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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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September 5th, 2015

Spoken word with Joanna

Joanna Harcourt SmithA call for much needed support and a Spoken word gift from Joanna Harcourt-Smith: “Falling in the Middle of Things”.

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Music: “Tono”, by Abou Djouba

“I Can’t Sit Still”, by Evarusnik

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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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February 27th, 2015

Alive in Beauty

an interview with Melissa La Flamme

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

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

 

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September 19th, 2014

Remembering Together

an interview with Åsmund Seip

Åsmund SeipÅsmund Seip is a poet, artist and love activist, burning for a collective, beautiful remembering of who we are – and where we are. Åsmund is the author of the book “100 Days of Love”, and he is currently crowdfunding his new book, “100 Days for the Earth – Love Poetry Revolution”. He lives with his family in a little red house outside of Oslo, Norway.

Åsmund speaks with Joanna: “love activism”; a magical moment; “if you go into the woods”; a way of remembering; the deepest longing; “you are nature”; “a hundred days of love”; playful wildness.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/100-days-for-the-earth-love-poetry-revolution

Due to a technical mistake, the sound in this interview is less than perfect, I apologize both to Åsmund and to my Future Primitive friends. Nevertheless, I love this conversation.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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May 23rd, 2014

What Cannot Be Conveyed

an interview with Henry Shukman

Henry ShukmanHenry Shukman is an English poet and writer. His first poetry collection, “In Dr No’s Garden” won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Poetry Prize. His book was also the Book of the Year in The Times and The Guardian, and he was selected as a Next Generation Poet in 2004. As a fiction writer he won the Author’s Club First Novel Award in 2006 for his short novel “Sandstorm”. His second novel, “The Lost City”, was a The Guardian Book of the Year, and in America it was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He has worked as a travelwriter, was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, and currently lives in New Mexico with his wife and two sons, where he teaches at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center and is a Associate Zen Master in the Sanbo Zen lineage, with the teaching name Ryu’un. He writes regularly for Tricycle and the New York Times, and his most recent book is the poetry collection “Archangel”.

Henry speaks with Joanna about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany”; a long search; a relationship system; clarifying who we really are; a path of not-knowing; trying to convey what cannot be conveyed; “things just happen”; archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension; two poems.

 

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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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May 17th, 2013

Buddhism: A Changing, Living Organism

an interview with Stephen Batchelor

This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world.
He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling “Buddhism Without Beliefs” (Riverhead 1997) and “Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil” (Riverhead, 2004). His most recent publication is “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” (Spiegel&Grau, 2010).

http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/

Stephen speaks with Joanna about “confession of a Buddhist atheist”; a Buddhist way of life; a middle road between religion and secularism; ethics & contemplation without metaphysical beliefs; the Dharma in a global culture; “Buddhism 2.0”; a plurality of discourses: the mythical and the historical; Keats and Zen…

 

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July 22nd, 2011

From Despair to Ecological Empowerment

an interview with John Seed

John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia.

www.rainforestinfo.org.au

Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth ing workshops  around the world for 25 years. In the US, his workshops have been hosted by Esalen, Omega, Naropa and the California Institute of Integral Studies. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote “Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings” (New Society Publishers) which has now been translated into 10 languages. He is an accomplished bard, songwriter and film-maker and has produced 5 albums of environmental songs and numerous films www.rainforestinfo.org.au/video.htm

From 1984 to the present he has traveled around the world each year with roadshows raising awareness about the plight of the rainforests and raising funding for their protection. In 2007 he launched the Rainforest Information Centre’s climate change campaign and has offered “Climate Change, Despair & Empowerment” presentations and workshops in Australia, Canada and the US. www.rainforestinfo.org.au/climate/roadshow.htm

John speaks with Joanna about “climate change, despair and empowerment”, the evolutionary importance of human feeling, working ecologically with Nature, his experience in the reforestation project at Arunachala, experiential tip ecology practices,  Earth Changes, his present work, his love of the earth…

Music: “Frogs & Cicadas – Genggong Duo – Gamelan Genggong” (from World Network-Bali) by Traditional Musicians

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March 18th, 2011

Falling In Love With The Wild

an interview with Jamie K. Reaser

Dr. Jamie K. Reaser is a practitioner and teacher of ecopsychology, nature-based spirituality, and various approaches to expanding human consciousness, as well as a conservation ecologist, poet, writer, artist, and homesteader-in-progress. She has extensive training in leadership development, communications, conflict transformation, dream work, ceremonial design, wilderness rites-of-passage, and group facilitation, and has studied traditional knowledge and healing practices with community and indigenous leaders from around the world.

Jamie has a passion for bringing people into their hearts, inspiring the heartbeat of community, and, ultimately, empowering people to live with a heart-felt dedication to Mother Earth. She serves as a guide for Animas Valley Institute, and makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her books, focused on the interface of nature and human nature: She is Editor of the Courting the Wild Series and author of – among others – Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse, and the forthcoming Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World From the Inside Out.

www.jamiekreaser.com

Jamie speaks with Joanna about embracing our woundedness as a rite of passage, ceremony as soul dialogue with Nature, heart consciousness, poetry ans revelation, care taking of humans/Nature, and an invitation to the audience…

Music: “Kadarchynyn Yry/Shepards’ song” (from Five Elements) by Ay-Kherel (Ray of Moonlight)

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March 11th, 2011

The Sacredness of the Earth

an interview with Leslie M. Browning

Leslie M. Browning is a poet,writer, and longtime student of Religion, Spirituality, Nature, Language and Philosophy as such these themes permeate her work. Raised a Catholic, she studied both the Traditional and Apocrypha doctrine before her spiritual search eventually crossed into the other religions of the world, compelling her to investigate: Judaism, Tibetan Buddhism, Druidry and Shamanism.

In 2004, following several years of life-changing events, Browning made one of the defining choices of her life: to move away from world religion as a whole; taking with her what few truths she felt to be absolute as she followed her heart in search of a more intimate spirituality.

Browning is the author of the three-title Contemplative Poetry Series published with Little Red Tree Publishing: Oak Wise: Poetry Exploring an Ecological Faith, Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred and The Barren Plain: Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland. In the Autumn of 2010 The Sacred (a selection from Ruminations at Twilight) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Leslie speaks with Joanna about her life-changing experiences,the connection with the ancestors, shamanism and poetry, healing, the sacredness of the Earth…and reads some of her poems…
Music: “Song to the Earth” (from Ofrenda A La Pachamama) by Tito La Rosa

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May 6th, 2009

A Quiet Writing Revolution

an interview with Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose. Natalie is also a painter and her watercolors are exhibited at Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a poet and has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops.

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January 18th, 2009

A Poet Teaches the Writer’s Life

an interview with Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is the author of over twenty books, including a memoir, Searching for a Mustard Seed : A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story (Winner best Memoir from Independent Publishers, 2004). Her poetry includes Rag Trade, The Widow’s Coat), and The Art of Love.

Sagan directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College, and has taught at the College of Santa Fe, University of New Mexico, Taos Institute of the Arts, Aspen Writer’s Conference, around the country, and on line for writers.com and UCLA Extension. She has held residency grants at Yaddo and MacDowell, and is the recipient of a grant from The Barbara Deming Foundation/Money for Women and a Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency.

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June 20th, 2008

World on Life

an interview with Michael Brownstein

Michael Brownstein is a poet, teacher and the author of three novels: Country Cousins, Self-Reliance, and The Touch. As a result of his involvement in the anti-globalization movement he wrote World on Fire, from which he has read widely at conferences and universities, including at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa and the World Social Forum in Brazil. His web site, Healing Dick, is dedicated to healing the heart of Dick Cheney, because “Dick is America, America is Dick.”

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November 12th, 2007

??? the Unacceptable

an interview with Margaret Randall

American-born photographer and author, Margaret Randall, returning to the United States in 1984 after living in Central America, was ordered deported under the Walter McCarran Act. Because of opinions expressed in some of her books, she was accused of “being against the good order and happiness of the United States.” She won her case in 1989.

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November 12th, 2007

The Struggle for Imagination

an interview with Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a poet and teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. She was featured along with Ginsberg in Bob Dylan’s experimental film ‘Renaldo and Clara.’

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July 9th, 2006

A Bard of the Bay

an interview with Ron Lampi

Joanna Harcourt-Smith interview featuring Ron Lampi, philosopher-astrologer-poet-writer and performance artist. Ron has a large body of poetic work that is only now becoming available. He sees himself as the bard who sings of his New Age Vision, and, on a local level, as poet of Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, in California, his place of residence for over 25 years.

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