In these times of great change and miscommunication, A Liminal Space seeks to create and foster a safe and engaging online platform, to initiate and encourage long-form discussions, deep conversation and thought.
Invited guests will be visionaries who cross borders and push boundaries with their work, their art, and their thought.
Adventurers, risk takers, explorers, shamans, storytellers, healers, dreamers, rebels, scientists, intellectuals, philosophers, and seekers of a deeper truth.
And ultimately, those who are working towards making the world a more empathetic, equal and loving place in which to live.
Welcome to A Liminal Space.
EP#16 - Tribes, Consciousness, Connection & Plant Medicine. (Bruce Parry)
Bruce Parry is a documentary filmmaker, indigenous rights advocate, author, explorer and former Royal Marines commando officer.
He is most well known for his multiple BBC documentary series: Tribe, Amazon and Arctic – where he lived with remote indigenous communities, highlighting important environmental and other issues faced by these tribes.
Bruce’s latest film project is a feature-length documentary called “TAWAI – A Voice from the Forest”. Focussing on the Penan of Borneo, one of the last remaining nomadic indigenous people on the planet, this film explores the different ways that humans relate to the natural world, and how this influences the way in which we create societies.
Bruce also has a deep interest in plant medicines, psychedelics, consciousness and meditation – exploring different ways in which the lessons learnt from his experiences can be integrated into his own life.
EP#15 - The role of death in life, and our search for meaning. (Sheldon Solomon)
Sheldon Solomon is an experimental social psychologist at Skidmore College in the United States. He is the co-developer of "Terror Management Theory", and co-author of the book "The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life", and he has been featured in several films (Flight from Death), television documentaries and radio interviews.
Sheldon's life work is based on the concept that our knowledge and fear of death is at the core of the human experience and condition, and the hidden motive behind almost everything that we do, how we see the world, and the decisions that we make.
I truly believe that Sheldon's work is of critical importance in attempting to understand what it means to be human, and why we do what we do, and is deeply rooted in compassion, peace and love. It's made a huge impact on me, so it's a huge honour to be able to share this conversation with you.
EP#14 - How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World (Tyson Yunkaporta)
Can Indigenous thinking save the world? Tyson Yunkaporta's new book "Sand Talk" explores this question, offering techniques and processes for living and learning. It's a book of sense-making, bringing clarity to complexity, and is making a huge impact around the globe.
Tyson is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland, in Australia, and is also a senior lecturer in indigenous knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne, working extensively with Aboriginal languages and in Indigenous education.
In this conversation, Tyson encourages us to look at global systems through an indigenous lens, challenging us to think differently, and reconsider our relationships with each other and the natural world around us. He is brutally honest and unfiltered, at times confronting, but always speaks with an incredible authenticity and passion - buckle up, you're in for quite a ride!
EP #13 - The transformative power and magic of music. (HIATUS / Cyrus Shahrad)
Cyrus Shahrad is a British Iranian musician, releasing music under the name HIATUS. His music combines soft piano melodies with electronic music and haunting soundscapes, heavily influenced by his Iranian roots and film soundtracks … taking listeners on deep and hypnotic journeys.
Cyrus is also a journalist, novelist and film critic; Using his writing to explore, and attempt to make sense of the world around him.
Some of the things we discuss include: Finding your voice as an artist and staying authentic, the curse of perfectionism, embracing mistakes and uncertainty, the benefits and power of collaboration, creating space for ideas and creativity to flourish, meditation and being gentle on yourself, dealing with ego and fame, technology and social media, and the role of art and artists in 2020 and beyond.
EP #12 - Jet Stream Superman: Embracing your fears for a fulfilled life. (Marc Hauser)
Marc Hauser is a Swiss skydiver, adventurer, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.
He holds the world record for the fastest horizontal free fall, traveling at 304km/hr without wings, and without a tail wind. And he is the first person to sky dive into the jet stream – a high-altitude, fast-flowing air current in the atmosphere, which is believed to contain 20 times the energy needed for all of humanity, documented in the film "Chasing the Jet Stream".
This discussion goes deep on many issues, including facing and embracing fear and risk, strength vs bravery, using pressure to excel in your life and discover your best self, the thrill of flying, physical and mental training and preparation for extreme activities, using high altitude winds as alternate energy sources, trusting technology, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, Covid-19 and fear, and how to live a fulfilled life.
EP #11 - Rites of passage: Creating liminal space for personal growth. (Dr. Arne Rubinstein)
Dr. Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on adolescent development and rites of passage, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor (family & emergency medicine), counsellor, author, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator.
He is the founder of The Rites of Passage Institute, whose programs have been attended by more than 200,000 young people around the world, which helps boys and girls to successfully make a safe and healthy transition to adulthood – to strengthen their sense of self, discover their potential and create a healthy vision for the future.
This discussion explores the concept of liminal space, rites of passage for personal growth and development, trans-generational relationships, and opening the psyche for transformation and change.