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Shows re: transpersonal psychology


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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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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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 3rd, 2017

Remembering Our Sacred Purpose

an interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry

In this week’s episode Glenn Aparicio Parry speaks with Joanna about: remembering that our thoughts come from Nature; an ecstatic dive into the waters of the Heart; asking four key questions; the egalitarian Native American spirit at the foundation of the U. S. Constitution; bringing dialogue to these polarized times; a collective initiation?; revisioning the linear concept of time; human language and biodiversity; original gratitude.

 

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He has previously written about these experiences in a book chapter entitled “The Old is Now: Creating a Shift Towards Wholeness through Dialogue” (with Philip H. Duran); in “SEED Thoughts on Dialogue”, Revision Journal (winter 2004), “Native Wisdom in a Quantum World”, Shift (IONS Journal, December 2005), and in his doctoral dissertation: “SEED Graduate Institute: An Original Model of Transdisciplinary Education Informed by Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Dialogue”. He is the author of  “Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature”.

 

 

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December 9th, 2016

Holding the Light Together

an interview with Thanissara

thanissaraIn this week’s episode Thanissara speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, a historic gathering under the guidance of indigenous wisdom; standing up for the sacredness of Nature; a huge wake up call for all of us; a new kind of activism and community-based citizen resistance; feeling the wound of separation from the Earth; finding our way through the authenticity of anger; the planet need us to protect it; reclaiming the sacred feminine and healing the wounded masculine within us all; waking up to the aliveness and intelligence of the Earth; intimacy with all beings; staying tuned to the inner heart.

 

Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children  and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books – “Garden of the Midnight Rosary”, The Heart of the Bitter Almond Heart Sutra”, co-author of “Listening to the Heart”, and her latest is “Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth”. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chatanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

 

 

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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 1st, 2016

A Listening Heart

an interview with Stephan V. Beyer

steven_beyerIn this week’s episode Steve Beyer speaks with Joanna about: medicine people, the primordial doctors; healing with courage in a sitting circle; ceremony, opening the heart and creating sacred time; the spiritual gifts of the talking stick; from a culture of punishment to one of restoration and responsibility; healing the harm of conflict, telling our stories; carrying the invisible talking stick; the way of transcending conflict; Wisdom through a listening heart; are you willing to be a clown for peace?.

 

Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J. D., is a well-known writer and speaker on shamanism and spirituality. He is also a community builder, peacemaker; and carrier of council. He has been trained and certified in many areas of circle process, mediation, and nonviolence and has offered peacemaking workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from therapists to theologians, and at Montessori, charter, alternative, and public schools. He has served as a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at Chicago University, teaching undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in restorative justice and in the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. He is the author of, among other books, “Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon” and his latest “Talking Stick: Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path”.

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September 23rd, 2016

Living in a Sacred Planet

an interview with Anne Baring

anne_baringIn this week’s episode Anne Baring speaks with Joanna about: person, Universe, and the alchemical vessel; the oppression of women under the patriarchal psyche; an ongoing collective consciousness awakening; a new masculinity emerging; the role of the cosmos in the collective awakening; Standing Rock, indigenous people defending the planet; the danger of mythic inflation in the religious lust for power; alchemy and Divine Wisdom; what is the signature of the Feminine; the sacrilege of war; a new cultural cosmology of no-separation; Mary Magdalene and the Cathars in a new light; healing the psychic wounds of our western culture; a new kind of relationship between men and women.

 

Anne Baring is a Jungian analyst, author and co-author of seven books, including, with Jules Cashford, “The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image”, and “Soul Power”, with Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Her most recent book is “The Dream of the Cosmos. A Quest for the Soul”. 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 Cosmos that is the source or ground of all that we call “life”. Her website is devoted to the affirmation of a new vision of reality and the issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

 

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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 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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July 22nd, 2016

The Freedom of Inner Knowing

an interview with Catherine Shainberg

Catherine_ShainbergIn this week’s episode Catherine Shainberg speaks with Joanna about “reversing”, a great kabbalistic technique; the primordial language of images, rooted in the body; plunging into the subconscious for healing and growth; we are dreaming all the time; “dream opening” groups, exploring together the language of dreams; an exercise about how the images move the body; “Dreambirth”, having a good pregnancy and birth; a soul calling to learn the freeing power of visionary life; coming back to our senses to find our inner compass.

Catherine Shainberg is a transpersonal psychologist, healer, visionary and teacher with a private practice in New York City. In her 40 years’ experience she has taught thousands of students around the world and created revolutionary tools for clearing physical and emotional disorders. In 1982, Catherine founded The School of Images, dedicated to teaching the revelatory dream and kavanah (intent) techniques of the ancient Sephardic Kabbalah tradition. She is the author of “Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life”, “Genesis and Movement” (not in print), and “Dreambirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery Life”. She conducts imagery and dreaming workshops internationally.

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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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March 4th, 2016

Better Stories To Live By

an interview with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

Barbara MainguyLewis Mehl-MadronaIn this week’s episode Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy speak with Joanna about: the indigenous way of transmitting knowledge and wisdom through stories; making better stories to live by; true healing comes when we are heard; coyote healing, a metaphor for bridging indigenous view and Western medicine; breaking through oppressive stories; finding a story through feeling rooted in body movement; individual suffering is not isolated from the circumstances of our community of origin; metaphor is the language of the body; bringing the magic of Nature and Mystery back into our lives.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. He is the author of “Coyote Medicine”, “Coyote Healing”, and “Coyote Wisdom”, a trilogy on what native Culture has to offer to the modern world. He has also written “Narrative Medicine”, “Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of narrative Psychiatry”, and his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, “Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story”.

Barbara Mainguy studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. Her interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art, psychotherapy and healing. She is the author of a number of papers of health care with aboriginal people and on psychotherapy and psychosis and on chronic pain. Currently she is completing her M.F. A. in documentary film making at York University, Toronto, and working with Dr. Mehl-Madrona in Orono, Maine. She is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono.

 

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January 15th, 2016

Through the Eyes of Love

an interview with Michael J. Roads

Michael_RoadsIn this week’s episode, Michael Roads speaks with Joanna about his lifetime love affair with Nature; the spiritual gateway of imagination; the refining process of listening and communicating with nature; finding the newness in us and the earth; the journey into nature leading into deeper levels of consciousness; through the eyes of an eagle; Love, the power of creation; the difference between intelligence and the intellect; the Earth shift; spherical time and a greater reality; Pan, the Spirit of Nature; seeing the seamless whole; loving the energy of humankind.

 

Michael Roads was born a farmer’s son in Cambridgeshire, England, in 1937. From an early age he discovered that he had a natural ability to travel beyond linear time and space, and enter into deep communication with Nature. Since his spiritual enlightenment at age 49, Michael has written 19 books on his experiences and explorations of alternate realities and dimensions. His main focus and teachings are based on unconditional Love and emotional balance. 2016 marks his 25th year of traveling over five continents presenting inspirational and life-changing 5-day intensives in a clear, compelling, humorous and no-nonsense format, enabling many participants to experience amazing shifts in consciousness.

Michael, an ordinary mystic, weaves his wealth of life experiences with the most extraordinary insights – insights that offer pathways to our deep spiritual relationship with nature and with Self. He has the consciousness and ability to empower people to gain understanding of the true nature of reality, and assist them in their spiritual awakening to their Divine potential.

 

 

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January 8th, 2016

The Medicine of the Ancestors

an interview with Clare S. Wilkins

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

 

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

 

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January 1st, 2016

A Year of Inspiration and Breakthrough

an interview with Renn Butler

RennButlerIn this week’s episode Renn Butler speaks with Joanna about the present and future archetypal themes of the planetary transits we are navigating, with examples from the astrological charts of Ridley Scott, William Shatner and Donald Trump.

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

 

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December 25th, 2015

The Global Brain is Waking Up

an interview with Duane Elgin

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

 

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

 

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October 23rd, 2015

The Offering of Each Moment

an interview with Tina Benson

Tina BensonIn this week’s episode Tina Benson speaks with Joanna about: the magnificent journey home to oneself; speaking about childhood wounds; an overwhelming experience of unconditional love; the connection between the inner and outer lover; the rapture of longing; towards a spiritual eroticism; reaching behind the veil, where the magic happens; ecstatic sensory awareness; the enlightenment of everyday life.

 

Tina Benson is a modern-day Soul Whisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach. She has over 30 years experience teaching, leading, and facilitating individuals, couples, large and small groups in the United States and abroad in consciousness explorations, chakra initiation/meditation retreats, couples and women’s retreats, ecstatic dancing, Voice Dialogue, Enneagram, chanting, ritual, and travel to sacred sites around the world. She is the founder and creator of the SoulSpeaks Project, and is also a non-denominational ordained minister, officiating at weddings, birth, death and other life-passages and celebrations. In her psychospiritual-erotic memoir, A Woman Unto Herself: A Different Kind of Love Story, she tells the true story of one woman’s misguided attempts to find love and how she found the sacred love and ecstatic intimacy she’d searched for all her life.

 

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July 17th, 2015

The Cosmos in the Heart

an interview with Renn Butler

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

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

 

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July 3rd, 2015

Awakening to the Seed of Life

an interview with Stuart Sovatsky

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

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

 

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June 26th, 2015

The Wisdom of Hypatia

an interview with Bruce J. MacLennan

Bruce MacLennanIn this week’s episode, Bruce MacLennan speaks with Joanna about his book “The Wisdom of Hypatia”.  He introduces us to Hypatia, a revered spiritual guide, scientist and philosopher, and a model of religious tolerance. Bruce explains to us the relevance of  the spiritual practices of Neoplatonism; retrieving the spiritual roots of the West, back to shamanism; three degrees of wisdom: Epicureism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism; the paradoxic journey to the inmost flower of the soul; feeling reverence for Nature: Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World; the compatibility of Neoplatonic and scientific worldviews; “the entire cosmos is a single living organism”; direct experience of interconnectdness through Neoplatonic practices; theurgy, the art of spiritual alliance; the spiritual path of Beauty and Love.

Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, has been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion for more than forty years, and for the past twenty-five he has studied the relationship between Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. In his professional capacity as a professor of computer science, Maclennan researches artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, artificial life, artificial morphogenesis, self-organizing systems, and the mind-body connection, including the relation of the brain to consciousness and the collective unconscious. He has published several books and more than sixty scholarly articles, and he is invited regularly to give international presentations on his work. His newest book is “The Wisdom of Hypatia: ancient spiritual practices for a more meaningful life”.

 

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June 19th, 2015

The Doorway to Deep Connection

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

 

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

 

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June 12th, 2015

The Tastes of Life

an interview with Marsha Scarbrough

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

 

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

 

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April 24th, 2015

A Deep Awake Life

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Tim FrekeIn this week’s episode, Tim Freke speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Big Love; connecting from deep I to deep I; enlivenment; a safe space for enchantment; natural healing as part of the awakening process; bringing each other back into beauty; entering the fluid state; the essence of all spiritualities; a beautiful, poignant, profound experience of connection; soul formation: a stream of experience maturing into form; a deep awake life.

Tim Freke is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker. He became well known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy. In his latest book “The Mystery Experience”, Tim presents a revolutionary approach to spirituality. He create a new language of awakening, which makes profound ideas simpler to understand, so it’s easier to experience a real transformation of consciousness. Tim runs Mystery Experience retreats throughout the world in which he guides people directly to an experience of oneness and all-embracing love that naturally arises in the “deep awake” state.

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February 6th, 2015

An Atmosphere of Connection

an interview with James Fadiman

James FadimanIn this week’s episode, James Fadiman speaks with Joanna about: how to be a safe voyager in the psychedelic realms; expressing the inexpressible; towards a normalization of psychedelics; re-membering our interconnectedness, entering the deeper beauty of Nature; the increasing use of these substances in scientific research; “what isn’t spiritual…?”; the rising of the Feminine.

James Fadiman is an American psychologist and writer. He is acknowledged for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. He co-founded along with Robert Frager the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology which later became Sofia University (California), where he was a lecturer in psychedelic studies. Fadiman was part of the team in the Psychedelics in problem-solving experiment which was abruptly halted in 1966. He was a president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and also a Director at the Instute of Noetic Sciences. He is the author of “Personality and Personal Growth” (7th Edition, with Robert Frager), “Unlimit Your Life: Setting and Getting Goals”, “Essential Sufism”, “The Other Side of Haight: A Novel” and his latest “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys”.

 

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November 28th, 2014

A Planetary Initiation

an interview with David Spangler

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

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

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September 26th, 2014

The Future Happens Through Us

an interview with Kingsley L. Dennis

Kingsley DennisKingsley Dennis, PhD, is an author, researcher, and sociologist. Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and has authored numerous articles on social futures, technology, and conscious evolution.He is the author of “Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception”; “New Revolutions for a Small Planet”; “The Struggle for Your Mind”; and “New Consciousness for a New World”. He is also the co-author, with Ervin Laszlo, of “Dawn of the Akashic Age”. His newest book is “The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness”. Kingsley is co-founder of WorldShift International, which is a conscious evolution initiative that promotes & supports a world shift both externally within our current global systems, as well as internally on a personal level. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain and continues to research, write, travel, and grow his own vegetables.

Kingsley speaks with Joanna about: “the phoenix generation”; a radical shamanizing of the human species; the global classroom; the new connectivity and the developing countries; the shift towards new values; instinctual gnosis; DNA and the light field of the body; becoming soulful agents of change.

 

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August 15th, 2014

The Brain of Eden

an interview with Tony Wright

Tony WrightTony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. He is the co-author – with Graham Gynn – of “Return to the Brain of Eden”. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.

Tony speaks with Joanna about: changes in diet and perception; a experiment in sleep deprivation; the original state of rapture and joy; the brain as a binocular lens of consciousness; three types of noetic treatments; forest consciousness; the role of plant biochemistry in human brain expansion; the experiential beginnings of religious traditions; the socio-cultural effects of the left brain dysfunction.

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August 8th, 2014

Aliveness Nurtures Aliveness

an interview with Steve Gallegos with Mary Diggin

Steve Gallegos Eligio Stephen Gallegos, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist with degrees from the University of Wisconsin, New Mexico State University and Florida State University. He discovered the Personal Totem Pole Processand at present is primarily engaged in training people, including therapists, artists and teachers in The Personal Totem Pole Process© and gives workshops in the use of imagery in growth and psychotherapy in various cities of the US and Europe (Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria). He is the author of – among others – :“The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery, The Chakras and Psychotherapy”, “The Animals of the Four Windows: Integrating Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Imagery”, “Into Wholeness: The Path of Deep Imagery”. His newest book is “Nothing is Nothing”, the first in a series of short novels that explore the ways in which education trains children to be obedient at the expense of their own wholeness and uniqueness, and how this is maintained by families, communities, schools, and the workplace.

Mary DigginMary Diggin has an MA in Mythological Studies and is an IIVR certified trainer and Deep Imagery Guide for over 20 years, leading trainings and workshops as well as working with individuals. Born in Ireland, she moved to New Mexico in 1998, where she lives with her husband, E.S. Gallegos on the Rio Grande, in the Embudo area where they run Deep Imagery workshops and also work with people on an individual basis through Imagery. Her particular interests are in the intersection between myth, storytelling, ritual and deep imagery as well as the link between psyche and nature. Mary’s deep imagery workshops often reflect these interests and her passionate understanding of the deep imagination as a powerful holistic means of accessing our inner world and building relationship with what we may call the outer world. She also trained in massage, web and graphic design and works as a micaceous clay potter, writer and Sweat Lodge Water Pourer. Mary is available to lead workshops and to work with individuals.

Steve and Mary speak with Joanna about: Steve’s newest book, “Nothing is Nothing”; the blossoming of a story; in relationship with the deep imagination; part of the ancient lineage of living beings; the spontaneous guidance of our own aliveness; the endless journey; “walking the path of continuously becoming more whole”; in relationship with All.

 

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August 1st, 2014

Improvisational Intelligence

an interview with Sabrina Page

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

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

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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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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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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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November 1st, 2013

The Real Magic of Consciousness

an interview with Eben Alexander

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Dr. Eben Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon, spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. A transcendental Near-Death Experience (NDE), in which he was driven to the brink of death and spent a week deep in coma from an inexplicable brain infection, changed all of that – completely!
In his best-selling book, “Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, Dr. Alexander explains that he was shocked to find the hyper-reality of that spiritual realm, which many had reported in NDEs. He has spent the last two and a half years reconciling his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. His spiritual experience is totally consistent with the leading edges of scientific understanding today.
Dr. Alexander believes that together, science and spirituality will thrive in a symbiosis offering the most profound insight into fundamental Truth, yielding unimaginable power. The keystone is in global progression of individual conscious awakening.

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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”.

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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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April 12th, 2013

The Cosmic Lovers

an interview with Christopher Bache

Christopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for almost 30 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 “The Living Classroom”, “Dark Night Early Dawn”, and “Lifecycles”. Chris’ work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness. He has degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University, and Brown University.

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Chris speaks with Joanna about the collective death/rebirth process of humankind; an absolute choice point for the survival of the species; twenty years of experience working with non ordinary states of consciousness; the need for a strong spiritual practice when working with the deep psyche; direct experience as initiation in this research; the terror and ecstasy of navigating the soul realms; waking up to the Cosmic Lovers; we are the midwifes of the future human…

 

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March 29th, 2013

Awakening Kundalini: The Evolving Human

an interview with Penny Kelly

Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. In 1979 she experienced a full, spontaneous awakening of kundalini that completely changed her life. She returned to school to study the brain, consciousness, perception, cognition, intelligence and intuition. This was followed by over a dozen years of work as an educational consultant specializing in the brain-compatible and accelerative teaching techniques of Dr. George Lozanov.  In 1987, she moved to southwest Michigan and for 25 years has operated Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center. Today she travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops. She maintains a large consulting practice,writes books and poetry, raises chickens, beef cows, and grows organic vegetables and small fruits.

Penny is the mother of four children and has written – among other books – : “The Evolving Human – A True Story of Awakening Kundalini”, “Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 1 – Multi-dimensionality and a Theory of Consciousness”, and “Consciousness and Energy, Vol. 2 – New Worlds of Energy”

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Penny speaks with Joanna about nutrition, soil: health and higher consciousness; human body & Earth body; noetic transformation; wheels of energy and information; a deep paradigm shift in understanding our reality; awakening kundalini: the evolving human; a turning point; aligning with own’s purpose…

 

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

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March 21st, 2013

Naked Mind

an interview with Sarah Barab

Sarah Barab has been a practitioner in the Tibetan tradition for 20 years, and also teaches yoga and meditation and is a professional astrologer.
She founded Naked Mind Productions in 2006, as a non-profit dedicated to making Dharma-inspired film.
After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, and later Naropa, Sarah went on to earn an MFA in theater. She worked as an actress for many years in physical theater companies such as Imago and Do Jump before deciding to pursue her interest in film. She was first inspired to make “Naked Mind” during the year she spent living in Nepal and India volunteering with Tibetan refugee children and studying Buddhism and Tibetan language.
http://nakedmindthefilm.org/coming-soon/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nakedmindfilm/naked-mind-the-film

Sara speaks with Joanna about her Kickstarter project featuring her upcoming film “Naked Mind”.

 

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