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.
Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.
Susan Marie Scavo and Bill St.Cyr are founding members and co-executive directors of North of Eden. They are master dreamwork analysts who received their training from Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, the founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. They co-lead the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork Analyst Training Program and the North of Eden Teacher Training Program and have led dreamwork retreat groups at the North of Eden Retreat Center since 2004, as well as at premier retreat centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Among other presentations, Susan Marie and Bill have presented Archetypal Dreamwork at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and at the first Symposium for the Study of Myth sponsored by the Joseph Campbell Society and Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Susan Marie is the co-founder, director, and senior editor of North of Eden Press, and she and Bill have contributed to books by Marc Bregman and Christa Lancaster, co-founders of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. Susan Marie is the co-founder and co-editor of deLuge, an online literary and arts journal devoted to Archetypal Dreamwork. Bill leads the North of Eden Submit a Dream program, in which analysts-in-training respond to online dream submissions.
Susan and Bill speak with Joanna about their initiation into Archetypal Dreamwork and how the work is done; aligning with the soul; life beyond trauma; owning the projections in a relationship; the evolving soul, among other topics.
Philip Shepherd has a passion for adventure and exploration that has guided him for most of his life. At 18 it took him from his native Canada to cycle alone around the world through Europe, the Middle East, Iran, India and Japan. But that trip, adventurous as it was, merely expressed a commitment to a more crucial adventure – coming to understand the subtle and often hidden aspects of our culture that affect us all, compromising our sense of self, our connection with the living world, our freedom of expression, and our creative engagement with the present.
As a young teenager, Philip could feel that influence pulling at him like an undertow to conform to given limits of thinking, understanding, values and body awareness, and felt he could resist its pull only if he understood it. That prompted him to study classical Noh Theater in Japan, design and build several houses, co-found an arts magazine, “Onion”, co-found an interdisciplinary theater company, teach workshops on embodied thinking and spontaneous creativity, write two internationally produced plays and a CBC documentary, and earn a reputation as a corporate coach. In 2001 Philip began to write “New Self, New World”, and over the next nine years worked on it continuously to pull all the strands of his understanding together, and challenge the 10,000-year-old story of our culture, which tells us what it means to be human.
Philip speaks with Joanna about the reconnection with the body’s energetic intelligence; world-centered self-knowledge; gut feeling, vulnerability; surfers of presence; partnering with the world; rooted in the mindful earth; the brain in the belly; immersed in the wild peace; the participatory dimension of consciousness.
Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He is the primary author of “Edible Forest Gardens” .
Dave speaks with Joanna about the ecology of roots; designing forest gardening; paying attention to needs and context; self-hatred: separation from nature; the crucial difference between observation & interpretation; Nature meditation; learning through play; understanding concepts of forest gardening; fire as an ally.
This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center. Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world.
He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling “Buddhism Without Beliefs” (Riverhead 1997) and “Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil” (Riverhead, 2004). His most recent publication is “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” (Spiegel&Grau, 2010).
Stephen speaks with Joanna about “confession of a Buddhist atheist”; a Buddhist way of life; a middle road between religion and secularism; ethics & contemplation without metaphysical beliefs; the Dharma in a global culture; “Buddhism 2.0″; a plurality of discourses: the mythical and the historical; Keats and Zen…
Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar, author, and practitioner of creative transformation and improvisational performance. Co-Founder and Director of THE KEENEY CENTER FOR SEIKI JUTSU, she is presently Distinguished Visiting Professor in Psychology, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico and Adjunct Faculty in the Creative Systemic Studies doctoral concentration at the University of Louisiana. Having begun her career in the non-profit sector doing community and social justice work, she now advances the art of change in a wide variety of venues, from the therapeutic clinic to the social service agency, classroom, and theatre. Hillary’s most recent books (co-authored with Bradford Keeney) include “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, “A Master Class in the Art of Performing Change”, and “Creative Therapeutic Technique”. Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned traditional healer, creative therapist, cybernetician, anthropologist of cultural healing traditions, and improvisational performer. He is presently Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars Chair, University of Louisiana, Monroe, and has served as a professor, founder, and director of clinical doctoral programs in numerous universities. He is the originator of several orientations to psychotherapy including improvisational therapy, resource focused therapy, and creative therapy. He is the author of 40 books including THE BUSHMAN WAY OF TRACKING GOD, which won the prestigious Silver Nautilus national book award.
Hillary and Brad Keeney speak with Joanna with open-hearted, contagious enthusiasm about their book “Circular Therapeutics: Giving Therapy a Healing Heart”, the upcoming two-year mentorship dedicated to promoting and advancing the wisdom of the world’s oldest ways of spiritual healing and renewal, and the open mysteries of the soulful Life Force
Bill Pfeiffer aka «Sky Otter» is the founder of Sacred Earth Network which implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years. In that time, Bill made Russia a “second home” having traveled there 42 times – -giving him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans as well as with Joanna Macy and John Perkins. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs.
Bill brings to all his work a dynamic mixture of open heartedness, sensitivity, and a fierce determination for a peaceful, sustainable future. He has been living in the forests of Nichewaug (Petersham) Massachusetts for 18 years.
Bill speaks with Joanna about the attunement to planetary intelligence; “ancient future perception”; creating ecstatic culture together; experiencing our greater body; micelia and dendrites; a neuro-holographic miracle; travels in Siberia; honoring the elders; ecstatic kindness; petroglyphs, a cosmic language…