Home | Tapestry with Mary Hynes | CBC Radio




A beautiful text: How Arabic calligraphy illustrates faith

“I think if we’re not doing things with our hands, we are not really living to our fullest capability.” Trained in Arabic and Western calligraphy, Salman Khattak says writing is a spiritual practice.

How St. Brigit became a powerful feminist symbol in Ireland

The Irish were searching for a divine female figure who could empower women, and who would counteract the violence done in the name of Christianity. Brigit of Kildare became that powerful symbol.

Using psychedelics to treat racial trauma

Monnica Williams has spent years researching the impact of psychedelics in treating racial trauma. At the University of Ottawa, Williams and her team are bringing that research to the classroom.

Why a midlife crisis can lead to rebirth — and perhaps even greatness

Andrew Jamieson argues that a midlife crisis can be a desperately needed stage in an individual's evolution, leading to a rebirth.


Andrew Jamieson had a loving family and a successful business. But when Andrew hit midlife, midlife hit back! He got through it with the help of a lot of therapy. Now a therapist himself and the author Midlife: Humanity’s Secret Weapon, Andrew shares how a midlife crisis can be a kind of rebirth.

Parenting with Dorsa Amir

Wherever the word ‘parenting’ is found, judgment and guilt and stress won’t be far behind. Dorsa Amir offers what she calls “anti-advice” to parents.

How The Lord of the Rings became a symbol for Italy's far right

On its surface, The Lord of the Rings is often read as a story about an epic battle between good and evil. But in the decades since it was first published, the series has taken many different meanings, including for neo-fascists in Italy who have adopted it as a potent symbol of their beliefs.

Connecting to our roots: the spirituality of trees

Nalini Nadkarni is a canopy biologist who has always found sanctuary in trees. Beyond her scientific studies, she’s extolled the spiritual benefits of being around our flora friends – a feeling that’s prevailed across many religions.

These 4 Danish words might help you better navigate life

Psychology professor Marie Helweg-Larsen shares how Danish words can help reframe stressful moments, create community, and prioritize intimacy.

How this astrophysicist and Jesuit priest balances science and spirituality

Astrophysicist and Jesuit priest Adam Hincks shares the value he's found in studying both the Bible and the Big Bang.

Harvard scholar wants to put the soul back into psychology

Psychologist David Rosmarin shares why he's trying to bring spirituality back into his profession.

This artist created an AI chatbot to talk to her younger self

Michelle Huang shares an unconventional method for advancing her own mental health and inner child work — with a little help from an AI chatbot and her childhood journal entries.

The value of wonder in a despairing world

The scholar of religion Karen Armstrong says rational thinking has brought all kinds of wondrous things to the world. But when the scientific worldview began to take over in philosophy and spirituality, something vital was lost — the sense of wonder.

Tapestry Unwinds 2022

The Tapestry team reviews memorable show moments from 2022, and plays songs that lift our spirits.

Voice from Assisi: The Humble Friar with a Record Deal

Music has been part of the Franciscan tradition for centuries - but Friar Alessandro appears to be the first one with a big record deal.

Just friends: This author wants us to rethink the way we view platonic love

Author and friendship expert Marisa Franco shares how expressions of platonic love went from sacred to salacious, why we should rethink the conventional hierarchy of love, and the value of adult friendship.

Searching for connection? Third places may be the solution

In the last few decades, cities across North America have lost many of their beloved third places — spaces outside the home or work where people can go to find community. Nathan Allebach says this problem has a lot to do with how we build our cities and who profits from our public spaces.


Sacred by design: experience a church through the eyes of a priest-turned-architect

"The perception of the whole place makes you feel in a different dimension." David Pereyra explains the architectural elements when creating a sacred space.

Hope and despair 10,000 kilometres from home

Homa Hoodfar explains the hidden meanings of the veil in Iran and Islam. Peak into our voicemail as we hear from Iranians across Canada on their hopes and fears. Kiana Karimi shares what it means to discipline your hope so it’ll be there for you when you need it most.

Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Author and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn introduced the idea of mindfulness to a whole generation. As founder of the world-famous Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, he supports patients with chronic pain and shares the value of staying in the here and now.

How this German town kept a promise to God for 400 years

When the townspeople of Oberammergau, Germany promised God they would put on a Passion Play every decade, they were just hoping to be spared from a deadly plague. In the 400 years since, that tradition has brought people together from far and wide and holds lessons for every era in our world.

How recreating ancient recipes helps one food buff bring the past to life

Max Miller shares how food can offer a unique doorway into how human beings have — or have not — changed over the course of history. With each ancient recipe brought back to life, Miller reaches across time to sit across the dinner table from our ancestors.

Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Author and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn shares the value of staying in the here and now and making peace with paying attention.

When remembering isn't enough, this Indigenous author calls on us to 'unforget'

Author Patty Krawec shares how going back and acknowledging harmful histories helps pave the way for a more hopeful future.

A passion for history

A German town’s Passion Play is back on to fulfill a holy promise. Max Miller, host and creator of the YouTube channel Tasting History, brings the past into the present by recreating historic dishes.