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

December 2nd, 2016

The Dance of Grief and Joy

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode, Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: understanding the context of the latest American election; Standing Rock, example of sacred activism; inner and outer activism; the safe circle; the five gates of grief; return to radical joy; the shadow magnet of our time; reconnection is a two-way street; we must resist the possibility of a 21st century fascism; the way of developing resilience.

A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn Baker offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. She is the author of, among other books, “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”, and “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. Her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey, is “Return to Joy”.

 

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November 25th, 2016

A Talk About the Rooted People

an interview with Steve Stonearrow

steve_stonearrowIn this week’s episode we can listen to the talk “A Native American View on the Rooted People”, delivered by Steve Stonearrow at the Biodynamic Association Conference in Santa Fe, Saturday, November 19, 2016. “Native Americans believe that all living things have Spirits. In this teaching, we will seek to understand their relationship to us. Each plant’s unique Spirit helps us to learn more about the world as a whole.”

Steve Stonearrow is a spiritual leader within the Lakota ceremonial tradition. He is an example of what it means to walk in a sacred way within our quickly-changing society, carrying forward the cultural teachings and spiritual wisdom od the “Lakhól wichóh’an”, or the Lakota way of life. With his deep knowledge of healing and herbal medicine, Steve travels the country leading ceremonies and speaking about the many aspects of indigenous history, lifestyle and spirituality.

 

 

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November 18th, 2016

The Transformative Power of Nature

an interview with Alex Seymour

alex_seymourIn this week’s episode Alex Seymour speaks with Joanna about: searching for soul healing, from Afghanistan to the Amazon; a life-changing, spiritual experience through DMT; psychedelics and loosing the fear of death; exploring the unknown territory of the psyche; initiation to Mother Ayahuasca; a mythic voyage; rites of passage and masculinity; the feminine force of the planet; being born to compassion and empathy; power versus force.

Alex Seymour enlisted in the Royal Marines Commandos as a teenager, serving for 6 years and completing 2 tours of duty on active service. Twenty years later he returned to the service as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He is currently the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives with his wife and children in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the author of “Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon”.

 

 

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November 13th, 2016

The Crossroads of the Unexpected

an interview with Michael Garfield

michael_garfieldIn this week’s episode Michael Garfied and Joanna in an exquisite conversation about paradox, intensity, casuality and the art of fun.

 

Paleontologist turned performance philosopher, Michael Garfield‘s ecodelic explorations map the evolutionary landscape and our place in it. A contributor to Reality Sandwich & H+ Magazine, a speaker at Burning Man and innumerable other festivals events, and an internet video evangelist for planetary civilization, Michael walks the tightrope between the New Age and the Academe with grace and jazzy sophistication – reminding us that everything is equally art, science, and spiritual practice. De facto cyber-troubadour at the 2010 and 2012 MAPS conferences, he currently writes on human-technology co-evolution and tours the United States marrying acoustic-electronic music, fractal art, and public speaking into mind-opening transmedia performances.

 

 

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November 4th, 2016

A Culture Without Coercion

an interview with Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu

iku_fujimatsumoe_zimmerbergIn this week’s episode Moe Zimmerberg and Iku Fujimatsu speak with Joanna about: the global democratic school movement; hierarchy, control and separation from Nature; city kids rediscovering nature; diversity and commonality of the democratic schools around the world; consensus process versus voting in democratic schools; awareness andthe right use of power; an important distinction between structure and coercion; a student of Tutorial school shares his experience; systems theory and non hierarchical education; the joy of being oneself; trusting the process of one’s inner passion; the international democratic school conferences; helping to create a paradigm shift of interconnectedness.

With the participation of Maya Mascareñas.

 

As a dynamic, global educator and as an artist, Iku Fujimatsu has dedicated the majority of her professional life to the belief that an intimate relationship with nature is essential to an enriched education, as well as a healthy life, self-awareness and personal freedom. She spent her childhood both in Japan and the United States. Iku holds a degree in Fine Arts from Kyouritsu University, Tokio. In 2000, she received her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on At Risk Youth from the College of Santa Fe. In 1997 she joined The Tutorial School as a teacher of Japanese and the Fine Arts.

Moe Zimmerberg is one of the leading educational visionaries working in the United States today. He has evolved and advanced the concept of holistic childhood education through decades of work at The Tutorial School. He is also an active participant in the global Democratic School Movement. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mathematics and neuroscience. Moe has been involved with the Tutorial School virtually from its inception with Richard Testa who founded the school as a place for children to heal and blossom. Upon moving to Santa Fe, Moe worked at the Little Earth School and as a math instructor at the College of Santa Fe. He also received a state certificate in education. He joined the Tutorial School in 1990 and became a full partner in 1992.

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points – and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 21st, 2016

The Founding Mother

an interview with Robert Hieronimus and Laura Cortner

robert-hieronimus-and-laura-cortnerIn this week’s episode Bob Hieronimus and Laura Cortner speak with Joanna about: honoring the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of compassionate enlightenment; Henry Miller and Bertrand Russell, two lovers of embodied freedom; the multicultural, goddess inspiration for the Statue of Liberty; retrieving human balance for thr future of the Earth; gender equality in early Gnostic Christianity; the direct influence of Native American Iroquois culture in the new American democracy; symbols are bridges between the conscious and the unconscious; meeting Jimi Hendrix and the enigma of the Great Seal; soul power in action, towards an engaged spirituality; remembering the American cultural heroines; Lady Liberty and the rising of Earth consciousness.

 

Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., is an internationally known historian, visual artist, and radio host. His research has been used by the White House and State Department and published in the congressional record. His giant murals and painted artcars include the 2,700-square-foot “Apocalypse” and the 1,750-square-foot “We the People”, the Woodstock Bus, and the We the people Artcar. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio, is the longest running radio show on the new paradigm in the country.

Laura E. Cortner graduated with honors from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, with a degree in English and a concentration in writing. She has coauthored previous titles with Robert R. Hieronimus including “Founding Fathers, Secret Societies” and “United Symbolism of America”. Their newest book is “The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World”.

 

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