Are you looking at our society racked with disconnection, poor mental and physical health, social injustice, and the wanton destruction of the natural world and asking yourself, “What can I do?” Join experimental anthropologist Peter Michael Bauer as he converses with experts from many converging fields that help us craft cultures of resilience. Weaving together a range of topics from ecology to wilderness survival skills to permaculture, each episode deepens and expands your understanding of how to rewild yourself and your community.
Rewilding Cities Through Place-making Permaculture w/ Mark Lakeman
City landscapes are perhaps the most decimated and human centric habitats in today’s world. These landscapes are in need of thoughtful rewilding. Cities are some of the most domesticated places, but also positioned in some of the most historically fertile places. Cities were built where they are, because these places had access to a diverse array of resources. Many think rewilding means running away to the wilderness–but that’s not the case. For one, this is not a practical reality for most people. Two, because of their prime location and social capital, cities are both ripe for, and in desperate need of, rewilding. Permaculture, with its inspiration and core principles deriving from more regenerative sedentary, delayed-return societies such as indigenous horticulture, can be an effective tool for the urban rewilder. Using permaculture for place-making, becoming a part of your place, is a great way to start this journey. To talk with me about this today is Mark Lakeman.
Mark is the founder of the non-profit placemaking movement and organization known as The City Repair Project. He is also principal and design director of the community architecture and planning firm Communitecture. He is an urban place-maker and permaculture designer, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst in his very active commitment to the emergence of sustainable cultural landscapes everywhere. Every design project he is involved with furthers the development of a beneficial vision for human and ecological communities. Whether this involves urban design and placemaking, permaculture and ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services, Mark’s leadership has benefited communities across the North American continent.
City Repair Project
Maya Forest Garden, by Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Photo by Greg Raisman
Support the show
Rewilding Your Connection to the Land Through Stories w/ Jason Godesky
The longer a culture exists in a place, the more stories they have of that place. These stories act a way for people to interact with the land where they live and also act as social filters for how to perceive the land as well. Stories also engage people with the landscape through their imagination and when linked to a physical activity can make the connection more embodied and enjoyable. Humans learn through play, and playing with stories can be a great way to reconnect ourselves with the landscape and its inhabitants. To talk with me about this on the podcast, is a returning guest, Jason Godesky.
Jason Godesky is an independent tabletop roleplaying game designer and world builder. He and his wife Giulianna Lamanna are the creators of the Fifth World, an open source shared universe that imagines what the future that we in the rewilding community want could look like.
The Fifth World
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? By J. Edward Chamberlin
Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache by Keith H. Basso
Support the show
Hunting and Gathering Like a BOSS w/ Randy Champagne
There are few opportunities for people living in modern contexts to experience what life would be like living in a band of hunter-gatherers. While there are still several cultures in the world living this way, most are protected from outsiders through organizations like Survival International. While rewilding isn’t a synonym for primitive living, or a total return to hunting and gathering societies, we can learn a lot about how to live in a regenerative way through contemporary hunter-gatherer societies, as well as experiences that can replicate aspects of those societies. Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) in Utah is one such place to get a taste of the immediate-return hunting and gathering experience. I recently attended their Hunter-Gatherer course, and here to talk about it with me is one of the core instructors for that program, Randy Champagne.
Originally from Michigan, Randy found his way to the deserts of Utah after taking a survival course that sparked his love for the wild. He has been at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School since 2008 where he’s been teaching and practicing ancestral and modern survival skills. His passion is in traditional hunting and gathering techniques. He was a participant on the television show ALONE, testing his skills solo on Seasons 2 and 5 on Vancouver island and in Mongolia.
Randy Champagne Instagram
BOSS Hunter-Gatherer Course
Support the show
Rewilding as Anti-Fascism w/ Cara Delia Schwab
Fascist ideology has been on the rise, with a calculated effort on the part of fascists, to infiltrate environmental movements. Rewilding has seen its fair share of this over the years. As a return to our egalitarian roots, rewilding is the political opposite of fascism. And yet, there are foot holds of sort, within the ideology and world view that fascists can exploit for their own gain. To protect ourselves from this fascist creep, we need to be aware of it and also aware of the problematic aspects of where our own ideologies can be misconstrued to lead us astray. In this episode I’m chatting with Cara Delia Schwab.
Cara is an anthropologist with a masters degree from the University of Heidelberg. Her thesis was on racism and resistance through media and art in the US. She went back to school to get a B.A. in social work and has been working in that field since 2015 (with immigrants and refugees mostly). She is a “wilderness” instructor in training with Wildnisschule Odenwald. Her plan for the future is to teach foraging classes through her business www.wildnisliebe.de. She has an allotment garden, where she grows her own food. Her ideal life would be writing and spending the rest of the day outside somewhere weaving baskets and working with her hands.
Cara Delia Schwab
The Rise of Ecofascism
Hierarchy in the Forest
Mothers and Others
The Lies That Bind
No Politics But Class Politics
Support the show
Community Rewilding in the City w/ Sharon Kallis
In this episode I’m talking shop with my friend and colleague Sharon Kallis. Sharon facilitates a community organization similar to Rewild Portland in Vancouver BC called Earthand Gleaners Society. She is an award winning artist who focuses on fiber arts through a locavore lens, by growing, foraging, and gleaning raw materials and processing them into fiber and weaving them into finished products. She is known for her community art installations wherein she connects people to their place through creative collective works of art, often with garden waste, invasive species, or other locally available materials. Her book, Common Threads: weaving community through collaborative eco-art, was published by New Society Publishers in 2014 and is used in many post secondary programs as a model for creative engagement in shared green spaces. I met Sharon through our shared passion for using invasive species for arts projects. As fellow community organizers within an urban rewilding context, Sharon and I often converse to share ideas, commiserate over similar challenges that we face, and celebrate our successes. In the following conversation you’ll get a bit of all three of those as we discuss the ins and outs, and triumphs and failures, of running community rewilding organizations in the city.
Sharon Kallis Instagram
Earthand Gleaners Society
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Support the show
Never Alone w/ Woniya Thibeault
On this episode I am once again chatting with my friend and colleague Woniya Thibeault. This episode contains spoilers for the television series ALONE, of which Woniya has been a contestant on twice. If you haven’t watched season 6 or Alone Frozen, I recommend doing so before listening.
Woniya came in second place on ALONE season 6, and more recently won half a million dollars when she came in first place on Alone Frozen. Both times she brought a rewilding, relational perspective to her experience and to the public. However, when creating a show there is always a lot that ends up being edited out. To increase awareness for her journey and to teach the public more lessons that didn’t make it onto the show, Woniya wrote a book titled “Never Alone” about her experience on Season 6 of the show. Woniya has always been someone who has inspired me through her dedication and passion for living in a way that is more connected to our ecologies. In this conversation we talk about her new book, her experiences, survival challenges, and more.
Never Alone by Woniya Thibeault
Support the show
i started with episode 6 with dr leonard martin and since then, i’ve listened to a few episodes. each listening my mind is opened a bit further. ideas about collapse, the sixth extinction, rewilding are presented with care and depth. personally i had never heard of some of these ideas before, but the deep resonance in my body tells me that these are just names to experiences that we have already been living through. in a sense, it’s comforting to talk about the crisis we’re living through with openness. it reminds me that to be scared or to grieve is understandable and healthy. and for giving some contextual understanding to what we’re living through, i am so grateful.
enriching and inspiring
peter is an incredible host - knowledgable, engaging, funny and passionate. each guest shares wonderful insights and information. truly enriching and inspiring. my new favorite podcast!
Love the flow of the conversation, great audio quality and unique guests with refreshing perspectives