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

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October 20th, 2017

The Medicine is the Teacher

an interview with Dennis McKenna

In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks with Jacob Aman and Christine Marie at the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival: the lack of cultural context for LSD in the 60s; the emergence of psychedelic consciousness through the mushrooms; fifty years of engagement with ethnopharmacology; psychedelics from a co-evolutionary perspective; plant intelligence emerging in the world stage; we are symbionts with eberything on Earth; the urgent need for non authoritarian, genuine, spiritual experience; the essential message from ayahuasca to Dennis; ayahuasca, beyond the biomedical model; intriguing perspectives at La Chorrera.

Dennis McKenna received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is a consultant to several companies doing research in plant medicine. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon and has recently completed a four-year project investigating Amazonian ethno medicines as potential treatments for cognitive disorders in schizofrenia. Dr. McKenna is also co-author of several books – among them,“The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna” –  and over 40 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He is well respected among his peers and maintains a reputation as a pioneer among entheogen and plant medicine scholars.

 

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October 13th, 2017

A Deep Unified Reality

an interview with Jude Currivan

In this week’s episode Jude Currivan speaks with Joanna about: a mystic and scientist walking between the worlds; the Universe, a coherent, unified entity; we are microcosmic co-creators; all reality has a purpose and a meaning; celebrating the diversity of oneness; children of Gaia; divine sparks of the cosmic fire; a dynamic, patterned in-formation of the world; the Big Breath; through the birth pains of a new awareness of reality; an ancient, poetic description of fractals; empowerment from a place of transpersonal awareness and compassion; consciousness and information are taking center stage.

Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer and author. She was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of reading researching ancient cosmologies. She has traveled tomore than 70 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 5 prior books, her latest “The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation”, she is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and lives in Wiltshire, England.

 

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September 30th, 2017

Sacred Soil

an interview with Robert Tindall and David Shearer

In this week’s episode Robert Tindall and David Shearer speak with Joanna about: the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations that left their lands more fertile than when they arose; reintroducing ancestral wisdom in the 21st century; biochar, charcoal used for agricultural regeneration; the suppression of the indigenous ways of consciousness in Europe;  bridging the scientific and the indigenous views of the world;  biochar, biomimicry of fire;  “shamanic archaeology”; re-encountering the animistic, multidimensional mode of perception; a vision about the missed possibilities of the meeting of two cultures and the future; the Amazon women of the Amazon.

Robert Tindall, MA, is a classical guitarist, a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, an inveterate traveler, and the author of “The Jaguar that Roams the Mind” and “The Shamanic Odyssey:Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience”. Tindall works as a professor of literature, and divides his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Peru. He leads journeys into the Amazon rainforest and to the Andean archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar to encounter the healing traditions there.

David Shearer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar, a clean technology company developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. He was chief scientist at California Environmental Associates and principal environmental scientist at AeroVironment Inc., where he worked in next-generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology. Dr. Shearer has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and a MS in environmental microbiology from the University of California.

They are co-authors, with Frédérique Apffel-Marglin – emerita professor of anthropology at Smith College and director and founder of the Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon – of “Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth”.

 

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September 22nd, 2017

Ancestral Medicine

an interview with Daniel Foor

In this week’s episode Daniel Foor speaks with Joanna about: connecting with loving ancestors for healing; becoming an ancestor; experiences of spontaneous ancestral contact; ancestral recovery and soul immunity; ancestors of blood and ancestors of the land; the larger than human web of consciousness; rituals of forgiveness, restorative justice and systemic change; ancestral healing goes in both directions; trees connecting the different worlds; initiating the healing in the ancestral line;  reconnecting with the older, earthy roots of Europeans; the bones of the Earth.

Daniel Foor is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping folks to learn to relate well with the rest of the natural world. His focus on the ancestors from his training as a doctor of psychology and licensed marriage and family therapist, from the guidance of his teachers in earth-honoring traditions, and from two decades of implementing the teachings of ancestor reverence in his own life. Since 2005 Daniel has guided hundreds of ancestor trainings, rituals and talks throughout the United States and helped many others to reconnect with their family ancestors through personal sessions. He is the author of the recently published “Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing”.

 

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September 15th, 2017

Let the Plants Lead the Way

an interview with Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer

In this week’s episode Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer speak with Joanna about: trees as spiritual teachers; the alchemical process of living together; the sense of mystery; being cooked in the alchemical stew; the neurotransmitters of the world soul; teaching as  a soul calling; surrounded by molecules of connection; the microcosm as a fractal of the macrocosm; touching and being touched by Nature; communicating deeper with all the senses;  absorbing the energy of the place; aroma and the sense of smell as guides and teachers; seeing the gold in the dark.

Cathy Skipper farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist, and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonaisse de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. In her teaching she marries theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as an impetus for healing. Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.

Florian Birkmayer, MD is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian Depth Psychology and aromatherapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of Mew Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

 

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September 8th, 2017

Crying with the Rain

an interview with Jay Dufrechou

In this week’s episode Jay Dufrechou speaks with Joanna about: opening to the energies of reality; following grief, reconnecting with Nature; feeling the natural rhythms; the many layers of grief; a sense of greater belonging; bringing thinking back into balance; energetic shifts in conflict mediation; Holotropic Breathwork and restoring the sense of the sacred; the offering of presence; finding peace in the human family; archetypal astrology as a useful tool in personal growth; the eco-spiritual crisis and the increase of spiritual awakenings; a deep experience of connection with the rain.

Jay Dufrechou is a lawyer and transpersonal psychologist helping people resolve problems and navigate their life paths. He is one of the founders of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) and a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork. He is the author of “Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature”.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Moved by Wisdom

an interview with Deena Metzger

In this week’s episode Deena Metzger speaks with Joanna about her newest novel, “A Rain of Night Birds”: a needed conversation about climate change and the survival of humankind; the dominator mindset; attuned to the Earth and the Universe;  seeing the world like an indigenous woman would; feeling what the Earth feels; Earth as a being; meeting the pain of earth and indigenous people; clearing the sight with tears of grief; receiving the wisdom ways of the wild; the revealers of beauty; being in the elements; writing with an open view.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, storyteller and healer. Story is her Medicine. Her latest novels are “A Rain of Night Birds”, “Feral”, and “La Negra y Blanca” that won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Other books include “Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds” “Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing” and “From Grief Into Vision: A Council”. A radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for almost 50 years, a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration and sanctuary for a beleaguered world, she is basing her work now on the ideas outlined in the posting, “19 Ways to the 5th World”. She also teaches a program, “A Training for the 5th World”. Deena convenes ReVisioning Medicine, collaboration in diagnosis and treatment between medical people and medicine people, physicians and healers to create a medicine which does no harm. She is also Senior Advisor to the NGO, Everyday Gandhis that supports grassroots and indigenous peacebuilding activities in Liberia and West Africa.

 

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