Welcome to the Rio Cosmico Podcast

A Monthly Podcast About Healing

The Río Cósmico Podcast is hosted by Río Cósmico Homestead Steward Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman. Like our Seasonal Ceremonial Microvillage, Library of Earth Magic, and Medicine Mandala Green Magic Initiation Journey, the Río Cósmico Podcast connects elder and emerging wisdom keepers for support in finding multidimensional health, pleasure, purpose, creative fulfillment and liberation on the path of service to Mother Earth.

1. Honoring Our Roots with Grandmother Irka Mateo Part 1

Dominican Taino folk healer, researcher, singer, songwriter, and community builder Akutu (grandmother) Irka Mateo shares her connection to the animist traditions and local cultural heroes of Quisqueya (Dominican Republic), and the challenges these traditions have endured to remain intact and support her in guiding and nurturing the community today.

2. Honoring Our Roots with Grandmother Irka Mateo (Part 2)

Akutu Irka Mateo returns to share about the sacred sounds and rhythms of the Taino people, the distinction between reclaiming, respectful cultural exchange, and cultural appropriation, the geography and timeframe of major migrations from South America along the Orinoco River that populated Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, the work of bringing ceramics back to the hands of women, and more.

3. Elements of Culture as Vessels for Memory Zena Carlota Pearl

Visual alchemist, art and family therapist, seed keeper and story teller Zena Carlota Pearl joins us for a conversation about the journey of honoring our ancestral roots, Zena's discovery of the kora as a gateway into connection with her ancestors, navigating cultural taboos while honoring our unique creative process, the way that the things we make can become vessels for ancestral memory and language and more.

4. Decolonizing Our Creative Process, Seeking Refuge and Creating Home with Zena Carlota Pearl

Visual alchemist art and family therapist, seed keeper and story teller Zena Carlota Pearl shares ways of dreaming ourselves outside of white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism, the importance of every creative having the choice as to whether to create as performance, ceremony or ritual, the cyclical nature of the creative process, and more.

5. Rebooted by Death with Jaguar Womban

Multidimensional healing artist, intuitive herbalist, ancestral channel, poet and teacher Jaguar Woman shares ways to connect with Mother Earth using plant medicine and ceremony. Together we explore how Coco (Coronavirus) affected our adaptability, Jaguar’s story of the traumatic near death experience that initiated her into her current healing gifts, and what it was like to experience her own consciousness beyond the limitations of form.

6. From Fiery Roots to Clouds Under Water & Sliding to the Side to Find Our Path with Jaguar Womban

Multidimensional healing artist, intuitive herbalist, ancestral channel, poet and teacher Jaguar Woman returns to read us favorite poems from her past, and dive deeper into the nonlinear nature of healing. Together we explore the ways art and creativity nurture our souls, the distinctions between writing and channeling, and more.

Starseed Survival Guide/ Earthside Survival Guide

2017-2020 Podcast Archive

In 2017 we started our first Podcast, Starseed Survival Guide. In Early 2020, we quietly changed the name to Earthside Survival Guide in acknowledgement of our evolving awareness that although we all come from the stars, it is the fact that we are here on earth together now that mosts interests us. As we started to feel ready to share this change with our listeners, the pandemic arrived, and a podcast branding update just wasn't a priority. So much has shifted since then for us, and what feels right is to move forward with the name of one of the most real things in our life, the land where we have landed, Río Cósmico. Fans of our first season as Starseed Survival Guide & Earthside Survival Guide can listen to episodes from the archive through the link below.

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