In this solo episode Eric reflects on Jem Bendell’s essay Deep Adaptation and how many of our social and environmental predicaments are rooted in the trauma that our cultural body has accumulated. He talks about our stress response and how it gives rise to trauma, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s 6 stages of grief, and why modern activism should center the healing of trauma.
Emma Redden is a preschool teacher in Vermont with a background in race, gender, and justice. She wrote the book Power Means Who The Police Believe: Talking With Young Children About Race and Racial Violence. She talks with Eric about the inspirations behind her book, the intricacies of addressing challenging topics with young children, and about fear, among other things.
Rebecca Young Allen is an ordained inter-faith clergy, a spiritual and emotional healer, a certified Focusing practitioner, and a nature lover, gardener, and homesteader. She talks with Eric about the healing practice of Focusing, leads him through a Focusing practice, and they debrief the experience afterwards.
Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, activist, and filmmaker who has been creating fiercely political music since her teen years. Her newest album, Resiliencia, was released in mid-April 2019. She talks with Eric about the story behind her most recent album and some of its tracks, colonialism and politics, and the healing power of music, among other things.
Tad Hargrave blogs at Healing From Whiteness, writes for the Facebook page Dear White Men, and wrestles with the complicated and thorny mess that is whiteness, white privilege and white guilt. He talks with Eric about how white shame and guilt make the ideology of white supremacy appealing, how our modern construction of race prevents people from seeing whiteness as the fictions it is, and how learning the nuances of our ancestry grounds us, among other things.
Clelia Rodriguez is an author, mother, knitter, gardener, and educator born and raised in El Salvador. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at colleges and universities around the world, and wrote the book Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression, and Pain. She talks with Eric about what it means to decolonize academia, the oppressiveness of grading, and how teaching is political work, among other things.
Karl Haloj is a polyglot linguist whose areas of expertise include romance, Celtic, and Iroquoian languages, language acquisition, language pedagogy, and critical discourse analysis. He talks with Eric about the differences between American indigenous languages and Indo-European languages, how learning new languages can help people appreciate other cultures, and the nuances of identity, among other things.
Tada Hozumi coaches and consults on the practice of cultural somatics, wrote the viral essay Why White People Can’t Dance: Because They Are Traumatized, and manages the website Selfish Activist. They talk with Eric about cultural somatics, ancestral trauma and how it is passed down through generations, and the need for white activists to prioritize regulating their nervous systems, among other things.
Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, gardener, writer, and photographer who co-founded and directs the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She talks with Eric about the physiological and neurological bases of our stress response, how stress becomes trauma, how we can learn to better regulate our stress response, and how plant medicine can offer a path through trauma, among other things.
Aaron Johnson lives in a self-made 13 x 13 ft earth dome in Southern California, and is a singer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these media, and others, to dismantle racism. He talks with Eric about why so many people in the ‘civilized’ world are chronically undertouched and about the consequences of this more generally and in the social justice realm.
Tad Hargrave blogs at Healing From Whiteness and writes for the Facebook page Dear White Men. He wrestles with the complicated and thorny mess that is whiteness, white privilege and white guilt. He talks with Eric about the traumatic roots of racial whiteness, the role that culture plays in metabolizing trauma, the twin wings of privilege and poverty, and deification of trauma as a defense mechanism, among other things.
Sherri Mitchell is an attorney who speaks and teaches around the world on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change and author of the book Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change. She talks with Eric about the Wabenaki legend of the Cannibal Giant, the connection between overconsumption and trauma, and waking up to the pervasive grief of patriarchal colonialism, among other things.
Darcy Ottey has guided hundreds of people through initiatory experiences, and co-founded Youth Passageways, a network dedicated to helping young people transition into mature adulthood in these transition times. She talks with Eric about the genesis of Youth Passageways, the consequences of a lack of rites of passage for Western youth, cultural appropriation, and how rites of passages are becoming commodities, among other things.
Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages. She talks with Eric about the links between food revitalization and language revitalization, how food production is tied to land protection, the power structure that food creates, the brittleness of industrial food, and learning the lessons of collapse, among other things.
Rebecca Young Allen is an ordained inter-faith clergy, a spiritual and emotional healer, a certified Focusing practitioner, and a nature lover, gardener, and homesteader. She talks with Eric about the challenges many people have with endings in relationships, trauma patterns, the poison of the good and bad duality, shadow work, the value of sometimes running towards the roar, and matrimorphy, among other things.
Jason Hirsch is an anthropologist with a particular interest in Western herbalism and its relationships and tensions operating alongside mainstream medicine in North America. He talks with Eric about the impact that seeing ourselves as separate from nature has on health and healing, healing plants as a radicalizing force, and Western herbalism as an anti-capitalist institution, among other things.
Teresa Mares is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Her teaching and research focus on food systems, and she has written widely on the topics of food justice and food sovereignty, among others. She talks with Eric about different ways of framing access to food, the different values intrinsic in food, drawbacks in how the local and organic food movements frame food access, and the realm of deep food, among other things.
Layla Abdel-Rahim is an anthropologist and author. Her books Wild Children, Domesticated Dreamsand Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundationcritique the foundational social narratives that support a human-centered view of the natural world. She talks Eric talk about what attracted her to unschooling when her daughter was born, what unschooling means and how it worked for her, and how modern schooling diminishes people’s capacity for empathy, among other things.
Charis Boke is an herbalist, educator, community organizer and an anthropologist who completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Cornell University. She talks with Eric about being a scholar practitioner, objectivity and bias, different levels of healing, moving away from thinking about the past as a model for a more desirable future, critiques of the Anthropocene, among other things.
Charlotte Biltekoff is faculty at the University of California at Davis, where her research strives to build bridges between scientific and cultural approaches to questions about food and health. She is the author of the book Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health, and her work is the subject of a short film called Imperfection Salad. She talks with Eric talk about the interplay between culture, politics and how we build our identities by moralizing our eating practices, and other things.