Sep 27, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

A Radical Awakening: Dr. Shefali on Guru Culture

While we have no shortage of specialists on this show, having an Oprah-backed expert on this week’s episode is exceptionally riveting. Especially since it’s Dr. Shefali Tsabary (!), a renowned authority on family dynamics and personal development who’s published four books (three New York Times best-sellers) and teaches classes and seminars across the globe. No wonder one of America’s most powerful media titans is obsessed…

One of Dr. Shefali’s landmark books, The Conscious Parent, imparts mindfulness tools that can build sturdier and more authentic relationships between parents and children. In fact, authenticity plays a major role in everything we discussed, which includes guru culture, the patriarchy (and how it doesn’t need to be seen as innately bad, just like a matriarchy), societal pressure on mothers, and even the individual-effacing dangers of ritualization within any organization or system.

Episode available since September 25, 2023

Herbal Radio

Plant Stories | Featuring Doug Elliott (Rerelease)

There may be no better person that embodies the vision of “Plant Stories” like herbal troubadour and Appalachian naturalist, Doug Elliot. A gifted storyteller, Doug recites both wisdom and whimsical through spoken word and song. We’ve compiled some of our favorite songs that Doug has recorded with us and are releasing them together, in this delightful and heart-warming episode. Our host, Thomas, gives a brief introduction in between Doug’s sets, offering context for each of the four botanical tales & tunes.

Today’s episode also comes with a special visual bonus! We had the pleasure of visiting with Doug in the summer of 2022 at his Appalachian homestead. Click here to see some of the photos of Doug in his element.

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Doug Elliot is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies.

He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. He is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, has recorded a number of award winning albums of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels.

In recent years, he has received a variety of honors. The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted him into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) gave him the Master Front Line Interpreter Award for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the natural world and our human connection to nature.

Elliot’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.” He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

Episode available since Sep 15, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

My Famous Parents are Narcissists with Juliet Landau

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Juliet Landau reveals the long-lasting impact of balancing on a “razor’s edge” as a child to avoid upsetting her parents: beloved, award-winning actors Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.

Episode available since September 21, 2023

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

The Erotic Divine Feminine with Satya Lila

Satya Lila, founder of the Sexual Communion program returns to the show to discuss the "Erotic Divine Feminine." Satya Lila has taught and guided people in the area of sacred sexuality since 1993 and has had around 15,000 hours of client sessions and led hundreds of workshops all over the US and Japan. Today we'll learn what the erotic divine feminine actually is and what the advantages of having a well-developed erotic divine feminine might be. We'll also discuss why someone might not have a well-developed erotic divine feminine and what they can do about it. We'll talk about expressing the erotic divine feminine and Satya Lila will tell us about someone whosse life was changed by activating her erotic divine femine...and of course we'll explore the divine part and how that connects with sexuality. (Satya Lila was previously on VSF June 28 discussing The Energetics of Love Play.)

Wed, September 27, 2023 02:00 pm [Eastern]

Desperate House Witches

More Fiber Magick with Opal Luna


Featuring over 100 color photos and illustrations, this fun and accessible guide introduces you to the magickal power of crochet, knotwork, and other fiber crafts. Witch and crochet expert Opal Luna shows you how to move spiritual intention from your mind into your hands through practical exercises, creative techniques, and patterns for more than seventy projects.

Improving your magick through fiber arts is easy with Opal's step-by-step instructions and empowering guidance. Discover the tools of the trade, the power of color, and a variety of weaving, braiding, and knotting methods. Learn how to connect to deities and create sacred space for your practice. Explore how Fiber Magick can be used in your holiday celebrations and rites of passage. From sigils and yarn amulets to prayer shawls and crocheted poppets, Fiber Magick is full of delightful projects and perfect for practitioners of all skill levels.

Opal Luna is a Crone Priestess of Minerva, long-time witch, crocheter, and teacher. She serves the South Florida Pagan Community as an officer of the Moonpath Grove. Become a member of The Fiber Magick Coven group on Facebook to share the Craft and craftiness.

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Fri, September 29, 2023 04:30 pm [Eastern]

Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

Lunatic Mondays Special~ Echoes of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Why should Fridays have all the fun?

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

On this Lunatic Monday’s special Twila York, Catherine Carr, Alexander Cabot, Byron Ballard, Sande Hart and Laura González shared their Echoes of Parliament 2023!

Mon, October 2, 2023 08:00 pm [Eastern]

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