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This is a conversation about the future. About creating a culture that values tomorrow. We reckon a slower, simpler, steadier existence is the first step - one that’s healthier for humans and the planet. We call it Futuresteading. Each month we chat to people prominent and humble in food, farming, health and environment, gathering practical advice and epic solidarity - so we can all nut this thing out together. Join our nitty, gritty, honest and hopeful convo every Monday during our 10 episode seasons.Support the pod by shouting us a cuppa >>> buymeacoffee.com/futuresteading

Futuresteading Jade Miles

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This is a conversation about the future. About creating a culture that values tomorrow. We reckon a slower, simpler, steadier existence is the first step - one that’s healthier for humans and the planet. We call it Futuresteading. Each month we chat to people prominent and humble in food, farming, health and environment, gathering practical advice and epic solidarity - so we can all nut this thing out together. Join our nitty, gritty, honest and hopeful convo every Monday during our 10 episode seasons.Support the pod by shouting us a cuppa >>> buymeacoffee.com/futuresteading

    Become a creature of the planet with INDIRA NAIDOO

    Become a creature of the planet with INDIRA NAIDOO

    Following the shocking & heartbreaking death of her younger sister Indira leant into grief with the help of the natural world. She formed a deep friendship with a tree, learnt the power of self trust & became conscious of death in a way that led her to see puddles as portals into another world.
    Despite the genesis, this conversation is joyful & powerful.
    Show Notes
     Forced  to be present - the pressure is off Living the now is how the body and mind forces you to be in grief"The ‘now’ is not muddied by the past or the expectation of the future"Tackling the big topics and being prepared to sit with loss, grief and unexplained emotionsDiscovering that the answers to all the questions sit within you if you're prepared to lean into the discomfortDiscovering it's possible to feel closer to people in death than in lifeThe forgiveness that comes with deathDeliberately seeking the wondrous memories to overcome the sadnessBecoming much more contented and grateful in the face of griefLive while you are alive and don’t die until you are dead - suck the marrow out of life Why the fuzziness has been taken out of life - she is rarely not sure anymoreLearning to listen to herselfLearning to make your backyard your worldWhy her tree is her favourite place on earthWaiting for a generation before we see the impact of our actionsBy being still you realise you're not separate from nature but part of it.Why she no longer sees where her skin ends and the bark on the tree begins Let’s go fly a kite togetherReminding people to seek healing capacity through natureFinding ways to create a sense of boundless space Understanding the impact of the colour greenAllow yourself to be where you areTrust how you’re feeling, what makes you feel betterThe varied faces of griefWhy acceptance wasn’t enough - seeking meaning is the next phaseLearning we are in ‘the line’ Becoming livened by the idea that death won’t elude any of usDiscovering how much knowledge is already in your DNA - but learning how to unlock itUnlearning ‘being the one with all the answers’Spending time with people who are “experts in life”Stepping away from manufacturing experiences Discovering intoxication by being aware of the nature around me rather than the addition of stimulantsThe power of observationBecoming conscious of the subtle nuances in life Being drawn to the force of a treeBaby steps to bring change NOW to open a crack of light in lifeFind the time to build magic into your lifeReferences
    The Space Between the Stars - Indira Naidoo
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    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
    Nutrisoil
    Wwoof Australia
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    • 46 min
    Woodstock Flour talking about the last frontier of the local food system

    Woodstock Flour talking about the last frontier of the local food system

    Do you know where your grain comes from... the farmers name... how they grow it? Woodstock flour are doing their level best to change the last frontier via the power of building relationships and connecting. Join Jade and Courtenay as they get gritty on grains and hear why we need to value its diversity and regionality just like  we do wine or cheese. 
    Show Notes
    Why food production is the avenue to create the most significant environmental changeFinding a way to fit into the family farm as the 2nd generation via a stone mill & farmers marketsGetting people to think about their grain consumption as they do their veggies or fruitVenturing onto their own farm in RutherglenDiversifying & de-risking as part of the succession planMaintaining identity in the succession processBuilding a farm business that is totally collaborative & openly shares knowledgeThe importance of transparency in building a movementThe power of open minded, interactive relationshipsBuilding a business via the lens of socio-political factorsLand ownership & its connection to class & race - privilegeFacing the confronting reality of land ownership on unceded landCSA model for grainsCovid experiences of customer demandsOpen Road ProjectEducation about true cost of food & reconciling the inaccessibility of this realityThe journey of creating a path to market from scratchThe value of putting yourself into things regardless of financial return in the short timeHolistic management Collaborating with community is often an opportunity to connect with land, find joy through connection to others & learn from all that’s around usAcknowledging the slow pace of us as humansHow do we get the next generation interested in food production?The beauty of rural communities being accepting of each others ways & thinking Finding solidarity in the wine growing communityRising early to paint - no excuses, no interruptionsDefining business roles in a small family business Being deliberate about the daily decisions to ensure balanceHow her painting complements her businessBookending the day at the dinner tableReferences
    Woodstock flour website
    Food Connect in Brisbane
    Open Food Network
    Kirsten and Serenity Futuresteading Interview
    Tivoli Road Bakery
    Holistic Management
    Riverina Organics Growers Group
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    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
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    • 57 min
    Claire Dunn - Rewilding our soul with the Natures Apprentice

    Claire Dunn - Rewilding our soul with the Natures Apprentice

    What would it be like to rely solely  on yourself, lean into ecological literacy, to really notice the changing patterns of the season & offer yourself the time it genuinely takes to live intimately with the earth . Claire  tells of her pathway to  following a calling to initiation - a need to let her social identity rot away on the forest floor & go into a place of deep introspection. Spurred by a  primal knowledge that we are living in a world with a deficit in:  nature, elders, community, ritual & skills, Claire is rewriting her story & rebuilding the culture around her to become one of eco awakening - it starts with something as basic as an intentional 'wander' or journaling & accepting awkwardness as we relearn the art of village building using pan cultural tools like rhythm, percussion, scent, song, body movement, repetition, nature noticing,

    Show Notes
    Spending a year off grid, alone, connecting to her human identity
    To do what I could to be a voice for the voiceless
    Her psyche turned towards a deep interconnectedness which heals the rift between the human soul & nature
    The constant flow of the forest sees an intruding human as a benign presence
    Rewriting her patterns of productivity, structure, 
    Growing from a solo wolf into a community being
    Why she never felt lonely when in the bush
    Learning the art of community generated & self designed ceremony which links nature & culture
    Vision quests - multiple days along in a wild place. A way to mark a transition that's already happening. A strong ceremony with an element of ordeal which humbles us & marks us porous to some of the quieter conversations.
    Deep adaptation is what we’re needing. How can I live well on the land, in community with a thriving culture with wisdom around the journey of adolescence to adulthood. Reclaiming what we've lost, what we've buried but reclaiming culture in a contemporary setting.
    Hunter gatherers challenge - eating only what you grow, forage or bartered
    Feasting on community through intention, dedication, time, conflict, conversations
    Grief as a community builder 
    Sparking ourselves through rewilding - a full expression of our animus being - creativity, love, vision, vitality, quiet, deep attuned listening, 
    Removing abstractions from our ability to connect to our life support systems - our embeddedness with the web of life
    “Don't ask what the world needs of us, ask what makes you come alive and go do that because what the world needs most right now is a population of people who are alive”
    References
    Natures apprentice
    My year without matches
    Rewilding the urban soul
    Joanna Macy - Active hope
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    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
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    Wwoof Australia
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    Kristine Harper - Seeking a sensorial existence

    Kristine Harper - Seeking a sensorial existence

    Sustainability is not just what you consume. It's a deeply fulfilling way to be in the world.  We ask why we can’t just build arks & sail away with a few privileged like minded people & instead define value in seeking a sensorial life w a connection to place & community. Since moving to Indonesia Kristine has learnt that  you can’t count in minutes & hours the value of what you produce, she has watched her little boy learn to read nature & that when you unlearn some things it gives you space to learn new things. 
    Author of Anti Trend. Kristine is a Dane now living in Bali, with a long and celebrated career in Design  Tech. Her research focuses on sustainable product design, philosophical aesthetics, aesthetic nourishment and above all else the social and ecological responsibility of the design world.
    Show Notes
    Throwing it all in & moving to Bali for a new family lifeRecalibrating from a design first approach to a minimalist existenceSo many discarded things in our world - deems things valuelessFocussing on permanence rather than short termismStarting by understanding your aesthetic & pleasure preferencesAvoiding dogma and rules for evolution towards regenerationLooking to designers to take responsibility for what they put into the world How life altering it is to be outside all the time in her tropical lifeHow going barefoot & being out-of-doors connects you to your surroundingsConvenience is the biggest sinner in the face of a sustainable existence Embracing friction & rawness. Avoid smoothness & convenienceChoosing a path that is not just ‘saving ourselves’Preserving ancient traditionsSeeking craft made over mass producedBuilding rhythms that nourish youThe value of journaling & repetition of actionsPassing skills of slowness onto the next generationSeeking out the challenges & avoiding the instantaneous Seeking richness that ritual brings without being labelled with terms like wokeFinding products that are charged by the hands that hold them rather than the machines that spew them out Following intuition to make big decisionsEeking space in order to let creativity flourishHaving to unlearn in order to embrace a subsistence existenceReframing the industrial paradigm for a life with meaningWorking 9-5 is not suited to the majority of humans.Unlearning a work ethic & finding peace with being active but not focussed on ‘output;Seeking a sensorial existenceCeremony - Full moon, new moon, harvest, take on a more indigenous way of navigating lifePhysiological response to the broader happenings Her little boys ability to read natureWhen you unlearn some things it gives you space to learn new thingsReferences
    Anti Trend
    Green School
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    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
    Nutrisoil
    Wwoof Australia
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    • 56 min
    Anthony James - Learning to listen for regeneration

    Anthony James - Learning to listen for regeneration

     As the host of the the 'regen-narration podcast, listening, learning and storytelling is this mans lens.  Join us in getting comfortable sitting in silence while we wait for the insights
    With an intent for working collaboratively and creating a community of care, this conversation is flowing and abstract, reflecting on our life of fat, comfort and ease while we need  to to embrace the discomforts of our future - learning new skills to navigate a world without rose coloured glasses while maintaining action and hope that is meaningful and uplifting.
    Show Notes 
    Why his podcast is its own entity Why he is as curious and hopeful as all heckMeta narratives of the regeneration movementHow communities are used as political pawns and divided when actually we are stronger when unitedWhat he imagines life will be in 50 yearsWhy he believes our future is not yet written  Elite structures are the abstractions blocking all of us from connection to countryWhat he is doing to get around the colonial abstractionsFinding what it is you can bring to others and offering it with generosityHow can we all implement the things we are learning to the way we live our livesBuilding a community of people Navigating the complexities of human-ness in our efforts to rebuild our communitiesCreating a Community of carePrioritising the living systems - not just supplanting the current paradigm solutionsOwning and claiming your own storytelling narrative - be in it, share it, connect with itRemoving binary thinkingRevelling in the space of head/heart truthOur mind (the way we think) is based in biological reality and so is the way we feel - how can we chart a holistic, intuitive, experiential way forwardMore of us are going to feel the sharp edges of climate impactThe power of the in-betweenWhile we’re nothing on our own we are magnificent as a sum of the partsMinimising intellectual explanation and leaving room for a felt experienceIt’s time to come together across cultures, across words, across knowledge barriersOur divisions are usually accentuated by the powers that beReferences
    Regennarration podcast
    Kim Ngyuan - Conversations with coalminers about climate change
    Amanda Cahil - the Next Economy
    Paul Hawken
    Damon Gameau - Regenerate Australia
    Tyson Yunkaporta - futuresteading interview
    King Stingray - indigenous band

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    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
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    Sandra Henri - making that ONE DAY define the rest of your life

    Sandra Henri - making that ONE DAY define the rest of your life

    Summary
    What can weddings teach us? To be intentional, to build ritual, to connect with our community, to co-create celebration, to build co-relational practices. Weddings are the perfect ‘on ramp’ for people to consider their long term shift for the way they live their life - its feel good activism that's fun, love filled and purposeful.
    Show Notes
    Creating a wedding carbon calculator Her aha moment on the ground in Malawi The average western wedding costs $35k Incorporating more giving into our weddings Using weddings as a chance to give backThe fundamental lack of sustainability mindsets in the wedding sphereCreating a day that represents peoples truth Rewriting wedding cultureCovid weddings - smaller, simpler and more meaningfulReverse the wedding plan design to build from the basics upA midday nap = successEnough is living a life where I can look after myself, my family and my mental health Learning to be satisfied with who we are within ourselvesThe more grateful you are the more generous you are Building your community through your weddingWedding ritualsCoregulating by placing a hand on each others heart and breathing togetherCocreating the wedding with your communitySlowing down and honouring the ceremonyRepeating the wedding rituals with a small group of special peopleWeddings are one of our very last traditions and this means it carries much weighty expectationThe smaller weddings are more intimate and allow more room for open emotional vulnerabilityWeddings that don’t follow the rules but create their own patternsEnsuring that you are awake and heard by each other not just on your wedding day but for a lifetimeThe way you celebrate your wedding day is the foundation for the way you will spend your life togetherIf the wedding planning is all driven by the bride does this set the tone for the relationshipHaving the hard questions about values alignment before you get to the altarReframing value and reconnecting multi generations - yearning to recreate traditional connectionsShared stories across generationsUsing our privilege to share knowledge and action resilienceReducing travel and guest size is the single greatest way to reduce a wedding footprintAvoid imported flowers opt instead for ‘slow flowers’Not letting pinterest be the guide but the seasonsThink about every decision you make as something that can regenerate, sustain or degenerate something or someoneSmall weddings are more relaxedDefining a united vision and purpose of something thats greater than yourselfReferences
    Less stuff, more meaningWedding footprint calculatorPodcast partners ROCK!
    Hidden Sea - Wine that saves the sea
    Nutrisoil
    Wwoof Australia
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