the power of caring

Jane Bradshaw head shot croppedJane Bradshaw is a clinical nurse consultant in hepatology and the Tasmanian branch secretary for the Anthroposophical Society in Australia. I was interested in interviewing Jane when I heard her describe her approach with her patients suffering liver disease. She talked about her focus on allowing them to tell their stories. In our conversation, Jane explores this further and describes the power of self-reflection and self-care which enables this kind of work.

Jane also relates some of the significant turning points and moments of awakening in her personal and spiritual life and pays tribute to a range of spiritual and life teachers. In her working life she practices a kind of micro-activism, through gestures of connection. She sees that care and human interaction are an important part of healing.

Encouraged herself to take leadership that she didn’t feel she was ready to take on, yet knew was right for her, she encourages us all to act, to find the courage to take up the responsibilities that speak to our hearts.

You can listen to my interview with Jane here.

The music on this recording is by Michael Young, aka Young Werther. You can find him on facebook.

adventures in urban agriculture

pk_mentoring.jpgFormer accountant, Peter Kearney is a gardener, biodynamic practitioner and enthusiast for urban agriculture. We spoke earlier in 2018 about his passion for encouraging food gardens in our cities and the wonders of biodynamic gardening and farming. In this interview, Peter talks about his understanding of biodynamic agriculture, and urban agriculture and shares his experiences, particularly around the development of Millen Farm in Samford, Queensland, as well as in his own gardening practice.

Unfortunately, the quality of my recorded conversation with Peter was not good enough to create a podcast so please read this edited interview published in the Winter edition of the journal of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia.

You can also read Peter’s report here on using biodynamic preparations in urban food growing following a biodynamic conference at the Goetheanum, Dornach, in February 2018. Find out more about Peter’s work in teaching and mentorship at his website.

a spiritual exploration of trauma, healing and homosexuality

Book 1 Figure 24 (embrace heavens)Dawn Langman, educator and actor, shares her life experiences with great insight, frankness and wisdom.  In this conversation, Dawn places her traumatic early life experiences in the context of her understanding of reincarnation. She shares her own mystical experiences and the experience of dissociation and disembodiment and the impacts these have had on her life. She also relates her experience as a homosexual and her insights from anthroposophy about homosexuality.

You can listen to my conversation with Dawn here.

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making our ideals a living practice: exploring cultural activism, money and threefolding

John Bloom 2013

John Bloom would like to encourage those of us with a spiritual practice to get out of our chairs and become cultural activists. He has a background in fine arts, community supported agriculture, school administration and for the past 20 years has worked at RSF Social Finance in the US where as Vice-President of Organizational Culture, John attends to the reflective and relational aspects of the organization. He is keen to encourage us to put our ideals into practice.

You can listen to my conversation with John here.

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crisis, courage and beholding

ray-roborg-sondergaard.jpgRay Roborg-Sondergaard is a young educator with a clear sense of what’s vital in life. How do we have the courage to find our path through crisis and indecision? How do we behold others and ourselves honestly and in ways that allow our individual gifts and challenges to be addressed and worked with? How do we turn our spiritual beliefs into something that we practice not just uphold? These are questions that Ray has considered to help her navigate her twenties and reveal her path in life.

You can listen to my conversation with Ray here.

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