September 4, 2014
Mindfulness- A practical guide to FINDING PEACE IN A FRANTIC WORLD
Dr Danny Penman is a feature writer for the Daily Mail, having formerly worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and specialises in reporting on science, health, the environment, and animal welfare. He is a commentator on these issues for BBC Radio Four and Five and has made a number of documentaries for BBC One and Channel Four News.
This amazing book guides its readers through 8 weeks of mindfulness guidance based on the groundbreaking work that co-author Mark Williams has researched to an almost exact science. Jon Kabat -Zinn inspires with a few words in the Foreword to this amazing book.
Danny shares his journey and we discuss the work Danny is doing now for the mindfulness movement and also his amazing work against animal cruelty.
In 2009 and in 2011 Danny won the Humane Society of the United States Brigitte Bardot International Print Journalism award for his investigations into animal welfare abuses around the world. The award was presented in front of an invited Hollywood audience that included Ellen DeGeneres and the stars of CSI Las Vegas, Bones, and the film 'W'.
In 2011 he won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) 'Special Investigation Award'.
10% of People in the westernised world this year will become clinically depressed and Mindfulness is now a serious contender in helping to reduce this figure. Help spread the word
August 30, 2014
Former guest and Hawaii resident, Sofia wilt co-hosts
this episode on a subject very close to her heart (and health). Following the aftermath of Storm Iselle,
Sofia along with many other Hawaiian residents were exposed to poisonous
gasses, released from the local and controversial PGV Geothermal Power Plant. Trapped due to trees and debris on the roads,
residents were left without help and without guidance. To add insult to injury, the government has
played this down and the jury is still out on what will happen to the power
Joining Sofia and I on the podcast are Tom Travis and
Tom has spent a life time in service, and served as
Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, Deputy Commander for the USS Theodore
Roosevelt (CGN 71) Battle Group, director of the Navy’s experimentation
program, and submarine commanding officer aboard USS New York City. Tom now works as a National Security Officer
Petricci heads up the Puna Pono Alliance that support
environmentally safe, culturally sensitive, economically viable, and
sustainable energy alternatives for Hawai`i County. His understanding of
the geothermal history in Hawaii is shared with us on the podcast and his work
for protecting its citizens is great.
Check out his website where you can learn more about the work Bob is
doing but it is also a forum for residents to upload their own stories of how
they were affected. http://bobpetricci.com/geo/index.php/pgv-incident
Check out this video from the
bigIslandvideonews.com as this gives a great summary of what happened and how
the locals feel about it.
Listen in as we get into what
Geothermal Energy is, its shady history in Hawaii and we try to understand how
and why this disaster took place and why alternative energy methods such as
Solar are being ignored and muffled.
Questions as to why the government is downplaying this are asked and we
discuss what can be done and what the next steps are.
If you want to share your
personal experience, voice your opinion or show your support, you can visit
Bobs site http://bobpetricci.com/geo/index.php/pgv-incident
where you email him directly. Message
me too and I can forward all communications.
August 6, 2014
One of the subjects that has reshaped the RenaissancePodcast direction is Mindfulness. I thought I knew what this word meant, and you probably do too, but it wasn’t until Co-host Anh Nguyen sent me Leo’s short 14 min video (below) that I had that big Eureka moment and started to see that I had these new tools that I could use when things are a bit tough...and just as importantly tools I now use to be happier. With over 1.5 million youtube views, Leo's ability to explain tough 'down the rabbit hole' type subjects is remarkable.
After months of emailing and waiting patiently, Leo finally joins the Renaissance team and explains how his journey has led him to helping others find their purpose in life. This podcast begins with the concepts and benefits of working on the mind and the sense of self, but we get into depths of advanced mindfulness.
July 2, 2014
During a Q&A session with Jon Kabbat-Zinn (one of the leading figures in spreading Mindfulness) he suggested that we reach out to the MBA project to get a better understanding of how Mindfulness based techniques are being used to help troubled youth. A year on, we have two of the most significant members of the Mind Body Awareness project and two truly enlightening guests on the podcast.
I cannot stress how important Mindfulness has become in my life and how it has increased my happiness significantly just by having tools I can use in times of negative thought. If you haven't heard about it before, try sticking through to the end on this one.
June 9, 2014
Co-host Jay and I are blown away by this podcast with Hamilton. If you are unfamiliar with Ayahuasca, I would highly recommend doing some research on it as this spiritual and medicinal plant is doing wonders for those that try it. The Wikipedia definition is quite good, but Hamilton really breaks it down simply and melodically on this Podcast. In order to experience Ayahuasca in the correct way, it really needs to take place in the Amazon where Hamilton has lived and worked for over a decade.
It is a growing phenomenon that has existed in Amazonian cultures for a very long time and Hamilton is one of the leading western figures in spreading the awareness.
Icaros chants: 41mins 16 secs - Hamilton explains the purpse of the Icaros (invoking the spirits) and gives us a live Ayahuasca and Cannabis chant.
Shiwawaku: 48mins 51 secs - Amazing dance track produced by Hamilton (wait til the beats drops...)
Alive: 1hr 25mins- Hip hop alternative to Shamanism - Shamanix, lyrics to chorus by Hamilton
For more info on Hamilton Souther, his tours and his music, visit Hamiltonsouther.org
For more information on trying Ayahusca and becoming more involved, visit:
May 26, 2014
If you have never
really understood what Philosophy is and how it could positively impact your
life in a very real way, then I would recommend sticking with this episode to
the end. We are joined by Total Philosophy creator, whos online videos have
been viewed more than 50k times. His
style of taking very complex philosophical ideas and animating them in a very
simple and easy to understand way is what caught my attention.
We discuss Descartes ‘I think therefore I
am’ statement and why it is so significant.
The words of Descartes have been the back bone of so much of my thinking
since it was first introduced to me by fellow co-host Anh 15 years ago.
Listen in as
Philip shares his story of how he was introduced to Philosophy and also about
his recent interview with Philosopher Richard
Swinburne, an influential proponent of philosophical arguments for the
existence of God.
Its about asking
the questions and having the debate
Check our 'Video and News' tab for the video
May 15, 2014
When Graham Hancock shares your video on
his Facebook page, you’ve produced something pretty amazing. David
Al-Badri’s online video has been viewed by more than 15k people and he joins us
for our 20th show. This is a mini milestone for us and
having David be a part of it was special.
His insight and knowledge made it one of
the most enjoyable Podcast I have recorded. It was Fran who introduced me
to the Awakening of Gaia video and former guest Neil (Grand Turismo Academy
Podcast) describes it as the best video he has ever seen. To explain
what the video is about is quite tricky, but if watched with the right
mind-set, can help to expand your mind and see things in a very different and
We discuss religion and what it means to
be a Pantheist. I describe it as everything in this vast Universe is connected and that everything in it is Divine. All one God.
Listen in and open your mind
May 13, 2014
How many times per day, or even week do you see something online that blows you away. These paradigm shifting videos and stories we see are wasted unless we do something with them. What exactly I’m not too sure, but talking about some of them on a Podcast seems like a great way to start. Sofia joins us for a second sitting and what a treat it was. Listen in as Sofia and I talk Fukishima- what are the effects of a nuclear plant leaking out into the ocean?
I commit to one month of Yoga. I have never tried it before and I am finally giving in. I’ll keep a log of what I do and how it feels. I believe in it. I also believe that the breathing element is extremely important in Yoga, so ill combine it all together and hopefully will have some good things to say about it.
If you want to try out Yoga and see how it changes the way you feel, Sofia has recommended the following videos:
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOBVb-15OA - 20 min
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15B_Qv5ecbo - 3 min
Reach out to Sofia : firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24, 2014
Lead singer and guitarist Beni Pri joins the usual hosts at the Renaissance studios for podcast 18. With youtube hits in excess of 100k, and a new single out on the 28th of April -Lost all interest-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lPD4rVEY4Y
We discuss the challenges of trying to make it in the UK music industry and advice on how to nurture a band: ' you are as good as your weakest link'
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March 27, 2014
Whilst on my honey moon in Hawaii, I picked
up a local Newspaper and read a great article that about grass fed vs corn fed beef. This is a subject that I am really immersing
myself into recently and my reaction was to reach out to the author and ask if
they would like to join me in discussing this in more detail over a podcast. Sofia Wilt very kindly accepted.
Sofia has lived on the Big Island for
over 20 years and started out working as a park ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park, has been a 911 dispatcher for Hawaii county, has a degree from
the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, a bachelors in Environmental Sciences,
has worked as a personal chef for over 12 years and is basically a
food/health/nutrition geek playing in her kitchen finding new yummy ways to
stay healthy and well nourished.
February 4, 2014
Gran Turismo? Wasn't that a game on the playstation you may be wondering. In a nutshell, yes. The PS3 is inevitably on its way out, making room for the next generation of gaming. But before you rush out and get your next gen console (if you haven't already done so) you may still find a little life in this ageing machine. GT Pushes the PS3 to its hardware capacities. For those that don't know the GT series, It has in recent years actually managed to produce professional real life racers out of bedroom gamers.(yup, you read that right...simulation to reality) Around 150k people entered in the UK alone. In this podcast G and I discuss the journey of our good friend Neil Williams, who joins us today sharing the experience of his time at the GT academy finals. How he prepared both physically and mentally. As well as the usual tangents here and there.
January 28, 2014
''There is much to learn from he that knows success
and imparts success on others'' - Going from a successful podcast with top
fighters, we have one of the UK's top coaches Philip Tieu in the studio.
We dig a bit into the large range of martial arts that he learnt to help
give him the edge when coaching his ever growing number of top ranked fighters
in the UK. Dave Tieu and Fran are back and we get to know them more.Rich and
Hui-Zee drop some knowledge in their quick fire question round and Q brings
down his equipment and starts work on a few Muay Thai video documentaries. Im
getting to grips with audacity, a free online audio mixing tool and this time around the music was added after the fact. Im feeling it.
January 3, 2014
We try a podcast with a guest from Belgium via Skype. Joe talks to Fran and i about some global trends with particuar focus on China and its investments. this is one of the videos Joe recommends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDVOP0lEECk
What is Bitcoin and virtual currency. Does this peer to peer sharing have any legs for the future and can they compete with the global powers of the Banks.
In the last 25 years the media companies in the US went from 50 to a small but powerful 5. how crazy is this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM8L7bdwVaA
50 news reporters saying the same damn thing on every channel. check it out and comment below. do you think the Media is doing a good job at informing us about global events in an unbiased way? Channels like Vice online are leading the way in modern journalism and making news interesting and real news is being presented in a really fun and dynamic way. Instead of watching something that you normally watch on a day like today, check out any video on this Vice video and let me know if it isnt an amasing way to educate yourself about whats really happening in the world.however this is one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D41rO7mL6zM.