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August 18th, 2017

The Sacred Flow of Life

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Witchcraft, one of the starting points to track the roots of Western domination; recovering the cultural heritages around the world; 2017, thrown back into the older history of captivity and war; Native American prophecies about women reclaiming power; a living, spinning, sacred world; ancient, enlivening names of the wise woman; picking up insights from the living currents; Sardinia and the animated, spirit distaff of the witch goddess; a reverential relationship with the consciousness in trees and stones; the divinatory medicine of Raven in European cultures; the peace-making weavers; the origin of the word sanctuary.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press,2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

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May 26th, 2017

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: remembering other ways to live; “witch hunts” in Europe, the prehistory of our current socio-political situation; the Three Sisters spinning the webs of Wyrd; ancient Norse and German cosmologies and the curving nature of Time; the archetypal Tree and Well; the pan-global symbol of the holy matrix of Being; the Maidens on the sea of Knowledge; the Faery Faith and the ancestral religion; the break up with ancient knowledge at the time of Industrial Revolution;  language and recreating the future web of meaning.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. Max Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch-hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100”. This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming.

 

 

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April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 30,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100( Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: the Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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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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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

Joanna_van_der_HoevenIn this week’s episode Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with Joanna about: discovering modern Druidry; an unexpected ancestral connection; origins of the Celtic culture; attuning to Nature and the ancestors; Awen, the flowing thread to the Life Force; Nemetona and sacred space; Zen Druidry; the importance of summer and winter solstices; a new eco-spirituality emerging; sensual immersion in Nature; letting Nature to experience you.

 

Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid and best-selling author. She was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to the UK in 1998, where she lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk, near the coast of the North Sea. Joanna is a singer, poet, dancer and teacher. She has studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. She is currently the Media Co-Ordinator for the Druid Network and is also the co-founder and a tutor at Druid College UK. She is the author of “Zen Druidry:Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness”, “Dancing with Nemetona: A Druid Exploration of sanctuary and sacred space”, “The Awen Alone: Waking the Path of the Solitary Druid” and “The Stillness Within: Finding Inner Peace in a Conflicted World”.

Druid Heart: Living A Druid Life

 

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December 11th, 2015

The Alchemy of Joy

an interview with Nicki Scully

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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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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October 8th, 2011

Uprisings For the Earth

an interview with Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is an artist, writer, and lifelong advocate of social and environmental justice issues. She is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey studied Ancient History and Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon where her focus was on an Ecological Impact Study of the Oregon river system. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz where her reports on the use of phenoxy herbicides and alternative methods for pest management played a central role in Santa Cruz County’s re-evaluation of herbicide use. She received her MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Her recent book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (2010), delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges.

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Orielle speaks with Joanna about reconnecting with Nature in urban life, the balance between high technology and hand-made things, women leadership and climate situation, indigenous wisdom and partnership model, Nature as teacher, open to the beauty and awe of the “big conversation”, Frau Holle and other female archetypes of Nature, art and environmental awareness, honoring the rights of the Earth…

Music:”Sanza” (from Echoes Of The Forest – Music of the Central African Pygmies)

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April 22nd, 2011

Adventures with the Goddess

an interview with Tim Ward

Tim Ward is the author of the newly released Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. This is the first book that explores the Goddess from an explicitly male perspective, and how the loss of the feminine divine has affected men and women’s relationships. Tim believes it is in men’s enlightened self interest to work together with women to move beyond patriarchy, and this is the conversation he will engage his audiences in as he shares his experience of exploring Goddess sites and ruins of the ancient Europe throughout 2006-07.

Tim is the author of three previous books: Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess, Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in the Buddhist Ruins of India (where he first encountered the Goddess) What the Buddha Never Taught (about life in a Thai Monastery), and the Great Dragon’s Fleas (his search for living Bodhisattvas). He has lectured in colleges and institutions across North America, and all of his books have been used as texts in various schools and universities. Tim has a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, in his native Canada.

Tim now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their two children where he teaches communications courses for international development organizations in Washington D.C. and globally. (See www.intermediact.com for this very different side of his professional life).

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Tim speaks with Joanna about his life-changing experiences with the archetypes of the Goddess and the rising awareness of our interconnectedness with the Earth, “what the Buddha never taught”, a new non-patriarchal relationship between fathers and sons, our responsibility in the creation of a new ecological society…

Music: “Prayer to Goddess Saraswati – Raga Kalavati”  by Pt. Shivkumar Sharma

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July 27th, 2010

Teri Degler: “Listening to the Fiery Muse”

an interview with Teri Degler

An award winning writer, Teri is the author/co-author of ten non-fiction books, including The Fiery Muse: Creativity and the Spiritual Quest (Random House of Canada) and one for young adults, The Canadian Junior Green Guide (McClelland & Stewart). Written in conjunction with the highly respected environmental watchdog, Pollution Probe, it became a Canadian best-seller.

After completing two books on the environment, Teri began to focus much of her writing on topics related to creativity and contemporary spirituality, subjects of deep personal interest to her. Teri first began studying yoga in her twenties in Paris with a teacher who had lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram for more than twenty years. Several years later she traveled to India to meet Gopi Krishna – considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on kundalini. Since then she has been a student of the philosophy behind yoga and has been involved in researching the link between creativity, inspiration, and mystical experience. Both her latest book, The Divine Feminine Fire: Creativity and Your Yearning to Express Your Self (Dreamriver Press), and The Fiery Muse deal with this topic; she has also written a number of articles and spoken widely on the subject.

Her workshops on creative writing and the link between creativity and spirituality have met with great success, and she now divides her time between leading workshops and writing.

She is an active member of PEN Canada, the Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Institute for Consciousness Research, and she was one of the founders of the Kundalini Research Network in the United States.

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Teri speaks with Joanna about the serpent power as an evolutionary force of transformation, longing & fear, Shakti/Shekinah/Sophia, creativity and the Divine Femenine…

Introductory music: “Amazon Beginnings”

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December 16th, 2009

The Rhythm of the Earth

an interview with Layne Redmond

‘s unusual path focuses on the hand-held frame drum, the world’s oldest known drum. For fifteen years, she researched the history of this drum in religious and healing rites in the ancient Mediterranean world culminating in her book, When The Drummers Were Women. Layne has been featured in many music festivals including the Touch Festival in Berlin, Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, Tambores do Mundo in San Luis, Brazil, as a soloist at the World Wide Percussion Festival in Salvador, Brazil. Her recordings include: The Wave of Bliss, Invoking the Muse, Trance Union, Since the Beginning, and she has two instructional videos: Rhythmic Wisdom and A Sense of Time.

Layne speaks with Joanna about her music…and the spiritual tradition of women drummers and her resurgence today / yoga of sound / the ancient Mysteries / Kashmir Shaivism: Doctrine of vibration / musical experiences in Brasil, Cyprus… www.layneredmond.com

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May 11th, 2009

The Mystic Vision of the Divine Feminine

an interview with Anne Baring

Anne Baring is a writer and retired Jungian analyst, is author and co-author of five books including The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image, The Mystic Vision, The Divine Feminine, and a book for children, The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time. Anne’s website www.annebaring.com explores the deeper issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

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January 6th, 2008

Re-Inventing Earth-Based Goddess Religion

an interview with Glenys Livingstone

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

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December 9th, 2007

Creating a Caring Economics

an interview with Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler is an eminent social scientist, attorney, social activist and best known as author of the international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, hailed by Princeton anthropologist Ashley Montagu as “the most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species“. She is also president of the Center for Partnership Studies, dedicated to research and education.

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November 18th, 2007

A Man’s Search for the Goddess

an interview with Tim Ward

Canadian-born author of books on spiritual/travel literature including Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess.

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February 21st, 2007

The Female Lineage of Healers

an interview with Vicki Noble

Joanna Harcourt-Smith interviews Vicki Noble, feminist shamanic healer, author, scholar and wisdom teacher.

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