Gaialogues Archive

gaialogue = communion with the living Earth

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. 

After 600 episodes, we continue to provide these intimate conversations to the public for free.  Listen and contribute to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

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Participating in the Mystery

Jorge Ferrer speaks with Joanna about: Exploring the farther reaches of human nature; a participatory relationship with Nature; navigating a rich combination of cultures; three elements of participatory spirituality, the spiritual dignity of sensual pleasure and sexuality, in radical relation with everything, creative inquiry and individuation; sacred sexuality; Aurobindo’s visionary prophecy of an individuated, realized embodiment of the Divine; re-enchantment of the world and non-religious spirituality; an intense cross-pollination of religious traditions; the prejudice of the patriarchal mindset against entheogens; Eros and embodied spirituality.

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Witch Burnings

Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: the long history of women suppression; withcraft accusation for land theft from women; the crusade agains the Cathars; the consolidation of feudalism and the early witch hunts; the influence of the Roman legal code in the Spanish persecutions; the medieval patriarchal mentality in the bound up accusation “witch and whore”; accusations as a tool of control on the female population; the chastity ordeal of fire back to ancient Vedic and Blibical times; the dynamics of scapegoating.

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Remembering Ourselves Home

In this week’s episode Toko-pa Turner speaks with Joanna about: the living bridge of belonging; entering into the wound of exile; acknowledging the Death Mother; dreams, Nature through us; tending the inner well; “the world needs our rebellion”; practicing relationship with the natural world; we are pattern-makers, re-storying our lives; becoming protectors of the land.

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The New Ecology

In this week’s episode Oswald Schmitz speaks with Joanna about: Ecosystem engineering, changing how the land functions; the new ecology, using scientific principles to improve the welfare of people and Nature; respecting and celebrating the wild, broader community; designing with recycling in mind; complexity is not complication; health, ecology and politics, becoming more engaged and science-informed citizens; environmental laws, caring for the future generations; approaching the crossroads of climate warming; the ethics of interconnectedness.

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New Thinking Allowed

In this week’s episode Jeffrey Mishlove speaks with Joanna about: William James and the history of parapsychology; Epictetus and our inner freedom; the group mind effect, Roger Nelson and the Global Consciousness Project; esotericism and the the new far-right; his central insight from a lifetime of inquiry; a time with a sense of existential groundedness.

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Insights from Biosphere 2

In this week episode Mark Nelson speaks with Joanna Harcourt-Smith and Jacob Aman about: earning the name “biospherian”; Vladimir Vernadsky and the planet-shaping power of life; Biosphere 2, doing whole systems science; “humans are the most unstable element in the ecosystem”; ecotechnics, bringing nature and technoloy into a mutually supportive relationship; longing for a reverential ecology; the dedication of the team overcame the group dynamics in a closed space; breaking the taboos of the reductionist, dispassionate science; the central, optimistic premise of the project; why Biosphere 2 was a threat to the industrial world; regenerating Nature and the human spirit; the visceral recognition of our belonging to the Earth.

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The Shimmer of Consciousness

In this week’s episode Harri Aalto speaks with Joanna about: discovering the shimmer of consciousness; the language of inner experience; the intimate connection of human consciousness and Nature; the pain and challenges of life through an expanded consciousness; the longing of cosmic, earth and human consciousness to be unified; the full range of the senses; developing the potential of human consciousness; the role of understanding for expanding awareness; belonging to a larger reality; the most refined level of consciousness; love and deep understanding, one and the same experience.

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The Way of the Horse

In this week’s episode Linda Kohanov speaks with Joanna about: learning from horses how to be powerful in a new way; the power to stand up together and speak our truth in a way that doesn’t demean someone else; horses, relationship before territory; a life-changing encounter with a horse; immature dominant power running amok in our world; understanding sensitive and dominant children; the advantage of multicultural societies; a new world opened through the relationship with her unrideable horse Tabula Rasa; heart breathing and the skills of energy engagement; Buddha was an exceptional horseman; meeting horses changed human culture; developing “emotional heroism” to change the world.

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Dreamtime Return

In this week’s episode Steve Roach speaks with Joanna about: A deeper return to the Dreamtime experience; the primordial core of music; listening to the inner sound of the desert; discovering synthesizers as tools for immersion in the soundcurrent; the common ground of didgeridoos and synthesizers; breath awareness, pranic energy and music; the mystery behind and endless soundquest; “the music is the medicine”, creating sacred space for transformation and initiation; discovering the organic aliveness of pre-Hispanic instruments; connecting with the soul tone of the Earth; the intimate, immersive world of of Steve’s concerts; live transmission of the Santa Fe concerts at SomaFM.

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