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

February 27th, 2015

Alive in Beauty

an interview with Melissa La Flamme

Melissa La FlammeIn this week’s episode, Melissa La Flamme speaks with Joanna about: art as a doorway to Spirit; wilderness rapture; soul rewilding: becoming who you are; Nature needs us now; the alchemy of grief; a dream calling; the medicine of Big Mystery. (Joanna apologizes for the sound quality…so sorry, sometimes it’s like that)

Melissa La Flamme, M. A. is a visionary artisan of cultural evolution, author, poet, shamanic guide and teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, depth psychologist and troublemaker. Melissa lives in Denver, Colorado serving souls – humans and other-than-humans – worldwide. Melissa’s new book of post-modern, shamanic soul poetry, “What You Are For: Inciting a Revolution In Your Soul”, will be available in paperback  spring 2015.

 

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February 20th, 2015

The Harvard Years

an interview with James Penner

IJames Pennern this week’s episode, James Penner speaks with Joanna about: rediscovering Tim Leary’s early writings; Leary, an interdisciplinary and provocative thinker; creativity and psychedelics; “learn to trust your nervous system”; growing interest in psychedelics across generations; the changing relationship between Richard Alpert/Ram Dass and Tim Leary; re-evaluating the foundational period of the psychedelic era; a key event: the Harvard scandal; the best psychedelic writings; Leary as a scientist and mystic; an artist of the epiphany; “re-imprinting”: Leary’s most radical idea.

James Penner, Ph. D., is an assistant professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, he is the author of “Pinks, Pansies and Punks: The Rethoric of Masculinity in American Literary Culture.” His newest book is “Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years. Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner and others.”

 

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February 13th, 2015

Restoring the Soul of the World

an interview with David Fideler

David FidelerIn this week’s episode, David Fideler speaks with Joanna about: from an ensouled cosmos to a mechanistic “environment”; Pythagoras and Gregory Bateson: beauty as the heartfelt unity of Nature; star gazing, wonder, philosophy: “everything begins with starlight”; the mid-life crisis of our civilization; the evolutionary mysticism of the alchemists; the Cosmopolis project; patterns of living harmony and beauty; parallels between split worldviews; a new participatory vision: working with Nature’s intelligence.

David Fideler has worked as a college professor, editor, educational consultant, and the director of a humanities center. He studied ancient Greek and philosophy and Mediterranean religions at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Ph. D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology. Through his work, he has attempted to build bridges between the world of learning and contemporary life. He is the editor of ALEXANDRIA: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth and Culture and the Cosmopolis Project website, and the author of  “Restoring the Soul of the World”, where he traces the ancient vision of living nature along its entire course: from its roots in the World Soul of the Greek philosophers, to its eclipse during the Scientific Revolution, to its return today.

 

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February 6th, 2015

An Atmosphere of Connection

an interview with James Fadiman

James FadimanIn this week’s episode, James Fadiman speaks with Joanna about: how to be a safe voyager in the psychedelic realms; expressing the inexpressible; towards a normalization of psychedelics; re-membering our interconnectedness, entering the deeper beauty of Nature; the increasing use of these substances in scientific research; “what isn’t spiritual…?”; the rising of the Feminine.

James Fadiman is an American psychologist and writer. He is acknowledged for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. He co-founded along with Robert Frager the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology which later became Sofia University (California), where he was a lecturer in psychedelic studies. Fadiman was part of the team in the Psychedelics in problem-solving experiment which was abruptly halted in 1966. He was a president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and also a Director at the Instute of Noetic Sciences. He is the author of “Personality and Personal Growth” (7th Edition, with Robert Frager), “Unlimit Your Life: Setting and Getting Goals”, “Essential Sufism”, “The Other Side of Haight: A Novel” and his latest “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys”.

 

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January 31st, 2015

The Heart of the Universe

an interview with Meg Beeler

Meg BeelerIn this week’s episode, Meg Beeler speaks with Joanna about her life-changing encounters with the Q’ero people from the Andes; making heart-felt connections with Nature; from concepts to direct perception: intent, reciprocity, alignment, resonance; energy alchemy:exchanging energy with the Earth; “living in the heart of the universe”; a meditation with the Earth and the Cosmos; attuning to the natural rhythms as a community service.

Meg Beeler, M.A.T. is a shamanic practitioner and healer in Northern California. She is the author of the forthcoming “Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos”. Meg has been exploring the Andean cosmovision for twenty years, translating ancient indigenous wisdom into experiential nature-based practices for moving your energy and deepening your connection with everything alive. An Energy Alchemy expert and transformation mentor, she guides people into deep connection with the living energy of the universe, the divine light within, and the web that surrounds us. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to renewing and reweaving our interconnections with stars, trees, and stones; with cross-cultural wisdom and prophesy; and with our own bodies, souls, and spirits.

 

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January 16th, 2015

Jamming for Change

an interview with Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain In this week’s episode Shilpa Jain speaks with Joanna about  her work in YES! as a connector of change.

Shilpa Jain currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India, where she served as coordinator of the Swapathgami (Walkouts-Walkons) Network. Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning. Her publications include “A Poet’s Challenge to Schooling”, “Reclaiming the Gift Culture”, “Other Worlds of Power”, “Paths of Unlearning”, “Unfolding Learning Societies”. She is also co-author of “Connect. Inspire. Collaborate”, a highly sought-after facilitation manual.

 

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January 6th, 2015

Dying to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamOn Saturday 10th, at 7 pm, at the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe (CCA)Gay Dillingham, director of “Dying to Know”, and Joanna Harcourt-Smith, will present a discussion and Q & A after the screeening of the film. Be there then.

In this episode, Gay speaks about the genesis of her film, falling in love with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert/Ram Dass; “I behold death because it teaches me how to live”; what never dies; inviting cultural conversations about death, psychedelics; rites of passage, our dream life…; dancing with the mystery.

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS nationally followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first programs in the mid 90s. Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project, “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years; footage so compelling it was haunting her to finish. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making the films & telling meaningful stories.

 

 

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