Wow I am so excited about the panel Debra Giusti and I co-created at this year’s Harmony Festival! www.HarmonyFestival.com
Check it out! George Noory is the moderator of the Visionary Culture Panel at Harmony Festival, with Jennifer Partridge of Our New Earth as Emcee. I am joined as a panelist by Daniel Pinchbeck, David Wolfe, Starhawk and Caroline Casey. This fascinating and outspoken, often hilarious and intriguing bunch of beings are sure to rock the Harmony Fest and the planet in this dynamic interaction. Scroll down to read about the panel and panelists!
George Noory :: Moderating
Laura Fox :: Panel Designer with Debra Giusti, Festival Founder
Emcee :: Jennifer Partridge of Our New Earth
TITLE :: Visionary Culture :: Creating Our Future
Location, Time and Date :: Harmony Festival, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 20, 2009
5:30 PM Earth Temple Dome
How can our larger community move even further into living the new dream indicated by the 2012 shift, via inspiration into conceptualization, aspiration and visualization to land real living action steps which help us co-create successfully?
What are the core issues we are dealing with that seem like barriers to this dream—ie, economic and eco-crises, inner and outer disharmony, unwieldy and rampantly controlling social, governmental and corporate entities—and what are the specific ways of being we need to collectively and individually shift into in order to truly “anchor” this new dream?
Discussion includes the four primary levels of motivation, aspiration, activation and innovation to holographically examine what we can do on a physical level, how we can transform with our emotions, what we can imagine our new reality to be, and how we can strategize to make our collective dream of a new culture based on HARMONY come into being.
It became official on January 1, 2003. George Noory took over the reins from retiring Art Bell to become the host of America’s most fascinating overnight radio program. Looking back on George’s life and his passion for all things unexplained, it seems almost fated that he would fulfill this unique role.
While still a teenager, George joined NICAP, the UFO organization that was a precursor to today’s MUFON. George immersed himself in the field, “so much so that I decided I wanted to go into broadcasting in order to do unusual stories in the paranormal and stories that the mainstream media didn’t want to touch,” he told After Dark. Indeed, George’s very first broadcast interview, while a young radio reporter for Detroit’s WCAR-AM, was with Roswell expert/physicist Stanton Friedman, with whom he has maintained a lifelong friendship.
Now with a 30-year history in the broadcasting field under his belt in such positions as executive television news producer and news director, George brings a wide swath of experience to the table. In fact, at age 28 he was the youngest major news market news director in the country when he was at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. But it was just a couple of years ago that he came to the attention of Premiere Radio Networks, who heard him on his late-night radio program on KTRS in St. Louis. Known as “the Nighthawk,” George’s penchant for covering paranormal topics with enthusiasm and skill impressed Premiere. He was then brought on board to host the Sunday night Coast to Coast show. And as Art’s back problems became more severe, George was honored to fill in for him on a regular basis.
“Coast to Coast AM may just be the most unusual show I have ever witnessed or been a part of. You really almost have to be born into that arena, I think, in order to handle it. I was very lucky in that’s the way I was guiding my own career. It was this thirst to really get to the bottom of some of these stories that kept pushing me,” George said.
Other highlights of George’s life include serving nine years in the U.S. Naval Reserve and winning three Emmy Awards as a news executive. But certainly manning the helms of Coast to Coast AM is a pinnacle for George, allowing him to pursue the unexplained on a grand scale. It’s become his destiny to guide the huge audience from more than 500 radio stations through the night in this dynamic format created by Art Bell. Across America, and around the world on the Internet, George Noory’s voice rings out.
David “Avocado” Wolfe is considered by peers to be one of the world’s leading authorities on nutrition. David is the author of Naked Chocolate, Eating For Beauty and The Sunfood Diet Success System. David works, in conjunction with http://www.rawfood.com, to develop, market and distribute some of the world’s most wonderful and exotic organic food items. David and http://www.rawfood.com were the first to bring raw and organic: cacao beans/nibs (raw chocolate), goji berries, Incan berries, cacao butter, cacao powder, powdered encapsulated mangosteen, maca extract and cold-pressed coconut oil into general distribution in North America. Known for extraordinary quality control and ethical production, these products and many others developed by David and http://www.rawfood.com lead the field. Since 1995, David Wolfe has given over 1,000 health lectures and seminars in the United States, Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, Central America and South America. He hosts at least six health, fitness and adventure retreats each year at various retreat centers around the world. You may view his current schedule at: http://www.rawfood.com/events.html. David is the founder of the non-profit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (www.ftpf.org) whose goal is to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth. David is also the founder of, and leading contributor to, the internet’s only Peak Performance and Nutrition online magazine: www.thebestdayever.com.
Panel Designer with Festival Founder Debra Giusti
Founder of Visionary Culture, Raw Inspirations and Anchor The Dream, Laura Fox is host of the popular radio shows Visionary Culture and Raw Inspirations. As a teacher and leader of the awakening of conscious awareness, Laura is holding the torch for leaders of the new paradigm to recognize themselves as such and step fully into their highest destiny paths of service on planet earth. Deeply moved to ‘do that which will actually help,’ Laura created a collaborative visionary theatre program called ANCHOR THE DREAM, which she facilitates to bring in new blueprints for earth life based on agendas of our own choosing. ANCHOR THE DREAM is Visionary Stewardship of the highest order, through which participants are guided into deep inner spaces where they can discover their particular and crucial piece of the dream of the new earth, and share with their podmates to enact the collective dream, therefore vibrationally ‘bringing it in’ to the collective consciousness. As an event producer, Laura most recently produced Visionary Culture’s Soul Nourishment Experience Powered By The Bliss Bar™ for 2012 Quantum Leap. She previously developed the 2007 Raw Spirit Festival as Production Manager, playing a key role in taking the Festival from 200 to 2200 attendees that year. In 2008, she produced the highly successful Eco Village for Harmony Festival, assistant produced the Maui + Big Island Mystic Garden Parties, and acted as Executive Consultant, co-producing and Emcee’ing at the Raw Games. This year, in 2009, Laura will be Emcee’ing at Harmony Festival. Laura works closely with many companies in the raw vegan foods movement, and has initiated such projects as the 2008 Best of Raw contest. Her work as Creative Director of Everything Raw Company brings her much joy. She has been working on branding, web development and longterm company visioning and strategizing with founder and owner Paul Mamakos. Longtime student of healing, Laura is certified in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Soul Clearing, Reiki and Theta Healing, and has developed the healing modality called Core Star Activation. The modality Manna Touch is in development. She has studied energy healing for many years and is ‘on call’ to assist people in shifting beyond old energetic patterns and beliefs, as well as clearing spaces, people and objects from non-productive energies and entities. As a leader of leaders, Laura is also developing a Visionary Stewardship Collaborative Visioning Certificate Program to spread this very important work, through which practitioners can assists individuals, organizations, businesses to come into collaborative harmonic resonance around co-creation, decision making and crystal clear trajectory visioning. As a raw vegan educator, Laura has taught numerous classes on Raw Gourmet Food Prep, and currently offers a one-day Raw Vegan Chef Certification Course which gives raw vegan enthusiasts the basics for preparing delicious, nutritious, divine raw vegan foods for their families and communities. Laura’s Visionary Artwork Digital Alchemy is featured on this site (click here). This art comes from her soul’s expression of what she sees, feels and knows on the inner planes. She recently began offering to make soul portrait art for interested individuals and companies. (See Activated Offerings). One of the original members of the Hologram of Life Councilship, Laura works closely with its founders Michael Chapman and Amayea Rae in continuing development. She is also a budding musician, creating songs for the awakening of consciousness as she learns to play guitar and bass. Ecstatic Dance is also one of Laura’s favorite activities for body, mind, heart and spirit. Laura has created VISIONARY CULTURE as the overlighting body to fulfill her mission and dedication to doing her best to assist in midwifing THE SHIFT toward cultivating resonant harmony, true freedom and peace on earth.
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk’s newest book is The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature.
Her works have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Japanese, and Burmese. Her essays are reprinted across the world, and have been included in numerous anthologies. Starhawk’s writing is influential and has been quoted by hundreds of other authors, turning up in magazines, trade and academic press, and even inspirational calendars. Her books are often found in college curriculums. The Spiral Dance has been continuously in-print for over twenty-five years and revised twice; in 1999 HarperSanFrancisco published the Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery won the Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award for nonfiction in 1988. Starhawk’s first novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, won the Lambda award for best Gay and Lesbian Science Fiction in 1994. Many of Starhawk’s best political essays–credited with helping the global justice movement find and define itself–were collected into her book Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. At the Book Expo America, Webs of Power won a 2003 Nautilus Award from the trade association NAPRA.
Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate pioneer in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming community (www.reclaiming.org). She consulted on and contributed to the popular trio of films known as the Women’s Spirituality series, directed by Donna Read for the National Film Board of Canada: Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. Starhawk and Donna Read recently formed their own film company, Belili Productions (www.belili.org). Their first release is Signs Out of Time (2004), a documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, the scholar made major discoveries about the Goddess cultures of Old Europe. Starhawk and Donna are at work on their next film, an introduction to permaculture.
Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. Together with Penny Livingston-Stark and Erik Ohlsen, she coteaches EAT, Earth Activist Trainings, intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality (www.earthactivisttraining.org).
Starhawk has also recorded several tapes and CDs; most recently “Wicca for Beginners” (2002), “Wiccan Rituals and Blessings” (2003), and a four-CD set “Earth Magic” (2006), all produced by Sounds True. A songwriter on occasion, quite a few of her songs and chants turn up in rituals across the globe; they are included in songbooks and hymnals, covered by other artists, and recorded by the Reclaiming musical community.
Starhawk travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. She lives part-time San Francisco, in a collective house with her partner and friends, and part-time in a little hut in the woods in western Sonoma County, California, where she practices permaculture in her extensive gardens, and writes. Her website is http://www.starhawk.org.
Bibliography: Starhawk’s Books and Novels:
* The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.
San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1979, 1989, and 1999 editions.
German, Danish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Greek editions.
* Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics. Boston, Beacon, 1982, 1988, 1997 editions. French and German editions.
* Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco.,1988. German edition.
* The Fifth Sacred Thing. New York, Bantam, 1993. German, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese editions.
* Walking to Mercury. New York, Bantam, 1997.
* The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, cowritten with M. Macha NightMare and the Reclaiming Collective. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.
* Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition. Cowritten with Anne Hill and Diane Baker. Illustrated by Sara Ceres Boore. New York, Bantam, 1998.
* The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action, cowritten with Hilary Valentine. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2000. Dutch, Spanish, and German editions.
* Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Victoria, Canada; New Society Publishers, 2002. Essays translated into Burmese, French, and Italian.
* The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2004
Caroline W. Casey is a Visionary Activist Astrologer, devoted to the principle that Imagination lays the tracks for the Reality Train to follow. Therefore the cultivation of imagination coupled with the capacity for complex story-telling is a key strategy for personal and collective change. As the late great Native American activist, Ruben Snake, used to quip, “Here’s a little bit of Native American wisdom for you – if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.”
A native of Washington DC Caroline is the last of five children born to an Irish-Democrat-New-Deal Congressman, and a politically active Yankee Swede. She has a degree in Symbol Systems (semiotics) from Brown University, and has studied magic, mythology and social activism all over the world.
Based in Washington DC, Caroline broadcasts her live weekly radio show, “The Visionary Activist Show”, wedding spiritual magic to ingenious social action to Pacifica station KPFA (94.1) in Northern California , replayed on L.A.s KPFK (and can be heard live on the web, by going to http://www.KPFA.org at 2pm PT on Thursdays).
Primary astrological consultant for Time-Life Books’ 1989 book “Cosmic Connections”, she has offered mythological-astrological news analysis on ABC”s “Nightline”, CNN’s “Crossfire”, in “People Magazine “, on Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS’s “Nightwatch”, “Fox Morning News”, “Equal Time” etc.
In 1980 Caroline was a weekly astrological political analyst on Washington Metromedia TV, with Mark Shields. Subsequently her Astrological Interpretation of World News and Politics has been sought in a full-page interview in The Washington Post, a full length cover feature also in the Post’s style section (July 2000), on the front page of the Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, the London Sunday Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and in an interview with James Ridgeway for the Village Voice. She has written astrological-political essays for Washingtonian magazine as well as an astrological-political column for George Magazine (July ’98-February ’99). And covered the 2000 election for National Journal’s Hotline.
Her audio book,Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work For You – the astrological language of the psyche (Harmony Books/Random House or Random Harmony) The audio version, a theatrical presentation of the material in the book, is also titled Making the Gods Work for You.
She offers Visionary Activist Revivals at a wide variety of conferences all over America as well as in South Africa (presenting at the Parliament of World Religions), Sweden, England and New Zealand. A rousing and frequent keynote speaker, Caroline invites us to imagine, conjure, and implement a more lovingly ingenious world
At the change of Seasons, Caroline produces astrological-political-spiritual-ritual-lecture-theatre-council of all creation, the tapes of which are sent all over the World–the latest of which you can check out in the Catalogue.
Daniel is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. In Breaking Open the Head, Pinchbeck explored shamanism via ceremonies with tribal groups such as the Bwiti of Gabon, who eat iboga, and the Secoya people in the Ecuadorean Amazon, who take ayahuasca in their ceremonies. He also attended the Burning Man festival in Nevada, and looked at use of psychedelic substances in a desacralized modern context. Through his direct experiences and research, and influenced heavily by the work of anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (who did not advocate the use of psychedelic substances and did not consider hallucinations to be sound spiritual perceptions), he became convinced that the shamanic and mystical view of reality had validity, and that the modern world had forfeited an understanding of intuitive aspects of being in its pursuit of rational materialism.
This awareness led to his second book, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, which examines prophecy through personal and philosophical approaches, and offers the hypothesis that humanity is experiencing an accelerated process of global consciousness transformation, leading to a new realization of time and space during this period. In 2012, he also explains the psi or extra-sensory perception research of Dean Radin, the theories of Graham Hancock, his own encounters with crop circles, a visit to calendar reform advocate José Argüelles, and his direct reception of prophetic material: the voice of the Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl, began speaking to him during a 2004 trip to the Amazon in Brazil. At the time, he was participating in a ceremony of the Santo Daime, a Brazilian religion that uses the psychedelic brew ayahuasca as its sacrament. Through its references to 2012 and the Maya calendar in the context of New Age beliefs, Pinchbeck’s book has contributed to Mayanism. The book also details his acts of infidelity and his interest in polyamory.
Pinchbeck’s feature articles have appeared in numerous periodicals. A founding editor of Open City, a literary journal, he has recently launched a new Internet-based magazine, Reality Sandwich, offering a new paradigm for a planetary culture, in March, 2007. He is the executive producer of PostModernTimes, a series of web videos presented on the iClips Network. In 2005 he co-founded The Evolver Project, with the plan to create a membership organization supporting sustainable commerce. Although Pinchbeck is no longer connected to it, a part of this project can be seen at evo.net. On December 14, 2006, Pinchbeck appeared on the television program The Colbert Report to discuss his book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.