By David Crow, host of the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

It was not my intention to be prophetic when I named the theme of the 5th annual Plant Medicine Summit “Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics” last January. 

I was thinking about the widespread health challenges such as Lyme Disease, metabolic syndrome, and viral infections such as Epstein-Barr, and herpes, and the many ways that herbs can prevent, manage, and cure these conditions. 

Then the SARS-COV-2 virus appeared, and Covid-19 was the pandemic that overshadowed everything else.

Over the last 40 years I have been watching natural medicine gradually take its rightful place in our society, driven by the need for nontoxic, nutrient-based immune building and gently detoxifying alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs. In the last 10 years this trend has accelerated, and I have had the great honor of personally knowing and working with many great herbalists in the field.

Suddenly, in the last few months, as a result of our collective health crisis, botanical medicine is now so urgent, popular, and necessary that herb companies are having difficulty keeping up with demand.

Against this backdrop of rapid awakening health consciousness and the radical transformation of cultural values it brings, I invite you to join me for the 5th annual Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit, taking place August 24-28. 

I am pleased and honored to present a stellar lineup of some of the most renowned and respected educators, clinicians, and researchers in the field of botanical medicine.

Some bring specific knowledge relevant to the pandemic of Covid-19, such as Dr. Vasant Lad’s wise words about how ancient Ayurveda understood contagion; Dr. Mark Halpern’s teaching on boosting immunity with Ayurvedic herbs; Dr. Jill Stansbury’s extensive insights on the many body systems we can treat to boost immunity; and K.P. Khalsa’s clinical pearls on treating viral infections and post-viral fatigue. 

But the topics go far beyond the viral threat only, such as David Winston addressing the pandemic of anxiety and depression; Dr. John Douillard addressing mental detoxification; Dr. Gabrielle Francis teaching us about Mayan herbal baths for clearing trauma; and Karen Wang Diggs showing us how we can make fermented foods at home to support a healthy digestive microbiome.

The 5-day summit begins on August 24, and like all the summits on The Shift Network, it is free of charge. Please join me for this historic gathering of healers at this crucial time.

You can register for this free summit here.


EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Master Key” by Robert Peng, a featured speaker in The Shift Network’s 2019 Qigong Global Summit, is one of the most profoundly important books I’ve ever read. I can say that it’s life-changing with complete confidence, because it changed my life before I even finished reading it. I was so impressed with this book that we are serializing the section called “One Hundred Days of Darkness and Light” in future issues of Catalyst. You can read the twenty-first installment (as well as the previous ones) here.
— Phil Bolsta

The uplifting stories in this issue’s “The Nicest Thing” section come from David Crow, the host of the Plant Medicine  for Modern Epidemics Summit, and two summit speakers: Peruvian curandero, psychologist, and author don Oscar Miro-Quesada... and Dr. Marc Halpern, President of the California College of Ayurveda, and co-founder of the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine...

... and two brand-new Shift faculty: energy healer Cyndi Dale, whose 7-week live video training, Amplify Essential Energy to Heal Dis-Ease & Restore Balance, begins this Tuesday, September 1… and peace troubadour James Twyman, whose 7-week live video course on the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, Radical Wisdom for Radical Times, begins Tuesday, September 8.


The plants have enough spirit to transform our limited vision.
— Rosemary Gladstar

Welcome. I'm David Crow, and I'm the host of the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit. This is our fifth year of doing this summit and the theme is plant medicines for modern epidemics. As you can imagine, there's a lot of very important, relevant, and timely information that will be presented by a stellar lineup of brilliant clinicians and herbalists. 

So I'll mention a few of these people, but before I actually tell you the details of who they are and what they're presenting, I just want to mention that there's a lot of information about the Covid-19 pandemic, and that makes perfect sense with the conditions that we are in right now. But I will also mention that there are so many other aspects of using herbal medicine for modern epidemics that are relevant to many other kinds of conditions.

To watch this 5-minute video and read the rest of the text, click here.

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time
TED Talk By Baratunde Thurston

This marvelously engaging TED Talk manages to convey profound insights into systemic racism with huge doses of humor. Baratunde Thurston, a writer, activist, and comedian who’s produced for The Daily Show and advised the Obama White House, is the executive producer and host of We’re Having A Moment, a limited-run podcast series that captures this defining moment of pandemic, policing, and race in the U.S. To watch this 17-minute video, click here.

Healing Racism: 12 Things I Learned
By Milagros Phillips

Race is not real. The idea of race was created by those in power to justify keeping people in bondage, extract free labor, control the economy and the narrative, and build wealth for themselves and their families. Racism, the idea that certain groups are superior to others based on their physical characteristics, is the result of hundreds of years of conditioning facilitated by the myth of race. Race is not real, but racism is! To read more, click here.

Gary Admitted His Racial Bias And Now He Has Changed For The Better!
Upworthy video

How do we eliminate prejudice? Heather McGhee, an American political commentator and political strategist, delivers an amazing response to that question and shows us why we need to start and continue the conversation. When Gary admitted on air to Heather that he was prejudiced, and that he wanted to change and become a better American, Heather answered back with compassion and talked to him about ways that could help him. In a beautiful coda to this encounter, Heather traveled to North Carolina to meet with Gary and continue their conversation. Click here to watch this 2-minute video.

Click here to watch Heather’s subsequent TED Talk about building a friendship with Gary — and how racism has a cost for everyone. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."

We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

53 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving: Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country. Inb this 6-minute video, interracial couples speak about their relatinoships and about loving against all odds. Click here to watch the video.

Click here to watch a 4-minute video about how Loving v. Virginia led to legalized interracial marriage. Click here to watch an 8-minute interview with the director and cast members of the film Loving, which tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving.

Curbing Implicit Bias: What Works and What Doesn't
By Betsy Mason

The best theory of how implicit bias works is that it shapes conscious thought, which in turn guides judgments and decisions. The ABC News correspondent Pierre Thomas expressed this very well recently by saying, “Black people feel like they are being treated as suspects first and citizens second.” When a black person does something that is open to alternative interpretations, like reaching into a pocket or a car’s glove compartment, many people — not just police officers — may think first that it’s possibly dangerous. But that wouldn’t happen in viewing a white person do exactly the same action. To read more, click here.

Open Letters and a Decolonial Framework
Presented by L.A.’s Hammer Museum

Artists, curators, educators, frontline staff, art conservators, and others are using public-facing strategies such as open letters to demand the resignation of leaders, defunding the police, diversification of staff and collections, and an overall acknowledgment of practices that uphold colonialism and white supremacy within art spaces. In order to examine the questions and demands that seek to provide a decolonial framework for the future of art spaces, Erin Christovale, Hammer’s curator, moderates conversations that examine three texts that were recently crafted and signed specifically by Black artworkers. Click here to watch this 97-minute video. 

Click here to read “On the Limits of Care and Knowledge: 15 Points Museums Must Understand to Dismantle Structural Injustice” by Yesomi Umolu.

Click here to read “The Kennedy Center Announces Anti-Racism Initiatives With #BlackCultureMatters, the Cartography Project, and More” by Rosa Cartagena

Here are actions The Shift Network is taking to advance racial justice and healing, to uplift BIPOC voices, and to support key organizations whose mission is to transform racism. 

We hosted 30 speakers in June in the free Transforming Racism Facebook Live Series. Click here to view the names of all 30 Transforming Racism speakers and their presentations. You can watch all 30 sessions here.

You can also watch these 20 archived interviews from our African American Wisdom Summit, and the 23 archived interviews in the Healing Cultural Wounds section of our World Peace Library. 

Click here to read our Company Statement regarding George Floyd and incidents of police brutality.

You’ll find more resources and information here and in the “Racial Justice and Healing” section in future issues of Catalyst.

Earth Is Warning Us We Must Change. Will We Listen?
By David Korten

Perhaps we can now recognize and accept the limits of Earth’s regenerative systems and our need to help Earth heal from the damage of our recklessness. The Earth is strong, but also vulnerable. As Earth cares for us, we either care for it or bear the consequences of our recklessness. The pandemic may be seen as a not-so-subtle warning to humanity that we may be sacrificed, if necessary, to protect the health of the planet. On the path to human extinction, the most vulnerable will go first, but there will be no human winners. To read more, click here.

Got Kindness?
By Carlyn Montes De Oca

Our world’s daily upheaval can leave me feeling so frustrated. Last week, when my aggravation affected my generally pawsitive attitude, I posed a question on my Facebook Page – What has been your biggest insight during our time with Covid-19? I was blown away by the nearly three hundred thoughtful responses I received. Among them were comments such as…. To read more, click here.

The Master Key
By Robert Peng, a featured speaker in The Shift Network’s 2019 Qigong Global Summit

It's 1972 in the industrial city of Xiangtan, China. A frail child with a heart condition sneaks into a hotel boiler room and befriends the elderly yet vibrant attendant, who eventually reveals his true identity as a revered Qigong master. He heals the boy and, for the next 13 years, secretly teaches him the keys to unlocking the spiritual and healing dimensions of the Life Force.

It sounds like a modern-day fable, but the story is true. And with The Master Key, that grateful student, Robert Peng, invites all of us to enter the next chapter of this empowering path. Here, Master Peng brings together the unique insights of his teacher with the moving account of his own journey.

Click here to read the twenty-first installment (as well as all the previous installments) of this profoundly moving book.

Would you like to join The Shift Network team?

We are seeking two unique and talented individuals for important positions at The Shift Network.

While answering support and registration emails and phone calls, the Customer Support Specialist must work skillfully and rapidly, navigating multiple web platforms simultaneously, while remaining gracious, warm, and friendly at all times. 

The Program Host provides support and oversight for highly engaging and interactive delivery of online courses and summits offered by The Shift Network in collaboration with faculty partners.

If you're inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal-opportunity employer.


In this special video series, prominent authors, speakers, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?

David Crow’s Story
Plant medicine pioneer, and host of the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

EXCERPT: He was in Kathmandu after leaving Tibet, after being in Chinese prison camps for almost 30 years after the Chinese invasion. And he had been the physician of a large monastery. As he was going through his training as a young man, he had trained in the classical ways of going out into the forest with his teacher, harvesting the herbs, having ceremonies to give thanks to the plants, and all these classical kinds of ways of learning and practicing Tibetan medicine.

To watch the video and read the transcript of David’s life-changing 9-minute story, click here.

don Oscar Miro-Quesada’s Story
Peruvian curandero, psychologist, and author

EXCERPT: She also expressed extraordinary trust, because during that time that we were together in Santa Barbara without the other members of this welcoming committee, her beloved husband Sidney crossed over. She asked me to hold her hand and spend the entire afternoon together, holding her, as she released the pain of that loss, and cleared her resistance to letting go. That was a gift of deep, deep appreciation for who I am in her life.

To watch the video and read the transcript of don Oscar’s tender 4-minute story of comfort and connection, click here.

Marc Halpern's Story
Ayurvedic doctor and teacher, and co-founder of the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

EXCERPT: I went to visit with him and he was so kind to invite me to his home. He was so kind to come where I was staying at the ashram and do a personal initiation with me, something that he didn't do very often with people. 

To watch the video and read the transcript of Marc’s 8-minute story of a life blessed by kindness, click here.

Cyndi Dale's Story
Energy healer

EXCERPT: And so I decided that I wanted to die. I decided I was done. I decided I was going to leave. And so I told my parents, “I'm going to die.” And they looked at me like they did with many of the phrases that I would utter. And they said, "Whatever," and between themselves said, "Isn't she imaginative?" And I woke up the next morning really, really ill. I had the flu, I had a fever. I was very sick.

To watch the video and read the transcript of Cyndi’s 10-minute story about the supernatural voice that saved her life, click here.

Cyndi’s brand-new 7-week live video training, Amplify Essential Energy to Heal Dis-Ease & Restore Balance: Create Your Energy Medicine Toolkit for These Chaotic Times & Beyond, begins Tuesday, September 1. For more details, click here.

James Twyman's Story
Peace troubadour and bestselling author

EXCERPT: When I was 18, I left home in Minnesota, went to Chicago, and wanted to become a Franciscan. I've always been in love with St. Francis of Assisi, so I entered the Franciscan order in Chicago. And I was also going to Loyola University, so I was living with the Franciscans, being educated by the Jesuits.

To watch the video and read the transcript of James’ 3-minute story about the career-changing encouragement he received from a trusted mentor, click here.

James’ brand-new 7-week live video course, Radical Wisdom for Radical Times: Follow in the Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi to Live an Essential Life of Contemplation, Courage & Purpose, begins Tuesday, September 8. For more details, click here.

If you missed any “Nicest Thing” stories, you can catch up on all of them here.

“Amplify Essential Energy to Heal Dis-Ease & Restore Balance” Facebook Live Q&A with Cyndi Dale

Would you like to harness the power of energy medicine tools — including scalar waves, psychic surgery, and your chakras’ specific extrasensory energies? Bestselling author, preeminent intuitive, and world-renowned healer Cyndi Dale will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Tuesday, August 25, at 1:00pm Pacific to share how you can cleanse dis-ease and restore balance within yourself, nature beings, pets, and more. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Transform Loss Into Life Reimagined” Facebook Live Q&A with Wendy Black Stern

Would you like to transform grief into greater self-understanding, love, gratitude, and new possibilities? Wendy Black Stern, yoga therapist and founder and president of Grief Support Network, will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, August 26, at 9:00am Pacific to share how you can transform grief with mindfulness and gentle somatic movement in a supportive, compassionate virtual community. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Voicing the Goddess” Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Shamini Jain

Would you like to explore the many forms of the Divine Feminine, and experience their portals that catalyze joy, creativity, and grace? Psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur Dr. Shamini Jain will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, August 27, at 3:00pm Pacific to share how you can use the power of your voice to connect with Vedic and Tantric goddesses through sacred sound and mantra. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

“Radical Wisdom for Radical Times” Facebook Live Q&A with James Twyman

Would you like to join an inspired modern troubadour on his quest to embody personal peace by emulating St. Francis? Bestselling author and peace troubadour James Twyman will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Tuesday, September 1, at Noon Pacific to share how you can simplify, heal old wounds, and reimagine your life. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.

5 Powerful Herbs for Overcoming Brain Fog and Mental Fatigue
By Adriana Ayales, a featured speaker in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

A fuzzy brain is no fun when you have worlds to conquer and magic to make (or maybe babies to feed and deadlines to make). While a shot of espresso might get things buzzing, a powerful way to clear brain fog and boost cognitive power is with herbs. As the founder of the modern apothecary Anima Mundi, I’m sharing this plant wisdom for busting brain fog and rejuvenating brain health overall. To read more, click here.

Herbs for the Flu
By K.P. Khalsa, a featured speaker in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

Herbal medicine regimes for infection include three fundamental steps. We must boot out the invader, nourish the tissue (in this case, the respiratory system) that allowed the infection to take root, and support the immune system to prevent relapse. Just down with the flu? Herbalists know that if you hit it hard with potent natural medicines, you can be back in the pink in 24 hours. But you have to give it all you’ve got. Let’s start with a well-known North American herb, osha root. To read more, click here.

Food as Medicine
By Khulan Enkhtaivan, a featured speaker in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

Nine years ago, in Mongolia, it was hard for me experiencing my 1-month old daughter sick with the flu due to air pollution. The health of Mongolian children was significantly impacted, with air pollution levels three to ten times higher in Ulaanbaatar’s classrooms than Mongolia’s air quality standard. After this flu, the two consecutive winters were a nightmare for me. I had visited many doctor’s offices, gave my child five medications every day, and even after finishing her treatment, she continued to cough from 2:00am to 6:00am daily. To read more, click here.

Nourish Your Microbiome and Save the Planet
By Karen Wang Diggs, a featured speaker in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit

At first glance, I know that the idea of a connection between your gut and being a superhero who takes part in saving the planet could be a bit of a stretch. Shall we say, hard to digest? But hopefully, by the time you reach the end of this article you will at least be receptive to the concept that we cannot take effective altruistic actions without first taking care of ourselves by way of our gut microbiome. To read more, click here.

Mindfulness Practice in Nature
By Shift Summit speaker Mark Coleman

I lead wilderness-based meditation retreats in many parts of the Western states, from Alaska to Baja, Mexico. Sometimes I am teased about my “work,” since it takes me to such pristine, idyllic nature preserves — some wonder whether the retreats are more like vacations than places for serious practice. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I regard the wilderness as an ideal venue to touch the truth of the dharma, since it can emerge there with crystal clarity and vibrancy. To read more, click here.

Kraut Source's Fermentation Panel

Karen Wang Diggs, the founder and Chief Fermentation Officer of Kraut Source and a featured speaker in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit, moderates this informal panel of fermentation enthusiasts, who share tips on how to create delicious fermented foods.

Click here to watch this 3-minute video.

Indigenous Voices in the Pandemic

Clare Dubois of TreeSisters recently hosted six astonishing individuals on a call called Indigenous Voices in the Pandemic — to raise awareness of what is happening on the ground for the Indigenous peoples of North and South America. What she heard was devastating. It was also brave, beautiful, graceful, inspirational, and a must-watch for these takeways:

  • What First Nations people are going through — the reality of their living situation in this country, before being exposed to a virus that they are 10 times more likely to catch and four times more likely to die of — due to poor health. 
  • The chaos unfolding in the Amazon as lockdown provides cover for more new roads, mining, and murder — and the tribes there face food shortages and almost no medical support whatsoever.
  • The genocide of a tribe, now facing a poisoned river, no fish to eat, and barely any support to maintain their way of life. The words spoken, that "Covid could wipe out the peoples of the Amazon."
  • Thankfully, amazing people are stepping in with support, which means that we can all help and make a difference, which is imperative right now. 

Click here to watch this 7-minute snapshot.

Click here to watch the full 2-hour version.

Click here for direct links to each of the speaker's website and fundraiser.

Please Join us for this FREE Shift Network 
Facebook Live Series
As we explore many facets of peace

Monday, August 24, 10:00 AM Pacific — Being Peace Brings World Peace with Sujith Ravindran, a contemporary mystic with his roots in the Indian Dharmic tradition. Sujith travels extensively, taking his teachings throughout the world. In 2012, for his work on facilitating personal growth in Italy, he was conferred the honor of Ambassador of Peace.

Wednesday, August 26, 5:00 PM Pacific — Inner Peace Troubadour with Cecilia St. King, an award-winning, international recording artist who performs original songs with positive spiritual messages. She’s been recognized by the United Nations, The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and The National Peace Academy.

Friday, August 28, 10:00 AM Pacific — What is Peace? with Jhody Polk, the Director of Community Justice at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and a 2018 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow. 

Monday, August 31, 5:00pm Pacific — The Next Evolution of Peace with Marilyn King, two-time Olympian and peace enthusiast.

Wednesday, September 2, 5:00 Pacific — Mantras for Peace with Anandra George, a pioneer in the global yoga community, has re-introduced the ancient science of sound as a fundamental wellbeing practice.

Unlock Your Feminine Power
A free seminar by Claire Zammit, PhD
Tuesday, August 25

This free seminar features an all-star roster of speakers, including Michael Bernard Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, and Jean Houston. Discover the surprising reason millions of conscious women are feeling stuck or blocked when it comes to their higher calling and destiny… and make the one simple but powerful shift that you can make to gain the power to leap forward into the larger life that’s calling you. Click here to register for free.

#ReparationSunday: Global Ritual for Reparations
Led by Yeye Luisah Teish
Sunday, August 23

Join us for our Online Reparations Sunday Ceremony and Ritual! August 23 commemorates the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. On this day at Noon Pacific, we will hold a Global Reparations Ritual led by Yeye Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Yeye is one of the most well-known Yoruba priestesses worldwide, who is celebrated internationally in Goddess circles as a writer and ritual-maker.

Click here for more information. Click on the button for "tickets" and register for the event. After you register you will be given the Zoom link and a PDF with a list of the things you will need in order to participate in the ritual.

Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World by Phil Bolsta of The Shift Network. Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life. For more information and to order your copy, click here. To request a free sample chapter from the author, email Phil at

Through God’s Eyes is a superb book, a truly enlightened piece of work that is an essential read for all people who are truly devoted to the care and refinement of their soul. Phil is a contemporary mystic, a man whose life is a living commitment to spiritual service. I am honored to know him.
– Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defy Gravity

One of the most important books I’ve ever read. An incredible compilation of spiritual wisdom and insight. It’s the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.
– Robert Peterson, author of Answers Within

For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free. The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.

The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.

World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.

Book by Stephen Dinan: Sacred America, Sacred World. Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.

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Invite your family and friends to participate in the Plant Medicine for Modern Epidemics Summit, taking place August 24-28. Life-changing insights and practices await! To discover more — and register for free — click here.

Tap Into Your Key Energy Code to Help You Weather Life's Storms — A free video event with bioenergetic medicine pioneer Dr. Sue Morter. Build the neurocircuitry you need to access the power of the Universe that’s already within you — and embrace the cosmic, universal being you truly are. Wednesday, August 26, at 5:30pm Pacific

Discover the Biofield Tuning (& Toning) Experience — A free video event with researcher, Biofield Tuning founder, sound-therapy practitioner, and author Eileen McKusick. Receive a throat chakra sound healing to harmonize and energize your thyroid and whole system… and understand the power of your voice to help “tune” your biofield. Saturday, August 29, at 10:00am Pacific

The Gifts of Celtic Shamanism — A free video event with shamanic teacher and practitioner Jane Burns. Evoke the ancient medicine of Celtic Shamanism and the wonder, wisdom, and wildness of the natural world and its mythical beings. Now available!

Spiritual Allyship — With Dereca Blackmon, speaker, facilitator, and national expert on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Receive potent wisdom and participate in powerful processes to explore privilege, racial biases, and inclusive mindset… and discover your path and power to BE the change — dissolving racial injustice and building systems of equity.
New 5-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, August 27

Amplify Essential Energy to Heal Dis-Ease & Restore Balance — With bestselling author, preeminent intuitive, and world-renowned healer Cyndi Dale. Harness the power of energy medicine tools — including scalar waves, psychic surgery, and your chakras’ specific extrasensory energies — to cleanse dis-ease and restore balance within yourself, nature beings, pets, and more.
New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, September 1

Transform Loss Into Life Reimagined — With yoga therapist and founder and president of Grief Support Network Wendy Black Stern. Transform grief into greater self-understanding, love, gratitude, and new possibilities with mindfulness and gentle somatic movement... in a supportive, compassionate virtual community.
New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, September 3

Voicing the Goddess — With psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur Dr. Shamini Jain. Use the power of your voice to connect with Vedic and Tantric goddesses through sacred sound and mantra — exploring the many forms of the Divine Feminine, and experiencing their portals that catalyze joy, creativity, and grace.
New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, September 3

Upcoming Events (all subject to change):

James Twyman 7-week course

• Dr. Sue Morter 9-week course
• Eileen McKusick 10-week course
Shift Summit & Music Festival
• Teresa Boardwine 7-week course
Tai Chi & Qigong Summit

• Beatrice Chestnut 7-week course
• Wendy De Rosa 7-week course
Dreamwork Summit
• Andrew Harvey 7-week course
• Sergio Magaña 7-week course
• Jeralyn Glass 7-week course
• H.H. the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche 5-week course
Beyond the Veil Summit
• Christine Stevens 10-week course
• Ellen Meredith 7-week course
• Mingtong Gu 7-week course

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Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground is an education and advocacy nonprofit advancing initiatives across four distinct programs: Advocacy, Farmland, Education, and Media. In addition to our program work, we bring impact projects to life — convening key players in the regenerative agricultural movement and catalyzing collaboration, action, and innovation. Everything we do as an organization is aimed towards achieving our overarching mission: inspiring participation in global regeneration, starting with soil.

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Gary Nicholson

Singer-songwriter Gary Nicholson, who’s won two Grammys, is one of Nashville’s most esteemed songwriters, producers, and performers, with a credits list few others can match. His name appears on 600-some recorded songs spanning multiple genres, from the title track of Ringo Starr’s latest album, "Give More Love" to the Merle Haggard tribute, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” on Willie Nelson’s "God’s Problem Child.”

Nicholson’s Grammys represent two of the five Delbert McClinton albums he produced and co-wrote. With the late Stephen Bruton, he also co-wrote “Fallin’ and Flyin’,” the song Jeff Bridges sings in the Oscar-winning film “Crazy Heart.”

Click here to listen to Gary’s songs, “Choose Love,” “We Are One,” and “God Help America,” a song he was inspired to write because he believes that God has blessed America, but we still have much to work to do as a nation — and he wanted to address our current schisms in a way that might help bridge the chasms. Click here to visit Gary’s website and watch the video for “God Help America.”

Click here to watch Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show, a 4-minute music video featuring Ringo and an endless array of A-list musical talents, from Willie Nelson and Peter Frampton to Jackson Browne and Elvis Costello, all of whom sing Gary’s song, “Give More Love.”

Click here to watch Gary’s moving tribute, “Thank You, George Floyd,” sung by Billy Valentine and featuring powerful visuals.

Click here to listen to Gary’s song, “Make Good Trouble,” a celebration of Congressman John Lewis’ quote, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

Click here to watch Gary and friends sing “Flatscreen Party,” an ode to homebound fun in the age of Covid.

Click here to watch Gary perform some of his signature songs, including “One More Last Chance,” the song he wrote for country superstar Vince Gill…”Bless ’Em All, Y’all,” inspired by his church-going grandmother… “When RIta Leaves,” about the abrupt end of a relationship… “This Old Bag of Bones,” a moving tribute to his father, which was recorded by country music legend George Jones… and “Same Kind Of Crazy,” which was recorded by country music icon George Strait.

Click here to listen to Gary’’s poignant song, “Remember,” a reminder that we’re here to remember who we truly are — divine beings in our own right.

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