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Earth and Spirit Podcast

Earth and Spirit Podcast

By Earth and Spirit Center
The Earth and Spirit Podcast explores the intertwining of contemplative spirituality, ecology and social healing through dialogue with people who are rooted in a deep sense of place. Our conversation partners defy neat labels as they weave their vocations, activism and spirituality into unique stories of what it’s like to live an engaged life in whatever community they call home. By grounding the spiritual in particular places, people, and projects, we hope to transcend the abstract and faceless to uncover tangible and translatable insights that listeners can apply in their own communities.
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Rewilding: Healing for Mind, Heart, and the World

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One Nation, Under Love: Harry Pickens on Calm and Care within Chaos and Crisis - Extended Version with Q&A
An acclaimed jazz pianist and composer based in Louisville, Kentucky, Harry Pickens is also a teacher, mentor, and author who does deep healing work to promote the flourishing of individuals and communities. As part of the Earth & Spirit Center’s online Community Conversations series, Harry reflected on what is being asked of us at a time of pandemic and heightened racial tensions, and what opportunities we have to create a more just, more loving, more peaceful world.  This extended version includes the Q&A from the live Zoom audience. Earth & Spirit Center: https://earthandspiritcenter.org/ Community Conversation Series: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/community-conversations/ Harry Pickens on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harry.pickens
58:13
September 18, 2020
One Nation, Under Love: Harry Pickens on Calm and Care within Chaos and Crisis
An acclaimed jazz pianist and composer based in Louisville, Kentucky, Harry Pickens is also a teacher, mentor, and author who does deep healing work to promote the flourishing of individuals and communities. As part of the Earth & Spirit Center’s online Community Conversations series, Harry reflected on what is being asked of us at a time of pandemic and heightened racial tensions, and what opportunities we have to create a more just, more loving, more peaceful world. Earth & Spirit Center: https://earthandspiritcenter.org/ Community Conversation Series: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/community-conversations/ Harry Pickens on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harry.pickens
38:46
September 17, 2020
Moving Toward the Light: Sr. Gail Worcelo on the Vision and Legacy of Thomas Berry
Sr. Gail Worcelo co-founded the Green Mountain Monastery in 1999, encouraged and supported by her friend and mentor, the late Thomas Berry. Berry, a cultural historian and Passionist priest, was a ground-breaking thinker who contemplated the new story science has given us of 13.8 billion-year history of our evolving Universe. He considered the implications of this new story for our religion, education, economy, and government. In this conversation, Sr. Gail reflects on how Thomas Berry’s vision has guided the Green Mountain Monastery community and offers wisdom for all of us, here at the choice point between an ecozoic or a technozoic future. Green Mountain Monastery: http://www.greenmountainmonastery.org/ Thomas Berry Resources: http://thomasberry.org/ The Journey of the Universe: https://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/
1:01:41
August 31, 2020
The Work of our Hands: Community Connections for Just Farms and Food Systems
Rae Strobel Barr is an organic farmer, spiritual director and mother, living and working with her partner Adam at Barr Farms in Meade County, Kentucky, a seventh-generation family farm.  She is passionate about building community and combining spirituality with eco-justice and eco-feminism through holding farm-based retreats and providing spiritual guidance and counsel. Our producer Parker Bowling traveled to meet Rae on the piece of land that she calls home, for an engaging conversation on what it means to listen to the movement of spirit: in the land, in ourselves, and in our collective body. Links: Barr Farms: http://www.barrfarmsky.com/ Black Farmer Fund: https://cfaky.org/kybff/ Black Soil: https://www.blacksoil.life/ Community Farm Alliance: https://cfaky.org/ New Roots Fresh Stop Markets: https://newroots.org/fresh-stop-markets/ Native Land: Map to learn about which indigenous tribes originally occupied where you live in North America (and other geographies)
39:19
August 15, 2020
Science, Faith, and Deep Time: A Conversation with Geologist and Paleontologist Dr. Kate Bulinski
Dr. Kate Bulinski is an associate professor in the environmental sciences department of Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, specializing in geology and paleontology. She also claims the moniker of “Catholic scientist.” In this wide-ranging conversation, we explored the relationship between faith and science in the pursuit of truth, and we delved deeply into how thinking in deep geological time offers a wise and rich perspective for our own lives and for the human legacy to this planet.
52:15
July 31, 2020
Radical Self-Care: A Conversation with Folk Healer and Activist Sarah Nunez
Sarah Nunez is a Latinx folk healer and activist in Louisville, KY.  Through her work helping to heal bodies, communities, and unjust systems, Sarah  embraces the deep roots of indigenous wisdom and storytelling.  She envisions a future in which people of all backgrounds can recover our connection with each other and with the natural world that is our home and kin. Related links: National Mijente Movement: https://mijente.net/ Louisville Mijente is on Facebook at Mijente Louisville Aflorar Herb Collective is on Instagram at @aflorarherbcollective
46:20
July 16, 2020
Black Soil: Honoring a Legacy, Cultivating A Future for Black Farmers
This episode features Ashley Smith, the co-founder of Black Soil.  Black Soil is a nonprofit in Lexington, KY, dedicated to reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture and to empowering Black farmers in Kentucky, who currently make up just 1.4%  of the state's farmers.  Anyone who eats has a stake in there being a just, sustainable food system, so tune into this episode to learn more about Black Soil's work and the powerful bonds of community that Black Soil is helping to cultivate in a state that still reckons with its history of slavery. External Link: https://www.blacksoil.life/
28:03
June 30, 2020
Rewilding: Healing for Mind, Heart, and the World
This episode features Jennifer "Juniper" Owens, the co-founder of Bridge Counseling and Wellness, an integrative mental health and holistic therapy center in Louisville, KY.  Juniper reflected on how our deep connection to the rest of the natural world can help us through our own individual struggles and through the collective trauma we are experiencing with COVID-19.  We explored the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or forest bathing, the idea of "rewilding mental health," and pulled back the lens to reflect on what makes for lasting social and environmental change.
48:30
May 30, 2020
Managing Trauma, Fear, and Anxiety in a Pandemic
Dr. Chris Schrodt, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist in private practice in Louisville, a lifelong meditator, and a mindfulness instructor at the Earth & Spirit Center.  Chris joined Earth & Spirit Podcast host Kyle Kramer for a conversation about the mental health issues associated with the coronavirus pandemic.  We discussed the various resources, including mindfulness, that can help us deal with the trauma, fear, and anxiety that COVID-19 has brought up for so many people.  
35:55
April 26, 2020
Karen Newton: Resilience, Connection, and Compassion
Karen Newton is a wellbeing and resilience integrator. Formerly the director of health promotion at the University of Louisville, and still on the UofL faculty, Karen is a certified mindfulness teacher specializing in stress resilience and compassion. She’s also an Earth & Spirit Center faculty member. From our respective homes, Karen and I had a virtual conversation about what resilience looks like amid the stress of a pandemic, and how mindfulness practices can help us not only survive, but thrive. Sign up for Karen's online 5-week Basic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience course, starting 4/9/2020. Sign up for Karen's online 5-week Practicing Mindful Self Compassion course, starting 4/7 or 4/9/2020.
33:26
April 6, 2020
Mindful Vulnerability: Age and Wisdom in the Face of COVID-19
Glenda Hodges-Cook is a senior meditation instructor on the Earth & Spirit Center faculty - and one of Louisville’s village elders. A mother and grandmother, she spent a career as a psychiatric nurse. With roots in the Christian and Buddhist traditions, Glenda has practiced insight meditation for over forty years and has studied with meditation icons Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, and Donald Rothberg, completing the Community Dharma Leader Training Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She founded the Louisville Vipassana Community and has led this meditation group for twelve years. At the Earth & Spirit Center, Glenda teaches in our Mindfulness Meditation Training Program and offers courses on mindful aging, claiming elderhood, other topics. I sat down with Glenda to talk about how she is using mindfulness and meditation to navigate the uncertain territory of a global pandemic - and coming to grips with her own vulnerability.
34:21
March 29, 2020
Practical Tips for Mindful Parenting in a Pandemic
In this episode, Earth & Spirit Podcast host Kyle Kramer sits down for a conversation with Nellie Springston, the Earth & Spirit Center's program coordinator for youth, family, and education.  Nellie offers practical advice for parents who are having to figure out childcare, at-home schooling, and other challenges.  Nellie is also the founder of Calma: Calm and Loving Minds Achieve (www.calmakids.org), which provides mindfulness resources for parents and educators.  
29:35
March 19, 2020
Joe Grant - The Duty of Delight
Our guest for this episode is Joe Grant. A native of Scotland, Joe is a modern-day mystic, a blogger, and the author of numerous books and articles about scripture, justice and spirituality. Prior to moving to Louisville 25 years ago, Joe worked with indigenous peoples of the U.S. and in Latin America. His work has been rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, but his sensibilities are deeply interdenominational and interfaith. Joe spends his time writing, leading retreats, and offering spiritual guidance. His latest book, Wandering and Welcome: Meditations for Finding Peace is published by Franciscan Media. We sat down to talk about Joe’s spiritual journey, which has led him deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, into the pain and violence of inner city Louisville where he and his wife Anne make their home, and in all of this, into the heart of our beautiful, wounded world. The Earth & Spirit Podcast is a production of the Earth & Spirit Center, a nonprofit, interfaith spirituality center in Louisville, KY, devoted to cultivating a flourishing world through contemplative practice. This podcast is made possible by the generous support from the Kalliopeia Foundation, whose mission is to reconnect ecology, culture, and spirituality through grantmaking, education, and media initiatives.
1:08:35
February 27, 2020
Earth & Spirit Podcast Trailer
This short trailer introduces the Earth & Spirit Podcast, a production of the Earth & Spirit Center, a nonprofit, interfaith spirituality center in Louisville, KY (www.earthandspiritcenter.org).  This podcast is made possible by support from the Kalliopeia Foundation (www.kalliopeia.org).  
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February 26, 2020