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

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September 15th, 2017

Let the Plants Lead the Way

an interview with Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer

In this week’s episode Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer speak with Joanna about: trees as spiritual teachers; the alchemical process of living together; the sense of mystery; being cooked in the alchemical stew; the neurotransmitters of the world soul; teaching as  a soul calling; surrounded by molecules of connection; the microcosm as a fractal of the macrocosm; touching and being touched by Nature; communicating deeper with all the senses;  absorbing the energy of the place; aroma and the sense of smell as guides and teachers; seeing the gold in the dark.

Cathy Skipper farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist, and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonaisse de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. In her teaching she marries theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as an impetus for healing. Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.

Florian Birkmayer, MD is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian Depth Psychology and aromatherapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of Mew Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

 

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September 8th, 2017

Crying with the Rain

an interview with Jay Dufrechou

In this week’s episode Jay Dufrechou speaks with Joanna about: opening to the energies of reality; following grief, reconnecting with Nature; feeling the natural rhythms; the many layers of grief; a sense of greater belonging; bringing thinking back into balance; energetic shifts in conflict mediation; Holotropic Breathwork and restoring the sense of the sacred; the offering of presence; finding peace in the human family; archetypal astrology as a useful tool in personal growth; the eco-spiritual crisis and the increase of spiritual awakenings; a deep experience of connection with the rain.

Jay Dufrechou is a lawyer and transpersonal psychologist helping people resolve problems and navigate their life paths. He is one of the founders of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) and a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork. He is the author of “Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature”.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Moved by Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.

 

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August 25th, 2017

Addressing the Roots of Pain

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

In this week’s episode Charles Eisenstein and Joanna speak together about: expanding love to include all the people and beings of the earth; trapped in a narrative of hate; the seeming possibility of a change of consciousness in many people; addressing the situation instead of fighting the enemy; bringing empathy into politics; the joy of being useful; passing on the gift; the dance of mind and heart; psychedelics as emergency interventions; addressing the roots of pain; listening for a compelling narrative for humanity.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of “Sacred Economics”, “The Ascent of Humanity”, and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible”. His on-line writings have generated a vast following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

 

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August 22nd, 2017

Unify Fest

an interview with Nathan Crane

In this special episode Nathan Crane, Executive Producer of UNIFY FEST, speaks with Joanna about the 2017 edition of this 3-day Transformational Festival dedicated to uplifting, connecting and transforming our lives through diverse and inspirational workshops, yoga, art, movement, music, ceremony, healthy living, and conscious entertainment. In this 2nd year of sober and conscious Festival Experience in New Mexico, September 1st-3rd, Nathan is offering a 20% discount for our listeners.

Nathan Crane is an award winning author, inspirational speaker, and conscious filmmaker dedicated to helping every human being experience a healthy, sustainable, meaningful life.

UNIFY FEST 2017

 

 

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August 18th, 2017

The Sacred Flow of Life

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Witchcraft, one of the starting points to track the roots of Western domination; recovering the cultural heritages around the world; 2017, thrown back into the older history of captivity and war; Native American prophecies about women reclaiming power; a living, spinning, sacred world; ancient, enlivening names of the wise woman; picking up insights from the living currents; Sardinia and the animated, spirit distaff of the witch goddess; a reverential relationship with the consciousness in trees and stones; the divinatory medicine of Raven in European cultures; the peace-making weavers; the origin of the word sanctuary.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press,2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

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August 11th, 2017

The Culture That Connects

an interview with Scott Pittman

In this week’s episode Scott Pittman speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: from New Mexico to Nepal with Bill Mollison; learning whole systems thinking; the Permaculture Drylands Institute; looking for solutions to the basic dysfunction of our culture; the “invisible structures” of society; the core ethics of permaculture; caring for the land and the people; a non-hoarding ethics; dignity of the aboriginal people; the deepest spiritual longing; speaking truth to love; a fearless pedagogy for the oppressed; engaging the living process of this planet; breaking free from a frozen mindset; opportunities for healing and changing things.

Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs.

 

 

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