Our Gaialogues began in 2006 with the intention of exploring “what is it like to be in sacred communion with our living Earth?” Through remembering ancestral lines of experience and vision that created cultures of wonder and awe, we see a universal spirituality and ethics emerging based on care and partnership for people and planet. The seeds of future are to be found in the ancestral soul – the primitive soul.
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Joanna Harcourt-Smith is invited to speak at an IndigenousWays virtual event, an indigenous women-led nonprofit based in Northern New Mexico, co-founded by Tash Terry and Elena Higgins.
“IndigenousWays promotes living in balance for diverse communities through music, arts, outreach and events. Our vision is to reach Indigenous & LGBTQIA2+ communities through outreach with music, the arts, and indigenous wisdom that creates and enhances survival and sustainability. Our values are expressed in the Diné (Navajo) concept, “Hozho”, which means the Beauty Way of life.”
Glenn Aparicio Parry speaks with Joanna about: American ideals were founded upon Native American values; a medicine tale about chaos; a quick shift of collective consciousness; the revealing of the American shadow; unity and the choice before us; addressing the wound in the American psyche; we need a form of politics that includes Nature; tuning to the Spirit of the land; these times, a reappraisal of the sixties in a higher level.
Doug Tallamy speaks with Joanna about : A new approach to ecological conservation; “Homegrown National Park”; the demonization of Nature; insects, the little things that run the world; the vital role of wildlife for our health; Aldo Leopold and the land ethic; the impossibility of perpetual economic growth in a finite planet; “Native Plant Finder”, finding the plants that support your local ecosystem; any war against Nature is a war against ourselves; the monarch butterfly; things you can do to stop the insect decline; creating landscapes that sequester carbon and manage our watersheds; collaborating with the resilience of Nature; you are Nature’s best hope.
Richard Grossinger speaks with Joanna about: there are ranges of knowledge that cannot be included in science; the politicization and ideologization of science, experience and spiritual freedom; physical reality and conscious reality simultaneously create each other; the fluidity of reality; “the ecological problem is a problem of consciousness”; deeper than trauma; doing the work to match the Mystery; the magnifying glass of this crisis; the archetypal element of the DNA; the spiraling of all the dimensions together; alchemy is coming back into the language of climate change.
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In this week’s episode psychiatrist and integrative physician David Kopacz speaks with Joanna about: Encouraging children to plant green living things; dancing with the trees; the dormant seed inside oneself; walking the medicine wheel; becoming a true human being; we are medicine bags; being and vibration; the cycle of rejuvenation; separation is illness, healing is coming back together; the archetypal template of spiritual democracy; the Refounding Mothers of Democracy; coming home to peace.
Errol Morris and Hamilton Morris speak with Joanna about: Quarantined in the family house and loving each other; fascinated by the Iboga plant; the different paradigms of the history of psychedelic thinking and the evolution of Timothy Leary; a story of the psychedelic era; living and working in these strange days; being a mystery to oneself; an important insight while playing the cello on ayahuasca; the tendency of psychedelic medicines to precipitate the better parts of ourselves; the mystery and science of colors in psychedelics ; the intriguing liberation of Timothy Leary.
Stephen Jenkinson speaks with Joanna about: paying attention to the crisis for an understanding of the time we are in; the skillfulness of grief; the greater achievement is lucidity, not comfort; the “Nights of Grief and Mystery” experience; the task in the second half of life; drawn in by the particulars of a piece of ground; Earth is a consequence of death; the generativity of dying; being caught after a long persistence.
John Todd speaks with Joanna about: rethinking everything with the coronavirus; inspiring a whole new generation to change the course of the planet; a profound sense of hope about our future; scale and complexity along a continuum of healing; ecology is evolution story in the present; eco-machines, the birth of a regenerative ecological technology; don’t know mind and following a few simple rules; collaborating with the intelligence of ecosystems in the eco-machines; the New Alchemy Institute, looking at big picture problems; carbon farmers and the potential to regreen the Earth; the Weather Makers and the regreening of the Sinai desert.
Pegi Eyers speaks with Joanna about: we need to return to our original indigenous knowledge; the complexity of reclaiming our pre-colonial culture in American culture; being a Celtic animist; listening to the ancestral trauma; communing with the Earth beings; reweaving the patterns of Western culture; bringing together in equality the gifts of human diversity; learning from the traditional indigenous values; the value of bravery and initiation into adulthood; from the “me” to the “we”; participating in a new world coming into being.