

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April 15th, 2016

The Potential of Subtle Activism

an interview with David Nicol

David_NicolIn this week’s episode David Nicol speaks with Joanna about: the growing potential of subtle activism; supporting wisdom and joy in the USA field; precedents of subtle activism – Sri Aurobindo, the Big Ben Project, Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain; the strong role of Earth-centered spiritualities; global meditations and the dawn of a new awareness; the joy and nourishment of subtle activism; working with the qualities of our deeper nature; the healing potential of collective loving attention; the human species awakening to higher capacities; ways to engage with the Gaiafield Project.

 

David Nicol, PhD is co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project. His book “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformations” is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). He teaches on subtle activism in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and for the Shift Network. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley with his wife Kate and dogs Jackson and Peaches.

 

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April 8th, 2016

Magic is Everything

an interview with John Michael Greer

John Michael GreerIn this week’s episode, John Michael Greer speaks with Joanna about: discovering the convergence of spirituality and ecology; the circularity of reality; the world we live in is  a spiritual phenomenon; deconstructing the “you create your own reality” meme; the role of mystery schools; the beauty of limits; the dance of flow in balance; we are doing magic all the time; remembering the wider reality; doing one thing for the biosphere.

 

John Michael Greer is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He is also the author of the popular blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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April 1st, 2016

Sky Shamans of Mongolia

an interview with Kevin Turner

Kevin_TurnerIn this week’s episode Kevin Turner speaks with Joanna about: nurtured in the womb of shamanism;  bringing spirit into this world; ordinary and non ordinary reality; Mongolian shamanism, alive and well; religious and political persecution and rearising of Mongolian shamanisms; three primary shamanic lineages in Mongolia; remembering the big picture and co-creating a dream that could be beautiful; extending the attention beyond the body; bringing East and West together; Tengers, spirits of the Upper World; working with the spirits of the stars.

Kevin Turner is the director for Asia and faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies founded by Michael Harner. After years of study with yogis, monks, and lamas in India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Japan, Kevin met Michael Harner in 1997 and trained in core shamanism, an integrative, nontraditional approach to shamanism. He teaches Core Shamanism internationally, offering several workshops a year. Turner is also a full trainer at the Monroe Institute, which offers programs and training in the out-of-body experience, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, and psychopomp work. He is the author of “Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers”.

 

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March 25th, 2016

Telling the Tales of Aliveness

an interview with Randi Ya'el Chaikind

Randi Ya'El ChaikindIn this week’s episode Randi Ya’el Chaikind speaks with Joanna about: we are natural born storytellers; the vital role of the witness; memory’s truth; revelations of the heart; out in the woods connected to the muse; a revelatory vision quest; called to be a Jewish shaman storyteller; Earth-based Hebrew wisdom; listening to the multiple voices of Nature; beyond healing lies creativity.

 

Randi Ya’el Chaikind, MPH has been an experiential educator, author, and therapeutic coach for more than 20 years, helping people heal and transform their lives through narrative and expressive arts. She specializes in nonviolent communication, empathic listening, and transformational storytelling. Randi Ya’El has a master of Public Health and currently is studying to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a focus on narrative therapy. She is the author of “Revelations of the Heart. A 49-Day Journey of Poems and Prompts to Write Your Way to Revelation.”  (You can order her book via paypal here)

 

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March 18th, 2016

Learning to Die Wise

an interview with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen-JenkinsonIn this week’s episode Stephen Jenkinson speaks with Joanna about: reconfiguring our culture with dying as a teacher, not an opponent; “more time, more dying” dying in a tech-med, death-phobic culture; self-absorption and dying badly; village mindedness an the gift of a good death; people die in the manner in which they lived; the wisdom of hearbreak; the real skilfullnes of being human; addicted to competence; a death-phobic culture and a highly sedated death; what our dying culture is asking of us; a willingness to be free of hope.

Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture. He is the author of “Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul” (2015), “Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), “How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), “Angel and Executioner: Grief ad the Love of Life” – a live recorded teaching (2009), and “Money and the Soul’s Desires: A Meditation” (2002), and contributing author to “Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies” (2007).

 

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March 11th, 2016

A Cree Healer Speaks

an interview with Russell Willier

Russell WillierIn this week’s episode Russell Willier speaks with Joanna about: government and religious pressure on Cree culture, native ways driven underground; the difficulty of living in between traditions; persecution of traditional healers; the global culture of traditional healing; the need to preserve wild areas where medicinal plants grow; bringing the dignity and pride to the new generations; the decline of plants and animals in Canada; healing is praying; stories of Spirit; slowing down in a fast world; signs of change in Nature.

 

Russell Willier was born on the Sucker Creek reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of having been selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. By the time Willier received his medicine bundle, the knowledge of how to use the little plant packets inside it had been lost, so Russell showed them to elders and asked if they knew how these ‘combinations” were used. Gradually, over many years, Russell pieced together the information he needed to begin to practice as a Medicine Man. Willier, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help. He is the co-author, with David Young and Robert Rogers, of “A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle. Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom – Healing Plants, Practices and Stories.”

 

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March 4th, 2016

Better Stories To Live By

an interview with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

Barbara MainguyLewis Mehl-MadronaIn this week’s episode Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy speak with Joanna about: the indigenous way of transmitting knowledge and wisdom through stories; making better stories to live by; true healing comes when we are heard; coyote healing, a metaphor for bridging indigenous view and Western medicine; breaking through oppressive stories; finding a story through feeling rooted in body movement; individual suffering is not isolated from the circumstances of our community of origin; metaphor is the language of the body; bringing the magic of Nature and Mystery back into our lives.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. He is the author of “Coyote Medicine”, “Coyote Healing”, and “Coyote Wisdom”, a trilogy on what native Culture has to offer to the modern world. He has also written “Narrative Medicine”, “Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of narrative Psychiatry”, and his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, “Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story”.

Barbara Mainguy studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. Her interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art, psychotherapy and healing. She is the author of a number of papers of health care with aboriginal people and on psychotherapy and psychosis and on chronic pain. Currently she is completing her M.F. A. in documentary film making at York University, Toronto, and working with Dr. Mehl-Madrona in Orono, Maine. She is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono.

 

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February 26th, 2016

A Heart Out of Mind

an interview with Lauren Silver

Lauren_SilverIn this week’s episode Lauren Silver speaks with Joanna about: a mind experiencing layers beyond the physical world; the challenges, sorrows and even joys that come when dementia enters a family’s world; elders are respected and loved in a traditional culture; plants, her very first teachers; the continuum of life and death; the importance of being present with the person experiencing dementia; a new kind of science and another way of experiencing space and time; the expansive gift of mindshifting; support from the more than human world; out of our minds and into our hearts.

Speaker, writer and consultant, Lauren Silver artfully uses stories to describe the challenges, sorrows and even joys that occur when dementia enters a family’s world. She is devoted to expanding compassion as well as increasing communication and translation skills in the ever-changing landscape of dementia. These offerings will open your heart; make you laugh and hopefully even make you cry. Whether or not you have someone with memory Loss in your life, you will learn about relating more fully…to everyone. Even those who’ve had no exposure to dementia, share that attending one of her talks is the “most life-affirming experience” they’ve had in a long time. Lauren lives in a one-room cabin on the edge of woods that border the Puget Sound in Washington State. She uses a drop-spindle to spin yarn made of the wool off her neighbor’s sheep and also tenderly works with plants in gardens nearby – two of the best ways she knows to nourish her soul and replenish her heart.

Read more about Lauren’s work, as well as her writing at:

Grace within dementia

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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