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David Braun: Sacred Activism



Center for Sacred Studies ‘Sacred Economics’ Podcasts are deep conversations into our ways of life, economic models, ancient wisdom, and our role as caretakers of the Earth. Join us in these rich dialogues, calling us to vision and update our strategies and paradigms – so that what we hold sacred becomes sacred – and infuse spiritual wisdom into our economics.


This powerful, inspiring conversation between David Braun and Matthew Isbell explores:

Spiritual awakening; Being witnessed by God; Fracking and the toxic impact of the oil industry; Sacred activism; Defending Mother Nature; The importance of knowing where our food comes from; Aligning our actions with our convictions and fighting for what you believe in; Planting good seeds and our responsibility to serve the future generations; Co-creating a beautiful planet.

“It does us no good to be conscious on a dying planet…Consciousness brings alignment in our actions.. Actions prove our true convictions and who we are” ~ David Braun

 David Braun: Sacred Activism


David Braun

David Braun co-founded Americans Against Fracking and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and also helped design and implement the successful campaign to ban fracking in the state of New York. In 2014, he relocated to California to fight fracking and other toxic oil and gas practices in his home state. Braun has since founded Rootskeeper a non- profit project that facilitates actions and builds an ever-expanding network of advocates statewide. Rootskeeper is a steering committee member of Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of over 200 organizations, and also works closely with the California Environmental Justice Coalition, with strong ties to many grassroots anti- fracking and environmental justice organizations. With Rootskeeper, Braun launched a number of statewide awareness campaigns including Protect California Food, Faith Against Fracking and Oil Money Out, People Power In, aimed at educating the general public on the negative effects of toxic oil and gas extraction methods on our food chain, and the industry’s influence respectfully. He produced and directed the short documentary film Faith Against Fracking, which has screened in film festivals and places of worship around the country as an organizing tool.

Apart from his advocacy work, Braun helped organize and spoke at Senator Bernie Sander’s Monterey press conference calling for a national ban on fracking during his 2016 presidential campaign. In addition, he also helped organize a number of the Senator’s events in California focusing on the environment. He served as a member of the 2016 Democratic Platform Committee in Orlando, Florida, with the focus of adding language to the platform about Climate Change, sustainability and the environment. Previously, Braun was the grassroots coordinator for Josh Fox’s Academy Award nominated film Gasland and the follow-up Gasland II. Braun organized with MoveOn.org prior to getting involved with fracking. Before hearing the call to save the planet, Braun was a partner in a successful New York events business.



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Matthew Isbell

Avid spiritual seeker that found empowerment through accepting that we are all creators of reality. In contemplating this concept, Matthew discovered that economics and the philosophies behind our economic choices dynamically shape our world. Combining a passion for worldly practicality with spiritual wisdom, Matthew seeks out creative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. In his first business, he created a sustainable apparel line that combined sacred symbols with earth friendly fabrics, but soon discovered that there are more immediate problems needing attention. This led him to an intensive study of Sacred Economics and how to leverage money to create good on the planet. Matthew says “Money is a tool, and like any tool, how it is used depends on the level of awareness of the person using it.” We are proud to have him as the host of our Sacred Economics Podcast series at the Center for Sacred Studies. You can find him more regularly on his weekly Podcast series, Awakenomics Radio, and visit him at Awakenomics.wordpress.com.

Music – “The New Dream” by Anima – www.animamusic.co.uk

References and links:

Roots Keeper – www.rootskeeper.org
Faith against fracking – faithagainstfracking.org

Contact David by Email: info@rootskeeper.org

Original music by Anima – www.animamusic.co.uk

Comprised of producer / composer / instrumentalist Ali Calderwood and Vocalist / Songwriter Daniela Lanaia, Anima is an offering love to the Earth and all Her relations. They are based in the Highlands of Scotland, where they write and produce Anima’s inspirational music, blending meditative and rich soundscapes, infused with deep ambience, ethereal, nurturing vocals, ancient tones, sacred sound and a variety of world instruments.

Ali and Daniela have been guided by deep connections with the land and original peoples in ancient ways of healing and remembrance. They are the co-founders of the Sacred Living Earth Trust – a vision and sanctuary space dedicated to the protection and restoration of our sacred Earth. Living in a wild landscape in Scotland, power for recording their music is provided by Nature through renewable energy sources, and food is grown on the land in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles. Anima has evolved to encompass a close-knit community of souls who have come together to work in service to the Mother, to honour the Earth and live in alignment with the original and sacred ways. To find out more, visit:

To find out more about Ali and Daniela and their work, visit their websites below:


To discover:

The Team

Matthew Isbell

Matthew Isbell
Daniela Lanaia

Daniela Lanaia
Ali Calderwood

CSS Communications
Margin Broux 
Michelle Coleman

Contact the team at centerforsacredstudies@gmail.com

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