Heartland Ep. 11: Processing Death

On this episode of Heartland, we take on the topics of death and coping with the grief it often brings.

Heartland Ep. 10: Artists Ari Honarvar & Amanda Grieve

On this episode we get to know Ari Honarvar, an Iranian-American, artist, activist and more. We also visit with visual artist Amanda Grieve at her Edinburg farmhouse, in rural Sangamon County.

Heartland Ep. 9: Muslim Interfaith Leader + Chiara Center For Reflection

We visit a historic Springfield location, the St. Francis of Assisi Church . It was built after nuns decided to create a sanitarium to treat tuberculosis patients out in the country side - it now includes a healing center of a different sort, The Chiara Center . We learn what that is, plus we talk with Maryam Mostoufi, the new president of the local interfaith organization . She was also the first female Muslim to be inducted into the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Heartland Ep. 9: Muslim Interfaith Leader + Chiara Center For Reflection

Heartland Ep. 8: Post-Election Reflections On Active Spirituality

The personal is political on this episode. But that's nothing new, religion and politics have a long and vast history of intersection.

Heartland Ep. 7: Tarot & Energy Healing

In this episode, Rachel & Keil spend a day visiting a "magical penthouse" — a top-floor apartment in Springfield where Teri Freesmeyer performs various types of healing energy work. They later climbed a steep staircase into Rachel's attic where Keil did a tarot reading for Jenny - who wanted to know how to better address symptoms of anxiety.

Heartland Ep. 6: Film Chronicles 22 Years In A Cult + A Conversation On 'Spiritual Direction'

On this episode we speak with Will Allen about the film Holy Hell , a documentary released this year. It chronicles the 22 years he spent in a cult headed by one man, it was called Buddhafield.

Heartland Ep. 6: Film Chronicles 22 Years In A Cult + A Conversation On 'Spiritual Direction'

Heartland Ep. 5: 'Nuns On The Bus' + Gender-Outlaw/Former Scientologist Kate Bornstein

On today's episode we talk with Sister Simon Campbell, a nun who leads by example when it comes to social justice. She stopped by the statehouse with a bus load of other nuns last week for their ' Mend the Gaps' tour. Also, Kate Bornstein visited Springfield a few years ago and stopped by the NPR Illinois station to discuss her memoir, a Queer & Pleasant Danger . She's on an epic spiritual journey, weaving her way through Judaism, Scientology, Buddhism and Taoism. She talks to us about that, and much, much more. Tune in!

Heartland Ep. 5: 'Nuns On The Bus' + Gender-Outlaw/Former Scientologist Kate Bornstein

Heartland Ep. 4: Visual Art & Meditative Music As Tools To Connect

Welcome to Heartland, the place where we explore the multitude of ways various people practice spirituality or strive to become more grounded in the world around them and connected to others.

Spirituality Series: 'Sacred Conversations On Race' Reflections

Since this spring, four churches and congregations in Springfield have met to hold a series of events titled 'Sacred Conversations on Race + Action.' The events were put on by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good .

Jubilee Farm: A Place For 'Spirituality & Ecology'

Right outside of Springfield, in New Berlin, is a rolling landscape of over 100 acres of farmland. The llamas and alpacas are some of the first things you'll see to know you've arrived at Jubilee Farm .

Heartland Ep. 3: Finding Fulfillment In Community & Nature

This episode, Keil and Rachel head to Jubilee Farm , just outside of Springfield in New Berlin. They meet with the Catholic Dominican Sisters who operate the site which focuses on ecology and spirituality. It's over 100 acres and is home to llamas, alpacas and gardens.

Heartland Ep. 2: Spiritual Art &The Science Of Meditation

Welcome to our second episode! We have an interview with science editor for The Guardian , James Kingsland. His new book is called: Siddhartha's Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment . He also has a blog about neuroscience and Buddhist psychology, called Plastic Brain .

Heartland Ep. 1: What Does 'Spirituality' Mean Anyway?

Welcome to the new podcast where we create conversations about spirituality and how it intersects with everyday life. Check out the program page for a little more info, if you wish - but for now, let's dive right in.