Alva Noë is the author of the new book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature. Alva works on the nature of mind and human experience. What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does art reveal about our nature? Drawing on philosophy, art history, and cognitive science, and making provocative use of examples from all three of these fields, Alva offers new answers to such questions. He also shows why recent efforts to frame questions about art in terms of neuroscience and evolutionary biology alone have been, and will continue to be, unsuccessful.
Sarahjoy Marsh is the author of the new book Hunger Hope and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food. Sarahjoy is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and she has an MA in transpersonal counseling and art therapy. Committed to bridging yoga, psychotherapy, and social justice, Marsh founded the DAYA Foundation, a nonprofit yoga therapy center known for its integrated approach to yoga, mindfulness, and recovery.
Alida Birch is the author of The Co-Creation Handbook: A shamanic guide to manifesting a better world and a more joyful life. Alida teaches shamanism and co-creative manifestation and leads year-long shamanic apprenticeship trainings and annual vision quests.
Anthony Alvarado is author of the new book, D.I.Y. Magic: A Strange & Whimsical Guide to Creativity. Anthony discusses his collection of techniques for accessing deeper levels of creative thought. From Salvador Dali’s spoon technique and ornithomancy (divination by crows), to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the exercises in his book will help anyone chasing the muse—from artists and musicians, to writers and more—as they tug at the strings of everyday reality and tap into the magic of their own minds.
Richard Koob, founder of Kalani (a non-profit retreat center in Hawaii’s tropical rainforest), has made a remarkable contribution to self-development and education. He toured the world as a professional dancer before building the community with his partner in the 1970’s. Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center opened in 1982. Kalani sponsors an extensive Community Arts Program with more than 50 offerings per week — typically free to the public or by donation including offerings of yoga, Hawaiian culture, dance and performing arts, wellness, and personal growth.
Our guest this week on Pathways is Nick Bantock, author of the new book, The Trickster’s Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity. Nick is the author/artist of twenty-five books, including the Griffin & Sabine books, which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Nick’s works have been translated into thirteen languages and over five million copies have been sold worldwide.