Posts tagged The Cinema
Episode 35: From Happiness to Freedom

In this episode Stephen Whiteley joins the show to discuss his work as The Happiness Coach and how he is transitioning to becoming The Freedom Coach. Mark has read Stephen’s book Happiness Works and they discuss moving from fear to love, how happiness is in the doing, the path extraordinary people take, how emotional wellness in different countries accounts for happiness there and of course freedom. Visit to follow Stephen’s work. In the second half of the podcast Mark recounts a recent trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mark visited the harbour, The Citadel, Maud Lewis House and several churches among other interesting sights. He also took some day trips to Peggy’s Cove, Terrence Bay and Fisherman’s Cove and got to enjoy a taste of life in Atlantic Canada. Hear about the 50th anniversary edition of the documentary Woodstock as well, which was playing in Halifax while Mark was there. In the Final Five minutes Mark shares some fun facts from the 1500s. Click here to take Further Reflections’ survey, available til the end of September.

Episode 33: Design Your Life

In this episode of Further Reflections we hear about Permaculture and life in China. In 2012 Mark gave a presentation while he was volunteering in Peru about Permaculture design principles. He touches on the works of Bill Mollison, Toby Hemenway and Sepp Holzer, discusses sustainable living and raises the issue of ethics in this interactive talk. Mark then returns to the subject of China and reflects on the years 2005-2006 when he was living for a year in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. Hear both the highs and lows of that experience, learn about travel in Jiangsu, Shandong, Anhui and Zhejiang and the story of the girl on the train. In the Final Five minutes Mark talks about War and Peace.

Episode 30: Yoga and Memorable Movies

In this episode of the podcast we talk about yoga, meditation, kirtan and the movies. The guest in the first half is Ivy Xie McIsaac of Wishingtree Yoga. Ivy is originally from Guangzhou, China and touches on life during the Cultural Revolution, how she discovered yoga in the 90s and the influence of Tibet on her life. She also discusses her book A Complete Yoga Manual, the origins of yoga and spirituality vs religion. To learn more visit In the second half Mark reflects on some of his favourite movies from the 2000s. These include Before Sunset, the story of second chances, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, about a robbery gone wrong, Traffic, which discusses the war on drugs from different angles, The Secret in Their Eyes, which showcases how Argentina changed over a twenty year period through the lens of a murder investigation and Lost in Translation, with two kindred spirits of different generations meeting in Tokyo. In a new segment called The Final Five Mark also reads from the book Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Episode 5: The Movies

Mark goes solo in this episode to recap some movies that made an impact on him in 2017. These include newer releases such as The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Blade Runner 2049, The Lost City of Z and Mother! as well as movies going back to the 1950s through the 2000s such as Witness For the Prosecution and Paris, Texas. He also touches on the films of Louis Malle and Hirokazu Kore-eda among others.