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August 11th, 2017

The Culture That Connects

an interview with Scott Pittman

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

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

 

 

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March 18th, 2017

Planting the Seeds of Consciousness

an interview with Ann Filemyr

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

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

 

 

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March 3rd, 2017

Remembering Our Sacred Purpose

an interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry

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

 

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

 

 

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December 16th, 2016

Complexity is a Love Story

an interview with Nora Bateson

nora_batesonIn this week’s episode Nora Bateson speaks with Joanna about: The International Bateson Institute in Sweden, studying the complexity of life; the freedom of opening up to multiplicity; a lifetime of cultivating wisdom; articulating the ways of interdependence and interrelationship of life; science is not neutral; choosing complexity over reductionism; remembering the origins of a holistic science, the Macy Conferences; finding the intimacy within the complexity we live in; a love affair with Nature.

Nora Bateson is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning documentary “An Ecology of Mind”, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking. Ms. Bateson considers herself a professional interloper as she engages in conversations in different disciplines and with different audiences. One result of that is The International Bateson Institute, designed to bring together the sciences, arts, and vocational wisdoms to create a focused qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. Asking, “How we can improve our perception f the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” Nora Bateson has also developed curriculum for schools in Northern California and produced and and directed an award winning multimedia projects on intercultural understanding. Her newest book is “Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through other Patterns”.

 

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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 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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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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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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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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January 22nd, 2016

The Peace of the Wilderness

an interview with Joseph Bharat Cornell

Joseph Bharat CornellIn this week’s episode Joseph Bharat Cornell speaks with Joanna about: a life dedicated to sharing the peace felt in Nature; the joy and blissful vibrancy of the wilderness; the whole earth, a meditation of the Cosmic Spirit; the healing practice of forest bathing; nature education in a holistic way; seeing with the eyes of the moment; the song of creation; George Washington Carver, a beautiful attunement with Nature; becoming whole through play; communing with Life from a shared center; expanding circles of awareness; interviewing Nature.

 

Joseph Bharat Cornell is an international renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet’s most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, “Sharing Nature with Children”, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. His newest books, “Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature” and “The Sky and Earth Touched Me: Sharing Nature Wellness Exercises” (winner of 4 national book awards), have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature. Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work, among others, the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe. In 2011, Cornell was selected as one of the world’s “100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planète. Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California.

 

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December 4th, 2015

A Larger Sense of Meaning

an interview with Nancy Ellen Abrams

Nancy Ellen AbramsIn this week’s episode Nancy Ellen Abrams speaks  with Joanna about the quest for a spirituality consistent with science; we are meaning-seeking beings; God as our collective emergent identity; the cosmic dance of dark energy and dark matter; a new origin story for a new cosmology; novelty and emergence; the need for a coherent, unifying vision; becoming good ancestors for our descendants.

 

Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science, lawyer, and author. She and her husband, world-renowned cosmologist Joel R. Primack, developed a new visual language to express the big ideas underlying the new universe picture, which Primack helped create. Early in her career Abrams worked in the US Congress”s Office of Technology Assessment, where she invented Scientific Mediation, a method that helps government agencies make the wisest policy decision possible in the face of scientific uncertainty. She is the co-author with her husband of “The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos” and “The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World”, winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold award for best science book of 2011. Abrams’ new book “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet”, pulls together science and spirituality into a radically new Big Picture for our time, with forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and cosmologist Paul Davies.

 

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May 8th, 2015

Once Upon the Stars

an interview with Amy Edelstein

Amy EdelsteinAmy Edelstein speaks with Joanna about: a visionary, uplifting city; defining evolutionary spirituality; closeness to the stars; a new felt sense towards our environment; opening our consciousness to the big current; homecoming to the Divine; a warmer language for spiritual experience; bringing a grounding, freeing spirituality to younger generations; remembering the big picture: a world of possibilities; non anthropocentric, active receptivity; a fluid kind of leadership; the edge of her spirituality.

Amy Edelstein, author, educator, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She teaches a spiritually awakened perspective and the significance of an evolutionary worldview. Her short programs and year-long trainings help individuals and group develop. Engaging, sensitive, and insightful Amy’s mission is to support as many people as possible to grrow beyond their own expectations. A Cornell University College Scholar, Amy has thirty years experience of contemplative practice, including a background in both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, as well as in evolutionary spirituality, a contemporary philosophical perspective that connects individual transformation with a deep sense of responsibility for our collective future. She is the author of “Love, Marriage & Evolution” and “Great Awakenings: Radical Visions of Spiritual Love”, and is currently working on a third book about evolutionary spirituality.

 

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May 1st, 2015

Savage Grace

an interview with Jay Griffiths

jay griffiths photoIn this week’s episode, Jay Griffiths speaks with Joanna about: our essential connection to Nature; the innate nobility of children; an exploration of freedom; meeting the primal medicine; whales, dolphins and the Songlines of the world;  the people of West Papua bringing life  into song;Time is subjective and non linear; the core of Frida Kahlo’s philosophy; one of the most beautiful forms of communication; jay’s definition of home; the most miraculous thing.

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning British writer and author of “Savage Grace: A Journey in Wildness” – an evocation of the songlines of the earth and the wildness intrinsic to the health of the human spirit -, “Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time” – a polemic against the play-less, life-denying ways in which modernity sees time -, “Anarchipelago” – a story about the British anti-road protests -,”A Love Letter from A Stray Moon” – a fictionalised biography of Frida Kahlo – and “Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape” – a passionate, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright-.

She has written for the Guardian’s comment pages and features pages. She is a regular columnist for Orion magazine and has contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain, among other publications.

 

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March 27th, 2015

Born to Be Blissful

an interview with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Joseph Chilton PearceIn this week’s episode, Joseph Chilton Pearce speaks with Joanna about: what he considers his best work; the key for us to tap into our enormous potential; the radical importance of nurturing  human beings from the very beginning; the work of Michel Odent; special care of pregnant women; the possibility of ecstatic birth; beyond the fear of death: bliss and joy of the pure Spirit; the difference between joy and the state of bliss; the supreme, creative, expansive intelligence of the heart.

For nearly half a century Joseph Chilton Pearce has been probing the mysteries of the human mind. One of his overriding passions remains the study of what he calls the “unfolding” of intelligence in children. He is a self-avowed iconoclast, unafraid to speak out against the myriad ways in which contemporary American culture fails to nurture the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs and yearnings of our young people. he is the groundbreaking author of transformative books such as “The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of the Spirit”, “The Biology of Transcendence”, “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”, magical Child”, “Evolution’s End” and “The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think”.

 

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January 16th, 2015

Jamming for Change

an interview with Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain In this week’s episode Shilpa Jain speaks with Joanna about  her work in YES! as a connector of change.

Shilpa Jain currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India, where she served as coordinator of the Swapathgami (Walkouts-Walkons) Network. Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning. Her publications include “A Poet’s Challenge to Schooling”, “Reclaiming the Gift Culture”, “Other Worlds of Power”, “Paths of Unlearning”, “Unfolding Learning Societies”. She is also co-author of “Connect. Inspire. Collaborate”, a highly sought-after facilitation manual.

 

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December 26th, 2014

Reclaiming the Wild Soul

an interview with Mary Reynolds Thompson

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

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

 

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December 19th, 2014

Medicines of Interbeing

an interview with Oliver Hockenhull

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

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

http://www.thegreatmedicines.com

https://dana.io/citizen-planet

 

 

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December 13th, 2014

The Longing to Connect

an interview with Kosha Joubert

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

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

 

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December 5th, 2014

In Love with Fermentation

an interview with Sandor Katz

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

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

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November 21st, 2014

The Currency of Gratitude

an interview with Kristi Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.gratefulness.org/

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May 9th, 2014

Future Primal

an interview with Louis G. Herman

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

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

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January 31st, 2014

Supported By A Loving Wisdom

an interview with Ellen Miller and Gary Sherman

Gary Sherman has been a psychotherapist and teacher of meditation and self-awareness for over thirty-five years. Currently, Gary is an educator and teacher, who is committed to exploring our deepest human potential and translating the results into practical knowledge that can be used to elevate our lives. His present work embodies the educational process, called Perceptual Integration that he developed for training others in becoming self-aware.

Ellen Miller has developed a process called Inner Harmonics, where she uses art to bring through high energy healing frequencies for herself and others. Ellen teaches this unique process through Inner Harmonics, her private consulting with individuals and in her guided meditations. She is committed to helping others connect to their own Inner Teacher, so that they too can bring through their unique gifts and talents.

Ellen and Gary speak with Joanna about: attuned with everything; a shared revelatory process; beyond the healing; cooperating with a deep educational experience; ego, attention and evolution; the joy of painting; “serious play”; participation in the inner wisdom; doors to the larger Self.

 

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January 4th, 2014

A New Food System

an interview with Tanya Fields

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing, Tanya Fields is a reputed and rising public speaker and educator.
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/tanya-fields-lettuce-liberate-economic-inclusion-new-food-economy

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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

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January 4th, 2014

Creating Change Through Vulnerability

an interview with Samara Gaev

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Samara Gaev is a New York based activist, educator, theatre director, and performer. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, a social justice based hip-hop theatre company for high school and college aged youth in NYC. Samara is honored to be the Resident Artist/Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College: Graduate School of Education. She serves as an educational specialist, teaching artist, and artist in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is also the National Education Director for Question Bridge: Black Males, a Board Member of Project Rhythm, Curriculum Writer for Hurricane Season, and Co-Director of In Transition Hip-Hop Theatre Co.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/director-samara-gaev-performs-injury

 

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December 27th, 2013

The Next Right Thing

an interview with Swanee Hunt

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

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

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/swanee-hunt-half-life-zealot

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

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December 13th, 2013

Tens of Thousands of Role Models

an interview with Bill Strickland

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

As president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Bill Strickland builds partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future. Strickland is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/bill-strickland-art-leadership

Bill Strickland speaks with Joanna about the measure of success; expanding the role models; the fuel of enthusiasm; how the arts and innovative vocational training can change the perception of value and human possibility.

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November 29th, 2013

Gratitude in the Present

an interview with Philip Shepherd

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

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

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

 

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November 22nd, 2013

Animate Earth

an interview with Stephan Harding

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

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

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

 

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September 13th, 2013

Tracking the Living Stories

an interview with Tamarack Song

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

 

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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.

 

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July 5th, 2013

The Roots of Our Being

an interview with Philip Shepherd

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

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

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

 

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June 28th, 2013

The Contact Project

an interview with Jennifer K. Lynne

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

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

 

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April 5th, 2013

Innate Kindness

an interview with Richard J. Davidson

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

 Richard J. Davidson received his Ph.D. in Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychophysiology from Harvard University. He is currently Director for the Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience as well as the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety, using quantitative electrophysiology, positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to make inferences about patterns of regional brain function.

He has also studied and published several papers on brain physiology in long-term Buddhist meditators, and in persons receiving short-term training in mindfulness meditation. Among his several books is “Visions of compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature” (2002, Oxford University Press), co-edited with Anne Harrington, and (with Sharon Begley) “The Emotional Life of Your Brain”.

http://richardjdavidson.com/

Richard speaks with Joanna about cultivating resilience to navigate the challenges of life with more equanimity, grace and compassion; the “kindness curriculum”; contemplative training: nourishing the seeds of compassion; a historic meeting of scientists and Tibetan contemplative practitioners; compassion practices and neuroplasticity…

 

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March 15th, 2013

Leadership from the Land

an interview with Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes is a farmer and conservationist, and an artist of imagery, written word and carved wood. He is also a public speaker and facilitator.  Peter’s life-long pursuit is to be a witness and storyteller of the bond between people and the land, and to translate what he has learned into a new form of leadership.

Peter founded the Center for Whole Communities to do what he could to strengthen and connect movements for social and environmental change by looking deeply at the issues that divide us from one another and from the land. At the core of this work are tools such as inquiry, story, deep listening, transformational leadership, and relationship-building across lines of race, class and ideology. He is the editor of “Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place” and he is the author of “The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society” (TPL/Chelsea Green, 2001). His essays have also appeared in “Coming to Land in a Troubled World” (Center for Land and People/Chelsea Green)

http://www.wholecommunities.org/publications/essays_talks.shtml

Peter speaks with Joanna about collaborating with the land; healing diversity; developing intimacy with nature everywhere; a new conservationism; food justice; intensive perception; a new generation of earth persons; uncovering the old wise person within…

 

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December 28th, 2012

Ideas into Action

an interview with Kanika Gupta

Kanika Gupta is the Founder and Chief Catalyst at SoJo [http://theSoJo.net], a social enterprise technology start-up incubated in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. SoJo builds e-Learning tools that provides support, information,and guidance to individuals to take their ideas for social change into action. SoJo was inspired from over a decade of experience building and growing social ventures in addition to extensive first-hand research on youth-led social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Highly engaged in civic issues and community development, Kanika has worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Knowledge Management, Canadian International Development Agency in Human Rights policy, Canadian House of Commons, grassroots NGOs in West Africa and India. Prior to SoJo, Kanika founded Nukoko a Canadian nonprofit which sends over 600 girls to school in west Africa annually.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/kanika-gupta
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December 14th, 2012

Open Source Ecology

an interview with Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin Jakubowski came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his PhD in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin before shifting direction and starting a hydroponic vegetable farm in Madison, WI. Lacking real experience in practical matters, he then began his education from scratch, and in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create modern civilization from scrap metal. OSE has prototyped 8 machines and intends to build everything from an induction furnace for melting metals to an open source combine.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/marcin-jakubowski

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December 14th, 2012

Soul Renaissance

an interview with Erik Andrade

Erik Andrade is spoken word artist and community activist from New Bedford. He works with New Bedford youth through People Acting in Community Endeavor (PACE) YouthBuild New Bedford, as the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator and co-facilitator of the Sustainability, Leadership Development and Social Justice Workshops. Erik is the founding member of La Soul Renaissance and the Overflowing Cup Project. La Soul Renaissance is a local spoken word and hip hop venue which focuses on social justice issues and spirituality. The Overflowing Cup Project is an artist circle that works to encourage, recover and inspire creativity through a collective process. Erik is also a mentor and member of the Connecting for Change Youth Committee.

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November 23rd, 2012

Original Healing

an interview with Evon Peter

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)

Evon Peter, former Neetsaii Gwich’in Chief of Arctic Village, is devoted to supporting leadership development, wellness, and a balanced life. He is a writer at the Tundra Post, Chief Executive at Gwanzhii, and has over fifteen years experience working with Indigenous youth, organizations, and tribes implementing culturally based approaches. Over the past several years, he has focused substantially on healing and prevention of suicide among Alaska Native peoples. Evon loves the land, cultural food his people hunt and gather, music, to steam bath, his family, and storytelling (mostly the listening part :). He resides with his wife, Enei Begaye Peter, and four children in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Evon speaks with Joanna about healing the deepest suffering; indigenous resilience; global warming in Alaska; healers and leaders of the future…

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November 9th, 2012

Knowing How Much Is Enough

an interview with Judy Wicks

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)
An international leader and speaker in the local living economies movement, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Cafe on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia in 1983. After helping to save her block from demolition to make way for a proposed mall, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant featuring fresh local food with a national reputation for community involvement, environmental stewardship, responsible business practices, and leadership in the local economy movement. Judy is co-founder, in 2001, of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), www.LivingEconomies.org, now comprised of 80 local business networks in towns and cities across the US and Canada.

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