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 Witch 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.

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