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Shows re: mysticism


April 28th, 2017

The Alive Molecule

an interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.

 

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book “Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey” and the companion volume of interviews, “The Ayahuasca Sessions”. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary “Aya: Awakenings” and has been called one of the “leading spokepersons for the new paradigm”.

Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for “Shamans of the Global Village” in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled “Transmutation” is due for completion in 2017.

 

 

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February 24th, 2017

The Magic of the Pachamama

an interview with Oakley Gordon

In this week’s episode Oakley Gordon speaks with Joanna about the masters of the heart; a dance of reciprocity; the man with the shining eyes; the aliveness of Nature and the Cosmos; a relationship of love with the Pachamama; seeding a future of greater beauty and love; the stars within us; the magic ingredient of intent; living the complementarity of opposites; two Andean meditations of energy with the Earth.

 

Oakley Gordon received his doctorate in cognitive psychology (the study of perception, learning, memory, and consciousness). For the past twenty two years he has been exploring the Andean Cosmovision under the tutelage of his Peruvian mentor and friend don Américo Yabar. In his trips to Peru Oakley has also worked with many other Andean paqos (mystic/shamans) and healers. He has shared the Andean Cosmovision with Western society through papers at academic conferences, presentations to the public, a few articles, an extensive blog, and several hundred experiential classes and workshops. Over many years of going to Peru to learn the Cosmovision, coming home to integrate it with his life in the West, and then teaching it to others, he has reached the point where he ould write this book, “The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature, and the Cosmos”.

 

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January 27th, 2017

A Love Deeper Than Words

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode Tim Freke speaks with Joanna: Love is how oneness feels; a pure, naked sense of being; the three maturations; awakening in the 21st century; a knowing before words; working for a better world from a deep acceptance; Walt Whitman, an ecstatic inspiration for our times; reaching oneness through our individuality; time to update an outdated spirituality; the key of paralogical thinking; know yourself and show yourself; a love that goes to each cell of the body; waking up through deep safety.

 

Tim Freke is a pioneering philosopher and respected authority on ancient and contemporary spirituality, whose work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of more than 20 books, which have been translated into 15 languages. He presents life-changing events internationally and on-line. His newest book is “Deep Awake: Wake Up to Oneness and Celebrate Your Individuality.”

 

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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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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon for the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

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Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 198 Students Movement in germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is freed from hatred, lies, violence and fear. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.”

 

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July 22nd, 2016

The Freedom of Inner Knowing

an interview with Catherine Shainberg

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

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

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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

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

 

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

Druid Heart: Living A Druid Life

 

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April 8th, 2016

Magic is Everything

an interview with John Michael Greer

John Michael GreerIn this week’s episode, John Michael Greer speaks with Joanna about: discovering the convergence of spirituality and ecology; the circularity of reality; the world we live in is  a spiritual phenomenon; deconstructing the “you create your own reality” meme; the role of mystery schools; the beauty of limits; the dance of flow in balance; we are doing magic all the time; remembering the wider reality; doing one thing for the biosphere.

 

John Michael Greer is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He is also the author of the popular blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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March 25th, 2016

Telling the Tales of Aliveness

an interview with Randi Ya'el Chaikind

Randi Ya'El ChaikindIn this week’s episode Randi Ya’el Chaikind speaks with Joanna about: we are natural born storytellers; the vital role of the witness; memory’s truth; revelations of the heart; out in the woods connected to the muse; a revelatory vision quest; called to be a Jewish shaman storyteller; Earth-based Hebrew wisdom; listening to the multiple voices of Nature; beyond healing lies creativity.

 

Randi Ya’el Chaikind, MPH has been an experiential educator, author, and therapeutic coach for more than 20 years, helping people heal and transform their lives through narrative and expressive arts. She specializes in nonviolent communication, empathic listening, and transformational storytelling. Randi Ya’El has a master of Public Health and currently is studying to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a focus on narrative therapy. She is the author of “Revelations of the Heart. A 49-Day Journey of Poems and Prompts to Write Your Way to Revelation.”  (You can order her book via paypal here)

 

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January 22nd, 2016

The Peace of the Wilderness

an interview with Joseph Bharat Cornell

Joseph Bharat CornellIn this week’s episode Joseph Bharat Cornell speaks with Joanna about: a life dedicated to sharing the peace felt in Nature; the joy and blissful vibrancy of the wilderness; the whole earth, a meditation of the Cosmic Spirit; the healing practice of forest bathing; nature education in a holistic way; seeing with the eyes of the moment; the song of creation; George Washington Carver, a beautiful attunement with Nature; becoming whole through play; communing with Life from a shared center; expanding circles of awareness; interviewing Nature.

 

Joseph Bharat Cornell is an international renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet’s most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, “Sharing Nature with Children”, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. His newest books, “Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature” and “The Sky and Earth Touched Me: Sharing Nature Wellness Exercises” (winner of 4 national book awards), have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature. Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work, among others, the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe. In 2011, Cornell was selected as one of the world’s “100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planète. Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California.

 

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January 15th, 2016

Through the Eyes of Love

an interview with Michael J. Roads

Michael_RoadsIn this week’s episode, Michael Roads speaks with Joanna about his lifetime love affair with Nature; the spiritual gateway of imagination; the refining process of listening and communicating with nature; finding the newness in us and the earth; the journey into nature leading into deeper levels of consciousness; through the eyes of an eagle; Love, the power of creation; the difference between intelligence and the intellect; the Earth shift; spherical time and a greater reality; Pan, the Spirit of Nature; seeing the seamless whole; loving the energy of humankind.

 

Michael Roads was born a farmer’s son in Cambridgeshire, England, in 1937. From an early age he discovered that he had a natural ability to travel beyond linear time and space, and enter into deep communication with Nature. Since his spiritual enlightenment at age 49, Michael has written 19 books on his experiences and explorations of alternate realities and dimensions. His main focus and teachings are based on unconditional Love and emotional balance. 2016 marks his 25th year of traveling over five continents presenting inspirational and life-changing 5-day intensives in a clear, compelling, humorous and no-nonsense format, enabling many participants to experience amazing shifts in consciousness.

Michael, an ordinary mystic, weaves his wealth of life experiences with the most extraordinary insights – insights that offer pathways to our deep spiritual relationship with nature and with Self. He has the consciousness and ability to empower people to gain understanding of the true nature of reality, and assist them in their spiritual awakening to their Divine potential.

 

 

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December 18th, 2015

The Enchanted Life

an interview with Hank Wesselman

Hank WesselmanIn this week’s episode Hank Wesselman speaks with Joanna about: communicating with Gaia Sophia; his first experiences of enchantment in Central Park; a haunting meeting in Ethiopia; the shamanic worldview; the beginning of a spiritual odyssey; our innate spiritual connection; being dreamed and dreaming the world; a guide from the future; the body soul, direct link to the Higher Self; Nature, the gateway to Spirit; meeting the Goddess at the Dendera shrine.

 

Hank Wesselman, PhD, is a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who has worked with noted anthropologists in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins in the Great Rift Valley. In addition to his scientific publications, his seven books on shamanism include the “Spiritwalker” trilogy and “Awakening to the Spirit World” (with Sandra Ingerman). He teaches at internationally known centers such as the Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute and lives in Hawaii.

 

 

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October 23rd, 2015

The Offering of Each Moment

an interview with Tina Benson

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

 

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

 

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October 16th, 2015

The Splendor of Every Breath

an interview with William Henry Searle

In this week’s episode, William Searle speaks with Joanna about: a personal ecology;William Henry Searle the body-Earth relationship; a pilgrimage to sacred mountains in Japan; the ineffable, here and now; waking up together to the sacredness of Nature; the opening of the heart and the temple of everyday existence; an ecstatic experience in the mountains of Snowdonia; “living one sense at a time, all the way through”.

 

William Henry Searle, Ph.D., born 1987, in Dorset, UK, is a spiritual ecologist whose work draws on the world’s diverse spiritual traditions, philosophy, ecology, and personal lived experience in the outdoors to revive the sense of the natural world as inherently wild and sacred. He holds a doctorate in creative writing and environmental philosophy for which he was awarded a three year studentship to study at the Royal Holloway University of London. He is currently working on four books: Landscapes of Kin, which explores the connections between family and landscape; I am Heathen, which is a personal journey into rewilding the soul; a book of poems on his beloved Snowdonia, and  Perpernappercan, a fantasy trilogy. Lungs of my Earth is his first book.

 

 

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October 2nd, 2015

Blessing the Earth with Beauty

an interview with Faith Nolton

Faith_NoltonFaith Nolton speaks with Joanna about: the creative process, risk and trust; becoming artist and discovering a wider reality; how we come into balance through the fire of creativity; visionary art: dancing between the spirit world and the everyday reality; healing through sacred art; the courage of coming back to creativity; weaving living symbols and personal stories; intention and working with Spirit(s); everybody can bless the Earth with creative acts; healing the wounded fire.

Faith Nolton trained in Fine Art and Sculpture at Liverpool College of Art and in art teaching at Liverpool John Moores University. Since then she has made a lifelong exploration of spiritual creativity, perception, healing, sacred and tribal art and the ancient soul practices of Medicine Wheel and shamanism. Faith is a shamanic healer, soul counselor and ‘gardener’, teacher of sacred art and shamanism, editor ad writer. For many years she was editor of Sacred Hoop Magazine, an international publication on shamanism worldwide. She is author/illustrator of “Easy-to-Use Shamanism” and “Gardens of the Soul”.

 

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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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June 26th, 2015

The Wisdom of Hypatia

an interview with Bruce J. MacLennan

Bruce MacLennanIn this week’s episode, Bruce MacLennan speaks with Joanna about his book “The Wisdom of Hypatia”.  He introduces us to Hypatia, a revered spiritual guide, scientist and philosopher, and a model of religious tolerance. Bruce explains to us the relevance of  the spiritual practices of Neoplatonism; retrieving the spiritual roots of the West, back to shamanism; three degrees of wisdom: Epicureism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism; the paradoxic journey to the inmost flower of the soul; feeling reverence for Nature: Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World; the compatibility of Neoplatonic and scientific worldviews; “the entire cosmos is a single living organism”; direct experience of interconnectdness through Neoplatonic practices; theurgy, the art of spiritual alliance; the spiritual path of Beauty and Love.

Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, has been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion for more than forty years, and for the past twenty-five he has studied the relationship between Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. In his professional capacity as a professor of computer science, Maclennan researches artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, artificial life, artificial morphogenesis, self-organizing systems, and the mind-body connection, including the relation of the brain to consciousness and the collective unconscious. He has published several books and more than sixty scholarly articles, and he is invited regularly to give international presentations on his work. His newest book is “The Wisdom of Hypatia: ancient spiritual practices for a more meaningful life”.

 

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May 8th, 2015

Once Upon the Stars

an interview with Amy Edelstein

Amy EdelsteinAmy Edelstein speaks with Joanna about: a visionary, uplifting city; defining evolutionary spirituality; closeness to the stars; a new felt sense towards our environment; opening our consciousness to the big current; homecoming to the Divine; a warmer language for spiritual experience; bringing a grounding, freeing spirituality to younger generations; remembering the big picture: a world of possibilities; non anthropocentric, active receptivity; a fluid kind of leadership; the edge of her spirituality.

Amy Edelstein, author, educator, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. She teaches a spiritually awakened perspective and the significance of an evolutionary worldview. Her short programs and year-long trainings help individuals and group develop. Engaging, sensitive, and insightful Amy’s mission is to support as many people as possible to grrow beyond their own expectations. A Cornell University College Scholar, Amy has thirty years experience of contemplative practice, including a background in both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, as well as in evolutionary spirituality, a contemporary philosophical perspective that connects individual transformation with a deep sense of responsibility for our collective future. She is the author of “Love, Marriage & Evolution” and “Great Awakenings: Radical Visions of Spiritual Love”, and is currently working on a third book about evolutionary spirituality.

 

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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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July 11th, 2014

A World Web of Prayers

an interview with Celeste Yacoboni

Celeste YacoboniCeleste Yacoboni is passionate about helping people discover a deeper experience of the sacred in their daily lives. Celeste is a Minister of Walking Prayer, ordained by the Center for Sacred Studies in Sonora, California. Her work focuses on guiding and supporting people through transitions by creating a space of awareness, presence and inspiration, which integrates body, mind, spirit and emotions. Celeste leads “How Do You Pray?” workshops in which people share and experience different ways of prayer and connecting to Source. “How Do You Pray?” is her first book.

Celeste speaks with Joanna about: the infinite connection; passion and prayer; Earth Prayers; a unifying vision; the language of the heart; the prayer field; living in awareness; soul nourishment.

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June 13th, 2014

Live at the Iconik Cafe

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna Harcourt-SmithWe invite you to listen to a poetic, inspiring talk given by Joanna Harcourt-Smith at a book signing  for her recently published memoir  “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story”, at the Iconik Cafe, on the 7th of June, in Santa Fe.

 

 

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April 25th, 2014

The Magic of Being Alive

an interview with Philip Carr-Gomm

Philip Carr-GommPhilip Carr-Gomm lives in Sussex, England, with his wife Stephanie. From an early age Philip studied with Ross Nichols, the founder of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. He has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney. He also trained in Montessori education with the London Montessori Centre, and founded the Lewes Montessori School.  In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and he combines his role in the Order with writing, and giving talks and workshops.  He is the author – among other books –  of “Sacred Places”, “Druid Mysteries”, “The Druid Way”, “The Book of English Magic”, and is co-author with Stephanie of “The Druidcraft Tarot”.

Philip speaks with Joanna about: his initiation into Druidry; the contemporary connection to ancient roots; ecstatic community; the double rhythm of a spiritual path; cultivating the flow of creativity; the journey to wholeness; in relationship with the changeless and the changing; the pure joy of the universal life force; balance gender and beyond; three different kinds of magic.

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February 14th, 2014

Remembering Our Humanity

an interview with Julian Rose

Julian Rose is one of the pioneers of UK organic farming, commencing the conversion of his farm in 1975. He joined the Soil Association board in 1984 and campaigned vigorously for the widespread introduction of organic farming methods at a time when this system was not known. Julian went on to develop his farm as a mixed organic enterprise selling all its main produce locally, while refusing to sell to supermarkets. He developed a theory of local production and consumption which he named “The Proximity Principle.” His advice has been sought by local authorities, development agencies and government.

Julian has written and broadcast extensively; his latest book is “In Defence of Life. Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom” – a penetrating series of essays calling for urgent action to overcome the perilous state of our planet, at the local as well as global level. Also, “Changing Course – For Life” – about the radical changes needed to bring new hope to society. He is an environmental activist and a defender of peasant and family farming traditions throughout the world.

Julian Rose speaks with Joanna about his early initiation in Australia to the connection with Nature; learning organic farming; the staggering generosity of Nature; growing your own food; the crucial role of imagination; the proximity principle; community supported agriculture; speak your mind, remember your humanity.

 

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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.

Photo and co-translation: Pia Ossorio

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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October 11th, 2013

Dream Yourself Awake

an interview with Robert Waggoner

Author, Robert Waggoner, is past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) . For the past ten years, he has been the co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams.
Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Evergreen State College. He is the author of “Lucid Dreaming. Gateway to the Inner Self” and his newest book, co-authored with Caroline McCready, “Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth”.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the lucid dreaming state: similarities between lucid dreaming and near-death-experience; a tool for exploring the nature of the mind and reality; dream telepathy; how to develop a lucid mindset for oniric lucidity; interacting with the awareness behind the dream; loving and healing our inner selves; lucid life, lucid death; the interconnected oneness of Nature.

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September 6th, 2013

The Dream of the Cosmos

an interview with Anne Baring

Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst and the author and co-author of seven books, including “The Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an Image”. Her latest book – just published – is “The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul”. She is passionately interested in the fate of the Earth and the survival of our species in this critically important time of evolutionary change. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the universe that is the source or ground of all that we call ‘life’. Her website www.annebaring.com explores the deeper issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

Anne speaks with Joanna about her newest book; an early life-changing experience; the divinity of the Earth; reconnecting with the sense of Mystery; lunar,solar and stellar consciousness; thinking in planetary terms; cosmic and individual aspects of the soul; the corporate mentality; our suffering, part of the suffering of the planet; we are participants in the cosmic drama; the true ground of reality.

 

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July 26th, 2013

The Magic of the Wild

an interview with Jon Turk

For forty years I have wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about my adventures, the people, and the environments that I have encountered. I was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, I am focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points — and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world.

Jon Turk

Jon speaks with Joanna about experiencing the spirit of the wild; retrieval of the earth cycles; stop and feel the earth; a mysterious, life-changing meeting with Moolynaut, the Siberian Grandmother; “we are all adventurers”; the journey of the human potential; the bliss of the moment; healing, magic, hope and acceptance.

 

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July 5th, 2013

The Roots of Our Being

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, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, 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 our deepest sensitivity; knowing ourselves through the world; full body awareness and human freedom; personal coherence; grounded in the pelvic bowl; he offers us a simple and profound exercise: the roots of your being, among other topics.

 

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June 21st, 2013

Love Is All There is

an interview with John Dear

  This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
A longtime practitioner and teacher of nonviolence, John has written hundreds of articles and given thousands of talks on nonviolence. His many books include, among others: “Lazarus, Come Forth!”; “Living Peace”; “The Sacrament of Civil Disobedience”; “Seeds of Nonviolence”; “Our God Is Nonviolent”; and “Oscar Romero and the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice.”

John Dear speaks with Joanna about healing the shadow of Christianity; contemplative non violence and infinite love; active non violence; the feminine face of the Divine, enlightenment/enlivenment; among other topics.

 

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April 12th, 2013

The Cosmic Lovers

an interview with Christopher Bache

Christopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for almost 30 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “The Living Classroom”, “Dark Night Early Dawn”, and “Lifecycles”. Chris’ work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness. He has degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University, and Brown University.

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/class/Dr._Bache_m635.html

Chris speaks with Joanna about the collective death/rebirth process of humankind; an absolute choice point for the survival of the species; twenty years of experience working with non ordinary states of consciousness; the need for a strong spiritual practice when working with the deep psyche; direct experience as initiation in this research; the terror and ecstasy of navigating the soul realms; waking up to the Cosmic Lovers; we are the midwifes of the future human…

 

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March 29th, 2013

Awakening Kundalini: The Evolving Human

an interview with Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. In 1979 she experienced a full, spontaneous awakening of kundalini that completely changed her life. She returned to school to study the brain, consciousness, perception, cognition, intelligence and intuition. This was followed by over a dozen years of work as an educational consultant specializing in the brain-compatible and accelerative teaching techniques of Dr. George Lozanov.  In 1987, she moved to southwest Michigan and for 25 years has operated Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center. Today she travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops. She maintains a large consulting practice,writes books and poetry, raises chickens, beef cows, and grows organic vegetables and small fruits.

Penny is the mother of four children and has written – among other books – : “The Evolving Human – A True Story of Awakening Kundalini”, “Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 1 – Multi-dimensionality and a Theory of Consciousness”, and “Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 2 – New Worlds of Energy”

http://pennykelly.com/

Penny speaks with Joanna about nutrition, soil: health and higher consciousness; human body & Earth body; noetic transformation; wheels of energy and information; a deep paradigm shift in understanding our reality; awakening kundalini: the evolving human; a turning point; aligning with own’s purpose…

 

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March 22nd, 2013

A Vast Sense of Belonging

Richard Doyle earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He was the Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in History and Social Science of the Life Sciences at MIT in 1993. Professor of Rhetoric, Doyle holds appointments in English, Science Technology & Society and the College of Information Science and Technology at Penn State University and was Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric in 2003.
Doyle teaches courses in the history and rhetoric of emerging technosciences – sustainability, space colonization, biotechnology, nanotechnology, psychedelic science, information technologies, biometrics – and the cultural and literary contexts from which they sprout.

Professor Doyle is the author of: “On Beyond Living: Rhetorical Transformations of the Life Sciences” (Stanford, 1997) and “Wetwares:Experiments in PostVital Living” ( Minnesota, 2003) – in a putative trilogy about emerging transhuman knowledges. Continuing his collaborative work on the “transhuman imperative”, Doyle (aka mobius) has now completed the trilogy with a scholarly book about archaic and contemporary psychedelic media technologies and the evolution of mind: Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of Noosphere. Other current projects include a book, “Admixtures: Dialogues After Genomics” with Anthropologist Mark Shriver.  With Shriver Doyle founded the The Penn State Center for Altered Consciousness, investigating the genetics and phenomenology of legally altered consciousness with the help of a flotation tank.

More about mobius’ work and teaching can be found by browsing his web site.

Joanna and Richard talk about personal awareness of the Divine, a vast sense of belonging; a question as powerful as LSD; the love affair with everything; a curious assignment from ayahuasca…

 

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February 8th, 2013

The Mystery of Consciousness

an interview with Alfred W. Kaszniak

Alfred W. Kaszniak, Ph.D. is currently Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Education Core, and a professor in the departments of psychology, neurology, and psychiatry at The University of Arizona (UA). Al also presently serves as Chief Academic Officer for the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that facilitates collaborative scientific research on contemplative practices and traditions. He is the co-author or editor of seven books, including the three-volume “Toward a Science of Consciousness” (MIT Press), and “Emotions, Qualia, and Consciousness” (World Scientific). His work has focused on the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological disorders, consciousness, memory self-monitoring, emotion, and the psychophysiology of long-term and short-term meditation.  Al has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and has been an advisor to the National Institutes of Health and other governmental agencies. In addition to his academic and administrative roles, he is a lineage holder and teacher (Sensei) in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism.

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~kaszniak/

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Al speaks with Joanna about consciousness, memory & creativity; meditation: the foundation of liberation; an integrated way of knowing: science & contemplative training; a new way of learning about being with Alzheimer disease patients for family caregivers; a transpersonal understanding of the nature of compassion…

 

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January 11th, 2013

Awakening in the Dream

an interview with Paul Levy

A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of the upcoming book “Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil”(North Atlantic Books, release date Jan. 15, 2013). He is also the author of “The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis”. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years.
http://www.awakeninthedream.com/wordpress/

Paul speaks with Joanna about what is transpersonal evil; the process of shadow projection; the daimon: peril & promise; the response-ability of awakening in the dream; “dispelling wetiko”; agents of awareness; inner change/outer change…

 

 

 

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June 1st, 2012

A Love Affair with Life

an interview with Tim Freke

Tim Freke has spent his life exploring the ‘Mystery Experience’ and sharing it with others. He has an honours degree in Philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. Tim has written more than thirty books exploring all the major spiritual traditions of the world. He established his reputation as a groundbreaking scholar with his controversial books on Ancient Paganism and Christian Gnosticism, co-authored with his life-long friend Peter Gandy, including the top 10 international bestseller The Jesus Mysteries. In recent years he has drawn on his wealth of knowledge and his personal experience of awakening to articulate his own revolutionary approach to spirituality.

http://www.themysteryexperience.com/

Tim speaks with Joanna about: being a “standp up philosopher;” paralogical thinking; updating spirituality; soul wounding/soul healing; “a love affair with Life;” the great remembering; the ego in the hero’s journey; the Mystery experience…

Music: “The sun in your eyes” by Oaxaca.

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April 6th, 2012

Words of Truth

an interview with Robert K.C. Forman

Dr. Robert K.C. Forman is a professor of comparative religions, (CUNY), and founder of the Forge Institute. He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world. He was the co-founder and is executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies, which has become the principle journal in the field. He is also the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions. His latest book is Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul.

Robert speaks with Joanna about the soulful simplicity and beauty of everyday Enlightenment, the challenge and blessing of truth-telling, the relationship between psychology and spirituality, “spacious honesty”…

http://enlightenmentaint.com/
http://godeepertogether.com/

Music: “Words of Truth” (from “The Garden Of Mirrors“) by Stephan Micus

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January 28th, 2012

A Country Where All Colors Are Sacred and Alive

an interview with Geoff Oelsner

Geoff Oelsner has built a following as a performer both of his own songs and of poems which he sometimes sets to music or chants and recites to the accompaniment of guitar, harmonica, dulcimer, autoharp, harmonium, and the shruti box (a drone instrument from India). He has released 2 CD’s of original songs, Morning Branches and Ordinary Mystery with musician friends, including Kelly Mulhollan and Leslie. Geoff has published a collection of his poetry, Native Joy: poems songs visions dreams (1963-2003) (2003, Trafford) and his work has been featured in several other books, including Writing Poetry from the Inside Out by Sandford Lyne (Sourcebooks Inc., 2007). His new book, A Country Where All Colors Are Sacred and Alive, A Memoir of Non-Ordinary Experience and Collaboration with Nature (2012) is now available from Lorian Press.

A Buddhist meditator since 1974, Geoff founded the Buddhist Meditation and Spiritual Support Group in 1995. As a licensed certified social worker in private practice of psychotherapy in Arkansas since 1982, Geoff also utilizes poetry therapy with selected clients in psychotherapy. He is committed to sharing the healing and inspirational power of poetry, music, and story with the community.

A long time environmental activist and researcher, Geoff co-authored a book titled Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs,and Vitamins (1992). He is presently involved in several environmental initiatives, including the Psi-Sci Alliance project, which brings together established climate scientists with highly qualified intuitives to innovate new approaches to addressing and ameliorating climate change.

www.geoffoelsner.com

Geoff Oelsner speaks with Joanna about his deep love and connection with the natural world, transpersonal experiences in Nature, the emergence of a spiritual form of environmental activism…

Music: “The Sacred Hoop” (from Morning Branches) by Geoff Oelsner.

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December 16th, 2011

Jazz in the Soul

an interview with Robert K.C. Forman

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Dr. Robert K.C. Forman is a professor of comparative religions, (CUNY), and founder of the Forge Institute. He routinely gives lectures, trainings and workshops around the world. He was the co-founder and is executive editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies, which has become the principle journal in the field. He is also the author of ten scholarly books on spirituality, mysticism, consciousness and world religions. His latest book is Enlightenment Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be: A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul .

Robert speaks with Joanna about his experiential understanding of what is enlightenment, the similarities and differences between spirituality and psychotherapy, the whisper of the personal call, “jazz in the soul”, feeling the unity with Nature…

http://enlightenmentaint.com/
http://www.theforge.org/site/content.php

Music: “Main theme from When Almonds Blossomed” (from Giya Kancheli: Themes From The Songbook), by Dino Saluzzi, Gidon Kremer, Andrei Pushkarev

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September 9th, 2011

Love, Wide and Open

an interview with Malathy Drew

Malathy Drew is a healer, teacher and a social media innovator. Malathy was recently honored by Fast Company Magazine as the ’23 Most Influential Person in the Online World’. Her vision of ‘Cultivating Global Healing, One Soul at a Time’ has became “WE (Whispering Energy Collaboration)”: heart-centered networking.

www.whisperingenergy.com

Malathy speaks with Joanna about “WE (Whispering Energy)”, the new paradigm of heart-centered networwing and its applications, uplifting each other in order to uplift the world, raising consciousness and re-distributing wealth, social media and collective change…

Music: “Collection of Folk Songs” (from World Network: Georgia ) by Rustavi Choir & Duduki Trio Omar Kelaptrishvili

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June 17th, 2011

The Fire of Life

an interview with Vedamurti Shri Vivek Shastri L. Godbole

From a lineage of 15 generations of learned practitioners of the Krishna Yajur Veda, Shri Vivek is the main teacher and principal of Sri Krsna-Yajurveda Pathasala, a school in Satara, India, which specializes in the revitalization of the Oral Tradition of the Vedas. Shri Vivek is an accomplished Vedic astrologer and is widely known for his evocative Vedic chanting and his love of performing yajna (Vedic fire ritual). In addition, he is recognized for his accessible and fascinating explanations of Vedic philosophy, ritual and culture.

www.vedikaglobal.org/vedika_gurukula/faculty/SriGodbole.html

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Shri Vivek speaks with Joanna about the Vedic tradition, the fire ritual, retrieving our relationship with Mother Earth…

Music: “We are the Ones“, live music from the conference

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