Podcast: Pathways Radio

Pathways host Paul O'Brien

Pathways is a 30-minute radio interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation. Paul O'Brien has been its producer/host since 1984. The show has a large, loyal following covering the entire state of Oregon and southern Washington, airing on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM pacific time on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon (also streaming at that time via kboo.fm). Downloadable podcasts of Paul O'Brien's Pathways interviews are made available here at Divination.com and the iTunes store for free.

Kalani Retreats – A Leap of Faith, Hope and Love

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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. Before Richard retired from managing Kalani in 2013 it had become Hawaii’s largest and oldest retreat center. 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. Kalani also sponsors special events; hosts diverse residential retreats and workshops; provides lodging and meals for guests; oversees volunteer, sabbatical, and visiting artist education programs; and houses a sustainable community of residents in an ecovillage.

The Economics of Happiness

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Helena Norberg-Hodge is an analyst, author, speaker, filmmaker and producer of a new award-winning documentary entitled The Economics of Happiness. She is founder and director of International Society for Ecology and Culture. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, Helena has promoted an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. Trained in linguistics, she has given public lectures in seven languages, and has appeared on broadcast, print, and online media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. Her ground-breaking work in Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, earned her the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and her book, Ancient Futures, along with a film of the same title, has been translated into more than 40 languages.

The Economics of Happiness Conference is this February 27 – March 1, 2015.

Our Dreams for Our Children

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Richard Weijo, author of Our Dreams for our Children: Creating Legacies that Inspire Each New Generation to Achieve a Brighter Future. This is a new book recently published by this Portland consultant and writer.  Rick received an undergraduate degree from Concordia College, and went on to receive his MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota.  His passion is to inspire the seventy-six million baby boomers to take a comprehensive view of creating legacy by providing a thoughtful planning guide to help them realize how they can enrich the lives of their children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Sex from Scratch

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Sarah Mirk, author of Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules. Sarah is a journalist whose work focuses on gender, politics, and good ideas. As an editor for national feminist magazine, Bitch, she writes online daily about tricky issues of race, class, and sexuality. Previously, Sarah worked as a staff writer for The Portland Mercury and The Stranger (in Seattle). In addition to traditional reporting, she also writes nonfiction comics, ranging from personal stories of female Guantanamo veterans in Symbolia Magazine to a very successful series of small press comics about Oregon history. She lives and works here in Portland, Oregon.

The Skills of Pleasure

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Stewart Blackburn, author of The Skills of Pleasure: Crafting the Life You Want. He is a practicing modern shaman who uses pleasure as his primary healing modality, with both a local and online practice. Stewart is an Alaka’i, or senior teacher, of Aloha International, an organization promoting healing of all kinds throughout the world. He is a former professional chef with a Master’s Degree in Food Science. His passion is in helping people become connoisseurs of feelings, reclaiming their own joy and excitement for life.. He teaches Huna: Hawaiian Shamanism weekly, plus monthly workshops on aspects of an empowered life on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Carry Home

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Gary Ferguson, author of the new book The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness. Over the past twenty-five years Gary has established himself as an expert chronicler of nature, having written for a wide variety of publications from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of nineteen books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawk’s Rest. He is also a highly regarded keynote speaker at conservation and outdoor education gatherings around the country and is currently on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Staying Focused in a Hyper World

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John Gray’s new book, Staying Focused in a Hyper World, explores the modern epidemic of ADHD and explains its relationship to illnesses like Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus and over 15 books on relationships, John is one of the world’s relationship experts. Now, after years of reviewing thousands of medical studies and travelling the world to find ancient and modern remedies for improving mind, mood and focus, his new book offers insights for understanding the role of nutrition and diet for mental and emotional health. In Staying Focused in a Hyper World he explores natural remedies for ADHD, memory and brain performance—in order to better manage stress and improve relationships at home and at work. He offers practical strategies for increasing focus, clarity, memory, motivation and sustaining positive moods.

Dirty Little Secrets

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Kerry Cohen, author of the book, Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity. Kerry is the author of nine books, including Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity. She writes and has a private psychotherapy practice in Portland. Kerry is available for one-on-one writing instruction and therapeutic consultation for issues related to promiscuity.

Powers of Two

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Joshua Wolf Shenk, 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.

Fire of the Goddess

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Our guest this week on Pathways is Katalin Koda, author of the book Fire of the Goddess: Nine Paths to Ignite the Sacred Feminine. Katalin is a passionate explorer of earth stories, women’s mysteries and the mythic expression of our world. A practicing Vajrayana Buddhist, Koda also works with indigenous wisdom and shamanism in her healing practice. She is a visionary artist, poet and dreamer and has been teaching workshops on women’s wisdom and spirituality, Reiki, shamanic journey and chakra healing for over fifteen years. Katalin is also the founder of the Fire of the Goddess Institute in Hawaii.