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  • You can access the transcript for this interview here. This interview was originally conducted by Alison Ramsay and Clare Dakin as part of our Back to the Wild series. You can access the other interviews in this series by choosing "Natural Lifestyle" at WISHRadio.com.

    What exactly is a woman? How do we describe the feminine principle? With over 3,000 media messages per day, the majority directed specifically at women telling us how to look, think, be, what to wear, how to make him want you more, how to be successful, slim, funny and fabulous, it’s no wonder there is a lot of confusion, convolution, frustration and depression from both sexes. For the last few centuries the feminine has fallen into the background of a masculine driven patriarchal world, devalued and even used. This has created a deep imbalance on a micro and macro level of our lives. So how can we restore this balance and accelerate the revaluing of the feminine, which we desperately need right now? Just like we can look to nature and the wild to restore our physical health, we can also look to nature to restore the balance of the sexes and the balance in how we interact with the natural world.

    I am so thrilled to welcome one of my most favorite women ever. Someone who I am privileged and honored to know and share with, and one of the most soulful and courageous women I have ever met. She founded the women-powered global reforestation campaign, TreeSisters, after being delivered a life-changing message in a car crash. She is here to talk with us about nature and the feminine, the importance of environmental stewardship and the audacious campaign that will change the world – TreeSisters. Clare Dakin ... is here to talk with us about nature and the feminine, the importance of environmental stewardship and the audacious campaign that will change the world Dear, dear Clare Dakin. Thank you so much for being here to get a little wild with us today.

    In this interview, you'll discover: What is the sacred feminine, and how can we tap into it! What really happened during the "Burning Times" and how does it affect our confidence as women still. What can we understand about the power of our menstrual cycles. The most empowering thing every woman needs to know about her relationship to the moon. The unsuspecting start to Clare Dakin's Tree Sisters and their mission! And much, much more about how to tap into the power of the sacred feminine!

    You can learn more about Clare Dakin and her work with the Tree Sisters here!

  • Lurking in autumn-drenched corners of our forest, popping up overnight with fairytale delight are our spore-born fungal friends. Or are they? Reishi, chaga, chanterelle, morel and even the humble puffball, wild mushrooms are becoming increasingly popular as powerful healing foods. But in a world that associates fungus with infection and even death, how do we turn our eyes to the ground and learn to forage fungus safely?

    Here to introduce us to the magical world of mycellium is Dwight Thornton, who as founder of North American’s first and only mushroom hunting school is no stranger to those colorful caps. Dwight, thank you for being here to get a little wild with us today.

    In this interview, you'll learn:

    How chaga mushroom tea saved Dwight's life and cured him of several diseases. Which mushrooms you should absolutely avoid! Some of the key signs to spot poisonous mushrooms in the wild. The most important things to understand about harvesting mushrooms in the wild. How you can learn a TONNE about mushrooms in just one week. Some of the most common edible and medicinal mushrooms and where to find them! And much, much more!

    You can learn more about Dwight's Mushroom Hunting School here.

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  • You can access the full transcript for this interview here. The interview was originally conducted by Alison Ramsay and Nadine Artemis as part of our Back to the Wild Summit. Visit "Natural Lifestyle" category at WISHRadio.com to see the other calls in this series.

    Beauty, we all have it and we all want more of it. And instead of it being your wildly vibrant authentic self shining out to the world in a rainbow of wellness, it has become a commodity. Something stolen, packaged up in pretty plastic pots laden with petrochemicals and synthetic perfumes, priced ridiculously high and pimped back to us with the subversive promises of love, desirability and even freedom and fame. An all round toxic experience.

    But I challenge you to turn your eyes from those rows upon rows of so-called beauty products which fill the cosmetic counters of our department stores, and think of a field of wildflowers or a magnolia tree in full blossom or the intricate life that is nestled alongside a sparkly stream.

    Which evokes more beauty for you? Just like we are what we eat, we are what we lather on our skin, spray on the nape of our neck and wash through our hair. We are what we breathe, bathe and bask in.

    I’m really excited to welcome back Nadine Artemis, founder of the world’s best natural beauty care range, Living Libations, and the queen of wild and renegade beauty to regale us with her unending wisdom on how we should look to nature to heal and enhance our health and beauty.

    In this interview, you'll discover: The truth about where wrinkles come from (it's NOT sun exposure). The key ingredients to a truly radiant beauty routine. The truth about sunscreen and what you should use instead. What conventional cosmetics and beauty products are doing to our skin. How to finally break free from toxic beauty products once and for all. Why "forest bathing" will be your best, new beauty trick! And much, much more!

    You can learn more about her work and her botanical serums and natural beauty products at her website: www.livinglibations.com.

  • This interview was conducted with Alison Ramsay and Arthur Haines as part of our Back to the Wild Summit. You can find the rest of the interviews in this series under "Natural Lifestyle" category at WISHRadio.com.

    Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.” This is a quote from 1854 by a prominent Native American Chief, Chief Seattle, that I found on the website of my next guest. It illustrates the interconnection of all life on this planet and makes note of the fact that as a species humans are not excluded from this beautiful and intricate web. Every choice we make, every dollar we spend, everything we consume has an effect on this web, on each other and on ourselves. No exceptions. Our health as a species reflects the health of our home, our planet. The divorce from nature that has occurred in our distracted modern lives has acted as a kind of blindfold to this interconnection. If we are to restore our health and vitality we must also restore our connection to and respect for the natural world so that we may co-exist in a harmonious way with all life around us. I am thrilled to welcome our next guest, Arthur Haines, botanist, author, re-wilder, nature enthusiast and founder of the Delta Institute of Natural History, an organization which focuses on the development of self-reliance that promotes eco-conscientiousness.

    In this interview, you'll learn: How to decipher what's really a healthy nutritional approach when there's so much conflicting information. The mind-boggling nutritional value of common wild edibles vs. common fruits and veggies. The most important thing you can do to improve your overall health and immune system. Why herbal medicine and conventional medicine is not a cure, but what is instead. How to get started on a wilder, healthier path in life. And much, much more inspiration for wild living!

    You can listen to this interview below.

    You can access the full transcript to this interview here. And visit Arthur's website (which is loaded with articles, books, events and more!).

  • The clock ticks, the bell rings and academia beckons. You head to your lecture hall packed with students fulfilling their worldly duty of higher education. Stuffy fluorescent lit rooms, Wi-Fi, projectors, notes and lecturers dishing out the newest nuggets of wisdom. This is university.

    But what if there was a different kind of scholastic adventure to be had? One without pencils, papers, textbooks or tutorials. A university where the wilderness is your classroom, the forest your cafeteria and the teacher - the wild nature that is you. Here to talk with us about what happens when we take our learning outside of the classroom is Kenton Whitman, adventure, mindfulness and re-wilding instructor and founder of ReWild University. Kenton, thank you so much for being here to get a little wild with us.

    In this interview you'll learn:

    How spending time in Nature puts you back in touch with yourself! Why Kenton has devoted his life to ReWilding. How modern living interferes with our parenting skills. The best way to get started on a more mindful, healthful path to life. The trick Kenton used to overcome his angry and negative emotions. And more inspiration for wild living!

    You can learn more about Kenton and his Rewilding University here. And visit his Youtube channel here. This interview was conducted with Alison Ramsay as part of our Back to the Wild Summit. You can find the rest of the calls in this series on www.wishradio.com under the "Natural Lifestyle" category.

  • I had three friends in one week call with questions about how to handle difficult questions. Their situations ranged from mildly annoying to immediately life-threatening. No matter what situation you're in, this episode of Soapbox Talks has the answer! Tune in and turn up the volume. Sometimes getting the right information can make a big difference!

    You can download the CheatSheet for this lesson here!

    There will be a Youtube video coming out soon to accompany this podcast. I'll update this page when the link is available.

    Here's What You'll Learn In This Episode: The single most important factor that makes anyone feel alive (and actually BE alive). The problem of backing down or giving up when you encounter difficult people, that will make an even bigger problem later. The first and most important thing to know about why people are "difficult." How to decide which people should be your friends and deserve your trust, and which you should create stronger boundaries with. The key to feeling confident in almost all your relationships! The one thing you must do no matter how difficult the situation is. (And it's NOT easy!) What happens the moment you’ve decide that any situation or person is "too much" for you. Loads of examples and inspiration to help you approach all your relationships with courage and confidence!!
  • Healthy living heroine and juice cleansing guru, Ritamarie Loscalzo joins us for a conversation about how, why, when and what to do in order to successfully juice cleanse. There's a fair amount of controversy on whether or not it's safe to do a short juice cleanse, and this interview dives in deep to discuss the details.

    You'll love Ritamarie's warm nature and comprehensive knowledge of detox. Having worked with her for many years, and hundreds of hours, she's a woman of integrity who takes her patient's well-being to heart.

    Dive in and discover why juice cleansing might just be the perfect next step for you, too!

    You can learn more about Dr. Ritamarie here: http://www.drritamarie.com/

  • Meet Joe Cross. He picked up a juicer, traveled around the United States and changed the lives of people wherever he went sharing the story of how a juice cleanse helped him lose weight, get off medications and put an end to his chronic health conditions.

    Joe is as juicy a character as he is an ambassador for health, and you'll love this refreshing and vibrant interview with the man who went from fat, sick and nearly dead, to smokin' hot and healthy in a very short time!

    Learn more about Joe Cross here.

    Learn more about our Gentle Juice Cleanse here.

  • Perusing the aisles of our supermarkets we find everything from plastic-wrapped, Styrofoam-cupped, microwavable, freeze dried, GMO noodle soup seasoned with MSG to pretty packaged, artificially flavored, colored and preserved food-like products to tantalize our taste buds and tempt our need to consume. We fork over our hard-earned dollars and take home these colorful shiny packets of pasta, breads, biscuits, butters, pickles, pies and jams and eat them with the intention of nourishing our bodies and fueling our daily lives.

    So if we are what we eat, then what happens if instead we pluck a wild and living plant from the forest or munch a few pink petals from an edible flower, or gorge our gobs on berry bushes dripping with sweet and sour jewels, packed with nutrients and vitality, complete with sensual satisfaction. Do we then begin to embody this wild vitality or blush of beauty or sensuality? If there is one man in this world who really understands the secret world of foraging, it’s Fergus Drennan, also known as the Fergus the Forager. After over 20 years of foraging experience including extended periods living off 100 percent wild foods, Fergus can speak to the health benefits and the fun of concocting, cooking and consuming wild foods. A warm welcome to you, Fergus. Thank you so much for being here to get a little wild with us today.

    In this interview you'll discover:

    The key moments that got Fergus hooked on the wild side. The attitude you must have if you're going to connect successfully with wild plants. The truth about how long it takes to really get to know an area. Where to start in your foraging adventures. Many of the key plants to keep an eye out for. How to tell if plants are trying to "talk" to you. And much, much more!

    You can access the full transcript to this interview here.

    You can sometimes find Fergus here, but he prefers to avoid social media these days to prioritize his focus in the real world. There are some great posts on Instagram, too. And this is his website absolutely LOADED!!! with valuable articles, information and inspiration to guide you on your path back to the wild side of life!

  • You have an ache, a pain, a cough, cold, the flu, fatigue, brain fog, a bite, sores, pimples, cuts, bruises, heartburn and headache. So you reach for your acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, antibiotics, Accutane, codeine and hydrocortisone to help ease the ache, the burn, the sting, the swelling, and a dose of something to help you sleep through all the discomfort. Although allopathic medication does have its place, food can also be your medicine.

    Wild plant food in particular, boasts powerful medicinal qualities when you learn how to use them correctly. Here to talk to us about the wonders of wild herbal medicine and how the plants around your house can be alchemized into healing tinctures, poultices, balms, juices and teas, is the wild and weedy woman, Michelle Summer Fike. Michelle, thank you so much for being here to get a little wild with us today.

    You can access the complete transcript to this interview with Alison Ramsay and Michelle Summer Fike (now Wolf) here.

    In this call, you'll learn: Exactly what to put in your own herbal first aid kit. The most important things to know about foraging and wild crafting herbs. How to recognize when plants are trying to get your attention. The hands-down, BEST way to start learning about herbs. The best ways to use herbs in your daily life. (It's SO easy you'll love it!) Inspiring stories that will make you fall in love with herbs and how to use them! And much, much more !!

    Since the time of this interview, Michelle found the love of her life, and remarried. You can catch her on her website www.wholegreenheart.com and on Facebook proudly now known as Michelle Wolf.

  • "We are all on one great survival trip trying to figure out how to meet our needs for shelter, fire, water and food, preferably without destroying the planet in the process. That is really the bottom line. How can we sustainably meet our needs for shelter, fire, water and food without consuming all the earth’s resources, without altering the climate and without being enslaved to a meaningless job until we die?"

    This is a quote from my next guest’s speech, The New Era of Self Sufficiency, shared at the Alaska Bioneer's Conference. He is the author of a wealth of books on wilderness survival skills, sustainable living, sustainable building, botany and relating to the natural world. He founded a Green University for young adults and an Outdoor Wilderness Living School for children. Just by spending an evening indulging in his website, hollowtop. com, I became even more knowledgeable, more inspired and more impressed by this man’s passion and commitment to really living and really living in harmony with nature and with each other.

    Here to talk to us about botany, getting back in communication with nature and affordable ecological housing is the author, entrepreneur and eco-philosopher, Thomas J. Elpel.

    Learn More About Thomas J. Elpel here.

    Learn More About Alison Ramsay here.https://www.facebook.com/alisonramsay.nz/

    You can catch the full transcript to this interview here.

  • This interview was conducted by Alison Ramsay as part of our Back to the Wild Summit on Sustainable Living

    We are all driven to become the best version of ourselves. And to do this we think we need to try out the latest and greatest fad diets, fashions, products, superfoods and even pharmaceutical drugs that promise to enhance our health and happiness.

    As we surf the net on our iPhones, iPads and MacBooks looking for the answers to love, life and an end to loneliness, deep in our DNA and just outside our door, quietly ever present is an answer to health, vitality and interconnectedness. Time and time again the beauty, wonder and power of nature inspires and heals us physically and spiritually. It teaches inner calm, perspective and brings us a feeling of well-being.

    It speaks to the wild nature that is inside of us. But in a world where technology reigns and the dollar is king, in a consumer driven world where nature cannot be bought and bottled and sold, so is therefore largely forgotten, we experience a great disconnect from this wildness.

    But thankfully there are people out there like my next guest who have made it their life passion to shed new light on old wisdom and help us to understand again why we should switch off, unplug, ditch the fancy footwear and honor the rhythms, cycles and elements of nature to reawaken that wild creature that resides in us all.

    Alison:

    Daniel, thank you so much for being here to get a little wild with us today. Daniel Vitalis: Hey, and it’s great to be here and I really loved that introduction. Alison: Great. Thank you. So I know you have gone really deep in your exploration of rewilding and have a lot of amazing knowledge to share. But let’s just begin at the beginning with a bit of an introduction into rewilding.

    What is rewilding? And why is it something we should consider doing to enhance our long-term health.

    Daniel Vitalis:

    You know it’s so interesting when we think about ourselves as a species. You know human beings – we tend to get into a mindset like we are visitors on planet Earth and like we’re not really as much a part of it as we are observers here visiting, or even exploiting the earth, but not so much part of it. Not the same way that the other animals are, not the same way that the plants are and the fungi are and the microbes are. It’s almost like we have an us or them mentality.

    Now, the reality is I think when we look at ourselves more objectively for a moment, we see there’s a lot of similarity between us and all the other organisms of the planet. It’s not hard to see the resemblance between ourselves and maybe some of those relatives of ours, the great apes, and we can see these tremendous differences. But we also see that there’s a lot of similarity.

    And we see that our needs are very similar to so many of the other species, particularly the mammals. And again as we move toward those primate animals – so similar. We see that we need the same kind of foods and we need the same kind of environmental factors and we’re born from our mother’s womb and we nurse from our mother’s breast and we’re raised in community.

    And we’re so similar in so many ways.

    It’s almost as if in order to prove our difference we’ve divorced ourselves more and more from nature over time – as time’s gone on.

    And we’re at this point today where we are frantically trying to figure out a solution to our diminishing health. Not just physical health, but also our emotional health and our psychological health. And we’re frantically looking for answers and we’re willing to take extreme measures in order to try to find – re-establish that homeostasis, that balance we’re looking for. But we keep looking in the places that we’ve been looking.

    We keep looking to things that divorce us further and further from nature. So we keep trying more drugs, different drugs, newer drugs.

    We explore new ways to slash and burn our bodies in a hope to cut away what’s bad, you know what’s hurting. We explore more and more ways to augment ourselves.

    We isolate ourselves more and more from nature. We seal our houses up more, we climate control more, we remove ourselves more and more and isolate ourselves more and more, not just from the natural world but even from each other. And re-wilding is sort of a different approach.

    It says, "Hey, wait a second!"

    We come from the natural world.

    We may not remember it very well, but it’s where we come from. And even just a walk out in the forest on a trail brings us a kind of inner contentment and joy and a sense of belonging that nurtures something in us that a lot of us have lost. And rewilding says hey, maybe the path back to health, back to happiness, back to psychological health has something to do with us re-entering the natural world again and beginning to honour and respect our needs for nature and the things, the food, the water, the air, the sunlight that comes from nature.

    So re-wilding is – for me what it is, is it’s an approach, it’s a strategy, it’s a path toward health that believes in and respects the natural way for humans rather than gushing over technological quick fixes.

  • Let's talk about your lady parts and pieces. You know your nose and toes are there to be adored and adorned. You brush your hair and floss your teeth and do those great butt-lifting exercises you learned in the 80s. You smother your skin with lotions and potions and love to take long, hot baths. And it's easy to take care of what you can see.

    But inside your skin, a puzzle of parts you're not really sure about, are there pumping and thumping and throbbing and bobbing about. And if you knew a bit more about them, you could dramatically improve your overall health, energy and well-being for the long haul.

    Perched beneath your pelvis, is a croissant-shaped treasure you likely know little about. Here to help you get acquainted with the power of your pelvic floor, is Dr. Belisa Vranich.

  • Listen in as we fill a few of the missing pieces and touch on anything that was missed, as well as more of Nadine's own wisdom for oral and overall health and well-being.

  • Listen in as Nadine Artemis and Tera discuss the key presenters in the TOOTH Summit and share a little about what to expect and watch for in this enlightening series of tooth truth-telling interviews with the world's leading daredevil dentists and renegade health heroes!

  • You curl your hair, spritz perfume, and prepare yourself, just in case today might be the day. You scope out the possibilities in the local produce section of your favorite health food store. You keep your eyes up, and hopeful, at the hardware store, the shopping mall, your friend’s birthday party, and while walking down the street, and though you do not mean for your optimism to wane, admittedly you sometimes wonder if maybe you’re just not meant to find “The One”--that special companion to walk by your side in love and life. Well before you hang up your glass slippers, sit back, and soak in the warmth and wisdom of one of the world’s foremost experts in matters of the heart. Katherine Woodward Thomas is here to share what it takes to call in the one you’ve been looking for. Katherine, thank you so much for being here with us, and welcome to WISH.

    Here's What You'll Discover In This Call: How to know when to take your friends' advice and when to ignore it The kind of support you really need to make your dreams and goals happen. Why we seem to get stuck in unhealthy or unproductive patterns of behaviour and how to break free. Where the work of calling in "The One" really starts and what it should look and feel like. How to find out what promises you've made to yourself or others that you may have forgotten about (but that are still subconsciously calling the shots on how you live!) The process you need to follow that will really help you make a breakthrough in the direction of love! And so much more!! Katherine could barely hold herself back in this call and it's loaded with juicy inspiration and wisdom to inspire you on the road to a love you deserve to have!

    To learn more about Katherine and her work, please visit her website here.

  • He leaves crumbs on the counter when he makes his toast, tracks mud into the house with his dirty boots, stutters when he’s nervous and snores if he eats peanut butter before bed. But you fidget with your fork, interrupt when you’re excited and stack your socks in perfect piles. What if the things that bug you, get your goat and secretly annoy you about the one you love, could also be their most endearing quirks and characteristics. If there’s any woman knows the world of love, finding it, keeping it and happily ever after, it’s Arielle Ford, and she’s here to talk to us about the wonders of “wabi sabi love.”

    In This Call You'll Discover: why a Japanese art for accentuating the imperfect can help you save and improve your relationship the inspiration you need to turn irritation and annoyance into heart-warming appreciation for others. beautiful stories that will make you melt your crusty considerations and learn to see the beauty in the rough. when "wabi sabi love" doesn't work--the conditions that shouldn't be just lovingly accepted and cannot be easily solved. stories and encouragement to help you keep love front row and centre in your life. fantastic examples of relationship foibles that were easily overcome with the wonders of wabi sabi love!
  • If you’ve ever felt too fat, too poor, too tired, too busy, too beaten down, shaken up or tossed inside out, then you know suffering.

    You may have noticed that when you stopped to blame your bank account balance, ex-boyfriend and the size of your thighs, things didn’t really change much. If, in spite of all you kind thoughts, good deeds and the very best of intentions, you still find yourself suffering, then lend an ear, pull out a pen and paper, and get ready to do ‘the work.

  • [Communication Summit] Dr. Marilyn Wedge: Pills Are Not For Preschoolers Before you let the well-ironed white coats of the world pull out their prescription pad with the promise of more compliance and cooperation in the classroom, how about you take the time to have a conversation with your child to find out what’s going on? How does she feel? What’s she concerned about? Was there anything she didn’t understand in class that might be causing her to feel distracted? When were things going well? What happened when it changed? When classrooms are over-crammed and moms are on the run chasing the eternal to list, some kids just aren’t getting the care in the classroom or the attention at home that they need. Here to help make sense of what’s really going on for some of our children and prove that pills are not for preschoolers, is Dr. Marilyn Wedge! Here's Just Some of What You'll Learn in this Call: The number one most important question to ask children who are having behaviour difficulties. Alternatives to medication for children who are being labeled "ADHD." How the pharmaceutical industry twisted definitions of childhood behaviour to make it a "disease." How up to 40% of school boys in some states are now highly-addictive, stimulant drugs under prescription from a doctor. Why communication is vital to resolving upsets with children and how to learn to see things from their point of view a lot more easily. The dangers of getting so busy with our "to do lists" that we forget "to do" the most important thing of all--engage in sincere, attentive and interested communication with our kids. Amazing stories of recovery from extremely upsetting behavioural conditions with children using powerful communication tools. How drug companies play on parent emotions to make more sales. The family structure necessary to keep kids happy and co-operative. The effects of fast-paced media on the confidence and well-being of children and families. About Dr. Marilyn Wedge

    You can learn more about Dr. Wedge here, and to make sure you're able to access all the calls in our Courage & Communication Summit, please sign up here.