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.
Nala Walla weaves a holistic approach to wellness as a practitioner of ancestral healing, grief recovery, nutritional therapy, and permaculture design. She talks with Eric about prayer as a connective versus coercive tool, the importance of doing ancestor work, prayer and grieving as a skill, awakening our indigeneity, and wellness practices she recommends, among other things.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Prall is a speaker, health educator, and practitioner who produced, with others, the 9-part documentary series The Human Longevity Project. He talks with Eric about the impact trauma can have on our personal health and wellness, the importance of differentiating our behavioral patterns from our sense of self, and the value of indigenous wisdom, among other things.
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.
Tada Hozumi coaches and consults on the practice of cultural somatics and manages the website Selfish Activist. They talk with Eric about the political implications of cultural somatics, universal basic income, cult dynamics, and how ancestral trauma contributes to behavioral patterns, and punitive versus restorative systems of justice, among other things.
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.
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.