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Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Host and Co-Founder

Jose Luis
Gomez Soler

Producer and Co-Founder

Together, We Are the Media

Since 2006, Future Primitive has been hosting intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators who speak about our connection and partnership with the Living Earth. 
We provide this content in order to advance saner and more compassionate visions of our future, guided by our remembering of ancestral wisdom.

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If you find joy and solace in the podcasts that we create, please consider becoming a Sustaining Member with a recurring monthly donation.   For more than 12 years, Future Primitive has remained free to listen to, as well as ad-free. It takes us many hours a month to schedule interviews prepare and edit, and thousands of dollars a year to sustain. Your support matters and we appreciate any help immensely!

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    Latest Episodes

    Gaia and Psyche

    Gaia and Psyche

    Andrew Fellows speaks with Joanna about: Anthropocene, the damage we are inflicting to the planet; the paralel between James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and Carl Jung’s theory of the psyche; the panpsychist view, on the rise; identifying the 3 mechanisms that block our transition to a regenerative culture; discovering Deep Ecology; the unique quest for wholeness, not perfection; the ecological religion of shinto; numinous encounters in Japan and Peru; psychedelics and the profound affinity for trees; evil as absence of goodness versus active principle; the essence of frugality; Brexit, the denial mode of nostalgia; the Chinese story of the bird that grew bigger and bigger..; unus mundus, the underlying unity of mind and matter; the wall of patriarchy and the rebalancing of the feminine, Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jacinta Arden; ecological crisis and meaningful suffering; joining the dots of individuation and deep ecology.

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    The First Psychedelic

    The First Psychedelic

    Mike Jay speaks with Joanna about: a history of the first psychedelic; a long history before Aldous Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception”: Chavín de Huántar, in the Peruvian Andes; the difference between Western approaches and indigenous approaches to these plants; collective, ecstatic bonding; the difference between Huxley and Sartre experiences with mescaline; being with the transfigured world, here and now; Merleau’Ponty and the embodied psychedelic experience; the difference between mescaline and the other psychedelics; the male bias in the Western psychedelic literature; a new generation of women in the psychedelic world; finding a solution beyond the war on drugs; meeting the plants in their own terms.

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    Our Maternal Lineage

    Our Maternal Lineage

    Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer speak with Joanna about: the need for healing our ancestral story; plant communication and ancestral lineage; the feminine rising in the embodied energy of our mother lineage; finding out who we are beyond trauma; the alchemy of menopause; the wounding of the feminine in men; the healing of the masculine and feminine in relationship; the synchronistic dance of working with the shadow and finding ancestral information; reconnecting with the palpable, nurturing earth energy of our ancestors.

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    Finding A Way Home Together

    Finding A Way Home Together

    Dougald Hine speaks with Joanna about: the genesis of the Dark Mountain project and the manifesto “Uncivilization”; facing the darkness about climate change and going beyond; recovering a sense of how to be a shelter to each other; facing the shadow of cultural poverty in our wealthy culture and finding a way home together; the everyday practice of hospitality and conviviality; the sacred emerging in a space that allows the articulation of darkness and despair; cultural rupture and prophetic words; the future begins at a shared table; imagination, politics and the unfinished struggle in our hearts; a hope that lies in the far side of despair; remembering the truth of initiation into adulthood as a culture.

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    The Path of Primordial Light

    The Path of Primordial Light

    Zvi Ish-Shalom speaks with Joanna about: the vast ground of our primordial nature; the direct experience of the Mystery itself; words and the mysticism of sound; healing together the scroll of humankind; his most profound experience of compassion; we are cells of the Earth being; waking up and waking down, the two poles of the spiritual path; the Celestial Mother and the journey of the individual soul; the Path of Primordial Light.

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    El Tiempo Está Vivo

    El Tiempo Está Vivo

    Gabriela Jurosz-Landa habla con Joanna acerca de:: una temprana afinidad con la cultura Maya; otra concepción del tiempo en la cultura Maya…y en la antigua cultura europea; el trágico resultado de la desconexión con la naturaleza en la cultura occidental; el calendario Maya Cholqui’j; el sentido cualitativo del tiempo; el día de nuestro nacimiento tiene una resonancia energética concreta con la naturaleza; todo está vivo y comunica con nosotros; “el que conoce su pasado conoce su futuro”; vivir armonizados con la esencia original.

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    Praise from Our Listeners

    Joe H.

    “thank you for these podcasts…OMG…I love you so much…thank you again…your spirit is so wonderful”

    Sara

    “Thank you for all the work you do.  I have been listening to your podcasts since last year and they have changed my mind and my life so dramatically, in such a REAL way.  I have become more real, more alive, more LoveIncarnate, thanks to your sharing your love and your passion with the world.  When I listen to your voice, I feel like I’m sitting in the room with you and your interviewees, and I feel wrapped in warmth and home and love.”

    Sir Pete A.

    “Dear Joanna, I know that you know the importance of your work with Future Primitive to the many lives it has touched.  and, “Brava”.  But there is a dimension to this body of work, because it is a “body of work”, that I am not sure you know the value of.  Because you are chronicling lives and values unique in this world, and you are doing it with the very words of those we need to remember.”

    Maryla

    I love your play with words and your love for words Joanna. Your comment: ‘this makes life bear-able’ – brought smile to my heart. Wisdom contained in our language when we hear deeply and hear every word. And playfulness. And who if not a bear in us has a strength to bear the unbearable that is happening now. 

    Naomi W.

    “I just wanted to thank you you Joanna for your amazing work on future primitive.These conversations have brought me much solace and comfort in a lonely place,whenever I hear your voice and the opening music to each interview I feel my whole body exhale and a sense of companionship with kindred spirits.”

    Michael G.

    “Thanks for all you work. You are making a difference.

    Timothy A.

    “Thank you so much for the gifts that are your website and podcast! It is wonderful to hear a gentle voice of wisdom amidst the inanities and din of the Internet. I listen to downloaded episodes of your interviews as I negotiate the highways of Atlanta, and am therefore able to arrive at work in a relatively calm state wherein I can begin to properly honor the day.”

    Irene

    “In 2010 I struggled with losing my job after 11 years, as well as several other personal difficulties that I still do not feel capable of writing about. That said, I wanted to tell you that I discovered your podcast in the midst of some of my most difficult days, and I found your interviews to be such a solace.”

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