This Mythic Life Podcast

with Dr Sharon Blackie

Welcome to my ‘This Mythic Life’ Podcast. It’s dedicated to conversations about cultivating the mythic imagination, and the relevance of myth and fairy tales to our lives 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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Sharon Blackie

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Steven Martyn (E9)

In this episode, Dr Sharon Blackie speaks with Steven Martyn, founder of the Sacred Gardener School in Ontario, Canada. 







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, 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, 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, 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, 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.





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