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Shows re: Entheogens


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 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.

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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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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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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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January 8th, 2016

The Medicine of the Ancestors

an interview with Clare S. Wilkins

Clare WilkinsIn this week’s episode, Clare Wilkins speaks with Joanna about: a medicine of freedom; cellular instruction from a very special root; addiction: aching for connection; a gradual relationship with Iboga; a shift towards a more holistic, systemic treatment in ibogaine therapy; Iboga and coming home within; the safety of remembering our greater belonging; the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference: experts from around the world to discuss ibogaine therapy, the climate of global drug policy, an the sustainability and traditional uses of Tabernanthe iboga.

 

Clare S. Wilkins is a former intravenous heroin user & methadone patient who, in 2005, shed her chemical dependencies with Ibogaine. At Pangea Biomedics, she has facilitated over 500 Ibogaine treatments & worked together with MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, to study the long terms effects of Ibogaine on patients undergoing detox therapy. She is a board member of GITA, The Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance and has presented at numerous conferences. Currently she is collaborating with Dr. Raul Morales to develop a clinical trial for opiate detoxification with Ibogaine at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. Clare is committed to providing loving, compassionate care for extremely physically challenged patients & passionately believes in every human’s basic right to medicine.

 

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December 11th, 2015

The Alchemy of Joy

an interview with Nicki Scully

Nicki ScullyIn this week’s episode, Nicki Scully speaks with Joanna about: from the Grateful Dead to re-membering Egypt; the new call from an ancient spirituality; neteru, origin of the word “Nature”; magic ia alive; Thoth and the primordial memory; healing and being fully present; a miraculous healing; joy, the natural state of being; the principles of alchemy; the starry field of intelligence; the Heart Breath mediation.

 

Nicki Scully has been teaching healing, shamanic arts and the Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. She is a lineage holder in the Hermetic tradition of Thoth, her teacher and mentor. With Thoth she developed Alchemical Healing, a comprehensive healing form that is practiced by thousands of practitioners internationally. She is the author of “Alchemical Healing, A Guide to Spiritual, Physical, and Transformational Medicine”, Planetary Healing: Spirit Medicine for Global Transformation”, “Becoming an Oracle, Connecting with the Divine Source for Information and Healing”, and her newest book, co-authored with Normandi Ellis, “The Union of Isis and Thoth: Magic and Initiatory Practices in Ancient Egypt”.

 

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October 9th, 2015

Zach Leary speaks with Joanna Leary

an interview with Zach Leary

Zack_LearyIn this week’s episode Zach Leary speaks with Joanna about: “who are you now?”; a student of life; remembering Timothy Leary: an evolutionary futurist; the amazement of being alive; a visionary of social and media culture; approaching the yoga of love and devotion; discovering the sacredness of the land; the mystery of waking frmo from self-imposed suffering; Bill Wilson and Timothy Leary; technology and spirituality.

 

Zach Leary is a seasoned digital marketer, blogger and host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast. Zack is also a practitioner pf bhakti yoga as taught by his guru Neem Karoli Baba. Through the practice of bhakti he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zack has been influenced by many different methods and traditions ranging from trans-humanism and hatha yoga to Buddhism and psychology. But above all he believes first and foremost in his guru’s teaching that “love is the strongest medicine”. You can visit his website at zachleary.com

 

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August 28th, 2015

Pulsing with the Light of Love

an interview with Billy Hayes

Billy_HayesIn this week’s episode, Billy Hayes speaks with Joanna about his experiences that led to the making of the iconic film “Midnight Express”: the powerful effects of films on culture; surviving his escape from prison; facing the consequences of one’s actions; learning the most important lesson; differentiating fiction and reality in the film; the most hated man in Turkey: coming to peace and reconciliation; telling the story in his own words, his new one-man show “Riding the Midnight Express”; a life-changing ecstatic epiphany;  the terrible effects of the war on drugs and the cultural shift taking place in recent years.

 

Billy Hayes has been writing, speaking, acting, and directing since the best-selling book he wrote about his experience of survival and escape from a Turkish prison, “Midnight Express”, was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1978. Locked Up Abroad, the National Geographic series, shared Hayes’ story in 2010 with a new world audience, and in 2013 Peter Schaufuss presented his powerful ballet version of Midnight Express at the London Coliseum. Hayes has acted extensively in film, theater, and television, and is a member of the Actor’s Studio West Playwright/Director Unit. As an artist member of the Inside Out, Hayes used theater skills therapeutically with both at-risk youth and disturbed, incarcerated patients in a hospital setting. He has also shared the lessons of his life experience mentoring homeless youths at the L. A. Free Clinic, and in an extensive speaking engagements across North America. Hayes is currently touring his one-man show, “Riding the Midnight Express”, which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

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July 17th, 2015

The Cosmos in the Heart

an interview with Renn Butler

Renn_ButlerIn this week’s episode, Renn Butler speaks with Joanna about archetypal astrology and the transpersonal journey: Pluto’s heart and Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; a consistent, meaningful connection between planetary alignments and our emotional and psychological experiences; Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas: perinatal matrices and the archetypes; archetypal astrology as useful adjunct to understanding our own process and giving support to other people; dealing with the perinatal roots of agression and depression; Uranus-Neptune conjunction in 96-97: the return of the Mother Goddess archetype; signs of the emergence of a planetary mind.

Renn Butler completed training as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator with Stanislav and Christina Grof in 1989 and has facilitated many workshops in Victoria, Canada. Following a B. A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, he lived at the Esalen Institute in California for 2 1/2 years where he became deeply immersed in the transpersonal psychology of Stanislav Grof and the emerging archetypal astrology of Richard Tarnas. His own research includes over three decades of archetypal astrology consultations and Holotropic Breathwork workshops. He has also worked in healthcare for over two decades with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults.“Pathways to Wholeness. Archetypal Astrology and the Transpersonal Journey” is his first book.

 

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May 22nd, 2015

DMT and the Prophetic State

an interview with Rick Strassman

Rick StrassmanIn this week’s episode, Rick Strassman speaks with Joanna about: DMT, a natural psychedelic compound of the human body; the comeback of psychedelics studies; a controversial new project; the DMT space, a relational experience; the prophetic state and the DMT experiences; a broader view of prophecy; DMT, brain and spiritual influence in prophetic experience; going beyond cause and effect; psychedelics and the meeting of science and spirituality; theoneurology versus neurotheology: enlarging the discussion about spirituality; ethics and the relational, prophetic state.

Rick Strassman, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and president and cofounder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation. From 1990 to 1995 he performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the United States in more than 20 years, focusing on the powerful, naturally occurring compound DMT. He is the author of “DMT:The Spirit Molecule” and coauthor of “Inner Paths to Outer Space”. His latest book  is “DMT and the Soul of Prophecy”.

 

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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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April 17th, 2015

Belonging to the Universe

an interview with Itzhak Beery

Itzhak BeeryIn this week’s episode Itzhak Beery speaks with Joanna about: childhood and shamanism; nature and imagination; a deep longing articulated through art; belonging to Nature and the Universe; our possible star origins; reconnection with ancestral memory; remembering another life time; memory as energy; retrieving the core of our being; ayahuasca: an ancient,complex medicine; training our deep perception; the keepers of the communal fire; the elegant music of the Universe.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Qechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagé, among numerous elders of South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. He is the author of the recently published “The Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms”.

 

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April 10th, 2015

The Wilderness of Language

an interview with Diana Slattery

Diana Reed SlatteryIn this week’s episode, Dianna Slattery speaks with Joanna about: xenolinguistics, new species of language; meeting the Other/s, presences larger than life; playing the maze game; communication with a living language; going to school in a different realm; the work of becoming more conscious of our human and spiritual possibilities; outer and inner support systems; the balance between taking risks and safety; healing with psychedelics; entheogens: at the beginning of a vast exploration; ex/plaining the visionary experiences; the essential religious impulse, without intermediaries; the freedom of forming the future, personal and collectively; the primal, wave-like language of energy; a living laboratory for human creativity.

Diana Reed Slattery was born in time to compile a full 60s resume: civil rights photojournalism, peace marching, communes. Social justice, self-exploration, and LSD went hand in hand. She went on to co-found an ecologically oriented K-12 school with working farm, dairy, livestock, and forestry that held the first renewable energy conference in Oregon. She later continued her career by founding, funding, and managing a series of not-for-profit organizations. In 1999, in an altered state of consciousness, she acquired a strange, alien script, Glide, beginning a ten-year psychonautics investigation of linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere. Out of this solo – and secret – adventure came a novel, “The Maze Game”, a million words of session reports, software to work with the language, and a PhD in xenolinguistics. Slattery lives in california, and has presented her work at numerous art, technology, consciousness, and psychedelic conferences over the past 15 years. Her newest book is “Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness”.

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March 7th, 2015

Drinking from the River of Memory

an interview with Sarah Drew

Sarah DrewIn this week’s episode, Sarah Drew speaks with Joanna about: A Gaian heroine’s journey; mythopoetics, an incantation creating relationship with the past and the future; drinking from the river of memory; a continuity of souls: remembering together; entheogenic initiations; an emergent, trans-religious spirituality; connecting back to Mother/Matter; mentoring program in visionary writing; the call of Mother Muse; the vibrant potential of these times; circles of remembrance; the power of understanding frequency and vibration embedded in words.

Sarah Drew, author of  “Gaia Codex”, is a passionate explorer of culture and consciousness. She has traveled extensively around the world from the high peaks from Bhutan to the jungles of the Amazon. An experienced lecturer, who has taught at the graduate level and at key international symposiums, her professional back ground is as a cultural curator and creator of innovative media. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

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February 20th, 2015

The Harvard Years

an interview with James Penner

IJames Pennern this week’s episode, James Penner speaks with Joanna about: rediscovering Tim Leary’s early writings; Leary, an interdisciplinary and provocative thinker; creativity and psychedelics; “learn to trust your nervous system”; growing interest in psychedelics across generations; the changing relationship between Richard Alpert/Ram Dass and Tim Leary; re-evaluating the foundational period of the psychedelic era; a key event: the Harvard scandal; the best psychedelic writings; Leary as a scientist and mystic; an artist of the epiphany; “re-imprinting”: Leary’s most radical idea.

James Penner, Ph. D., is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, he is the author of “Pinks, Pansies and Punks: The Rethoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture.” His newest book is “Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years. Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner and others.”

 

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February 6th, 2015

An Atmosphere of Connection

an interview with James Fadiman

James FadimanIn this week’s episode, James Fadiman speaks with Joanna about: how to be a safe voyager in the psychedelic realms; expressing the inexpressible; towards a normalization of psychedelics; re-membering our interconnectedness, entering the deeper beauty of Nature; the increasing use of these substances in scientific research; “what isn’t spiritual…?”; the rising of the Feminine.

James Fadiman is an American psychologist and writer. He is acknowledged for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. He co-founded along with Robert Frager the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology which later became Sofia University (California), where he was a lecturer in psychedelic studies. Fadiman was part of the team in the Psychedelics in problem-solving experiment which was abruptly halted in 1966. He was a president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and also a Director at the Instute of Noetic Sciences. He is the author of “Personality and Personal Growth” (7th Edition, with Robert Frager), “Unlimit Your Life: Setting and Getting Goals”, “Essential Sufism”, “The Other Side of Haight: A Novel” and his latest “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys”.

 

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January 6th, 2015

Dying to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamOn Saturday 10th, at 7 pm, at the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe (CCA)Gay Dillingham, director of “Dying to Know”, and Joanna Harcourt-Smith, will present a discussion and Q & A after the screeening of the film. Be there then.

In this episode, Gay speaks about the genesis of her film, falling in love with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert/Ram Dass; “I behold death because it teaches me how to live”; what never dies; inviting cultural conversations about death, psychedelics; rites of passage, our dream life…; dancing with the mystery.

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 nationally 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”. Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first programs in the mid 90s. 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; footage so compelling it was haunting her to finish. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making the films & telling meaningful stories.

 

 

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December 19th, 2014

Medicines of Interbeing

an interview with Oliver Hockenhull

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

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

http://www.thegreatmedicines.com

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November 14th, 2014

Medicines of Deep Remembering

an interview with Oliver

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

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

 

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August 15th, 2014

The Brain of Eden

an interview with Tony Wright

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

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

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August 1st, 2014

Improvisational Intelligence

an interview with Sabrina Page

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

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

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July 18th, 2014

The Universe is a Diamond Maker

an interview with Christopher Bache

Chris BacheChristopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for 35 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life”, “Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind”, and “The Living Classroom”. His work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness.

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

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June 27th, 2014

Through the Doors of Perception

an interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

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

 

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May 16th, 2014

Intimacy as Spiritual Practice

an interview with Allan Badiner

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

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

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May 9th, 2014

Future Primal

an interview with Louis G. Herman

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

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

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May 2nd, 2014

A Woman’s Vision

an interview with Annie Oak

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

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

 

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November 15th, 2013

Loving a Sentient Cosmos

an interview with Robert Tindall

Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism, “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”, along with numerous articles on themes such as pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago, the medieval quest, the Native American prophetic tradition, and the healing practices of the vegetalista shamans of the Amazon rainforest. Robert, as a professor of literature, has different teaching gigs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He, his wife Susana, and his daughter Maitreya currently live in Tarapoto, Peru, and lead journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archeological site of Chavin de Hauntar to encounter the healing traditions there.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the joy of participating in a sentient cosmos; water, the primordial womb; music and opening of the gates of consciousness; from shamanism to cultural regeneration; Tolkien: remembering the animistic perception of the world; “a love and respect of all things animate and inanimate”; “a cosmo-centric economy”; reintroducing the indigenous consciousness of reciprocity; cultivating a self-sustaining soil.

 

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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.

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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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May 3rd, 2013

The Ecstasy of Nature

an interview with Bill Pfeiffer

Bill Pfeiffer aka «Sky Otter» is the founder of Sacred Earth Network  which  implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years. In that time, Bill made Russia a “second home” having traveled there 42 times – -giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.
Bill brings to all his work a dynamic mixture of open heartedness, sensitivity, and a fierce determination for a peaceful, sustainable future. He has been living in the forests of Nichewaug (Petersham) Massachusetts for 18 years.

He is the author of the forthcoming book “Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for Ecstatic Culture”.

http://billpfeiffer.org/

Bill speaks with Joanna about the attunement to planetary intelligence; “ancient future perception”; creating ecstatic culture together; experiencing our greater body; micelia and dendrites; a neuro-holographic miracle; travels in Siberia; honoring the elders; ecstatic kindness; petroglyphs, a cosmic language…

 

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April 12th, 2013

The Cosmic Lovers

an interview with Christopher Bache

Christopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for almost 30 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “The Living Classroom”, “Dark Night Early Dawn”, and “Lifecycles”. Chris’ work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness. He has degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University, and Brown University.

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/class/Dr._Bache_m635.html

Chris speaks with Joanna about the collective death/rebirth process of humankind; an absolute choice point for the survival of the species; twenty years of experience working with non ordinary states of consciousness; the need for a strong spiritual practice when working with the deep psyche; direct experience as initiation in this research; the terror and ecstasy of navigating the soul realms; waking up to the Cosmic Lovers; we are the midwifes of the future human…

 

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January 11th, 2013

Awakening in the Dream

an interview with Paul Levy

A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of the upcoming book “Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil”(North Atlantic Books, release date Jan. 15, 2013). He is also the author of “The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis”. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years.
http://www.awakeninthedream.com/wordpress/

Paul speaks with Joanna about what is transpersonal evil; the process of shadow projection; the daimon: peril & promise; the response-ability of awakening in the dream; “dispelling wetiko”; agents of awareness; inner change/outer change…

 

 

 

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September 28th, 2012

A Heart’s Journey

A talk by Joanna Harcourt-Smith at the Women’s Visionary Congress at the IONS Retreat Center, Petaluma, California (July 27-29, 2012).

The Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) is a gathering of visionary women healers, scholars, activists and artists who study consciousness and altered states. The WVC supports the transfer of knowledge among women who apply the insights of their research and spiritual path. We gather annually on beautiful land in Northern California to renew our community of adventurers and visionaries, and hold one-day salons in many places.
http://visionarycongress.org/
Joanna talks about her escape from a repressive environment; her life-changing encounter and love relationship with Timothy Leary; her struggle to free Leary from prison; her healing journey towards sanity/wholeness; sanity is relationship; “I’m here to connect”; LSD, spirituality, beauty…; “I belong with you and you belong with me”…

 

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August 17th, 2012

A New Relationship with Nature

an interview with Simon G. Powell

Simon G. Powell is a writer, film-maker, and musician. He is the author of “The Psilocybin Solution” (2011), and his latest book, “Darwin’s Unfinished Business” (2012).He also wrote and presented the experimental documentary films “Manna” (2003) and “Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature” (2007).
Simon is currently working on a new book entitled “In Love With Gaia” chiefly about his remarkable psilocybin experiences over the last few decades.

http://www.simongpowell.com/index.html

Simon speaks with Joanna about a new relationship with nature; “natural intelligence”; “the survival of that which makes sense”; natural and cultural self-organization; human cortex: a focal lens for the field of information of the Earh…?; we are Nature becoming aware of itself; loving and celebrating the biosphere…

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July 14th, 2012

Live at the Fairy & Human Relations Congress 2012 with Orion Foxwood, Moss Magill & Morgan Brent

an interview with Orion Foxwood, Moss Magill & Morgan Brent

The Fairy & Human Relations Congress is an annual event in the North Central Cascades in Washington State, dedicated to promoting communication and co-creation with the Intelligence of Nature.
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Matthew Sherrill was our special correspondant at the 2012 Fairy & Human Relations Congress. Matthew is a transpersonal spiritual guide and Energy healer.

Orion Foxwood is a conjurer in the Southern folk tradition, a traditional witch and a founding elder of the Foxwood Temple of the Old religion in Maryland, and the founder of a Faery Seership apprenticeship program. For over 20 years, he has lectured extensively on magical practices and spiritual development. He is the author of The Faery Teachings and The Tree of Enchantment. His most recent book A Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern-Rootwork will be published in Nov’ 12.
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Orion speaks with Matthew about “re-naturing” ourselves; the web that shapes us; the intelligent rhythms of life….

Moss Magill is an award winning playwright and poet, as well as an Ovate student in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. He is also the co-founder of the Circle of Coll Druidic Seed Group in Seattle. Moss spends his time between Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington where he is a professional trainer, writer, and artist.
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Moss speaks with Matthew about the “tree walks”: practical inspirations for peace; “slow down, we can’t hear you;” finding peace inside the conflict; the heart connection…

Morgan Brent (MT Xen) has a PhD in anthropology, however he left academia after engagements with herbal healing traditions clued him into a vast Gaian intelligence, with which he became conversant, and soon allied with its purposes. He now specializes in the prescriptive teachings (Gaian dharma) of medicinal plants, aka ‘Nature’s plan to save the humans’. In service to this guidance, he writes articles and essays, births, collects, and strings together songs into malas of embodied story telling, and makes medicines of all kinds, among them events both large (Singing Alive Gatherings, now in their 6th year), and small (Creation-Song circles). These events are all about sharing songs (and prayers, chants, blessings, and song om) of personal and planetary renewal ~ which he considers food for a spiritually hungry world.
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Morgan speaks with Matthew about entheogens; the “Gaian immune system;” ayahuasca and planetary awakening; cultural midwifes and the deeper, transpersonal levels of imagination…

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April 27th, 2012

The Medicine of the Moment

an interview with Requa Tolbert

Requa Tolbert is a psychiatric nurse, psychedelic researcher and medicine artist who lives in the desert Southwest with her beloved, George. From 1980 to 1985, George Greer and his wife, Requa Tolbert, conducted over 100 MDMA therapeutic sessions for 80 individuals; this is the largest published study of the use of MDMA in a therapeutic setting.

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Requa speaks with Joanna about the card deck and the book she has created – “The Stormrider Calling Cards;” “the medicine of the moment”; water as the blood of life; “healer, heal thyself;” the alchemical medicines; ceremony, community and the divine feminine…

Music: “Soso Soso” (from “Mushroom Ceremonies of the Mazatec Indians“) by María Sabina

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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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January 28th, 2012

A Country Where All Colors Are Sacred and Alive

an interview with Geoff Oelsner

Geoff Oelsner has built a following as a performer both of his own songs and of poems which he sometimes sets to music or chants and recites to the accompaniment of guitar, harmonica, dulcimer, autoharp, harmonium, and the shruti box (a drone instrument from India). He has released 2 CD’s of original songs, Morning Branches and Ordinary Mystery with musician friends, including Kelly Mulhollan and Leslie. Geoff has published a collection of his poetry, Native Joy: poems songs visions dreams (1963-2003) (2003, Trafford) and his work has been featured in several other books, including Writing Poetry from the Inside Out by Sandford Lyne (Sourcebooks Inc., 2007). His new book, A Country Where All Colors Are Sacred and Alive, A Memoir of Non-Ordinary Experience and Collaboration with Nature (2012) is now available from Lorian Press.

A Buddhist meditator since 1974, Geoff founded the Buddhist Meditation and Spiritual Support Group in 1995. As a licensed certified social worker in private practice of psychotherapy in Arkansas since 1982, Geoff also utilizes poetry therapy with selected clients in psychotherapy. He is committed to sharing the healing and inspirational power of poetry, music, and story with the community.

A long time environmental activist and researcher, Geoff co-authored a book titled Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs,and Vitamins (1992). He is presently involved in several environmental initiatives, including the Psi-Sci Alliance project, which brings together established climate scientists with highly qualified intuitives to innovate new approaches to addressing and ameliorating climate change.

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Geoff Oelsner speaks with Joanna about his deep love and connection with the natural world, transpersonal experiences in Nature, the emergence of a spiritual form of environmental activism…

Music: “The Sacred Hoop” (from Morning Branches) by Geoff Oelsner.

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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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