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This podcast explores outdoor skills and the healing power of the natural world through the eyes of individuals who interact with it, including bushcrafters, naturalists, wildlife trackers, hunters and fishermen, homesteaders, bird enthusiasts, herbalists, indigenous people, academic researchers and more. This podcast is for anyone who has an appreciation for the outdoors, the skills necessary to live and travel in it comfortably and safely, and the ways that the natural world can benefit people who are looking to reconnect with nature, community, and themselves.

This podcast explores outdoor skills and the healing power of the natural world through the eyes of individuals who interact with it, including bushcrafters, naturalists, wildlife trackers, hunters and fishermen, homesteaders, bird enthusiasts, herbalists, indigenous people, academic researchers and more. This podcast is for anyone who has an appreciation for the outdoors, the skills necessary to live and travel in it comfortably and safely, and the ways that the natural world can benefit people who are looking to reconnect with nature, community, and themselves.

Location:

United States

Description:

This podcast explores outdoor skills and the healing power of the natural world through the eyes of individuals who interact with it, including bushcrafters, naturalists, wildlife trackers, hunters and fishermen, homesteaders, bird enthusiasts, herbalists, indigenous people, academic researchers and more. This podcast is for anyone who has an appreciation for the outdoors, the skills necessary to live and travel in it comfortably and safely, and the ways that the natural world can benefit people who are looking to reconnect with nature, community, and themselves.

Language:

English

Contact:

(928) 640-0585


Episodes

W&W Short #3 - Alie Nation Lyrics: Indigenous Mindset vs. Western Societal Mindset

6/22/2021
A short episode discussing the lyrics of the song "Alie Nation" written by the late John Trudell and performed by the musical group "The Halluci Nation" (formerly "A Tribe Called Red"). I offer a personal interpretation of the lyrics, discussing the two different mindsets one may adopt, that of an indigenous way of thinking which may lead to healing, connection, and sacredness, or that of a post-modern western societal way of thinking which embraces separateness, numb, trauma, and...

Duration:00:17:42

Evan Hill: Equipage - Practical Gear Tips for Safe and Efficient Wilderness Travel

5/10/2021
In this episode I sit down with Hill People Gear Co-founder, Evan Hill. Evan and I have a great discussion about the practical applications and philosophies behind gear selection and use as Evan discusses and expounds on the following topics: · The importance of gear and tools for humans from time immemorial · Otzi the caveman’s tool kit · The way gear and material culture can be a conduit for a spiritual connection with the environment · General considerations for choices of gear...

Duration:01:18:45

Tracking Series 08 – Brian McConnell: Hunting and Trailing Wildlife and CyberTracker Trailing Evaluations

4/12/2021
In this eighth episode of my tracking series I had the fortune to catch up with avid hunter, tracker, and CyberTracker evaluator Brian McConnell. In our discussion we cover a lot of ground (pun intended). Brian fills us in on his background as a young man being taught by his dad how to hunt in the Arkansas woods, then learning intuitively to trail deer, and finally, later in life, connecting with a class offering formal training in tracking techniques which helped him refine his craft to the...

Duration:01:21:17

W&W Short #2 - The Story of the Coyote Howl From My Intro

3/30/2021
In response to a question from a listener, I tell the story of where the coyote howl recording from my intro came from. It is a very special story, near and dear to my heart, and discusses my experience with a pair of coyotes while searching for a quality sit spot area. Stick around after the outro music to hear a 5 minute sample of all the coyote vocalizations from the story.

Duration:00:17:23

W&W Short #1: Introduction-The Sacred Order of Nature

3/15/2021
In this Wilderness and Wellness “Short”, I introduce the inaugural episode for a new format that I plan to start releasing and delve into a passage from Eckhart Tolle's "Oneness With All Life". Based on Eckhart's teachings in this passage I discuss the way that the thinking mind perceives organic natural spaces as chaos, whereas the quiet mind of "being" perceives a sacred order. I offer commentary on the importance of the "being mind" while in nature to develop a participatory relationship...

Duration:00:08:43

Dr. Doug Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope – A Grassroots Revolution to Create a Homegrown National Park, One Lawn at a Time

3/2/2021
Join me for a discussion with Dr. Doug Tallamy about a simple yet revolutionary way that we can save nature while building a relationship with it and gaining the health benefits of such an activity at the same time. With his extensive research background on the interactions of the plant and insect world, Dr. Tallamy skillfully teaches us: · The ecology of native vs. non-native plants and why maintaining native plants matters to the insect population. · how the health of the insect...

Duration:01:04:43

Tracking Series 07 – Tracking and Wildlife Conservation: US-Mexico Border Wildlife Study with Sky Island Alliance

2/4/2021
In this seventh episode of my tracking series I get out in the field with Bryon Lichtenhan of Sky Island Alliance to volunteer doing some work in gathering data for a border wall study that the conservation organization is conducting. In this journalistic style episode we learn from Bryon and the Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance, Louise Misztal, why wildlife migration corridors along the border are important, the threat that the looming border wall poses to these corridors, and how...

Duration:01:12:10

Tracking Series 06 – Filip Tkaczyk: Bird Language and Animism

12/7/2020
In this sixth episode of my tracking series I had the privilege to sit down and talk about bird language and animism with tracking author, instructor, and podcaster Filip Tkaczyk. Fil teaches us the intricacies of bird language, sharing foundational principles, stories, and examples of how we can tap into, and become a part of the communications of nature. The following topics, and more, are discussed: -The art of bird language, what it is, how it works, and how we can learn the secrets of...

Duration:01:12:25

Tracking Series 05 – Kyt Lyn Walken: Mantracking

11/18/2020
In this fifth episode of my tracking series I had the privilege of discussing the topic of mantracking and its applications with European mantracking instructor Kyt Lyn Walken. Kyt and I delve into the many ways that mantracking can be utilized, from survival scenarios to anti-poaching operations and so much more. We talk about the differences and similarities between wildlife tracking and mantracking, some historical situations where mantracking has been employed, and some resources for...

Duration:00:50:25

Tracking Series 04 - George Leoniak: Inner Tracking, the Art of Tracking the Self

9/29/2020
In this fourth episode of my tracking series I sit down with tracking practitioner, educator and CyberTracker evaluator, George Leoniak, to explore the concept and practice of “inner tracking”. Through his 20+ years of tracking, and mentoring with some of the world’s most skilled trackers, George has gained an in-depth understanding of tracking both the outer, and inner landscape. George guides us through the shady and sunny parts of our inner landscape, and along the trails of our souls,...

Duration:01:36:29

Michelle Wohlberg: Raised in the Bush, Survive in the Bush, Alone Show Season 6

8/31/2020
In this episode I sit down for a chat with mother, wife, survivalist, fishing and big game hunting guide, and Alone Show Season 6 contestant Michelle Wohlberg. Michelle talks about growing up in the Canadian bush hunting and trapping, the events leading up to and how she prepared for her time on the Alone show. Michelle gives us more details about her experience on the show and the mental and physical recovery she went through afterwards. She fills us in on her recent adventures as a...

Duration:01:21:20

Tracking Series 03 – Kersey Lawrence: Joys of Wildlife Tracking – Overview of the CyberTracker System of Evaluation and Education

8/11/2020
In this episode of my tracking series I am privileged to speak with Kersey Lawrence, who is currently the only female in the world that holds the certified highest level of skill with the title of “Senior Tracker” through the CyberTracker system. Kersey and I talk about her journey into a deep connection with the natural world and her foray into the world of tracking. Kersey discusses how the very practical, African style of tracking really resonated with her learning style and drew her to...

Duration:02:00:56

Tracking Series 02 – Tracking and Human Wellness

7/27/2020
In this second episode of my tracking series I delve more specifically into the ways that tracking contributes to human wellness. I talk about humans’ evolutionary roots within the cradle of the natural world and how this existence predisposes our bodies, minds, and spirits for more natural ways of being. I make the bold statement that it is my belief that tracking, and wildlife tracking specifically, is the most effective activity for reconnecting with the natural world and garnering the...

Duration:00:55:28

Kimberly Beck: Ecotherapy and Rewilding – Healing the Harms of Divorcement from Nature

7/13/2020
Join me for a discussion with ecotherapist, rewildling coach, and outdoor skills practictioner Kimberly Beck as we explore ways to reverse the ill effects of our divorcement from the natural world due to human domestication. Kimberly shares her nature connected background as well as healing experiences and epiphanies she had which led her down the path of learning the principles of therapy and how to facilitate a relational reconnection between people and the natural world. Kimberly expounds...

Duration:01:54:53

Tracking Series 01 – Introduction to Tracking, Basic Concepts and How to Get Started

6/29/2020
In this introductory episode for a series specifically about tracking, I introduce the concept of tracking by discussing what tracking is, why we as humans are all equipped to be trackers, why our history as trackers contributes to our capability to read words on paper, among other things, and the possibilities and feats of skilled trackers. I also discuss some basic terminology, talk about the meta-level questions of Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How, which outlines the various arts of...

Duration:00:52:09

Nikki van Schyndel: Becoming Wild, a Journey of Survival on a BC Island and on the Alone Show Season 6

6/15/2020
In this episode I reconnect with survivalist, wilderness guide, homesteader, instructor, and many more titles I don’t have time to name, Nikki van Schyndel. We talk about Nikki’s life, homesteading on a remote island in Echo Bay British Columbia, as well as how her story evolved from being a privileged city girl to roughing it while engaging in the world of wilderness living skills. We speak at length about her experience surviving with minimum modern tools on a wilderness island in B.C....

Duration:01:26:26

Mike Masek: Herbal Medicine and Community Herbalism

6/1/2020
In this episode I sit down for a conversation with Mike Masek, community herbalist, and educator who runs “The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies”. We talk about Mike’s journey into the world of herbs and his promotion of the concept of “Community Herbalism”. We talk about the efficacy of herbal medicine and the best way to approach it to gain the most benefits in light of our “cure in a pill” society. We also discuss ways to begin using herbs at home and methods for getting out to...

Duration:01:03:10

*Article Review* - Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let’s Start by Ditching “It”, by: Robin Wall Kimmerer

5/25/2020
In this episode, I engage in an article review of Robin Wall Kimmerer's (author of Braiding Sweetgrass) 2015 article entitled Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let’s Start by Ditching “It”. Through Dr. Kimmerer's words we explore the power of everyday language and a way suggested by Dr. Kimmerer to deepen our relationship with the more than human beings (animals, plants, trees) in the natural world by changing one single pronoun. Article Link Robin Wall Kimmerer's...

Duration:00:19:39

A Flock of Birders: The Joy of Everyday Birding with the Pawson-Ryan Family

5/18/2020
Join me for a discussion with the Pawson-Ryan family as they tell the story of their journey into the world of birds. We learn about David and how his friend Noel introduced him to birding which had a profound effect on him, causing him to do a complete about-face in his education track as a PhD candidate in engineering. We then learn about how David’s newfound obsession for birding slowly rubbed off on his partner Alison, and then quickly bled over to her parents and sister, giving them a...

Duration:01:16:49

Elena Harder: Overcoming Mental Illness, Bulletproof Mom, and the Healing Threads of Nature

5/4/2020
Interview with Elena Harder, Bulletproof Mom and mental wellness coach. Elena tells her inspiring story overcoming mental illness and the threads of nature connection that were her support along the way. We talk specifically about Elena’s intuitive use of a sit spot and the importance of creating personal spaces for mental wellness. Elena tells us about her journey, moving from Calgary, Canada to Mexico on a whim with her young son in tow. She also regales us with her story of taking up van...

Duration:01:17:49