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Shows re: soulwork


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 22nd, 2016

The Ancient Language of Connection

an interview with Robbie Holz

Robbie HolzIn this week’s episode Robbie Holz speaks with Joanna about: from breakdown to breakthrough; opening up to the love of Mother Earth; a life-changing encounter in the Outback; allowing the energy of love; a vital message to women; the ancient language of connection; the energy of sacred places; communicating with everything; plugging into the greater consciousness; feeling the voice of the soul; embracing the unwanted parts of oneself; changing with the planet, one choice at a time; the feeling of interconnectedness.

 

Robbie Holz is an internationally-respected healer and speaker. She is an author of the award-winning book “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” and her memoir “Aboriginal Secrets of  Awakening”. Using Australian Aboriginal principles, she healed herself of hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and treatment-induced brain damage. Robbie has also participated in ceremonies with Aboriginal tribeswomen in the Australian Outback. She is passionately committed to help people worldwide activate their powerful inner healer.

 

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April 15th, 2016

The Potential of Subtle Activism

an interview with David Nicol

David_NicolIn this week’s episode David Nicol speaks with Joanna about: the growing potential of subtle activism; supporting wisdom and joy in the USA field; precedents of subtle activism – Sri Aurobindo, the Big Ben Project, Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain; the strong role of Earth-centered spiritualities; global meditations and the dawn of a new awareness; the joy and nourishment of subtle activism; working with the qualities of our deeper nature; the healing potential of collective loving attention; the human species awakening to higher capacities; ways to engage with the Gaiafield Project.

 

David Nicol, PhD is co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project. His book “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformations” is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). He teaches on subtle activism in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and for the Shift Network. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley with his wife Kate and dogs Jackson and Peaches.

 

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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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April 1st, 2016

Sky Shamans of Mongolia

an interview with Kevin Turner

Kevin_TurnerIn this week’s episode Kevin Turner speaks with Joanna about: nurtured in the womb of shamanism;  bringing spirit into this world; ordinary and non ordinary reality; Mongolian shamanism, alive and well; religious and political persecution and rearising of Mongolian shamanisms; three primary shamanic lineages in Mongolia; remembering the big picture and co-creating a dream that could be beautiful; extending the attention beyond the body; bringing East and West together; Tengers, spirits of the Upper World; working with the spirits of the stars.

Kevin Turner is the director for Asia and faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies founded by Michael Harner. After years of study with yogis, monks, and lamas in India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Japan, Kevin met Michael Harner in 1997 and trained in core shamanism, an integrative, nontraditional approach to shamanism. He teaches Core Shamanism internationally, offering several workshops a year. Turner is also a full trainer at the Monroe Institute, which offers programs and training in the out-of-body experience, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, and psychopomp work. He is the author of “Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers”.

 

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March 18th, 2016

Learning to Die Wise

an interview with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen-JenkinsonIn this week’s episode Stephen Jenkinson speaks with Joanna about: reconfiguring our culture with dying as a teacher, not an opponent; “more time, more dying” dying in a tech-med, death-phobic culture; self-absorption and dying badly; village mindedness an the gift of a good death; people die in the manner in which they lived; the wisdom of hearbreak; the real skilfullnes of being human; addicted to competence; a death-phobic culture and a highly sedated death; what our dying culture is asking of us; a willingness to be free of hope.

Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture. He is the author of “Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul” (2015), “Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), “How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), “Angel and Executioner: Grief ad the Love of Life” – a live recorded teaching (2009), and “Money and the Soul’s Desires: A Meditation” (2002), and contributing author to “Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies” (2007).

 

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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 19th, 2016

Just Behind the Surface

an interview with Cidny Bullens

Cidny_BullensIn this week’s episode, Cidny Bullens performs heartfelt songs and speaks with Joanna about: telling the story of being human; a man in a woman’s body; the truth of embodying one’s own story; the process of learning how to live with grief; being part of the mysterious universe; embracing the light and the shadow; two defining moments in her life; songs from a deeper place; the choice to live without bitterness.

 

Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of “Grease”, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979’s “Desire Wire”, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight. In March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD “Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth”, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe. The CD received the Best Rock Album Award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association. She is also the author of the CDs “Neverland”, “dream #29”, “Howling Trains and Barking Dogs”, and as a member of the uprising super-trio The Refugees, the CDs “Unbound” and  “THREE”. The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles, to be released some time in 2016. In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. Cidny is now writing and performing again – has written and is working on the production of his one wo/man show “Somewhere Between”, which will premier in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016.

 

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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 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 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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November 13th, 2015

Telling the New Story

an interview with Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

Tanya Taylor RubinsteinTanya Taylor Rubinstein speaks with Joanna about: the story in an embodied way; walking the path of tenacity; a moment of revelation: Spalding Gray’s solo performance; story and spirituality; intimacy and safety in storytelling; solo performance: the key connection with the public; the Global School of Story; teaching the skills of storytelling; radical transformation through storytelling; living the new story of union.

 

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is one of the world’s premier Solo Performance coaches and Directors. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she works with actors, writers and other creative people to create outstanding One-Person Shows that are performed at theaters, festivals and conferences world wide. She is the founder of The Global School of Story, an online training program for professional story and creativity coaches.

 

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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 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 9th, 2015

Zach Leary speaks with Joanna Leary

an interview with Zach Leary

Zack_LearyIn this week’s episode Zach Leary speaks with Joanna about: “who are you now?”; a student of life; remembering Timothy Leary: an evolutionary futurist; the amazement of being alive; a visionary of social and media culture; approaching the yoga of love and devotion; discovering the sacredness of the land; the mystery of waking frmo from self-imposed suffering; Bill Wilson and Timothy Leary; technology and spirituality.

 

Zach Leary is a seasoned digital marketer, blogger and host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast. Zack is also a practitioner pf bhakti yoga as taught by his guru Neem Karoli Baba. Through the practice of bhakti he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zack has been influenced by many different methods and traditions ranging from trans-humanism and hatha yoga to Buddhism and psychology. But above all he believes first and foremost in his guru’s teaching that “love is the strongest medicine”. You can visit his website at zachleary.com

 

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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 11th, 2015

Real Faith in Life Itself

an interview with Maya Ward

Maya_WardIn this week’s episode, Maya Ward speaks with Joanna about her pilgrimage to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River: a journey in the spirit of reconciliation; a river that is a Songline; pilgrimage as a walking meditation with the land; widening perception with the Earth music; becoming as creative as the world; “walking the river helped me to feel the vastness of the world”; creating a new culture of community with the more-than-human-world.

Maya Ward was born in and has lived most of her life in Yarra River country. She has worked as an urban designer, permaculture teacher and environmental educator, public art designer, musician, performer, festival director, poet and writer. She now divides her time between inner-city Brunswick and planting trees on her block by the Yarra in Warburton. She is the author of “The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage”.

 

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August 28th, 2015

Pulsing with the Light of Love

an interview with Billy Hayes

Billy_HayesIn this week’s episode, Billy Hayes speaks with Joanna about his experiences that led to the making of the iconic film “Midnight Express”: the powerful effects of films on culture; surviving his escape from prison; facing the consequences of one’s actions; learning the most important lesson; differentiating fiction and reality in the film; the most hated man in Turkey: coming to peace and reconciliation; telling the story in his own words, his new one-man show “Riding the Midnight Express”; a life-changing ecstatic epiphany;  the terrible effects of the war on drugs and the cultural shift taking place in recent years.

 

Billy Hayes has been writing, speaking, acting, and directing since the best-selling book he wrote about his experience of survival and escape from a Turkish prison, “Midnight Express”, was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1978. Locked Up Abroad, the National Geographic series, shared Hayes’ story in 2010 with a new world audience, and in 2013 Peter Schaufuss presented his powerful ballet version of Midnight Express at the London Coliseum. Hayes has acted extensively in film, theater, and television, and is a member of the Actor’s Studio West Playwright/Director Unit. As an artist member of the Inside Out, Hayes used theater skills therapeutically with both at-risk youth and disturbed, incarcerated patients in a hospital setting. He has also shared the lessons of his life experience mentoring homeless youths at the L. A. Free Clinic, and in an extensive speaking engagements across North America. Hayes is currently touring his one-man show, “Riding the Midnight Express”, which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

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August 21st, 2015

Grief and Praise

an interview with Martín Prechtel

martin prechtelIn this week’s episode, Martín Prechtel speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “The Smell of Rain on Dust”: the wild indigenous soul of human beings; cultural change through becoming intact human beings within a natural community; grief and praise, the capacity for making life and beauty; the Beach of the Stars; the causes of addiction and violence according to the Mayan people; “grief is a shameless dreamer..”;  the nourishment and deep peace of traditional communities; money and the unheard story of the world’s grief; ongoing wars and business mentality: a constant state of emergency; keeping the seeds alive for a better future.

 

A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. In his native New Mexico Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen: Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the indigenous Soul.

He is the author of: “Stealing Benefacio’s Roses”; “The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time”; “Long Life, Honey in the Heart” and “Secrets of the Talking Jaguar”. His newest book is “The Smell of Rain on Dust. Grief and Praise”.

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August 14th, 2015

Restoring the Soul After War

an interview with Ed Tick

Ed TickIn this week’s episode, Ed Tick speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Warrior’s Return”: meaningful rites of passage in our society; main factors for joining th military; one of the main reasons that Vietnamese veterans do not suffer from PTSD; a poignant conversation with a Sergeant at the airport; heling the Post-traumatic Social Disorder; initiation to the inner warrior archetype; guiding and supporting the warrior’s return journey.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Edward Tick has been a psychotherapist for 38 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of “Sacred Mountain”, “The Practice of Dream healing”, “The Golden Tortoise” “Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls” and the award-winning book “War and the Soul”. His latest book is “Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War”.

 

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July 31st, 2015

Experiencing Life Without Mediation

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

Ken_CohenIn this week’s episode, Ken Cohen speaks with Joanna about Daoism: more than philosophy and religion:origins and influences, key figures, branches, sacred places; a timeless tradition relevant for our times; a celebration of life; meeting Alan Watts, Zen and Daoism; painting the world with ancient Daoist poetry; Confucianism and patriarchy; a holistic way of life; preserving the Feminine and maintaining the balance; Daoist precepts, a different kind of ethical tradition; wu wei, allowing life to unfold; a heartfelt philosophy of interdependence; human doing/human being; experiencing life without mediation.

Ken Cohen (Gao Han) is the Executive Director and founder of the Qigong Research & Practice Center. He is a world-renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong Grandmaster with more than forty five years experience. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, “The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing”, best-selling self-healing audio and video courses and more than 200 journal articles. Ken Cohen’s teachers have included some of the most highly respected masters and Grandmasters in the world, including William C. C. Chen (Yang Style Taiji Quan), B. P. Chan (Chen Style Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Qigong), Madame Gao Fu (Chen Style Taiji Quan and Hunyuan Primordial Qigong), among others. In 2003 Ken Cohen won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for innovation and Lifetime Achievement.

 

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July 24th, 2015

The Song That Dances Us

an interview with Adebayo Akomolafe

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

 

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

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

 

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July 17th, 2015

The Cosmos in the Heart

an interview with Renn Butler

Renn_ButlerIn this week’s episode, Renn Butler speaks with Joanna about archetypal astrology and the transpersonal journey: Pluto’s heart and Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; a consistent, meaningful connection between planetary alignments and our emotional and psychological experiences; Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas: perinatal matrices and the archetypes; archetypal astrology as useful adjunct to understanding our own process and giving support to other people; dealing with the perinatal roots of agression and depression; Uranus-Neptune conjunction in 96-97: the return of the Mother Goddess archetype; signs of the emergence of a planetary mind.

Renn Butler completed training as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator with Stanislav and Christina Grof in 1989 and has facilitated many workshops in Victoria, Canada. Following a B. A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, he lived at the Esalen Institute in California for 2 1/2 years where he became deeply immersed in the transpersonal psychology of Stanislav Grof and the emerging archetypal astrology of Richard Tarnas. His own research includes over three decades of archetypal astrology consultations and Holotropic Breathwork workshops. He has also worked in healthcare for over two decades with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults.“Pathways to Wholeness. Archetypal Astrology and the Transpersonal Journey” is his first book.

 

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July 3rd, 2015

Awakening to the Seed of Life

an interview with Stuart Sovatsky

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

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

 

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June 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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June 19th, 2015

The Doorway to Deep Connection

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn BakerIn this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about the planetary rite of passage we are in; how we can hold the tension of opposites and being love in action; grief, the doorway to deep connection; the power in our heartbreak; the importance of our connection with animals; when we live in love with the Earth; raising our kids for a resilient future; walking the path of sacred activism; another economy is possible; from grief into Earth guardian; helping young people to find their gift.

 

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., is a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history. She is nationally renowned for her writing and workshops on emotional resilience in challenging times, as well as for life coaching for individuals and groups. Her books include “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”, “Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition”, “Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse”. Her newest book is “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse”.

 

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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

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

 

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

 

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June 5th, 2015

Horses: The Human Whisperers

an interview with Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon

Florian_BirkmayerWin_SimonIn this week’s episode, Florian Birkmayer and Win Simon speak with Joanna about equine assisted, therapy and learning programs: inter-species healing; the correlation trauma-addiction; horses, the human whisperers; the journey of healing; the gift of the unexpected, the calm and caring leadership; a presence-based therapy; a silent dance of participation; exploring new possibilities in equine therapy.

 

Florian Birkmayer, M.D. founded The Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and seminars on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation. This approach has been inspired by C. G. Jung’s notion if individuation. His passions are Aromatherapy and Equine-Assisted Therapy. He received his B. A. from Princeton University and his M. D. from College of Physcians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He views himself s a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

Win H. Simon is the Executive Director of Southwest HorsePower, New Mexico non-profit organization, and the owner of WT Equestrian: Natural Horsemanship style horse training facility. She rescued horses and rehabilitated them both physically and emotionally. In the process she estudied Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA) training methods for Equine Assisted Therapy. Win is the coordinator of various Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning programs in the Albuquerque area.

Equine Therapy: The Healing Influence of Horses

 

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May 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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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 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 27th, 2015

Born to Be Blissful

an interview with Joseph Chilton Pearce

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

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

 

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March 21st, 2015

Balam’s Kitchen

an interview with Balam Lemus

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

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

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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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February 20th, 2015

The Harvard Years

an interview with James Penner

IJames Pennern this week’s episode, James Penner speaks with Joanna about: rediscovering Tim Leary’s early writings; Leary, an interdisciplinary and provocative thinker; creativity and psychedelics; “learn to trust your nervous system”; growing interest in psychedelics across generations; the changing relationship between Richard Alpert/Ram Dass and Tim Leary; re-evaluating the foundational period of the psychedelic era; a key event: the Harvard scandal; the best psychedelic writings; Leary as a scientist and mystic; an artist of the epiphany; “re-imprinting”: Leary’s most radical idea.

James Penner, Ph. D., is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, he is the author of “Pinks, Pansies and Punks: The Rethoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture.” His newest book is “Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years. Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner and others.”

 

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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.

 

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

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