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.
Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Staff-women, the völur; the oldest texts about female spiritual leadership in Europe; a window into the ancestral heritages of North: nine worlds in the Tree, the nine primordial women in Nature; a common cosmology from Siberia to Scandinavia; the first primordial seeress mentioned in the Völuspá; theories about the Vanir, Álfar, ethnicity, and conquest; “the first war in the world” between the Aesir and the Vanir, one of the core themes in the Völuspá; the demonization of the other and divide-and-conquer, the tools of patriarchy through history; strong parallels between the Norse and Vedic stories; the nectar of wisdom, the mead of poetry; the hopeful ending of the Völuspá; ancestral recovery work for the people of European descent.read more
In this episode poet Michael Brownstein speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations”: finding our way back to the sacredness of living on Earth; “Through the Looking Glass”; cultural identity without a nation-state; our longing for ecstatic community; patriarchy and the fear of the Goddess; a citizen of the sacred Earth; “Here Comes Kali Ma”; “The Jewish Poem”; meeting Her; “Trees Are My Favorite Kind of People”; making the borders between us transparent and open; rediscovering in multiple ways our common humanity.read more
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In this week’s episode Alan Clements speaks with Joanna about: the origin of the global lay mindfulness movement; “wisdom for the world: mindful advice for all nations”, a forthcoming book of conversations with U Pandita; the beauty of unknowing and vulnerability; “how can I come off the altar of my dogma?”; becoming more human in the face of mortality and loss; humbled by the vulnerability of this deep interconnectedness; the ultimate insight of breathing meditation; the complexity of the Burma situation; World Dharma, a dharma without dogma, beyond religion, beyond belief.read more
In this week’s episode Anthony Ward speaks with Joanna about: an early initiation to the magic of flowers; flower altars for thew Dalai Lama; working with living beauty; “the momentary face of God”; the plants are calling us to appreciate the moment; flower power, flower children; a life-changing meeting with Maya Angelou; the Zen of floral arrangement; a ballet of flowers; the natural altars of Nature; a sacred gift; the ancestral flower meditation.read more
Diana Beresford-Kroeger speaks with Joanna about: “Call of the Forest”; the forests of the world and climate change; one tree, one person, the Bioplan; a common dream experienced all over the world and prophesied by the Mohawk Nation; the rarest tree in North America; forest bathing and the immune system; instructions for forest bathing; learning the ancient ways of the Celtic culture to protect the world; tips for a kinder, healthier life; women standing together for the future; the trees hold the knowledge of the world; new amazing discoveries about the key role of the trees in the biosphere.read more
Trebbe Johnson speaks with Joanna about: feeling the grief for the loss of the places we love; finding and giving back beauty in the wounded places of Earth; the resilience and creativity of Nature; the Global Earth Exchange; acceptance and creative change; the joy of acting together; guerrilla beauty; taking the right action as if your whole life depends on it; holding joy and grief in our hands.read more
Polly Higgins speaks with Joanna about: daring to stand as an earth protector and calling others to do the same; our duty of care to the wider Earth community; the heart-felt call to protect the earth with the law; paving a way to peace and harmony; ecocide and the applicability of international law; emergency times and the emergence of something new, the rising of Earth protectors, “Extinction Rebellion”; support for the great ocean states on the front line of climate breakdown, missionlifeforce.org; plugging into the life force.read more
In this week’s episode Pat McCabe speaks with Joanna about: We need a radical course-correction; the oppression of Native American culture, we were born in Beauty; big changes in our current lifestyle; healing shame, opening to grace; we are in a time of pure potential; carried by the Spirit of Life into a place of visioning; learning to trust the Spirit of Life and the Earth community; from despair to surrender; inquiring what we can do in these times; calling upon the wisdom of water; the Human Reunion Ceremonies; the witch hunts as the archetypal wounding of humanity and the healing power of indigenous lineages; the vibration of truth; re-telling the old stories to change the future; ending the deception of the war between men’s nation and women’s nation; re-membering and giving language to the sacred masculine.read more