THIS MYTHIC LIFE
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This Mythic Life is dedicated to conversations about cultivating the mythic imagination, and the relevance of myth and fairy tales to our lives today. In this podcast series, I offer you conversations with people who can sprinkle a few breadcrumbs to help us find our way back home through this dark forest of our forgetting. The wisdom contained in myth and folk tales; connecting with our places; reclaiming our indigenous roots, the practice of traditional crafts and old ways of knowing – and so much more.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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