Mia Feroleto has a heartwarming discussion with two leading lights in the online blogging community.  Laura Bruno and Ann Kreilkamp share their knowledge and vast experience in the spiritual, healing,  ET and permaculture realms as we navigate through these challenging times.
Ann Kreilkamp is a 77-year-old, full-fledged “crone,” a term she helped bring into the vernacular with her magazine Crone Chronicles: A Journal of Conscious Aging (1989-2001), now archived at www.sagewoman.com). In 1992 the magazine spawned the still ongoing annual Crones Counsel (www.cronescounsel.org). With a Ph.D. in philosophy, and working as a consulting and teaching astrologer since 1976, Ann over the decades Ann has ignited a number of social experiments, all of which aim to integrate the polarity between individual and community. The latest of these experiments is Green Acres Permaculture Village (www.greenacresvillage.org) where she now lives, in Bloomington, Indiana. Her book, This Vast Being: A Voyage through Grief and Exaltation (2006), will soon be joined by the results of her Recapitulation Project, the collection and sharing of literally hundreds of her essays, both published and unpublished, spanning the last 50 years. Ann’s entire life has been dedicated, she says, to “opening space,” by which she means seeing through any linguistic or organizational framework that we humans might dream up into the infinity beyond and within. You can find her near-daily commentary on both world and personal events at www.exopermaculture.com.
Laura Bruno is a Medical Intuitive, Reiki Master Teacher, Life Coach, professional Intuitive, author, and artist. A fateful 1998 traumatic brain injury shifted her intended life course from a professor of English Literature to a very different type of “reader.” Four years of near-total disability initiated her into deep meditation, shamanic journeying, herbal remedies, visual therapy, energy medicine, food vibrations, the power of prayer, and a world of uncanny synchronicity. In October 2001, as part of her own recovery process, Laura began helping others that traditional medicine and mainstream culture left behind — encouraging clients to rewrite their stories into more magical and soulful tales of liberation, creativity, empowerment and joy. Laura is a life long experiencer and holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2016. Find more information at http://asklaurabruno.com .
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  1. I’m optimistic this situation will result in some good things. I think people would be happier and healthier working less. Maybe people who can work from home will do so more. We can burn less fuel and reduce wear and tear on the infrastructure. I’m hoping this leads to some working smarter, not harder. I can go on and on, but I do like looking at a negative situation and learning from it.

  2. Thank you to Mia Ferleto, the moderator for this interview, and to her guests Ann Kreilkamp and Laura Bruno. For their discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic, I kept thinking of the arrival of this virus as a message of transformation. During this interview, it was mentioned that “we are on recess right now” from our accustomed priorities in life. Laura Bruno also spoke of her vegetable garden being so prolific that she donated much of the excess produce to elders and to food banks. In that spirit of creativity and generosity that Laura refers to, while we are on recess from our lives perhaps we can also begin to look for ways to connect with and assist those less fortunate than ourselves, in this time of the virus.

    In the Sustainability Group that I coordinate in an online readers’ group, book titles that our group has reviewed in the last 10 years reveal a striking difference between the terms of sustainability and permaculture. Sustainability titles are expected to include references that validate any health claims that are made. Permaculture titles, on the other hand, routinely skimp on references. Subject areas of huge significance for human health, such as drinking water, are approached with very subjective methods. The question of drinking water safety has never been verified in any permaculture books or magazines that I have seen to date. Therefore, I don’t view sustainability and permaculture as synonymous terms at all.

  3. This is certainly an interesting comment. Now that I do think back on my own reading, it seems that it’s quite accurate. Very useful. Given that there are so many reliable ways of validating claims, with that is not done and yet the claims are made, I feel that it is unfinished work.

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