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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 • 419 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.

    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.
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    Image courtesy of Marshmallow Laser Feast and Sandra Ciampone.
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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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    Photo by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.
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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
    When the Earth Started to Sing – David G. Haskell

    When the Earth Started to Sing – David G. Haskell

    How did the vast and varied chorus of modern sounds—from forests to oceans to human music—emerge from within life’s community? When did the living Earth first start to sing? In this immersive sonic journey, biologist and acclaimed author David George Haskell opens our senses to unexplored auditory landscapes through spoken words and terrestrial sounds, tuning our ears to the tiny, trembling waves of sound all around us. Hearing three billion years of our planet’s sound evolution in the trills, bugles, clicks, and pulses of the life around him, David invites us into the space of connection with deep time and the more-than-human world that opens when we tune in to the Earth’s orchestra.
    If you enjoy this audio story, check out David’s companion practice, Playful Listening, which invites you to immerse yourself in the sonic world around you. And listen to our interview with David, “Listening and the Crisis of Inattention,” on our website.
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    • 42 min
    Sanctuaries of Silence - A Listening Journey

    Sanctuaries of Silence - A Listening Journey

    Equipped with his binaural microphone system, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has spent the last forty years traveling the world documenting the sounds of the Earth and its inhabitants. Recording the noise pollution that permeates nearly all places on the planet, Gordon also listens for silence, for the sounds that emerge in the absence of noise. This week, we return to our audio adaptation of our virtual reality experience Sanctuaries of Silence—one of the first stories we released back in 2018. Guided by Gordon, we embark into the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the quietest places in North America. As he attunes our ears to its silence, we begin to hear the music of life emerge in every direction—the murmur of the river, the shuffle of trees, the cacophony of birdsong. We recommend putting on headphones for this one, so you can have the best listening experience.
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    • 14 min
    Fermentation as Metaphor - A Conversation with Sandor Katz

    Fermentation as Metaphor - A Conversation with Sandor Katz

    How can we repair our connection with what we eat, rejoining the biological web that we are a part of? In this conversation, fermentation expert Sandor Katz unpacks his book Fermentation as Metaphor, guiding us through the lessons taught by microorganisms as they change form. Exploring how our fear of the other, the unseen, and the unknowable has divorced us from the wonder of fermentation, Sandor shows us how engaging with microbial communities through food—breads, fungi, pickles, yogurts—can bring us into relationship with the tiny but vital unseen forces of the living world.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
419 Ratings

419 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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