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Shows re: Indigenous Culture


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 9th, 2016

Holding the Light Together

an interview with Thanissara

thanissaraIn this week’s episode Thanissara speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, a historic gathering under the guidance of indigenous wisdom; standing up for the sacredness of Nature; a huge wake up call for all of us; a new kind of activism and community-based citizen resistance; feeling the wound of separation from the Earth; finding our way through the authenticity of anger; the planet need us to protect it; reclaiming the sacred feminine and healing the wounded masculine within us all; waking up to the aliveness and intelligence of the Earth; intimacy with all beings; staying tuned to the inner heart.

 

Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children  and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books – “Garden of the Midnight Rosary”, The Heart of the Bitter Almond Heart Sutra”, co-author of “Listening to the Heart”, and her latest is “Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth”. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chatanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

 

 

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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 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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August 26th, 2016

The Way of the Real Human Being

an interview with Ilarion Merculieff

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

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

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August 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

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

 

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

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July 1st, 2016

The Carbon Farming Solution

an interview with Eric Toensmeier

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

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

 

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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 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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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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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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October 30th, 2015

Reclaiming Food as a Commons

an interview with Vandana Shiva

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

 

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

 

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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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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 24th, 2015

The Song That Dances Us

an interview with Adebayo Akomolafe

Adebayo AkomolafeIn this week’s episode, Bayo Akomolafe speaks with Joanna about: the pilgrimage to the wildness of things; looking for buried possibilities, beyond the single story of development; connected to Gaia in ways that transcend paradigms and belief systems; the space of slowing down an waiting; the recognition of the power and agency of the Earth; we need each other more than ever;  a different kind of activism; un-schooling ourselves by learning from our children; nature is us in our wildest mattering; invoking other ways of being in the world; constantly at the edge of a new encounter with the cosmic; meeting the song that deeps and rises; the world is many voices, many stories, dacing in and out; holding a sacred library of new possibilities.

 

Adebayo Akomolafe, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and author from Covenant University in Nigeria. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. He is Coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization. His is an emerging voice in the world calling for a multi-dimensional shift in consciousness and systemic reification by turning to each other in small ways, and reconnecting with our ‘shamanic effusiveness and utter magnificence’. Co-founders of a network called Koru, Bayo and his ‘life-force’, Ej, are currently on an enchanted (and vulnerable) journey to reclaim their lives and intimacy with the earth, with others and with a larger palette of possibilities. He is writing his second book, ‘And We Shall Dance with the Mountains’ and a novel, ‘The Boy Who Stayed Outside’.

His readings of ‘knowledge’, ‘development’, ‘progress’ and ‘truth’ as Eurocentric metanarratives led him (and his wife, Ej) to develop the first International Workshop on Alternative research Paradigms and Indigenous Knowledge Promotion (WARP,2011). His writings and publications have taken him to multiple conferences and counter-cultural events around the world.

 

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July 3rd, 2015

Awakening to the Seed of Life

an interview with Stuart Sovatsky

Stuart_SovatskyIn this week’s episode, Stuart Sovatsky speaks with Joanna about: the entheogenic chemistries from the seed of life; the now aiming into the future: the seed-within-seed-within-seed… in all of us; amrita and DNA: the mysterious honey of life; a universe that creates loving relationships; the endless path of longing; pineal puberty at the core of spiritual traditions; towards a more complete map of human maturation; devotional intimacy; the primal religions and the awe before the mystery of life; enlightening inebriation of a soul-centered, embodied culture; the world is a big family; retrieving a worshipful mode in eroticism and lifelong relationships; yoga poses as full-bodied tumescences; the common ecstatic ground of all spiritualities.

Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D. has degrees in religion and psychology from Princeton University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. A kundalini tantra practitioner since 1972, he was the producer of the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in India in 2008, which featured more than 400 delegates from 40 countries. A kundalini chant-master with the group Axis Mundi, he has counseled thousands of people worldwide on yoga and relationships. He is the author of “Worlds from the Soul: Time, East/West Spirituality and Psychotherapeutic Narrative”, “Your Perfect Lips: a spiritual-erotic memoir”, and his newest book, “Advanced Spiritual Intimacy“.

 

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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

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

 

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

 

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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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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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January 31st, 2015

The Heart of the Universe

an interview with Meg Beeler

Meg BeelerIn this week’s episode, Meg Beeler speaks with Joanna about her life-changing encounters with the Q’ero people from the Andes; making heart-felt connections with Nature; from concepts to direct perception: intent, reciprocity, alignment, resonance; energy alchemy:exchanging energy with the Earth; “living in the heart of the universe”; a meditation with the Earth and the Cosmos; attuning to the natural rhythms as a community service.

Meg Beeler, M.A.T. is a shamanic practitioner and healer in Northern California. She is the author of the forthcoming “Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos”. Meg has been exploring the Andean cosmovision for twenty years, translating ancient indigenous wisdom into experiential nature-based practices for moving your energy and deepening your connection with everything alive. An Energy Alchemy expert and transformation mentor, she guides people into deep connection with the living energy of the universe, the divine light within, and the web that surrounds us. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to renewing and reweaving our interconnections with stars, trees, and stones; with cross-cultural wisdom and prophesy; and with our own bodies, souls, and spirits.

 

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December 13th, 2014

The Longing to Connect

an interview with Kosha Joubert

Kosha JoubertIn this week’s episode, Kosha Joubert speaks with Joanna about the longing to connect with the land; her first experience of intentional community in Nature; the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): buliding conversations between cultures; the sense of not-knowing and deep listening; conflict as “evolutionary tension”; ecological and emotional composting; the four dimennsions of sustainability; an ancient future: celebrating each other’s ancestry in a global eco-culture.

Kosha Anja Joubert is an international facilitator, trainer and consultant. She was born and grew up in South Africa. The system of Apartheid deeply influenced her life’s path: She decided to devote herself to the study and practice of trustful communication and community building in diverse settings. She has been living in intentional communities for the past 20 years and currently serves as President of the Board of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)-International and Secretary General of GEN-Europe. her last 10 years were spent in Sieben Linden, Germany. Recently she moved to Findhorn, Scotland, with her two children. She is a co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability and co-author of the internationally applied Gaia Education curriculum, the Ecovillge Desing Education. She co-edited “Beyond You and Me – Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community” (Permanent Publications) with her partner, Robin Alfred. She just had her first book published in Germany on the Power of Collective Wisdom: “The Change Makers Guide to Collective Wisdom”, and is looking forward to translating it into English. It is a joy and a honour for her to be an active part of the ecovillage movement.

 

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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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June 20th, 2014

The Call from the Future

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

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

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

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

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

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

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April 4th, 2014

Returning the Gift

an interview with Robin W. Kimmerer

Robin KimmererDr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi.  Her writings include “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her second book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth” on the subject of living in reciprocity with the land.

Robin Kimmerer speaks with Joanna about: the teachings of plants; transcending boundaries and healing with story; ecological reciprocity; engendering gratitude; learning resilience from the land; learning from our Great Mother; the union of scientific and indigenous ways of knowing; the most important things that we can do.

 

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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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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
salkarubi @ hotmail.com
Arilu Yábar: arilu @ amauta.rcp.net.pe

 

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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.

 

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September 27th, 2013

Of Seeds and Dignity

an interview with Martín Prechtel

A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul.

Martín speaks with Joanna about: the mind you never imagined you have; of seeds and dignity; becoming a more beautiful culture; re-membering the ancestral ground; metabolizing grief into beauty

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August 9th, 2013

Celebrating the Sacred Duality

an interview with Griselda Alvarez Sesma

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

 

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

 

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

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