17 episodes

Mindful nature connections for everyday life: the podcast features timely practices for uplifting, heart centered and transformative experiences with nature. Our mission is to bring people and the world of nature closer by interviewing leading edge contributors about nature based wellbeing, greater balance and sense of belonging within the web of life. We hope to spark many moments of heartfelt connection between people and nature beings everywhere.

One in Nature Pamela Wirth & Kat Novotna

    • Health & Fitness
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Mindful nature connections for everyday life: the podcast features timely practices for uplifting, heart centered and transformative experiences with nature. Our mission is to bring people and the world of nature closer by interviewing leading edge contributors about nature based wellbeing, greater balance and sense of belonging within the web of life. We hope to spark many moments of heartfelt connection between people and nature beings everywhere.

    Full Circle Living: a Harvesting Conversation

    Full Circle Living: a Harvesting Conversation

    A lively conversation with farmer Haleigh Christ while picking a crop of green beans at a  biodynamic Black Forest farm.  As her two toddlers play underfoot and farm life bustles all around, Haleigh shares about day to day life as a regenerative farmer and the important personal choices on the path towards harmony with one's life-affirming values.
    The topics of this episode include:
    Why food is possibly our most significant connection with the ecosystem
    The difference between organic and biodynamic farming
    The carnivorous wonders of healthy soil
    Living in tune with the cycles of life
    From consumer to ecological co-creator

    Haleigh Christ is a regenerative farmer living and farming in Southern Germany.  She lives with her husband and two children on a bio-dynamic community farm, which does its best to live in harmony with its ecosystem. She lives passionately for strengthening communities and ecosystems through empowerment of the individual within the whole. Her current focus is in building a community supported agriculture program to extend the farm's current self-sufficiency onto others. She is excited for the future and believes that we have endless opportunities to connect and heal through food!
    To learn more about the place, humans and animals check out www.klosterhofsitzenkirch.de

    Quotes and references mentioned by Haleigh during the conversation:
    Michael Pollan (Voting With Your Fork)
    Zach Bush, MD
    René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician, scientist. (1596-1650)
    David Hume, Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian. (1711-76)
    Dugald Stewart,  Scottish philosopher and mathematician. (1753-1828)
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    Weaving Voices and Visions: The Nature Talks 2022

    Weaving Voices and Visions: The Nature Talks 2022

    The mission of The Nature Talks is to remedy pandemic-induced separation with a one of a kind online gathering that is designed to transmit the warmth and uplifting sense of participation one can experience at an in-person event.
    The 2022 edition will explore 'The Web of Life' with contributors  from many different different fields and a wide variety of backgrounds.
     A panel of many internationally recognized speakers share topics that range from nature inspired creative arts & music, life affirming regenerative projects, research-based perspectives to somatic practices and ancient human wisdom teachings. 
    Listen to this backstage conversation with  The Nature Talks creators, Manuela Siegfried, Geeta Stilwell and Pamela Wirth, who come together as a team from Portugal, Costa Rica and the US.  
    The conversation topics include:
    Why it's so important to spend time with like-hearted, like-minded community 
    How shared experiences encourage, strengthen and support us
    What does it mean for each of us to be part of the Web of Life?
    How The Nature Talks are evolving

    To learn more about The Nature Talks, please visit   https://thenaturetalks.com
    Hosted by Kat Novotna
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    • 19 min
    Walking the Web of Interbeing With Your Heart

    Walking the Web of Interbeing With Your Heart

    Amos Clifford is one of the most influential global contributors in the world of forest therapy. He was among the first to introduce the practice of forest bathing  in North America and founded the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy,  which has trained and certified over 2000 guides in 60 countries.

    Join Amos on a stroll through the Joshua Tree desert as he explains the philosophical foundation for his lifelong work as a guide: a practical vision in which humanity lives in close, creative alliance with the earth. 

    In Amos’s insightful story, each person's individual genius holds a part of what's needed for our species to evolve beyond crisis into wholeness.  The  specific skills and craft of a guide are a vital asset on the journey to discover the forgotten, wilder parts of the self and build a reciprocal relationship with the sentient intelligence of the earth.  
    The topics of this conversation include:
    The wisdom tradition of guiding.Why our current times are especially calling for guides.Why we are never separate from nature.What to do when nature isn’t a comfortable place.The power of curiosity to create meaning and relationship.Nature connection in every day life.At the end of the  episode Amos Clifford shares a  guided forest bathing practice: 'Walking the Web of Interbeing with Your Heart'.

    Amos Clifford is the author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.


    Book titles referenced in the interview:

    Spretnak, Charlene. Resurgence of the Real.
    Plotkin, Bill. Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche.

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    • 36 min
    Disentangling ADHD Tangles: Sentinels in Green Biomass.

    Disentangling ADHD Tangles: Sentinels in Green Biomass.

    Listen to Dr. Samuel Dismond explain an evolutionary perspective on what is commonly called ADD/ADHD. This evolution story recasts the so-called dysfunctions of ADHD as unique ultra-functions possessed by Sentinels. The story begins 100,000 years ago as our DNA became fixed as Homo sapiens. Within small primitive groups, the round scanning awareness of the Sentinel bloodline featured critically in the history of group survival.
    Dr. D graphically illustrates how our very recent modern circumstance differs from our origin times. Our modern world has become a series of boxes connected by lines from kindergarten to career. These edges and squares can be challenging for the round awareness of Sentinels. Nonetheless, it is very possible for Sentinels to thrive and find themselves ‘in the right place, at the right time’ in their life.
    The topics in this interview include:
    Scientific parts and mysterious stories meet when our “quiet brains meet green biomass”.What is a Sentinel?Not a deficit but rather a valuable genetic variant: a new way to understand ADHD.The powerful effect of green, natural environments on our brain.Why modern life has become a series of lines and boxes.How nature walks can untangle the tangles of life stories.At the end of the episode Dr. D shares an evidence-based breath work technique  to help slow down and absorb while walking through green nature.

    Dr. Samuel Dismond III, MD MBA, specializes in treating adults with ADHD. He provides a patient-centered approach and believes in the importance of the patient-doctor connection. Dr. D has been practicing as a  general physician for 32 years. He got his MD at the University Of Michigan Medical School as well as an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. D is a lifelong practitioner of qigong.


    A list of background references quoted in this episode:
    Bohm, D., & Fowler, D. R. (1978). The implicate order: a new order for physics. Process studies, 8(2), 73-102.
    Brown, E. R. (1980). Rockefeller medicine men: Medicine and capitalism in America. Univ of California Press.
    Clarke, R. A., & Eddy, R. P. (2017, May). Warnings: Finding cassandras to stop catastrophes. Ecco. 
    Darwin, C. (1909). The origin of species (pp. 95-96). New York: PF Collier & son.
     Diamond, J. (2011). Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed. Penguin.
     Diamond, J., & Ford, L. E. (2000). Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 43(4), 609.
     Hill, R. A., & Dunbar, R. I. (2003). Social network size in humans. Human nature, 14(1), 53-72.
     Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan.
     Mandelbrot, B. B. (1963). The Fractal Geometry of Nature. New York: W. H. Freeman and
     Starr, P. (2008). The social transformation of American medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry. Basic books.

    Trammell, J. (2014). " The Anthropology of Twice Exceptionality: Is Today’s Disability Yesterday’s (or Tomorrow’s) Evolutionary Advantage? A Case Study with ADD/ADHD". In A Critique of Creativity and Complexity. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
    Visuddhimagga. The Path of Purification. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/PathofPurification2011.pdf
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    • 55 min
    Loving Earth Unconditionally

    Loving Earth Unconditionally

    An insightful deep dive exploration with global forest bathing advocate Ben Page into the philosophy and evolution of forest therapy. Ben discusses how at this time of big ecological challenges many voices and practitioners all over the world are contributing to a reshaping of our human perspective on and relationship with nature; and what it can be like to love the earth no matter what.
    Some of the topics in this episode:
    From a discovery of deep emotional reciprocity to a remedy for stress related illness: the many aspects and development of forest bathing.Nature is a gateway to wholeness through the imaginal sense: reality is so much more than we can see, touch or count.Equal dignity of being is a requirement for unconditional love.What’s missing from most activities that give back to nature and save the earth. 

    Ben Page is a  global forest therapy advocate and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. (June 29, 2021)

    Ben is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2015. During his tenure as a trainer and mentor of guides, Ben has trained hundreds of guides around the world. From 2017-2020, he also served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.


    (Book reference:  Lost Knowledge of the Imagination by Gary Lachman)

    Hosted by: Pamela Wirth and Kat Novotna
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    • 25 min
    Yoga, Nature and the Mystery

    Yoga, Nature and the Mystery

    In this conversation with Helene Gibbens we explore:
    Why Yoga and forest bathing  help us to break down perceptions of separation and experience greater intimacy.Is forest bathing the “new yoga”?How sensory nature journeys can be spiritual practice.The word YOGA is from ancient sanskrit, meaning 'to join' or 'to unite'. It first came from India to the west in the late 19th century and gradually became a broadly known aspect in western society; now being taught in many gyms, community centers and schools.  
    Some have wondered if forest therapy could be the “new yoga” and one day become a mainstream way for people to engage with the world of forests, rivers and mountains, thereby influencing the way we think and feel about our relationships with the more than human world.
    In this episode, Helene Gibbens shares how the practice of yoga raises our awareness of self, others and of the sentient life surrounding us.  She shares how her long journey as a yoga practitioner  transformed the relationships in her life and eventually awakened the desire to also engage with the sentient beings of nature in more fulfilling ways.
    She speaks in simple,  relatable language about the philosophy of yoga, which states that a universal intelligence  pervades all existing life forms; and how yoga prepared her to embrace forest bathing as a path to experience intimate states of one-ness and interconnectedness with all forms of  life. 

    Helene Gibbens has been living in northern New York for two decades, teaching yoga, wellness and meditation in surrounding communities. After growing up in Montreal, she found her heart yearned for greener landscapes. Settling in the Adirondack Park in 2009, she found "home".  She took her yoga practice out of doors and yet, there was still a yearning for a different way to relate with the forests and rivers outside her door.  She became a certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide and feels privileged to share with others the practice of Forest Bathing through guided nature sensory immersion experiences.  She also enjoys yoga practice and meditation, skiing, hiking and gardening.

    Hosted by Kat Novotna and Pamela Wirth
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    • 25 min

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DaniSubi1 ,

Unique and resonant!

Communion with nature is real and this is one of the few places that talks about it! Love how this podcast dives into experiencing nature in a soulful, deep way, pretty cool insights!

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