Welcome to Turning Season Podcast, your dedicated dose of active hope. Listen today to the inspired individuals who are collectively shifting us to a life-sustaining society. You’ll hear from all kinds of healers and changemakers playing their unique part in the Great Turning. From healing personal trauma to visionary thinking, decolonization to building composting toilets, new innovations to bridging social divides, there are thousands of reasons and ways to participate. Listen in now to find out more of what’s being done already and what’s possible.
New episodes every New Moon and Full Moon.
Show notes: www.turningseason.com
Music by East Forest.
(Episodes 1-35 are The Dreamers' Den Series, where I dive deep with experienced dreamworkers. We help you engage your dreams for insight, inspiration, and connection with community.)
The Rainforest Defending Itself (with Liz Downes)
Have you ever donated to "save the rainforest?" I remember placing a globe-shaped piggy bank on the secretary's desk at my elementary school in about 1991. The Kids for Saving Earth club asked people to drop in their spare change so we could buy a $25 acre of rainforest, and protect it "forever." It's been eye-opening to connect with Liz Downes, who works with John Seed, who has himself been devoted to rainforest protection since 1979. Liz is the director of the Rainforest Information Center in Australia. The Center recently supported a successful legal case in Ecuador's constitutional court. The court's decision was announced at the end of 2021: Los Cedros Reserve will not be open to mining. This was an area that was protected "forever" as a reserve, but had been opened to mining exploration in 2017. Wouldn't this be counter to the "Rights of Nature" enshrined in Ecuador's constitution? A couple months ago, Ecuador's constitutional court ruled that yes, mining here would violate the Rights of Nature, and the reserve is protected once more.I loved hearing from Liz, someone devoted to the day-in, day-out tasks of activism, of "holding actions" to protect the Earth and all of us living beings.Click Play to hear her talk about:* being an activist in "David and Goliath" type situations (local communities vs. mining corporations)* how she is fueled somewhat by anger, and more deeply by love* why, as John Seed said, human activists are not defending the rainforest, they are "the rainforest defending itself"* a problem with our tech solutions to the climate crisis, like electric vehicles: the need for copper, much of which is under indigenous homelands and some of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems* why activists with so much common ground come to different conclusions about what's most urgent* Ecuador’s unique biodiversity, from Andes to Amazon rainforest to cloud forests* issues with how mining companies interact with local communities* and how the idea that "people are bad for the Earth" seems to overlook all the human beings who are not only living in a less destructive way, but all the human cultures that have solutions to our ecological crises in their ways of thinkingHow about you? I'd love to hear what "holding actions" or protections you are supporting. Share them in the comments at turningseason.com/episode8 (https://turningseason.com/episode8)Music by East Forest.
Betting on Emergence (with Jamie Harvie)
When you click Play, you'll hear the voice of Jamie Harvie, reflecting on the mindset that's at stake as he works on one practical project: ending the use of single-use bags. When I first connected with Jamie, he told me about this campaign in Duluth, MN, to move on from single-use bags and promote a culture of reuse. Pretty quickly, though, I learned how much wider his scope of action and reflection has been: he led the effort to phase mercury out of healthcare here in the U.S., he's involved in a Rights of Nature campaign, he serves as the executive director of the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI), and he holds questions like how can we have an economy that's in service of the sacred? How do we see the sacred in one another? What kinds of shifts in perspective can come out of the Rights of Nature conversation, that are even more important than any laws?Click Play now to hear us talk about all that, and:* how Jamie relates to "the three stories of our time," and the importance of loving the parts of ourselves that are still living in "Business as Usual"* our bodies, all life forms, and the planet as complex, adaptive, self-healing systems* legal campaigns for Rights of Nature, the paradigm shift they can usher in, and the paradox of taking away or giving rights to "nature"* the magic of seeing individuals recognize their potential to create change* how inseparable we are from one another (as in, this isn't about "good" people stopping "bad" people with laws)* working with physicians and healers who use psychedelic plant medicines (or, plant teachers), the mystical experience, and how all 3 stories of our time play out in this field* and betting on the possibility that The Great Turning will involve unpredictable "emergence", as the shifts in different places continue to connectOnce you listen, leave a comment at turningseason.com/episode7 (https://turningseason.com/episode7) and let me know what you think, what you feel, what you wonder. Let's keep this conversation going! And be sure to share this episode with a friend. You can click on the Share icon wherever you're listening to this, and text it to someone who'd appreciate it.Show Notes: turningseason.com/episode7 (https://turningseason.com/episode7)
Re-Membering We're Connected (with Skye and Miraz)
Have you ever glimpsed your interconnection with the rest of the living world? Felt it in your own body?Maybe breathed in that knowing for a moment, or a few, but then slipped back into our dominant culture's habitual perspective of separateness?I adored this conversation with Skye and Miraz, who are devoted to re-membering our interconnection, as many times as it takes. They have walked through many doorways into this mode of perception, and they help guide others through these various doorways, too. Though they actively support "holding actions" to slow damage to the Earth and all of us living here, they are most passionate about addressing the "crisis of perception" that has led us to our current ecological and social situation.I can't wait to share this conversation with you. Click Play now to hear us talk about all of the above, plus:* the practice of dieta, which Skye and Miraz learned from their years with Shipibo teachers in Peru, and the relationships they cultivate with the more-than-human world* fulfillment through primary satisfactions, vs. trying to fill our voids with secondary satisfactions (as taught by Francis Weller)* experiencing The Work that Reconnects (aka Deep Ecology), as taught by Joanna Macy and John Seed* how Skye and Miraz relate to "the three stories of our time," and to the three dimensions of The Great Turning (holding actions, structural alternatives, and shifts in consciousness)* how essential it is to feel and tend to our grief in community - both the grief we've carried, and the grief we will feel as we continue to open* the hugely important legal case going on in Ecuador, around protecting the rainforest in the Los Cedros Reserve from copper mining, and supporting the local communities there who have become dependent on that mining* urgency, and slow, imaginal time, and the ecstasy of eating an avocado with presence* and a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh, read by Miraz, that I long for you to hearThis conversation nourished me deeply. May it feed you, too.To connect with Skye and Miraz, support the campaign in Ecuador, and find links to learn more about the teachers they mention, come to the shownotes at turningseason.com/episode6 (https://turningseason.com/episode6)
Causing Legacy (with AnneLisa Vallery)
Do you carry stories or sayings from your grandparents, or other elders in your life? How about wisdom that comes through you -- are you a mentor or an elder to someone? Do you ever view yourself as a "future ancestor"?Click Play now to listen to my conversation with AnneLisa Vallery about supporting intergenerational connection in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) communities.When I look to examples of more life-sustaining societies, and imagine a life-sustaining mainstream culture (won't that be something!), one for-sure piece of it is this: More intergenerational connection. So when I heard AnneLisa Vallery talk about her project, Causing Legacy, supporting connection between BIPOC youth and elders, I was excited to invite her onto Turning Season Podcast to share why closing the gap between generations matters so much to her.AnneLisa is the founder of Causing Legacy, as well as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for teens in the Los Angeles County foster care system, a holistic wellness coach, a singer and an artist. She's a beautiful example of what I'm so drawn to: people who are following the threads of what they love, what breaks their heart, and their own life story, to rise to their own role in our Great Turning.In this conversation, we speak only a little about the "big picture" ecological and social crises, and speak a lot about remembering those we've forgotten, and connecting with older and younger generations, through stories of AnneLisa's own experiences. Click Play now to hang out with us, heart to heart, and notice where you recognize yourself in AnneLisa's stories.Show notes: turningseason.com/episode5 (https://turningseason.com/episode5)
A Permaculture Path (with André Soares)
The one where a grandfather & permaculture designer points out my "old paradigm" thinking. And where this seasoned teacher, André Soares, founder of Ecocentro Ipec in Central Brazil, talks with me about:* his more than 25 years in international permaculture design and teaching* unlearning "business as usual" thinking* healthy home design* the abundance of our planet, coexisting with the inequality between people on different parts of the globe* being a grandfather* the view that thriving living systems are true wealth* how to understand "sustainability"* and shifting our old paradigms (like mine, where there was such thing as "building from scratch")André Soares is a trilingual permaculture designer/teacher and natural builder, and since 1994 has trained more than 7 thousand designers in Brazil, Portugal, Australia and the USA. Co-founder of The Permaculture Institute of Central Queensland and NAG community radio in Australia and Ecocentro Ipec in Central Brazil, a living and learning ecovillage centre that has seeded the Permaculture and Natural building movement in many regions of South America. Andre has received multiple design awards for his work with Ecovila Santa Branca and Boom Festival, a biannual gathering of 50,000 people in Portugal. Andre was the first representative of GEN in Latin America in 1998 and has been recognised since as Social Entrepreneur in three continents.Show notes: turningseason.com/episode4 (https://turningseason.com/episode4)
Guided by Dreams (with Matt Cochran)
Matt Cochran joins me again, this time to share how dreamwork, especially in connection with men's work, is a part of his role in The Great Turning. Click Play to hear us talk about:* how Matt relates to the "three stories of our time" (and how these compare to a rite of passage, or initiation)* what dreams are for him and the people he works with (a navigational tool; a fierce, viable presence; a glimpse of the mythic level of our lives)* men's work in Matt's life (including his shift from the loneliness of a lone wolf to non-competitive brotherhood with other men)* how "the initiated masculine" is a part of The Great Turning* mapping and protecting landscapes, from inside and outside of existing legal structures* looking to the Earth as a role model, not as a victim* and one of Matt's own most significant dreamsAfter you listen, leave a comment at turningseason.com/episode3 (turningseason.com/episode3) and let me know what struck you. I'm curious what you think/feel/wonder about this conversation.And remember to share your book recommendations for Turning Season's bookshop!Matt Cochran is a dreamworker, wilderness guide, and modern homesteader. Raised in California, he’s spent his adult life in the Innerwest. First as a wandering poet, then as an Exploration Geologist in Nevada, a Surveyor/Mapper in Colorado and Montana, and a wilderness guide in the Southwest, he’s had a continued relationship with the wild landscapes of the Innerwest. With his partner, he’s created a world-built-by-hand and they spend much of their time running their modern homestead. In midlife, Matt earned an MA at Pacifica Graduate School in Depth Psychology focusing on dreams and ecopsychology. In hindsight, he sees that he took his mapping skills to the inner territories, and recognizes that the language of wild nature corresponds to the language of dreams. He’s trained in Rites of Passage with Animas Valley Institute and been involved in Men's Work through Michael Meade and the Rising Man Movement. Matt is now blending all these worlds into the offering of Raven Dream Tracking, where he focuses on dynamic dreamwork and works with men in what he calls Wolfpack Dreaming. As Matt says, “Dreams to me are an incredible navigation tool and a fierce, viable presence. They give us life from the hidden places within, and a generative, creative and visionary capacity in the world without.”Show notes: turningseason.com/episode3 (https://publish.blubrry.com/s-1069242/episodes/new/turningseason.com/episode3)Music by East Forest