85. Keeping the Stories of the Land Alive with Sylvia Linsteadt

Keeping the Stories of the Land Alive with Sylvia V. Linsteadt The Earth Keepers Podcast with Amy Dempster from Following Hawks In Season Four of The Earth Keepers Podcast, I’m welcoming a series of thought-provoking guests to the show to discuss where exactly humanity is headed and how we can collectively create the future we’d like to see.

In this episode, I'm chatting with author, scholar of ancient history, and wildlife tracker Sylvia Linsteadt.


Sylvia's work—both fiction and non-fiction—is rooted in myth, ecology, feminism & bioregionalism, and is devoted to broadening our human stories to include the voices of the living land.

I worked with Sylvia a bit last summer as I was pulling all of the threads of Season 3 into a cohesive story and have also participated in some of her writing workshops, which I can highly recommend if you’d like to find a way to weave your shamanic journeys into the written word.

I just love the way she brings the ancient stories to life in our present lives.

If you prefer to watch this episode, you can find it on my YouTube channel.

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Here's what you'll hear in this episode:

  • Sylvia's short story The Garden
  • The importance of putting action behind a vision
  • Why Sylvia uses ancient stories and myths in her own writing and storytelling
  • The role of the land in telling stories and orienting us to a particular location
  • How shrines that have been tended feel compared to those that haven't
  • How fairy tales have been protected in our culture
  • The Arthurian story of Percival and the Grail Castle as it relates to Sylvia's story The Garden
  • The power of telling stories
  • Grief as a doorway to another world
  • The importance of storytelling to envision a new world
  • How to step out of the digital world to realign with the natural world
  • How Sylvia came to write The Venus Year
  • The connection between the sun and the moon and Venus
  • Writing and storytelling as a shamanic journey
  • The importance of returning to this world after visiting a liminal space

Links & Resources

Transcript for this episode

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Sylvia V. Linsteadt's website

The Pollen Basket, Sylvia's Substack

The Garden on Sylvia's Kalliope's Sanctum Podcast

Sun, Moon & Venus vs. Father, Son & Holy Ghost on The Earth Keepers Podcast

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