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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Show 44 - Martin Prechtel



Martín Prechtel  was raised on a Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico, where he learned the Keres language. His mother was a Canadian Native American and his father a Swiss palaeontologist. In 1970 after his first marriage ended, he traveled south through Mexico to end up in Guatemala. After a year of traveling through Guatemala, he found his home in a small village near Lake Atitlan inhabited by the Tz'utujil (one of the numerous Maya sub-cultures). There he met Nicolas Chiviliu Tacaxoy, a respected shaman of the village who believed Prechtel to be the student he prayed for.

He learned the Tzutujil language, married a Tzutujil woman and raised two sons (a third son had died). Though not Tzutujil by birth, Prechtel became one of the most important village members both spiritually and politically. When Chiviliu died, Prechtel then became acting shaman to the approximately thirty thousand people of Santiago Atitlan. Prechtel joined the Scat Mulaj (the village political body) and even rose to the position of Nabey Mam (the first chief), and among other duties was responsible for the initiating of the village's young men into adulthood. During the Guatemalan civil war, Prechtel and his family were forced to flee for their lives and settled in the U.S. His wife returned later with their two sons to Guatemala, but the two boys then came back to their father.

Upon returning to the U.S. Prechtel was introduced to author Robert Bly and began contributing at Bly's Men's Movement workshops. Bly was instrumental in getting Prechtel's writing published. Prechtel once again resides in New Mexico, at the site of his school near the village of Ojo Caliente. He appears around the world at different educational conferences and leads workshops intended to assist in the reconnection to the sacredness in nature and everyday life, and in finding one's sense of purpose in the modern world. Colleagues include Robert Bly, Malidoma Somé, and Michael J Meade.

Among his writings are Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, an autobiographical account of his initiation as a Mayan Shaman; Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an account of his village life in Santiago Atitlán; Stealing Benefacio's Roses: A Mayan Epic (Formerly Titled The Toe Bone and The Tooth), an autobiographical account of how he relived an ancient Maya myth in his own life; and The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun, a Maya myth that includes Prechtel's observations of how the Maya relate to the story. His works also include various musical recordings, paintings and an audio recording of a lecture he gives called Grief and Praise. He orchestrates "gatherings" and workshops around the country as well as curating his own school called Bolad's Kitchen.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Show 43 - Jenny Cockell

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JENNY COCKELL (Past Lives)
In her best-selling book Yesterday's Children, Jenny Cockell discusses her extraordinary past life memories of life as Mary Sutton in early-20th century Ireland. The book chronicles Jenny's research into Sutton's life and her subsequent journey in which she ended up reuniting the entire Sutton family. This month we have had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny for the new Merlin's Diary podcast, and she tells us more about the experiences that have changed her life and how she integrates them into her life today.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Show 42 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Neil and I both had to pinch ourselves when we received confirmation of our latest Merlin's Diary podcast guest. Desmond Tutu is Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, he's a former Nobel Peace prize winner and an honorary member of the global council of elders. His courageous and tireless work to help the voice of blacks be heard during 80s Apartheid South Africa has helped him to stand alongside the world's foremost human rights activists such as Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Today, in his 80s, he continues to work on helping to improve the wellbeing of people and the wellbeing of the planet.

We timed this interview's release with the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from 27 years in jail. That release happened on the 11th February 1990.


We try to meet our guests fully in the now and they always seem genuinely inspired by our questions and the deepening that ensues. It was wonderful to hear later, from The Archbishop's personal assistant,  that he had been completely charmed by the whole interview experience. The audio track at the end is Mozart's 'Laudate Dominum' performed by Edith Mathis, Straatskapella Dresden, Bernhard Klee. Listen, enjoy and share.

Photos courtesy of (from top down) Elke Wetzig, Tutufoundation USA, TVCNews

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Show 41 - Gabrielle Roth (re-run)


We start 2015 with an interview that has been our most 'listened-to' interview to date, featuring Gabrielle Roth, who died just a few months after we spoke to her in 2012. 

The founder of 5Rhythms,  Gabrielle was an American dancer and musician in the world music and trance dance genres, with a special interest in shamanism. She created the 5Rhythms approach to movement in the 1960s and there are now hundreds of 5Rhythms teachers worldwide who use her approach in their work.





During this in-depth interview Gabrielle reveals her story of the 5Rhythms development. the challenges she faced and the people that inspired her. And much more besides. It makes for a truly inspiring listen.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Show 40 - Mooji (re-run)



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This interview features a beautiful exchange with the smiling, laughing and graceful Mooji.It is a re-run of a programme we first aired a couple of years ago. The show is  co-hosted as ever by Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and fellow author Neil del Strother

In this interview Mooji talks about his journey into awakeness; the challenge of remaining present to the moment; the quotes, book and people that have inspired him; and the role of a 'guru' in the lives of searchers.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Show 39 - Leo Rutherford





This month we interview Leo Rutherford, a renowned teacher and pioneer of shamanism in the West. He was one of the first people to bring the teachings of shamanism to the UK and founded the Eagle's Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism in 1987. Having worked in industry for 20 years, he was suffering from acute stress and depression by the age of 40 - and setting out find a path with more heart - he discovered the ancient wisdom of indigenous shamans.
He has published six books including 'The View through the Medicine Wheel' (O-Books 2008), 'Shamanic Path Workbook' (Arima Pubs, 2006) and 'Principles of shamanism' (Harper Collins 1996) and most recently 'Spirituality versus religion (CreateSpace 2011).

You can visit Leo's Eagle's Wing College of Contemporary Shamanism by clicking here.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Show 38 - Philip Carr-Gomm




Philip Carr-Gomm is a Psychotherapist, educationalist and author practising at the cutting edge of a whole new paradigm in the field of Ecopsychology. Since 1988 he's also been the  leader of OBOD, the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids where he has overseen robust growth in the organisation thanks partly to the distance learning course he helped to create.

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing this very humble and down-to-earth man in the new podcast. We learnt a lot and found this a fascinating in-depth interview. So just click the link at the top of this entry to hear the show.. 

You can find out more about Philip by clicking his name above to visit his website. You can learn more about OBOD at http://www.druidry.org/

Monday, 2 June 2014

Show 37- Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein is an author and public speaker, and self-described "degrowth activist". He is the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013). 

"Whether for myself or for the world, I share with dreamers, Utopians, and teenagers an unreasonable intuition of a magnificent potential, that life and the world can be more than we have made of them." Charles Eisenstein.

Hear Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and podcast co-host Neil del Strother interview Charles in-depth in the new Merlin's Diary podcast interview. 

If you're a facebook user then please go and check out Charles's facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/charles.eisenstein 

Click Charles's name above or here to visit his personal website: https://www.charleseisenstein.net

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Show 36 - Steve Biddulph

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Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best  known parenting authors and a very entertaining speaker. A psychologist for 25 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and now Raising Girls, are in four million homes and 31 languages. They have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men.  Hear Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and podcast co-host Neil del Strother interview Steve in-depth in the new Merlin's Diary podcast interview. 

If you're a facebook user then please go and check out Steve's facebook pages at  https://www.facebook.com/stevebiddulphraisinggirls and
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Biddulphs-Raising-Boys

Click Steve's name above or here to visit his personal website: www.stevebiddulph.com

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Show 35 - Kevin Billett

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Welcome to the 35th Merlin's Diary podcast - a fascinating in-depth interview with a man who knows all about going into the darkness and coming out smelling of roses...

In the early 1990s Kevin Billett hit major depression. Having achieved relative security in life, he'd discovered the truth that joy and inspiration weren't to be found in 'stuff'. In total despair, a conversation with a friend resulted in Kevin leaving the Welsh Valleys to visit London for a workshop that might help him...

Today, some 20 years later, Kevin finds himself as CEO of the hugely successful Journey Seminar group and married to the very woman who created the process that transformed his life, Brandon Bays. His story is inspirational and his wisdom profound.

Click the link above to hear this amazing journey...

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Show 34 - Byron Katie

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Welcome to the 34th Merlin's Diary podcast and it's one of our best yet!

Byron Katie has helped changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with her process entitled 'The Work'. She has sold millions of books and is rated as one of the most influential change-makers on the planet (Watkins Books 2013). Hear Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and podcast co-host Neil del Strother interview Katie in-depth and discover with them the extraordinary journey that led Katie into becoming the inspirational person she is today.

Byron Katie website: www.thework.com

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Show 33 - Matthew Fox

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Welcome to the 32nd Merlin's Diary podcast.
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Expelled from the church for calling God 'Mother'
In 1993, Dominican Priest Matthew Fox was expelled by future Pope Benedict XVI, for 'disobedience'. Among the issues Fox was asked to defend were that he was a feminist theologian; he called God "Mother"; he preferred the concept of Original Blessing over Original Sin; he worked too closely with Native American spiritual practices and he did not condemn homosexuality.

Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian working in the creation spirituality tradition of Christianity. He is the best-selling author of 30 books, including most recently Occupy Spirituality which he has co-authored with young activist Adam Bucko and which Matthew describes as 'a call to action for a new era of spirituality- infused activism'. In this powerful interview, Matthew talks openly about the suppression of the feminine in the Church and what can be done to restore the feminine to her rightful place, he talks about the new Pope and his hopes for change, and how he has sought to explore the experiential side of religion.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Show 32 - Tao Porchon-Lynch

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Welcome to the 32nd Merlin's Diary podcast.
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95 and still dancing!
This month on the Merlin's Diary podcast, hosts Barry and Neil have the pleasure of interviewing the remarkable 95 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch. She's marched with Gandhi, starred in Hollywood movies, spoken alongside the Dalai Lama at a conference in the USA last year (aged 94!), and, inspite of having 3 hip replacements, continues to teach yoga and win prizes for ballroom dancing!! In this amazing interview she reveals some of the secrets that have resulted in her extraordinary achievements. 


You can learn more about Tao, her latest book and ther classes she is currently offering by visiting her website at: http://www.taoporchon-lynch.com/

The song at the end of the show is called 'Groovy Tao' and was written and recorded by Valerie Romanoff - you can see more about Valerie at www.starlightmusicnewyork.com

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Show 31 - Colin Parry




Welcome to the 31st Merlin's Diary podcast.
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On 20th March 1993 an IRA bomb in Warrington in North West England, took the lives of 12 year old Tim Parry and 3 year old Johnathan Ball. 56 other people were injured and many others will carry the mental scars with them for the rest of their lives.  Tim Parry’s parents, Colin and Wendy, set their hearts on building a unique Peace Centre as a lasting memorial to the boys. In this moving Merlin's Diary podcast, Colin shares the remarkable chain of events (involving the British Government and the White House) that led to the £3M finance needed for the centre. 

To mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing, and in this month where we don our poppies, we interviewed Colin to talk about how he and Wendy have channelled their energy  and built a safe space where ordinary people can learn about the causes and non-violent resolution of conflict. Colin tells us about that day back in 1993 and what his journey has looked like since. Visit Colin and Wendy's website by clicking the picture above or here.


The Mystery Bar interview is co-hosted as ever by Merlin's Diary founder, coach and author Barry Durdant-Hollamby and fellow author Neil del Strother.  

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Show 30 - Marianne Williamson

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Welcome to the 30th Merlin's Diary podcast.
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In this one hour special, first aired in early 2012,  Marianne Williamsonwho has topped the best sellers list on the New York Times no less than four times,  talks in-depth about the impact that The Course in Miracles has had on her life; she also reveals key insights into how to live in a way that connects us with Source; she talks about the people that inspire her and her thoughts about the world we find ourselves in today and the hope that exists for our future.


The Mystery Bar interview is co-hosted as ever by Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and fellow author Neil del Strother.  


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Show 29 - Jo Berry - peace ambassador extraordinaire



The following interview was originally released two years ago and we have decided to use the month before World Peace Day 2013 to remind us all what a difference one person can make. It is one of our most popular and powerful interviews and the original podcast has been edited to feature only the interview itself. If you haven't heard Jo speak, here's your chance - she is a total inspiration!

(From 2011) "This month's Mystery Bar interview, co-hosted by Merlin's Diary founder Barry Durdant-Hollamby and fellow author Neil del Strother, features a remarkable lady, Jo Berry. Jo's father, Sir Anthony Berry, was blown up in the Brighton bombing in the 80s, and Jo has chosen to walk the road less travelled since that time, taking a path of humility, listening and acceptance that is an inspiration to all.

Jo's charity, Building Bridges for Peace -  please go and visit her site, offer support (she's a single mum with children and needs all the help she can get!) - and at the very least get to know her story. You will not be disappointed.

The song featured at the end of the interview is written and performed by the brilliant Chloe Goodchild. The track is titled Singing Field (from the cd 'The Thousand Ways of Light') and can be downloaded straight from

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Show 28 - Nigel Grace & The Bosnian Pyramids


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A different type of pyramid?
The new podcast is now available for downloading/streaming, and this month it focuses on the fascinating subject of pyramids. But not Egyptian ones. No this month we're discussing the extraordinary structures found in Bosnia! Yes, that's right. Bosnian Pyramids - and they're HUGE!!!!

To help us get to the bottom of this intriguing subject, we were lucky enough to grab an hour of Nigel Grace's time. Nigel is the UK's very own Indiana Jones - and we caught him in between airport hops as he was returning from his latest dig at Bosnia and then heading off for the USA.

Nigel's story is fascinating - he comes from a business background as well as having travelled extensively with Maharishi for 20 years. In the interview he tells how he found himself volunteering at the site of the Pyramids and how his life has changed since.

As ever, the interview is co-hosted by good mates Barry Durdant-Hollamby, founder at Merlin's Diary, and fellow author Neil Del Strother.  Barry and Neil have so far been host to some fascinating guests, including Marianne Williamson, Brandon Bays, Dr Robert Holden, Lynne McTaggart, Mooji, Gabrielle Roth and Peter Owen-Jones to name but a few. All previous podcasts are available to stream/download from this podcast page - just look for the links on the right side of the page. 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Show 27 - Dr Robert Verkerk

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DR Robert Verkerk


This month Neil and Barry interview Dr Robert Verkerk founder of The Alliance for Natural Health an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide and fighting the cause of natural health in a world dominated by pharmaceutical giants. Robert is a true warrior and we love him here at Merlin's Diary! 

Dr Verkerk and his team have achieved many successes on behalf of all of us who care about the freedom to choose natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals, some of which include:
  • Raised public awareness of the significance of legislative threats to the long-term sustainability of natural healthcare
  • Made significant amendments to EU legislation through collaboration with Members of the European Parliament
  • Brought the landmark legal challenge to the EU Food Supplements Directive in the High Court London and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2004-5)
  • Promoted rational science as the basis on which safety of nutrients should be assessed at a global level through the Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Deconstructed flawed approaches to risk assessment and management, which are being used by regulators in an attempt to ban higher, beneficial dosages of natural products
  • Demonstrated clear connections in the disproportionate regulatory management of a wide range of issues ranging from food supplementation, genetically modified (GM) foods, water quality (including fluoridation) and vaccination.
  • Created a united front of common interests across Europe, the North America, Asia and other parts of the world.http://www.artofchange.co.uk/mysterybar/episode28.m4a

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Show 26 - Stephen Jenkinson

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On this month's podcast, Neil and Barry talk to Stephen Jenkinson.




With counseling and ceremony, Stephen Jenkinson has for a quarter century been guiding individuals, couples, families and communities through all the human sufferings, sorrows and confusions in life.

He has a Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). After an apprenticeship to a musician storyteller he worked with dying people and their families, with grieving people and with those unsure how to grieve. As a programme director in a major Canadian hospital, an assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school and an educator and advocate in the helping professions, spiritual activist Stephen Jenkinson consulted to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America.

Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of Griefwalker (2008), a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen’s work with dying people. Griefwalker shows Stephen teaching the redemptive power of deep love for life, when life glimpses its end.

A sculptor and traditional canoe builder and whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture, Stephen is a sought after educator and workshop leader, and his work has been featured in national radio and television documentaries on care of the dying and rites of passage.

He is the author of How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – a live recorded teaching (2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002), and contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).



Monday, 8 April 2013

Show 25 - Serge Kahili King Ph.D

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This month we've re-edited our interview of two years ago which features Hawaiin Serge Kahili King. 

Serge Kahili King, Ph. D., has published the world's largest selection of books and tapes on Huna, the Polynesian philosophy and practice of effective living, and on the spirit of Aloha, the attitude of love and peace for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. In this interview he speaks about his extraordinary training and the seven core aspects of the ancient Huna way of life, ideas which today we can found at the heart of virtually all the world's leading self-help books. Dr King's work is made available to the world via his website at www.huna.org and http://www.sergeking.com/

Friday, 8 March 2013

Show 24 - Satish Kumar



Welcome to the 24th Merlin's Diary podcast.
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Our new podcast show features one of our great heroes, the legendary Satish Kumar, founder and editor of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine and generally all round top man who in the early 1960s walked from India to the USA with a friend (with a little help from the Queen Mary across the Atlantic)  in the name of peace and with NO money in his pocket. The walk took 18 months to complete, starting from Ghandi's grave and ending at Kennedy's grave. Whilst Satish was sad to have missed the opportunity of meeting with Kennedy, he was delighted to be able to meet with Martin Luther King.

Satish is the founder of the Schumacher College and The Small School and has appeared on BBC's Desert Island Discs.   

All our previous interviews, which are co-hosted by good mates Barry Durdant-Hollamby, founder at Merlin's Diary, and fellow author Neil Del Strother, and which have included guests such as Marianne Williamson, Mooji, Gabrielle Roth, Gangaji, Brandon Bays, Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Robert Holden, and Lynne McTaggart are available to stream/download - just click here and search through the podcast entries.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Show 23 - Cate Mackenzie



Welcome to the 23rd Merlin's Diary podcast.
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This month, hosts Barry and Neil have the pleasure of interviewing International Love Coach, Speaker, workshop leader and Artist Cate Mackenzie. Cate's a regular at the London MBS festival and has appeared on Capital Radio, performed in Cabaret and has been in "Sensitive Skin" on BBC2. She's been interviewed about her relationship work by Channel 5 News, Live at Five, Sky, Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London and she's been featured in Spirit and Destiny, Prediction Magazine, Harpers Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.  

Cate's info:
http://catemackenzie.com/shop.htm (Cate's greetings cards)
www.freeandfunny.co.uk 21st April 8pm Cate is performing stand up comedy in Angel, Islington
www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk 24th-27th May 2013 Cate will be holding a Love Space with free meditations and workshops in the Love Dome


All our previous interviews, which are co-hosted by good mates Barry Durdant-Hollamby, founder at Merlin's Diary, and fellow author Neil Del Strother, and which have included guests such as Marianne Williamson, Mooji, Gabrielle Roth, Gangaji, Brandon Bays, Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Robert Holden, and Lynne McTaggart  are available to stream/download - just click here and search through the podcast entries.