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

August 28th, 2015

Pulsing with the Light of Love

an interview with Billy Hayes

Billy_HayesIn this week’s episode, Billy Hayes speaks with Joanna about his experiences that led to the making of the iconic film “Midnight Express”: the powerful effects of films on culture; surviving his escape from prison; facing the consequences of one’s actions; learning the most important lesson; differentiating fiction and reality in the film; the most hated man in Turkey: coming to peace and reconciliation; telling the story in his own words, his new one-man show “Riding the Midnight Express”; a life-changing ecstatic epiphany;  the terrible effects of the war on drugs and the cultural shift taking place in recent years.

 

Billy Hayes has been writing, speaking, acting, and directing since the best-selling book he wrote about his experience of survival and escape from a Turkish prison, “Midnight Express”, was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1978. Locked Up Abroad, the National Geographic series, shared Hayes’ story in 2010 with a new world audience, and in 2013 Peter Schaufuss presented his powerful ballet version of Midnight Express at the London Coliseum. Hayes has acted extensively in film, theater, and television, and is a member of the Actor’s Studio West Playwright/Director Unit. As an artist member of the Inside Out, Hayes used theater skills therapeutically with both at-risk youth and disturbed, incarcerated patients in a hospital setting. He has also shared the lessons of his life experience mentoring homeless youths at the L. A. Free Clinic, and in an extensive speaking engagements across North America. Hayes is currently touring his one-man show, “Riding the Midnight Express”, which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

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August 21st, 2015

Grief and Praise

an interview with Martín Prechtel

martin prechtelIn this week’s episode, Martín Prechtel speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “The Smell of Rain on Dust”: the wild indigenous soul of human beings; cultural change through becoming intact human beings within a natural community; grief and praise, the capacity for making life and beauty; the Beach of the Stars; the causes of addiction and violence according to the Mayan people; “grief is a shameless dreamer..”;  the nourishment and deep peace of traditional communities; money and the unheard story of the world’s grief; ongoing wars and business mentality: a constant state of emergency; keeping the seeds alive for a better future.

 

A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. In his native New Mexico Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen: Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the indigenous Soul.

He is the author of: “Stealing Benefacio’s Roses”; “The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time”; “Long Life, Honey in the Heart” and “Secrets of the Talking Jaguar”. His newest book is “The Smell of Rain on Dust. Grief and Praise”.

Photo: Johanna Prechtel

 

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August 14th, 2015

Restoring the Soul After War

an interview with Ed Tick

Ed TickIn this week’s episode, Ed Tick speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Warrior’s Return”: meaningful rites of passage in our society; main factors for joining th military; one of the main reasons that Vietnamese veterans do not suffer from PTSD; a poignant conversation with a Sergeant at the airport; heling the Post-traumatic Social Disorder; initiation to the inner warrior archetype; guiding and supporting the warrior’s return journey.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Edward Tick has been a psychotherapist for 38 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of “Sacred Mountain”, “The Practice of Dream healing”, “The Golden Tortoise” “Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls” and the award-winning book “War and the Soul”. His latest book is “Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War”.

 

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August 7th, 2015

The Power to Love the World

an interview with Tim Ward

Tim WardIn this week’s episode, Tim Ward speaks with Joanna about the book he has co-authored with Shai Tubali, “Indestructible You”: dissolving the myth of the broken self; “we are a manifestation of that stream of energy”; mastering one’s will in service to creativity; embracing our weakness; inner and outer power; finding and recognizing true will; becoming conscious of our primal narrative; the yoga of relationship.

 

Tim Ward is an author, publisher and teacher. His passion in life is transformation. He has written eight books, most of them exploring philosophical and spiritual dimensions of life in different cultures and then relating them to or modern Western way of life. As publisher of Changemakers Books, Tim seeks to promote the works of other writers focused on personal and global transformation. His newest book, coauthored with Shai Tubali – thinker and author specialized in the field of self-transformation – is “Indestructible You: Building a self that can’t be broken.”

 

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July 31st, 2015

Experiencing Life Without Mediation

an interview with Kenneth S. Cohen

Ken_CohenIn this week’s episode, Ken Cohen speaks with Joanna about Daoism: more than philosophy and religion:origins and influences, key figures, branches, sacred places; a timeless tradition relevant for our times; a celebration of life; meeting Alan Watts, Zen and Daoism; painting the world with ancient Daoist poetry; Confucianism and patriarchy; a holistic way of life; preserving the Feminine and maintaining the balance; Daoist precepts, a different kind of ethical tradition; wu wei, allowing life to unfold; a heartfelt philosophy of interdependence; human doing/human being; experiencing life without mediation.

Ken Cohen (Gao Han) is the Executive Director and founder of the Qigong Research & Practice Center. He is a world-renowned health educator, China scholar, and Qigong Grandmaster with more than forty five years experience. A former collaborator with Alan Watts, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, “The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing”, best-selling self-healing audio and video courses and more than 200 journal articles. Ken Cohen’s teachers have included some of the most highly respected masters and Grandmasters in the world, including William C. C. Chen (Yang Style Taiji Quan), B. P. Chan (Chen Style Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Qigong), Madame Gao Fu (Chen Style Taiji Quan and Hunyuan Primordial Qigong), among others. In 2003 Ken Cohen won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for innovation and Lifetime Achievement.

 

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July 24th, 2015

The Song That Dances Us

an interview with Adebayo Akomolafe

Adebayo AkomolafeIn this week’s episode, Bayo Akomolafe speaks with Joanna about: the pilgrimage to the wildness of things; looking for buried possibilities, beyond the single story of development; connected to Gaia in ways that transcend paradigms and belief systems; the space of slowing down an waiting; the recognition of the power and agency of the Earth; we need each other more than ever;  a different kind of activism; un-schooling ourselves by learning from our children; nature is us in our wildest mattering; invoking other ways of being in the world; constantly at the edge of a new encounter with the cosmic; meeting the song that deeps and rises; the world is many voices, many stories, dacing in and out; holding a sacred library of new possibilities.

 

Adebayo Akomolafe, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and author from Covenant University in Nigeria. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. He is Coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization. His is an emerging voice in the world calling for a multi-dimensional shift in consciousness and systemic reification by turning to each other in small ways, and reconnecting with our ‘shamanic effusiveness and utter magnificence’. Co-founders of a network called Koru, Bayo and his ‘life-force’, Ej, are currently on an enchanted (and vulnerable) journey to reclaim their lives and intimacy with the earth, with others and with a larger palette of possibilities. He is writing his second book, ‘And We Shall Dance with the Mountains’ and a novel, ‘The Boy Who Stayed Outside’.

His readings of ‘knowledge’, ‘development’, ‘progress’ and ‘truth’ as Eurocentric metanarratives led him (and his wife, Ej) to develop the first International Workshop on Alternative research Paradigms and Indigenous Knowledge Promotion (WARP,2011). His writings and publications have taken him to multiple conferences and counter-cultural events around the world.

 

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July 17th, 2015

The Cosmos in the Heart

an interview with Renn Butler

Renn_ButlerIn this week’s episode, Renn Butler speaks with Joanna about archetypal astrology and the transpersonal journey: Pluto’s heart and Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; a consistent, meaningful connection between planetary alignments and our emotional and psychological experiences; Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas: perinatal matrices and the archetypes; archetypal astrology as useful adjunct to understanding our own process and giving support to other people; dealing with the perinatal roots of agression and depression; Uranus-Neptune conjunction in 96-97: the return of the Mother Goddess archetype; signs of the emergence of a planetary mind.

Renn Butler completed training as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator with Stanislav and Christina Grof in 1989 and has facilitated many workshops in Victoria, Canada. Following a B. A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, he lived at the Esalen Institute in California for 2 1/2 years where he became deeply immersed in the transpersonal psychology of Stanislav Grof and the emerging archetypal astrology of Richard Tarnas. His own research includes over three decades of archetypal astrology consultations and Holotropic Breathwork workshops. He has also worked in healthcare for over two decades with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults.“Pathways to Wholeness. Archetypal Astrology and the Transpersonal Journey” is his first book.

 

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