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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.