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Emergence Magazine is an award-winning magazine exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture and spirituality. Our podcast features exclusive interviews, author-narrated essays, fiction, multipart series, and more. We feature new podcast episodes weekly on Tuesdays.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 423 Ratings

Emergence Magazine is an award-winning magazine exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture and spirituality. Our podcast features exclusive interviews, author-narrated essays, fiction, multipart series, and more. We feature new podcast episodes weekly on Tuesdays.

    Sun House – A Conversation with David James Duncan

    Sun House – A Conversation with David James Duncan

    Although the ecological sphere has long declared the need for a shift in consciousness if we are to survive the myriad crises we’ve ignited, this conversation often lacks examples of what this change in consciousness might be like as a lived, embodied experience.
    This week, author of the cult classics The Brothers K and The River Why, David James Duncan, joins the podcast to speak about his new epic novel, Sun House—a story following the journeys of an eclectic collection of characters, each seeking Truth and meaning, who come together to form an unintentional community in rural Montana. David talks about the impetus behind the novel to impart an experiential model of contemplative inner life that might help navigate a future of social, cultural, and ecological unraveling that looms large. Wide-ranging and tender, the conversation explores how the wisdom of the great mystics—from Zen master Dōgen to the thirteenth-century Christian theologian Meister Eckhart and the Beguines—can be relevant in uncovering responses to the crises we face.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Nightingale's Song – A Conversation with Sam Lee

    The Nightingale's Song – A Conversation with Sam Lee

    This month we released the first film in our new four-part Shifting Landscapes documentary film series exploring the role of art and the storyteller in our age of ecological crisis. The inspiration for The Nightingales Song, which spends time with British folk singer Sam Lee during nightingale season as he joins the bird in mutual song, grew from a special interview we held with Sam in 2021.
    To accompany the film, we’re returning to this conversation with Sam, where he shares the story of how the call of the nightingale opened him to a kinship with the more-than-human. Reflecting on how this bird has served as a “wisdom keeper” and “unlocker” of hearts for generations of poets, musicians, and storytellers, he also speaks more about his process of leading audiences into this magical space of communion with the nightingale each spring.
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    Watch the film The Nightingale's Song, by Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, the first in our four-part Shifting Landscapes documentary film series.
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    • 53 min
    Time: A Conversation at London’s Architectural Association – with Marko Milovanovic and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

    Time: A Conversation at London’s Architectural Association – with Marko Milovanovic and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

    In this conversation, held in May at the Architectural Association in London, Emergence executive editor Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and architect, artist, and journalist Marko Milovanovic talk about Time, our fifth annual print edition, and our exploration of the mystery that lies beyond our humancentric notions of Time. Ranging from the kinds of time that can bring us back into relationship with the living world, to the mystical Sufi poet Rumi, and the impulses shaping our print editions, this talk explores the vision behind Emergence to help reweave the worlds of ecology, culture, and spirituality, and once again understand the Earth is alive, animate, and sacred.
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    • 42 min
    Making the Invisible Visible – A Conversation with Marshmallow Laser Feast’s creative director Ersin Han Ersin

    Making the Invisible Visible – A Conversation with Marshmallow Laser Feast’s creative director Ersin Han Ersin

    In this conversation from our Shifting Landscapes exhibition, Emergence executive editor Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is joined by Marshmallow Laser Feast creative director Ersin Han Ersin, one of the artists behind the exhibition’s large-scale installation, Breathing with the Forest, which invites you into an experience of exchanging breath with a forest in the Colombian Amazon. Talking about the ways MLF’s projects bring together science and imagination to illuminate the hidden connections within the living world, Ersin speaks to the power of sensory engagement, wonder, and awe to broaden our perception of more-than-human experiences.
    Explore our special online adaptation of Breathing with the Forest.
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    • 1 hr
    A Forest Walk – A Guided Practice by Kimberly Ruffin

    A Forest Walk – A Guided Practice by Kimberly Ruffin

    When we step into a forest aware and listening to what surrounds us—remembering that the living world is just as aware of our presence—a relationship of reciprocity can take root. How might such a quality of attention change our ability to see, feel, and give ourselves to the landscapes around us? In this audio practice, writer and certified nature and forest therapy guide Kimberly Ruffin takes us on a sensory walk to meet the soil, sky, smells, and sounds of the forest. Encouraging us to “be a part of the music of a place,” this practice beckons us to witness, and be witnessed by, the living world. 
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    • 47 min
    An Ethics of Wild Mind – A Conversation with David Hinton

    An Ethics of Wild Mind – A Conversation with David Hinton

    How would our response to the ecological crisis be different if we understood that our own consciousness is as wild as the breathing Earth around us? In this conversation, poet, translator, and author David Hinton reaches back to a time when cultures were built around a reverence for the Earth and proposes that the sixth extinction we now face is rooted in philosophical assumptions about our separation from the living world. Urging us to reweave mind and landscape, he offers an ethics tempered by love and kinship as a way to navigate our era of disconnection.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
423 Ratings

423 Ratings

hearthfarm ,

Nourishment

Thank you, Emanuel, for this soulful podcast. It speaks to another part in us that has atrophied severely since the industrial capitalist system has taken charge of our world. It feeds this part and reminds us to stay human kind.

ethics of avoidance? ,

In an attempted practice towards not becoming “the crisis,” just avoids it completely

Six months in and not a single story, writer, perspective, literally word about Gaza? I’m sorry, is the pace with which over thirty-thousand people being slaughtered and 1.4 million being forcibly starved on a live feed too fast for your magazine/podcast’s “ethics of ‘slow consumption”’?

dept of listening ,

Hopeful calm

Somehow calm and relaxing while witnessing the beauty and pain in the world that leaves you feeling deeply empowered to be the change. Shares helpful inspiring practices to reconnect w everyday nature. Really brilliant. Frequently leaves me feeling awe.

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