Episode #234 | Nina Simons, Nature, Culture, & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership

What does women’s leadership look like? And how does that differ from men’s? In her latest book, Nina Simons talks about this, and much, much more. Sandra Ingerman wrote about the book: "Nina listened to the call of her soul and stepped into her role of waking women up to the need to embrace their leadership abilities."

In Nature, Culture & the Sacred; A Woman Listens for Leadership”  Simons replaces the old patriarchal leadership paradigm with a more feminine-inflected style that illustrates the interconnected nature of the challenges we face today. Braiding together essays, poetry and interviews, Simons shares inspiring stories of women around the world who are leading the way towards transformational change by cultivating vibrant movements for social and environmental justice.

Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international public speaker who is passionate about healing our relationship with the natural world, women’s leadership and beloved community. She is Co-founder of Bioneers and its Everywoman’s Leadership program. She brings her infectious vision of re-imagining how to live on Earth and with each other into organizations and training settings. Nina co-facilitates transformative leadership intensives on Leading through Relational Mindfulness at Esalen and elsewhere. 



Episode #231 | Elsie Maio | Soul Branding | Humanity, Inc.

Elsie Maio , a leading business values guru and a sustainable business consultant,  is the founder of her company Soul Branding, which takes companies through a process of spiritual awakening. Their mission is to humanize high performing companies and 'performance-ize' social-mission organizations. In the interview, she talks of the need, in this time of cultural crisis, for the artists to create the new iconography of system well-being to replace the icons of commerce.

Elsie is on a mission – to empower business to profitably align with the web of life. Ms. Maio started her career on Wall Street , and, through her public platform and real time engagement with clients, Elsie has helped usher in the sustainability movement since 1997. She has helped scores of leaders to discover emergent trends in business and society, and to commercialize that advantage. Her business management framework and toolset, The SoulBranding℠ Process, uniquely marries high performance business practices with heart-centered stakeholder empowerment.


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Episode #220 | Water is Life

Water is Life.  Aqua es vida.  In any language, water is life. Without it, we cannot survive. The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. Three artists will be presenting the Water is Life Festival at the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden to “honor water by inspiring action for clean water.” Dancers, poets, artists, musicians will come together to present an exceptional experience about water. AND a water medicine wheel will be created, as well as a seed exchange and water stories. 

Bobbe Besold is a visual artist, educator, performer and writer who works in all media. Her primary focus is to create art for Earth’s sake by engaging and collaborating with diverse groups.  She was part of the core team that created Flash Flood in the Santa Fe River for 350.org

Hyda Maria is a Native Santa Fean with a background in education, music, storytelling and dance. She is writing and illustrating a Literacy Arts program (soon to be published).  She has taught and participated in water ceremonies, dances, and songs to honor, cleanse, and renew our waters. 

A social practice artist, poet and scholar, Alicia Rencountre- DaSilva has worked with museum institutions, community programs in public schools, and with educational institutions in Santa Fe and in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Episode #216 | Jim Smith | Land Artist

Jim Smith is a true Renaissance man. He is a land artist in the tradition of Andy Goldsworthy, a lighting designer, a creator of unique structures in the land, where people can experience themselves in spaces that are esthetically sensual and inspiring. He calls himself a “spatialist;”…one who creates outdoor spaces that invite wonder and delight.

Jim lived for 20 years as a nomad, resourcefully navigating life artfully. Living out of a camper with an enviable free form, low overhead existence, he was able to travel the world.

He built the world’s largest voluntary habitat, a cave for Mexican freetail bats called a Chiroptorium, which has been occupied by 400,000 bats. In 1980, Jim received a building arts grant from the NEA to create an Iris Window. He shared his lighting design expertise with a Japanese “living treasure’, at a royal cremation ceremony in Bali, with a juice parlor in Medellin, Columbia, and on Orcas Island in the San Juans.


Episode #206 | Vijali Hamilton | Artist, Peacemaker

Vijali Hamilton has dedicated her life as a peacemaker. Beginning in 1986, when she became inspired by a dream and was prompted to embark upon a quest for global peace, artist Vijali Hamilton traveled from one country to another, leaving behind magnificent environmental stone sculptures as a gift to the communities in which she lived.  Over one thousand of her artworks are in museums, public places, and private collections. She gives seminars and retreats on meditation and the creative process, internationally and at her World Wheel Center Retreat outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Vijali spent ten years as a monastic member of the Vedanta convent in Santa Barbara.

As Vijali collaborates with diversified communities, she utilizes her skills as a filmmaker, sculptor, musician, teacher and author to further her quest for world peace. Her journey ranged from India, Tibet, China, Siberia, Japan and the Middle East, to Senegal, Native North America, and the Andes and Amazonian region of Ecuador and continues on today and into the future. Her journey is shown in her recent feature film Wheel of the World, One Woman’s Creative Journey for Global Peace”.

Episode #202 | Nina Simons | Bioneers | Visionary Social Entrepreneur | Cultivating Women's Leadership

     Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, author, and visionary thinker. In 1990, she and her husband and partner Kenny Ausubel founded Bioneers, an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. The subtitle for Bioneers is "Revolution from the Heart of Nature" Prior to that, she joined Seeds of Change as it’s marketing director, and was subsequently promoted to President, helping to grow the company as a national brand in a mere 5 years.

     Nina’s current work focuses on writing, speaking and teaching about the importance of leadership, diversity, nature, systems thinking and restoring the feminine in us all.

    She is the co-creator of the Cultivating Women’s Leadership residential trainings and co-edited the anthology, "Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart." 

In this interview, nina talks about women, nature, and social change. she says we are in a time of massive re-invention, and need to look at what leadership really looks like. Nina trusts her body's information, as it never lies. She suggests "befriending vulnerability" and says that "women tend to more relational thinking, and when crisis occurs, they "tend and befriend". She asks how we can reclaim the validity of our emotional lives? She talks about the "demonization" of the feminine, suggests seeking diversity in all it's forms, and says that "relationships are a function of rupture and repair."

Episode #201 | Hour World | Linda Hogan, Terry Daniels & Addrianne McCurrach

We are Social Architects who believe that people are the true wealth of the world as their talents gracefully flow out to the benefit of all. We are grounded in the principles of simplicity and abundance and in the the joy of giving and receiving. It is our desire to help in the reclamation of local community prosperity by providing our gifts of time, training and tools in a pay it forward model within the Hour Exchange networks of hOurworld.

We strive to remove all barriers to entry and membership in the time banking movement so that all may have the opportunity to contibute their time and talents and feel connected to their local community. As individuals we each participate in the community currency movement and we honor all the good people who have contibuted to this system of service to others. We pay special tribute to the seven women that originally founded time banking in the United States.

Episode #200 | George & Sedena Cappannelli | Authors | AgeNation, "Do Not Go Quietly"

George and Sedena Cappannelli are award-winning authors, world class consultants, speakers, and co-founders of AgeNation, an organization bringing inspiration, engagement and solutions to "people who weren't born yesterday." Their books include:  Getting Unstuck - 10 Simple Secrets to Embracing Change & Celebrating Your Life; The Best Is Yet To Be – How to Age Wisely & Fall in Love with Your Life, Again!; 9-time award-winning, Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren't Born Yesterday; Say Yes to Change: 25 Keys to Making Change Work for You; and Authenticity - Simple Strategies for Greater Meaning and Purpose at Work.

Joan Borysenko - A distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine. She is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has ben foundational in the health-care revolution that recognizes the role of the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.

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Episode #198 | Vince Kadlubek | Meow Wolf

Vince Kadlubek is a co-founder and CEO of the Santa Fe, NM artist collective Meow Wolf.

Meow Wolf was founded in 2008 by a group of young residents who wanted to supply Santa Fe with an alternative arts and music venue. Meow Wolf's installation "The House of Eternal Return" has become internationally recognized since opening in March 2016. Meow Wolf established a classroom mentorship program in connection with the Albuquerque Museum’s classroom mentorship program for gifted students in 2013 called “Chimera”. The new space housing “The House of Eternal Return” also contains a makerspace and a children’s area, which doubles as a Chimera classroom space. 


Episode #191 | John Stokes | The Tracking Project

The Tracking Project Inc. (TTP) is a Corrales, New Mexico-based organisation founded in 1986. TTP works with community educators and Native elders to design teachings that connect individuals directly with the natural world.

John Stokes is a well-known musician, performer, writer and teacher of tracking, as well as the founder and Director of TTP.

Episode #148 | Merle Lefkoff | Center for Emergent Diplomacy

Merle Lefkoff, PhD is a social change entrepreneur whose practice is devoted to the application of nonlinear complex systems thinking to whole systems change. She is the founder and CEO of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, which applies the self-organizing power of Complexity Science to global policy agendas. 

Episode #136 | Foster Gamble, Kimberly Gamble | Film: "Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?"

Foster Gamble is the president and co-founder of Clear Compass Media as well as host, creator, co-writer and director of visual design for the movie Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take? Gamble has been fascinated and preoccupied with the Universe’s fundamental energy patterns.

Kimberly Gamble is the CEO of Clear Compass Media and the producer, director and co-writer of Thrive. Gamble is a former journalist.

Thrive is a documentary that follows the money upstream, uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Thrive offers real solutions empowering us through breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism to reclaim out lives and our futures.  

Episode #128 | Bill McKibben, Michelle Laflamme-Childs | 350.0rg

Bill McKibben is the senior advisor and co-founder of 350.org. 350.org is an organization that believes in a safe climate and a better future. They are building a global grassroots climate movement aiming to hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and principles of justice, and the stark realities of climate change.

Michelle Laflamme-Childs was a deputy director of the Santa Fe Art Institute from 2006-13.

Episode #115 | Charles Eisenstein | Author | "The Ascent of Humanity"

Charles Eisenstein is an author and public speaker. He has written The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of SelfSacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of TransitionThe Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish and Natural Self, and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Eisenstein feels there is a “Next Step” about to happen in the world, his own work, and beyond.

Episode #108 | Reel Fathers | Deborah Boldt | Allan Shedlin | Don McAvinchey

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Deborah Boldt is the Executive Director of Reel Fathers. She is an award-winning filmmaker who uses her expertise in film as an educational catalyst. Her documentary “Miles to Go,” was co-produced with Hilary Maddux and won an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit.

Don McAvinchey is a Director of Reel Fathers. McAvinchey is a family therapist, life coach, trainer and former Director of Health Families First. He is the current Clinical Director of the Santa Fe Indian School and the Sky Center.

Allan Shedlin, M.A. is the founder and former president of Reel Fathers. Shedlin combined his experience as an educator, freelance writer, parenting coach, and national educational consultant in creating the parenting organization. Shedlin coined the term “daddying” in 1994 to describe the convergence of fatherhood and nurturing.

 Reel Fathers, founded in 2008, inspires men to love, nurture and care for their children and to be skilful co-parents. They collaborate with community organizations in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Reel Fathers provides innovative programs that tap the appeal of popular culture by using ‘story’ told through film and poetry as a focal point. The facilitators use story themes as a springboard to impart skills that improve communication, build closer relationships, and strengthen families.