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Renowned forest ecologist Suzanne Simard discusses her new book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. Suzanne Simard, PhD, is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, Finding the Mother Tree. Suzanne is a pioneer on the frontier of plant co…
 
Tara Brach, renowned meditation teacher, psychologist, and author shares wisdom & guided meditations from her book, Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness. Tara Brach, PhD has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has …
 
Dr. Shefali, bestselling author and renowned clinical psychologist, discusses her new book, A Radical Awakening: Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free. “A Radical Awakening will be of great help to anyone who is ready to transcend the limitations of their personal as well as cultural conditioning and awaken to their true nature as the…
 
Gary Zukav, bestselling author of Seat of the Soul, speaks about his new book Universal Human: Creating Authentic Power and the New Consciousness. Purchase Universal Human at https://www.banyen.com/products/unive.... Gary Zukav is the internationally acclaimed author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, The Seat of the Soul, Soul Stories, and many others.…
 
Gregg Braden shares insights from his new book, The Wisdom Codes: Ancient Words to Rewire Our Brains and Heal Our Hearts. In The Wisdom Codes the cutting edge of neurolinguistics meets the spiritual wisdom of the ages in a handbook of key words that literally rewire our brains. Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, scienti…
 
Russ Hudson is one of the world's foremost Enneagram scholars today. He is the co-founder of the Enneagram Institute, as well as a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association. He has coauthored several international bestselling books, including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types. Russ is a p…
 
Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me, speaks about her new book Sensitive is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World. Moorjani offers inspiration and guidance for sensitive people looking to fully harness their gifts of intuition and empathy in today’s harsh world.…
 
Elizabeth Lesser discusses her new book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes. What story would Eve have told about picking the apple? Why is Pandora blamed for opening the box? And what about the fate of Cassandra, who was blessed with knowing the future but cursed so that no one believed her? What if women ha…
 
Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith & Max Wilbert discuss Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It. "Bright Green Lies exposes the hypocrisy of leading environmental groups. It asks the questions most refuse to ask, and in that questioning, uncovers profound truths.” ―Chris Hedges "This disturbing but very…
 
Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft, discusses The Journey of Soul Initiation. In this conversation, Plotkin provides guidance for the descent to soul - the dissolution of current identity; the encounter with the mythopoetic mysteries of soul; and the metamorphosis of the ego into a cocreator of life-enhancing culture. He illustrates each phase of th…
 
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, discusses The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention. Julia Cameron is credited with starting a movement that has brought creativity into the mainstream. She is the bestselling author of more than fourty books of fiction and nonfiction; a poet, songwriter, filmmaker, and playwright. The Artist's Way…
 
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, renowned Buddhist teacher, shares wisdom for the cultivation of patience and an open heart. In the Buddhist tradition, “patience” is our mind’s ability to work positively with anything that bothers us. In his new book Peaceful Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Patience, Dzigar Kongtrul expands on ancient teachings that conta…
 
Red Hawk discusses his latest book of poems, The Law of the Land, which is a heartfelt cry to humanity to reconnect with our sacred Mother Earth through three moral codes of life. He also touches on themes from his classic books on spiritual practice, Self Observation and Self Remembering. In the course of the conversation, Red Hawk describes how h…
 
Award-winning writer Michael Posner speaks with Banyen Books & Sound about his new biography, Leonard Cohen: Untold Stories. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, to timeless songs such as “Suzanne,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen is a cherished artist. Leonard Cohen…
 
Wade Davis discusses his new book Magdalena: River of Dreams. Davis vividly brings to life the story of the great Rio Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future. Wade Davis is a multi award-winning, bestselling author, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade, and a Member of the Order of Canada. In…
 
Lorie Eve Dechar discusses her alchemical approach to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. An approach that integrates psychology and spiritual insight. Lorie Dechar is a senior faculty member at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City and has spent many years teaching at institutes and retreat centres throughout the world. S…
 
Merlin Sheldrake discusses his new book Entangled Life, a mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi. Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from the University of Cambridge for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow…
 
Dr. Robert Svoboda discusses Ayurveda, Tantra, and Jyotish Astrology. Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his me…
 
Jungian Analyst and author James Hollis, PhD, speaks with Banyen's podcast host Ross McKeachie on the themes explored in his book, 'Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Times of Change'. Dr. Hollis shares wisdom on finding our inner compass in shifting times, attending to the psyche’s inner guidance, discovering ourselves anew thro…
 
In this episode of In Conversation, Lalitha speaks candidly, and with humour, about the fiery path of Guru Yoga and what it takes to cultivate spiritual maturity. Lalitha is a lineage holder in the Western Baul tradition, and has been a disciple of Khepa Lee Lozowick for nearly 40 years. She is the author of several books published by Hohm Press, i…
 
Doña María Apaza, Andean Alto Misayoc Priestess, shares spiritual wisdom from the Q'ero culture and guidance for navigating the challenges of our contemporary world. Dona Maria is accompanied by translators Maco Peña García and María Belen Meneses. Doña María Apaza is the last living Priestess of the Q'ero Peoples of Peru. This interview was record…
 
Banyen Books & Sound presents Lama Tsultrim Allione, In Conversation with host, Ross McKeachie for a down-to-earth and illuminating look at the arising of feminine wisdom in our times. They cover topics like women in Buddhism, patriarchy in spiritual traditions, what the experience of the feminine brings to the spiritual path, and more. Lama Tsultr…
 
Join In Conversation host, Ross McKeachie of the Banyen Books & Sound podcast, for an intimate and inspiring conversation with spiritual teacher and highly attuned empathic healer, Matt Kahn. Matt welcomes us in with his warm, heart-centred approach, his humanity and his humour. Matt and Ross dialogue on the distinctions of masculine and feminine a…
 
Banyen Books & Sound presents IN CONVERSATION with host Ross McKeachie speaking to Toltec shaman and New York Times best selling author of The Fifth Agreement, don Jose Ruiz. Don Jose speaks in his unique, heart-centred story-telling style and shines a light on the energy of fear and how, through gratitude we can move into love. He points towards t…
 
Dr. Martin Shaw, one of the great master storytellers of our time, discusses the mythology and meanings of our current cultural moment and the global coronavirus pandemic. Interview host Ross McKeachie got ahold of Dr. Martin Shaw in his cottage in Dartmoor, UK, where he was on the 10th day of 14 days of isolation before being able to go home and s…
 
Caroline Myss speaks about a profound crisis facing humanity: the crisis of faith and the loss of connection to the Divine. Myss articulates what it means to be on a spiritual path, the importance of understanding our connection to the whole, and the deeply personal and impersonal aspect of God. Invoking prayer, inner guidance, and grace, Myss offe…
 
Loch Kelly, spiritual teacher, author, and founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, shares a radically different and simple approach to meditation- effortless mindfulness. Rooted in spacious awareness and connection to the heart, Loch offers glimpses into a state of being accessible to all and available in every moment. Students of meditation f…
 
In this poignant and moving interview, Carina Stone, the wife of Michael Stone, an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher whose life ended tragically and suddenly, speaks about Michael's latest book and the legacy of his life and teachings. She is joined by Erin Robinsong, editor of Michael's book- The World Comes to You. This is a tender inte…
 
In June 2011, Abbott of a monastery in India, Mingyur Rinpoche, left his esteemed post and spent four and a half years in a wandering Retreat. Living without money, clothing (other than the dhoti cloth on his body) or material comforts, he tested the boundaries of his meditation practice and found a freedom and happiness not bound by external condi…
 
Buddhist wisdom and cognitive science teach that we create the world with our thoughts. This inspiring podcast with beloved Buddhist teacher, poet, and author Norman Fisher is all about using the imagination to create a different world and reality that allows us to honor the truest part of our human existence- that we are here to love and serve oth…
 
Banyen's new interview with Deva Premal & Miten: A testament to the healing power of prayer and community, Miten speaks about his recovery from open heart surgery and the insights from having a second chance to live, love, and sing. Deva Premal and Miten speak about their life together touring the world on the wings of sacred music and the blessing…
 
With poetic language, inter-spiritual teacher, author, mother and lover of the Beloved, Mirabai Starr takes listeners on a journey invoking the awe of the feminine. Calling on women mystics of all traditions and Lineages, Mirabai weaves a tapestry of stories that have relevant lessons for our modern, broken world. This is a tender interview with a …
 
In this episode of Banyen Books & Sound's In Conversation, spiritual teacher and author Gangaji speaks about coming home to our inner freedom, a state that transcends emotions and suffering and is not subject to loss or gain. This requires a willingness to have no future and no past and to recognize what’s here. Gangaji eloquently speaks about how …
 
Steven Halpern, Grammy-award nominee and pioneer in the field of sound healing, discusses his career in using sound to facilitate higher states of consciousness. Steven speaks about noise pollution, brain entrainment, and the power of intention in creating music. This fascinating podcast weaves together the fields of science, spirit, and sound.…
 
Archariya Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat, co-founders of the Clear Sky Retreat Center and authors of Wasteland to Pureland, speak about spiritual awakening as the only sustainable mindset in a universe that appears chaotic and for a planet that is in crisis. Offering practical tips gained from their experience in setting up a Retreat Center, D…
 
John Lockley, renowned sangoma/South African Shaman, speaks with Farah Nazarali in this Banyen interview. John Lockley is a fully initiated traditional sangoma in the Xhosa tribe of South Africa – the same tribe as Nelson Mandala and Desmond Tutu. He uniquely bridges African spirituality with Zen and Western Psychology. Leopard Warrior, his bestsel…
 
“Through kindness we experience our kinship with one another.” Mark Nepo, best-selling author, beloved poet and spiritual teacher, speaks about the power of community and relationships as ways to manifest the in-dwelling presence of spirit and re-claim our wholeness. The answer is simple- kindness; it is through kindness, that we experience our kin…
 
Author, Ayurvedic physician and professor and Director of the Ayurvedic Institute, Dr. Vasant Lad offers simple, practical tools in combating anxiety and depression. Dr. Lad also speaks about the effect of digital technology on the pineal gland and the importance of spending time in Nature. Finally, Dr. Lad connects listeners with the sacred throug…
 
Scientist, author, and international speaker, Bruce Lipton passionately talks about how human survival on planet Earth depends on understanding our essential nature as creators. This thought-provoking interview links climate change and turmoil in the ecosystem with subconscious beliefs that perpetuate victimhood, conflict, and deny our power as cre…
 
Internationally-acclaimed author, speaker, and clinic psychologist Dr. Shefali speaks about what it means to use pain as a wake up call to parent more consciously through connection to self and letting go of cultural norms, external measures of worth, and reactive ways of discipline rooted in fear. Dr. Shefali advocates for parenting as a vehicle f…
 
“You don’t need sweat lodges or Ayahuasca or years of disciplined deprivation, all you need is a group [focused on altruistic intention] and it is a sudden fast-track to the miraculous.”- Lynne McTaggart Award-winning investigative journalist, Lynne McTaggart, speaks about the miraculous healing power of altruistic intention. Intending for the well…
 
In an age when information travels across time and space in nanoseconds and desires are fulfilled instantly, is the human mind designed to move at the same pace of technology? According to writer and essayist, Pico Iver, "in a world of constant movement, there's nothing more urgent than stillness." Iver speaks eloquently about the art of stillness …
 
“Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Maverick spiritual teacher and author, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei speaks eloquently about Dharma, social justice, truth and love. Kyodo sensibly advocates for Dharma that leaves nothing out of its inquiry so that a…
 
Dan Siegel, pioneer in the field of intra-personal neurobiology, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, and author of more than a dozen books on the mind, mindfulness, and the brain speaks about the science of pure awareness. His research reveals what wisdom traditions have long taught; inter-dependence of life and connection to a transcend…
 
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