Possibility Magic : An Conversation on Healing, Liberation, and Spirit with Wheels Darling

Join us for an interview with Wheels Darling where we discuss her path towards becoming an acupuncturist, herbalist, and health educator with an anti-oppression analysis.

Topics we cover include:

  • Mutual aid as medicine
  • Coming of age as full-time activist 
  • Possibility magic as a tool and anti-oppression lens
  • Becoming a healer and educator
  • Choosing to pursue an advanced degree/medical license
  • Dynamic transformation, sacred openings, nervous system repatterning, cognitive reframing, and the magic of dreaming and thinking bigger
  • Being a healthcare worker during COVID
  • Connecting to ancestral earth-based spirituality
  • Cultural appropriation in spirituality and medicine

About Wheels:

Wheels Darling is a queer acupuncturist, herbalist, body worker, healer, educator, witch, and collaborator of educational projects. They are based in the place currently called Portland, Oregon. Wheels is particularly excited to work in the places that are in between, the liminal spaces between what was, what is, and what could be. She uses this imaginal vantage to dream up educational programs, treatment plans for her patients, health equity plans of action, intimacies with her family, friends, lovers, communities, the larger world of humans, and all that is other than human. 

Wheels specialty is that she is a generalist. She’s studied literature, political economy, herbalism, East Asian Medicine, queer and feminist theories, revolutionary and radical movements, ways of honoring each of the beings of this planet, histories and stories of those not represented in normative history books, magic, euro-pagan-earth-based spirituality, somatic healing, creative writing, and many other forms of Liberation Studies.

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Always Already: BIPOC Healing and Magic with Crystal Davis

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Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Crystal Davis of Blooming Fire Healing where we discuss how magic helps us survive, becoming a BIPOC healer, and much more.

Topics we cover include:

  • Shapeshifting
  • Learning to live with depression
  • Becoming a healer and reiki master
  • Being a “feral witch” (or Crystal’s term for solitary magical practitioners)
  • Building relationship with the things we can see and the things we can’t
  • BIPOC healing circles
  • Tarot as a mirror and a map

About Crystal:

Crystal Davis (she/they) is an intuitive empath, healer, and magic maker living in Portland, OR. She moves through the world as a queer Black cis woman. The alchemy of her interests, experiences, and survival have led her down this winding road of exploration, reflection, and the path of the witch. She found her way to metaphysics in her hometown of Richmond, VA. After beginning her Reiki training, Crystal was called to the Pacific Northwest to continue her study of alternative healing and magic. 

Healing is a journey - one step inevitably leading to the next. Her perspectives on healing have been informed by her lived experiences, work with youth, and individuals surviving houselessness and poverty at Sisters of the Road. She is an alumni of the Blue Iris Mystery School and a Holy Fire Reiki Master/Teacher. She is a volunteer practitioner with healing justice organization Radical Rest which provides mental health and wellness services to support BIPOC organizers and activists in their continued work of liberation.

Through Blooming Fire Healing, she offers tarot, energywork, and monthly BIPOC healing circles to support the healing and magic that her clients bring into the world. She believes that when individuals are in full bloom they give a gift to their entire community. 

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Queer Journey of a Somatic Earth Artist: An Interview with Ahjo Sipowicz

Join us for a conversation with Ahjo Sipowicz where we discuss their path into radical embodiment and the creation of their book EarthBodyBoat.

Topics we cover include:

  • Coming into wholeness as a neurodivergent, genderqueer creature
  • Meaning-making and integration after altered state experiences
  • Using scores and performance to connect with the earth and ourselves
  • Freeing the rivers dammed by patriarchy and colonialism
  • Croning, eldership and aging
  • Divination and art-making with an Iphone
  • Making a book to make community

About Ahjo:

I am a white, non-binary, neurodivergent, pansexual, elemental creature, residing for 30 years on Tewa land at O’gha Po’oge—White Shell Water Place—Santa Fe, New Mexico. My ancestors, primarily Lithuanian and Norwegian, migrated to the Chicago area where I was born and raised. In 1989 I studied the Life Art Process at the Tamalpa Institute with Anna Halprin. The values of the Life Art Process continue to guide me—including creative process over end product, creating dialog between expressive mediums, communicating with the self, life through ritual, performance, and art making.

I call myself a “somatic earth artist,” one who is in apprenticeship with both the personal and earthly soma, and expresses both the conflicts and the Eros of these relationships through art. My art arises out of my InBodyNature practice, in which I actively dialogue with nature—communicating, performing, witnessing, and creating in collaboration. I bridge these experiences with writing, video documentation, and visual art through the technology of iPhone apps and composite photography. I am a self-published author of the newly released memoir/artist journal, EarthBodyBoat: Queer Journey of A Somatic Earth Artist.

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The Future is Ancient: An Interview with Israel Francisco Haros Lopez


Join us for a conversation with Israel Francisco Haros Lopez where we discuss how art saves lives, how ancestors help us, the evolution of the Alas de Agua Art Collective, and much more.

Topics we cover include:

  • Poetry of the people
  • Healing and respecting ourselves
  • Moving beyond the spirit of the colonizer that lives in all of us
  • How institutions become borders
  • Asemic writing
  • Relentless hope

About Israel: Israel Francisco Haros Lopez was born in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents of Mexican descent. He brings his firsthand knowledge of the realities of migration, U.S. border policies, and life as a Mexican American to his work with families and youth as a mentor, educator, art instructor, ally, workshop facilitator and activist. He studied at U.C. Berkeley and received a degree in English Literature and Chicano Studies followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. At formal and informal visual art spaces, Israel creates and collaborates in many interdisciplinary ways including poetry, performance, music, visual art, and video making and curriculum creation. His work addresses a multitude of historical and spiritual layered realities of border politics, identity politics, and the re-interpretation of histories. He was formerly the Highschool Homeless Liason at SFPS Adelante and is one of the founders and forces of energy at Alas de Agua Arts Collective and the New Mexico Murals Project. In 2020 he began working with YouthWorks, Reunity Resources, and Mother Nature Center to grow food for the community on county owned land at San Isidro Crossing

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Centered Accountability: A Mini-Episode with Jacks McNamara

Today So Many Wings’ host Jacks brings you up to date about why Sascha is on leave from So Many Wings, and discusses topics including centered accountability, navigating harmful behavior, forgiveness, transformative justice, and love.

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Becoming a Radical Therapist: An Interview with Danni Biondini

Join us for a conversation with Danni Biondini where we discuss her path from radical mental health activist at the Icarus Project to becoming the Chair of the Community Mental Health Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Topics we cover include:

  • Coming of age as a radical activist in San Francisco
  • Rebuilding after a breakdown by understanding systems of oppression
  • Using intellectual defenses as a way to grow
  • Foucault’s Panopticon - internalizing the dominant gaze of the social order
  • History of the Bay Area Icarus Project chapter
  • The power and limitations of peer support 
  • The power and limitations of working as a clinical therapist
  • Building a radical therapy practice and the importance of mentorship and supervision

About Danni Biondini:

Danni Biondini is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, and  Assistant Professor and Chair of the Community Mental Health program at CIIS. She is the Director and Supervisor of a psychodynamic therapy program at Francisco Middle School, overseeing the therapy services provided to kids at the school. As a longtime school-based therapist, she has a major interest in how to intervene on schools as sites of socialization. She came to the field with a background in radical mental health, as a member of the Bay Area Icarus Project in its heyday. She brings a radical mental health lens to her work, trying to build communities of therapists working within the system to change it. 

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Life Isn’t Binary: An Interview with Meg-John Barker

Join us for a multi-faceted and life-affirming conversation with writer, writing mentor and independent scholar Meg-John Barker where we discuss their wide ranging thoughts on gender non-conformity, plurality, consent, ‘anti-self help,’ and participation in queer and other subcultures.

Topics we cover include:

  • What it means to write an “anti self-help book”
  • Plurality and trauma
  • The intersections of psychology, gender non-conformity, and relationship structures outside the mainstream
  • The crucial and complicated nature of consent
  • Navigating the contradictions of academia and DIY media production

About Meg-John Barker:

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, and The Psychology of Sex. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice.

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Season 2 Episode 3: Getting Beyond Ourselves with Erica Fletcher

Join us for an intimate and far reaching conversation with scholar, educator, and media producer Erica Hua Fletcher where we discuss contemporary mental health social movements, community health and healing, identity politics, and the rise of Mad Studies. 

Topics we cover include:

  • The limits of terms like “madness” and “mental health”
  • The many useful lessons learned from researching The Icarus Project and other forms of peer support
  • The multiple and complex gifts and traps of embracing identity politics 
  • The growth of the Mad Studies field in the academy and beyond
  • Critical psychiatry and how public mental health care can be radically transformed

About Erica:

Erica is a scholar, educator, and media producer based in Los Angeles, California (Tongva land). She currently serves as a co-president of the Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group, in association with the American Anthropological Association's Society for Medical Anthropology; and this fall, she is starting a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, where she will be doing research on issues related to veterans recovery and resilience. Erica writes about contemporary mental health social movements, community health and healing, and carework; her scholarship and course offerings span the health humanities, social medicine, mad studies, and social work. She has taught at four public universities, most recently at the University of California at Irvine. 

Find Erica online:

  • On the web: https://ericahua.weebly.com/
  • On Social Media: Instagram @erica.hua 

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Season 2 Episode 2: The ‘I’ in the Storm: A Conversation with Richard Schwartz

Join us for a wide ranging conversation with Dick Schwartz where we discuss everything from the origins of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model to the role of Self-Leadership in contemporary social justice movements.

Topics we discuss include:

  • How it’s the nature of the mind to have multiple parts
  • The role of legacy burdens in what gets called “mental illness”
  • The visionary history of systemic family therapy
  • The potential synergy of Open Dialogue and Internal Family Systems
  • Why it’s much easier to train non-therapists in IFS
  • The potential role of Self-Leadership in contemporary social justice movements 

About Dick Schwartz:

Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s. 

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms. 

In 2013 Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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On the web: IFS Institute 

On Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/InternalFamilySystems

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Season 2 Episode 1: Outsider Art, Racism and Madness with Issa Ibrahim

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Join us for a conversation with Issa Ibrahim where we discuss how racism has affected his experiences of madness and institutionalization, and how radical creativity and underground community led to his escape.

Topics we discuss include:

  • Coming of age as a black man in Queens and being driven “crazy” by racism. 
  • Smuggling internet into an asylum and connecting with the radical mental health movement.
  • Structural competency and how mental institutions ignore racism.
  • The joker in the White House, waiting for Superman, and limitations of the heroic narrative.
  • The protest psychosis - how schizophrenia became a "black disease."

About Issa:

Issa Ibrahim is an artist, writer, musician and filmmaker born in 1965 in Jamaica, New York. He has been the Artist-In-Residence at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center’s Living Museum since 1992. Issa is also the author of the 2016 memoir THe Hospital Always Wins, published by Chicago Review Press.

Issa’s artist statement: “My interest in the politics of race, mental illness, and popular culture informs my range of subject matter. I am telling a parallel narrative. My life as a psych patient, a flawed Superman, learning to navigate the many identities I had to assume in the system in order to survive various barriers to freedom, in addition to exposing the Everyman in the world at large. We are living in a comic strip, with plenty of super villains and heroes, love stories, cliffhangers, absurdist comedy and heartbreaking tragedy. With equal parts whimsy and warning, I use familiar icons in historical settings as reflections and metaphors for our own bankrupt culture.”

 

Find Issa online:

On the web: Http://issaibrahim.com

On instagram: @issaibrahim065

On YouTube: Http://YouTube.com/c/issaibrahim

 

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