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Free online offerings for nourishment & inspiration at home during these times

There’s a wealth of emerging resources for caring, bright-minded and heartful connection, as most of us are “sheltering in place”. Here are some free, generous offerings which we hope will inspire and nourish you at this time (keep this list handy, there’s a lot of useful goodies here you can unpack over time):

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Dr. Martin Shaw Interview - Pandemic & Mythic Meanings of this Cultural Moment

Dr. Martin Shaw, one of the great master storytellers of our time, discusses the mythology and meanings of our current cultural moment and the global coronavirus pandemic. Interview host Ross McKeachie got ahold of Dr. Martin Shaw in his cottage in Dartmoor, UK, where he was on the 10th day of 14 days of isolation before being able to go home and see his daughter. With the COVID-19 pandemic at the top of everyone's mind and Dr. Shaw, fresh off of a 101 day ritual in the forest and now taking time to reflect, they tap into a state of wonder around the current mythology unfolding in the world. Questions are explored, such as: How do we sit with our discomfort and use this potent time for our own and the planet's transformation? With humour and word-weaving, Dr.

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In Memoriam - Dorothy Maclean

Dorothy Maclean was one of the founders of the Findhorn Community, which is now the largest ecovillage in the UK.  A writer and educator on spirituality, she was best known for her descriptions of contacts with consciousnesses of nature which she called ‘devas’.

Born in Guelph, Ontario, she explored the Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the work of mystic Sheena Govan before meeting Peter and Eileen Caddy, with whom she would found Findhorn.  In 1954 Dorothy had her first experience of the God within, which she called a “vast unity.”  She began a regular practice of meditation to connect with this voice, which led her to the belief that love must be practical.

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Jamal Rahman - Sufi Stories of Laughter

Sufi teacher and author Jamal Rahman speaks about the Sufi path of the heart and the importance of laughter in awakening the soul. This delightful interview brings levity into spiritual teachings and brings insight into the cosmic joke of duality.

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Sarah Edmondson Interview - Escaping NXIVM Cult

In this Banyen conversation, Sarah Edmondson—whistleblower who denounced the cult of NXIVM founded by Keith Raniere—opens up about her experiences and healing journey, and describes some of the red flags of cult behaviour we can watch out for. She has released a new book entitled 'Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life'.

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Tuning Fork Demonstration

Fleur Choy at Banyen demonstrates ways of working with tuning forks for healing and relaxation.

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Yogacharini Maitreyi Interview - The Essence of Yoga

In this Banyen conversation, Yogacharini Maitreyi illuminates the true meaning of—and debunks popular misconceptions about—Yoga and Tantra. Maitreyi discusses the qualities of commitment, spiritual maturity and discernment that help us to evolve along the path. She also delves into issues around the teacher-student relationship, including how to protect against false gurus who are abusing their power.

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Doña María Apaza Interview

Doña María Apaza, Andean Alto Misayoc Priestess, shares spiritual wisdom from the Q'ero culture and guidance for navigating the challenges of our contemporary world.

Doña María is accompanied by Maco Peña García (translating from Quechua to Spanish) and María Belen Meneses (translating from Spanish to English).

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Diana Beresford-Kroeger Interview - To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, world recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist, speaks passionately about climate change and offers concrete actions we can do to help. She also explains the practice and healing benefits of forest bathing. Beresford-Kroeger brings together a visionary understanding of contemporary scientific research with traditional concepts of the ancient world.

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Krishna Das' Tribute to Ram Dass

Today my Beloved Elder Guru Brother, Ram Dass, has left his physical body and merged with our guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

He has been my friend and teacher and fellow traveler on the Spiritual Path since 1968. I spent the last few days with him and had incredible merging of mind and heart. He was deeply immersed in Maharaj-ji’s presence, and during the many years since his stroke, his courage and patience and inner strength was a shining example of how to live in this world, with an ever-opening heart, despite much physical pain and hardship.

His mantra was “I am Loving Awareness, I am Loving Awareness.” Now, that is where he is to be found… in the loving presence that lives within us.

Sri Ram
Jai Ram
Jai Jai Ram!!!

~ Krishna Das

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In Memoriam - Ram Dass

Ram Dass
April 6, 1931 – December 22, 2019

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, was an American spiritual teacher, academic, clinical psychologist, and author of many books, including the seminal 1971 book, Be Here Now.  In 1961 he joined Timothy Leary in researching and experimenting with the potentially therapeutic effects of hallucinogenic drugs such as psilocybin and LSD-25. He also assisted in the 1962 “Good Friday Experiment” with theology students, the first controlled, double-blind study of drugs and the mystical experience. Alpert and Leary co-founded the International Federation for Internal Freedom in 1962 in order to carry out studies in the religious use of psychedelic drugs. In 1963 Leary and Alpert were formally dismissed from Harvard.

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10 Zero Waste Products at Banyen

Some of the best eco-friendly, zero waste products at Banyen.

 
 

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