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February 3rd, 2017

The Depth of Psychological Activism

an interview with David Bedrick

David _BedrickIn this week’s episode David Bedrick speaks with Joanna: psychological activism; the social aspect of shame and shaming; bearing witness to the cultural psychic wound in the individual; the whitewashing of Martin Luther King; addressing the violence in the U. S. shadow in a healing environment; being an ally to the unheard and marginalized voices; waking up to internalized violence; the ancestors’ message.

 

David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW., is a faculty member of the Process Work Institute and spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix. He speaks on the topics of shame, weight loss, social injustice, and alternative psychological paradigms. He is the author of “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology”; he blogs for Psychology Today and the “Huffington Post” and counsels people internationally. His newest book is “Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change“.

 

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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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December 16th, 2016

Complexity is a Love Story

an interview with Nora Bateson

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

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

 

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December 2nd, 2016

The Dance of Grief and Joy

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode, Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: understanding the context of the latest American election; Standing Rock, example of sacred activism; inner and outer activism; the safe circle; the five gates of grief; return to radical joy; the shadow magnet of our time; reconnection is a two-way street; we must resist the possibility of a 21st century fascism; the way of developing resilience.

A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn Baker offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. She is the author of, among other books, “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”, and “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. Her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey, is “Return to Joy”.

 

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November 25th, 2016

A Talk About the Rooted People

an interview with Steve Stonearrow

steve_stonearrowIn this week’s episode we can listen to the talk “A Native American View on the Rooted People”, delivered by Steve Stonearrow at the Biodynamic Association Conference in Santa Fe, Saturday, November 19, 2016. “Native Americans believe that all living things have Spirits. In this teaching, we will seek to understand their relationship to us. Each plant’s unique Spirit helps us to learn more about the world as a whole.”

Steve Stonearrow is a spiritual leader within the Lakota ceremonial tradition. He is an example of what it means to walk in a sacred way within our quickly-changing society, carrying forward the cultural teachings and spiritual wisdom od the “Lakhól wichóh’an”, or the Lakota way of life. With his deep knowledge of healing and herbal medicine, Steve travels the country leading ceremonies and speaking about the many aspects of indigenous history, lifestyle and spirituality.

 

 

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November 18th, 2016

The Transformative Power of Nature

an interview with Alex Seymour

alex_seymourIn this week’s episode Alex Seymour speaks with Joanna about: searching for soul healing, from Afghanistan to the Amazon; a life-changing, spiritual experience through DMT; psychedelics and loosing the fear of death; exploring the unknown territory of the psyche; initiation to Mother Ayahuasca; a mythic voyage; rites of passage and masculinity; the feminine force of the planet; being born to compassion and empathy; power versus force.

Alex Seymour enlisted in the Royal Marines Commandos as a teenager, serving for 6 years and completing 2 tours of duty on active service. Twenty years later he returned to the service as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He is currently the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives with his wife and children in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the author of “Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon”.

 

 

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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 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 14th, 2016

Joyful Radiance

an interview with Meg Beeler

meg_beelerIn this week’s episode Meg Beeler speaks with Joanna about: remembering our inborn fluidity through energy alchemy; seeing with the heart; what is a spiritual connection with Nature; equanimity and embracing the whole; the joy of reciprocity; the ecstatic practice of transfiguration; an energetic prayer for Water; Salka, a river of undomesticated energy; connecting with the heart of the universe; integrating energy alchemy in daily life.

 

Meg Beeler, MA, Shamanic Guide, expertly weaves her Energy Alchemy and Shamanic Meditation to guide seekers into joyful connection, soul healing, and luminous presence. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to bringing to life our collective dream of a more beautiful world. She is the author of “Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos”.

 

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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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October 1st, 2016

A Listening Heart

an interview with Stephan V. Beyer

steven_beyerIn this week’s episode Steve Beyer speaks with Joanna about: medicine people, the primordial doctors; healing with courage in a sitting circle; ceremony, opening the heart and creating sacred time; the spiritual gifts of the talking stick; from a culture of punishment to one of restoration and responsibility; healing the harm of conflict, telling our stories; carrying the invisible talking stick; the way of transcending conflict; Wisdom through a listening heart; are you willing to be a clown for peace?.

 

Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J. D., is a well-known writer and speaker on shamanism and spirituality. He is also a community builder, peacemaker; and carrier of council. He has been trained and certified in many areas of circle process, mediation, and nonviolence and has offered peacemaking workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from therapists to theologians, and at Montessori, charter, alternative, and public schools. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at Chicago University, teaching undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in restorative justice and in the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. He is the author of, among other books, “Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon” and his latest “Talking Stick: Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path”.

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September 9th, 2016

The True Inner Medicine

an interview with Mingtong Gu

mingtong_guIn this week’s episode Mingtong Gu speaks with Joanna about: qigong, moving through life with grace and joy, in the energetic flow; tapping the source of creativity; to the formless through the form; deep healing, into the energy roots of disease; the Chi Center in Lamy, New Mexico, a one of a kind place dedicated to healing in North America; Dr. Ming Pang and the “medicine-less” Qigong hospital; uniting Western medicine and esoteric qigong to access the true inner medicine; sound vibration healing; the importance of diligent practice; the deeper interconnectivity of human, animal and plant life; the healing love of planet Earth.

 

Qigong Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, as treated over 200,000 patients; with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center, and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.

 

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July 22nd, 2016

The Freedom of Inner Knowing

an interview with Catherine Shainberg

Catherine_ShainbergIn this week’s episode Catherine Shainberg speaks with Joanna about “reversing”, a great kabbalistic technique; the primordial language of images, rooted in the body; plunging into the subconscious for healing and growth; we are dreaming all the time; “dream opening” groups, exploring together the language of dreams; an exercise about how the images move the body; “Dreambirth”, having a good pregnancy and birth; a soul calling to learn the freeing power of visionary life; coming back to our senses to find our inner compass.

Catherine Shainberg is a transpersonal psychologist, healer, visionary and teacher with a private practice in New York City. In her 40 years’ experience she has taught thousands of students around the world and created revolutionary tools for clearing physical and emotional disorders. In 1982, Catherine founded The School of Images, dedicated to teaching the revelatory dream and kavanah (intent) techniques of the ancient Sephardic Kabbalah tradition. She is the author of “Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life”, “Genesis and Movement” (not in print), and “Dreambirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery Life”. She conducts imagery and dreaming workshops internationally.

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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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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 27th, 2016

Finding Gold in the Shadow

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: healing the personal and collective shadow; the ego and the sacred self; transforming the tyrant,victim,rebel,savior dynamics; rites of passage and the right use of power; surrender and spiritual empowerment; becoming aware of the shadow of the U.S.; institutionalized racism and the western story of separation; the antidote to entitlement; the connective observer self.

Carolyn Baker is the author of “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. Her newest book is “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”.

 

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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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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing  journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicine. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He is also the editor and contributor to the forthcoming “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Spirit Ally”. He is the co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, where he lives.

 

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April 22nd, 2016

The Ancient Language of Connection

an interview with Robbie Holz

Robbie HolzIn this week’s episode Robbie Holz speaks with Joanna about: from breakdown to breakthrough; opening up to the love of Mother Earth; a life-changing encounter in the Outback; allowing the energy of love; a vital message to women; the ancient language of connection; the energy of sacred places; communicating with everything; plugging into the greater consciousness; feeling the voice of the soul; embracing the unwanted parts of oneself; changing with the planet, one choice at a time; the feeling of interconnectedness.

 

Robbie Holz is an internationally-respected healer and speaker. She is an author of the award-winning book “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” and her memoir “Aboriginal Secrets of  Awakening”. Using Australian Aboriginal principles, she healed herself of hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and treatment-induced brain damage. Robbie has also participated in ceremonies with Aboriginal tribeswomen in the Australian Outback. She is passionately committed to help people worldwide activate their powerful inner healer.

 

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April 1st, 2016

Sky Shamans of Mongolia

an interview with Kevin Turner

Kevin_TurnerIn this week’s episode Kevin Turner speaks with Joanna about: nurtured in the womb of shamanism;  bringing spirit into this world; ordinary and non ordinary reality; Mongolian shamanism, alive and well; religious and political persecution and rearising of Mongolian shamanisms; three primary shamanic lineages in Mongolia; remembering the big picture and co-creating a dream that could be beautiful; extending the attention beyond the body; bringing East and West together; Tengers, spirits of the Upper World; working with the spirits of the stars.

Kevin Turner is the director for Asia and faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies founded by Michael Harner. After years of study with yogis, monks, and lamas in India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Japan, Kevin met Michael Harner in 1997 and trained in core shamanism, an integrative, nontraditional approach to shamanism. He teaches Core Shamanism internationally, offering several workshops a year. Turner is also a full trainer at the Monroe Institute, which offers programs and training in the out-of-body experience, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, and psychopomp work. He is the author of “Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers”.

 

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March 11th, 2016

A Cree Healer Speaks

an interview with Russell Willier

Russell WillierIn this week’s episode Russell Willier speaks with Joanna about: government and religious pressure on Cree culture, native ways driven underground; the difficulty of living in between traditions; persecution of traditional healers; the global culture of traditional healing; the need to preserve wild areas where medicinal plants grow; bringing the dignity and pride to the new generations; the decline of plants and animals in Canada; healing is praying; stories of Spirit; slowing down in a fast world; signs of change in Nature.

 

Russell Willier was born on the Sucker Creek reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of having been selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. By the time Willier received his medicine bundle, the knowledge of how to use the little plant packets inside it had been lost, so Russell showed them to elders and asked if they knew how these ‘combinations” were used. Gradually, over many years, Russell pieced together the information he needed to begin to practice as a Medicine Man. Willier, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help. He is the co-author, with David Young and Robert Rogers, of “A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle. Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom – Healing Plants, Practices and Stories.”

 

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March 4th, 2016

Better Stories To Live By

an interview with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

Barbara MainguyLewis Mehl-MadronaIn this week’s episode Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy speak with Joanna about: the indigenous way of transmitting knowledge and wisdom through stories; making better stories to live by; true healing comes when we are heard; coyote healing, a metaphor for bridging indigenous view and Western medicine; breaking through oppressive stories; finding a story through feeling rooted in body movement; individual suffering is not isolated from the circumstances of our community of origin; metaphor is the language of the body; bringing the magic of Nature and Mystery back into our lives.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. He is the author of “Coyote Medicine”, “Coyote Healing”, and “Coyote Wisdom”, a trilogy on what native Culture has to offer to the modern world. He has also written “Narrative Medicine”, “Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of narrative Psychiatry”, and his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, “Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story”.

Barbara Mainguy studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. Her interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art, psychotherapy and healing. She is the author of a number of papers of health care with aboriginal people and on psychotherapy and psychosis and on chronic pain. Currently she is completing her M.F. A. in documentary film making at York University, Toronto, and working with Dr. Mehl-Madrona in Orono, Maine. She is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono.

 

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February 19th, 2016

Just Behind the Surface

an interview with Cidny Bullens

Cidny_BullensIn this week’s episode, Cidny Bullens performs heartfelt songs and speaks with Joanna about: telling the story of being human; a man in a woman’s body; the truth of embodying one’s own story; the process of learning how to live with grief; being part of the mysterious universe; embracing the light and the shadow; two defining moments in her life; songs from a deeper place; the choice to live without bitterness.

 

Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of “Grease”, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979’s “Desire Wire”, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight. In March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD “Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth”, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe. The CD received the Best Rock Album Award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association. She is also the author of the CDs “Neverland”, “dream #29”, “Howling Trains and Barking Dogs”, and as a member of the uprising super-trio The Refugees, the CDs “Unbound” and  “THREE”. The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles, to be released some time in 2016. In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. Cidny is now writing and performing again – has written and is working on the production of his one wo/man show “Somewhere Between”, which will premier in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016.

 

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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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January 8th, 2016

The Medicine of the Ancestors

an interview with Clare S. Wilkins

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

 

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

 

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December 11th, 2015

The Alchemy of Joy

an interview with Nicki Scully

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

 

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

 

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November 20th, 2015

Coffee from the Heart of the World

an interview with Erica Ohliger and Nelson Caraballo

Erica OhligerNelson CaraballoErica Ohliger and Nelson Caraballo speak with Joanna about: honoring the coffee seeds, bringing back the medicine; remembering the life-originating principles; indigenous people, the best conservationists; the Tayrona spiritual ecology of coffee;  contributing to the sacred web of life; Peoples of the Earth Coffee Initiative: spiritually-infused, naturally-grown and exquisite tastig coffee, with a business model devoted to societal, cultural and environmental restoration; a transition to cultivating things in a sacred way.

 

Erica Ohliger is the founder of Ancient Healings and The Mother Earth Restoration Trust. She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, TBA practitioner, and Reverend (Inner Faith Ministry).

Convinced that the ancestral presence on the planet and its continuity with the life originating (pre-ancient wisdom) principles represents a possible route for finding solutions to restoring the natural balance in the world, Nelson Caraballo is devoted to contributing to the resurgence of original thought in the mind set of modern day societies. He was the Director of Fundación Ciencia, Arte y Cultura – FUNDARCULTURA – based in Medellín, Colombia and has spent the last fifteen years working under the guidance of traditional authorities from the pueblos of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Today, through The Mother Earth Restoration Trust, he continues to be in function of Spiritual Authority to help in restoring environmental, social and cultural balance on our beloved planet Earth.

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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 23rd, 2015

The Offering of Each Moment

an interview with Tina Benson

Tina BensonIn this week’s episode Tina Benson speaks with Joanna about: the magnificent journey home to oneself; speaking about childhood wounds; an overwhelming experience of unconditional love; the connection between the inner and outer lover; the rapture of longing; towards a spiritual eroticism; reaching behind the veil, where the magic happens; ecstatic sensory awareness; the enlightenment of everyday life.

 

Tina Benson is a modern-day Soul Whisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach. She has over 30 years experience teaching, leading, and facilitating individuals, couples, large and small groups in the United States and abroad in consciousness explorations, chakra initiation/meditation retreats, couples and women’s retreats, ecstatic dancing, Voice Dialogue, Enneagram, chanting, ritual, and travel to sacred sites around the world. She is the founder and creator of the SoulSpeaks Project, and is also a non-denominational ordained minister, officiating at weddings, birth, death and other life-passages and celebrations. In her psychospiritual-erotic memoir, A Woman Unto Herself: A Different Kind of Love Story, she tells the true story of one woman’s misguided attempts to find love and how she found the sacred love and ecstatic intimacy she’d searched for all her life.

 

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September 18th, 2015

Every Seed is a Promise

an interview with Kimberlie Chenoweth

Kimberlie_ChenowethIn this week’s episode, Kimberlie Chenoweth speaks with Joanna about: meeting the life force of the land; one hour with Nature, everyday; opening oneself to “luminous awareness”; an indigenous culture at the core of how the world works; being woven into the land; re-connecting ourselves with the roots of where we were born; wholeness as an organizing princile of our lives; every seed is a promise; freeing up the inner dams; love: seeing the beauty in everyone; waking up to the reality of this planet as an awake, alive being.

Kimberlie Chenoweth, author, mentor, and founder of The Wholeness Project, is a natural at getting to the core of things – your uniqueness, your potential, and whatever gets in the way of being all you can be. Kimberlie has a Master’s degree in Counseling and she’s a certified master NLP and an endorsed member of the Core Transformation Trainers Association. She is an Andean mesa carrier with a cross-cultural initiation. After 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist and personal development trainer, she launched The Wholeness Project in 2012.

 

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September 11th, 2015

Real Faith in Life Itself

an interview with Maya Ward

Maya_WardIn this week’s episode, Maya Ward speaks with Joanna about her pilgrimage to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River: a journey in the spirit of reconciliation; a river that is a Songline; pilgrimage as a walking meditation with the land; widening perception with the Earth music; becoming as creative as the world; “walking the river helped me to feel the vastness of the world”; creating a new culture of community with the more-than-human-world.

Maya Ward was born in and has lived most of her life in Yarra River country. She has worked as an urban designer, permaculture teacher and environmental educator, public art designer, musician, performer, festival director, poet and writer. She now divides her time between inner-city Brunswick and planting trees on her block by the Yarra in Warburton. She is the author of “The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage”.

 

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August 28th, 2015

Pulsing with the Light of Love

an interview with Billy Hayes

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

 

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

 

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August 14th, 2015

Restoring the Soul After War

an interview with Ed Tick

Ed TickIn this week’s episode, Ed Tick speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Warrior’s Return”: meaningful rites of passage in our society; main factors for joining th military; one of the main reasons that Vietnamese veterans do not suffer from PTSD; a poignant conversation with a Sergeant at the airport; heling the Post-traumatic Social Disorder; initiation to the inner warrior archetype; guiding and supporting the warrior’s return journey.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Edward Tick has been a psychotherapist for 38 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of “Sacred Mountain”, “The Practice of Dream healing”, “The Golden Tortoise” “Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls” and the award-winning book “War and the Soul”. His latest book is “Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War”.

 

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July 31st, 2015

Experiencing Life Without Mediation

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

Ken_CohenIn this week’s episode, Ken Cohen speaks with Joanna about Daoism: more than philosophy and religion:origins and influences, key figures, branches, sacred places; a timeless tradition relevant for our times; a celebration of life; meeting Alan Watts, Zen and Daoism; painting the world with ancient Daoist poetry; Confucianism and patriarchy; a holistic way of life; preserving the Feminine and maintaining the balance; Daoist precepts, a different kind of ethical tradition; wu wei, allowing life to unfold; a heartfelt philosophy of interdependence; human doing/human being; experiencing life without mediation.

Ken Cohen (Gao Han) is the Executive Director and founder of the Qigong Research & Practice Center. He is a world-renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong Grandmaster with more than forty five years experience. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, “The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing”, best-selling self-healing audio and video courses and more than 200 journal articles. Ken Cohen’s teachers have included some of the most highly respected masters and Grandmasters in the world, including William C. C. Chen (Yang Style Taiji Quan), B. P. Chan (Chen Style Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Qigong), Madame Gao Fu (Chen Style Taiji Quan and Hunyuan Primordial Qigong), among others. In 2003 Ken Cohen won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for innovation and Lifetime Achievement.

 

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July 17th, 2015

The Cosmos in the Heart

an interview with Renn Butler

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

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

 

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July 10th, 2015

The Healthy Conscious Traveler

Robyn_BensonIn this week’s episode, Robyn Benson speaks with Joanna about basic, essential things we can do for an optimal experience when traveling: a soul calling for becoming a healer; the frequency traveler: taking care of the electric body; protecting the digestive system; taking responsibility for health; the importance of good hydration; earthing: back to our roots; lack of sleep and obesity; listening to the true rhythms of our bodies; bringing own’s food when traveling; awareness and health.

 

Dr. Robyn Benson is a pioneer of the Self-Care Revolution, which aims to transform lives and healthcare, one person at a time. For the past 23 years, she’s applied her considerable knowledge of acupuncture, herbs, IV therapies and cutting-edge energy medicine to help patients achieve optimal, radiant and sustainable health. In 2005, Dr. Robyn founded Santa Fe Soul, an innovative healthcare center which now has a staff of 25 practitioners. A mother, adventure enthusiast, world traveler, author and speaker, Dr. Robyn brings a decidedly holistic approach to 21st-Century healthcare. She is the author of  “The Healthy Conscious Traveler”.

 

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June 5th, 2015

Horses: The Human Whisperers

an interview with Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon

Florian_BirkmayerWin_SimonIn this week’s episode, Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon speak with Joanna about equine assisted, therapy and learning programs: inter-species healing; the correlation trauma-addiction; horses, the human whisperers; the journey of healing; the gift of the unexpected, the calm and caring leadership; a presence-based therapy; a silent dance of participation; exploring new possibilities in equine therapy.

 

Florian Birkmayer, M.D. founded The Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and seminars on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation. This approach has been inspired by C. G. Jung’s notion if individuation. His passions are Aromatherapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy. He received his B. A. from Princeton University and his M. D. from College of Physcians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He views himself s a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

Win H. Simon is the Executive Director of Southwest HorsePower, New Mexico non-profit organization, and the owner of WT Equestrian: Natural Horsemanship style horse training facility. She rescued horses and rehabilitated them both physically and emotionally. In the process she estudied Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) training methods for Equine Assisted Therapy. Win is the coordinator of various Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning programs in the Albuquerque area.

Equine Therapy: The Healing Influence of Horses

 

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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”.

 

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

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