Feb 21, 2023


Around the Web, Around the World

A Little Bit Culty

Stolen Youth: Daniel Levin on Larry Ray’s Cult

If you haven’t heard of the Sarah Lawrence Sex Cult, it is perhaps time to get out from under that rock you’re living under. After being released from prison, Ray moved into his daughter’s student residence just 30 minutes north of Manhattan and began terrorizing her friends through physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. This lasted a shocking ten years before Ray was finally arrested and held accountable for his wrongdoings.

Our guest today, Daniel Levin, was one of Ray’s victims, and has survived to tell the tale on Hulu’s recent “Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence” docuseries. Today, we’re breaking down exactly what happened, as well as how Levin is healing. Don’t forget to tune in next week, when we’ll be speaking with the director of “Stolen Youth,” Zachary Heinzerling.

You can learn more about Daniel Levin and his writing, which includes his memoir about Larry Ray, Slonim Woods 9, here.

Please note, this series includes details of sexual abuse. Listener discretion is strongly advised. If you, or someone who know, is a survivor of sexual assault, abuse, grooming, child abuse, or human trafficking, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline offers support at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

Episode available since February 20, 2023

Herbal Radio

Meet the Herbalist with Bevin Clare | Featuring Lucretia VanDyke (Rerelease)

This week we are rereleasing Bevin Clare’s “Meet the Herbalist” interview with Lucretia VanDyke. Lucretia will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Florida Herbal Conference taking place March 10 – 12, 2023. Use code MOUNTAINROSE to receive $50 off the event ticket price. Learn more about the Florida Herbal Conference and get your virtual or in-person tickets here.

We hope you enjoy this conversation between these two esteemed herbalists!

Did you know both of these herbalists are also authors? We highly recommend adding Lucretia’s book African American Herbalism and Bevin’s book Spice Apothecary to your bookshelf.

Lucretia and Bevin were also guest speakers at our in-person Summer 2022 Free Herbalism Project. Listen to Lucretia’s presentation “Zen Esthetics” here and Bevin’s presentation “Spice Up Your Life!” here.

With a journey that began when she was a little girl mixing herbs, mud, and roots on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia VanDyke has had a lifelong connection to the plants. She has been in the wellness industry for over twenty-five years. Her quest for knowledge and storytelling has led her all over the world to learn about remedies, traditions, and ceremonies from indigenous healers.

One of the foremost experts on Southern folk healing arts, Lucretia integrates rituals, plant spirit meditation, holistic food/herbal medicine, and ancestor reverence into people’s practices.

Lucretia has worked and trained with many internationally known spa and skin care companies. She is a holistic educator, speaker, herbalist, sacred sexologist, ceremonialist, spiritual coach, intuitive energy practitioner, diviner, author, and world traveler. Lucretia brings her vivacious spirit and her message of ancestral connection in herbal practices to inspire others to embrace their unique relationship with the plants. Teaching herbal classes, cooking, storytelling, and foraging in the woods learning native medicine charges her soul.

Visit Lucretia here!

Bevin Clare is an herbalist, nutritionist, world-wanderer, spice-gobbler, and is a professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and the program director of the MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine program. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbal medicine around the world, blending her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is the author of Spice Apothecary (Storey Books, 2020). Bevin a board member and former Chair of the Board of the American Herbalists Guild where she works to promote clinical herbalism accessibility and professionalism and she is a long term board member of the United Plant Savers.

You can find her musings at www.bevinclare.com and on Facebook and Instagram @spice.herb.wander

Episode available since Feb 17, 2023

Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

Circle Talk - Karen Tate

Karen Tate is a well known radio show host, published author, featured conference speaker and social justice activist. For almost three decades her work has been fueled by her intense interest and passion for travel, comparative religions, ancient cultures, and the resurging interest in the rise of the Feminine Consciousness. She is back after a hiatus, so join us on Circle Talk as we become reacquainted and find out what is coming up in her future.

Tue, February 21, 2023 08:00 pm [Eastern]

Lunatic Mondays ~ Laura Davila ~ Daphne la Hechicera

Why should Fridays have all the fun?

Go crazy on Mondays with Laura González on 'Lunatic Mondays'..... Anything can happen!!!

On this episode: author Laura Davila ~ Daphne la Hechicera, will be chatting with Laura González about her book “Mexican Sorcery: A Practical Guide to Brujeria de Rancho”

Mon, February 27, 2023 08:00 pm [Eastern]


Voices of the Sacred Feminine

In Oneness Let's Heal The World w/Immanuel Itier

An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary 'The Invocation' narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: 'Red Passage' which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of 'Darfur Women Action Group' in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the current President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace (RotaryEclubofWorldPeace.org ) and he is a member of the U.N Association.

Mr. Itier grew up in France and he moved in the USA thirty years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Finally Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: 'FEMME-Women healing the World.' This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World.

I'll discuss with Emmanuel his chosen path to make these films in the hopes of shifting the conscious of humanity and his thoughts on where we are, where he sees us headed and what we need in order to rebuild our planet and our humanity.

Wed, February 22, 2023 at 02:00 pm [Eastern]


Desperate House Witches

Aries Witch with Diotima Mantinea

UNLOCK THE MAGIC OF YOUR SUN SIGN (From The Witch's Sun Sign Series #1)

Boost your magical practice and personal development with the power of your Aries sun sign. Ivo Dominguez Jr. and Diotima Mantineia share what strengths and weaknesses your sign brings to both witchcraft and everyday life. You'll learn how to best connect with Aries energy, cleanse and shield yourself, tailor-fit correspondences to your sign, and more.

Featuring recipes and exercises, as well as stories and spells from Aries contributors, including Cat Castells, Jack Chanek, Danielle Blackwood, Lilith Dorsey, and Crow Walker, this book deepens your understanding of yourself as a witch. Explore your moon and rising sign traits, discover what crystals and plants are linked to Aries, perform a ritual to meet the spirit of your sign, and use self-care practices to recover from burnout. Encouraging and informative, this entry in the Witch's Sun Sign Series helps you fully embrace your fierce, fiery, and phenomenal self.

Diotima Mantineia (Asheville, NC) is a practicing witch and has been a professional astrologer and tarot reader for more than twenty-five years. She writes for Witches & Pagans and teaches widely. Her passion for science led her to a degree in soil and crop science as well as graduate work in the field. http://www.uraniaswell.com

Ivo Dominguez Jr. (Southern Delaware) has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. He was a founding member of Keepers of the Holly Chalice and he currently serves as an elder of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. http://ivodominguezjr.com/

Thu, February 23, 2023 04:30 pm [Eastern]

Cait Johnson - Witch Wisdom for Magical Aging

Witch Wisdom for Magical Aging is a wise and playful guide to aging with a sense of magic and spirit, presided over by four loving, feisty old witches, one for each season: Root Witch in her cave by the roots, Winged Witch in her treehouse, Merwitch by the seaside bonfire, and Kitchen Witch in her river cottage. Every season is filled with wild wisdom, rich with simple formulas and recipes, inspiring rituals, playful activities, fun quizzes, meaningful meditations, and much, much more, empowering women to embrace their elder years with curiosity and verve.

Our culture is finally realizing that older women are a force for positive change. Now, Witch Wisdom for Magical Aging offers a cornucopia of ways to embrace and celebrate this challenging but ultimately liberating time.

Cait Johnson is the author of seven books honoring the seasons and the connections that underlie all life. Now that she’s over 60, aging is on her mind. Her latest book seeks to infuse the aging process with a sense of magic and is part of a movement to transform our culture’s ideas about older women.

Cait’s work combines earth-based sensibility, a shamanic worldview, and appreciation of ancient wisdom with poetry and a love for food, celebrating the sacredness in every day.

She holds an MFA in theatre design, is certified by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), studied with shamanic practitioner Tom Cowan, and is a member emeritus of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think tank dedicated to the integration of arts, environment, spirit, and social justice.

Before the pandemic, she wrote, directed, and performed in collaborative shamanic theatre pieces that explored transformation of consciousness through ritual, song, movement, and the spoken word.

Please visit Cait at https://caitjohnson.com/

Fri, February 24, 2023 05:00 pm [Eastern]


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