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The Good Life Revival Podcast documents the growing back-to-the-land movement of the 21st century, sharing stories, knowledge, and perspectives encountered on the path back to nature.
Join host Sam Sycamore in exploring the ways that we can align our core values and our daily habits towards a more sustainable, ecologically conscious way of life.
-How do we live life on our own terms in this era?
-Is it possible to heal our domesticated minds and bodies by healing our degraded landscapes?
-What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land really look like, and how do we pull it off in a practical, realistic way?
-What is "the good life," and how do we attain it?
These are the kinds of questions that we aim to answer - or at least to discuss in a compelling way!
Visit thegoodliferevival.com to learn more.

Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading Sam Sycamore

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The Good Life Revival Podcast documents the growing back-to-the-land movement of the 21st century, sharing stories, knowledge, and perspectives encountered on the path back to nature.
Join host Sam Sycamore in exploring the ways that we can align our core values and our daily habits towards a more sustainable, ecologically conscious way of life.
-How do we live life on our own terms in this era?
-Is it possible to heal our domesticated minds and bodies by healing our degraded landscapes?
-What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land really look like, and how do we pull it off in a practical, realistic way?
-What is "the good life," and how do we attain it?
These are the kinds of questions that we aim to answer - or at least to discuss in a compelling way!
Visit thegoodliferevival.com to learn more.

    72. What are you doing with your life? Or; Angels and Demons at Play

    72. What are you doing with your life? Or; Angels and Demons at Play

    What are you doing with your life?

    What are you trying to accomplish? Where is this all going?

    Do you even have a goal?

    Do you have a retirement plan? Do you have a savings account? What happens when you get sick? What are you going to do when your truck breaks down on the side of the road?

    When are you going to become a productive member of society?

    • 13 min
    71. The Art of Inner Tracking with Luke McLaughlin of Holistic Survival School

    71. The Art of Inner Tracking with Luke McLaughlin of Holistic Survival School

    Luke McLaughlin doesn’t want to teach you wilderness survival skills. He wants to guide you through the process of remembering your ancestral human nature.

    Make no mistake — though he’ll tell you that the technology typically amounts to little more than “playing with bones and stones,” these rhythms and motions that our ancestors honed across countless millennia can show us what it really means to be a human animal — an integral participant in the ecological unfolding of a place.

    The beauty of this practice lies in its immediacy, and its universal applicability: whether your local jungle is composed primarily of plants or concrete, these primal living skills are accessible to all of us.

    For episode 71 of the Good Life Revival Podcast, I caught up with Luke to discuss his recent transition from rural woodland living to the mean city streets of Asheville, North Carolina.

    What does it mean to be a primitive skills instructor in the heart of the city? Though Luke’s work these days is primarily focused on the hard skills, he also brings to the table many years of experience in wilderness therapy, so he knows how potent wildcrafting can be as a tool for emotional and spiritual self-improvement.

    The main thread running through our conversation is the art of “inner tracking” — the mental and emotional skillset required to navigate through our own conscious experiences in a world that’s fundamentally misaligned with our animal nature.

    It’s always a pleasure to hear from Luke, and I really enjoyed our “cross-pollination” here, to borrow from his vocabulary.

    Stream and download episode 71 at the top of the page, or listen through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play! Don’t forget to subscribe!

    NEW! To hear my final thoughts on our conversation, check out this bonus podcast episode exclusively for Patreon subscribers:

    71.5 - A Self That Touches All Edges

    To learn more about Holistic Survival School and Luke’s immersive Deep Remembering program, click here.

    Check out my photo tutorial on eating acorns right here.

    Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for Libro.fm using my referral link!

    All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.

    • 1h 5 min
    70. How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

    70. How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

    The acorn is one of the most common and ubiquitous nuts you’re likely to encounter almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere in autumn.

    Somehow, tragically, the vast majority of people on Earth today think of acorns as little more than “squirrel food,” despite the fact that they are easily rendered edible for humans after some basic processing.

    In fact, if we lived in anything approaching a sane, rational culture, acorns would be a staple in our daily diets around the world, as ordinary as white bread.

    Thankfully, there’s no massive cultural paradigm shift required in order to reclaim this delicious and highly nutritious ancestral food in your own life.

    All you need is time, patience, and some basic guidance through the process.

    That’s where this podcast comes in: for episode 70 of the #GoodLifeRevival Podcast, we’re going to review everything you need to know to begin gathering and eating acorns this season!

    Along the way I will answer questions like:

    Why would anyone want to eat acorns?

    What’s the difference between white oaks and red/black oaks?

    What is the best method for gathering, and how can you tell if an acorn is no good?

    How do you remove the tannins in order to make acorns edible?

    What’s the best way to prepare acorns to eat?

    And much more!

    Nothing brings me greater joy than teaching others how to make use of the common wild foods found all around us throughout the seasons.

    I truly believe that sharing the knowledge of how to eat acorns is one of the most valuable things that I can do with my time, and I hope that this audio tutorial will turn you into an evangelist for the cause, too.

    This episode serves as a great example of the kind of tutoring I offer on a one-on-one basis through my Wild Food Mentorship — there’s still time to apply before the October 31 deadline, but spots are filling up quickly! Be sure to submit an application here if you are interested.

    Stream and download episode 70 at the top of the page, or listen through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play! Don’t forget to subscribe!
    Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for Libro.fm using my referral link!

    All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.

    • 1h 1m
    Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

    Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

    By popular demand, my Wild Food Mentorship is returning for its second year, beginning this November!

    The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019. Don’t delay!

    Head this way to fill out an application:

    http://www.thegoodliferevival.com/mentor

    For this session I will be taking on no more than 20 students for 12 weeks of in-depth, one-on-one tutoring to teach you everything you need to know to get started gathering some of the most abundant wild foods found all across your local landscape throughout the year.

    This takes the form of three monthly one-hour consultations along with weekly email check-ins, in which we will:

    Discuss positive plant ID and all aspects of gathering, processing, cooking, and preserving wild foods

    Review best practices for ethical, sustainable, and regenerative foraging

    Explore the taxonomical, evolutionary, and ecological relationships between plants

    Custom-tailor a seasonal foraging plan for you

    Connect you with resources specific to your region

    And more!

    This program is offered on a sliding scale in order to make it available to the greatest number of people.

    Space is limited and I expect all 20 spots to fill up this year, so be sure to apply today!

    • 11 min
    69. Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

    69. Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

    Whether the status quo is prepared to admit it or not, climate change is not some mysterious future event looming on the horizon — it is already happening, here, now.

    So: how will you choose to respond?

    In this episode of the Good Life Revival Podcast, I revisit last week’s topic of climate change grief, and whether we ought to let go of the hope of salvation in favor of taking direct action to brace ourselves for what we know we can reasonably expect from a severely disrupted global climate.

    One crucial part of the process of preparing ourselves, I believe, is to reckon with our emotional reactions to what is unfolding in front of us. To deny the pain that we all feel when we observe the open wounds on the land that we walk upon is to numb ourselves to reality — to continue, in vain, to build a wall between ourselves and the natural world which sustains us.

    Acknowledging and confronting the seemingly insurmountable pain of a dying planet should only imbue our work with that much more urgency.

    Drawing from the writings of Steven Martyn, Kat Anderson, Trebbe Johnson and Donna Haraway, I make the case here that what we need now more than ever are visionary new myths to guide us towards novel ways and means of co-creation with the land.

    We do ourselves no favors by merely hoping for a better world, or praying that our leaders will miraculously change course — recognizing that top-down solutions have failed to materialize, the time has come for us to begin self-organizing in the interests of preserving and regenerating whatever is within our reach.

    All the while, we must not be afraid to stare down the very real existential fear that looms in the background. You are justified in your fear, but it is no excuse for inaction. You don’t get to choose what problems you face in life, but you can always decide how to feel about them. I hope you’ll join me in this difficult but necessary work.

    Bibliography:

    Anderson, M. Kat. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources

    Haraway, Donna J. Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

    Johnson, Trebbe. Radical Joy For Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places

    Martyn, Steven Elliot. Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-Creative Agriculture

    All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.

    • 47 min
    68. Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

    68. Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

    We’ve analyzed the data. We’ve seen the models and the projections. The facts are grim, and the reality on the ground (for some, not all — yet) is even grimmer still:

    Global anthropogenic climate disruption is leading to social and political unrest as it causes ecological instability and begins to render regions of the planet inhospitable to humans.

    Worse yet, recent history tells us that scientists knew essentially everything we needed to know about the catastrophic severity of climate change by 1988, when corporate interests in the United States successfully waged a campaign to suppress the truth and ensure that no action would be taken.

    And still, thirty years later, no action is being taken, despite the fact that within this period — my lifetime — we’ve pumped more carbon into the atmosphere than in all centuries prior.

    Are we ready to begin seriously grappling with the notion that…

    …Maybe it’s too late?

    What happens when we allow ourselves to grieve over a war that’s already been lost?

    How does our perspective shift when we begin the difficult work of accepting that what’s done is done, and that there is perhaps no such thing as “saving the world” or “solving the climate crisis” after all?

    I mean; you’re not just going to like, give up, are you? Are you going to wait around for someone else to do something about it?

    What do you believe in? What is worth fighting for to you?

    When we begin to accept that our planetary trajectory has already been set by forces well beyond our control, and allow ourselves to grieve over what’s been lost and what will be lost, then a different sort of action becomes all the more critical.

    Far from engendering apathy, I believe that accepting the reality of our ongoing climate catastrophe is a resounding call for visionary creativity, and for radical, unconventional action at the individual and community level.

    Because what many people seem to miss is that the steps you could take to improve your life today — better caring for yourself, working to foster community resilience, regenerating land and treading lightly on the Earth — are the very same things that may enable you to weather the unforeseeable storms on the horizon.

    When we accept the reality that it’s too late, we begin to see the importance of radical, decentralized action. Not because we believe we’re going to save the world and solve the climate crisis; but because we have good reasons to believe that what’s bad will continue to get worse, and that every single one of us may potentially face a situation, or many situations, in the not-so-distant future when our resilience is challenged, whether randomly or routinely.

    Even if that day never arrives, we will still be better off for our efforts to rebuild, reconnect, and do whatever we can to protect what’s not yet lost — if for no other reason than the Earth is worth fighting for, to the very end.

    • 37 min

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