Podcast 543 – “Working With Medicinal Plants”


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Guest speaker: Erin Rivera Merriman & Shonagh Home


Date this lecture was recorded: May 2017

Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Erin Rivera Merriman who is an Esoteric Women’s Health Practitioner, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Priestess, Oracle, Artist, and Mother.
Erin has taught art to Brooklyn teens, volunteered as an Interfaith Chaplain in maximum security New York City prison, led women’s ceremonial circles and organized retreats with indigenous teachers since 2007.

Erin’s study as an Herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, combined with her training as a Zen hospice and prison chaplain, and recent studies in Kaula and Shakta Tantra have given her a unique ability to accompany you through life’s turning points as an ally on your journey toward liberated embodiment.


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Shonagh Home

Shonagh Home

Shonagh Home is a shamanic therapist, teacher, writer and poet. Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ ‘Love and Spirit Medicine,’ ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ and ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com

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  1. Tired of her sexism against men, she’s a smart individual but she’s so transparently stuck in Duality when it comes to male and female shamanic practitioners.

    • I’m a guy and read your comment before listening to the talk, and with the context of certain past interviews, I expected to have a similar reaction.
      I didn’t hear any sexism against men, only supportive references to men’s healing and healers.
      She’s growing on me. My first introduction to her was in the Psychedelic Salon. She was leading a group discussion of women speakers. They were attempting to address sexism in the Psychedelic community.
      Listen to it yourself and draw your own conclusions. But for myself, it left a bad taste in my mouth and have avoided her ever since… until recently.
      I find her intelligent, earnest and curious, which are great qualities for a teacher and interviewer. I always learn something even if I don’t totally agree with everything she says.

  2. Shonagh’s interview was, as usual, pretty good, but did anyone find it jarring to hear her suddenly invoke a right wing talk radio trope like “cultural Marxism”?

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