The Healing Culture Podcast

Eric founded The Healing Culture Podcast in October 2018 to explore how can we heal the increasingly individualistic, consumerist culture that is spreading like a virus around the world, and how to create space within our existing culture to support the healing work so many desperately need. Most episodes are around 60-minutes in length, and feature a wide range of guests. You can listen to the podcast below, on YouTubeApple PodcastsStitcher, and other podcatchers. If you are looking for an RSS feed link, you can find it here. Rather than selling advertising, Eric utilizes Patreon, a web-based subscription platform, to let listeners contribute financially to keep the podcast going. Patrons earn a variety of rewards, which you can learn about on Eric’s Patreon page. You can also offer one-time contributions using PayPal. Regardless of how you choose to contribute, Eric is grateful for all of the support he receives!

Healing Culture Podcast

HCP #42: On Rites of Passage, with Darcy Ottey

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.

HCP #41: On Indigenous Food Ways, with Lyla June

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.

HCP #40: Navigating Relationship Transitions, with Rebecca Young Allen

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.

HCP #39: Healing Plants as a Radicalizing Force, with Jason Hirsch

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.

HCP #38: On Local, Slow, and Deep Food, with Teresa Mares

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.

HCP #37: Education, Unschooling, and Empathy, with Layla Abdel-Rahim

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.

HCP #36: Healing and Cooperation in the Anthropocene, with Charis Boke

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.

HCP #35: Eating, Ethics, And Identity, with Charlotte Biltekoff

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.

HCP #34: Anchoring our Sense of Place with Wild Foods, with Bronislaw Grala

Bronislaw Grala has spent much of his adult life learning the art of wildcrafting, and can frequently be found in the local forests and fields gathering food, medicine, and raw materials for his apothecary and kitchen. He talks with Eric about what attracted him to wildcrafting, how wildcrafting can anchor our sense of place, the risks associated with commercializing wild plants, and regulating the take of wild plants as public trusts much like states do wild game animals, among other things.

HCP #33: The Erosion of US Food Sovereignty, with Heather Retberg

Heather Retberg operates Quill’s End Farm with her husband in Penobscot, Maine. She advocates for local food sovereignty ordinances in her home state, and played a role in crafting the Maine Food Sovereignty Law that was passed in summer of 2017. She talks with Eric about what food sovereignty is, the links between food and water sovereignty, how large corporations gain control of resources in rural areas of the United States, and lessons she has learned in her years of food sovereignty activism, among other things.

HCP #32: Nutrition and Chronic Illness, with Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers is a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who’s written a couple cookbooks that cater to Paleo Dieters and is putting together a documentary film tentatively titled Sacred Cow. She talks with Eric about her path to the Paleo Diet, her experiences helping patients with nutrition, and her vision of the future of food and health in the US.

HCP #31: Towards a Sense of Place, with Walter Poleman

Walter Poleman lectures at the University of Vermont, directs the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Engagement) program, and founded the Burlington Geographic initiative. He talks with Eric about what the physical underpinnings of a sense of place, place-based education, human impact, and the relationship between a sense of place and terroir, among other things.

HCP #30: Bearing Witness to the Great Unravelling, with Harlan Morehouse

Harlan Morehouse teaches at the University of Vermont and has a keen interest in how people negotiate their futures with regard to 21stcentury social and environmental uncertainties. He talks with Eric about how catastrophism and apocalypticism show up in modern film and literature, how they tend to favor individualism over collectivism, and how he stays balanced while immersed in these narratives, among other things.

HCP #29: Questioning Social Narratives, With Layla Abdel-Rahim

Layla AbdelRahim is an anthropologist whose books Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams, and Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundationactively critique the foundational social narratives that support a human-centered view of the natural world. She talks with Eric about human supremacy, anthropocentrism, decolonizing our minds, and questioning social narratives, among other things.

HCP #28: The History and Philosophy of Western Medicine, with Jason Hirsch

Jason Hirsch earned a Masters’ degree in Anthropology focusing on medical anthropology at McGill University. He talks with Eric about the roots of mainstream, ‘scientific’ medicine in industrial capitalism, and differentiates our mainstream, reductionist approach to human health from the more holistic, broad-pattern approaches rising to challenging its ideological supremacy.

HCP #27: The Need for Cultural Healing, with Charis Boke

Charis Boke is an herbalist, educator, community organizer and an anthropologist who earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University. In this episode she and Eric talk about her research on Transition Towns in the northeast US, the need for cultural healing, seeing racism as a cultural sickness, and the impermanence of social institutions, among other things.

HCP #26: On Endings, English, and Citizenship, with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson is an author, teacher, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. He talks with Eric about the link between the paucity of initiatory experiences and elderhood in the Western world, how grievance is a childish occupation, the risks of becoming lazy with our use of language, the intricacies of sustainability, and the need to reconstitute how we see citizenship, among other things.

HCP #25: Oppression, Isolation, and Holistic Resistance, with Aaron Johnson

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 his counseling programs and his workshops, the challenges that some white people face as they try to get closer to blackness, and the relationship between isolation, toxic masculinity and racism, among other things.

HCP #24: Connecting to Self, Nature, and Community, with Lynn Trotta

Lynn Trotta is a naturalist, certified life-coach, passionate gardener, facilitator of rites of passage for women, and co-founded the Sagefire Institute with her husband, Michael. Lynn talks with Eric about grief, depression, the importance of mentors and elders in facilitating connection, and how to draw people into connection-based experiences, among other things.

HCP #23: Towards an Ecological Economics, with Robert Costanza

Robert Costanza is the Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Australian National University, and was among the co-founders of ecological economics. He talks with Eric about the origins of ecological economics, the importance of seeing human beings as part of nature, how to change paradigms and overcome social addictions, and the benefits of payments for ecosystem services, among other things.

HCP #22: Documenting Hope in a Compromised Generation, with Beth Lambert

Beth Lambert is the Executive Director of Epidemic Answers and the creator and producer of the Documenting Hope Project. She talks with Eric about what motivated her to write her book A Compromised Generation, the many factors that contribute to chronic disease in children, and how her Documenting Hope Project seeks to empower parents to heal their sick kids, among other things.

HCP #21: Compassion, Listening, and Escaping Hate, with Shannon Martinez

Shannon Martinez is a former Neo-Nazi who develops and implements programs to inoculate people against hate-based ideologies through her organization Free Radicals. She talks with Eric about how anger and a desire for belonging drew her to Neo-Nazism, what led her away from hate, and the importance of listening to people trapped in cycles of hate, among other things.

HCP #20: Humor, Hurt, and Living Ultra Spiritually, with JP Sears

JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, video producer, teacher, speaker, and curious student of life. His book How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12-1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority, was released in March of 2017. He and Eric talk about how using humor can help people see their shadows more clearly, how hurt people tend to hurt people, and how our beliefs are wonderful servants but terrible masters, among other things.

HCP #19: Confronting White Fragility, with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, a lecturer at the University of Washington, coined the term ‘White Fragility’ in an essay of the same name published in 2011. In this episode she and Eric talk about the turn of events that led her to write about white fragility, what set of behaviors it describes, what role those behaviors play in perpetuation white supremacy in the United States, and how owning our racism is an act of liberation, among other things. 

HCP #18: Farming in Challenging Times, with Tyler Webb

Tyler Webb runs Stony Pond Farm in Northern Vermont where he specializes in grass-based dairy and beef production. In this episode he and Eric talk about what compelled him to go into farming, why he gravitated towards cattle, using payments for ecosystem services to overcome market failures in agriculture, and the detrimental feedback loop associated with focusing on producing more milk, among other things.

HCP #17: Working With White Fragility, with Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper consults, writes, and lectures on topics of race and diversity, and founded the Sistah Vegan Project. She talks with Eric about the origins and meaning of the term ‘white fragility’, talking about our privilege, cruelty and racism within food systems, and ways to bring unconscious bias into conscious view without shaming people, among other things.

HCP #16: Getting Close to Blackness, with Aaron Johnson

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 how different a black person’s experience of the world is from that of a white person, the role of trauma in perpetuating prejudice and racism, and about holistic resistance, among other things.

HCP #15: Nature Awareness and the Present Moment, with Nicole Apelian

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, educator, wilderness guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor who founded Ecotours International and appeared on the survival-themed show Alone in 2016. In this episode she talks with Eric about nature connection, bird language, how she controls her multiple sclerosis, and the importance of giving women who are interested in survival skills female role models in the media, among other things.

HCP #14: The Raw Paleo Diet, with Derek Nance

Derek Nance was featured in a 2013 Vice article titled This Guy’s Eaten Nothing But Raw Meat For Five Years, and in a documentary series called A Million Ways to Live. He talks with Eric about what drew him to make raw meat a cornerstone of his diet, the benefits of intermittent fasting, and the importance of choosing quality meats in a raw food diet, among other things.

HCP #13: Plant Medicine and Place-Based Healing, with Katherine Elmer

Katherine Elmer is an educator and clinical herbalist who practices out of the Burlington Herb Clinic in Burlington, Vermont, and founded Spoonful Herbals. She talks with Eric about the idea of place-based healing, what role plants, particularly local plants, can play in that, and about deriving plant foods from our landscapes in a deeply connected way, among other things.

HCP #12: Vulnerability, Trust, and Civil Disobedience, with Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher is a climate activist best known for disrupting a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, which inspired the documentary Bidder 70. Tim founded the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising, and most recently the Climate Disobedience Center. He talks with Eric about his experience using civil disobedience as a tool in climate change activism, the need for activists to prioritize healing their personal trauma within their activist work, and the source of civil disobedience’s power, among other things.

HCP #11: Masculinity, Vulnerability, and Courage, with Erin Sepic

Dr. Erin Sepic is a Chiropractor, Kinesiologist, and pediatric specialist who practices from her clinic Synergic Health in Richmond, Vermont. She talks with Eric about issues today’s society faces around masculinity and toxic masculinity, the courage needed to be vulnerable, the benefits of non-violent communication and clean talk as communication protocols, and the consequences of boys remaining sedentary, among other things.

HCP #10: Martial Arts, Movement, and Motivation, with Kimberly McNeil

Kimberly McNeil is a martial artist, an athlete, and the founder of Moving Arts Academy. She talks with Eric about the turn of events that led her on her path, how she works with fascia to set people’s movement patterns free, gravitating towards people who intimidate you, how the internal elements of many martial arts have been lost, and how to stay motivated, among other things.

HCP #9: Better Living Through Phytochemistry, with Guido Masé

Guido Masé is a runner, father, author of the book Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants, instructor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and chief Herbalist at Urban Moonshine. In this episode Guido talks with Eric about how the human species co-evolved with the plant chemistry that surrounded us, the importance of epigenetics in human health, and the link between dietary diversity and resilience, among other things.

HCP #8: Pushing Limits and Expanding Awareness, with Abdul Mujib

Abdul Mujib founded North Country Kettlebells in 2008, and is also an avid wilderness skills enthusiast. He talks with Eric about the influences warrior archetypes had on him, learning about his limits, experimenting with cold exposure as a mindfulness practice, and about the benefits of expanding their spheres of awareness while decreasing their spheres of disturbance, among other things.

HCP #7:  Ancestral Skills and Neurodivergence, with Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd

Pınar Sinopoulos-Lloyd is the co-founder of Queer Nature, a nature-connection, rites of passage and ancestral skills project serving the LGBTQIAP+ community. They talk with Eric about what drew them to ancestral skills, suicidality and neuro divergence, healing trauma, and the gifts that ancestral skills practice offers, among other things.

HCP #6: On Cancer and Control, with Brooke Moen

Brooke Moen practices acupuncture, clinical herbalism, food as medicine, and Chinese Cosmology. She talks with Eric about her cancer diagnosis, her reflections about what she did wrong, learning to relinquish control, individualism as pathology, the role that loneliness plays in our health & wellness, and becoming aware of our inherent aggression, among many other things.

HCP #5: Building Our Inner Foundation, with Ricardo Sierra

Ricardo Sierra runs a wilderness kids camp called Hawk Circle in Upstate New York, and began his journey into wilderness skills at Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School in 1984. He talks with Eric about the high levels of anxiety that children face and where that comes from, why wilderness skills appeal to some children, and how we build a solid inner foundation, among other things.

HCP #4: Connecting to Our Sexual Selves, with Leonore Tjia

Leonore Tjia is a feminist sexuality educator who helps people create more presence, play, pleasure and power in the bedroom and beyond. She talks with Eric about learning to feel, handling shame, the power that empathy and intimacy can offer us in and out of the bedroom, and our need, as a society, to move towards a cultural celebration of pleasure, among other things.

HCP #3: On Our Need for a Cultural Rite of Passage, with Starhawk

Starhawk is an activist, teacher, and author, and is best known for her books Dreaming the Dark and The Fifth Sacred Thing. She talks with Eric about initiation and rites of passage, the need to see the world as a web of relationships in order to heal it, the need to open our minds to multiple ways of knowing, and why animism, as a worldview, was so threatening to some European lineages, among other things.

HCP #2: Making Peace With Our Heritage, with Lyla June

Lyla June is a Diné singer, writer, and activist who co-founded The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council. She talks with Eric about the traumatic roots of the settler colonial paradigm, how our guiding stories and sense of self are necessarily rooted in homeland, how delicate and brittle American society has become without a place-based identity, among other things.

HCP #1:  On Culture, Ancestry, and Elderhood, with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson is an author, teacher, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. He and Eric talk about culture and ancestry, the differences between entitlement and privilege, the risks of learning, the value of ambivalence, and elderhood, among other things.