We were delighted to host a performance of storytelling and music at the Divination Foundation’s annual Lunar New Year Party. Thanks to Will Hornyak and Michael Svenson!
Michael Meade is the author of the book, Awakening The Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Michael is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul, and editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Michael is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Joshua Wolf Shenk is the author of the new book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. He is also the author of Lincoln’s Melancholy, a New York Times notable book. A contributor to the Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker and other publications, he directs the Arts in Mind series on creativity and serves on the general council of The Moth. He lives in Los Angeles.
Isha, the world-renowned spiritual teacher discusses her book, Why Walk When You Can Fly: Soar Beyond Your Fears and Love Yourself and Others Unconditionally. In this inspiring and uplifting book, Isha uses parables, moving stories, and humor to impart essential truths and powerful tools, which she calls “facets”, in order to help people soar past their fears and find happiness, fulfillment, and peace.
Kay Cordell Whitaker talks about her book, Sacred Link: Joining Fortunes with the Unknown. She is the author of the now classic The Reluctant Shaman (HarperCollins), a bestseller translated into many languages and still in print. After completing a thirteen-year apprenticeship with the two Peruvian elders, Domano and Chea Hetaka, Kay became a storyteller shaman of the Kala Keh Nah Seh tradition and is now the leading authority in the western world of the Hetekas’ tribal ways. For more than thirty years she has researched and taught these traditions across the U.S. and abroad, and has practiced their ancient healing arts on thousands around the world. In her new book, Kay blends story-telling and has once again brought another world here with vivid and uncanny powers to make the simple sublime, and the sublime completely reachable by us all.