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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Somatic therapist, life coach, whole food nutrition counselor, father and musician Luis Mojica joins us to discuss the road to acceptance of both the bodies we are born in and the cultures we are born into. Luis presents tools for more creative and soulful embodiment, Goddess in her form as the forest floor, and more.
Luis Mojica returns to explore Somatic Therapy as indigenous wisdom that invites us to reorient ourselves back to the land. Luis discusses the promise versus the real potential of somatic therapy, the importance of allowing our natural rhythms of constriction and expansion to play their parts in the processing of traumatic events, and more.
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.