News from the edge

"Gaia, Plant Intelligence and the Ecstatic Path"

Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of 12 books including the award-winning Sacred Plant Medicine, Lost Language of Plants and Secret Teachings of Plants, will teach a three-day workshop at Camp St. Croix near Hudson, Wisc. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and will end at 4 p.m. Monday, September 1.

Earth ecstatics, for millennia, have recognized that eating the wild is one of the primary means of soul shaping, of traveling the ecstatic path. Plants have long been primary teachers for those who travel deep into the heart of the world, for those who seek the soul teaching that only the wild can bring. This workshop is about eating the wild and the journey that this process begins.

"Gaia, Plant Intelligence and the Ecstatic Path" is a journey into depth of meaning, into the states of mind, being and communicatory relationships necessary to work with the plants and the living wildness of the world as ancient and indigenous humans have always done.

Cost for the weekend is $450 and includes lodging and meals. To register, call Julie McIntyre at 575.538.5498, and for more information or to register online, please go to

Out of Our Minds celebrates one year of production and 25th episode

There are not many podcasts or magazines for those interested in nonduality or enlightenment, and most are too long and verbose, in Eric Putkonen’s opinion. So last year in Twin Cities, Eric started producing and publishing online a bi-weekly podcast "Out of Our Minds" that is only about 15 minutes in length. The podcast focuses on nonduality and the "Direct Path" traditions (Advaita Vedanta, Zen Buddhism, Jnana Yoga, etc.).

A year after the podcast was first started, "Out of Our Minds" has listeners from all over the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and throughout the world. All the episodes produced are currently available online at; among some of the most popular episodes are "Life Is But a Dream" (episode 1), "Effortless Enlightenment" (episode 5), and "Nonduality and the Mobius Strip" (episode 10).

Eric Putkonen, the host and producer of "Out of Our Minds," is a modern-day mystic and yogi. After searching for 13 years and awakening in 2005, he has made himself available to whomever wished to speak with him, started the podcast, and has published several articles in local spiritual magazines.

"X" Chronicles now only online

The "X" Chronicles newspaper, which has been publishing in Canada since 1993, recently has gone totally online [visit] to help the environment by saving trees. The "X" Chronicles covers all subjects within the world of the paranormal and the science of parapsychology, including ancient mysteries, unsolved mysteries, UFOs, ghosts, hauntings, things that go bump in the night, alien abduction, new age mysticism, psychic phenomena and much more. For a free online subscription, send an email to If you have a story that you would like to submit, send it to

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