HCP #63: Animism, Fragility, and Co-Regulating with Death, with Dare Sohei

Dare Sohei is an animist counselor-facilitator and expressive artist work spirals around the integration of animist/indigenous lifeways with liberatory anti-oppression politics and trauma-informed somatic counseling. They talk with Eric about why so many people struggle to face death in mainstream society, co-regulating with death, working with fragility, contending with collapse, and how grief is just the beginning of healing, among other things.

HCP #61: Grief, Gratitude, and Extinction, with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn Baker is a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history. She is also an author, and her most recent book, with Andrew Harvey, is Saving Animals From Ourselves: Healing the Divine Animal Within. She talks with Eric about our connection to animals, how our deep-seated shame estranges us from the animal kingdom, coming to grips with extinction, and finding meaning in troubling times, among other things.

HCP #60: Harmonizing Our Eating Practices and Our Health, with Lisa Masé

Lisa Masé grew up in Italy, manages her business and website Harmonized Cookery, and advocates for food as medicine, social justice, and food sovereignty. She talks with Eric about what wild and local foods she has been eating lately, harmonizing our diet with our genetic heritage, keeping up with the latest microbiome research, engaging with physicians, and intuitive eating, among other things.

HCP #59: Compassion, Connection, and Effective Anti-Racist Communication, with Dr. David Campt

Dr. David Campt is a speaker and media analyst who founded and facilitates workshops on his White Ally Toolkit. He is also an author, and wrote the Compassionate Warrior Bootcamp for White Allies, among other books. He talks with Eric about the limitations of the privilege framework in anti-racism dialog, how focusing on terminology can undermine our ability to effectively communicate, and his RACE method for anti-racist engagement, among other things.

HCP #57: The Ethics of Harvesting Wild Edible Plants, with Arthur Haines

Arthur Haines is a botanist and human ecologist who speaks and educates about the health benefits of wild edible and medicinal plants. He is also an author, and most recently wrote A New Path. He talks with Eric about what wild plant foods he has been gathering recently, the many benefits of gathering and eating wild plants collected in our local areas, and the ethics of harvesting wild plant foods for personal use and commercial sale, among other things.

HCP #55: On Men and Masculinity, with Robert Schicker

Robert Schicker is a therapist in Vermont who specializes in working with people navigating the evolving landscape of what it means to be a man. He talks with Eric about what attracted him to men’s work, the differences between being masculine versus being a man, about internalized homophobia and the importance of platonic touch, and about retraining our instinctive responses to stress, among other things.

HCP #54: Healing Culture in the Traumacene

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.

HCP #50: The Art of Critiquing Whiteness, with Tad Hargrave

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.

HCP #49: On Decolonizing Academia, with Clelia Rodríguez

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.

HCP #48: On Language and Identity, with Karl Haloj

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.

HCP #47: Healing Bodies and Healing Cultures, with Tada Hozumi

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.

HCP #46: Plant Medicine and the Path Through Trauma, with Larken Bunce

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.

HCP #44: Whiteness is Deified Trauma, with Tad Hargrave

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.