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July 25th, 2014

In the Arms of the Moment

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip ShepherdPhilip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.
Philip speaks with Joanna about: a vivid relationship with what is; a mutual calling into existence; “the bubble age” of distraction; radical wholeness; allowing the world to touch our core; a grounded sensitivity; finding wholeness; remembering from the ground up.

 

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July 18th, 2014

The Universe is a Diamond Maker

an interview with Christopher Bache

Chris BacheChristopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for 35 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life”, “Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind”, and “The Living Classroom”. His work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness.

Chris speaks with Joanna about: the soul level of collective transformation; integrating non ordinary states of consciousness; opening to expanded horizons of intelligence and love; an individuality of communion; “the birth of the diamond soul”; harnessing the powers of our innate creativity; the importance of being grounded in entheogenic exploration.

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July 11th, 2014

A World Web of Prayers

an interview with Celeste Yacoboni

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

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

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June 20th, 2014

The Call from the Future

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

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

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

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June 13th, 2014

Live at the Iconik Cafe

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

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

 

 

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June 6th, 2014

The Art of Sacred Activism

an interview with Filiz Telek

Filiz TelekFiliz Telek is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and spirit. Her photography – especially of the people in their most vulnerable and authentic expressions – is a reflection of her love for the world. She sees and shows beauty. Because amidst the ongoing chaos of our times, committing acts of beauty is necessary to keep sane.

Filiz speaks with joanna about: falling in love with the earth; sacred activism; seeding holistic communities in Turkey; activating the collective heart intelligence; a strong energetic shift at Gezi Park; loyal to one’s calling; an experiment in gift economy; “the brave new world emerging”.

 

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May 30th, 2014

The Courage to Care

an interview with Alan Clements

Alan ClementsAlan Clements was one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in a monastery during the 1970s and 1980s. Years later, he integrated into his classical Buddhist training a political awareness that included global human rights, environmental sanity, democracy and the preciousness of everyday freedom. His efforts working on behalf of oppressed peoples led a former director of Amnesty International to call Alan “one of the most important and compelling voices of our times.”

His newest project is Dana.io, a free crowdfunding platform for artists, authors and activists built on the love of a vision and fortified by the courage to care.

Alan speaks with Joanna about: “dana”, unconditional giving; a crowdfunding platform for the betterment of the world based on generosity; the essence of “the revolution of the spirit”; healing the wound of money; the courage to care for each other and the earth; a radical social experiment in our culture; the operating energy of interbeing; the beauty of love made manifest by action; “my life is my interactive art with you”; “world dharma”: celebrating the dance of our human utter uniqueness.

 

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May 23rd, 2014

What Cannot Be Conveyed

an interview with Henry Shukman

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

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

 

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May 16th, 2014

Intimacy as Spiritual Practice

an interview with Allan Badiner

Allan Badiner is a writer, teacher, and an activist with a special interest in how Buddhism relates to modern social problems. He is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of Rainforest Action Network. Allan edited, “Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics”, “Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology”, and “Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism”. Allan holds a masters degree in Buddhist Studies from the College of Buddhist Studies in Los Angeles, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Allan has been a student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years.

Allan speaks with Joanna about: his early entheogenic experiences; “Dharma Gaia”; the joy and openness of an ancient practice; compassion and psychedelics, a crucial question; intimacy and love as spiritual practice; a community of deep connection at “Burning Man”.

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May 9th, 2014

Future Primal

an interview with Louis G. Herman

Louis_HermanDr. Louis G. Herman, professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, has recently published “Future Primal: How our Wilderness Origins Show us the Way Forward”, a stunning book that responds to the multiple crises of globalized humanity by recovering the classical project of political philosophy—the truth quest—as “the search for the best way to live.” The story of the philosopher’s personal search becomes an entry into “big history:” the epic narrative of contemporary cosmology, of the emergence of creative, self-reflective humanity from a southern African wilderness, on an evolving planet within an evolving universe.

Louis speaks with Joanna about: “future primal”; growing up in the garden of Eden; ecstatic memories of the wilderness; experiencing the Dreamtime; reconciling scientific cosmology and direct experience; an ongoing Mystery; a seeing waking up to itself; a connective story.

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April 25th, 2014

The Magic of Being Alive

an interview with Philip Carr-Gomm

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

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

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April 4th, 2014

Returning the Gift

an interview with Robin W. Kimmerer

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

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

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

 

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March 21st, 2014

Authentic Power

an interview with Gary Zukav and Linda Francis

Gary_ZukavGary Zukav’s gentle presence, humor, and insightful wisdom have inspired millions to realize their soul’s greatest potential. A master teacher and the eloquent author of  “The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics”,  and “The Seat of the Soul”, among other books. Gary is dedicated to the current extraordinary transformation in human consciousness—an unprecedented threshold in the human experience. This transformation is no less than a Revolution of the Soul, one that touches the heart of all humanity and is based on spiritual growth, conscious choices, and a deep celebration and reverence for Life. His newest book is “Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power.”

Linda_FrancisLinda Francis is a co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute, the premier organization dedicated to assisting individuals in the alignment of the personality with the soul – creating authentic power. Currently she co-creates curricula and co-leads events with Gary Zukav. She also co-guided the Authentic Power Program with Gary Zukav for the past ten years. The program was designed to give people the tools and practice to create authentic power and spiritual partnerships in their everyday lives. Linda is now expanding her experience to support many more people worldwide. She has co-authored with Gary Zukav, “The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness” and “The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice”. They also co-authored “Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul” and “Self-Empowerment Journal: A Companion to the Mind of the Soul.”

Gary and Linda speak with Joanna about: the choice to heal; change from the inside out; the alignment of personality and soul; the shift toward wholeness; multisensory perception and the Earth.

 

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February 28th, 2014

The Deep Movement of Life

an interview with Stephen Busby

Stephen_BusbyStephen Busby works internationally as a visionary leader and teacher to help people fulfill their life-potential and to facilitate new forms of cultural emergence. He is one of Thomas Hübl’s senior associates and has a coaching, consulting and healing practice (www.stephenbusby.com). Stephen travels widely and is based at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, and in northern Switzerland. His work has developed over 30 years with people, communities and organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He has pioneered new Healing Circles in various European countries as well as work at an international level in whole-field skills, inner leadership development, and innovation capacity. He was born in England, has lived for much of his adult life in different cultures, and works in English and  French. He is touring the USA in 2014.

Stephen speaks with Joanna about: cultivating higher consciousness; an impulse from the soul; a deeper meaning for healing; aligning inner and outer activism; a more profound acceptance of the movement of Life; the initiatory quality of group energy; the potential of virtual spaces; dissolving the sense of separation.

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February 21st, 2014

Deep Change

an interview with Susan P. Plummer

Dr. Susan P. Plummer is the director of the Santa Barbara Alliance for Living and Dying Well, a consortium of major end of life care services and providers in the Santa Barbara area. Also a licensed psychotherapist, she has had a part time private practice for over 25 years.
Starting at a very young age, Dr. Plummer had a curiosity about other dimensions. This grew into a passionate lifetime interest in experiences of major life transitions, which she began to investigate under the guidance of leading theorist, Dr. Amadeo Giorgi. Her research yielded encouraging results, which turned out to be navigational—offering ways for individuals to move through very challenging yet promising journeys of deep change.
Her recent book, Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown, grew out of this doctoral research. Her book and presentations address the intricacies of transformation as they apply to individuals as well as the collective. Her popular workshops explore grief, bereavement, and the call to transformation as an avenue for growth in individuals and organizations.

Susan speaks with Joanna about: a walk in the unknown; bringing a new world into being; the process of “deep change”; listening together to the longing for something that wants to emerge; allowing the aliveness; radical relatedness; the shifts of deep change; belonging to the world; a collective change emerging.

 

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February 14th, 2014

Remembering Our Humanity

an interview with Julian Rose

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

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

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

 

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January 31st, 2014

Supported By A Loving Wisdom

an interview with Ellen Miller and Gary Sherman

Gary Sherman has been a psychotherapist and teacher of meditation and self-awareness for over thirty-five years. Currently, Gary is an educator and teacher, who is committed to exploring our deepest human potential and translating the results into practical knowledge that can be used to elevate our lives. His present work embodies the educational process, called Perceptual Integration that he developed for training others in becoming self-aware.

Ellen Miller has developed a process called Inner Harmonics, where she uses art to bring through high energy healing frequencies for herself and others. Ellen teaches this unique process through Inner Harmonics, her private consulting with individuals and in her guided meditations. She is committed to helping others connect to their own Inner Teacher, so that they too can bring through their unique gifts and talents.

Ellen and Gary speak with Joanna about: attuned with everything; a shared revelatory process; beyond the healing; cooperating with a deep educational experience; ego, attention and evolution; the joy of painting; “serious play”; participation in the inner wisdom; doors to the larger Self.

 

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January 24th, 2014

The Present Movement

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about: recognizing the wholeness of the world; liberating oneself from fractured paradigms; embodied present; Orpheus journey; the orphan parts of ourselves; the depth and mystery of relationship; the sense of play; Noh theater and the sacred wholeness; being danced by the world.

 

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December 20th, 2013

Kindness and Dignity are Lovers

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna speaks with Cecile Lipworth  about her book “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary”: the historic and politic context; a sinchronistic encounter; the medicines of Gaia; my outlaw philosopher; looking down at the abyss; the solution is dissolution; the soul fancy dress party; recapitulation and healing; responsible expansion of consciousness; facing the personal and cultural shadow; becoming an authentic, empowered woman; the greatest taste on earth.

This show was broadcast live on the “Collected Words” show on 12/18/2013.

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November 29th, 2013

Gratitude in the Present

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about gratitude and the aliveness of present; the flow of background and foreground; “the whole body breath”; discovering the axial awareness; reconciliation of the male and female poles of consciousness; the dialogue of the world and the core of our being; doorways into harmony; balance, feeling a dynamic wholeness.

 

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November 22nd, 2013

Animate Earth

an interview with Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia (published in 2006 by Green Books in the UK and in 2007 by Chelsea Green in the USA). Holding a doctorate in ecology from the University of Oxford, Stephan taught wildlife ecology at the National University in Costa Rica before joining Schumacher College, the renowned international center for transdisciplinary ecological studies in rural England. Stephan has been the resident ecologist and tutor since the college’s inception in 1991. He is also coordinator of the college’s highly successful Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Science, a program offered in partnership with the University of Plymouth. At Schumacher College he has worked and taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological activists, thinkers and writers, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, David Abram and the planetary biologist James Lovelock (founder of the Gaia hypothesis) with whom Stephan has collaborated scientifically for a number of years. A uniquely gifted teacher and lecturer, Stephan uses the natural sciences to awaken a deep experiential understanding of the Earth as a vast sentient being that nourishes our every breath, our every thought, and indeed our every action, as a result of the astonishing relationships between our planet’s biotic organisms and her waters, rocks and atmosphere.

Stephan speaks with Joanna about the film “Animate Earth”; listening to Nature’s great story; Anima Mundi; holistic education: the synergy of intelectual and intuitive knowing; re-storying science; immersion in a flow of meaning; gnosis: soulful knowing; the creative, archetypal Mother Earth; a Gaian invitation.

http://www.animateearth.com/Animate_Earth/the_film.html

 

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November 8th, 2013

Explore For Yourself

an interview with Perle Besserman

Perle Besserman holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East.
Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” Her most recent books of creative non-fiction are “A New Zen for Women” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers”, coauthored with Manfred Steger (Wisdom Books). Two novels, “Kabuki Boy”, and “Widow Zion”, and “Yeshiva Girl”, a story collection, are forthcoming from Aqueous Books, Pinyon Publishing, and Homebound Publishing, respectively.

Perle speaks with Joanna about: the patriarchal attack on women; questioning the rules, commandments and explanations; one in the breathing; aboriginal Judaism; a free-floating identity; the shadow of distinction; “be a lamp unto yourself”.

 

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October 18th, 2013

Informed by Harmony

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming  to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about breath and receptivity; touching the world from our core; the security of being; a different way of knowing; the limitless conversation; the take-over by the patriarchal culture; technology versus self-knowledge; informed by harmony.

 

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October 11th, 2013

Dream Yourself Awake

an interview with Robert Waggoner

Author, Robert Waggoner, is past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) . For the past ten years, he has been the co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dreaming Experience, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. A lucid dreamer since 1975, he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams.
Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Evergreen State College. Robert has been interviewed by CNN, CBS News and  ABC News about the practice of lucid dreaming. During 2009-2010, he had a regular Iowa Public Radio show, discussing dreams and lucid dreams.

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

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October 4th, 2013

Peace as Inner Power

an interview with Elizabeth E. Bader

Elizabeth Bader’s passion is the integration of spirituality, psychology and conflict resolution. A lawyer, mediator, coach, author and teacher, Elizabeth’s focus is on working with individuals and groups, coaching, education and training.
As Elizabeth has discussed in her recent publications, the worlds of psychology and spirituality come together during conflict. This is due to the way that issues of self and identity — also known as “face” or “ego” issues — create conflict and impede its resolution. Elizabeth believes we also need a new approach to spirituality — one that includes a psychological understanding of conflict, power dynamics and the tendency toward idealization of “gurus.” In Elizabeth’s work with individuals  she teaches what she calls Mindful Somatic Inquiry.  This practice combines insights from conflict resolution with somatic inquiry practices based on the work of Peter Levine, A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam.  The goal of this form of inquiry is to facilitate individual insight and opening to the here-and-now.

Elizabeth speaks with Joanna about psychological issues and conflict resolution; dignity, peace, power; doing from a deeper place; trauma work as key adjunct to spirituality; fight, flight…and freeze: playing dead to survive; shaking the freeze.

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September 27th, 2013

Of Seeds and Dignity

an interview with Martín Prechtel

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

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

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September 13th, 2013

Tracking the Living Stories

an interview with Tamarack Song

Tamarack Song was born and raised in east central Wisconsin, and spent his youth learning from the woods, fields, and swamps outside of the “civilized” boundaries of his hometown. Studying wildlife conservation, community design, world cultures, and nonprofit law at various Wisconsin universities, he is the founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. Located in Three Lakes, WI, this school is aimed at bridging the path to the wisdom and lifeway skills of our Native ancestors, and has been featured in National Geographic and on such programs as MTV’s Real Life: I’m Living Off The Grid and CBC New’s Sunday – Real Survivor. Tamarack is the author of “Journey to the Ancestral Self”, “Whispers of the Ancients”, “Song of Trusting the Heart”, and numerous articles on Native cultures, skills, perspectives, and traditions. His newest book is called “Entering the Mind of the Tracker”.
Tamarack speaks with Joanna: we are nature; embracing the wild spirit; the intuitive intelligence; natural morality; the cycle of life and death; a life-changing moment; looking behind the mask; tracking the living stories; “like an old mountain”; maintaining the connection to water.

 

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September 6th, 2013

The Dream of the Cosmos

an interview with Anne Baring

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

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

 

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August 30th, 2013

The Journey Of Remembering

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about recovering our other senses; relating to the body, relating to the world; the whisper of wholeness; the journey of remembering; consciousness: mutual awareness; the profound connection between embodiment and spirituality; the dance of freedom.

 

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August 16th, 2013

Discovering Life’s Harmony Through Relationships

an interview with Suna Senman

Suna Senman is a life transformation facilitator who specializes in wellness counseling, childhood development, peace education, and diversity training. She blogs on topic for The Huffington Post; she has published articles on topic in periodicals such as Metro; and she is the author of “Being: A Process”, and “Peace: Discovering life’s harmony through relationships”. Through her work, Suna helps people expand their sense of self, release their illusion of separation, develop nurturing partnerships, and consciously design a harmonious life path. Suna has lived in Chappaqua, NY for 20 years, where she raised two children, facilitated childhood development programs at the local schools, and led youth service projects impacting thousands internationally.
Suna speaks with Joanna about focusing on solutions; the wisdom of the elder and the youth; finding your inner compass; love and creating possibilities; peace and relationships; “the green pill”.

 

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August 2nd, 2013

Where The Aliveness Is

an interview with Tesa Silvestre

Tesa Silvestre holds a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Pantheon-Assas, in Paris (1989), a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (1991), and a MA and M.Phil. in Political Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, (1997).
After leaving Academia in 2001, she co-founded a small consulting company that worked for several years with visionary leaders, organizations and networks like the Fetzer Foundation, the Solar Circle, and the Tipping Point Network. In 2006, she co-founded a community organization in Cape Ann (New England) that focused on supporting collaboration amongst local leaders, innovators, and residents working on sustainability-related initiatives. Since 2009, she has been living a nomadic life between Bali, Europe, the Middle East, and the United states, writing and reciting poetry, experimenting with flow funding and grassroots philanthropy, connecting inspiring change-makers, and teaching whole body meditation.

Tesa speaks with Joanna about whole body meditation; paying attention to where the aliveness is; a larger kind of intelligence; the process of befriending ourselves; remembering the way of giving/receiving; life force, money and vulnerability; the flame of awareness; tender spaciousness; receiving together the Life Force.

 

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July 26th, 2013

The Magic of the Wild

an interview with Jon Turk

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

- Jon Turk

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

 

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July 12th, 2013

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2012 conversation with Pancho.

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

music: “Babel” (from “Ofrenda”) by Pedro Guerra

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June 21st, 2013

Love Is All There is

an interview with John Dear

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

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

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

 

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June 14th, 2013

An Ecovillage for Homeless People

an interview with Darrell Blair

Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.

 

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June 7th, 2013

Becoming the Soul

an interview with Susan Marie Scavo & Bill St.Cyr

Susan Marie Scavo and Bill St.Cyr are founding members and co-executive directors of North of Eden. They are master dreamwork analysts who received their training from Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, the founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. They co-lead the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst Training Program and the North of Eden Teacher Training Program and have led dreamwork retreat groups at the North of Eden Retreat Center since 2004, as well as at premier retreat centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Among other presentations, Susan Marie and Bill have presented Archetypal Dreamwork at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and at the first Symposium for the Study of Myth sponsored by the Joseph Campbell Society and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Susan Marie is the co-founder, director, and senior editor of North of Eden Press, and she and Bill have contributed to books by Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, co-founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. Susan Marie is the co-founder and co-editor of deLuge, an online literary and arts journal devoted to Archetypal Dreamwork. Bill leads the North of Eden Submit a Dream program, in which analysts-in-training respond to online dream submissions.

Susan and Bill speak with Joanna about their initiation into Archetypal Dreamwork and how the work is done; aligning with the soul; life beyond trauma; owning the projections in a relationship; the evolving soul, among other topics.

 

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May 31st, 2013

Dancing with the World

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.

As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.

Philip speaks with Joanna about the reconnection with the body’s energetic intelligence; world-centered self-knowledge; gut feeling, vulnerability; surfers of presence; partnering with the world; rooted in the mindful earth; the brain in the belly; immersed in the wild peace; the participatory dimension of consciousness.

 

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May 10th, 2013

The Joy and Truth of the Life Force

an interview with Hillary and Bradford Keeney

Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar, author, and practitioner of creative transformation and improvisational performance. Co-Founder and Director of THE KEENEY CENTER FOR SEIKI JUTSU, she is presently Distinguished Visiting Professor in Psychology, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico and Adjunct Faculty in the Creative Systemic Studies doctoral concentration at the University of Louisiana. Having begun her career in the non-profit sector doing community and social justice work, she now advances the art of change in a wide variety of venues, from the therapeutic clinic to the social service agency, classroom, and theatre.  Hillary’s most recent books (co-authored with Bradford Keeney) include “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, “A Master Class in the Art of Performing Change”, and “Creative Therapeutic Technique”.
Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned traditional healer, creative therapist, cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, and improvisational performer. He is presently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair, University of Louisiana, Monroe, and has served as a professor, founder, and director of clinical doctoral programs in numerous universities. He is the originator of several orientations to psychotherapy including improvisational therapy, resource focused therapy, and creative therapy. He is the author of 40 books including THE BUSHMAN WAY OF TRACKING GOD, which won the prestigious Silver Nautilus national book award.

Hillary and Brad Keeney speak with Joanna with open-hearted, contagious enthusiasm about their book “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, the upcoming two-year mentorship dedicated to promoting and advancing the wisdom of the world’s oldest ways of spiritual healing and renewal, and the open mysteries of the soulful Life Force

 

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May 3rd, 2013

The Ecstasy of Nature

an interview with Bill Pfeiffer

Bill Pfeiffer aka «Sky Otter» is the founder of Sacred Earth Network  which  implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years. In that time, Bill made Russia a “second home” having traveled there 42 times – -giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.
Bill brings to all his work a dynamic mixture of open heartedness, sensitivity, and a fierce determination for a peaceful, sustainable future. He has been living in the forests of Nichewaug (Petersham) Massachusetts for 18 years.

He is the author of the forthcoming book “Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for Ecstatic Culture”.

http://billpfeiffer.org/

Bill speaks with Joanna about the attunement to planetary intelligence; “ancient future perception”; creating ecstatic culture together; experiencing our greater body; micelia and dendrites; a neuro-holographic miracle; travels in Siberia; honoring the elders; ecstatic kindness; petroglyphs, a cosmic language…

 

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March 22nd, 2013

A Vast Sense of Belonging

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

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

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

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

 

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