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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 13: Erika Batdorf

April 3, 2017, in Audio > Podcasts, by

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview Canadian multidisciplinary artist, performer and creator, Erika Batdorf. Erika’s work has received numerous awards and been featured around the world. She was in California attending an SBCAST retreat, so I sat with her and had an amazing conversation about how science and art intersect; her show ‘Burnish‘ and how like all of her work it’s inspired by the Baha’i Writings. We discuss how our physical body and the ability to “feel” our body – like the beating of our heart, or even the power of walking – has an effect on our soul. She shares the fascinating story of how she was first introduced to the Baha’i Faith at the age of nine, and how as a teen, she would hitchhike dressed as a clown to get herself to Green Acre. She shares one of her personal struggles, her favorite Baha’i quote, and she also offers some wonderful advice to young Baha’i artists.

You can find out more about Erika Batdorf and her fascinating work from her websitebatdorf.org.

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Thanks for listening!

-Rainn Wilson

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Naysan Naraqi

Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
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Discussion 4 Comments

So wonderful to hear your voice again, Erika and be moved by you.

John Irving

John Irving (April 4, 2017 at 4:31 PM)

As usual, your conversations with your guests is a satisfying investment of my time. Erika is delightful and I will look into seeing or hearing more about her work in the arts. Thank you, Rainn for your podcasts. Linda

Linda

Linda (April 4, 2017 at 5:19 PM)

We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode of the Baha’i Blogcast! Thank you for your comment, Linda!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (April 4, 2017 at 9:56 PM)

I’m sure I speak for all of my fellow “dozens of listeners”, in addition to the two above, when I say how illuminating and moving on a deep emotional level this conversation was for me.

Keith J. Taylor

Keith J. Taylor (February 2, 2019 at 5:26 PM)

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