Discover The People Doing Great Things to Turn Us Toward Sustainability

Conversations with Healers and Changemakers Taking Significant Steps Toward Life-Sustaining Ways of Being Human on Earth

Carrying on with “business as usual” is not working for humanity. It’s not working for the rest of the planet either.

The good news is that it’s not as hopeless as you might think.

Here at Turning Season we want to shine a light on how creativity, compassion, and connection CAN turn this around. You’re in the right place if:

You’ve Wondered “Why Isn’t Anyone Doing Anything About This?” (They are!)

 You Want to Contribute But Have No Idea Where to Start

What's Happening Right Now In The World Hurts Your Heart

You’re Drawn in By the Possibility of Deeper Connection to the More-than-Human World

You’re Not “Outdoorsy” But Care Enough About Your Kids to Want to do Something

You Thought Becoming Sustainable Meant Sacrificing the Things You Love

You’re Taking Action to Create the Change That’s Needed and Want to Connect with Others Doing Their Part

The truth is, we have problems.

Racism, pollution, rising sea levels, and hunger being just a few.

We each have a part to play and if you’re doing your part with any one of them, we see you, we thank you, and we celebrate you.

We believe it’s the collection and culmination of small actions each person on our planet can do that will alter our course. Tune into Turning Season and you’ll find:

Sense of Possibility

You’re Already Doing More Than You Know

Feel Better

You Can Do Your Part by Healing Yourself

New Connections

Meet Others Who Equally Want to Create Change

Leilani Navar Creative Writing from Dreams thedreamersden.orgI’m Leilani Navar. As I write this, I'm among piñon and juniper trees, feeling at home, and feeling well. But I grew up in a land of orange trees, palms, and a whole lot of concrete, with multiple health challenges.

One day, when I was in high school, my naturopath told me I needed to eat more raw food. As I was speaking the question, "You mean, straight out of the produce section?", he was saying the words, "Straight out of the ground."

Oh. Right.

A suburban kid, I was definitely disconnected, but also deeply concerned.

I was seven when I heard about pollution and the ozone layer, and started a branch of the club Kids for Saving Earth. We started by picking up trash. We collected dimes to buy an acre of rainforest. In high school I moved into environmental activism. At sixteen, excited about improving my own health holistically, and seeing the connections between personal and global health, I knew my work was going to be in natural medicine. Post-graduation, I realized I had never seen a sustainable, balanced way of life, and wanted to find one.

Now, 30 years after collecting those first dimes, I'm living in a yurt in the mountains of Utah with my husband and two children, continuing to heal and grow, and deepening my love for being alive. We grow food (straight out of the ground), our kids play in the woods, we're in a small community where people look out for each other, and we live in as balanced, reciprocal a relationship with the Earth as we can.Acupressure for People with Anxiety with Leilani Navar

We’re not off the grid, we still drive cars, and we buy things wrapped in plastic, but our hearts are full and we’re rising to our own roles in The Great Turning.

I serve the community here in my clinical practice, offering acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong. I help people tend to their physical and emotional health - and the connection between them - through practical wisdom from Chinese Medicine, and insights from their own dreams. In personal health and global outlook, it lights me up to see people feel relief, and a new sense of possibility.

To keep me heartened, actively hopeful, and honoring my pain for the world, I turn regularly to the work of Joanna Macy, who's been bringing her incredible heart and brilliant mind to meet these times since before I was born. "The Great Turning" is a term of Joanna's, and refers to one of "The Three Stories of Our Time." You'll hear more about all three stories on the podcast.

By tuning in to the Turning Season podcast, you’ll get your dedicated dose of active hope. You’ll meet the creative and compassionate people who are part of shifting us collectively to a more sustainable society.

You’ll hear from people rising in their roles and playing their part in the Great Turning. From healing personal trauma to conversations with big thinkers and visionaries, decolonization to building composting toilets, new innovations to bridging social divides, there are thousands of reasons and ways to participate. Listen in now to find out more of what’s being done already and what’s possible.


Turning Season Podcast Episode 5 Causing Legacy with AnneLisa Vallery hosted by Leilani Navar

Episode 5: Causing Legacy (with AnneLisa Vallery)

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Do you carry stories or sayings from your grandparents, or other elders in your life? How about wisdom that comes through you — are you a mentor or an elder to someone? Do you ever view yourself as a “future ancestor”? Click Play below to listen to my conversation with AnneLisa Vallery about supporting intergenerational…

Turning Season Podcast Episode 4 A Permaculture Path with André Soares hosted by Leilani Navar

Episode 4: A Permaculture Path (with André Soares)

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The one where a grandfather & permaculture designer points out my “old paradigm” thinking. Click Play above to listen to this seasoned teacher, André Soares, founder of Ecocentro Ipec in Central Brazil, talk with me about: his more than 25 years in international permaculture design and teaching unlearning “business as usual” thinking healthy home design…

Turning Season Podcast Episode 3 with Matt Cochran hosted by Leilani Navar

Episode 3: Guided by Dreams (with Matt Cochran)

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Matt Cochran joins me again, this time to share how dreamwork, especially in connection with men’s work, is a part of his role in The Great Turning. Click Play below to hear us talk about: how Matt relates to the “three stories of our time” (and how these compare to a rite of passage, or…