Islands of Sanity
Becoming The Author Of One’s Own Life
The Good Grief Network: Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis-Reau

The Good Grief Network: Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis-Reau

October 23, 2019

Aimee and Laura speak in depth about learning the skill of grieving in a time of unending and unprecedented losses on our planet and in our personal lives. 

Hold Onto The Thread

Hold Onto The Thread

October 5, 2019

In this first podcast, Carolyn clarifies the vision and purpose of this podcast and offers tools for finding Islands of Sanity in seas of chaos.

Lyn White On Animal Justice In Australia And Beyond

Lyn White On Animal Justice In Australia And Beyond

July 9, 2018

Lyn White with Aniamls Australia is also the Director of Animals International, the global arm of Animals Australia, collaborating with international colleague groups on universal animal cruelty issues from factory farming to live export. Her work has led to unprecedented animal welfare advancements in a number of countries, including in Jordan where she serves as Chief Adviser to the Princess Alia Foundation. Lyn’s life experiences are unique and provide an insight into the systems of justice in place for humans and animals. She presents a compelling argument that the causes of human and animal suffering are the same — and that we cannot address one without addressing the essence of both. Moreover she deeply challenges the essence of our humanity by advocating that we are not simply here to be human beings, but to become humane beings — and to leave this world a kinder and more compassionate place for those who follow us. This podcast is not a collection of horror stories but reveals the many victories of Animals Australia and shares how we can all become involved to strengthen justice for animals.

Our Collective Madness: Mapping How This Happened

Our Collective Madness: Mapping How This Happened

June 26, 2018

If we don't understand how we got here, we are powerless to respond to our predicament. Before we can respond, we need a map because often maps help us acquire a clarity we would not otherwise have. Just as we buy into unspoken agreements in our dysfunctional families, we buy into unspoken agreements in our culture. What are those agreements? We can't buy out of them until we understand how we bought in.

Lessons From The Holocaust For Our Time: How The Past Can Prepare Us For The Future With Dianne Monroe

Lessons From The Holocaust For Our Time: How The Past Can Prepare Us For The Future With Dianne Monroe

May 29, 2018

Life Mentor and Experiential Educator, Dianne Monroe, shares family stories regarding her ancestors who lived during the time of the Holocaust in Europe. She shares some of the lessons from that era, emphasizing that we never know the ripple effects of our actions for future generations. She also discusses the growth of autocratic movements in Europe and how we can resist rather than believe we will be safe if we obey.

Dr. Lise Van Susteren, Carolyn, And Dean Walker Discuss The Trauma Of Current Time And How To Navigate It Resiliently

Dr. Lise Van Susteren, Carolyn, And Dean Walker Discuss The Trauma Of Current Time And How To Navigate It Resiliently

May 24, 2018

Psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren returns to the New Lifeboat Hour in 2018 to discuss with Carolyn Baker and Dean Walker the various forms of trauma ubiquitous in our culture and how we can navigate it with resilience and grace

Becoming Students Of The Wisdom And Intelligence Of Animals, With Dr. Susan Eirich

Becoming Students Of The Wisdom And Intelligence Of Animals, With Dr. Susan Eirich

April 26, 2018

Susan Eirich is a licensed psychologist, biologist and educator. She founded Earthfire Institute: Wildlife Sanctuary & Retreat Center in 2000 in order to give a voice to wildlife and help people find their own natural voice. Earthfire’s mission is to help humans change how they see, and therefore treat, wildlife and nature. Susan lives with these animals throughout their lifetimes, developing deep relationships and insights. This makes it possible for her to bring wild animals’ voices into our awareness and into conservation decisions. Susan's work is about saving and learning from wild animals in order to empower them and humans to save land and animals.

Healing Climate Trauma: Beyond Climate Change Toward Truth And Reconciliation With Zhiwa Woodbury

Healing Climate Trauma: Beyond Climate Change Toward Truth And Reconciliation With Zhiwa Woodbury

April 16, 2018

Climate "change" doesn't begin to address the existential and moral crisis humans are experiencing. All living beings are traumatized by climate catastrophe. Instead of talking about climate "change" which is a form of climate denial, we need to talk about climate trauma and work intra-psychically--emotionally and spiritually, on healing its effects. In addition, we need to learn from Truth and Reconcilliation movements how to employ Truth and Reconcilliation in healing our climate trauma and developing Earth intimacy. Ecosystems will sort out the carnage, and we may be part of it, but climate trauma is offering us an opportunity for coming to feel and understand, at at last, what it means to be human.

Beyond Hope:  Letting Go Of A World In Collapse

Beyond Hope: Letting Go Of A World In Collapse

April 9, 2018

This conversation is a motherlode of truth and wisdom as Deb and I discuss what it means to be fully present and awake to our global predicament, how we end the illusion of separation by becoming deeply immersed in our essence, how our separation-oriented ego can become more lovingly folded into our essence, what community means and doesn't mean, the proper role of service in our lives, and how we hold space for whatever is next in the demise of our planet.