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November 11th, 2017

A Language of Consciousness

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about the chapter dedicated to the runes in her book “Witches and Pagans”: her newest book “Deasophy”, traditional images to contemplate and color; a broad range of meaning for the word “rune”; runes and ceremonial acts; cliches about the witches have basis in archaeological records; the origins of the word “heathen”; the modern reclamation of the Old Religion; Europe was wilderness; the mystics in the trees; the effect of language on the way we think; historic examples of the magical use of runes; haliorunnae, the women who commune with the ancestors; singing to remember.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritage across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret HIstory of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman” The Ancients” (2013).

 

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November 3rd, 2017

Small Acts Matter

an interview with Justine Willis Toms

In this week’s episode Justine Willis Toms speaks with Joanna about: the grace to keep the wonder and awe active in our life; imaginal cells coalescing together for tghe betterment of the planet; deep exploration and healing through psychedelics; Nature is all about fierce celebration; social and political engagement rooted in spiritual practice;  interviewing as a spiritual practice; the enlivenment of ecstatic singing together; bringing our fullness and gifts to the world.

Justine Willis Toms is the co-founder and executive director of New Dimensions Radio since 1973. She is the author of “Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World” and co-author with Michael Toms of “True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do”.

 

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October 20th, 2017

The Medicine is the Teacher

an interview with Dennis McKenna

In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks with Jacob Aman and Christine Marie at the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival: the lack of cultural context for LSD in the 60s; the emergence of psychedelic consciousness through the mushrooms; fifty years of engagement with ethnopharmacology; psychedelics from a co-evolutionary perspective; plant intelligence emerging in the world stage; we are symbionts with eberything on Earth; the urgent need for non authoritarian, genuine, spiritual experience; the essential message from ayahuasca to Dennis; ayahuasca, beyond the biomedical model; intriguing perspectives at La Chorrera.

Dennis McKenna received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is a consultant to several companies doing research in plant medicine. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon and has recently completed a four-year project investigating Amazonian ethno medicines as potential treatments for cognitive disorders in schizofrenia. Dr. McKenna is also co-author of several books – among them,“The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna” –  and over 40 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is well respected among his peers and maintains a reputation as a pioneer among entheogen and plant medicine scholars.

 

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September 30th, 2017

Sacred Soil

an interview with Robert Tindall and David Shearer

In this week’s episode Robert Tindall and David Shearer speak with Joanna about: the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations that left their lands more fertile than when they arose; reintroducing ancestral wisdom in the 21st century; biochar, charcoal used for agricultural regeneration; the suppression of the indigenous ways of consciousness in Europe;  bridging the scientific and the indigenous views of the world;  biochar, biomimicry of fire;  “shamanic archaeology”; re-encountering the animistic, multidimensional mode of perception; a vision about the missed possibilities of the meeting of two cultures and the future; the Amazon women of the Amazon.

Robert Tindall, MA, is a classical guitarist, a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, an inveterate traveler, and the author of “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey:Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”. Tindall works as a professor of literature, and divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Peru. He leads journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar to encounter the healing traditions there.

David Shearer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar, a clean technology company developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. He was chief scientist at California Environmental Associates and principal environmental scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology. Dr. Shearer has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and a MS in environmental microbiology from the University of California.

They are co-authors, with Frédérique Apffel-Marglin – emerita professor of anthropology at Smith College and director and founder of the Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon – of “Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth”.

 

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September 22nd, 2017

Ancestral Medicine

an interview with Daniel Foor

In this week’s episode Daniel Foor speaks with Joanna about: connecting with loving ancestors for healing; becoming an ancestor; experiences of spontaneous ancestral contact; ancestral recovery and soul immunity; ancestors of blood and ancestors of the land; the larger than human web of consciousness; rituals of forgiveness, restorative justice and systemic change; ancestral healing goes in both directions; trees connecting the different worlds; initiating the healing in the ancestral line;  reconnecting with the older, earthy roots of Europeans; the bones of the Earth.

Daniel Foor is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping folks to learn to relate well with the rest of the natural world. His focus on the ancestors from his training as a doctor of psychology and licensed marriage and family therapist, from the guidance of his teachers in earth-honoring traditions, and from two decades of implementing the teachings of ancestor reverence in his own life. Since 2005 Daniel has guided hundreds of ancestor trainings, rituals and talks throughout the United States and helped many others to reconnect with their family ancestors through personal sessions. He is the author of the recently published “Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing”.

 

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September 8th, 2017

Crying with the Rain

an interview with Jay Dufrechou

In this week’s episode Jay Dufrechou speaks with Joanna about: opening to the energies of reality; following grief, reconnecting with Nature; feeling the natural rhythms; the many layers of grief; a sense of greater belonging; bringing thinking back into balance; energetic shifts in conflict mediation; Holotropic Breathwork and restoring the sense of the sacred; the offering of presence; finding peace in the human family; archetypal astrology as a useful tool in personal growth; the eco-spiritual crisis and the increase of spiritual awakenings; a deep experience of connection with the rain.

Jay Dufrechou is a lawyer and transpersonal psychologist helping people resolve problems and navigate their life paths. He is one of the founders of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) and a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork. He is the author of “Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature”.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Moved by Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.

 

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August 25th, 2017

Addressing the Roots of Pain

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

In this week’s episode Charles Eisenstein and Joanna speak together about: expanding love to include all the people and beings of the earth; trapped in a narrative of hate; the seeming possibility of a change of consciousness in many people; addressing the situation instead of fighting the enemy; bringing empathy into politics; the joy of being useful; passing on the gift; the dance of mind and heart; psychedelics as emergency interventions; addressing the roots of pain; listening for a compelling narrative for humanity.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of “Sacred Economics”, “The Ascent of Humanity”, and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

 

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August 18th, 2017

The Sacred Flow of Life

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Witchcraft, one of the starting points to track the roots of Western domination; recovering the cultural heritages around the world; 2017, thrown back into the older history of captivity and war; Native American prophecies about women reclaiming power; a living, spinning, sacred world; ancient, enlivening names of the wise woman; picking up insights from the living currents; Sardinia and the animated, spirit distaff of the witch goddess; a reverential relationship with the consciousness in trees and stones; the divinatory medicine of Raven in European cultures; the peace-making weavers; the origin of the word sanctuary.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press,2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

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August 4th, 2017

Tamed by the Wild

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

In this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: mending the world; listening and talking to Bear; going on a journey with one’s helper; the challenge of expanding our worldview; trusting our own perceptions; from being takers to reciprocal relationship; the isolation of reductionistic materialism; learning lightheartedness; the circularity of nature and Spirit; reuniting consciously with what we knew as children; writing from within the connection.

Priscilla Stuckey is a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature; including their own natures. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, won the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her newest book is “Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self”. Priscilla received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in religious studies and feminist theory. In Oakland she founded an urban creek-based land trust and led creek cleanups and restoration projects. In Boulder she co-founded a local rights-of-nature group. She lives at the base of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque with her partner, Tim, and their dog, Bodhi.

 

 

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July 21st, 2017

Becoming Gaianeers

an interview with David Spangler and Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode David Spangler and Jeremy Berg speak with Joanna about: what is “Gaianeering”, the forthcoming Lorian Summer Conference; participating in an ecology of consciousness; the heart of an incarnational spirituality; learning to live on behalf of the life of the world; Findhorn, an early example of gaianeering; cooperating with the subtle intelligences of Nature; a possibility for broader, new ways of being human; a relationship with Gaia based in love; emergent novelty and love; rediscovering and realigning with our wholeness and the wholeness of the world.

 

David Spangler is a visionary, author and spiritual teacher, and Lorian Priest. A lecturer and teacher since 1964, David has written numerous books which include: “The Call”, “Everyday Miracles”. “Blessing: The Art and the Practice” and “Incarnational Spirituality”. From 1970 to 1973 David was a co-director of the Findhorn Foundation Community in northern Scotland. He is a co-founder of the Lorian Association and a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association. Currently he serves as Director of the Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality and is primary faculty for the Path of the Chalice Program. David is married with 4 children and lives in Washington.

Jeremy Berg, MCS lives in Traverse City, Michigan and is owner of the Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, artist for “The Card Deck of the Sidhe”, a Lorian priest and workshop presenter. He holds an architectural patent for earth sheltered structural systems featured on the cover of Popular Science magazine, has taught at both the secondary and post-secondary level and has been a college dean and vicepresident. He is part of the Lorian education development team.

 

 

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July 14th, 2017

The Women Who Know

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: the nectar of ancestral traditions; the sacred meaning of names for the wise women in Europe; demonization of the herbalist women through naming; a whole body of healing practices; life force medicine; seeress in the roof; witches as spiritual leaders; the women who see and know; cultural spells of patriarchy; the colonialist invention of white identity; honoring the indigenous names of the land.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100” (Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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June 30th, 2017

The Story of the Soul

an interview with Tim Freke

In this week’s episode Tim Freke speaks with Joanna about: an authentic spirituality for the 21st century; from oneness to individuation, understanding our life journey; a philosophy that embraces science and spirituality; the soul crisis of our time; a mysterious universe; the evolutionary journey of the soul; the potentiality or our deepest Being; the soul-stream; the time where all opposites meet; co-evolution of the inner and physical domains; realizing new potentials on the level of the soul; the next step in the evolutionary process; feeling together the love of conscious oneness; we are the universe becoming conscious of its possibilities.

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality and the bestselling author of more than 20 books, which have been translated into 15 languages. He is pioneering a new approach to awakening that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He presents life-changing events internationally and online. His latest book is “Soul Story: Evolution and the Purpose of Life”.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2017

The Awakening Body

an interview with Reginald A. Ray

In this week’s episode Reginald Ray speaks with Joanna about: Trungpa Rinpoche and the transmission in the West of the deepest Tantric teachings from Tibetan Buddhism; the inherent spirituality of the body; returning to the sanity of direct experience; the natural love of embodied existence; a microcosm of the Universe; entering the somatic realm beyond thinking; feeling deeply the sacredness of human life; trauma recovery and the spiritual path; metaphoric language and the body; awakening to the nourishing and loving presence of the Earth; changing the world through reconnecting with the Earth.

Reginald A. Ray, PhD,  is the co-founder and spiritual director of Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Reginald is the author of several books including “Indestructible Truth” and “Secrets of the Vajra World”. His newest book is “The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life”.

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May 26th, 2017

Goddesses, Fate and Ancestors

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: remembering other ways to live; “witch hunts” in Europe, the prehistory of our current socio-political situation; the Three Sisters spinning the webs of Wyrd; ancient Norse and German cosmologies and the curving nature of Time; the archetypal Tree and Well; the pan-global symbol of the holy matrix of Being; the Maidens on the sea of Knowledge; the Faery Faith and the ancestral religion; the break up with ancient knowledge at the time of Industrial Revolution;  language and recreating the future web of meaning.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. Max Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch-hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100”. This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming.

 

 

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May 12th, 2017

This Enchanted World

an interview with Rachel Harris

In this week’s episode Rachel Harris speaks with Joanna about:  listening to the voice of the rainforest; divination and cleansing; a plant teacher of heartfelt embodiment; communicating with the spirit of Grandmother Ayahuasca; ceremony and song are part of the healing intervention; varieties of the journey of psychospiritual integration; ecstatic revelations and downloads through the plant ally; the shadow side of the ayahuasca culture; the importance of relationship with the natural world; the shift in values after ayahuasca; beyond spiritual experience and psychological healing.

Rachel Harris, PhD is a psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. After thirty-five years in private practice, she embarked on a research study exploring how ayahuasca is being used in North America, focusing on the process of psychospiritual integration. She has received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award, and published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Adicction, PTSD, and Anxiety”.

 

 

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April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

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

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

 

 

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March 18th, 2017

Planting the Seeds of Consciousness

an interview with Ann Filemyr

In this week’s episode Ann Filemyr speaks with Joanna about: power as accumulation versus power as relationship; the religious persecution of Native Americans until 1978; preparing for the vision quest; a worldview where everything is animated; the intrinsic value of everything; a shift to the work of the heart; carrying out the message of the Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; planting the seeds of consciousness; a world where intimacy matters; the potential for change within us; the medicine in stories and language; giving thanks to the land; ceremonial Earth-based intensives; a song of gratitude.

Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., is the Director of the Transformational Eco-psychology Certificate program at Southwestern College & New Earth Institute in Santa Fe. She is a published poet and author – her most recent book of poetry, “Love Enough”, explores myriad expressions of intimacy and loss. Her writing explores our relationship to nature, the sacred, love and personal transformation. She served for two decades as an oshkibewis or apprentice/helper to the late mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman) Keewaydinoquay. She continues to live and teach from this lineage.

 

 

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March 10th, 2017

The People of Peace

an interview with Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode Jeremy Berg speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Sidhe, the people of peace; a visionary download of Earth’s history; an invitation to collaborate with the full range of planetary life; the collective creation of a visionary gateway; the Bard Stone’s enigmatic voice; the imagination is a doorway into another branch of being; setting up an open field of synchronicity; a more beautiful expression of what humanity can become; recognizing and honoring the life arond us; a time of wake up call and nurturing the gestation of a new world.

Jeremy Berg, MCS – Michigan, works as an educator, artist, writer and publisher and has been associated with the Lorian Association since 1976. He was trained as an architectural designer and holds a patent for a panelized arch structural system. His work in energy efficiency and earth sheltered construction have been well publicized including on the cover of Popular Science magazine. He is part of the Lorian faculty and provides teaching and technical services for Lorian education as well as working as publisher/owner of Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, “Faerie Blood” and artist for the “Card Deck of the Sidhe”. Jeremy offers classes using the “Card Deck of the Sidhe” as a part of the Lorian faculty and writes occasionally in the community Blog.

 

 

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February 10th, 2017

Remembering Eternity

an interview with Richard Maddox

In this week’s episode Richard Maddox speaks with Joanna: bridging the gap between mystical wisdom and the context of the modern world; what is enlightenment?; remembering the background of consciousness; a modern hero’s journey; our precious human essence; there is no separation; the Mystery shining through all forms; dyeing the cloth of the mind; the urge of the human soul; art as a mediation to higher consciousness; the merging of two infinities;; gaining a deeper identity.

Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwestern United States and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation. He then taught meditation for two more years, before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing. Richard Maddox spent most of his life preparing to write “Remembering Eternity”,  his epic nine-volume enlightenment novel. The series tells the fascinating story of a modern soul’s search for enlightenment, for that most elusive of goals, perfect and permanent joy.

 

 

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January 27th, 2017

A Love Deeper Than Words

an interview with Tim Freke

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

 

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

 

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January 20th, 2017

A Good Foundation for Reality

an interview with Starr Goode

Starr_GoodeIn this week’s episode Starr Goode speaks with Joanna about: Sheela na gig, a mysterious female figure of sacred display; the healing and protection of Sheela na gig, from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art; the primordial, revered symbol of the ever-renewing Life Force; the life-restoring, evil stopping powers of the displayed vulva in myth and history; the political and social reclamation of the word “pussy”; the contemporary emergence of feminist sacred art; sacred images for another order of being; the Dark Goddess and the renewal of life; reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies from the patriarchal mindset; seeding the foundation for a life-affirming culture.

Starr Goode, MA teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College. She is producer and moderator for the cable TV series “The Goddess in Art” (available on YouTube). An award-winning writer, she has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in such publications as the L. A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her previous work on the Sheelas was published in “ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation”, the “Irish Journal of Feminist Studies”, the three-volume encyclopedia “Goddesses in World Culture”, and in “About Place Journal”. A recent book, “The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool and Dino”, explores the power of wit and the importance of play. Her latest book is “Sheela na gig, the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power”.

 

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January 6th, 2017

A Love That Heals

an interview with Lee Irwin

lee-irwinIn this week’s episode Lee Irwin speaks with Joanna about: the Hermetic Christ and the diversity of loving expression; the spiritual freedom of joy; participating in multiple spiritual communities; towards a full integration of the Feminine in spiritual traditions; the Divine Feminine and the tradition of Sophia; the emerging horizon in spirituality; supporting creative change in these times of polarization; cultivating the state of “good mind and loving heart”; the play of reincarnation, free will and spiritual values;; fillin the cup of the heart in partnership.

 

Lee Irwin is a scholar of world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, Western Esotericism, contemporary spirituality, and transpersonal religious experience – particularly as connected to dreams and visions. He is a guiding voice for “The Seven Pillars House of Wisdom” (Sufi International Order) and the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. He has been a workshop leader and group facilitator for over twenty years, particularly in the areas of visionary cosmology and the development of the sacred human. His books include, among others: “Visionary Worlds”, “Awakening to Spirit”, “The Alchemy of Soul” and “Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance and Renewal in Native American religions”. His newest book is “Meditations on Christ”.

 

 

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December 2nd, 2016

The Dance of Grief and Joy

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode, Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: understanding the context of the latest American election; Standing Rock, example of sacred activism; inner and outer activism; the safe circle; the five gates of grief; return to radical joy; the shadow magnet of our time; reconnection is a two-way street; we must resist the possibility of a 21st century fascism; the way of developing resilience.

A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn Baker offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. She is the author of, among other books, “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”, and “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. Her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey, is “Return to Joy”.

 

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November 25th, 2016

A Talk About the Rooted People

an interview with Steve Stonearrow

steve_stonearrowIn this week’s episode we can listen to the talk “A Native American View on the Rooted People”, delivered by Steve Stonearrow at the Biodynamic Association Conference in Santa Fe, Saturday, November 19, 2016. “Native Americans believe that all living things have Spirits. In this teaching, we will seek to understand their relationship to us. Each plant’s unique Spirit helps us to learn more about the world as a whole.”

Steve Stonearrow is a spiritual leader within the Lakota ceremonial tradition. He is an example of what it means to walk in a sacred way within our quickly-changing society, carrying forward the cultural teachings and spiritual wisdom od the “Lakhól wichóh’an”, or the Lakota way of life. With his deep knowledge of healing and herbal medicine, Steve travels the country leading ceremonies and speaking about the many aspects of indigenous history, lifestyle and spirituality.

 

 

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November 18th, 2016

The Transformative Power of Nature

an interview with Alex Seymour

alex_seymourIn this week’s episode Alex Seymour speaks with Joanna about: searching for soul healing, from Afghanistan to the Amazon; a life-changing, spiritual experience through DMT; psychedelics and loosing the fear of death; exploring the unknown territory of the psyche; initiation to Mother Ayahuasca; a mythic voyage; rites of passage and masculinity; the feminine force of the planet; being born to compassion and empathy; power versus force.

Alex Seymour enlisted in the Royal Marines Commandos as a teenager, serving for 6 years and completing 2 tours of duty on active service. Twenty years later he returned to the service as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He is currently the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives with his wife and children in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the author of “Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon”.

 

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is 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. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 21st, 2016

The Founding Mother

an interview with Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

robert-hieronimus-and-laura-cortnerIn this week’s episode Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner speak with Joanna about: honoring the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of compassionate enlightenment; Henry Miller and Bertrand Russell, two lovers of embodied freedom; the multicultural, goddess inspiration for the Statue of Liberty; retrieving human balance for thr future of the Earth; gender equality in early Gnostic Christianity; the direct influence of Native American Iroquois culture in the new American democracy; symbols are bridges between the conscious and the unconscious; meeting Jimi Hendrix and the enigma of the Great Seal; soul power in action, towards an engaged spirituality; remembering the American cultural heroines; Lady Liberty and the rising of Earth consciousness.

 

Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host. His research has been used by the White House and State Department and published in the congressional record. His giant murals and painted artcars include the 2,700-square-foot “Apocalypse” and the 1,750-square-foot “We the People”, the Woodstock Bus, and the We the people Artcar. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio, is the longest running radio show on the new paradigm in the country.

Laura E. Cortner graduated with honors from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, with a degree in English and a concentration in writing. She has coauthored previous titles with Robert R. Hieronimus including “Founding Fathers, Secret Societies” and “United Symbolism of America”. Their newest book is “The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World”.

 

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoranIn this week’s episode Jennifer Corcoran speaks with Joanna about: a film born of a visionary dream; a two-year journey of deep listening; remembering in Hopi land; following the story in the dreamtime; the mysterious Feminine, in relationship with all life; the alchemy of wonder; a cycle of women stories; journeying through the threshold into another world; the essential role of the land; the pace of the desert; offering our prayers for the protection of water and the Earth.

 

With a BA and MFA in Directing for Theatre, Jennifer Corcoran has worked on stage and documentaries, made super-8 shorts and as a literary editor. She home educated her three children. Having lived in several countries, in different languages, Jennifer has come to believe that the power of our human imagination is what is required to initiate change. Six years ago, she was prompted by a vision to create a cycle of films about women – but specifically, about the feminine – a voice which has long been silent. It is the feminine within each of us, male or female, which connects us to all that is living. A balance longs to be re-created. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first film of that cycle. Together with her brother, “She Sings to the Stars” producer, Jonnie Corcoranan entrepreneur who is an ardent cinephile and has launched successful startups – she is currently developing the second film of the cycle set in contemporary Ireland with a working title, “Now and Also Now”.

 

 

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September 9th, 2016

The True Inner Medicine

an interview with Mingtong Gu

mingtong_guIn this week’s episode Mingtong Gu speaks with Joanna about: qigong, moving through life with grace and joy, in the energetic flow; tapping the source of creativity; to the formless through the form; deep healing, into the energy roots of disease; the Chi Center in Lamy, New Mexico, a one of a kind place dedicated to healing in North America; Dr. Ming Pang and the “medicine-less” Qigong hospital; uniting Western medicine and esoteric qigong to access the true inner medicine; sound vibration healing; the importance of diligent practice; the deeper interconnectivity of human, animal and plant life; the healing love of planet Earth.

 

Qigong Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, as treated over 200,000 patients; with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center, and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.

 

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August 26th, 2016

The Way of the Real Human Being

an interview with Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion_MerculieffIn this week’s episode Ilarion Merculieff speaks with Joanna about: a vibrant, spiritually based culture; one with the ocean; the rich cultural legacy of the Unangan people; the secret to surviving in the Bering Sea for ten thousand years; Aachaa, the mystery of meeting your mentor; an ingenious, exquisite way to raise children; the field of awareness of flocks of birds; using the whole of our intelligence; a children-affirming culture; a history of oppression and contemporary slavery; coming to the place of original instructions; the Unangan view of life and death; the wisdom of how to move energy; an urgent call to transformation and action.

Ilarion Merculieff was born and raised on St. Paul island in the middle of the Bering Sea. He is an Unangan, Aleut, raised in a traditional way. Throughout his life Ilarion has focused on traditional knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality gained from culture bearers around the world, acting as a bridge from the past to those alive today. He has served as chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, as cofounder of the Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals; the Alaska Forum for the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He is currently the president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways. Ilarion Merculieff is available for readings and lectures.

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August 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

Lina_BarriosIn this week’s episode Lina Barrios speaks with Joanna about: introducing the Mayan territory and languages; Mayan culture’s resilience under the Spanish colonization; rituals for collective and individual wellbeing in Mayan life; Popol Wuj, healing and harmony with the Mayan sacred text; primordial energies and the word for creation in benefit of all; research into the extreme gender inequality in Guatemala; Mayan women facing discrimination at the university; gender equality in the Mayan cosmogony;  Venus in Mayan oral tradition; the meaning of 2012 and the Mayan calendars; remembering our poignant relationship with Mother Earth.

 

Lina Barrios is an anthropologist and Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) who, according to this ancient tradition has reached the age of wisdom, becoming an elder. For nearly 25 years she has worked tirelessly for the preservation of traditional Mayan languages, women’s rights, dress, culture and spirituality. She is a published author, awarded with the “Premio Iberoamericano de Investigación Municipal Villa de Madrid” (Iberoamerican Award for Research, City of Madrid) and “Premio Iberoamericano de Igualdad Cortes de Cádiz” (Iberoamerican Award for Equality, Congress of Cádiz). Lina also works as a university professor.

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August 12th, 2016

The Joy of a Blue Sky Mind

an interview with Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Richard_DiedrichsIn this week’s episode Richard Gentei Diedrichs speaks with Joanna about: a shard of pain in the heart; a seeker since a young age; growing compassion through embracing the inner child; discovering Alan Watts and the way of Zen; Western women and everyday Zen; a Dharma grandfather; “Living in Blue Sky Mind”; drinking from a wellspring of silence; joyful with all of life; “Cherry Blossom”, a novel about the edge of compassion.

 

Richard Gentei Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author of four books, Richard was fully ordained a Zen priest in 1990 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Currently, he is a Dharma teacher at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Hawaii. His newest book is “Living in Blue Sky Mind. Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life”.

 

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June 17th, 2016

Initiated by the Mushroom

an interview with Shonagh Home

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

 

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

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

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

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

 

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April 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 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 25th, 2016

Telling the Tales of Aliveness

an interview with Randi Ya'el Chaikind

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

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