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What We Can Learn from Loving Animals: A Conversation with Andrew Harvey

In a fascinating, passionate wide-ranging podcast, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey and Dr. Susan Eirich of the Earthfire Institute explore the nature of the human/animal/nature relationship. They discuss the dangers of projecting our own human emotions and m...

What We Can Learn from Loving Animals: A Conversation with Andrew Harvey

In a fascinating, passionate wide-ranging podcast, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey and Dr. Susan Eirich of the Earthfire Institute explore the nature of the human/animal/nature relationship. They discuss the dangers of projecting our own human emotions and motivations onto animals, the value of learning to appreciate the animal self, and the joy and pain we experience as we form lasting, meaningful relationships with the animals in our lives.  Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. He has written and edited more than 30 books—including the best-selling titles ‘The Hope’ and ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and...

The Intelligence of Plants with Dr. Monica Gagliano

It is my firm belief that plants are intelligent—that in fact, all life is infused with a creative intelligence. Life has to be intelligent to adapt, each form in its own way, to its own circumstances. To explore that belief, I set up an online conversation with Dr. Monica Gagliano, a brilliant plant scientist. The conversation didn’t go at all as planned. In my mind, I was going to speak with a world-renowned scientist about the intelligence and awareness of plants. Instead, we talked about darkness and light; about her being called by plants to go to Mexico and meditate in a room in total darkness for 39 days; of going intensely inward and then out to a stage with bright lights and...

For Wildlife, Making a Daily Living Isn’t Easy: A Conversation with Wildlife Filmmaker Jeff Hogan

When Susan asked wildlife filmmaker Jeff Hogan about the patience needed in getting his award winning film footage, he replied, "Patience? If it takes me a whole day or two days to get a shot of a beaver coming down the stream, I don't need patience. While I am waiting there is unlimited entertainment. To be amongst all that life, sitting in the middle of it, is incredible. I am in awe of the life around us. The wild just blows me away." Cinematographer Jeff Hogan has been filming and photographing wildlife around the world for over 30 years, earning numerous awards for his work, including several Emmy nominations for cinematography. Being a naturalist at heart, Jeff's passion is to...

EPISODE 22 Spiritual Ecology

Reawakening a Spiritual Relationship with Nature and Animals: A Conversation with Wildlife Vet Linda Bender and Susan Eirich

Last year, Susan was the keynote speaker at the first session of an online webinar series hosted by world-renowned wildlife vet Linda Bender. Having lived with rescued wild animals native to the rocky mountains over the course of their lifetimes, Susan has witnessed paradigm-shifting events that shed new light on what connects us to the natural world and how vital and enriching it is for each of us to do so. In this session, which you can listen to below, Susan discussed how all life is waiting to be heard and resonated with in very direct ways. Our human-centered frame of reference is too small, and it is critical now, more than ever before, that we reawaken to the sacredness and...

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