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January 20th, 2017

A Good Foundation for Reality

an interview with Starr Goode

Starr_GoodeIn this week’s episode Starr Goode speaks with Joanna about: Sheela na gig, a mysterious female figure of sacred display; the healing and protection of Sheela na gig, from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art; the primordial, revered symbol of the ever-renewing Life Force; the life-restoring, evil stopping powers of the displayed vulva in myth and history; the political and social reclamation of the word “pussy”; the contemporary emergence of feminist sacred art; sacred images for another order of being; the Dark Goddess and the renewal of life; reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies from the patriarchal mindset; seeding the foundation for a life-affirming culture.

Starr Goode, MA teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College. She is producer and moderator for the cable TV series “The Goddess in Art” (available on YouTube). An award-winning writer, she has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in such publications as the L. A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her previous work on the Sheelas was published in “ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation”, the “Irish Journal of Feminist Studies”, the three-volume encyclopedia “Goddesses in World Culture”, and in “About Place Journal”. A recent book, “The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool and Dino”, explores the power of wit and the importance of play. Her latest book is “Sheela na gig, the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power”.

 

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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 21st, 2016

The Founding Mother

an interview with Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

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

 

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

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

 

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October 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 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 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

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

 

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

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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 6th, 2016

Diversity’s Embrace

an interview with Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

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

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

 

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February 12th, 2016

Something is Afoot

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

Priscilla StuckeyIn this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: intimacy with the land; aligning our lives to what we live in Nature;  authoritarian roots of Western culture and the cooperative model of Nature; the feminist commitment to people’s own sovereignty; instinct, the inborn wisdom of Spirit inside each being; the loving awareness of Life flows through us all; a spirituality deeper than words; kissed by  a fox; the heart at the nature of things; our dear non human family; changing our cultural stories about Nature.

Priscilla Stuckey is a contemplative and writer with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. She received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. When she lived in Oakland a threatened nearby creek inspired inspired efforts to preserve it, and she founded a small land trust and served as its first president. She has advocated for nature in other ways as well: through cleaning and restoring urban creeks, through feeding baby birds in wildlife rehab, and through cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, received the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction.

 

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November 6th, 2015

Communing with the Living Language

an interview with Andrea Mathieson

Andrea MathiesonIn this week’s episode Andrea Mathieson speaks with Joanna about: a prophetic invitation to work with the plants; listening to the pulse of life; learning an enlivened language of poetic connection; flower essences: an open door to the resonance of heart-knowing with Nature; communing with snake energy; reenchanting ourselves; using sound as a homeopathic frequency for healing people and the land; singing with Gaia: EarthSong Mysteries.

Andrea Mathieson is passionate about listening to Nature and helping people to remember their sacred connection with the Earth. Trained as a classical musician, Andrea began the Raven Essence project in 1995. As a highly-tuned intuitive, she now works assisting women to tend their ‘soul gardens’ in Grey Heron, a private retreat space in Maple, Ontario. She is the author of the “Raven Essence Manual – A Love Affair with Nature”, and “Gaia’s Invitation, Poems from the Sacred Earth”.

 

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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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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

Marsha_ScarbroughIn this week’s episode Marsha Scarbrough speaks with Joanna about the experiences that led to the writing of her book “Honey in the River”: Ifá, a religion of complexity; drumming and dance as meditation; meeting Yoruba spirituality; introducing the orishas; lessons of living polygamy; the diversity of relationship; living in balance ith the archetypes; embracing the tastes of life.

 

Marsha Scarbrough is a freelance journalist, who has had over 75 articles published in numerous national magazines. As a graduate of the Directors Guild of America’s prestigious Assistant Directors Training program, Marsha spent 17 years scheduling, planning and running the sets of major feature films; prime television series, movies of the week and network sitcoms. Her first book, “Medicine Dance: one woman’s healing journey into the world of native american sweatlodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts”, was named First Runner Up for the 2009 Zia Award by New Mexico Press Women as well as a finalist in USA Book News National 2007 and 2008 “Best Books” Awards and the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards. She wrote, produced and directed the award-winning children’s video “The Magic of Martial Arts”. Her newest book is “Honey in the River: Shadow, Sex and West African Spirituality”.

 

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April 3rd, 2015

The Woman Who Knew the All

an interview with Jack Angelo

Jack AngeloIn this week’s episode, Jack Angelo speaks with Joanna about: an initiatic dream; messages in St. Baume cave; the Gnostic Mary Magdalene; the Gospel of the Seven Signs: a template for transformation; the soul and the Divine: individuality and Oneness; a body signal for heart-mind alignment; from the solar plexus into the heart;  the fountain of Wisdom; the heart resonance of Oneness;  a pristine, revolutionary spirituality; becoming heart-centered again.

Jack Angelo is a well-known healer and teacher of subtle energy medicine and natural spirituality who has worked with individuals and groups for more than 25 years. He lectures and gives workshops on breathwork and healing internationally and is the author of several books, including the international healing classic “Your Healing Power” (US: “Hands-On Healing”). His books have been translated into 18 languages. His newest book is “The Healing Wisdom of Mary Magdalene”.

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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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June 6th, 2014

The Art of Sacred Activism

an interview with Filiz Telek

Filiz TelekFiliz Telek is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and spirit. Her photography – especially of the people in their most vulnerable and authentic expressions – is a reflection of her love for the world. She sees and shows beauty. Because amidst the ongoing chaos of our times, committing acts of beauty is necessary to keep sane.

Filiz speaks with joanna about: falling in love with the earth; sacred activism; seeding holistic communities in Turkey; activating the collective heart intelligence; a strong energetic shift at Gezi Park; loyal to one’s calling; an experiment in gift economy; “the brave new world emerging”.

 

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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 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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January 4th, 2014

A New Food System

an interview with Tanya Fields

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing, Tanya Fields is a reputed and rising public speaker and educator.
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents.
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January 4th, 2014

Creating Change Through Vulnerability

an interview with Samara Gaev

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Samara Gaev is a New York based activist, educator, theatre director, and performer. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, a social justice based hip-hop theatre company for high school and college aged youth in NYC. Samara is honored to be the Resident Artist/Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College: Graduate School of Education. She serves as an educational specialist, teaching artist, and artist in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is also the National Education Director for Question Bridge: Black Males, a Board Member of Project Rhythm, Curriculum Writer for Hurricane Season, and Co-Director of In Transition Hip-Hop Theatre Co.
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December 27th, 2013

The Next Right Thing

an interview with Swanee Hunt

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

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

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

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December 20th, 2013

Kindness and Dignity are Lovers

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna speaks with Cecile Lipworth  about her book “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary”: the historic and politic context; a sinchronistic encounter; the medicines of Gaia; my outlaw philosopher; looking down at the abyss; the solution is dissolution; the soul fancy dress party; recapitulation and healing; responsible expansion of consciousness; facing the personal and cultural shadow; becoming an authentic, empowered woman; the greatest taste on earth.

This show was broadcast live on the “Collected Words” show on 12/18/2013.

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November 8th, 2013

Explore For Yourself

an interview with Perle Besserman

Perle Besserman holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East.
Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” Her most recent books of creative non-fiction are “A New Zen for Women” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers”, coauthored with Manfred Steger (Wisdom Books). Two novels, “Kabuki Boy”, and “Widow Zion”, and “Yeshiva Girl”, a story collection, are forthcoming from Aqueous Books, Pinyon Publishing, and Homebound Publishing, respectively.

Perle speaks with Joanna about: the patriarchal attack on women; questioning the rules, commandments and explanations; one in the breathing; aboriginal Judaism; a free-floating identity; the shadow of distinction; “be a lamp unto yourself”.

 

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August 9th, 2013

Celebrating the Sacred Duality

an interview with Griselda Alvarez Sesma

Griselda Alvarez Sesma is a cultural educator and practitioner of Aztec & Mayan Medicine Ways.
Born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Griselda, or Grace as she is better known, is Mexican of Yaqui and Kumiai ancestry. Her “don” (healing gift) was deeply influenced by the spiritual work of her aunt, a curandera, and an uncle who was a well-known sobador/huesero, bonesetter. Much later she undertook the study of ancestral healing traditions with indigenous healers of various native backgrounds, in Baja California as well as the United States.
A humorous and inspiring speaker, she has lectured on Curanderismo at the  2010 International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine Conference, Children’s Hospital-Denver, CO, the University of Southern California – San Diego Medical Anthropology Department, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work, and other institutions. She is Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona where she teaches “Exploring Native American Medicine Ways: Learning from, and honoring, Indigenous Healing Traditions.”
Grace also has had diverse leadership roles in community outreach and social action programs, helping organize grass-roots advocacy groups. In acknowledgment of her work, she has been the recipient of many leadership awards including a commendation from the California State Senate. She travels extensively offering workshops and lectures.

 

Grace speaks with Joanna about curanderismo as a healing and spiritual path; Nature, the greatest teacher; the meaning and power of ritual; dreaming of the Grandmothers; celebrating the sacred duality of the masculine & feminine; attuning to life; healing and the truth of who we are; re-membering together.

 

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January 28th, 2013

One Billion Rising: A Message from Cecile Lipworth and Eve Ensler

Cecile Lipworth is the Managing Director/Campaigns Director of V-Day.

Founded by Eve Ensler, V-Day is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

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“Break the Chain”, music by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz

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October 19th, 2012

Eyes of the Wild

an interview with Eleanor O'Hanlon

Eleanor O’Hanlon is an conservationist and writer. She has worked as a field researcher for leading international conservation groups and her articles on wildlife and wilderness have appeared in magazines in Europe and the US. As a writer, she has collaborated with some of the world’s leading photographers of wildlife and wilderness. Her articles on wildlife and conservation have appeared in magazines in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and the US and featured in webcasts bringing together nature photographers and writers for the protection of wilderness. Her forthcoming book “Eyes of the Wild: Journeys of Transformation with the Animal Powers”, will be published in December 2012.
http://eyesofthewild.org/

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

Eleanor speaks with Joanna about her life-changing encounters with the gray whales; wild animals show us that we are not separate; the Animal Council; living with wolves; the emotional guidance from horses; the guardian of the bears; the authenticity of the wild within; the “Artic Stonehenge”…

 

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October 12th, 2012

Between Shadow and Light

an interview with Richard Power

Richard Power is an internationally recognized author and journalist, and a trusted adviser to the executive leadership of government, industry, academia and the humanitarian community. Power has delivered executive briefings, and led professional training, in over forty countries.  He champions a bold approach to the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century, based on the principle that security, sustainability and spirituality are interdependent issues. He has also published eight books. His latest book is “Humanifesto: A Guide to Primal Reality In An Era of Global Peril”.

http://primalwordsofpower.blogspot.com/

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Richard speaks with Joanna about the paradox of spiritual initiation; the Heart space; the psychological roots of the world crisis; the intimacy of the sacred; spiritual activism; restoring the balance of polarities; the rising the Divine Feminine; being the 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 10th, 2012

Honoring the Medicine

an interview with Kenneth Cohen

Ken “Bear Hawk” Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed classic, Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing (Random House, 2003), is a a health educator, a traditional healer, and scholar of indigenous medicine. He is the recipient of the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement in Energy Medicine. Although best known for his pioneering work in Chinese healing arts (qigong), he has followed the “red road” of Native American wisdom as his personal spiritual path for more than thirty years.

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

Ken speaks with Joanna about Indigenous and Nature-based spirituality; similarities of ancient healing traditions; listening to the language of Spirit; indigenous European spirituality; the original Native American values; health, spirituality and Nature; the strong role of women in Native American culture; holistic healing…

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

 

 

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June 29th, 2012

To Educate A Woman…

an interview with Kristin (Kiki) St. Clair

Kristin (Kiki) St. Clair is the executive director of Humankind Foundation working in East Africa to promote equality and education to Maasai families. A Quaker since childhood, her focus has always been social activism and she has been tireless in the pursuit of justice and equality since the 1960’s. She began Humankind Foundation with another RN, a Maasai from northern Tanzania, and together they trained other Maasai to teach in the villages about HIV/AIDS. Since that time Humankind Foundation has had significant impact on the villages where their teachings began so long ago. Currently her efforts have been in Northern Tanzania and in the surrounding villages where the training of the women continue. Humankind Foundation and their FGM project, Kamilika, is currently centered at Noonkodin highschool/safehouse where Maasai girls receive high school education and sanctuary from FGM and early marriage which would end any education they may dream of.

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Kristin speaks with Joanna about how she came to work with women in Africa; “to educate a woman is to educate a nation;” the economic reasons behind female genital mutilation (FGM); toxic beliefs; creating a highschool/safehouse for Maasai girls; the extraordinary journey of a Maasai woman…

Music: “Makumbi” (from “Tanzania: Gogo Ritual Music“) by Various Authors

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June 8th, 2012

A Rite of Passage for Father and Son

an interview with Tim Ward

Tim Ward is an author, publisher, teacher, and traveler. He has written five books about his travels through Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Greece and Southern Europe, and most recently East Africa, among them: Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess, What Buddha Never Taught, and Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds. His stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Tim is also the publisher of Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, dedicated to books on personal and global transformation. Together with John Hunt, Tim wrote The Author’s Guide to Publishing and Marketing, a book to help new authors succeed. Tim also co-owns a global training business, Intermedia Communications Training, with his wife and business partner, Teresa Erickson. They teach scientists, economists and development experts how to communicate effectively.

www.zombiesonkilimanjaro.com

Tim speaks with Joanna about the alchemy of the feminine and masculine; “post-patriarchal masculine;” healing the father/son relationship; the light of the shadow; memes: the spread of ideas; truth and storytelling; the magic of stories, masculine rite of passage; mountain climbing as shamanic vision quest; crafting new, soul-awakening narratives; loving the paradox…

Music: “O papa” (from “Sinbad en Galicia“) by Emilio Cao

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May 12th, 2012

Elemental Freedom

an interview with Khepe-Ra Maat-Het Heru

Khepe-Ra Maat-Het Heru is one of the original members of The The E.S.H.U. Collective, a grassroots transformational leadership system based in Spiritual Warriorship established in 1997. Through her work with ESHU she has consulted with various programs such as The Marion Institute, The Massachusetts Commission for National and Community Service, YouthBuild USA, NeighborWorks America, Youth Recreation Counsel of Bermuda, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate youth program of The Lake Traverse Reservation, Global Passageways first international rites of passage Hilo, Hawaii and many more. In 2010 ESHU and Green Jobs of The Marion Institute created POWER as an eco-warrior training model. Khepe-Ra is a skilled and passionate educator, artist, visionary and spiritual warrior. She has been a keynote speaker for The Bioneers Conference, a presenter/performer at YouthBuild USA’s 20th and 30th national anniversary days of action in D.C., and facilitated National Youth Symposiums and Community Leadership Institutes and others over the last fifteen years. She is an active member and supporter of the Decolonize/Occupy movements.

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Khepe-Ra speaks with Joanna about developing an intimate relationship with the Elements and Spirit, spirituality and leadership development, the “spiritual warrior” project, “holographic kinetics,” the voice of the feminine, connecting to the Earth, freedom and spiritual activism, coming into sacred space with each other…

Music: ‘Breathing,” (from EarthLight) by A Tree Within

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May 4th, 2012

In Search of the Lost Feminine (RE publish)

an interview with Craig Barnes

Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2008 conversation with Craig.

Craig Barnes is an author, essayist, playwright and international mediator. In the 1980s he negotiated nuclear issues with leaders in the Academy of Sciences in the Kremlin, in the 1990s he facilitated talks between opposing sides in the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and thereafter led talks to knit together transboundary water agreements between Kazakhstan, Uzbeckistan, Tajickistan, and Kyrghizstan. His books include In Search Of The Lost Feminine, Decoding the Myths that Radically Reshaped Civilization, an analysis of the roles of women as they appear in archeology and myth before the patriarchy. His most recent book is: Democracy at the Crossroads. Craig also has a weekly radio program at KSFR, every Saturday @9AM MST.

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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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March 16th, 2012

Complexity: The Science of Surprise

an interview with Merle Lefkoff

Merle Lefkoff, Ph.D., is an educator and political scientist focusing on the transformation of diplomacy and international conflicts. Merle recently held an appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, investigating the application of Complexity science to peaceful coexistence among diverse identity groups.After finishing her graduate work she was detailed to The White House Office of Public Liaison under President Carter. She has led Track Two diplomatic negotiations in Central America, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East, and more recently on nuclear disarmorment and nuclear non-proliferation She is a former Advisor to the Kellogg National Leadership Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and presents training workshops in complexity thinking for social change. She has been a member of two committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a Lindisfane Fellow and member of the Board of the Upaya Zen Center, where she teaches in the Buddhist Chaplaincy certification program.

Merle speaks with Joanna about what is complexity (“a science of surprise”), systemic humility; adaptability in complexity theory: “robustness;” new methods of peacemaking; Israel-Iran conflict; Nobel’s women initiative; contemplative imagination: storying the future; “Gross National Happiness;” Occupy Wall Street as an emergent process; the “shared leadership model”…

Music: “Blossom” from Nuzha (Promenade), by Adel Samameh, Naziha Assoz, Eyal Sela, Asaf Sirkis

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February 17th, 2012

Gender Reconciliation

an interview with Will Keepin and Rev. Cynthia Brix

Rev. Cynthia Brix is an interfaith minister and Co-Director of Satyana Institute. Cynthia is co-director of the Gender Reconciliation International project, and co-founder of the Women’s Spiritual Mastery project. She was formerly a campus minister at the University of Colorado for United Ministries of Higher Education, and she led meditation workshops at regional and national Unitarian Universalist conferences. Cynthia co-chaired the Race Relations Committee for the City of Muncie, Indiana, and later initiated an interfaith project to address racial tensions at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is a long-time student of Eknath Easwaran’s Passage Meditation. She earned her master’s of divinity from Iliff School of Theology (2006) and her master’s degree in wellness management and applied gerontology from Ball State University (1999). Cynthia is contributing author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007), and co-author of Women Healing Women (Hohm Press, 2009).

William Keepin is co-founder and Co-Director of Satyana Institute. Will founded the Gender Reconciliation International project (also called Power of Reconciliation), which has organized more than 75 intensive gatherings in seven countries for healing and reconciliation between women and men. A mathematical physicist with thirty scientific publications on sustainable energy and global warming, he presented testimony to European and Australian parliaments and the US House of Representatives, and became a whistleblower in nuclear science policy. Will began practicing silent meditation in 1982, trained extensively in spiritual traditions East and West, holds an M.A. degree in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has facilitated Holotropic Breathwork for 20 years (Grof Transpersonal Training). He is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation. Will is author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007), co-author of Women Healing Women (Hohm Press, 2009), and his new book is “Song of the Earth: The Emerging Synthesis of Spiritual and Scientific Worldviews” (Permanent Publications, London, UK, 2012).

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Will Keepin and Rev. Cynthia Brix speak with Joanna about the different facets of their work, the common roots of abuse of the earth and women, , archetypal wounding, reclaiming the sacredness of the Earth, group healing of men and women together, increasing numbers of men healing the inner femenine, “Divine Duality”, transformation through truth-sharing, “healing the gender wound in the human family.”

Music: “Aza Izy Izay” – Mireille & Tselonina (18 World Network Madagascar. World Network Series)

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January 21st, 2012

Give Your Body Room

an interview with Ruth Zaporah

Ruth Zaporah is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. She is internationally known for her innovative work in performance and performance training, particularly in the field of physical theater improvisation. Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings both nationally and internationally. She is a two-time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. She is the author of “Action Theater: The Improvisation of Presence”.

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

Ruth speaks with Joanna about Action Theater – an improvisational training process developed by her; the dance of the imaginal and the body, presence and relation to the world, acceptance, “emotional seasoning,” coming back to the body … among other topics.

Music: “Codona” (from The Codona Trilogy) by Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, Colin Walcott

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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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November 25th, 2011

Like A Tree

an interview with Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical and personal wellsprings of experience. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and Urgent Message from Mother, and Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet.

She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award”, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered.

www.jeanbolen.com

Jean speaks with Joanna about the “tree persons”; nurturing a heart-connected activism; morphic fields, circles of support and critical mass; gnostic knowledge…

Music: “At The Zeergen-Grassy Mountain” from World Music Library – Mongolian Songs

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November 18th, 2011

Nurturing The New Possibilities

an interview with Jodie Evans

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

Jodie Evans is a co-founder 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 served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign.  She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known . Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.  She is the mother of three.

Jodie speaks with Joanna about the 99% movement, the shift of paradigm in activism, the power of sharing stories, participation and community, democracy as open-ended participation…

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