The podcast

Welcome to my podcast!

This Mythic Life was a podcast dedicated to conversations about cultivating the mythic imagination, and the relevance of myth and fairy tales to our lives today.

In 2022, This Mythic Life became The Hagitude Sessions. Find out more about the new podcast, and listen, at this link.

If you’re interested in ongoing conversations about myth and fairy tale, place and belonging, please head over to my Substack publication, ‘The Art of Enchantment’.

Sharon Blackie


Tom Hirons

Sharon speaks with storyteller and poet Tom Hirons about life, the universe, and everything. And of course, there’s poetry, and there’s a story.

Find Tom here.

Michael Newton


Sharon speaks with Scottish Gaelic scholar Dr Michael Newton about the native culture, history, and traditions of the Scottish Highlands.

Find Michael’s website here.

Gwilym Morus-Baird


Sharon speaks with Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird about Welsh myth and tradition – focusing on the bardic tradition, and the character of Taliesin.

Find Gwilym here.

Ian Mackenzie


Sharon speaks with Canadian filmmaker Ian Mackenzie on ‘The Mythic Masculine’. (This is a shared podcast, appearing on Ian’s channel as well as on ‘This Mythic Life’.)

Find Ian, and ‘The Mythic Masculine Podcast’, here.

Mary McLaughlin


Sharon speaks with folk singer, teacher and academic Mary McLaughlin, an expert in Gaelic folksong and in the tradition of ‘keening’ in Ireland. In this podcast, Mary tells us about the ritual context of the Irish wake, and the secretive and sacred role of the bean chaointe, the keening woman.

Find Mary here. 

Angharad Wynne


Sharon speaks with Angharad Wynne, a cultural communicator with a particular interesting in transmitting the heritage and old traditions of Wales. The conversation focus on the traditions of Samhain (in the Gaelic cultures) or Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), and on Irish and Welsh concepts of the Otherworld.

Find Angharad here

David Abram


Sharon speaks with cultural ecologist and geophilosopher David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology.

Find David here


Steven Martyn


Sharon speaks with Steven Martyn: an artist, farmer, wildcrafter, builder, teacher, writer, and visionary. Steven has more than thirty years’ experience living co-creatively with the Earth, practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. In 2014 Steven and his partner Megan started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School in Ontario, Canada. Steven released his first book, The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden, in 2016, and his second, Sacred Gardening, was released in June 2017.

Find Steven here

Sylvia Linsteadt


Sharon speaks with Californian writer Sylvia Linsteadt about the stories of place, Greek mythology, and the first of her series of books for children, The Wild Folk.

Find Sylvia here



Paul Kingsnorth


Sharon interviews English writer Paul Kingsnorth, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. The conversation focuses on place and belonging, writing as a response to dark times, and Paul’s latest books.

Find Paul here

Sherri Mitchell


Sharon speaks with Penobscot indigenous rights activist and spiritual teacher Sherri Mitchell. The conversation focuses on the ways in which indigenous wisdom can help us navigate today’s challenging world.

Find Sherri here


Sharon Blackie


On developing a resistance of the imagination:
In this first episode of her MythLines series of reflections on the myth and the mythic imagination, Sharon suggests that myth is a bridge to the soul of the world, the anima mundi. It’s not we who do the dreaming and the imagining, but we who are imagined, who are dreamed, by the living Earth around us.

Bayo Akomolafe


Sharon speaks with Nigeria-born writer and educator Bayo Akomolafe. The conversation includes the ways we might break out of the straitjacket of modern education; indigenous ways of looking at the world, and how we can explain the mess we’re in to our children.

Find Bayo here


Stephen Jenkinson


Sharon interviews Canadian teacher and founder of The Orphan Wisdom School, Stephen Jenkinson. The conversation is focused on what it is to be an elder in today’s world, and on Stephen’s new book, Come of Age.

Find Stephen here

Manda Scott


Sharon speaks with bestselling British author and teacher of shamanic dreaming, Manda Scott. The conversation is focused on contemporary shamanic practice, and whether it is possible to recreate an authentic spiritual practice based on what little we know about the traditions followed by our ancestors.

Find Manda here



Pat McCabe


In this episode, Sharon is in conversation with Pat McCabe. Pat, also known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. The discussion ranges around the question of what it is to be indigenous, and how those of us in the West can reclaim a sense of our own indigeneity. How do we create meaningful ceremony? What does it mean, to be elder?

Find Pat here


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