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 29th, 2014

The Conscious Activist

an interview with James O'Dea

james-odeaJames O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations including The Peace Alliance. His latest book “Cultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador” (May 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics and activists.

James speaks with Joanna about: becoming aware of the cultural distortions; the different layers of our participation in the world; witnessing the breakdown and putting our energy in the breakthrough; wisdom of the energy masters; “the conscious activist”; the evolutionary journey into knowledge; the ripening of our oneness; transformational listening; looking into the shadow of the old stories; the compassion game.

 

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August 22nd, 2014

The Wastewater Gardener

an interview with Mark Nelson

Mark NelsonDr. Mark Nelson has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world; Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens, subsurface flow constructed wetlands. He served as Director of Space and Environmental Applications for Space Biospheres Ventures, which created and operated “Biosphere 2″, the 3.15 acre materially closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, the world’s first laboratory for global ecology. Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight person “biospherian” crew for the first two year closure experiment, 1991-1993.

Publications include co-authoring “Life Under Glass” and “Space Biospheres”, editing “Biological Life Support Technologies: Commercial Opportunities” and numerous chapters in books on space life support systems. His research papers include ones on ecological hierarchy, wastewater recycling through the use of constructed wetlands, and applications of closed ecological systems. His newest book is “The Wastewater Gardener”.

Mark speaks with Joanna about: “Biosphere 2″, a laboratory of global ecology; ancient recycling wisdom: “nightsoil”; the ecological toxicity of centralized sewage systems; multiple benefits of “wastewater gardens”; sustainability: coming back to ancient wisdom and moving forward.

 

 

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August 15th, 2014

The Brain of Eden

an interview with Tony Wright

Tony WrightTony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. He is the co-author – with Graham Gynn – of “Return to the Brain of Eden”. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.

Tony speaks with Joanna about: changes in diet and perception; a experiment in sleep deprivation; the original state of rapture and joy; the brain as a binocular lens of consciousness; three types of noetic treatments; forest consciousness; the role of plant biochemistry in human brain expansion; the experiential beginnings of religious traditions; the socio-cultural effects of the left brain dysfunction.

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August 8th, 2014

Aliveness Nurtures Aliveness

an interview with Steve Gallegos with Mary Diggin

Steve Gallegos Eligio Stephen Gallegos, Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist with degrees from the University of Wisconsin, New Mexico State University and Florida State University. He discovered the Personal Totem Pole Processand at present is primarily engaged in training people, including therapists, artists and teachers in The Personal Totem Pole Process© and gives workshops in the use of imagery in growth and psychotherapy in various cities of the US and Europe (Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria). He is the author of – among others – :“The Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery, The Chakras and Psychotherapy”, “The Animals of the Four Windows: Integrating Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Imagery”, “Into Wholeness: The Path of Deep Imagery”. His newest book is “Nothing is Nothing”, the first in a series of short novels that explore the ways in which education trains children to be obedient at the expense of their own wholeness and uniqueness, and how this is maintained by families, communities, schools, and the workplace.

Mary DigginMary Diggin has an MA in Mythological Studies and is an IIVR certified trainer and Deep Imagery Guide for over 20 years, leading trainings and workshops as well as working with individuals. Born in Ireland, she moved to New Mexico in 1998, where she lives with her husband, E.S. Gallegos on the Rio Grande, in the Embudo area where they run Deep Imagery workshops and also work with people on an individual basis through Imagery. Her particular interests are in the intersection between myth, storytelling, ritual and deep imagery as well as the link between psyche and nature. Mary’s deep imagery workshops often reflect these interests and her passionate understanding of the deep imagination as a powerful holistic means of accessing our inner world and building relationship with what we may call the outer world. She also trained in massage, web and graphic design and works as a micaceous clay potter, writer and Sweat Lodge Water Pourer. Mary is available to lead workshops and to work with individuals.

Steve and Mary speak with Joanna about: Steve’s newest book, “Nothing is Nothing”; the blossoming of a story; in relationship with the deep imagination; part of the ancient lineage of living beings; the spontaneous guidance of our own aliveness; the endless journey; “walking the path of continuously becoming more whole”; in relationship with All.

 

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August 1st, 2014

Improvisational Intelligence

an interview with Sabrina Page

Sabrina PageSabrina Page is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain School of Healing Arts with over 30 years experience in somatic education, teaching individuals and groups to feel the body from the inside out and experience presence in the here and now. For over 25 years she has facilitated womens’ groups in movement and embodied awareness.  She teaches both dance and contact improvisation as meditations in motion, exploring the spontaneous expression of feeling moment to moment, allowing the wild mystery of the moment to emerge.  From 1987 –2001 she produced and dj’d Dance Spirit, an improvisational dance event in Marin County. Sabrina has a BA from Cornell University, as well as an MA in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, where she studied Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness.  She has been deeply influenced by the wisdom traditions of many cultures, exploring the meditation practices, the sacred music and the dance of these cultures.

Sabrina speaks with Joanna about: water-like movement; “there is river that comes through us”; entering interconnectedness through movement meditation; “improvisational intelligence”; guided by beauty; a reverberation of Romanticism and the sixties; the primal fluidity of laughter; a wellspring of joy and peace.

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July 25th, 2014

In the Arms of the Moment

an interview with Philip Shepherd

Philip ShepherdPhilip 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.
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: a vivid relationship with what is; a mutual calling into existence; “the bubble age” of distraction; radical wholeness; allowing the world to touch our core; a grounded sensitivity; finding wholeness; remembering from the ground up.

 

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July 18th, 2014

The Universe is a Diamond Maker

an interview with Christopher Bache

Chris BacheChristopher M. Bache has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for 35 years as well as an intermittent adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is an award winning teacher, international speaker, and author of “Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life”, “Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind”, and “The Living Classroom”. His work explores the deeper dimensions of human psychology, including collective consciousness, reincarnation theory and philosophical implications of transpersonal states of awareness.

Chris speaks with Joanna about: the soul level of collective transformation; integrating non ordinary states of consciousness; opening to expanded horizons of intelligence and love; an individuality of communion; “the birth of the diamond soul”; harnessing the powers of our innate creativity; the importance of being grounded in entheogenic exploration.

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