The Hedge School Podcastwith Dr Sharon Blackie
Welcome to The Hedge School Podcast. It’s dedicated to conversations about building a new folk culture – one which is deeply rooted in our native knowledge and traditions. The Hedge School was born from a belief that the personal, social and environmental problems we’re facing today have arisen not just as a result of our profound disconnection from the beautiful animate world around us, but a lack of rootedness in our ancestral traditions. So this work is about reclaiming ancient wisdom – not to try to recreate a long-lost past, but to use that wisdom to help us build authentic traditions for today.
In this podcast series, I’ll be offering you conversations with people who can sprinkle a few breadcrumbs to help us find our way back home through this dark forest of our forgetting. The wisdom contained in myth and folk tales; connecting with our places; reclaiming our indigenous roots, the practice of traditional crafts and old ways of knowing – and so much more.
In between those conversations, in my ‘MythLines’ series of 30-minute-long episodes, you can listen to stories, essays and reflections on wild mind, enchantment, and the mythic imagination.
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Sylvia Linsteadt (E8)
In this episode, Dr Sharon Blackie speaks with writer Sylvia Linsteadt about the stories of place, Greek mythology, and the first of her series of books for children, The Wild Folk.
Paul Kingsnorth (E7)
In this episode, Dr Sharon Blackie interviews Paul Kingsnorth, writer and co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. The conversation focuses on place and belonging, writing as a response to dark times, and Paul’s books and courses.
Sherri Mitchell (E6)
In this episode, Dr Sharon Blackie speaks with indigenous rights activist and spiritual teacher Sherri Mitchell. The conversation focuses on the ways in which indigenous wisdom can help us navigate todays’ challenging world
MythLines with Dr Sharon Blackie (E5)
On developing a resistance of the imagination
In this first episode of her ‘MythLines’ series of reflections on the myth and the mythic imagination, Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie suggests that myth is a bridge to the soul of the world, the anima mundi. It’s not we who do the dreaming and the imagining, but we who are imagined, who are dreamed, by the living Earth around us.
Bayo Akomolafe (E4)
In this episode, Dr Sharon Blackie speaks with Nigeria-born writer and educator Bayo Akomolafe.The conversation includes the ways we might break out of the straitjacket of modern education; indigenous ways of looking at the world, and how we can explain the mess we’re in to our children.
Stephen Jenkinson (E3)
In this episode, Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie interviews teacher and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School Stephen Jenkinson. The conversation is focused on what it is to be an elder in today’s world, and on Stephen’s forthcoming book, Come of Age.
Manda Scott (E2)
In this episode, Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie interviews bestselling writer and teacher of shamanic dreaming Manda Scott. The conversation is focused on contemporary shamanic practice, and whether it is possible to recreate an authentic spiritual practice based on what little we know about the traditions followed by our ancestors.
Pat McCabe – Woman Stands Shining (E1)
In this episode, Hedge School founder Dr Sharon Blackie is in conversation with Pat McCabe. Pat, also known as Woman Stands Shining, is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader and international speaker. The discussion focuses on the question of what it is to be indigenous, and how those of us in the West can reclaim a sense of our own indigeneity.