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Voices of Esalen Podcast

The Voices of Esalen podcast showcases in-depth interviews with the dynamic teachers and thinkers who are part of Esalen Institute. Hosted by Sam Stern, a former Esalen student and current staff member, the podcasts have featured engaging conversations with authors Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan, innovators Stan Grof and Dr. Mark Hyman, teachers Byron Katie, Mark Coleman and Jean Houston, Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and many more.

These podcasts are made possible in part by the support of Esalen donors and are licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license.

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Voices of Esalen On the Road: Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg on "Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us"

In this episode of Voices of Esalen On the Road, our intrepid correspondent Greg Archer took a jaunt to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, where the film "Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us" was having its California premiere. While he was there, he spoke to renowned filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg about the mysteries and magic of mycology. Together they discussed Louie’s unique stop-motion filmmaking technique he's been employing for the better part of 40 years, the healing potential of mushrooms, how psychedelic mushrooms may be our allies, and much more.

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Released November 15th, 2019. Length: 21:16.


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