Frankly Over-Caffeinated - Frank Giglio #137

I’m thrilled to have my friend Chef Frank Giglio back on ReWild Yourself Podcast! Frank is an incredible chef who creates innovative dishes utilizing wild, local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. A fellow Mainer, he and his family live on an off-the-grid homestead called Three Lily Farm where they are committed to living harmoniously with their local ecology.

In this conversation, Frank and I have a great time chatting about all things hunting, gathering and farming. We share personal stories about our hunting and gathering experiences and discuss everything from invasive species to learning new skills by volunteering to how Frank makes coffee and so much more! 

Cross Your Threshold — Into the Unknown - Petra Lentz-Snow #136

“…The modern day renewal of rites of passage is essential not only for the health of the individual, but also for the health of our communities and for the planet." -School of Lost Borders

Petra Lentz-Snow has guided vision fasts and wilderness rite of passage programs for over 20 years and is currently serving as Co-Director and Board Member at the School of Lost Borders. A rite of passage is a ceremony or ritual that marks a transition into a new life stage. Some rites of passage occur naturally over the course of your life and others are brought about by crisis or a significant change in your life. The modern day renewal of rite of passage ceremonies, initiated by organizations like the School of Lost Borders, gives us the opportunity to intentionally step into our lives more fully and reclaim our indigenous soul.

In this episode, Petra gives us an in-depth look into the purpose and process of rites of passage, both naturally-occurring and intentionally sought out ceremonies, such as guided vision fasts. She takes us through the many different types of rites of passage, discusses why crisis is crucial for growth and shares about the role of the natural world in rite of passage.  Enjoy, and be prepared to soak up Petra's deep, healing wisdom throughout this conversation.

Nature’s Interconnected Lesson Plan - Chris Morasky #135

Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. After many years spent living in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah, Chris left his primitive lifestyle and transitioned to living in the metropolis of Los Angeles. Through this experience, Chris has gained a unique perspective on the intersection of ancient skills and future technology, and he’s here to tell us why it’s essential for humanity to understand how to merge the wisdom of our ancestors with the ideas and technology of the future.

In this episode, Chris encourages us to look at the bigger picture philosophies of ReWilding. While learning how to tan a hide and start a friction fire are valuable skills, the true purpose of ReWilding can sometimes get lost in these minute details. Chris shares how we can use primitive skills, nature connection and indigenous wisdom as doorways to healing and gaining a better understanding of our interconnectedness.

Human Milk is the Human Norm - Jennifer Grayson #134

"Scientists mapped the human genome a decade ago, but we still haven’t mapped what’s in human milk.” —Jennifer Grayson

Jennifer Grayson — breastfeeding mother and author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy — has made it her mission to find out how & why we've moved away from breastfeeding as a society and to identify what needs to happen for human milk to once again become the human norm.

In this eye-opening conversation, Jennifer takes us on a journey through the timeline of our attempts to re-create breastmilk and the industrialization of feeding our babies. While breastfeeding has been making a comeback in the last few years, this natural, ancestral practice is still considered controversial and taboo in our society, and Jennifer shares what we can do to help normalize breastfeeding once again. From the sexualization of breasts to the risks of not breastfeeding to the lack of societal support for breastfeeding women, we cover a lot of ground in this interview. Tune in for an education on our first and most fundamental experience as human beings.

Mirror Neurons, ShapeShifting & the Body Map - Simon Thakur #133

Simon Thakur is the creator of Ancestral Movement — an approach to embodied practice aimed at radically transforming and expanding the sense of self, by exploring and rediscovering patterns of movement and awareness that are part of our species’ history, both recent and ancient. 

In this episode, we explore how to open up the realm of infinite expression with our bodies through a basic understanding of mirror neurons, body-mapping, comparative anatomy and animal mimicry. While that might sound complex, Simon explains that "As we explore, we find that the body is full of layer upon layer of extraordinary, ancient, ancestral power – four billion years of adaptation and embodied knowledge – and we start to anchor this understanding of shared ancestry and vast evolutionary timescales in the actual feeling of the body itself."

Simon encourages us to become aware of the structural and behavioral similarities we share with other living creatures through developing our sense of empathy and body awareness. We also discuss the current status of the Australian indigenous lifeway and how to learn to understand the language of nature. Tune into this fascinating conversation with Simon Thakur to learn more about the possibilities of your own human animal.

The Gateway Bug - Johanna Kelly & Cameron Marshad #132

"Two billion people in 80% of the world’s countries consume insects as part of their daily diet, and entomophagy has been practiced by those cultures for thousands of years.”

In today’s bonus ReWild Yourself Podcast episode, I talk with the creators of the new documentary film The Gateway Bug, Johanna B. Kelly and Cameron Marshad. Johanna and Cameron are passionate about entomophagy and its potential to massively improve the sustainability of our current broken food industry. During the making of The Gateway Bug, they learned the ins and outs of the booming American edible insect industry, and they give us an inside look into the current landscape and what we can expect in the future. I hope this interview leaves you inspired to begin including edible insects in your diet!

Sex Life by Design - Jaiya #131

My friend — and one of our most popular podcast guests — Jaiya is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast for a conversation on seduction, desire and turning on your primal sexual pilot light. If you tuned into our last show, you’ll remember Jaiya breaking down the five Erotic Blueprint types (and if you haven’t heard this one, check it out here). In this episode, Jaiya shares how you can use her Erotic Blueprint framework to fine tune how you seduce your partner and yourself!

Jaiya divulges some intimate stories on how she worked through her personal traumas and how she maintains vulnerability in work and sex. We also get into some strategies for how to keep things spicy in a long-term partnership, and even discuss navigating non-monogamy with your committed partner.

Jaiya shows how designing your sex life with intention can ignite your inner passion and ripple outwards into all other areas of your life!

Winter Playlist: ReWilding Movies - Daniel Vitalis #130

During the winter season, we tend to spend more time indoors. This winter I’ve been spending my indoor-time honing some ReWilding skills — such as my hand drill practice (friction fire), tending to my fishing lines (for ice-fishing), and processing foods from the fall harvest. My partner Avani and I like to watch a movie, documentary, or episodic show while we carry out the rhythmic processing of our acorns into flour. While there’s some obvious irony in the idea of using modern media to “inspire” ReWilding, video has all but replaced the stories told by our elders around the fire each night. I am always on the hunt for fresh, inspirational media and thought I’d share a few of my favorites — some new, some old — with you! 

The Multi-Orgasmic, Sexually-Empowered Woman - Kim Anami #129

Popular ReWild Yourself Podcast guest Kim Anami returns to the show for a conversation on how self love and acceptance can catalyze sexual healing and allow you to harness your sexual energy. Ladies (and the men who love them!), this episode is for you!

In our modern culture, women have been told a story about their sexual, orgasmic potential that, frankly, is just not true. Kim and Daniel share their experiences — from both the female and male perspectives — that portray a very different picture of female sexuality: the multi-orgasmic, sexually-empowered woman. In this episode, you’ll hear about the power of the tantric path, breast care best practices, self-acceptance, female ejaculation and more. 

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!

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?

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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