What do you get when you mix permaculture and trance music, art performances and yoga workshops, deep conversations and the Woodward Reserve? Symbiosis Gathering of course! One of the last festivals of the season is ready to open minds and hearts as many different paths converge to celebrate life and rethink the possibilities of the future. Owner, Kevin KoChen, shares what his journey through the years of Symbiosis has been, as well as, the awesome line up on all accounts for this 2016 Symbiosis Gathering. Penny Livingston joins us to share how paths like permaculture not only have a place at festivals but a place in every day life, no matter the scale. For more information go to: Symbiosisgathering.com
Universal teachings over the millennia have come in many different forms from many different sources, yet the teachings themselves continue to be universal. How do we master ourselves in this physical form? How do we manifest a meaningful and divinely guided life? What is my purpose? These questions and many more are addressed in Paul Selig’s most recent book, the first in a trilogy, The Book of Mastery. Here he shares what these teachings mean in his life, as well as, the experience of being a channel to the ascended masters that he refers to as “the Guides.” For more information go to: PaulSelig.com
There is a place where paths converge, where sustainability meets energy, where health meets sound and light, and where people come together to lift others up through sound and frequency. That place is Soulistica, the first ever light and sound frequency bus that is a hub for practitioners to come together in service to the well-being of others. The founder, Jonathan Dinette Garcia, traveled a long and winding path to arrive at a place where he was guided to bring this bus into manifestation. He shares his story and the exciting work being done, here. For more information go to: www.soulistica.com
Many of the world’s ancients texts refer to creation beginning with a word. Physics has taught us that every single thing is in some state of vibration. Could one of the keys to understanding our well being lie in the understanding of how frequency/vibration interacts with our biology, emotions and spirit? Jonah Kai and Danny Goldberg expand on their personal experience of mixing and melding sound therapy with the human experience. Those interested in partaking can join them at their monthly Sacred Sound Ceremony in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information go to: www.facebook.com/sacredsoundceremony
With four planets retrograde, Saturn square Neptune and an end of summer eclipse season there is much energy to work with and understand this summer. Add to that the different numerological flavors running through the summer of this Nine year and according to Denise we have this: “Nature, Nurture, Unplug, Refresh, Get Real about your Visions, and LOVE.” How will these things show up individually and collectively in your life? Denise Elizabeth Byron guides us through all of this and more in her Summer Cosmological Map. For more information go to: DeniseElizabethByron.com
Community organizations in their highest form serve as pieces to a grand puzzle of building relationships, opening up creativity and solidifying foundations. What demographic could need these things more in today’s world than members of our youth? Leonardo Cruz of Growing Up Wild, a boys empowerment and nature connection program, and Kristen Rivers of The Artemis Project, a girl’s empowerment and nature connection program, share the beautiful experiences and relationships that are being cultivated in the work they do with youth members in Santa Cruz County. For more information go to: Growingupwild.org and Artemis-project.com
Dowsing is a practice and a tool that goes back deep into human history, commonly used for what is called “water witching”, or finding underground water sources. The uses of dowsing, with a pendulum, fork or just using your own body, are limitless. Not only is it a helpful tool for guidance but a very practical tool for engaging with the body to discover needs in a way that bypass the conscious mind to reach the subconscious, or energetic information. In this interview Karen Ashley and Dick Tippit not only share what dowsing has meant in their lives but the 5-day West Coast Dowsing Conference they are co-hosting at UCSC July 1-5. For more information go to: Dowserswestcoast.org
Occam’s razor suggests that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Finding the unified field theory is anything but simple, but the idea that the quantum is a fractal hologram of the the relativistic actually does simplify the way that we see ourselves and understand how things work in this universe. Nassim Haramein has dedicated a good part of his life to connecting Quantum Theory with the Theory of Relativity, and it seems that he may just have found the theory that unifies them both. These findings promise big change in science, technology and consciousness. For more information go to: www.resonance.is
In the blurred boundaries between waking and sleep, mystic and mundane, ecstatic and visionary, you will find author David Jay Brown and artist Rebecca Ann Hill playing and creating. These two are journeying deeper into the understanding of themselves and the universe around, and lucky for us, are taking us along for the ride in works such as Ecstatic Love, Lost Dreams & Mystic Visions; Dreaming Wide Awake; and Women of Vision. In this interview we explore the power of healing found in medicinal plants and ceremony, the uncharted territories into lucid dreaming, and how cultivating art can cultivate relationship. For more information go to: RebeccaAnnHill.com or MavericksoftheMind.com
It can be easy to take all the simple joys of life for granted, but for Dannion Brinkley, taking life for granted is unthinkable after having experienced not one, but three, near death experiences over the course of his lifetime. Of the many important messages that were given to him one sticks out the most; live your joy and give your joy. In these precarious times the future will be determined by whether humanity chooses joy or fear, peace or war. In this interview we discuss his life, his books and the coming clash of the paradigms. Dannion will be giving three presentations at the New Living Expo in San Mateo April 29- May 1. For more information go to: http://www.Dannion.com
For the past 30 years Scott Wolter has been reading the stories left behind by land, rocks and runes as a forensic geologist. It wasn’t until his work with the Kensington Rune Stone that he entered into a hidden story of American history that hadn’t been told, and to this day has academics reluctant to consider the validity of. What is so important about the presence of the Kensington Rune Stone? Better yet, how would the awareness of the relationship between the Rune Stone, the Templars and America’s secret history shake paradigms that still define much of our world today? To dive in a little deeper with Scott join him at the New Living Expo where he will be giving a 2-hr presentation. For more information go to: www.hookedx.com
Whether we are conscious of it or not we are all cultivating and participating in a personal and collective coherent field every moment of our lives. The difference between being a conscious or passive participant is our ability to purposefully bring about coherence in the field around versus allowing our emotions to contribute willy-nilly to an already somewhat chaotic mass energy field. Gregg Braden discusses the science of the mind-heart connection in his book Resilience from the Heart, as well as, his upcoming presentations at the New Living Expo in San Mateo April 29 – May 1. For more information go to: Greggbraden.com
Although we are all a universe unto ourselves, we are intertwined with the universe around us. As we journey step by step through our lives what better way than to have a bag of tools to refer to for guidance and understanding. Denise Elizabeth Byron provides us exactly that as we welcome her back to look forward over the planetary and numerological influences for the months of Spring. For more information go to: DeniseElizabethByron.com
As more and more people wake up emotionally, socially, and spiritually to a desire for truth and well-being, we see events rising up to meet the needs of this growing demographic. One such event is the New Living Expo, now in it’s 15th year, with long-time owner Ken Kaufman at the helm. These events are just the opportunity, amidst a busy life, that allow for individuals to tap into cutting edge ideas, information and goods all while connecting with like minded friends of old and new. Here I speak with Ken about the history of the New Living Expo and what we can expect this year. For more information go to: http://www.newlivingexpo.com
The seeker can find spiritual training in myriad forms. In the West, spiritual and religious traditions have a more individualistic approach, whereas, in many Eastern traditions a key element is that of the relationship between the disciple and the guru. This dynamic is an evolving relationship that can have benefits as well as dangers. Greg Bogart shares his personal experience and research into the disciple/guru relationship in his book In the Company of Sages, providing a balanced and clear picture of what this experience can offer. For more information go to: Gregbogart.net
The terms “judgementitis” and “mad compromise disease” may sound tongue in cheek, but for those who are, or have ever been in a relationship, these experiences can be very real. There exist pivot points where communication can break down and emotions can get snagged. If a couple isn’t able to see clearly the opportunity for growth present in the challenges they face together, the gifts presenting themselves may be overlooked. Even worse, a couple may believe there is nothing that can be done to make things better. In his book The Enlightened Relationship, Steve Smith, LMFT, shares tools and wisdom for cultivating a relationship based on the metaphysical truth that at the heart of each of us is love. For more information go to: www.theenlightenedmind.net
What can we look forward to in the year 2016? What from our history still has lessons to teach or gifts to present? Denise Elizabeth Byron gives us a glimpse through the lens of numerology into the energies that present themselves in a 9 year. On the continuum that is life and learning, relationship and experience of past can offer guidance as we step fully into 2016, a pure 9 year. Dreams may awaken us, old friends may come knock on our door, or we may find ourselves in a place we called home long ago; the possibilities are endless! For more information go to: Deniseelizabethbyron.com
We are influenced by factors, such as genetics, even before we reach the womb. As we grow our brain begins to “wire” itself based on myriad different factors; our social, emotional, psychological and physical environments being some of them. What if we are wired in an unfavorable way that is not serving us and so we would like to change it? Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-being shares how exactly we can use different tools to access those parts of the brain and therefore intentionally choose how we go forward. For more information go to: Lindagraham-mft.net
There are few roles in life that afford better understanding of unconditional love and selflessness than being a parent. Each moment and exchange, from parent to child and child to parent, is an opportunity to initiate oneself a little deeper into the divine that flows through all. And although as parents we tend to think of ourselves as the teachers, what we teach is truly teaching us. Barry and Joyce Vissell, authors of Models of Love, a book on spiritual parenting, share with us the joys and trials of parenting and their tips for maneuvering the path of greatest love. For more information go to: sharedheart.org
Sound shaped as geometry builds the very reality that we experience. Yet our modern culture has become accustomed to sharp edges and living within various boxes. Yet, there are great leaders in thought that stretch beyond the status quo and imagine things such as geodesic domes. In this interview Redwood Devitt shares his experience working with one of those great architectural minds as he joined and later become an owner in his company Shelter Systems, as well as, how he has been living outside of the box and off of the grid for the past 28 years. For more information: shelter-systems.com
“There is a dream in the middle of each life; each of us being a dream seeded in a soul around which the body is wrapped”- Michael Meade. We each come to this life, to this collective experience, bearing gifts. These gifts that we come with are precious and unique, and so often these days never brought to fruition. In a world externally focused and materially oriented many of us find ourselves wandering lost. None feel the effects more than the members of our youth. Michael Meade works to help bridge these gaps and bring alive the dream of the soul through storytelling and myth. For more information go to: www.mosaicvoices.org
We often hear about the law of attraction and rules of energy, and yet even after years of trying to understand, it can still be challenging to put into practice. For this reason clairvoyant, medical intuitive and psychic medium Rebecca Fisk wrote the book The List: Tools to Create the Life of Your Dreams, where she outlines some very practical and applicable practices for drawing in desired energies. What we better understand we can better utilize in our own lives. For more information go to: iamrebecca.com
So many things are at play when we examine how we are feeling, what we are drawing into our lives, and where we are on our journey. One of the energetic forces that gently guides, or sometimes rather strongly pushes us as we go, is that of the macro planetary forces. There are many world views and interpretations of how exactly astrology plays out on an individual or collective scale; intuitive and coach Denise Elizabeth Byron combines both astrology and numerology in her understanding of these forces. In this interview we give a look back at the summer energies, as we look forward through the end of the year, on what we can focus on cultivating. For more information go to: DeniseElizabethByron.com
Everything in this universe comes down to frequency and vibration. If in fact “in the beginning was the word” then it is possible that the creation of all started with sound. How does sound translate into the dense, physical three-dimensional form? Eileen Day McKusick examines this and much more in her book Tuning The Human Biofield. In this interview Eileen speaks about her years of experience working with tuning forks and the electromagnetic field, or biofield, that surrounds the human body. For more information go to: Biofieldtuning.com
We hear the word intuition often, but understanding it and what our inner guidance is telling us might be somewhat foreign still. There are tools for developing “ears to listen”, or better said, eyes to see. Dowsing is an age old technique that involves using a tool, such as a pendulum or dowsing fork, to aid in answering questions related to just about anything. These tools respond to the finer frequencies that exist in and around us. Melinda Iverson Inn shares what dowsing as a tool has done for her in her own life, as well as, other programs, such as Soul Conversations With Kids, that have aided her in coaching individuals and families. For more information go to: MelindaIversonInn.com
Some of the biggest challenges of our time call for our best problem solving skills, which inherently requires our best communication skills. And as Einstein so succinctly stated you can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it. So what does a new form of communication look like? One approach, The World Café, explores group dialogue that involves cultivating conversations that matter. In this interview David Shaw, of The Common Ground Center, explains the benefits of utilizing the World Café method and why the Bioneers Conference is such a rich platform for bringing people together in conversations that matter. For more information go to: theworldcafe.com or Kresge.ucsc.edu/commonground
If you have never been to the Bioneers Conference now is the time to consider it. In fact “now is the time” is a common theme you will hear at Bioneers. Tucked up in San Rafael, at the Marin Center, thousands of change makers converge for a weekend to share, explore and create solutions to these challenging times, for all nations, all species and Gaia herself. The weekend of October 16-18th Bioneers will culminate in a synergy of authors, scientist, indigenous peoples, youth, citizen scientists and so much more! In this interview Joshua Fouts, Executive Director for Bioneers, shares not only what we have to look forward to, but what Bioneers has meant to him. For more information or to register go to: conference.bioneers.org
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We don’t have to look too far to see and experience the dramatic changes happening all around us in nature. The question is, are we even paying attention? We commit ourselves so heavily to the hustle and bustle of modern life that we alienate not only the nature around us, but the nature within us. Author and nature guide, Catriona MacGregor helps to rebuild the bridge between ourselves and the divinity within nature in her book Partnering With Nature, as well as, in leading soul and vision quests. She offers a holistic perspective on why this partnership is not only necessary for health but necessary for survival. For more information go to: naturequestguru.org
Meet two amazing boys, River and Bodhi Robbins. They are twins, 14 years old, awesomely autistic, gardeners, improv kings, bright minds, unschoolers and revolutionaries from a revolutionary family, and so much more!! In this interview they share what inspires them, what every day people can do to make a positive change in the world, and stories from their life. Now so, more than ever, the children are the future; how inspiring to speak with these two young men who hold a vision for positive change. To see speeches from previous years performed by this dynamic due go to:
Over 3 decades ago Lemo, of the Lemessy Project, made the connection between food and feeling good. Through a process of trial and error he was led to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. It has been this diet, in combination with other well-being practices, that have produced lasting results of physical, emotional and spiritual health and strength. Recently, Lemo has decided to carry his experience and message out into the world promoting a healthy lifestyle and animal rights. For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/thelemessyproject
What could be more empowering than growing your own food and sharing it with the community around you? With our society’s fast-paced, indoor lifestyle people are seeking out farming and gardening in urban areas as a respite and way to reconnect with nature. Many people are also seeking out community gardens to support access to culturally relevant foods. Yet, this is made to be a complex and challenging situation here in the Bay Area where some of the highest property values exist. In this interview I speak with Michelle Glowa Ph.D. who researched and wrote her dissertation on the urban farming movement in the Bay Area, with a focus on land access.
In this age of globalization and all that comes with it, now more than ever are small businesses important. Yet, 50% of small businesses close within the first 5 years after opening. Where a business might be small, small does not equal easy. Long-time small business owner, author and consultant Dick Scoppettone joins us to discuss his book The Little Business Book and the 5 steps he suggests towards starting and maintaining a successful small business. For more information go to: www.littlebiz.us
Art comes in many forms, between Dina and Luca Viara they range the art gamut. Whether it be family art, photography, or the art of travel, culture and cuisine, one theme connects them all, loving what you do. In this interview for the show Artists On Art on KZSC, Dina and Luca share their lives experience being immersed in art, and how eventually their paths were brought together.
Whether we are conscious of it or not our relationships have the potential to act as a great catalyst for a deeper knowing of ourselves and a greater connection with all that is. For those who desire to take that journey, consciously with their partner, this interview is for you. Joyce and Barry Vissell, authors and husband and wife of 50 years, share their own personal experiences and those they have had helping others to cultivate more and more love. They have spread their gems of wisdom through their retreats and books; in this interview we reference their book The Shared Heart. For more information go to: http://www.sharedheart.org
It is said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Knowing this, how can one better move forward in this world so full of complexities and sometimes conflict? Christine King is working to help college students and community members across the board do exactly that. In this interview we discuss the importance of providing tools for communication and problems solving through the use of nonviolent communication, transformative education and social-emotional learning. For more information go to: http://www.groktheworld.com
From her early years in a politically charged Berkeley, California, to owning a sustainable Christmas tree farm in Corralitos, to later traveling halfway around the world on a Fulbright Scholarship to Albania and Bhutan, Candace Calsoyas Ph.D. has experienced myriad roles in relating to and engaging others in the environment all around. In this interview she will share about her dissertation work looking into the relationship between women and land ownership and how that resonated with her as a woman landowner herself. She also examines the mutual benefit of going abroad to share environmental education and awareness. Candace is currently editor for the Catamaran Literary Magazine.
Americans pay some of the highest costs for health care, yet our nation is one of the sickest on the planet; and most of the common chronic diseases are rising. Given that different demographics experience either health or disease on a continuum, it suggests that lifestyle and environment play a key role in which side of the spectrum one falls on. But could health be nourished by something as simple as the food we put in our bodies? Author Raymond Francis joins us to discuss how fresh, whole foods, along with the right supplementation, can give our cells everything they need to stay in repair mode, keeping us young and vibrant. For more information go to http://www.beyondhealth.com
Often times as individuals go off on the journey of transformation and awakening they find themselves wading through the mud of ego and personal history. But it doesn’t have to be all work and no play when one is seeking to “activate their genius”, and Jay Brown, the founder of the Evo Room, has set out to cultivate transformation with play as his main tool. In this interview we discuss why he believes play is so important in life, how pushing one’s boundaries of comfort creates relationship, and how you can participate in the work that the Evo Room is doing. For more information go to www.theevolutionroom.com
Few leaders are alive today who embody compassion and happiness like His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Few film makers get the opportunity to work over the course of 15 years intimately with The Dalai Lama, and then are able to translate that work into films that leave a real impression on the heart. Khashyar Darvich was able to just that. Producing and directing The Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action, Khashyar has now taken this double feature on the road to connect heart to heart with all hoping to glean inspiration and insights from the stories in these films based around His Holiness The Dalai Lama. To find the films go to http://www.dalailamafilm.com and to learn about other projects Khashyar is working on go to http://www.wakan.com
Where do we go as we close our eyes and fall asleep each night? What potential exists in that realm when utilized from a lucid perspective? Author David Jay Brown joins us to discuss his research into the topic of lucid dreaming and the book that came from that experience Dreaming Wide Awake: Exploring the Interface of Lucid Dreaming, Out of Body Experiences and Shamanic Healing. He examines the relationship between the lucid state, during dreaming, with that of psychedelic experiences, as well as, provides tips and tools for becoming lucid and suggestions for what to do once you find yourself dreaming wide awake. For more information on the work of David Jay Brown visit http://www.mavericksofthemind.com
Peggy Black is a woman who has followed her inner guidance, and in so doing, has been led into the realms of sound healing, transducing and working in partnership with other healers. Her work has taken her around the world where she has continued to build upon her understanding of different healing modalities. In this interview we talk about her role as friend and supporter of Barbara Thomas in sharing Healing Burned Woman’s story, as well as, her own work as a sound healer and channel. The inspirational messages, channeled by her from her team, can be found at http://www.morningmessages.com
From the 15th to 18th Centuries hundreds of thousands, up to possibly millions, of people were burned at the stake for being healers, visionaries or gifted. The majority of these cases were women. It was also during those times that the path for healers who connected with nature for guidance, was closed; leaving the elementals with little human partnership. More and more people today are recognizing gifts within themselves and their own children, some with shame and fear, and others in acceptance. It is possible that some of the taboo around embodying one’s own gifts comes from the collective disconnect that happened during the Burning Times. In this interview author and artist, Barbara Thomas, speaks about how to bring awareness to the disconnect, heal it, and move on to a more whole form of living on this planet, with this planet.
Nowhere are children more free and full of imagination than when they are outdoors. Unfortunately, in our society, time outdoors has become somewhat of a luxury. Many parents are looking for experiences for their children that reconnects them with nature. Growing Up Wild is doing exactly this, with a special focus on honoring diversity and making these experience accessible to all who are interested. In this interview I speak with Growing Up Wild founder Ismael Cruz about what inspired him to facilitate outdoor education for local youth.
As parents, we are constantly weighing the benefit vs. risk on so many different things coming into our children’s lives. One topic that is not new to controversy but is becoming something potentially out of the sphere of parental decision making is vaccination. Bills on the state and federal level are being introduced so that vaccination becomes mandatory for any child who wishes to enter school, public or private. In this interview Dr. Amy Kelchner speaks about her experience as a naturopathic doctor in advising parents about vaccinations, her classes on the vaccination schedule and first hand experience she has witnessed in regard to vaccine reactions.
More and more communities are coming together to find alternative solutions to daily struggles. The 2nd Story Respite House is just one of those community solutions. Tucked away here in Santa Cruz is California’s first respite house, a safe place for people struggling with emotional upheaval. The 2nd Story Respite House provides community and support in myriad ways to help people navigate what they refer to as “big feelings,” without interrupting much of normal daily life. Here people come together to share stories, offer peer-to-peer support, practice mindfulness, garden and heal. The connections being created at the 2nd Story Respite House are something that all humans long for and deserve.
Scientist have told us that we cannot pass the 2 degree global temperature increase from pre-industrial levels, if we want to avoid climate catastrophe over the coming century. In order to stay under that 2 degree increase, fossil fuel companies could only extract and burn 20% of their available reserves; but that is not what the fossil fuel industry has planned. What can average people like you and I do to affect a trillion dollar industry on which much of our economy is based? Alden Phinney and Margaux Schindler suggest that divesting might be one of the most actionable ways by which to affect the fossil fuel industry, and that it is the responsibility of the UC system to be the leader that it claims to be in forging a sustainable future.
What could be more scary, yet more rewarding, than turning to a stranger to say “hello”? In our society today, with the help of technology, we create a safe bubble that allows us to “communicate” at a safe distance. But is this real connection? As we move forward to find solutions to local and global problems we must find a way to reconnect in conversation and community. In this interview we speak with Cecile Andrew on her book the Living Room Revolution, her work in conversation circles and the joys of coming together in community.
In this interview I speak with two dedicated mom’s, Dara Weyna and Gina Schellhamer, who have been working under the guidance of the California Coalition for Health Choice, as well as, collectively with the grass roots movement in opposition of SB 277, the Senate Bill passing through committees to mandate vaccines for entrance into California schools and childcare facilities. What does this bill mean as far as parental rights and what would it do in practical terms? For more information on how to participate in the the movement for health choice go to: www.yourfamilyyourchoice.org
In our modern society we are abundant with technology but lack the basic support systems so badly needed for our children; particularly for girls who are still climbing the ladder to equality. Join us on The Transformation Highway this week with Kristen Rivers, of the Artemis Project, as she discusses the reasons why she is investing herself, heart and soul, to female youth empowerment. Thursday 2-3pm on KZSC (www.kzsc.org)