The End of the Age of Reason & the Emergence of the New Herbal Renaissance – an interview with Stephen Buhner


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In this episode…

I interview Stephen Buhner, herbalist, teacher and prolific author.  He been called an earth poet and a bardic naturalist.  It’s a particular honour for me because i’ve had some opportunity to study with Stephen and he’s had an enormous impact on me and my healing path.

We explore the age old question,

What do Donald Trump, Hurricane Katrina, the mortgage meltdown, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and lyme disease have in common? 

It turns out they’re symptoms of the end of the the Age of Reason & Rationality.

“Rationalist science is based on linearity and the belief of control.  But non-linearity is what really happens here and control is an illusion.  So, science itself is undergoing a metamorphosis.”

We also touch on:

  • Emergence of a new Paradigm for Reality
  • Ecological healing and medicine that’s sustainable
  • The function of depression
  • Our culture’s fear of death and our perspective of health
  • Reflections on “old age” as a developmental stage of growth: dealing with grief and redefining hope

Stephen’s shares about his personal shift into “old age”,

“… exploring the grief and tragedy of the world, but still have this certain warmth of heart without having the hysteria of a younger time of life.”

I hope you enjoy this interview with Stephen Buhner as much as I did…

A bit about Stephen…

Stephen Harrod BStephen Harrod Buhner Workshop-3uhner has been called both an Earth poet and a bardic naturalist by those who have heard him speak. He is the author of 20 works of nonfiction and one book of poetry. For over 30 years, until semi-retirement in 2015, he taught throughout the US, Canada, and the Western European Isles. Stephen’s work has focused deeply on breaking new ground in the understandings of the states of mind necessary for sustainable human habitation of Earth, Gaian dynamics, plant function in ecosystems, and sophistications of herbal medicines in treating emerging and chronic infections. His work on Lyme disease and its coinfections has set new standards in the field as well as offering hope and healing to those who suffer these infections.

Check out some links to related to people and things that Stephen brought up …

A bit about the host, garliq…

garliq with violetHi there, my name is garliq.   I’m a radical, activist and organizer who is passionate about social and environmental justice.  My heart aches to see an end to the violence and devastation rampant in the world today.  I dream of a world that is beautiful, healthy, vibrant and just, where humans live in harmony (not dominance) with Nature and one another.

Check out past episodes…

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9 Responses to The End of the Age of Reason & the Emergence of the New Herbal Renaissance – an interview with Stephen Buhner

  1. Tanner April 14, 2017 at 7:04 am #

    Absolutely beautiful!! I am so thankful to hear these profound insights and teachings. Thank you for speaking the truth Stephen, and thank you Garliq for facilitating the space in which this sacred information may be shared 😀 Shalom

  2. Trudy April 14, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Totally agree would love to read more namaste

  3. Gail April 14, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Thank you both so much for this. Will listen again,and go out to the forest.

  4. Pete Jackson-Main April 15, 2017 at 6:34 am #

    Thanks for the Stephen Buhner interview. Relevant, thought provoking and hopeful – in his sense of the word.

  5. Helena Wu April 18, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    How nice to hear Stephen’s voice and thoughts/feelings again. He is one of my most influential teachers. I so appreciate how he has articulated and makes accessible once again what I have felt. Thanks for the interview.
    Yes, one of the first steps in radical (back to the root) activism is to decolonize ourselves by opening our awareness to Life.

  6. Nicole Reid April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    This was amazing, and exactly what I needed. It was like a balm to the soul, and I nearly cried a few times. It was the first podcast in the series that I listened to – when I heard it was with Stephen Buhner, you’d better believe I downloaded it as fast as I could. I’m going to have to listen to this podcast several times. There just so much to absorb and think about. Thank you for this gift!

  7. Cindi June 3, 2017 at 9:04 am #

    Thank you for not editing any of it out! I could listen to Stephen talk all day long. ^_^

  8. Kim December 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    This was incredible; are you going to make more podcasts??? I want to hear more from you!

    • garliq July 31, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      they’re coming Kim. i’ve just been in production of a new web class coming this fall… Self Care for Rebels. soon i’ll be able to produce monthly podcasts as i’ve always dreamed 🙂

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