Future Primitive

Future Primitive is a podcasting website that presents intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators from around the world. Listen to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

- Joanna Harcourt-Smith

October 31st, 2014

Singing Into Freedom

an interview with Rachel Bagby

Rachel BagbyIn this week’s interview, Joanna speaks with Rachel Bagby. She works all over the world with thousands of people devoted to bringing their voices to life. Rachel talks with us about the double gift of relationship we can have with the Earth and all our relations. How we can re-plant ourselves; retrieving the blessing of our voice; the renewing, freeing energy of air and the nourishing hum of aliveness. She also introduces us to a simple, deep practice of singing with Nature and shares with us a personal experience which gave birth to a special song.
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If Rachel were to create a résumé, it would be scrawled on a piece of sheet music with a swooping treble clef next to her name: Rachel Bagby, J.D. It would include a number of positions, titles & roles: Graduate of Stanford Law School, poetic innovator & creator of Dekaaz Facilitation™, international speaker & author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices. Award-winning composer, social artist, and Founder of Singing Farm, she was a soprano in Bobby McFerrin’s original international touring ensemble, Voicestra.
Rachel is also a daughter of the earth and herbalist; a sonorous medicine woman healed by a mountain. She served on the founding board of Green for All, has spoken regularly at Bioneers, and founded an initiative called Choral Earth to inspire everyone to sing with and for the earth. Whether immersed in the harmonic joy of blessing leaders’ voices or honing the powers of a community into ten perfect syllables, the thread of commonality is the same: Rachel coaches individuals and communities to turn experiences into WISDOM & to cultivate our VOICES into instruments of change.
www.rachelbagby.com

 

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
http://www.evarusnik.com/Home.html

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October 24th, 2014

The Truth of Kindness

an interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon SalzbergWhat is kindness?  How can we develop our capacity for connection, love and wisdom?  When faced with despair, fears and doubt, how can we develop faith in our own inner-strength, and the bigger picture of life?  In this week’s interview, Joanna explores these questions with Sharon Salzberg, who offers words of wisdom grounded in her journey as a meditation teacher, and the important turning points she experienced along the way.  Sharon also talks with us about the challenges of sharing ancient wisdom in a language that others can hear;  how Americans’ perception of meditation has shifted over the past decades; the Dalai Lama’s hopeful vision for the future; the revolutionary power of community.  Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of meditation since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
Sharon’s latest book is “Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace”, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program” and “Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier” with Robert Thurman.

 

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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October 17th, 2014

Invisible Nature

an interview with Kenneth Worthy

Ken WorthyAn independent scholar living in Berkeley, Kenneth Worthy is research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Environmental Studies and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California, and UC Berkeley. His research and reviews have been published in books, articles, and an encyclopedia. His new book “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” was recently released by Prometheus Books.

Ken speaks with Joanna about: our destructive dissociation from nature and the antidote; the roots of western unbalance; full sensory participation and healthy response; the irrationality of isolated rationality; choosing a non-disruptive technology; drawing sustainable connections for the next generations.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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October 10th, 2014

Imagination and the Gaian Mind

an interview with C. Michael Smith

C. Michael SmithC. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (aka, Mikkal) is a clinical psychologist, medical anthropologist, and an international shamanic teacher who has been working on four continents during the past six years. He is director of Crows Nest Centers for Shamanic Studies International, with communities in France, Belgium, South Africa, and the USA. He is author of “Psychotherapy and the Sacred”, and “Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue”. In July 2012 he was the keynote speaker for the International Conference on Amazonian Shamanism, in Iquitos, Peru. In addition to directing Crows Nest International he has lectured and taught on Jungian psychology and shamanism at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Theological Seminary, for the Institute Ressources (NLP) in Bruxelles, Belgium, and currently teaches for the Cercle de Sagesse Ancestrale de l’Union, in Paris, France.

www.crowsnestshamanism.com

Michael speaks with Joanna about: remembering the future; the medicine of storytelling; the road from Jung’s journey to shamanism; “Crow’s Nest Center”: ecstatic healing in community; facing the global crisis: grief and creativity; “the shaman within”.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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September 26th, 2014

The Future Happens Through Us

an interview with Kingsley L. Dennis

Kingsley DennisKingsley Dennis, PhD, is an author, researcher, and sociologist. Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and has authored numerous articles on social futures, technology, and conscious evolution.He is the author of “Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception”; “New Revolutions for a Small Planet”; “The Struggle for Your Mind”; and “New Consciousness for a New World”. He is also the co-author, with Ervin Laszlo, of “Dawn of the Akashic Age”. His newest book is “The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness”. Kingsley is co-founder of WorldShift International, which is a conscious evolution initiative that promotes & supports a world shift both externally within our current global systems, as well as internally on a personal level. He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain and continues to research, write, travel, and grow his own vegetables.

Kingsley speaks with Joanna about: “the phoenix generation”; a radical shamanizing of the human species; the global classroom; the new connectivity and the developing countries; the shift towards new values; instinctual gnosis; DNA and the light field of the body; becoming soulful agents of change.

 

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September 19th, 2014

Remembering Together

an interview with Åsmund Seip

Åsmund SeipÅsmund Seip is a poet, artist and love activist, burning for a collective, beautiful remembering of who we are – and where we are. Åsmund is the author of the book “100 Days of Love”, and he is currently crowdfunding his new book, “100 Days for the Earth – Love Poetry Revolution”. He lives with his family in a little red house outside of Oslo, Norway.

Åsmund speaks with Joanna: “love activism”; a magical moment; “if you go into the woods”; a way of remembering; the deepest longing; “you are nature”; “a hundred days of love”; playful wildness.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/100-days-for-the-earth-love-poetry-revolution

Due to a technical mistake, the sound in this interview is less than perfect, I apologize both to Åsmund and to my Future Primitive friends. Nevertheless, I love this conversation.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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September 12th, 2014

Coming Home to the Trees

an interview with Patrick Jasper Lee

Patrick Jasper LeeJasper is an experienced speaker on Romani Gypsy folklore, myth and the otherworld. He works with individuals and professionals, and regularly leads groups. He is a vibrant and charismatic speaker and his Romani Gypsy heritage, knowledge, and unique system of communication make memorable sessions and events you won’t easily forget. He often travels the world with his culture and writes articles, blogs and offers presentations and demonstrations at conferences, seminars and fairs. He is the author of “We Borrow the Earth” and his newest “Coming Home to the Trees”.

Jasper speaks with Joanna about: nomadism of the soul; myth and folklore in daily experiences; Romani archetypal characters; fully experiencing of grief; the portal to ancestral wisdom; being a chovijano; animism, the way forward; coming home to the trees.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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