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Societal needs for housing, transport and energy supply, combined with the economic growth model on which our consumerism driven market is based, can mean that the necessity of leaving land alone for nature to have her way with it is easily overlooked or even conveniently ignored. Humans have voices to express their needs, what does Nature have? Fortunately, she has organizations known as Land Trusts, including the Land Conservancy for KFLA - the region of southeastern Ontario in which Sarah lives. In this episode Possibility Podcast host Sarah Knight speaks with Vicki Schmolka, the President for the Land Conservancy for KFLA, about the role of Land Trusts, the importance of land conservation, and roles that we can all play to ensure that the voices of nature lovers are heard so that we have some land that is simply left alone. (Session orginally recorded in November 2020, released in May 2021)
What if a solution to both actively addressing treaty relationships AND actively addressing climate change existed? In this episode, host Sarah Knight chats to Mary Kate Craig, a managing partner with Anwaatin, an indigenous business working with Indigenous communities to participate in planning, energy and carbon sequestration projects related to climate change action. Mary Kate offers her insights on the opportunity to address Canada’s climate commitments while providing financial payback to indigenous land stewards with what was the Ontario cap-and-trade programme (until Doug Ford and the Conservative Party scrapped the progamme in 2018). She is now focused on working with what is possible, within the context of the major jurisdictional challenges in Canada, towards a future where indigenous communities – who have long been stewards and managers of the land and the waters of their territories - play an increasing role in the creation and management of climate action planning.
Grieving for the World? How the Ancient Indian Science of Ayurveda can Help. Possibility Podcast Session 21
How can we allow for the tremendous force of grief to move through us so that we can continue to be who we need to be in the world, where so much is changing so quickly? Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer, and Owner and Founder of Janati Yoga School in Kingston Ontario, Mona Warner, shares with host Sarah Knight how the ancient practice of Ayurveda can support us in our efforts to be the space we need to be, to help us feel the feelings we need to feel, so that we can keep on putting one foot in front of the other, at a time in history when the world really needs us to be ready for action. Mona is the author of three recent publications: Ayurvedic Yoga: 3 Approaches to Teaching Ayurvedic Yoga, Ayurveda's Three Pillars of Health: A Map to Health, Resilience, and Well-Being, and the Grief and Ayurveda Workbook.
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.
Have we created our climate crisis and how can we attract the future that we want, and need, to create? Host Sarah Knight talks the power of the Law of Attraction with Executive Success Coach Karen Luniw. Karen established her own international coaching business in 2007 based on the Law of Attraction, through which she helps other spiritual, high-achieving executives and entrepreneurs break through the walls that are limiting them including self-sabotage, procrastination, overwhelm and the dreaded impostor syndrome to create the life and work they have always dreamed of. In this episode, Karen talks us through the Law of Attraction – what it is and how it works – and how we can apply the tools to find our purpose at this time on the planet; ask the questions we need to ask about what we think we “should” want and what we truly desire; and to better work together to create the energy for a more harmonious and sustainable future.
Host Sarah Knight talks happiness, meaning and memories with Happiness Research Institute CEO and internationally bestselling author, Meik Wiking. Meik is one of today’s most influential happiness researchers. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times Bestsellers: The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke, and most recently The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments. As our changing world demands that we re-examine how we live, and what we want to make of our lives, Meik’s work might be more relevant than ever before. How can we create more meaningful experiences, and how can we ensure that we store these moments as fuel for future happiness levels? Is there a societal shift on the horizon towards valuing emotional gain above material gain? If making memories is a process, how can we worry about the outcome less and enjoy that process more? In this interview Meik offers some of his learned and practiced wisdom, and some great tidbits from his new book, on these questions and more.
Host Sarah Knight talks trees with world renowned Canadian botanist, biochemist, visionary, and truly “renegade scientist”, Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Diana’s new book “To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest” harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana rose from the traumatic experiences of her childhood and has dedicated her life to fulfilling the sacred contract that she was given - to bring the necessary knowledge for the necessary actions that we need to take to survive, and to once again thrive, in harmony with nature. In this interview Diana shares her wisdom on the power of tree medicine and the role that forests play not only in our personal health, but as the absolute foundation for the health of the whole planet. Her message as to how we can get through this climate crisis is clear, and her Global Bioplan offers a powerful light in these stormy times.
Host Sarah Knight discusses our climate crisis, and our apparent apathy and confusion, with filmmaker, journalist and WildX co-organizer Albert Nerenberg. In the making of his most recent documentary, Albert had an awakening around the seriousness of the Climate Crisis. He now actively advocates for every one of us to WAKE UP and own the indisputable fact that once we acknowledge that climate change is real, not one of us can turn away from taking responsibility to do something. The challenge as he sees it is that so many people just don’t know what to do. In response to this, Albert is organizing a breakthrough event in Montreal on October 5th, 2019 – WildX – which is focussed on action everyone can take. The event brings together thinkers, activists, and other changemakers to help to show us how to start living again, and to try to ensure that we get to stay that way! www.wildxevent.com
Host Sarah Knight discusses the role of connection and compassion in planning how we live and build, with Prof. Leela Viswanathan of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Leela shares her thoughts as to how many of our urban environments promote disconnection as well as environmental degradation. Her insights into how we can better work together to meet both the pressures of our changing climate, and those of our lonely hearts, can be applied not only to urban planning, but to all aspects of life.
Host Sarah Knight provides a short update on the science of our climate crisis, following on from her participation at a major international earth science congress. She gives an overview of the some of the basics of climate change, plus some insights on the possible path that we are on, and what that might mean for humanity. As we are all being asked to engage in facing this crisis, now, more than ever, we need to be able to take in the facts, process what they mean for us, and turn our apathy and anger in to action.
Host Sarah Knight chats to 17-year old Alayna Antoine, as she shares her frustrations, fury, ideas, dreams, and tears. Alayna is passionate about the environment, and about reforming our relationship to it. She discusses the possibilities of all nations giving the Earth the same legal rights as a human being, shifting out of our short-term mindset addiction, and taking the burden off of the shoulders of the next generation by waking up out of our false dream of environmental entitlement and taking action on this climate crisis. Let Alayna inspire you by listening here, and visiting her website https://hopefulyouth2019.wixsite.com/earthlawstudents .
Host Sarah Knight discusses the energy of our climate crisis, and how this collective crisis is a reflection of a much more individual one, with international healer and Cellular Transformation teacher and facilitator, Jennifer Millar. Jennifer shares her insights as to how so much of this global challenge stems from a deep disconnect, and our own unwillingness and even inability to really connect to our own feelings. Her answer? Getting real, getting vulnerable, feeling our feelings, and making room for true love in our hearts and deep connection in our souls again.
Host Sarah Knight discusses how the stories that we hold inside keep us separate from each other, our environment, and even ourselves, with Shamanic Practitioner Michelle Girouard. Michelle shares how our outer reality is directly shaped by our inner world, and the importance of re-imagining our belonging in the world for everything from deepening personal relationships to transformative global change.
Host Sarah Knight discusses building materials that could make our homes carbon sinks rather than carbon sources with sustainable building expert, researcher, and Director of the Endeavor Sustainable Building School, Chris Magwood. Chris shares his expertise from his 20 years in the industry, and talks about the revolutionary yet age-old building practices that could change the face of carbon emissions from the construction industry, and could be a big part of the answer to the call from climate scientists around the world to address our emissions boldly and immediately.
Host Sarah Knight discusses Transformative Leadership - what it is, why we need it, and how it applies to every single one of us - with Somatic Therapist, Transformation Teacher, and Psychology and Transformative Leadership PhD candidate, Aisling Richmond. Aisling shares her wisdom from the west coast of Ireland on how we can all find our inner leaders, in the small and big moments of every day, and how our young people are showing us the way but need us to step in, right behind them.
Host Sarah Knight discusses climate change as one of many symptoms of a fundamental disconnection from our Spirit, and therefore the Earth, with Algonquin-Metis traditional knowledge keeper, Tim Yearington. Tim shares his teachings and stories from an indigenous perspective, and offers a new way, based on old knowledge, to environmental (and personal) peace and balance.
Host Sarah Knight talks the psychology of climate change and how our nervous system responds to stress with psychoanalyst, family therapist and lecturer, Prof. Bonnie Harnden. Bonnie provides some fascinating insights in to how we can retrain our overwhelmed systems to be better able to cope with big challenges.
Host Sarah Knight talks the science of climate change with leading climatologist Prof. Gordon McBean. Gordon shares his knowledge on the current state of our atmosphere, where our climate is headed, and how we all need to engage practically, socially and politically, now.
Host Sarah Knight talks the role of inherited family trauma in our ability (or inability) to face the challenge of climate change and to move forward in to action, with Family Constellations Therapist Johanna Lynn. Johanna offers thought-provoking guidance on how to explore where you get stuck, and on how to become a more capable, more resilient, YOU.