Future Primitive

Shows re: shamanism


April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 30,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100( Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: the Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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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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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 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 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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June 17th, 2016

Initiated by the Mushroom

an interview with Shonagh Home

Shonagh HomeIn this week’s episode Shonagh Home speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing experience with the mushroom medicine; being held by the Earth; breaking the spell of forgetfulness; welcoming the tutelary spirits; entheogenic medicines and inner growth; a culture without initiations; shadow work as a preparation for entheogens; engaging the deep psyche and the unseen; embracing the original wound; we are at a choice point; a key answer at Palenque; the corporate takeover and the response of the people; the biodynamic revolution.

 

Shonagh Home is a writer, poet, shamanic therapist and teacher of the shamanic arts. Her specialized private sessions are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Her classes on the shamanic arts take seekers far beyond the watered-down, westernized model and focus instead on the vast and ancient realms hidden in both the world of nature and our own human nature. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, and a  voice for stewardship of the honeybees. She is the author of the books, “Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine”, “Love and Spirit Medicine”, and the upcoming book, “Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks”.

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

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

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

 

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April 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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February 26th, 2016

A Heart Out of Mind

an interview with Lauren Silver

Lauren_SilverIn this week’s episode Lauren Silver speaks with Joanna about: a mind experiencing layers beyond the physical world; the challenges, sorrows and even joys that come when dementia enters a family’s world; elders are respected and loved in a traditional culture; plants, her very first teachers; the continuum of life and death; the importance of being present with the person experiencing dementia; a new kind of science and another way of experiencing space and time; the expansive gift of mindshifting; support from the more than human world; out of our minds and into our hearts.

Speaker, writer and consultant, Lauren Silver artfully uses stories to describe the challenges, sorrows and even joys that occur when dementia enters a family’s world. She is devoted to expanding compassion as well as increasing communication and translation skills in the ever-changing landscape of dementia. These offerings will open your heart; make you laugh and hopefully even make you cry. Whether or not you have someone with memory Loss in your life, you will learn about relating more fully…to everyone. Even those who’ve had no exposure to dementia, share that attending one of her talks is the “most life-affirming experience” they’ve had in a long time. Lauren lives in a one-room cabin on the edge of woods that border the Puget Sound in Washington State. She uses a drop-spindle to spin yarn made of the wool off her neighbor’s sheep and also tenderly works with plants in gardens nearby – two of the best ways she knows to nourish her soul and replenish her heart.

Read more about Lauren’s work, as well as her writing at:

Grace within dementia

 

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February 12th, 2016

Something is Afoot

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

Priscilla StuckeyIn this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: intimacy with the land; aligning our lives to what we live in Nature;  authoritarian roots of Western culture and the cooperative model of Nature; the feminist commitment to people’s own sovereignty; instinct, the inborn wisdom of Spirit inside each being; the loving awareness of Life flows through us all; a spirituality deeper than words; kissed by  a fox; the heart at the nature of things; our dear non human family; changing our cultural stories about Nature.

Priscilla Stuckey is a contemplative and writer with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. She received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. When she lived in Oakland a threatened nearby creek inspired inspired efforts to preserve it, and she founded a small land trust and served as its first president. She has advocated for nature in other ways as well: through cleaning and restoring urban creeks, through feeding baby birds in wildlife rehab, and through cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, received the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction.

 

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January 8th, 2016

The Medicine of the Ancestors

an interview with Clare S. Wilkins

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

 

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

 

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December 25th, 2015

The Global Brain is Waking Up

an interview with Duane Elgin

Duane ElginIn this week’s episode Duane Elgin speaks with Joanna about: living in an unprecedented global transition; a new relationsip with people, Earth and Cosmos; the global brain is waking up; a dead-universe perspective generates alienation, environmental destruction, and despair; awakening to the three miracles; dancing with the emergent moment; using the tools to deepen democracy in an endangered Earth; awareness and love are the same thing; the freedom of spirituality based in direct experience; stories of the great transition.

 

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. In 2006, Duane received the international Goi Peace Award in Japan in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His books include “The Living Universe”, “Promise Ahead”, Voluntary Simplicity” and “Awakening Earth.”

 

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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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December 11th, 2015

The Alchemy of Joy

an interview with Nicki Scully

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

 

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

 

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November 6th, 2015

Communing with the Living Language

an interview with Andrea Mathieson

Andrea MathiesonIn this week’s episode Andrea Mathieson speaks with Joanna about: a prophetic invitation to work with the plants; listening to the pulse of life; learning an enlivened language of poetic connection; flower essences: an open door to the resonance of heart-knowing with Nature; communing with snake energy; reenchanting ourselves; using sound as a homeopathic frequency for healing people and the land; singing with Gaia: EarthSong Mysteries.

Andrea Mathieson is passionate about listening to Nature and helping people to remember their sacred connection with the Earth. Trained as a classical musician, Andrea began the Raven Essence project in 1995. As a highly-tuned intuitive, she now works assisting women to tend their ‘soul gardens’ in Grey Heron, a private retreat space in Maple, Ontario. She is the author of the “Raven Essence Manual – A Love Affair with Nature”, and “Gaia’s Invitation, Poems from the Sacred Earth”.

 

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October 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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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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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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April 17th, 2015

Belonging to the Universe

an interview with Itzhak Beery

Itzhak BeeryIn this week’s episode Itzhak Beery speaks with Joanna about: childhood and shamanism; nature and imagination; a deep longing articulated through art; belonging to Nature and the Universe; our possible star origins; reconnection with ancestral memory; remembering another life time; memory as energy; retrieving the core of our being; ayahuasca: an ancient,complex medicine; training our deep perception; the keepers of the communal fire; the elegant music of the Universe.

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Qechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagé, among numerous elders of South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. He is the author of the recently published “The Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms”.

 

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April 10th, 2015

The Wilderness of Language

an interview with Diana Slattery

Diana Reed SlatteryIn this week’s episode, Dianna Slattery speaks with Joanna about: xenolinguistics, new species of language; meeting the Other/s, presences larger than life; playing the maze game; communication with a living language; going to school in a different realm; the work of becoming more conscious of our human and spiritual possibilities; outer and inner support systems; the balance between taking risks and safety; healing with psychedelics; entheogens: at the beginning of a vast exploration; ex/plaining the visionary experiences; the essential religious impulse, without intermediaries; the freedom of forming the future, personal and collectively; the primal, wave-like language of energy; a living laboratory for human creativity.

Diana Reed Slattery was born in time to compile a full 60s resume: civil rights photojournalism, peace marching, communes. Social justice, self-exploration, and LSD went hand in hand. She went on to co-found an ecologically oriented K-12 school with working farm, dairy, livestock, and forestry that held the first renewable energy conference in Oregon. She later continued her career by founding, funding, and managing a series of not-for-profit organizations. In 1999, in an altered state of consciousness, she acquired a strange, alien script, Glide, beginning a ten-year psychonautics investigation of linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere. Out of this solo – and secret – adventure came a novel, “The Maze Game”, a million words of session reports, software to work with the language, and a PhD in xenolinguistics. Slattery lives in california, and has presented her work at numerous art, technology, consciousness, and psychedelic conferences over the past 15 years. Her newest book is “Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness”.

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April 3rd, 2015

The Woman Who Knew the All

an interview with Jack Angelo

Jack AngeloIn this week’s episode, Jack Angelo speaks with Joanna about: an initiatic dream; messages in St. Baume cave; the Gnostic Mary Magdalene; the Gospel of the Seven Signs: a template for transformation; the soul and the Divine: individuality and Oneness; a body signal for heart-mind alignment; from the solar plexus into the heart;  the fountain of Wisdom; the heart resonance of Oneness;  a pristine, revolutionary spirituality; becoming heart-centered again.

Jack Angelo is a well-known healer and teacher of subtle energy medicine and natural spirituality who has worked with individuals and groups for more than 25 years. He lectures and gives workshops on breathwork and healing internationally and is the author of several books, including the international healing classic “Your Healing Power” (US: “Hands-On Healing”). His books have been translated into 18 languages. His newest book is “The Healing Wisdom of Mary Magdalene”.

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March 7th, 2015

Drinking from the River of Memory

an interview with Sarah Drew

Sarah DrewIn this week’s episode, Sarah Drew speaks with Joanna about: A Gaian heroine’s journey; mythopoetics, an incantation creating relationship with the past and the future; drinking from the river of memory; a continuity of souls: remembering together; entheogenic initiations; an emergent, trans-religious spirituality; connecting back to Mother/Matter; mentoring program in visionary writing; the call of Mother Muse; the vibrant potential of these times; circles of remembrance; the power of understanding frequency and vibration embedded in words.

Sarah Drew, author of  “Gaia Codex”, is a passionate explorer of culture and consciousness. She has traveled extensively around the world from the high peaks from Bhutan to the jungles of the Amazon. An experienced lecturer, who has taught at the graduate level and at key international symposiums, her professional back ground is as a cultural curator and creator of innovative media. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

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February 27th, 2015

Alive in Beauty

an interview with Melissa La Flamme

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

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

 

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January 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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November 28th, 2014

A Planetary Initiation

an interview with David Spangler

David SpanglerIn this week’s interview, David Spangler talks to us about his recent contact with the Sidhe:
the cousins of humanity, nature-centric beings; their worlwide effort to reconnect with human beings on behalf of Nature and the wholeness of the Earth; the Gaian connection and our spiritual common ancestor; awakening the resonance with the life of Gaia and discovering new aspects of our own humanity; the spontaneity of undomesticated energy; our star origins; the star of life and the cosmic family; the challenge of a planetary initiation into Gaian connsciousness.

David Spangler lives in the Northwest, is married and has four children. He have been a spiritual teacher since 1964. From 1970-1973, he was a co-director of the Findhorn Foundation Community in Northern Scotland. In 1974 he co-founded the Lorian Association, a non-profit spiritual educational organization, and continues to work with it today. David is also a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, a gathering of scientists, mathematicians, artists, spiritual and religious teachers, ecologists, and political scientists, all interested in promoting a new culture based on holistic and Gaian values.

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November 7th, 2014

Journey to the Heart

an interview with Nora Caron

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

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

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October 10th, 2014

Imagination and the Gaian Mind

an interview with C. Michael Smith

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

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

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September 12th, 2014

Coming Home to the Trees

an interview with Patrick Jasper Lee

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

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

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September 5th, 2014

Farming Soul

an interview with Patricia Damery

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

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

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August 1st, 2014

Improvisational Intelligence

an interview with Sabrina Page

Sabrina PageSabrina Page is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Healing Arts with over 30 years experience in somatic education, teaching individuals and groups to feel the body from the inside out and experience presence in the here and now. For over 25 years she has facilitated womens’ groups in movement and embodied awareness.  She teaches both dance and contact improvisation as meditations in motion, exploring the spontaneous expression of feeling moment to moment, allowing the wild mystery of the moment to emerge.  From 1987 –2001 she produced and dj’d Dance Spirit, an improvisational dance event in Marin County. Sabrina has a BA from Cornell University, as well as an MA in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, where she studied Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness.  She has been deeply influenced by the wisdom traditions of many cultures, exploring the meditation practices, the sacred music and the dance of these cultures.

Sabrina speaks with Joanna about: water-like movement; “there is river that comes through us”; entering interconnectedness through movement meditation; “improvisational intelligence”; guided by beauty; a reverberation of Romanticism and the sixties; the primal fluidity of laughter; a wellspring of joy and peace.

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June 27th, 2014

Through the Doors of Perception

an interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen.jpgStephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.
His most recent works are: “Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth, “Healing Lyme Coinfections: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma” and “Herbal Antivirals: Natural Treatments for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections (Including Influenza, SARS, West Nile and other Encephalitis Viral Infections)”.
Stephen speaks with Joanna about: seeing without preconceptions; opening the doors of meaning; into the metaphysical background of the world; trusting oneself to Nature; aesthesis: the exchange of soul essence; changing the map of reality; the primal feeling sense.

 

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January 17th, 2014

A Scream for Unconditional Love

an interview with Gabor Maté

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

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

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January 10th, 2014

The Light-giving Language/El Lenguaje Que Da Luz

an interview with Américo Yábar

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

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

Photo and co-translation: Pia Ossorio

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

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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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February 1st, 2013

Re-membering our kinship with Gaia

an interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of fifteen books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

His most recent works are: “Ensouling Language: On the Art of Nonfiction and the Writer’s Life”; “The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature”; “Pine Pollen: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World”;”Herbal Antibiotics, Second Edition, Revised, Expanded, Updated: Natural Alternatives for Drug-Resistant Bacteria”; “Healing Lyme Coinfections: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma”; “Herbal Antivirals: Natural Treatments for Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections”.

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Stephen speaks with Joanna about the connection between death & nature; the ecological function of entheogens; “everything is alive, intelligent and communicating”; reclaiming your feeling sense; the ecstatic journey into the heart of the world; the inherent genius of human beings…

 

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January 25th, 2013

The Heart of Lightness

an interview with Edith Turner

Edith Turner is an anthropologist engaged in the study of ritual, religion and consciousness. She has been researching the field of symbol and ritual for 58 years, formerly in collaboration with Victor Turner. Edith Turner has researched traditional healing and its ritual implications, initiations in Africa, celebrations and festivals in the Americas, Europe, and the far north, and pilgrimage in Central America, Europe, and Asia.
Author of many books, among them: ” Heart of Lightness: The Life of an Anthropologist”, “Among the Healers: Stories of Spiritual and Ritual Healing Around the World”, and her latest “Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy”.

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Edith speaks with Joanna about what unites us; religions as experience; the reality of spirits; expanding the paradigm of reality;  the spiritual human potential; “the heart of lightness”; the organicity of spiritual traditions; communitas: collective joy; aging & complexity; remembering Victor Turner; a detective of the Spirit…

 

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December 5th, 2012

American Ubuntu

an interview with Lenore Norrgard

Lenore Norrgard is a social activist, screenwriter, filmmaker, photojournalist, contributing writer, shamanic healer, teacher and consultant.
Pioneered applying shamanic practices to social activism. Among other articles,”Ritual & Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation” and “Our Ancestors, Ourselves: Healing America”. She wrote, directed, shot and edited 60-minute narrative film, GETTING TO SEX, integrating 16mm film with analog and digital video. Wrote and now producing AMERICAN UBUNTU, a narrative feature film.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1990565332/american-ubuntu
http://www.lenorenorrgard.com/

Lenore Norrgard speaks with Joanna about her film project “American Ubuntu”: art, healing, & social activism; the ritual roots of film; a story about collective transformation; changing the American Dream; “because we are, I am”; an invitation to be a backer for this exceptional film project…

original music by Evarusnik

http://www.evarusnik.com/Home.html

 

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