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Shows re: ecology


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”.

 

 

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

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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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August 22nd, 2014

The Wastewater Gardener

an interview with Mark Nelson

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

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

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

 

 

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February 7th, 2014

Rewilding Our Hearts

an interview with Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a past Guggenheim Fellow. He has received, among other awards, the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. Marc is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, in which he works with students of all ages, senior citizens, and prisoners, and also is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He and Jane co-founded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000. He lectures internationally on animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and behavioral ecology, and writes a science column about animal emotion for Psychology Today.

Marc speaks with Joanna about: the morality of animals; non human animals and language; rewilding our hearts; a continuum of being; all animals are special; “born to be good”; compassionate conservation; inmediate bonding.

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

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January 4th, 2014

Humus and Humility

an interview with Joan Dye Gussow

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Joan Dye Gussow, Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita and former chair of the Columbia Teachers College, Nutrition Education Program, lives, writes, and grows organic vegetables on the west bank of the Hudson River. Long retired, she still co- teaches her well-known nutritional ecology course at TC every fall. Her service includes two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, a term on the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee and a term on the National Organic Standards Board.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/joan-gussow-realism-not-realistic-option

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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November 22nd, 2013

Animate Earth

an interview with Stephan Harding

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

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

http://www.animateearth.com/Animate_Earth/the_film.html

 

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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September 13th, 2013

Tracking the Living Stories

an interview with Tamarack Song

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

 

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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August 23rd, 2013

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?

an interview with Tony Juniper

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

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

 

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

 

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July 26th, 2013

The Magic of the Wild

an interview with Jon Turk

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

Jon Turk

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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March 1st, 2013

Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution

an interview with Leslie E. Sponsel

Leslie E. Sponsel has a PhD in Biological and Cultural Anthropology . Over the last four decades he has taught at seven universities in four countries. His courses include amongst others: Ecological Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Spiritual Ecology, Sacred Places.

From 1974 to 1981 Sponsel conducted several trips to the Venezuelan Amazon to study human ecology with the Yanomami and other indigenous societies. Almost yearly since 1986 Sponsel has made research trips to Thailand to study various aspects of Buddhist ecology and environmentalism together with his wife, Dr. Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel. In recent years their work in northern Thailand has focused on exploring sacred caves.

His latest book is “Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution”. Next up is the book “Natural Wisdom: Exploring Buddhist Ecology and Environmentalism”.

He is developing the Research Institute for Spiritual Ecology (RISE) and its website as founding Director.

http://spiritualecology.info/

Leslie speaks with Joanna about re-thinking/re-feeling/re-visioning our place in Nature; the biomystic roots of ecology; spiritual ecology; animism: the enchantment of Nature; “the military-industrial-media-academic complex”…

 

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

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February 24th, 2012

Back by Popular Demand : Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

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

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

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

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February 3rd, 2012

The Economics of Happiness

an interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of ISEC. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy on identity, community and local economies, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization,’ or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.

Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet,” to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. Trained as a linguist, she was the first Westerner in recent times to master the Ladakhi language, and co-produced the first Ladakhi-English dictionary. Her book, “Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh” has been described as “an inspirational classic,” and sold almost half a million copies. She is on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and is a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Eco-village Network.

www.localfutures.org

Helena speaks with Joanna about the pressure of globalization on traditional cultures, … the relationship between beautiful, healthy and sustainable, … local communities and economies as a sustainable alternative to global consumer culture, … the connection path of community and nature, … and her latest film as co-director: “The Economics of Happiness”…

Music: “Part 8” (from Salzau. Music on the Water) by Danielsson/Dell/Landgren

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September 23rd, 2011

An Earth-friendly Vision Of Relationship

an interview with Kimerer LaMothe

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

www.vitalartsmedia.com

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

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

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July 31st, 2011

Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

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

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

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

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July 22nd, 2011

From Despair to Ecological Empowerment

an interview with John Seed

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

www.rainforestinfo.org.au

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

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

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

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

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July 9th, 2011

A Food Rebel

an interview with Mark Winne

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

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

www.markwinne.com

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

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

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

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June 17th, 2011

The Fire of Life

an interview with Vedamurti Shri Vivek Shastri L. Godbole

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

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

www.ancientwisdomrising.com

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

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

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April 8th, 2011

We are Nature

an interview with Desa Van Laarhoven

Desa Van Laarhoven joined the Marion Institute in 2006 after volunteering to organize the first Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay conference.

She has been the Executive Director since 2007, and works assiduously to oversee and develop the programs and Serendipity projects of the Marion Institute. Desa has her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from Stonehill College. Before her work at the Marion Institute, Desa spent time volunteering for both the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC*) where she was awarded the total commitment award from the southeast campus and the California Conservation Corps (where she lived in the woods for a few months bathing in a stream— seriously;). She firmly believes in the work she does, this passion was recognized in 2009 when she was awarded the Massachusetts SouthCoast Woman of the Year along side the late Senator Edward Kennedy. In addition, Desa spends a few weeks every year in Costa Rica at Rancho Mastatal, a sustainable education center, working to empower the community to live in a more restorative manner.

www.marioninstitute.org

Desa speaks with Joanna about her commitment to the environment through her work as executive director of The Marion Institute, a member based non-profit that acts as an incubator, dedicated to identifying, promoting programs and serendipity projects that seek to find a solution for the root cause of an issue, both on a global and local level, in the realms of sustainability and social justice.

Music: “Second Sense” (from Insides), by Jon Hopkins

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June 9th, 2010

The Song of the Wild

an interview with Jason Kirkey

Jason Kirkey grew up in the North Atlantic watershed of Massachusetts in a small town north of Boston. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he attended Naropa University and in 2007 obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in “Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Contemplative Psychology and Environmental Studies.” Throughout his undergraduate career he was also heavily influenced and inspired by deep ecology, ecopsychology, Buddhism, and the Shambhala tradition of enlightened warriorship as taught by Chögyam Trungpa.

He has released three collections of poems, Portraits of Beauty (2006), Songs from a Wild Place (2007), and The Ballad of the Sea-Sweet Moon and Other Poems (2008).

In late 2008 Jason completed a manuscript entitled The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality which deals with the themes of Irish mythology and the re-invention and integration of the human species into consonance with the living cosmos. It draws heavily on ecological studies, mythology and folklore, and the nondual mystical traditions.

Most recently Jason has moved to San Francisco to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the “Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness” program. He is in the early stages of writing a fourth collection of poems and is developing experiential programs in order to bring his work with Place, Nature, Soul, and Story to the public.

http://www.jasonkirkey.com

Jason speaks with Joanna about nature, soul, storytelling, ecological mysticism and his own initiatory experiences from the diferent facets of the Irish Dreamtime

“We can’t engage with the entire universe, or with the aspect of our being that is the universe until we start engaging with our local identity, our local place, our local culture, our ecosystem, through that engagement, we can find the larger story, but it has to start with the local wawtershed, and finding our own story there, before finding the Big Story.”

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December 9th, 2009

Intimate Healing with Our Conscious Plant Friends

an interview with Pam Montgomery

Pam Montgomery is the originator of Green Terrestrial Herbal Products of Vermont and was one of the founding members of the Northeast Herbal Association where she served as their president for four years. For a decade, Pam was on the Executive Council of the Board of Directors of United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to preservation of our native medicinal plants. Pam has been organizing the Green Nations Gathering for nineteen years and has presented the Spirit Healing Conference and the Healing With Flowers Conference. She teaches workshops internationally on herbal medicine, Plant Spirit Healing, and spiritual ecology.  Pam is the author of “Plant Spirit Healing; A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness” and “Partner Earth; A Spiritual Ecology”, and a contributing author in “Planting the Future”.

Pam speaks with Joanna about developing an intimate relationship with plants / beyond Gaia theory / the value of stillness /  the Great Healing .

http://www.partnereartheducationcenter.com/index.htm

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November 24th, 2009

The Spirit of the Place

an interview with Craig Chalquist

Craig Chalquist, PhD is a core faculty member in the School of holisitic Studies at John F. Kennedy University. He has worked as a family therapist, conflict resolution facilitator, lecturere, and group facilitator, He earned his PhD at PAcifica Graduate Institute, where he studied depth psychology with an ecological approach.

For his doctoral work he explored the history of California one mission city and county at a time while inspecting its geography, ecology, infraestructure, culture, lore, and imaginal life to synthesize a “psychoanalysis of place” to trace connections between the trauma and health of the land and the symptoms and syndromes of its inhabitants. He has written, among other books, “Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place”, and is co-editor with Linda Buzzel-Saltzman, of “Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind”. See: http://www.chalquist.com/

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October 29th, 2009

Power to the Earth

an interview with Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. She serves as an ecology advisor to several organizations including the Third World Network and the Asia Pacific People’s Environment Network.  In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.  She has also written several works include, Staying Alive, The Violence of the Green Revolution, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, Monocultures of the Mind and Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit.

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June 27th, 2009

Art, Ecology and Education

an interview with Lars Schmidt

Lars Schmidt is an artist, facilitator, project developer and sustainability educator.As founder of Art, Ecology & Education, The Pollinators and initiator/co-developer of Integral Ecoawareness Training and Practice, Lars is a pioneer and visionary in the field of creating and facilitating transformative processes and projects for integrated, sustainable living.

He studied acting, dance, singing and photography in Germany and the US, worked internationally as actor for film, television and theater, as acting coach, photographer, musician/singer/songwriter, filmmaker and poet. He has lived and worked on organic farms in France and Italy, and is engaged in permaculture and living systems theory for several years.

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April 28th, 2009

The Pharmacy of Flowers

an interview with David Crow

David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine, natural health and ecological sustainability. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 20 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. He is a renowned author and the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Through writing, teaching, and activism, David Crow is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system based on community gardens. He is a co-founder of The Learning Garden at Venice High School in Los Angeles. David currently travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of thousands.

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April 13th, 2009

A Visionary for the New Millennium

an interview with Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin is a poet, essayist, playwright and screenwriter. Her work moves beyond the boundaries of form and perception as she draws connections between the destruction of nature, the diminishment of women and racism, and traces the causes of war to denial in both private and public life. Her groundbreaking book Woman and Nature is an extended prose-poem and is the classic work that inspired eco-feminism. Wrestling with Angel of Democracy, the Autobiography of an American Citizen her most recent book, explores the state of mind that engenders and sustains democracy.

Named by Utne reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has been the recipient of an NEA grant, and a one year Macarthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation. She lectures widely in the United States and abroad, and teaches occasional courses at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Pacifica Graduate School.

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March 31st, 2009

Poetic Images of Extraordinary Emotional Impact

an interview with Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio is an inventor of a film style which creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound which chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment.

Reggio has been a community activitist since the sixties and co-founded a number of organizations dedicated to assisting communities in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. In 1974 and 1975, with funding from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reggio co-organized a multi- media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. His first film, Koyaanisqatsi, was released in 1983.

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August 16th, 2008

Conservation of the Altai Mountains

an interview with Slava Trigubovich

Slava Trigubovich is a Russian conservation biologist and the co-founder of the Altai Foundation of Russia, a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Altai Mountains, and to supporting initiatives that sustain, enhance, or expand Russia’s network of nature reserves or “zapovedniks.” He was previously headed the Siberian Interregional Center Zapovedniki (SICZ).
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July 30th, 2008

The Marriage of Art and Permaculture

an interview with Isabela Coelho

Isabela Coelho is an educator and performing artist; graduate in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. She has worked in many arts and social projects with youth and adults in Brazil, Nicaragua and the USA. She is co-founder and co-director of OPA, a non-profit organization which emerged from the desire to combine permaculture and arts in order to build bridges between cultural, social and environmental sustainability in the urban setting.

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January 6th, 2008

Re-Inventing Earth-Based Goddess Religion

an interview with Glenys Livingstone

Glenys Livingstone is the author of PaGaian Cosmology, Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. Glenys’ doctoral research at the University of Western Sydney in the School of Social Ecology was an experiential study of the three phases of ‘Goddess’ – Virgin, Mother, Crone – as Creative Cosmological Dynamic.

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August 29th, 2006

Organic Whole Systems

an interview with Elaine Seiler

Elaine Seiler is the director of ReGenesis Enterprises Pty. Ltd., a living laboratory and showcase in Northern New South Wales, Australia for a variety of land based projects that focus on organic whole systems agriculture, ecological forestry, environmental repair and sustainable human settlement.

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July 7th, 2006

Oceans and Ecology

Joanna Harcourt-Smith interview featuring Dr. Roger Payne, founder and President of the Ocean Alliance, and his wife, Lisa Harrow, actress and environmentalist…and Mike Hagan interview featuring Star Newland, founder of the Sirius Institute, and Dr. Michael Hyson, co-founder and research director.

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