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

April 18th, 2014

Compassionate Collapse

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn BakerCarolyn Baker, Ph.D., was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. Carolyn’s latest book is “Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times” (2013). Her 2011 book, “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition” (2011) is a toolkit for emotional and spiritual preparation for a very uncertain future. It was proceeded by “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse” (2009). Her other books include: “Coming Out From Christian Fundamentalism: Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and The Sacred” (2007) , “U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn’t Tell You” (2006) and “The Journey of Forgiveness” (2000). Carolyn offers life coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements nationally and internationally.

Carolyn speaks with Joanna about: emotional resilience; the difference between joy and happiness; facing the small death; hospice workers for the world; clearing the shadow; compassion for ourselves; a new relationship with everything; the truest essence of money; a planetary initiation; “the old woman and the unraveling”; Thelma and the Buddha; the transformative power of community grief; the diamond in the dark.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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April 11th, 2014

What Would Love Do?

an interview with Jane Brunette

Jane BrunetteJane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on meditation and using writing as a spiritual practice. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing.
An authorized Buddhist meditation teacher whose own practice is inter-spiritual, Jane is also deeply influenced by the writings and practices of the Christian mystics as well as the wisdom of indigenous people around the world. She travels widely, living simply in cultures where this is still possible in order to free her time and her mind for contemplation and retreat. Her book of poetry, Grasshopper Guru, emerged from a long cycle of retreat outside of the American consumer matrix.

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Jane speaks with Joanna about: “the grasshopper guru”; shared grief-love and Earth activism; ceremonial healing; meeting the guardians of the forest.

”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik
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April 4th, 2014

Returning the Gift

an interview with Robin W. Kimmerer

Robin KimmererDr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi.  Her writings include “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her second book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth” on the subject of living in reciprocity with the land.

Robin Kimmerer speaks with Joanna about: the teachings of plants; transcending boundaries and healing with story; ecological reciprocity; engendering gratitude; learning resilience from the land; learning from our Great Mother; the union of scientific and indigenous ways of knowing; the most important things that we can do.

 

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March 29th, 2014

Back with you next week

Our  plans for interviews fell through the wishing well this week, but  we will be back at our post next week with a wonderful podcast ..stay tuned much love,

Joanna

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March 21st, 2014

Authentic Power

an interview with Gary Zukav and Linda Francis

Gary_ZukavGary Zukav’s gentle presence, humor, and insightful wisdom have inspired millions to realize their soul’s greatest potential. A master teacher and the eloquent author of  “The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics”,  and “The Seat of the Soul”, among other books. Gary is dedicated to the current extraordinary transformation in human consciousness—an unprecedented threshold in the human experience. This transformation is no less than a Revolution of the Soul, one that touches the heart of all humanity and is based on spiritual growth, conscious choices, and a deep celebration and reverence for Life. His newest book is “Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power.”

Linda_FrancisLinda Francis is a co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute, the premier organization dedicated to assisting individuals in the alignment of the personality with the soul – creating authentic power. Currently she co-creates curricula and co-leads events with Gary Zukav. She also co-guided the Authentic Power Program with Gary Zukav for the past ten years. The program was designed to give people the tools and practice to create authentic power and spiritual partnerships in their everyday lives. Linda is now expanding her experience to support many more people worldwide. She has co-authored with Gary Zukav, “The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness” and “The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice”. They also co-authored “Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul” and “Self-Empowerment Journal: A Companion to the Mind of the Soul.”

Gary and Linda speak with Joanna about: the choice to heal; change from the inside out; the alignment of personality and soul; the shift toward wholeness; multisensory perception and the Earth.

 

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March 14th, 2014

Awakening the Original Instructions

an interview with Jon Young

Jon_YoungFor the last 26 years, tracker and author Jon Young has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language, connecting people with Nature to inspire global and personal regeneration. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring, based on a lifetime of personal experience combined with the input and guidance of cultural specialists from around the world. His newest book is “What the Robin Knows”.

Jon speaks with Joanna about: a childhood spent outside in nature; ecstatic experiences with nature; a vital, modern sense of wildness; attuned to the spiritual mystery in nature; innate meditation; the ancient gift of gratitude.

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March 7th, 2014

A Felt Sense of Wholeness

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: we are relationships; guided by kinship with the world; the flux of self-knowledge; the inexhaustible mystery of Life; a felt sense of wholeness; the body and the unknown; an invitation to explore receptivity; the unconscious retreat from the whole.

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