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Shows re: environmental activism


December 23rd, 2016

The Resilience of Joy

an interview with Jodie Evans

JodieEvansIn this week’s episode Jodie Evans speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, experiencing a supportive community rooted in prayer and ceremony;  an activism of yes, called to be a protector; a spreading web of spiritual connection; being part of the caring and peace economy; tapping into the power of Life; together we can re-member; active uprising of the feminine; finding answers in the space of vulnerability and connection; practicing how to be allies in the face of hate; change begins at home; calling back joy; a message from the Grandmother.

Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire”, and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak”. Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits o many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Pollicy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute. She is the mother of three.

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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

 

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

 

 

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

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

 

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

 

 

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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

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

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

 

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September 4th, 2016

The Healing Revolution of Love

an interview with Dieter Duhm

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

 

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

 

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August 26th, 2016

The Way of the Real Human Being

an interview with Ilarion Merculieff

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

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

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July 1st, 2016

The Carbon Farming Solution

an interview with Eric Toensmeier

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

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

 

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June 24th, 2016

Embodying the True Masculine

an interview with Patrick Anderson and Thomas Jaggers

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

 

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

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

 

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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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October 30th, 2015

Reclaiming Food as a Commons

an interview with Vandana Shiva

Vandana ShivaIn this week’s episode, Vandana Shiva speaks with Joanna before her lecture “We are all seeds of abundance and creativity”, organized by the Sustainability Studies Program at UNM on October 13, 2015.

 

Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, technology and Natural Resource Policy. She serves as an ecology advisor to several organizations including the Third World Network and the Asia Pacific People’s Environment Network. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. She has written several books, among others: “Making Peace with the Earth”, “Earth Democracy”, “Staying Alive”, “The Violence of the Green Revolution”, “Monocultures of the Mind”, “Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit”.

 

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May 29th, 2015

Awake by the Earth

an interview with Susan Murphy Roshi

susanIn this week’s episode, Susan Murphy Roshi speaks with Joanna about the offer we can’t refuse; how this ecological crisis is a crisis of indifference; we are gathering points of sentience for the Earth; recovering our indigenous, original awareness; our minds are in improvisation with Nature; the courage to respond from belonging; the whole world is medicine; we are expressions of Earth’s history; “mind is no other than mountains and rivers..”; what we are here for: love, a beautiful struggle to become congruent.

Susan Murphy Roshi is the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney, Australia. Since 2003 Susan has also been leading regular seven-day sesshin and shorter retreats in Melbourne for the Melbourne Zen Group.

Susan Murphy is a writer, freelance radio producer and film director, with a special interest in place, dream, and the affinity of Dharma with aboriginal spirituality. She lectured in film for many years at the University of Technology, Sydney, held a five year Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship at University of Western Sydney, has co-written three books on film and numerous scholarly articles, and directs the annual Reel to Reel Buddhist-inspired Film Festival in Sydney established in 2003. She is the author of  the books “Upside-Down-Zen: Finding the Marvelous in the Ordinary”, and her latest “Minding the Earth, Mending the World”, a detailed, Zen-inspired response to the tremendous koan presented to the world in our life-times by the environmental crisis we all face in global warming.

 

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May 15th, 2015

Born to Move

an interview with Kimerer LaMothe

Kimerer_LaMotheIn this week’s episode, Kimerer LaMothe speaks with Joanna about: how dance and movement are vital to our humanity; the movements we make are making us; new patterns of possibility; freeing our bodily selves; dance: attunement for a creative future; moved to care by Nature; religions as patterns of movements; dance as a practice of receptive creativity; ecokinetic learning; movement, another kind of meditation; aging, dance and neuroplasticity; the relational movement of love; dancing matter.

Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion who lives on a farm in upstate New York with her life partner, two oxen, two horses, three cows, four cats, eleven hens, and five children. Kimerer is the author of numerous articles and five books, including “Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies”, “What A Body Knows”, and her latest, “Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming”.

 

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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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October 31st, 2014

Singing Into Freedom

an interview with Rachel Bagby

Rachel BagbyIn this week’s interview, Joanna speaks with Rachel Bagby. She works all over the world with thousands of people devoted to bringing their voices to life. Rachel talks with us about the double gift of relationship we can have with the Earth and all our relations. How we can re-plant ourselves; retrieving the blessing of our voice; the renewing, freeing energy of air and the nourishing hum of aliveness. She also introduces us to a simple, deep practice of singing with Nature and shares with us a personal experience which gave birth to a special song.
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If Rachel were to create a résumé, it would be scrawled on a piece of sheet music with a swooping treble clef next to her name: Rachel Bagby, J.D. It would include a number of positions, titles & roles: Graduate of Stanford Law School, poetic innovator & creator of Dekaaz Facilitation™, international speaker & author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices. Award-winning composer, social artist, and Founder of Singing Farm, she was a soprano in Bobby McFerrin’s original international touring ensemble, Voicestra.
Rachel is also a daughter of the earth and herbalist; a sonorous medicine woman healed by a mountain. She served on the founding board of Green for All, has spoken regularly at Bioneers, and founded an initiative called Choral Earth to inspire everyone to sing with and for the earth. Whether immersed in the harmonic joy of blessing leaders’ voices or honing the powers of a community into ten perfect syllables, the thread of commonality is the same: Rachel coaches individuals and communities to turn experiences into WISDOM & to cultivate our VOICES into instruments of change.
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October 17th, 2014

Invisible Nature

an interview with Kenneth Worthy

Ken WorthyAn independent scholar living in Berkeley, Kenneth Worthy is research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Environmental Studies and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California, and UC Berkeley. His research and reviews have been published in books, articles, and an encyclopedia. His new book “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” was recently released by Prometheus Books.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: our destructive dissociation from nature and the antidote; the roots of western unbalance; full sensory participation and healthy response; the irrationality of isolated rationality; choosing a non-disruptive technology; drawing sustainable connections for the next generations.

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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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June 20th, 2014

The Call from the Future

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

Ken CohenKen Cohen is a renowned health educator, Qigong Master, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books “The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing” and “Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing”, as well as numerous Sounds True audio/DVD courses and more than 200 journal articles on spirituality and health. Ken speaks and reads the Chinese language, and his academic training includes graduate study of Taoism and theology.
Highly respected as a traditional healer, singer, and storyteller, Ken spent many years learning from Native American/ First Nation elders. Ken’s lectures and workshops have been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Ministry of Health, the Mayo Clinic and numerous medical schools, conferences, and organizations. In 2003, he won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. Ken Cohen has been involved in these healing ways for more than 40 years.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: the point at the center of the wheel; deep trust in the unknown; different ways of looking at the Mystery; grounded in the indefinable essence; natural self and environmental activism; re-attuning to inner and outer nature; possibilities and prophecies; working to make a good vision real; the call from the future; discovering and honoring our life purpose.

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

Jane BrunetteJane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on meditation and using writing as a spiritual practice. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing.
An authorized Buddhist meditation teacher whose own practice is inter-spiritual, Jane is also deeply influenced by the writings and practices of the Christian mystics as well as the wisdom of indigenous people around the world. She travels widely, living simply in cultures where this is still possible in order to free her time and her mind for contemplation and retreat. Her book of poetry, Grasshopper Guru, emerged from a long cycle of retreat outside of the American consumer matrix.

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Jane speaks with Joanna about: “the grasshopper guru”; shared grief-love and Earth activism; ceremonial healing; meeting the guardians of the forest.

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February 28th, 2014

The Deep Movement of Life

an interview with Stephen Busby

Stephen_BusbyStephen Busby works internationally as a visionary leader and teacher to help people fulfill their life-potential and to facilitate new forms of cultural emergence. He is one of Thomas Hübl’s senior associates and has a coaching, consulting and healing practice (www.stephenbusby.com). Stephen travels widely and is based at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, and in northern Switzerland. His work has developed over 30 years with people, communities and organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He has pioneered new Healing Circles in various European countries as well as work at an international level in whole-field skills, inner leadership development, and innovation capacity. He was born in England, has lived for much of his adult life in different cultures, and works in English and  French. He is touring the USA in 2014.

Stephen speaks with Joanna about: cultivating higher consciousness; an impulse from the soul; a deeper meaning for healing; aligning inner and outer activism; a more profound acceptance of the movement of Life; the initiatory quality of group energy; the potential of virtual spaces; dissolving the sense of separation.

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February 14th, 2014

Remembering Our Humanity

an interview with Julian Rose

Julian Rose is one of the pioneers of UK organic farming, commencing the conversion of his farm in 1975. He joined the Soil Association board in 1984 and campaigned vigorously for the widespread introduction of organic farming methods at a time when this system was not known. Julian went on to develop his farm as a mixed organic enterprise selling all its main produce locally, while refusing to sell to supermarkets. He developed a theory of local production and consumption which he named “The Proximity Principle.” His advice has been sought by local authorities, development agencies and government.

Julian has written and broadcast extensively; his latest book is “In Defence of Life. Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom” – a penetrating series of essays calling for urgent action to overcome the perilous state of our planet, at the local as well as global level. Also, “Changing Course – For Life” – about the radical changes needed to bring new hope to society. He is an environmental activist and a defender of peasant and family farming traditions throughout the world.

Julian Rose speaks with Joanna about his early initiation in Australia to the connection with Nature; learning organic farming; the staggering generosity of Nature; growing your own food; the crucial role of imagination; the proximity principle; community supported agriculture; speak your mind, remember your humanity.

 

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February 7th, 2014

Rewilding Our Hearts

an interview with Marc Bekoff

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

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

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December 13th, 2013

Taking Responsibility for the Earth

an interview with Princess Lucaj

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Princess Lucaj is the current Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee whose mission is protecting the Porcupine Caribou Herd whose nursing and calving grounds are located on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She is a graduate of the George Washington University and has a long history of working with Native organizations in Alaska and throughout the US. She is also an actor and filmmaker and sits on the SAG/AFTRA Native American Committee.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/princess-lucaj-protecting-sacred-places-resource-hungry-world

Princess speaks with Joanna about the protection of the Artic land; traditional sustainability; from grief to action; ancestral presence.

 

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December 6th, 2013

From Apathy to Action

an interview with Maggie Fox

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Maggie L. Fox is a veteran of numerous political, environmental and national issue campaigns and has over 30 years of experience mobilizing people to work for progressive change.  As President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project, Maggie has led a campaign to help citizens around the world discover the truth about the climate crisis and take meaningful steps to bring about global change. Along with Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore, Maggie has trained thousands of climate educators from around the world, most recently in Beijing, China, Jakarta, Indonesia, and San Francisco.
Maggie has served on the boards of numerous environmental and women’s organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Green Fund and was honored by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment as the 2010 Woman of the Year.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/maggie-fox-carbon-conversation-apathy-action

Maggie speaks with Joanna about the new ways of enviromental activism.

 

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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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August 23rd, 2013

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?

an interview with Tony Juniper

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

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

 

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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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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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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
http://www.kanikagupta.com/

 

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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

http://opensourceecology.org/

 

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December 14th, 2012

From the Energy from Below to the Energy from Above

an interview with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” (1989), which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.  Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and led the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years, a protest at the White House to stop the construction of the Keystone pipeline that saw the arrest of 1253 people.

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http://www.350.org/
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November 23rd, 2012

Resilience From The Ground Up

an interview with Kenny Ausubel

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)

Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers – an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet – is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. A pathfinder in advancing “backyard biodiversity” conservation and organic farming and food, he co-founded the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, serving as its CEO until 1994. His film “Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime” (specially screened for members of Congress) and its companion book helped influence national policy on alternative medicine. Kenny has edited several books and written four, including 2012’s “Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature”, (Chelsea Green 2012).

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Kenny speaks with Joanna about dreaming the future; networks: the works of Nature; connecting for change… 10:16

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November 23rd, 2012

Our Ancestors The Bacteria

an interview with Sandor Katz

Speakers at Connecting For Change (2012)

Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist who wrote the book “Wild Fermentation” in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book’s publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist.” Through these workshops, Katz met many different food activists—varied in their specific projects but united by a passion to bring food back to earth—who inspired him to write “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved”. Newsweek called Wild Fermentation “the fermenting bible,” while the New Yorker wrote that Katz’s books “have become manifestos and how-to manuals for a generation of underground food activists.” His latest book is “The Art of Fermentation”, (Chelsea Green, 2012).

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Sandor speaks with Joanna about reclaiming homemade fermentation; mental health and the gut bacteria; fermentation: survival practice; fermentation and grassroots food activism; “bacteria are our ancestors”… 13:48

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September 7th, 2012

Circles of Eco-resilience

an interview with Craig Chalquist

Depth psychologist Craig Chalquist, MS PhD,  is a core faculty member in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a former core (now adjunct) faculty in the Department of Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University, and on the Board of Directors for Holos Institute. He is the author of “Terrapsychology: Re-engaging the Soul of Place” (2007), “Deep California” (2008), “Storied Lives” (2009), and co-editor of with Linda Buzzell, MFT, of “Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind” (2009). He is also a Master Gardener through a partnership of the University of California with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

http://www.chalquist.com/

Craig speaks with Joanna about the psychlogical effects of climate change; a new perception of planet Earth; a healing dream about the future; “the media fast”; “eradigms”: archetypal worldviews; shadow work and eco-psychology; Jung’s “Red Book”: the Faustian ego;  eco-resilience circles…

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July 27th, 2012

A Healthy, Just and Reverent Culture

an interview with Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman is the founder of Daily Acts, publisher of Ripples Journal and a backyard farmer. Former director of Green Sangha, he serves on the board of Transition US. Trathen inspires, educates and collaborates with communities, business and municipal leaders to harness the power of nature and inspired action to restore the health of our lives and communities. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack.
Trathen speaks with Joanna about green daily actions; nature and community; “the real wealth”; the power of contextual local actions; language and change; the emergent Transition Town movement; reverential ecology…

 

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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.

www.geoffoelsner.com

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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January 6th, 2012

Youth Taking Action

an interview with Misra Walker

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

When Barretto Point Park opened in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx in 2006, it marked a major accomplishment —becoming the only riverside park in the neighborhood and one of the few greens space in the heavily industrialized area. But Misra noted that there was no transportation to and from the park and that pedestrians had to endure a smoggy walk through a key transportation route that serves some 15,000 heavy trucks daily. Misra and her teen advocacy group, ACTION, lobbied the New York transit authority (MTA) for a bus route to be extended to include stops at the park. Misra’s campaign was successful, and a seasonal city shuttle bus now serves the park in the summer, taking 4,000 Bronx residents to green space they might not otherwise be able to access. Misra is a 2010 Brower Youth Award recipient.

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January 5th, 2012

The Luxury of Less

an interview with Graham Hill

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Graham Hill, a serial Designpreneur,  holds a degree as a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa and has also studied Product Design at Emily Carr in Vancouver. In 1995, with his cousin, he grew (and later sold) the web-developer SiteWerks to 60 people, doing work for clients such as Microsoft. In 2003 he founded both TreeHugger.com and a ceramic cup business (WeAreHappyToServeYou.com). TreeHugger later became part of Discovery’s Planet Green initiative and is where Hill currently places his efforts. Past business ventures include fashion, viral email and plant-based air filters. Hill speaks English, French, German and Spanish and loves kitesurfing, squash and snowboarding. From his New York home, Hill schemes daily about how he can help humanity avoid rapid extinction.

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January 5th, 2012

The Future Is In The Dirt

an interview with Ben Hewitt

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Ben Hewitt is a best-selling author and farmer whose book The Town That Food Saved, published by Chelsea Green publishing, chronicles a rural Vermont town’s attempts to implement a local food system. Hewitt speaks frequently on the subjects of regionalized agriculture, relocalizing economies, and reframing America’s values to promote positive change and a durable prosperity that is not dependent on extractive industry. With his wife and two sons, he operates a diversified 40-acre livestock, dairy, berry, and vegetable farm in Northern Vermont. He lives in a self-built, off-the-grid home that is powered by wind and solar energy. To help offset his renewable energy footprint, Ben drives a really big truck.

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December 30th, 2011

Working Together For Our Future

an interview with Zev Friedman

Zev Friedman grew up in Sylva, NC and received his B.S. in Human Ecology from UNCA. Zev’s specialty is forest agriculture; he now runs the Forest Cuisine Project, which helps land owners to start forest farms and to market their products. He is particularly passionate about assisting landowners in setting up mushroom farming operations and in using fungi as remediators for damaged environments. Zev also specializes in urban permaculture design and installation, including many private residences, as well as consulting on the design of the Mars Hill town hall and grounds; he is an active member and teacher in Transition Asheville, helping to plan for Asheville’s future as an abundant, self-reliant city in the age of petroleum decline.

www.upgardens.com

Zev speaks with Joanna about permaculture and imagination, learning from indigenous societies, transitioning to an Earth-based way of living, working with the “cultural compost”, attuning to the local ecosystem through the Forest Cuisine project,…and more

Music: “Qosh tari” ( from Ouzbekistan L’art du dotar) by Hamidov, Khodaverdiev, Razzaqov

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