How much could we learn from all of the non-human beings that inhabit this planet with us? In this episode, host Sarah Knight talks to spiritual ecologist Dr. Susan B. Eirich, founder of the Earthfire Institute, a unique wildlife sanctuary and retreat center located on forty acres just west of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Susan is a licensed psychologist, biologist, educator, writer and sought-after speaker whose mission it is to change how we humans see and therefore treat wildlife and nature, by helping us make an emotional, heart-opening connection with the rescued wild animals of Earthfire. She understands that connecting deeply with individual animals serves as a portal into the wonder and magic of all living beings.
Can we overcome major personal trauma and find the friggin’ joy again? Healer and Author Belinda Farrell says YES. In this interview with host Sarah Knight, Belinda shares how she overcame major life challenges—the suicide of her son, complete financial loss, and healing a degenerated spine without surgery. By using ancient Hawaiian techniques and accepting responsibility for every aspect of her life, she was able to rise from the ashes, and now she’s sharing this invaluable information with others in her book, Find Your Friggin’ Joy. Belinda is trained in hypnotherapy, past life regression, NLP, Hawaiian chanting, and ancient Hawaiian healing (Huna). When she was forty-eight, she collapsed with herniated discs and spinal nerve damage. Threatened with paralysis by her medical doctors if she didn’t have surgery, Belinda instead chose to apply the ancient Hawaiian healing practices she had been learning the previous three years, which are covered in this book. Her back completely healed, including childhood scoliosis. For fifteen years she has been sharing these healing practices with others, offering Reconnective Healing and Huna classes and taking clients to Hawaii to teach Huna and swim with wild spinner dolphins.
Is there a collective opportunity in the COVID-19 induced global shut-down? Can we hold on to the “urgency” that is being generated right now to create the lasting change that we need? What if we are getting a jump start into healing our relationship with the earth, each other, and the more-than-human beings that we share this land with? These are some of the questions that Ayana Young puts forward in this episode, in her conversation with host Sarah Knight, while providing some inspiring insights into how we can show up, right now, to do what is being asked of us. Ayana Young is a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration. Along with other female millennials, she runs the non-profit organization “For The Wild” – an organization whose work is a response to the destruction left in the wake of capitalist industry, amplifying voices from the grassroots and featuring thought-leaders at the forefront of environmental, artistic, scientific, political and cultural shift.
Cloughjordan EcoVillage: Building Community, Sustainability and Resiliency. Possibility Podcast Session 17
Is the community level the most suitable one for us to take action towards a better, more sustainable future? Davie Philip, founding member of Cloughjordan EcoVillage in Ireland certainly thinks so. In this episode, host Sarah Knight asks Davie to share his 20 year journey in establishing "The Village", which is now a thriving 55-home ecovillage complete with a planted woodland, community farm, and soon-to-be constructed wetland. Fully integrated into the larger rural village of Cloughjordan, "The Village" is working with other networks and projects across Europe and around the world to share what they have learned, in the hopes that people everywhere will start to integrate some of the principles and practices in to their lives. From joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) scheme with a local organic farmer to looking to start a group of like-minded people to move towards a co-housing or ecovillage way of living, Davie shares a multitude of ways that we can make a start.
Host Sarah Knight reflects on her journey into a year of possibilities, and shares her insights on the significant role of healing work in supporting the forward progress of moving beyond our climate crisis and in to a better way of being and living.