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Banyen Interviews

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Stephen Jenkinson - Die Wise Manifesto for Sanity & Soul

“To grieve is part of the human experience. That's the great dare of being human and being conscious- to be willing to love something that's not going to last; that's a grief-endorsed understanding of life.” Author, teacher, activist, ceremonialist, and founder of Orphan Wisdom School, Stephen Jenkinson muses about life, death, grief, the natural world and the condition of being awake. This profound, provocative, and deeply insightful podcast is an invitation to explore the depths of our existential loneliness and be awake to the inter-connectedness of life so that we can live and die wise and our existence contributes to sustaining life for future generations.

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Johann Hari Interview - Rethinking Addiction & the War on Drugs

NY Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Johann Hari makes a compelling case that we've got it all wrong about addiction and the war on drugs. Travelling all over the world in search of answers to the most basic questions about addiction, Hari finds inspiration and hope in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and the progressive policies of Portugal and Switzerland. This is a fascinating look at the face of addiction and stories of people whose lives have been transformed by the war on drugs.

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James Maskalyk Interview:

Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine

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Simrit Kaur Interview - The Power of Voice & Sound

We invite you to listen to Banyen's podcast conversation with rewnowned chant & world music artist SIMRIT KAUR on the power of voice & sound.

Question: "Have the practices of Naad Yoga helped you connect with the Divine?"

Simrit: "Yes, most definitely. When I use my voice, that’s the most unobstructed view and feeling of the Divine. I’m in an altered state most of the time."

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GETTING VISIONARY

An Interview with Artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey


In this Banyen interview, visionary artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey discuss the polarities of dark & light, CoSM, sources of inspiration, and the mission of visionary art.  

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Daniel Pinchbeck Interview:

Planetary Initiation, Donald Trump, Psychedelic Shamanism, Ecological Crisis, and the Return of Quetzalcoatl


In this Banyen interview author & consciousness explorer Daniel Pinchbeck discusses how we may be in the midst of a radical planetary initiation. The author spoke with us via Skype from New York.

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John Michael Greer Interview:

Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead


In this Banyen interview John Michael Greer, author of over thirty books, including his new book Dark Age America, argues that we are now seeing the signs of an impending decline and collapse of industrial civilization and culture. He paints a vivid and dark picture of the road ahead...
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Matt Kahn Interview:

Whatever Arises, Love That


In this Banyen interview Matt Kahn, spiritual teacher, empathic healer, and bestselling author of Whatever Arises, Love That, illuminates essential questions of the spiritual life: how to love whatever arises, listening to our inner versus outer spiritual guides, the old and new spiritual paradigms, the relationship between love and sexual energy, and more.

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Lesson from the Hive: An Interview with 'Bee Time' Author Mark Winston


In this Banyen interview Mark Winston, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction, talks about the fascinating world of bees. Mark Winston will offer a Free Public Talk & Book Signing at Banyen on Thursday, September 22.

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Deborah MacNamara Interview:

In this Banyen interview, Dr. Deborah MacNamara discusses the relational developmental modal of Gordon Neufeld.

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