ReWild Yourself

ReWild Yourself


Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.


For the Love of Fat - Nora Gedgaudas #128  

My friend Nora Gedgaudas — author, nutritionist and repeat ReWild Yourself Podcast guest — joins me to discuss the essential nutrient that our bodies literally evolved to eat: Fat. In her latest book Primal Fat Burner (coming soon to a bookstore near you!), Nora refutes the popular mainstream belief that saturated fat is the culprit of disease and shares how dietary fat is actually crucial to vibrant physical and mental health.

We cover a lot of ground in this episode as Nora guides us through the ancestral diet we are built for, the nutrients we need to acquire from animal-sourced foods and cultivating a foundational metabolism. We also get into some fascinating side tangents — from ethical issues in the world of natural foods to corporate funding of veganism to alcohol to feminism. Enjoy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Spelt fishing and preparation ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Nora on writing her most recent book & the writing process Primal Fat Burner How the sugar industry shifted heart disease blame to fat Ethical dilemmas in the natural foods industry Corporate vested interest in carbs as a staple and veganism Is dairy a healthful food? Wheat, domestication and war Feminism vs. one-ness — what makes us fundamentally human Alcohol — a food and a drug Cultivating a foundational metabolism The diet we are built for How to get sufficient DHA Nora’s upcoming book release and charity event Diet diversity and the health of your microbiome Protein moderation The nutrients we need from animal-sourced foods We evolved as fat hunters Nora goes more in-depth on what’s included in Primal Fat Burner How to stay in contact with Nora and find out more about her new book and charity event Nora's prognosis for the future of the human species
ReWild Resolutions - Solstice Special — Daniel Vitalis #127  

Season 2 of ReWild Yourself Podcast is coming to a close, and I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for your support this year! This episode is debuting on the Winter Solstice, a time of the year when many of us are reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the upcoming journey around the sun. In 2017, I’d like to encourage you to renew your ReWilding vow and become a master of the elements. I take you through each element — Earth (food), Water, Air, Fire — sharing my personal resolutions, as well as my suggestions for how you can resolve to upgrade your life and strengthen your relationship with each element. 

In each episode of ReWild Yourself Podcast this season, I’ve been asking each guest the same question: What is your prognosis for the future of the human species? I recap on the answers we’ve heard this past year and share my current thoughts on the topic.

Now I’d love to hear from you! What are your resolutions for the New Year? How will you ReWild Yourself?

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Surthrival’s annual Solstice sale Shoutout to our sponsors ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Scholarship opportunity for ReWild 101 Acorn gathering Daniel answers your questions on: Using a pressure cooker in the acorn leaching process Acorns and gluten What causes years with more acorn production Simple and delicious recipes using acorn flour Natural time vs the Gregorian calendar The difference between resolutions and intentions A call to renew your ReWilding vow: Becoming a master of the elements in 2017 Eating from the Four Kingdoms — being more conscientious about your food choices Making your own natural medicine My personal food resolutions for the year Upgrading your water Cleaning up your air Strengthening your relationship with fire Setting realistic goals Daniel's thoughts on the prognosis for the future of the human species
Strategies for Gut Health - Summer Bock #126  

Summer Bock believes that good health starts in the gut, and she is dedicated to helping people heal their digestive issues naturally. You have about three pounds worth of microbiota lining your gut that is active, diverse and affects way more than just your digestion. In this interview, Summer is here to share how you can for keep your gut strong, healthy and motile. We discuss her top strategies for repopulating gut flora, how stress affects your gut health and what you can do about it, how to remineralize your body and we even get into the growing trend of fecal transplants.

This interview is a great reminder that we need to eat from all Four Kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Fungal and Bacterial. I hope it inspires you to infuse your diet with more fermented foods and cultivate a healthy, robust gut flora.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on ice fishing, fresh food and the origins of the Christmas tree Daniel answers your questions on geophagy, favorite bedding options and Kava Root tea How Summer became interested in gut health What does your gut health affect? Defining the gut Strategies for repopulating our gut flora Probiotics: supplements vs whole foods How to remineralize your body What are pre-biotics? The lowdown on fecal transplants  Thoughts on kombucha Keeping our gut strong, healthy and motile The connection between disbiosis and disorganization Stress, survival strategies and emotional detox Summer’s Gut Rebuilding Program Summer’s prognosis for the future of the human species
ReWild 101 - Arthur Haines and Daniel Vitalis #125  

Arthur Haines — botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast — is back on the show, and we have some VERY exciting news to share with you. For the past year, Arthur has been pouring his heart into writing a book that is a foundational education in human ecology and the ReWilding lifestyle. From the diet of Homo sapiens to a look at civilizations past to expanding comfort zones through hormesis, Arthur takes us through the book chapter by chapter, hitting the highlights of each topic as we go. At the heart of the book, and Arthur’s message, is something many of us feel — the missing lynchpin: a need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community.

In the past few shows, I’ve been hinting at an online program Arthur and I have put together for the upcoming winter season. This program will be a great way to stay connected with Arthur and I — and the ReWilding community — throughout the winter months. We’ll dive into study together and support one another in keeping ReWilding motivation high. In this episode, we share all the details on how you can get involved. I hope you’ll join us this winter!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel answers your questions on: Public speaking When to teach your child about hunting Building community Daniel shares about ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Program details Early bird pricing on the program An exciting scholarship opportunity Daniel and Arthur catch up Arthur shares about his new book, A New Path A need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community A course book for the ReWilding lifestyle Distilling the diet of Homo sapiens Wild water and wild medicine A look at past civilizations and what we can learn from them Learning and unlearning Real, wild movement for real living Input from the ReWilding community Hormesis: expanding comfort zones The missing lynchpin: Community Green choices and primitive technologies Tying it all together The legacy of Arthur’s book What happened with Arthur’s publishing deal ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Excerpt from A New Path
Self-care, A Woman's Guide - Nadine Artemis #124  

Nadine Artemis is a trailblazer in the new paradigm of women’s self care, and in this interview, she lays out her favorite practices to nurture the female body. Nadine is the founder of Living Libations — an exquisite line of lotions, potions, scents, creams and essential oils that I use personally — and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast.

In our past two interviews, Nadine has detailed her Stop, Seal and Seed method for dental care and skin care, and in this episode, she shares how women can apply this method to vaginal care. We learn what conventional female body care products and practices to avoid and Nadine’s favorite natural alternatives. We also discuss breast health and care, and Nadine reveals some fascinating information on breast cancer that is important for every woman to explore. Nadine’s nourishing self care practices are simple, low maintenance and accessible to all. Ladies (and the men who love them), I hope you enjoy this interview!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares: ReWild Yourself podcast updates A teaser about an upcoming program with Arthur Haines Daniel answers your questions on: Parasite cleansing and eating brains Optimizing your vehicle Mainstream messaging on women’s beauty and hygiene The “discovery” of the clitoris Internet pornography vs. natural sexuality What does the new paradigm of women’s self care look like? How to avoid mycotoxins Caring for your vagina with the stop, seal and seed method Alternatives to conventional menstrual products Yeast infections - re-listen Marketing chemically-induced menopause to young girls Relieving menstrual pain The many issues with KY Jelly Boosting the lubricant jouissance-ness of your life Best oils to care for your vagina Common natural lubricants The different types of estrogens and how they’re affecting women’s bodies The risk of breast cancer and the implications of a systemic myco-infection Exploring some startling breast cancer stats How bras inhibit the body and alternatives to the conventional bra Low maintenance breast and body care Nadine’s prognosis for the future of women
Vibram, How FiveFingers Came To Be - Chris Melton #123  

As an avid barefooter, I’ve tried countless barefooting shoes over the years, but none compare to Vibram FiveFingers. I’ve been a fan of FiveFingers for some time — they have allowed me to develop a foot dexterity, nimbleness and strength that I didn’t know was possible! It was so exciting to get a chance to talk to Vibram’s Director of Sales and Distribution, Chris Melton.

Chris shares the story of Vibram's early beginnings, how FiveFingers came to be, the evolution of some of their most loved models and what we can look forward to from them in the future. Most importantly, he answers every Vibram fan’s burning question: Is it pronounced Vee-bram or Vy-brum?? Whether you’re a loyal Vibram FiveFingers aficionado or a fan of barefooting in general, this show is for you!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel answers your questions on: His top fabric choices for clothing Squirrel hunting Rationing animal protein from hunts Daniel discusses a question on the topic of suicide Is it Vee-bram or Vy-brum? A bit about Chris’s background Why are Vibram soles everywhere? Vibram’s recent growth The beginnings of Vibram’s Five Fingers Barefooting shoes and stylishness Women and Vibrams The new Furokshiki shoe and boot Should you wear socks with Vibrams? Wearing barefoot shoes in obstacles courses like Tough Mudder Review of favorite Vibram models The evolution of Vibram models The story of the Vibram class action lawsuit The future of Vibram Where to find Vibram online
Neurogenesis and the Better Brain - Dr. Brant Cortright #122  

Our brains produce new brain cells throughout our entire lives through a process called neurogenesis, and in this podcast, Dr. Brant Cortright is going to share what this means for our brain health and how we can enhance the way our brains operate. Dr. Cortright is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, specializing in cutting-edge brain health and neuroscience-informed depth therapy.

When we increase the rate of neurogenesis, we see things like improved cognitive function, better memory, less stress, more energy and increased immune health. When we decrease the rate of neurogenesis, however, we see the opposite: poor cognition and memory, increased stress and anxiety and decreased immune health. In this interview, Dr. Cortright discusses the diet and lifestyle components — which mirror the ReWilding diet and lifestyle — that are crucial for your neural development. He shares some interesting information on sleep, and we also get into the effects of substances like caffeine, cannabis and mushrooms on brain health. Tune in for a fascinating discussion — rich with actionable information — that can help improve the functioning of your human animal!

*There is a bit of background noise in parts of this interview that we were unable to edit out. Apologies for the less than excellent sound quality in this episode! We feel the content more than makes up for it (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Podcast updates Feasting with Maine community on Thanksgiving Hunting and gathering with a partner Privilege Strategic planning for 2017 hunting & gathering Daniel answers your questions on: Inflammation caused by down comforters Eating parasites Eating raw eggs from fresh water fish What is neurogenesis? The optimal diet for neurogenesis How much DHA should you be getting per day? Best DHA-rich foods The “heart healthy” vegetable oil myth Crucial foods for neural development Best exercise for neurogenesis Caffeine and neurogenesis Cannabis, mushrooms and neurogenesis  The importance of sleep for optimal cognitive functioning An interesting occurrence in the last few hours of sleep Mindfulness and meditation Blending the natural and modern world Dr. Cortright's prognosis for the future of the human species Where to find Dr. Cortright's work
Movement Ecology - Katy Bowman #121  

How much of your movement are you outsourcing? Biomechanist and best-selling author Katy Bowman is back on ReWild Yourself podcast to share how we can transition to a more movement-rich lifestyle by outsourcing less of our daily needs and operations.

Katy is passionate about Nutritious Movement, "a whole-body movement program that utilizes Movement Micronutrients, Movement Macronutrients, and habitat (lifestyle) changes to nourish all trillion of your body’s parts.” In this interview, we cover some of the valuable material in Katy’s new book Movement Matters where she dissects our cultural sedentism and the issues with our convenience-fueled society. We discuss simple ways to enter the world of foraging, how to stack your life to make the most of your time and energy, the luxury of exercise, movement ecology and more.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Upcoming SurThrival sale Hunting with hounds in North Carolina Squirrel hunting and processing Has the public spotlight made Daniel less likely to change his view on things? Daniel’s thoughts on intermittent fasting Daniel and Katy catch up Outsourcing movement Stacking your life How to transition to foraging Speciesism, disconnection from ecology and the luxury of exercise Evidence-based living Broadening your palette What is movement ecology? Katy’s prognosis for the future of the human species Where to find Katy’s work
Neo-Abo Roundtable, Part Two - Daniel Vitalis, Arthur Haines, Frank Giglio #120  

A special edition of ReWild Yourself podcast! My good friends Arthur Haines and Frank Giglio join me for a roundtable discussion on bioregional living and the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. Arthur is a botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast. Frank is an innovative chef with a focus on sustainable and local cuisine, off-grid homesteader and also a previous ReWild Yourself podcast guest. Sitting in my backyard on a crisp autumn day in Maine, we look back on the highlights of this year’s hunting and gathering with a few rants and more than a few laughs mixed in.

In part one of our conversation, we talked bio-regionality, the benefits of inconvenient foods, wild food foraging highlights, land stewardship and more! In part two, we discuss our recent fishing charter trip, parasites, tips for cooking fish, intent and ethics of hunting, thoughts on raising animals for meat, ingesting chemistry from our landscape and much more. Enjoy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Recap of a fishing charter trip Using ginger for motion sickness The truth about cod liver Parasites — the ecology of eating Chef Frank’s tips for cooking fish Thoughts on hypervitaminosis Intent and ethics of hunting Forecasting winter’s hunts and gathers Native wild berries vs locally grown non-native fruits Thoughts on raising animals for meat Is harvesting wild foods an act of defiance? Ingesting chemistry from our landscape
Neo-Abo Roundtable, Part One - Daniel Vitalis, Arthur Haines, Frank Giglio #119  

A special edition of ReWild Yourself podcast! My good friends Arthur Haines and Frank Giglio join me for a roundtable discussion on bioregional living and the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. Arthur is a botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast. Frank is an innovative chef with a focus on sustainable and local cuisine, off-grid homesteader and also a previous ReWild Yourself podcast guest. Sitting in my backyard on a crisp autumn day in Maine, we look back on the highlights of this year’s hunting and gathering with a few rants and more than a few laughs mixed in.

In part one of our conversation, we talk bio-regionality, the benefits of inconvenient foods, wild food foraging highlights, land stewardship and more! Enjoy, and stay tuned for part two!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Yesterday’s election Using a compound bow vs a traditional bow ReWilding on a global level and being the change you want to see in the world Introductions What bio-regionality means to Daniel, Arthur and Frank Acorn processing and food convenience Wild food highlights of the year Frank’s fishing experiences this summer But it tastes gamey… The loss of a feral temperament Arthur’s goal for land stewardship and ReWilding community Conservation and protecting human involvement in ecology Arthur’s recent foraging highlights
The Science of the Spiritual - Dr. Dan Siegel #118  

What is the mind? How does the mind differ from the brain? These are some of the questions Dr. Daniel Siegel explores in his second appearance on the ReWild Yourself podcast. Dr. Siegel is a noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author, and he has just released a new book that delves into consciousness, subjective experience and the self-organizational properties of the mind. In this episode, we go deeper into some of the topics we covered in our first conversation. We discuss how Dr. Siegel navigates the worlds of science and spirituality in his work, how brain activity differs from the mind, our perception of time and his hopes for his work in mindsight and personal transformation.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Hunter safety courses Processing of meat after a hunt Waiting until after the first freeze to hunt squirrel Balancing the modern hunting & gathering lifestyle with a day job Dr. Siegel’s latest book Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human Between two worlds Self organization and integration Science vs spirituality “Mind” vs “brain activity" Entanglement The directionality of change & access to the infinite Who are we, really? Breaking down the Wheel of Awareness Bridging the islands Dr. Siegel’s hope for his work
Why I Hunt - Daniel Vitalis #117  

Over the past year, I have fully immersed myself in the hunting side of the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. From trout and deep sea fishing to hunting wild turkey, black bear and coyote, my experiences harvesting wild animals to put meat on my table have been profound and life-changing, and I’d like to share my story with you. As a conscientious omnivore, I’m always striving to develop a closer relationship with the food I consume. Through hunting and gathering bio-regionally, I’m able to participate with my local ecology and develop an intimate relationship with the place I call home. In this solo episode, I detail the reasons why I hunt and share a bit about how I got started and how you can too.

Deep gratitude to my mentors, to the wild creatures who have become part of my body and to you for your support of my journey to deepen my connection to my local ecology and ancestral heritage.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Acorn harvesting & processed food A dedication to my hunting mentors Defining why I hunt Veganism isn’t sustainable The cruelty of raising domestic livestock vs free-roaming wildlife Bioregionality — food as connection to place Yoking together the hunting and foraging worlds Popular criticisms of hunting Bringing reverence into hunting — the practical vs the spiritual Gender, hunting & classical male pursuits as “re-creation” of the hunt What I’ve hunted this year My diet evolution Participating in ecology and connection to place Mortality salience — hunting puts you in touch with your own mortality Access to nutrient dense foods Alternative high quality animal products Purpose-driven trips into nature vs recreation Cultivating a relationship with wild animals Getting started in hunting Primitive vs modern hunting tools Food sovereignty and becoming hunter gatherers The need for community
Erotic Blueprint, What's Your Type? - Jaiya #116  

Award-winning somatic sexologist Jaiya returns to ReWild Yourself podcast to go deeper into her Erotic Blueprint framework. She has distilled 20 years of the study of attraction, arousal and satisfaction into a framework that helps you discover your personal map of arousal and how you achieve orgasmic states.

Jaiya is on a heart-driven mission to unleash a new era of sexual acceptance. In this interview, she reveals what’s possible if we overcome the obstacles standing in the way of exceptional sexual health and pleasure. We get into switching between your feminine and masculine, personal explorations into kink and its healing potential, orgasmic birth and more. Most importantly, she shares how learning your personal Erotic Blueprint type gives you tools to express your desires and create a fulfilling sex life and lasting intimacy in your relationship (with yourself or with a partner).

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares and answers your questions on: Early access to a Surthrival sale for podcast listeners Gratitude for your support A message to our Christian listeners Purifying tap water strategies Thoughts on hypervitaminosis Our biological gender roles and the nuclear family unit Jaiya’s mission A new era of sexual acceptance Who is the sexually empowered woman? Switching between your feminine and masculine Sex doesn’t end... Multiple sexuality states A breakdown of the 5 Erotic Blueprint types Exploring kink and healing potential Obstacles to sexual health and pleasure + how to turn these into pathways to extraordinary sexual health and pleasure How Jaiya’s sessions work True acceptance of Erotic Blueprints Orgasmic birth Jaiya’s Erotic Blueprint Breakthrough course Endless routes to pleasure Jaiya’s prognosis for the future of the human species Becoming an erotic detective
Real Food, Fake Food - Larry Olmsted #115  

Are you eating what you think you are? As a modern hunter gatherer, I am quite conscious and meticulous about the foods I consume. I base my diet on a Four Kingdoms approach (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms), and I strive to source the majority of my food bio-regionally. I still shop at Whole Foods and occasionally dine at farm to table-style restaurants, of course, and I was shocked to learn of the rampant food fraud that extends to seemingly reputable grocers and eateries.

Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted wrote a comprehensive exposé on fraud in the unregulated food industry, and he is here to reveal some of the industry’s most adulterated foods. He teaches us how we can be more vigilant consumers as we navigate grocery store aisles, food labels and restaurant menus.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel answers your questions on: Cooking with fats Choosing between a Samina bed and Clearlight Sauna His thoughts on Asian/Oriental religions How Larry got into the world of Real Food The lowdown on Kobe beef Are your grocery store tomatoes actually ripe? Misleading wine labels Farmed vs wild caught seafood The history of seafood fraud What’s in your sushi? Our society's most adulterated foods The most popular food fraud item General buying guidelines to ensure you’re purchasing real food Larry’s prognosis for the future of food
Wild Movement, Urban Landscapes - Julie Angel #114  

Julie Angel is a filmmaker, author and photographer who documents the current ‘age of athletisiscm’ with a focus on Parkour, MovNat, buildering and much more. What’s buildering, you might be asking? I thought it was a typo at first, too, but Julie explains this small, but passionate, subculture as we get into the fascinating world of urban movement mavericks. 

In this interview, Julie takes us back to the early beginnings of Parkour. In researching her Parkour-themed PhD thesis, she spent time on the streets getting to know the Yamakasi — the original group of Parkour practitioners — and got an up-close and personal look into the lives of these interesting characters who shaped the modern Parkour movement. To me, Parkour represents human wildness  breaking free in domesticated landscapes — the human animal in movement across urban habitat. City dwellers, take note, this can be a unique way for you to utilize your environment for your natural movement practice! At the heart of Parkour, is a message of looking past the limitations of our environment, our innate, primal drive for sovereignty and embracing our intrinsic wildness.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: How to prepare organ meats Myers Briggs and personality tests Creating harmonious habitat using the 4 Elements in your indoor office environment How Julie got involved with MovNat What is buildering? Julie spends time on city streets learning Parkour culture “Don’t climb on that!” — movement mavericks breaking movement taboos Getting into the world of Parkour Julie’s book, Breaking the Jump How to get started in Parkour What was parkour originally? Yamikazi and parkour’s beginnings Role of women in parkour The future of parkour Top takeaways for you Julie’s prognosis for the future of the human species Where to find Julie’s book and work 
Last Common Ancestor - Craig Stanford #113  

What a treat it was to talk with primatologist and biological anthropologist Craig Stanford. If you’re a regular listener of ReWild Yourself podcast, you probably know how deeply fascinated I am with the great apes. I think they give us a window into understanding ourselves biologically, into understanding our wildness and even help us to glimpse into our origins.

Craig — author of sixteen books and over one hundred scholarly and popular articles — has studied chimpanzees extensively, studying their hunting behavior in Tanzania in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall, studying chimps and mountain gorillas in Uganda and more. He takes us on a journey to the meeting place of primatology and anthropology. He breaks down the social behaviors of some of the great apes, focusing on chimps and bonobos, and shares some of his controversial findings on the popularized "peaceful bonobo" research. This interview provides context to many of the themes we discuss on this podcast and was my favorite of the season. if you’re interested in ReWilding, I think you’ll find our conversation fascinating.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Vibram FiveFingers Fats, food fads and the ketogenic diet Thoughts on contraception & my personal contraception strategy An interesting interview experience: Christianity and ReWilding Craig’s journey in writing and primatology Our last common ancestor Should we be in the same genus as chimps and bonobos? The great apes as a window into our origins Multiple species of apes vs one Homo sapiens species What is a species? The politics of naming species Differences between chimps and bonobo Omnivorous diets and hunting strategies of apes Frodo’s story Meat as a commodity for manipulation The plight of the modern ape Craig’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Lessons in Love and Libido - Kim Anami #112  

Taboo-flouting Kim Anami has devoted her life to sexual mastery and passing on her knowledge to those wanting to harness their own sexual potential. Kim is a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast, and our conversations — ranging from consciously confronting sexual taboos to articulate vaginas to reclaiming the primal masculine — have been catalysts for growth in my own personal life.

In this conversation, we cover some new territory, and I get personal. Being in a committed relationship myself that continues to surprise me in its ever-expanding depth, growth and passion, I wanted to hear Kim’s insights on the secret to successful, thriving, passionate long-term relationships. We get to the heart of this, as well as some other fun topics, including how libido can translate into your life’s work, consciously choosing traditional (and, perhaps, non-PC) roles and what it means to be a truly sexually masterful man.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares and answers your questions on: Hiking/backpacking as a "junk food movement" or healthy, natural movement practice Calorie and nutrient-dense trail food recommendations Being a participant in ecology Verbiage of the “movement” movement Value of being in relationship w/ yourself and periods of celibacy Tuning in to natural sleep cycles What does it mean to be a sexually masterful man? Libido is the manifestation of your creativity out in the world What is the secret to thriving & passionate long-term relationships? Tips for keeping communication flowing in a committed relationship Cultivating polarity & consciously choosing traditional roles Tuning in to your sexual energy Keeping the simmer going Kim’s Sexual Mastery for Men salon
Grassroots Bioremediation - Leila Darwish #111  

Leila Darwish, community organizer and grassroots bioremediation expert, joins me on the podcast to give us an inside look into the promising possibilities of bioremediation to heal our earth’s most damaged landscapes. Bioremediation is the use of biological agents to remove or neutralize contaminants; allying with living systems to detoxify contaminated environments.

Leila has worked as a community organizer in Canada and the US on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. Her energy and optimism in the face of these devastating environmental issues is inspiring. In this interview, Leila shares an overview of bioremediation and how it’s successfully being used to recover many toxic landscapes in North America, how she remains positive, governmental outlook on bioremediation and much more. Perhaps most importantly, she shares how we can get involved with bioremediation on an individual level; she certainly left me inspired to do so!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on his recent hunt & gather adventures, and he answers your questions on: Neoshamanism Roadside foraging Origins of Leila’s name The beauty of Canada & the Texas of the North What are the tar sands? How Leila remains positive in her work Staying “no” to create a new reality Over-zealous mycoremdiation How do government and industry feel about bioremediation? Leila’s favorite mushrooms The possibilities of bioremediation Aquifer contamination How to get involved with bioremediation Tips for making compost tea Leila’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Trauma Awareness & the Spiritual Bypass - Dr. Gabor Maté #110  

Renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté joins me for a powerful conversation on addiction and takes us into the heart of where trauma originates. With years of both scientific research and direct interaction with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction and mental illness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté offers a unique and authentic perspective on the topics of addiction, mind-body wellness and ADD.

In this interview, Dr. Maté illuminates how our modern society perpetuates trauma by fostering a culture of disconnection and dissociation. From childhood trauma to trauma passed down to us from the generations that went before us, many of us carry unresolved trauma that often materializes in addiction. Addictive behavior goes beyond hard drug and alcohol addictions; our society is wrought with addictions to things like caffeine, less-than-optimal foods and dissociative behaviors, such as watching TV.

So how can we heal and become the most authentic version of ourselves? Dr. Maté sheds light on some of the traditional healing modalities he has found to be successful through years of wide-ranging experiences. With lots of golden nuggets on topics like death awareness, spiritual-bypassing and authenticity strewn throughout, there is something for everyone in this insightful conversation.

**Please note: During this interview, we experienced some Skype glitches, so you'll hear a bit of echoing with Daniel's voice that was not able to be edited out. We apologize in advance for the audio hiccups, but we think the interview is well worth it (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Regenerative foods Harvesting feral apples An exciting new Surthrival product Eating coyote A product discovery that will aid your spring water gathering How to pique someone’s interest in ReWilding Modern society and perpetuation of trauma What does addiction do for you? The essence of trauma is disconnection Our current massive cultural dissociation The most ideal social environment for children — humans crave connection The multi-generational trauma of First Nations peoples How medicines like coca and tobacco were traditionally used The healing power of ayahuasca What’s missing from AA and most rehab programs? Healing, awareness and the path to authenticity Spiritual bypass Awareness of death Dr. Mate’s prognosis for the future of the human species Where to find Dr. Mate’s work
A More Capable Human - Stefano Tripney #109  

Stefano Tripney is a contextual movement coach and MovNat certified trainer who creatively bridges the inner workings of the mind and body with our collective external landscapes in order to explore, learn, experience, and play with the world and our place in it. Earlier this summer, Stefano and I spent a week together hiking through the forests of Maine, gathering wild foods, fishing and foraging wild water.

In between harvesting wild pine pollen and trout fishing, we sat down at the ReWilding headquarters to discuss Stefano's philosophies on being a more capable human. During this fun and wide-ranging conversation, we get into the correlation between movement and cognitive ability, how to stay motivated to train, moving through dynamic and texture-rich environments, unstructured play, forest bathing and much, much more.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares about his latest bio-regional hunt and answers a question on including rich sources of Omega-3s in your diet A more capable human Unconscious competence Adapting to our modern, virtual world Movement and cognitive ability Developing peripheral motor skills — changing the environment Staying motivated to train Progression from jungle gyms to sports & athleticism Breaking down the movement complexities needed for wild food foraging Adapting to your dynamic environment Obstacle optics Forest bathing and texture + stimulus rich environments Utilizing playgrounds for training The benefits of natural playgrounds Stimulus breaks are the new cigarette breaks All roads lead to the natural world Stephano’s prognosis for the future of the human species Working with Stephano Closing thoughts on unstructured play
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