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Modern Folk is about creating the world in which we want to live by addressing the problems of the day with solutions that involve collaboration, local economy, and robust food systems. It is about the health of individuals, families and community. It is about respecting the Earth and deepening our connection to our elders, ancestors and spirituality. Modern Folk is about dreaming for the future generations, as past generations have dreamt for us. Visit www.modernfolk.net

Modern Folk Travis Wiggins

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Modern Folk is about creating the world in which we want to live by addressing the problems of the day with solutions that involve collaboration, local economy, and robust food systems. It is about the health of individuals, families and community. It is about respecting the Earth and deepening our connection to our elders, ancestors and spirituality. Modern Folk is about dreaming for the future generations, as past generations have dreamt for us. Visit www.modernfolk.net

    018 Charlotte Dupont: Human Design

    018 Charlotte Dupont: Human Design

    Charlotte Dupont is an Intuitive Human Design guide and through her 1-1 sessions, she guides people back to their true authentic selves through the system of Human Design and intuitive channeling. Charlotte began studying Human Design in 2017 as a means of self-exploration and reprogramming subconscious beliefs; it changed her life. Charlotte has read over 250 human design charts and conducts remote 1-1 sessions from her home in Bend, Oregon. 
    Cosmic Profile:
    Sun in Gemini
    Moon in Aquarius
    Ascendent in Virgo
     6/2 Emotional Projector 
    Website: http://www.charlottedupont.com/
    Social Media: @charlotteldupont
    Scheduling: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=15794648
    Travis Wiggins 
    Human Design Chart
    Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.comTheme music by Lee Rosevere
    Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.dremilywiggins.com

    • 1 hr 42 min
    017 Tyler Sharp: Modern Huntsman

    017 Tyler Sharp: Modern Huntsman

    Tyler SharpModern Huntsman
    Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.comTheme music by Lee Rosevere
    Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.dremilywiggins.com

    • 1 hr 23 min
    016 Bend Forest School: Nature Immersion Education with Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren

    016 Bend Forest School: Nature Immersion Education with Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren

    Around Our House:
    Well, here is a final update on my experiment to ditch my smartphone and convert to a simple cell phone with no data and no apps. It was all going ok enough, I was still communicating with the world, though more slowly and quite cumbersomely. The audio on it was quite terrible, as can be heard on episode 14, where I used my speakerphone to interview Luke Cirillo at Out of Ashes Farm. The camera was horrible and I never used it. I couldn’t figure out how to load music files and listen to them. Texting was functional but slow, and group texting was not an option,  which I realized put me out of the loop on conversations between family and friends both. Those are all the bad things. The best thing about that crappy phone was that it didn’t connect to facebook, instagram or email. I was thankful for that and I am grateful for some of the new habits and boundaries I have created around these platforms. My crappy phone recently died after getting soaked on a particularly wet day of spring skiing. I was glad I still had my old Iphone. The minute I reconnected it, I myself felt more connected, which is truly a weird thing to me. For the foreseeable future I plan to use my iphone and approach the technology with respect and healthy boundaries.
    In other news, Emily and I recently filled our freezer with local meat. We purchased a beef box from Vaquero Ranch at the recommendation of our friends David and Meagan from Boundless Farmstead. Their beef box is a great product and it doesn’t demand quite as big a financial commitment or freezer space as a quarter, a half, or a whole cow. With the box you get a variety of cuts from ground beef, to steaks, roasts and stew meat. The price is fair, the transaction was personal and friendly and the quality of the meat is top notch.  Also this last month we purchased our half hog from the good folks at The Great American Egg in Powell Butte Oregon. We had signed up for a butchering class, where we would have been hands on in breaking down our half hog and preparing it for our freezer. I was bummed when the class was cancelled due to Snowpocalypse 2019. Central Oregon Butcher Boys ended up doing the work for us. They provide a great service and do an excellent job. If you have a farm raised or hunted animal that you need butchered in central Oregon, these are your guys. 
    So I read a really interesting book this last month. It is called Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness. The author, Thomas Cowan, is a medical doctor with over three decades experience working as a pediatrician. Dr Cowan talks about how the goal of the extensive vaccine program suggested by the CDC is to provoke an immune response, and that is precisely what we are seeing with the alarming rise in the rate of autoimmune illness and chronic disease in children. These conditions include food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma and autism.
    Dr Cowan also talks about what we deny our children when we vaccinate them and protect them from the opportunity to aquire certain illnesses in childhood. Childood illnesses such as the flu, chicken pox and the measles and their accompanying fever, are rites of passage of sorts for a childs immune system. This is something that I feel is often anecdotally reffered to, knowledge that exists as an old wives tale of sorts. Dr Cowan explores the science behind how the immune system develops and the difference between immunity conferred by vaccines versus immunity acquired through illness.
    This information is particularly relevant currently in Oregon, where HB 3063 is being hurried through State Legislature. This bill aims to mandate full compliance with the CDC vaccination schedule for children in Oregons Public and Private School Systems. I urge families to do some research into the implications of this before they offer their support for t

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    015 Sherri Mitchell: Sacred Instructions, Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

    015 Sherri Mitchell: Sacred Instructions, Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

    IntroductionWelcome, new moon, new Modern Folk. I am very excited for you to hear my interview with my guest today. I recently had the honor of connecting with Sherri Mitchell, the author of the book Sacred Instructions. If you know me well personally, or listen to this show, then you have heard me talk about Sherri Mitchell before. Her book and her teachings have inspired me deeply and changed my life and I am extremely excited to share our conversation with you. But first, here is a brief update on what Emily, Clemence and I have been up to..
    If you are listening to this on the release date, March 6, then perhaps you have set some intentions for yourself during this time of opportunity and new beginnings. If you are listening to this at some other time….well then hello from the past. As i have mentioned several times, Emily and I have committed to doing a 3 day cleanse every new moon this year. We take this time to clean up our inputs…..omitting coffee, alcohol, processed sugars, grains, dairy. And also taking more time for individual and family reflection and goal setting. This is basically replacing the 2 or three week cleanses we often do once or twice a year. This also represents a tangible step towards our goal to physically, spirituality and emotionally orient ourselves to real and observable phenomena around us.  Releasing this podcast on new moon is another step in that process, one that i had overlooked, but that was recommended by my friend and previous guest on the show, Allison Murphy. These are subtle changes, in practice and in perspective, but they feel good.
    Hunting. I have been researching hunting quite a bit lately. I am a complete newcomer to hunting and there is a lot to learn. I find the whole idea of hunting both exciting and intimidating. There is also the choice of bow or rifle. I am pretty sure I have settled on bow hunting for this first season. I have gone back and forth on this many times in my mind. Ultimately though, everything about bow hunting feels like a better fit for me. Typically, bow season is late summer/early fall so it isnt quite as cold out, which in my mind makes for more pleasant time in the woods. Bowhunting requires a more intimate knowledge of the animal being hunted. I like the idea of learning more about the animals I am hunting. This really goes back to the idea of orienting to the natural world around me. For much of my life i have been oriented to the seasons in a very different way. When i was a kid, summer was when the swimming pool was open and we would visit the grandparents. Winter was when we would cross our fingers hoping for now days to cancel school and we would build forts with sticks and leaves left behind from autumn. As an adult, winters have been for skiing, all the other season are for mountain biking. Summer used to be for climbing road trips. I used to think there were only rumors of Elk in the forests of oregon, i sure never saw one from my mountain bike or on a hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Now I am learning that the elk are up there, but they are smart and observant and stay far away from the areas where me and most everyone else from Bend is recreating. So yes, hunting….I hope to use it as a means to understand the seasons and the land and how I am part of the whole thing rather than just a spectator, consumer, or recreator. The same can be said of our efforts to grow more food here in our yard.  Again, small changes, big lessons and better late than never.
    It is snowy and snowing outside currently in Bend. The last couple weeks have shown us that winter did not forget about us. However, Spring is just around the corner and I am looking forward to getting outside and pruning my trees. I love pruning trees but i always feel like I have taken off way too much. My friend Megan over at Boundless had some recommendations for my trees, I sh

    • 1 hr 16 min
    014 Luke Cirillo: Regenerative Pig Farming at Out of Ashes Farm

    014 Luke Cirillo: Regenerative Pig Farming at Out of Ashes Farm

    Around our house:
    Well, my mom Margaret was in town for a little over three weeks in January. She came to visit with Emily and I yes, but truthfully she was here to be a grandma. She goes by Mimm and our daughter Clemence loves her. I think Mimm was the mom called her great aunt. It is a pretty good grandma name I feel. Anyhow, having my mom around definitely reinforced just how wonderful it is to have support when raising a family. Neither Emily or I have any family in central Oregon. So far, our work schedules have been such that we have not needed any childcare, and for that we are so thankful but it is a busy life and having Mimm around gave us time to work on our home, see some friends and have some dates together.
    It seems ironic, hypocritical, or something like that to me that I simultaneously talk about the importance of family and elders so much on this show, but also live so far away from my own family. I think about it all the time. One thing I talk and think about is the individualism and the sense of entitlement of younger generations, including myself. I take full responsibility for striking out on my own when I was 23 and moving all the way across the country leaving my family and the place I grew up to move to a place where I new no one, had no community. At the time, that move was fueled by a need to get out of the suburbs and out of the city, towards the mountains, like minded people and a slower pace of life.
    15 years later I still feel those initial imperatives, but things have changed a bit. While the initial draw to this place was mountain bike trails, snowboarding, and rock climbing I have since truly fallen in love with the people, the forests, and the land. I have been inspired and drawn in by the work people are doing in the Northwest to build vibrant small businesses that are responsible to their communities. I am watching as my friends follow their dreams to become farmers, artists, musicians, healers, and advocates for social change. Many of them have been featured on this podcast.
    So anyhow, I miss my family so very much, but I don’t think that I could ever move back closer to my family and keep my sanity. I know that there are people doing similarly great work in Atlanta and probably all over the country, and I would love to hear more about it all, I just haven’t seen it and felt it the way I do in the northwest. I would like to think that everyone feels that way about where they live. I hope so. I hope that when people look around they are proud of what their neighbors and community members are doing. I would really love to hear more about other people feelings around these ideas. I know that so many of my friends have moved away from their homes for various reasons. When you step back and evaluate it all, what do you feel? Or if you are living where you grew up, what do you feel about that? What connection do you have to the place where you put your roots? Is it one that you are fond of? I often wish that I was generations into a place, and reaping the rewards of longstanding connection to a place. What does that feel like? So yeah, this is just me thinking and feeling out loud, kinda canoeing in the sea of my own individualism and entitlement and trying to make sense of it all. Fun stuff huh???
    We recently had a gathering to celebrate the January Wolf Moon Total Lunar eclipse. The gathering was great. A handful of friends joined us around the fire to ponder the heavens and give thanks. We didn’t, see the moon however. It was too cloudy out. I thought it was a bummer, but my friend Cathasach informed me that historically it may have been considered a bad idea to look directly at such celestial events. So perhaps things worked out just as they should have.
    Right about the time of the release of this show Emily and I will be doing our second new moon cleanse of the year. This is just a qui

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    013 Carol Delmonico & Casey Davis: Living in Intentional Community

    013 Carol Delmonico & Casey Davis: Living in Intentional Community

    Around Our House:
    I recently went out and visited Higher Ground intentional living community here in Bend Oregon. While there I sat down and had a chat with Casey Davis and Carol Delmonico, two people who have made Higher Ground their home and their community. This was a really interesting conversation that I have been looking forward to for a long time, stemming from my own dreams to live in, or maybe even create, an intentional community. If you are interested in learning more about the ins and outs of living in community with others, what that means, what it looks and feels like, then you are in the right place. Stick around for the second half of the show. But first, here is what Emily, Clemence and I have been up to for this past month….
    Since I last sat down to record an episode Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Years. We have been spending time reflecting on what the holiday season means to us, and a large part of that has been centered around gratitude. One thing Emily and I have incorporated into our daily practice is closing out our day by having a talk about what we are grateful for. It is usually the last thing we do before we turn out the lights and go to sleep. It has been a really nice reflective practice and it has felt especially pertinent during the holiday season.
    Another things that Emily and I have been talking more about is deepening our practice of spirituality and celebration that is tied to the cycles of the sun and the moon, as well as the observable changes of the seasons, the changing behavior of the plants and the animals according to these cycles throughout the year, and how all of this affects us and makes us feel. We have each always had deep personal connections to the natural world and a greater energy in the universe but now we are really trying to come together to understand one another’s beliefs and feelings and find traditions that we can share with our daughter and our community.
    For starters, we have committed to doing a new moon reset with each new moon for 2019. Mostly this will entail paying particular attention to our diet during the days around each new moon. We will be omitting sugars, caffeine, alcohol, grains, and dairy. I’m sure there are other things as well, but those are the ones that come to mind. We tend to eat pretty well around here, but we thought that we would use the cleansing and renewing energy of the new moon to renew our commitment to eating well and respecting our bodies each month. The next new moon is January 6th, which is Sunday by the way, in case you listen to this in time and care to join us.
    Also, coming up later this month there is a total lunar eclipse early the morning of January 20th. I am planning on getting up around 4:30 am and starting a fire in my back yard to observe the eclipse. I find total lunar eclipses to be amazingly beautiful. I remember the first time I really watched one closely and felt like I was observing the moon for the enormous celestial sphere that it is, a giant rock rotating the earth, rather than a glowing disk of light in the sky. That was a powerful moment for me and one I always enjoy reliving with total lunar eclipses. Anyhow, I have invited some friends over for 5am lunar viewing at my place. If you didn’t get the invite and you want to come and are in the area, let me know!
    And finally, I have been busy with family time. Enjoying the company of my wife and my daughter and our wonderful community of friends. This winter continues to be all that I hoped, rest, reflection, gathering with friends and family, as well as some time outdoors. There has been lots of planning and dreaming in this time of the year as well. One of the Big Dreams we cannot stop talking about is how to create a community living situation for us and some of our closest friends. The more we talk about it, t

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A podcast with hopeful perspective

Being surrounded by so much creativity in Bend, I forget that their are many places in the world where people are not as focused on sustainable, local, passionate goals. Travis has this way of coming to these topics with wonder and discovery of how we are and can truly be evolving as humans back to a way of life that is more connected to spirit and the earth in this modern time. I particularly love his humbleness and curiosity, and I enjoy hearing the more intimate and vulnerable journeys of the interviewees.

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