From 2010-2012, the Voices of the Earth Project interviewed elders and other community leaders of diverse earth-honoring traditions. Subjects featured in these free, full-length interviews include ritual and ceremony, honoring ancestors, traditional storytelling, relating with the Earth and spirits of place, and more.
In late 2013 the non-profit (Earth Medicine Alliance) that hosted the Voices project came to completion. To help the interviews from the project to continue to be accessible, I agreed to host the archive on my personal website/practice. You can also access the interviews directly on Youtube (link here) and iTunes (link here). The following 25-minute video highlights our 13 interviews from the 2010-12 archive:
John Lockley from South Africa had a strong dream calling him to train as a Xhosa Sangoma and in 1994 began a 10-year apprenticeship in the townships of Eastern Cape. John facilitates Ubuntu (humanity) workshops around the world, teaching people the arts of dreaming, work with medicinal plants, and connecting with the ancestral/spirit world. For more information, please visit www.african-shaman.com. For our 2012 interview click here for video and audio formats.
Luisah Teish, an author, storyteller, and priestess of the Ifá/Orisha faith of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and the African Diaspora. Yeye is the founding mother of Ile Orunmila Oshun, and holds a chieftancy title in the Fatunmise lineage as a senior Oshun Priest. She is also the founder of the School of Ancient Mysteries and Sacred Arts Center in Oakland, CA. For more information please visit: www.luisahteish.com. For our 2012 interview click here for video and audio formats.
Graham Harvey has taught at the University of Winchester, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Open University and authored numerous books and journal articles on animism, shamanism, paganism, and indigenous religions. His book Animism: Respecting the Living World helped inspire the founding of the Earth Medicine Alliance. For more information visit: www.grahamharvey.org and www.animism.org.uk. For our 2012 interview click here for video and audio formats.
Darryl Babe Wilson is an elder, poet, and storyteller of the Pit River people of Northern East California. Author of The Morning the Sun Went Down and advisor to the California Indian Storytelling Association, he is active in carrying on the traditional wisdom of his people. For more info on Babe’s work visit: www.haydutsila.com. For our 2011 interview with Dr. Wilson click here for video and audio formats.
Orion Foxwood is an teacher of traditional witchcraft and Faery Seership work through the House of Brigh. He is a conjurer in Southern Appalachian folk magic traditions and author of several books including The Faery Teachings and The Tree of Enchantment. For more info on Orion’s work visit: www.orionfoxwood.com. For our 2010 interview with Orion click here for video and audio formats.
Malidoma Somé is an initiated elder of the Dagara people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. He is the author of numerous books including Of Water and the Spirit and The Healing Wisdom of Africa and leads trainings throughout North America and Europe as well as guided trips to Burkina Faso. For more info on trainings and sessions with Malidoma visit: www.malidoma.com. For our 2010 interview with Malidoma click here for video and audio formats.
Hua Anwa is a Métis and adopted Chumash elder and ceremonial leader of an annual women’s Long Dance ceremony, lodges, quests, and Full Moon circles. She is also the founder of Circles of Empowerment, a Native American-based non-profit offering ceremonies, teachings and community building. For info on Hua see: www.huaanwa.com and www.circlesofempowerment.org. For our 2011 interview with Hua click here for video and audio formats.
Lorin Smith is a Kashaya Pomo elder, medicine man, dreamer and storyteller who has traveled around the U.S. and abroad doing healing work. Since the 1970′s he has lived on the Pomo reservation in Gualala, California, and based on a vision Lorin built a ceremonial roundhouse that remains a hub for his community and his healing work. For our 2011 interview with Lorin click here for video and audio formats.
Chandra Alexandre is an initiate of the dark goddess in India and the founder and a spiritual leader of the SHARANYA community www.sharanya.org, Daughters of Kali, and Kali Vidya www.KaliVidya.org. She is dedicated through these organizations to engaged spirituality for social justice and transformation through (r)evolutionary shakta tantra. For our 2011 interview with Chandra click here for video and audio formats.
Alex Stark is an internationally recognized consultant and teacher on issues on creativity, efficiency, and design. He is an expert and teacher in Feng Shui and European Geomancy, a graduate of Yale University School of Architecture, and a practitioner of Andean shamanism from the Central Highlands of Peru. For more info on Alex’s services and teachings visit: www.alexstark.com. For our 2011 interview with Alex click here for video and audio formats.
Daniel Foor leads trainings and individual sessions focused on ancestral healing, ritual work in nature, and clarifying personal destiny (www.ancestralmedicine.org). Daniel is passionate about embodying earth-honoring wisdom in non-dogmatic ways that emphasize our capacity for service and innate joy. For the 2011 interview with Daniel click here for video and audio formats. For the keynote address at the 2011 Earth Medicine Alliance conference click here.
Charlene Sul was born and raised in San Jose, California and members of her family have lived in the area for hundreds of years. She founded the Confederation of Ohlone People and co-leads the 1000 Hummingbirds Gatherings. In her interview Charlene speaks on the history of the Ohlone people as well as ritual and ceremonies to honor the earth and the ancestors. For our 2011 interview with Charlene click here for video and audio formats.
Tina de Souza is an Iyalorixa from Templo Guaracy in the Umbanda tradition of Brazil, practicing clinical psychologist, and teacher at the University of Sao Paulo. She created a theory called Primary Unconscious Integrated System that has been researched by psychologists and healers around the world. For more information visit www.tinadesouza.com and www.temploguaracy.org.br. For our 2012 interview click for video and audio formats.
If you share content from these interviews I simply ask that you credit the Voices of the Earth Project (and of course the teacher being interviewed), and also that you keep the material free of charge in whatever format it may be shared. Particular credit with the Voices project is also due to Elaine Gast Fawcett and Victor Ibarra. All interviews are published through a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.