© 2019 by  One Earth Conservation. 

The Nurture Nature Show

presented by Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner
To nurture our planet in this time of climate change, biodiversity loss, extinction, and human violence, we must nurture our human selves. This show is dedicated to the vision and practice of humans nurturing themselves, as we nurture all of nature. When we do so, we save ourselves while we save nature. There are a variety of themes, having to do with emotional, social, multispecies, ecological, and spiritual intelligence. There are also episodes that explain the conservation status of parrots, and conservation techniques and stories.
EPISODES:
01   02   03   04   05   06   07   08   09   10   11   12   13  14  15
Episode 1
Reverence for Life

In this episode we lift up Albert Schweitzer's Reference for Life Ethic and how having reverence nurtures us so that we can grow our compassion, and become more deeply engaged in all of life.

 
Episode 2
Reverence for Life

This second episode continues on the theme of Reverence for Life and how we can erase the lines that separate humans from other animals. By seeing all as having inherent worth and dignity we can live more compassionately for ourselves and others.

By living Albert Schweitzer's Reference for Life Ethic and how having reverence, we can nurture ourselves so that we can grow our compassion, and become more deeply engaged in all of life.

 
 
Episode 3
Parakeets and Paracletes

In this episode we highlight how speaking our truth can deepen our lives and improve the lives of those oppressed and marginalized. We particularly highlight the current status of parrots and portray their suffering and their beauty. By telling the parrot's you witness to truth, stand in solidarity with all of life, and can improve lives for many.

 
Episode 4
Nurturing Wonder

This episode explains in more detail how saying and practicing the intent behind these words, we can nurture wonder, which is a great thing to do because it develops our health, our relationships, our well-being, and our sense of empathy for ourselves and all beings. Empathy then lets us care for others adn ourselves so much better. By nurturing wonder, you can nurture nature. So don't forget to say, "Wow! Really! Dude! I'm good!."

 
Episode 5
Compassionate Communication

Nonviolent Communication encompasses the field of Compassionate Communication, which helps us develop life enriching relationships with ourselves, others, and all life. It can also bring peace to the planet, so needed by our species in this time of war and strife. By seeing the other as worthy and beautiful, we can bridge differences and seek solutions that treasure the needs of all beings.

In this episode, Rev. Dr. Joyner has a time for children, using jackal and giraffe puppets to show the importance of empathy and honesty. She also reflects upon the importance of nonviolent communication in our lives and in the world, the theory behind it, and some quick tips on how to use it. At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

For more information on Nonviolent Communication, visit http://www.cnvc.org.

Episode 6
Roses and Garbage

In this episode, we reflect upon the Buddhist ideas of interconnection and no-self, and how understanding that all life is connected in beauty and worth can increase our compassion. We begin with reading from Thich Nhat Hahn's commentary on the Heart Sutra where the example of interconnection is given by comparing roses to garbage, and prostitutes to global businessmen. She weaves stories of her time in the Philippines where she had an evening with both prostitutes and wealthy men. 
At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 
 
Episode 7
Multispecies Intelligence

In this episode, we explain Multispecies Intelligence and how it is good for human individuals and communities, as well as for other species. By growing our Multispecies Intelligence (MI) through study, reflection,and multispecies empathy exercises and meditations, we live more connected to life with a greater sense of belonging, beauty, and worth, in us, and the many others.. Rev. Dr. Joyner shows how with a video of a gopher tortoise and with the music video, "Dare to Rise."

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 
Episode 8
Nurturing Parrots in Honduras - Part I

In this episode, Rev. Dr. Joyner guides you on a journey visiting the wild parrots of La Moskitia, Honduras. She describes wild parrot behavior and how parrots care for one another, and how humans also care for the parrots. While in La Moskitia, Honduras for 2 months in 2016 Dr. Joyner was affirmed in the power and possibility of humans nurturing all of nature. Even though there are great challenges, there can be joy and success. 

 
Episode 9
Nurturing Parrots in Honduras - Part II

In this episode, Rev. Dr. Joyner guides you on a journey visiting the wild parrots of La Moskitia, Honduras. She describes how One Earth Conservation partners with the indigenous Miskito people of La Moskitia Honduras to save their endangered parrots.

While in La Moskitia, Honduras for 2 months in 2016 Dr. Joyner was affirmed in the power and possibility of humans nurturing all of nature. Even though there are great challenges, there can be joy and success. No scarlet macaws entered the illegal wildlife trade in 2016, compared to 2014 where no one scarlet macaw escaped the devastating trade.

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 
Episode 10
Spiritual Intelligence with a Heart of Lightness

In this episode, we explain Spiritual Intelligence as ability to transcend individual ego concerns and perspectives by connecting to that which is greater than the self, fostering wisdom, acceptance, compassion, presence, and mindfulness.

It is a way to prepare for the moment when love can sweep us away.

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

Episode 11
Multispecies Perspectives on Evil/Harm

In this episode, Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner hosts Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon as they discuss how loving human nature means loving and understanding animal nature. They reflect on growing our multispecies intelligence so we can see how the use of the words "evil" and "bad" might keep us from understanding our own behavior and motivations. They give examples of harmful behavior in other species that is surprisingly much like that of human's.

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 
Episode 12
Spirituality: A Natural and Nurturing Intelligence

In this episode, Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner hosts Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon as they discuss how a spiritual practice can grow our loving human nature.  Yes we are already perfect just as we are, and yet we can evolve our perfection to hold  more compassion.

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 
Episode 13
Parrot Conservation - Poaching, Perils, and Promises 

In this episode, Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon interviews Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner, asking her about her conservation work in Latin America, and why One Earth Conservation mission takes them there. She replies, "it is where the parrots and people are in peril, and where we do much good, as long as we promise to be in solidarity with them over the long haul." 

At the end of the episode are reflection questions, suggested actions, and resources.

 

Episode 14

Compassionate Social Change in a Time of Peril 
In this episode, Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner offers tools to help you be nurtured and nurture, growing your resilience and connection to others and life. By enhancing your emotional, social, and organizational intelligence, you gain power to resist with joy.
 

Episode 15

"Conservation in Time of War" Book Interview with Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner
IIn this episode, Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon interviews Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner about her newly released memoir, "Conservation in Time of War." LoraKim explains how conservation is full of risk and violence, and that ultimately it is a practice of peace, not war.
 

LoraKim Joyner Speaks at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Co-director of One Earth Conservation, Gail Koelln, introduces Rev. Dr. LoraKim as she speaks about Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life Ethic at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock, NY Sunday August 26, 2018. "Healed by reverence we say yes to life, and life says yes back to us. Fueled by reverence we pay forward the gift of life for the flourishing of all."
 

Documentary produced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service about our project in La Moskitia, Honduras
Thanks to the USFWS and for Christi Lowe Productions for producing this fine film that exemplifies the hard work, risk, and sacrifice of the Miskito people as they fight to preserve their endangered Central America scarlet macaw.