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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”.

 

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May 1st, 2015

Savage Grace

an interview with Jay Griffiths

jay griffiths photoIn this week’s episode, Jay Griffiths speaks with Joanna about: our essential connection to Nature; the innate nobility of children; an exploration of freedom; meeting the primal medicine; whales, dolphins and the Songlines of the world;  the people of West Papua bringing life  into song;Time is subjective and non linear; the core of Frida Kahlo’s philosophy; one of the most beautiful forms of communication; jay’s definition of home; the most miraculous thing.

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning British writer and author of “Savage Grace: A Journey in Wildness” – an evocation of the songlines of the earth and the wildness intrinsic to the health of the human spirit -, “Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time” – a polemic against the play-less, life-denying ways in which modernity sees time -, “Anarchipelago” – a story about the British anti-road protests -,”A Love Letter from A Stray Moon” – a fictionalised biography of Frida Kahlo – and “Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape” – a passionate, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright-.

She has written for the Guardian’s comment pages and features pages. She is a regular columnist for Orion magazine and has contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain, among other publications.

 

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April 24th, 2015

A Deep Awake Life

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode, Tim Freke speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Big Love; connecting from deep I to deep I; enlivenment; a safe space for enchantment; natural healing as part of the awakening process; bringing each other back into beauty; entering the fluid state; the essence of all spiritualities; a beautiful, poignant, profound experience of connection; soul formation: a stream of experience maturing into form; a deep awake life.

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy. In his latest book “The Mystery Experience”, Tim presents a revolutionary approach to spirituality. He create a new language of awakening, which makes profound ideas simpler to understand, so it’s easier to experience a real transformation of consciousness. Tim runs Mystery Experience retreats throughout the world in which he guides people directly to an experience of oneness and all-embracing love that naturally arises in the “deep awake” state.

The Mystery Experience

 

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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”.

The Healing Wisdom of Mary Magdalene

 

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March 27th, 2015

Born to Be Blissful

an interview with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Joseph Chilton PearceIn this week’s episode, Joseph Chilton Pearce speaks with Joanna about: what he considers his best work; the key for us to tap into our enormous potential; the radical importance of nurturing  human beings from the very beginning; the work of Michel Odent; special care of pregnant women; the possibility of ecstatic birth; beyond the fear of death: bliss and joy of the pure Spirit; the difference between joy and the state of bliss; the supreme, creative, expansive intelligence of the heart.

For nearly half a century Joseph Chilton Pearce has been probing the mysteries of the human mind. One of his overriding passions remains the study of what he calls the “unfolding” of intelligence in children. He is a self-avowed iconoclast, unafraid to speak out against the myriad ways in which contemporary American culture fails to nurture the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs and yearnings of our young people. he is the groundbreaking author of transformative books such as “The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of the Spirit”, “The Biology of Transcendence”, “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”, magical Child”, “Evolution’s End” and “The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think”.

 

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March 21st, 2015

Balam’s Kitchen

an interview with Balam Lemus

Balam LemusIn this week’s episode, Balam speaks with Joanna about: a story of personal and collective remembering; the teachings of the corn; working with the dreams of the future; creating ensouled community: La Cocina de Balam, a restaurant/performance/community center.

Balam Lemus is a native of Guatemala. he has traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying human nature. As a child he heard stories from native healers and elders, and was taught to implement the old ways. He continues to use these tools and training in his healing practice, for over 30 years he has been a dedicated self-improvement & emotional release facilitator and mentor. He can be contacted at cocinadebalam @ gmail.com

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March 13th, 2015

Everything That Lives is Plural

an interview with Eugenia Bone

Eugenia BoneIn this week’s episode, Eugenia Bone speaks with Joanna about: mycophilia, falling in  love with mushrooms; different cultural relationships with mushrooms: philia, phobia, shamanistic use; caution in wild harvesting; the interconnected world of fungi; the ecosystem of our bodies; medicinal applications of mushrooms; promising therapeutic research in psilocybin mushrooms: a personal, wonderful experience; the kitchen ecosystem: flavor and sustainability.

Eugenia Bone is a long time food writer, author of five books, among others, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of  Mushrooms” – recently she became the co-president of the New York Mycological Society-, and “The Kitchen Ecosystem”, expaining how to cook fresh, preserve, use the preserves, and use the waste stream of foods to make a range of dishes that can be integrated in countless ways. She is also a Italian cook, mushroom hunter, master canner, and all-around bloated pleasure seeker. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazine across the country, from The New York Times magazine to The National Lampoon, in Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, among many others.

Mycophilia

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February 27th, 2015

Alive in Beauty

an interview with Melissa La Flamme

Melissa La FlammeIn this week’s episode, Melissa La Flamme speaks with Joanna about: art as a doorway to Spirit; wilderness rapture; soul rewilding: becoming who you are; Nature needs us now; the alchemy of grief; a dream calling; the medicine of Big Mystery. (Joanna apologizes for the sound quality…so sorry, sometimes it’s like that)

Melissa La Flamme, M. A. is a visionary artisan of cultural evolution, author, poet, shamanic guide and teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, depth psychologist and troublemaker. Melissa lives in Denver, Colorado serving souls – humans and other-than-humans – worldwide. Melissa’s new book of post-modern, shamanic soul poetry, “What You Are For: Inciting a Revolution In Your Soul”, will be available in paperback  spring 2015.

 

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January 6th, 2015

Dying to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

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

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

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS nationally followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first programs in the mid 90s. Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project, “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years; footage so compelling it was haunting her to finish. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making the films & telling meaningful stories.

 

 

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December 26th, 2014

Reclaiming the Wild Soul

an interview with Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds ThompsonIn this week’s episode, Mary Reynolds Thompson speaks with Joanna about: our natural humanness; meeting the wild enchantment; poetry therapy: healing with metaphor; a future primitive; a guided journey through the primal landscapes; the roots of belonging to the earth; the energy of loving aliveness; rediscovering mystery and spontaneity in our relationships; exploring the reunion of  our roots and our future.

Mary Reynolds Thompson is an author, facilitator of poetry and journal therapy, and certified life coach who helps people discover and live their Wild Soul Story so they can bridge the false divide between outer and inner nature, Earth and Self, and become fully connected and alive. A fresh voice in the eco-spirituality movement, her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Ecozoic, and SageWoman.  She is the author of “Embrace Your Inner Wild” (best nature book, 2011) and “Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness”.

 

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December 19th, 2014

Medicines of Interbeing

an interview with Oliver Hockenhull

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

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

http://www.thegreatmedicines.com

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November 7th, 2014

Journey to the Heart

an interview with Nora Caron

Nora CaronIn this week’s interview, Nora Caron explores with Joanna the journey of self-discovery through creative expression and Nature. Nora shares her adventure in Chichen Itza. She talks with us about the courage of following one’s path and about the challenges of escaping the limiting paradigms of Western culture. Exploring one’s heart with humility and simplicity. How it was to grow up in a multicultural religious home; the mysteries of discovering the sacred snake energy; our possibilities in communing with the animals; staying connected through cooking, drumming, singing; the teaching of water. Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Nora Caron is a novelist and actress. Nora speaks four languages, has a Masters degree in English Renaissance literature, and is one of the three founders of Oceandoll Productions, a film production company which produces uplifting and inspiring films. In September 2014, Nora received the Living Now Book Award Silver Medal for Best Inspirational Fiction for “Journey to the Heart”. She is the award-winning author of The New Dimensions Trilogy which consists of “Journey to the Heart” (2013), “New Dimensions of Being” (2013), and “Jaguar Dreams” (2014). Nora writes monthly articles for the Australian magazine “Happiness & Wellbeing” and is the co-writer of the historical film “Wyoming Sky” currently in development in Hollywood.

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October 24th, 2014

The Truth of Kindness

an interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon SalzbergWhat is kindness?  How can we develop our capacity for connection, love and wisdom?  When faced with despair, fears and doubt, how can we develop faith in our own inner-strength, and the bigger picture of life?  In this week’s interview, Joanna explores these questions with Sharon Salzberg, who offers words of wisdom grounded in her journey as a meditation teacher, and the important turning points she experienced along the way.  Sharon also talks with us about the challenges of sharing ancient wisdom in a language that others can hear;  how Americans’ perception of meditation has shifted over the past decades; the Dalai Lama’s hopeful vision for the future; the revolutionary power of community.  Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of meditation since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
Sharon’s latest book is “Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace”, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program” and “Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier” with Robert Thurman.

 

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October 10th, 2014

Imagination and the Gaian Mind

an interview with C. Michael Smith

C. Michael SmithC. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (aka, Mikkal) is a clinical psychologist, medical anthropologist, and an international shamanic teacher who has been working on four continents during the past six years. He is director of Crows Nest Centers for Shamanic Studies International, with communities in France, Belgium, South Africa, and the USA. He is author of “Psychotherapy and the Sacred”, and “Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue”. In July 2012 he was the keynote speaker for the International Conference on Amazonian Shamanism, in Iquitos, Peru. In addition to directing Crows Nest International he has lectured and taught on Jungian psychology and shamanism at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Theological Seminary, for the Institute Ressources (NLP) in Bruxelles, Belgium, and currently teaches for the Cercle de Sagesse Ancestrale de l’Union, in Paris, France.

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Michael speaks with Joanna about: remembering the future; the medicine of storytelling; the road from Jung’s journey to shamanism; “Crow’s Nest Center”: ecstatic healing in community; facing the global crisis: grief and creativity; “the shaman within”.

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September 12th, 2014

Coming Home to the Trees

an interview with Patrick Jasper Lee

Patrick Jasper LeeJasper is an experienced speaker on Romani Gypsy folklore, myth and the otherworld. He works with individuals and professionals, and regularly leads groups. He is a vibrant and charismatic speaker and his Romani Gypsy heritage, knowledge, and unique system of communication make memorable sessions and events you won’t easily forget. He often travels the world with his culture and writes articles, blogs and offers presentations and demonstrations at conferences, seminars and fairs. He is the author of “We Borrow the Earth” and his newest “Coming Home to the Trees”.

Jasper speaks with Joanna about: nomadism of the soul; myth and folklore in daily experiences; Romani archetypal characters; fully experiencing of grief; the portal to ancestral wisdom; being a chovijano; animism, the way forward; coming home to the trees.

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September 5th, 2014

Farming Soul

an interview with Patricia Damery

patricia-dameryPatricia Damery is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Napa, California, where she and her husband also grow grapes, raise goats, and grow and distill lavender and other aromatic plants. They are a Demeter certified Biodynamic organic ranch. Her professional writing often offers a Jungian lens on biodynamics as they practice it on their ranch, bridging the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner.
Patricia’s writing concerns the lively experience of spirit of place. This involves being more conscious not only of the personal psyche, but of our relationship to the animate and inanimate world as well. It necessitates a shift in consciousness, a “re-membering” of an older, more open-hearted approach to the natural world and to each other, while also valuing intellect.  She believes this shift is critical to the survival of life as we know it. She is the author of “Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation”, (the second edition with a Foreword by Robert Sardello, has been published in July 2014), and two novels: “Snakes”, chronicles the protagonist’s relationship to family and earth through the folk stories and the mythology of the serpent. “Goatsong”, is the story of a ten year old girl and three goat women and the tragic, transformative year they spent together.

Patricia speaks with Joanna about: her experience of the California earthquake; Lilith and the soul of the Nature; the Serpent energy and the Earth; synchronicity, heart energy and earth energies; communicating with the soul of the world; in relationship with the energy of of the wild; biodynamic farming: cooperating with natural forces; the Earth frequency; a wider experience of community; the unity of the practical and the spiritual; “everything we need is in the present”.

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August 29th, 2014

The Conscious Activist

an interview with James O'Dea

james-odeaJames O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations including The Peace Alliance. His latest book “Cultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador” (May 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics and activists.

James speaks with Joanna about: becoming aware of the cultural distortions; the different layers of our participation in the world; witnessing the breakdown and putting our energy in the breakthrough; wisdom of the energy masters; “the conscious activist”; the evolutionary journey into knowledge; the ripening of our oneness; transformational listening; looking into the shadow of the old stories; the compassion game.

 

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August 8th, 2014

Aliveness Nurtures Aliveness

an interview with Steve Gallegos with Mary Diggin

Steve Gallegos Eligio Stephen Gallegos, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist with degrees from the University of Wisconsin, New Mexico State University and Florida State University. He discovered the Personal Totem Pole Processand at present is primarily engaged in training people, including therapists, artists and teachers in The Personal Totem Pole Process© and gives workshops in the use of imagery in growth and psychotherapy in various cities of the US and Europe (Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria). He is the author of – among others – :“The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery, The Chakras and Psychotherapy”, “The Animals of the Four Windows: Integrating Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Imagery”, “Into Wholeness: The Path of Deep Imagery”. His newest book is “Nothing is Nothing”, the first in a series of short novels that explore the ways in which education trains children to be obedient at the expense of their own wholeness and uniqueness, and how this is maintained by families, communities, schools, and the workplace.

Mary DigginMary Diggin has an MA in Mythological Studies and is an IIVR certified trainer and Deep Imagery Guide for over 20 years, leading trainings and workshops as well as working with individuals. Born in Ireland, she moved to New Mexico in 1998, where she lives with her husband, E.S. Gallegos on the Rio Grande, in the Embudo area where they run Deep Imagery workshops and also work with people on an individual basis through Imagery. Her particular interests are in the intersection between myth, storytelling, ritual and deep imagery as well as the link between psyche and nature. Mary’s deep imagery workshops often reflect these interests and her passionate understanding of the deep imagination as a powerful holistic means of accessing our inner world and building relationship with what we may call the outer world. She also trained in massage, web and graphic design and works as a micaceous clay potter, writer and Sweat Lodge Water Pourer. Mary is available to lead workshops and to work with individuals.

Steve and Mary speak with Joanna about: Steve’s newest book, “Nothing is Nothing”; the blossoming of a story; in relationship with the deep imagination; part of the ancient lineage of living beings; the spontaneous guidance of our own aliveness; the endless journey; “walking the path of continuously becoming more whole”; in relationship with All.

 

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July 25th, 2014

In the Arms of the Moment

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip ShepherdPhilip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.
Philip speaks with Joanna about: a vivid relationship with what is; a mutual calling into existence; “the bubble age” of distraction; radical wholeness; allowing the world to touch our core; a grounded sensitivity; finding wholeness; remembering from the ground up.

 

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June 20th, 2014

The Call from the Future

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

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

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

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April 18th, 2014

Compassionate Collapse

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn BakerCarolyn Baker, Ph.D., was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. Carolyn’s latest book is “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times” (2013). Her 2011 book, “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition” (2011) is a toolkit for emotional and spiritual preparation for a very uncertain future. It was proceeded by “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse” (2009). Her other books include: “Coming Out From Christian Fundamentalism: Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and The Sacred” (2007) , “U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn’t Tell You” (2006) and “The Journey of Forgiveness” (2000). Carolyn offers life coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements nationally and internationally.

Carolyn speaks with Joanna about: emotional resilience; the difference between joy and happiness; facing the small death; hospice workers for the world; clearing the shadow; compassion for ourselves; a new relationship with everything; the truest essence of money; a planetary initiation; “the old woman and the unraveling”; Thelma and the Buddha; the transformative power of community grief; the diamond in the dark.

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

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

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

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March 14th, 2014

Awakening the Original Instructions

an interview with Jon Young

Jon_YoungFor the last 26 years, tracker and author Jon Young has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language, connecting people with Nature to inspire global and personal regeneration. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring, based on a lifetime of personal experience combined with the input and guidance of cultural specialists from around the world. His newest book is “What the Robin Knows”.

Jon speaks with Joanna about: a childhood spent outside in nature; ecstatic experiences with nature; a vital, modern sense of wildness; attuned to the spiritual mystery in nature; innate meditation; the ancient gift of gratitude.

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March 7th, 2014

A Felt Sense of Wholeness

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip_ShepherdPhilip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about: we are relationships; guided by kinship with the world; the flux of self-knowledge; the inexhaustible mystery of Life; a felt sense of wholeness; the body and the unknown; an invitation to explore receptivity; the unconscious retreat from the whole.

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February 21st, 2014

Deep Change

an interview with Susan P. Plummer

Dr. Susan P. Plummer is the director of the Santa Barbara Alliance for Living and Dying Well, a consortium of major end of life care services and providers in the Santa Barbara area. Also a licensed psychotherapist, she has had a part time private practice for over 25 years.
Starting at a very young age, Dr. Plummer had a curiosity about other dimensions. This grew into a passionate lifetime interest in experiences of major life transitions, which she began to investigate under the guidance of leading theorist, Dr. Amadeo Giorgi. Her research yielded encouraging results, which turned out to be navigational—offering ways for individuals to move through very challenging yet promising journeys of deep change.
Her recent book, Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown, grew out of this doctoral research. Her book and presentations address the intricacies of transformation as they apply to individuals as well as the collective. Her popular workshops explore grief, bereavement, and the call to transformation as an avenue for growth in individuals and organizations.

Susan speaks with Joanna about: a walk in the unknown; bringing a new world into being; the process of “deep change”; listening together to the longing for something that wants to emerge; allowing the aliveness; radical relatedness; the shifts of deep change; belonging to the world; a collective change emerging.

 

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January 24th, 2014

The Present Movement

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about: recognizing the wholeness of the world; liberating oneself from fractured paradigms; embodied present; Orpheus journey; the orphan parts of ourselves; the depth and mystery of relationship; the sense of play; Noh theater and the sacred wholeness; being danced by the world.

 

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January 17th, 2014

A Scream for Unconditional Love

an interview with Gabor Maté

This is a candid and intimate interview with Dr. Gabor Maté.
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction”; “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress”; and “Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder”.

Gabor speaks with Joanna about the distinction between abstinence and sobriety; essential dignity; teacher plants and integration; the loss of essence; the love and shedding the illusion; the liveliness of truth.

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January 10th, 2014

The Light-giving Language/El Lenguaje Que Da Luz

an interview with Américo Yábar

Américo Yábar is a poet, writer, founder of the poetic movement Salk’a (free energy, non-domesticated) that connects all the beings of the Pachamama and the infinite spaces of the cosmos.
For many years, Américo has been doing mountain therapies , dedicated to the research and dissemination of contemporary and old ways. He was born and lives in the Andes mountains. In those illuminated, high immensities, with a clear identification with the Pachamama in a mystical and spiritual contact with communities and the salt of stars.
Salk’a Energy is his energetic spiritual dimension. Born in the Andes of Peru, Cusco, Paucartambo village, geographical constituency inhabited by the Qeros, paqos of the old tradition, according to scholars, the “Last descendants of the Incas”. Don Américo has walked and shared the Salk’a path with his son Gayle for much time.
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Américo Yábar, poeta, escritor; fundador del movimiento poético Salk’a (energía libre, no domesticada) que conecta todos los seres de la Pachamama y los espacios infinitos del cosmos.
Américo hace muchos años realiza terapias de montaña; dedicado a la investigación y  difusión de las formas contemporáneas y ancianas. Es nacido y residente en las montañas de los Andes. En esas altas inmensidades iluminadas; con una clara identificación con la Pachamama en un contacto místico y espiritual con las comunidades y la misma sal de las estrellas.
Energía Salk’a es su dimensión energética espiritual; nacido en los Andes de Perú, Cusco, pueblo de Paucartambo, circunscripción geográfica donde habitan nativamente los Qeros, paqos de tradición antigua al decir de los estudiosos “ultimos descendientes de los incas”. Don Américo ha caminado y compartido el camino Salk’a con su hijo gayle por mucho tiempo.

Américo speaks with Joanna about Andean mysticism: his experiences with Q’ero Elder Don Benito Qorihuaman; munay, the heart dimension; transforming the heavy energy; the purifying energy of the mountains; the salt of the stars; a healing practice with stones; intention and intent; Salk’a, undomesticated, free energy; activating the connection with Gaia and the cosmos.

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For more information about Salk’a:
Pia Ossorio: piaossorio @ gmail.com
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Arilu Yábar: arilu @ amauta.rcp.net.pe

 

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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 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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December 13th, 2013

Taking Responsibility for the Earth

an interview with Princess Lucaj

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Princess Lucaj is the current Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee whose mission is protecting the Porcupine Caribou Herd whose nursing and calving grounds are located on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She is a graduate of the George Washington University and has a long history of working with Native organizations in Alaska and throughout the US. She is also an actor and filmmaker and sits on the SAG/AFTRA Native American Committee.
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Princess speaks with Joanna about the protection of the Artic land; traditional sustainability; from grief to action; ancestral presence.

 

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November 15th, 2013

Loving a Sentient Cosmos

an interview with Robert Tindall

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

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

 

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