Here are several podcasts where you can learn about regenerative culture practices. We are looking to add podcasts to this list that are in other languages and not centered in the U.S. Please get in touch if you have recommendations.
All My Relations: Hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation). “A podcast to discuss our relationships as Native peoples—to land, ancestors, and to each other.”
America Adapts with Doug Parsons. Particularly check out the episode called “Climate Change Podcasters Unite!”, which introduces several other climate change adapatation podcasts (practical solutions people are implementing as we face more storms and displacement, etc).
How to Survive the End of the World: Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a podcast that delves into the practices we need as a community, to move through endings and to come out whole on the other side, whatever that might be.
The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann: A podcast dedicated to Permaculture education, sustainability, gardening, organic food, and resiliency.
Upstream: Unlearning everything you thought you knew about economics. Radical ideas and inspiring stories for a just transition to a more beautiful and equitable world
The Next System Project: an initiative of The Democracy Collaborative aimed at bold thinking and action to address the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. Deep crises of economic inequality, racial injustice and climate change—to name but three—are upon us, and systemic problems require systemic solutions.
Forthcoming: Indigenous Regenerative Economy, co-hosted by David Karabelnikoff with support from the Healing and Reconciliation Institute.
words by Magenta Ceiba, photography by Alan Rockefeller and Magenta
This Friday I had the honor of representing Bloom Network to support the launch of the Decriminalize Nature initiative in Oakland, California.
The purpose of this ballot initiative is to decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being. Decriminalize Nature refers to entheogenic plants, fungi, and natural sources (as defined herein), such as mushrooms, cacti, iboga containing plants and /or extracted combinations of plants similar to Ayahuasca; and limited to those containing the following types of compounds: indole amines, tryptamines, phenethylamines.
The event featured speakers, letter writing, button-making, screen-printing, delicious food and more. The vibe at the start of the event was nothing short of holy. The experiences people have had with these natural psychedelic substances have been profound and life-changing, and we all care about, in the words of Dr. Mellody Hayes, “increasing the access and availability of healing to all people.” It was a gathering of grassroots community coming together to have these relationships with nature.
Subsequent events in the coming months will continue the momentum so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area. This is one of several related initiatives happening in the U.S. at this time. Denver, Colorado and Oregon both have ballot initiatives up to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.
When I arrived, I learned that two of the authors of this initiative met at HiveMind, an event produced by Bloom Bay Area between 2012-2014. (You can attend the new version of this event, Pollination, in August in SF!) It was a beautiful reminder of how deep of relationships and impacts have formed over the years of our local chapter events. Once the connections form, look what flowers!
Speaker highlights included: talented artist Chor Boogie talking about his emergence from his first Iboga ceremony after plunging into a heroine relapse, and loving his life again; and Ryan Miller of Educating Veterans About Cannabis urging folks to prioritize vulnerable communities in access to medicine ceremonies, perhaps by people paying more for their seat so that someone who can’t afford it can receive one.
I had the pleasure of speaking with David Karabelnikoff, an Alaskan Aleut living in the Bay Area, who is co-producing a forthcoming podcast about indigenous regenerative economy, as well as the second annual NDGNS Hackathon of artists. He told me something about tobacco that I’d like to pass along. Native peoples are taught to work with tobacco for prayer, in connection with the Earth. He described that the way Americans use it is that they think about their worries and things they’re stressed out about it when they’re smoking, thereby sending those prayers to spirit – literally the opposite of traditional teachings.
Larry Norris, co-founder of ERIE – Entheogenic, Research, Integration and Education, and myself silk-screened shirts together advertising the initiative. We did about 30 shirts. It was the first time either of us had done silk-screening, so we learned how and had a blast in the process. Larry was part of our local Bloom (then Evolver) organizing crew around 2012, so it was a pleasure to be together making art for a great cause.
Lastly, do you know about 920, Global Magic Mushroom Day???!!!!!?!?!?! Check it out, 920 Coalition. I have met the most wonderful people at events around it.
It was a gift to support the launch of the Decriminalize Nature initiative. I hope you’ll also support it or pick up the torch on related initiatives in your cities and states/provinces as they inevitably join the current.
This episode is an insightful panel discussion about psychedelics, recorded at Imagine Festival on Orcas Island in September 2015. Moderator and panelists: Rick Ingrasi, Donna Dryer, Richard Yensen, and Magenta Ceiba. Some of the topics we touch on include the legal history of psychedelics, possibilities for intergenerational collaboration, and the different types of settings people can create for their trips. We also describe several entrypoints for receiving training in therapy for altered states. This panel is rich with wisdom and experience, and we hope you enjoy it! To stay tuned to other podcasts, media and in person events about psychedelic community integration and activism, you can sign up at https://bloomnetwork.org for our quarterly newsletter.
We are currently searching for this audio file and will post it when we find it!
From Shock to Awe is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA (“Ecstasy”), and cannabis. It takes an intimate look at how these substances can be used to heal our wounded warriors—and, by extension, their loved ones.
intention with this film is to raise awareness of the healing
properties of, and help change the laws regulating, ayahuasca, MDMA, and
cannabis so that these substances can be legally available for
responsible use in therapeutic, and spiritual, settings—especially for
veterans with PTSD. Because we believe that all vets have a right to
choose their own path to healing.
Interview about hydrology with Evolver Sporeganizers Andrew Stocker, a geologist from Santa Fe New Mexico, and Jacob Aman, a researcher working on toxic cleanup projects near Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley and the surrounding region. We cover:
How the Earth’s water cycles work
What dangers we face with the current ways people and governments manage waterways
How water management is complicated because it crosses so many legal jurisdictions
Bloom Network has been developing some infrastructure for regenerative initiatives and communities/networks to share resources and wisdom with each other. It is peer-led by local chapter leaders on the ground who are community organizers attuned to many different communities in their regions. They produce events and media to help the broader public find what is happening and participate in regenerative culture.
Over the coming months, we’ll be implementing social media features online including a wiki for people to share best practices and find who is working on what in the regenerative culture area they’re interested in, interactive webcasts for networking and resource sharing, etc. You can connect via our website at https://bloomnetwork.org, and attend our conference, HiveMind, in San Francisco this fall. HiveMind is focused on collaborative action coordination.
We’re mostly designed to help scale up what is working well, and better connect regenerative culture makers across different sectors or movements so we can more quickly address climate change, divest/invest, etc.