Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews co-owner, director, writer and executive producer Mary Darling. She first learned of the Baha’i Faith through a friend 30 years ago in Minnesota, and was instantly drawn to the inclusive Baha’i teachings of progressive revelation. Having fallen in love with storytelling early on, Mary spent many years working in media and advertising before joining Westwind Pictures in 1998, which was founded by her husband Clarke Donnelly in Saskatchewan. Because it is owned and operated by Baha’is, Westwind Pictures has focused its efforts on trying to balance the Baha’i teachings and values with their approach to storytelling and the content they produce.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.