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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.