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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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In this week’s episode Roshi Joan Halifax speaks with Joanna about: where fear and courage meet; healing the shadow in five human virtues; the survival of the kindest; a thread of consciousness across generations; learning in the gap between kindnesses; the importance of a committed community; united by suffering and kindness; the humility of open-minded curiosity; to come alongside; the metacognitive perspective; the edge of empathy; radical inclusivity; the multiple threads that weave us together; meeting futility with radical optimism.read more
In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Diana, the demonization of folk religion through a Latinized filter; the theme of devil worship as a way of explaining Pagan belief and practice; Herodias, the mythologization of the female villain; Holda the beneficent, a great Nature goddess; Frau Berthe and the time of the Old Goddess; praying to the Good Woman, a divine power that gives blessings to human beings and land; the Swan-footed Queen and Mother Goose; a substratum of folk divinity superseded by patriarchal order.read more
In this week’s episode Philip Shepherd speaks with Joanna about: our strength is in the matrix of all our relations; “con-sciousness”, knowing with others; the alienation in the fantasy of independence; body consciousness and the living world around you; the pulse and subtle guidance of the world; the prohibitions against the embodied experience of wholeness; resting in the pelvic floor; the foundation of intelligence is grounded sensitivity; the wound of separation between thinking and being; balance is a felt relationship; informed by a bottomless sensitivity; feeling the body as a resonator; moving into the dance of a new way of being.read more
In this week’s episode Leonard Higgins speaks with Joanna about: two major influences in waking up from the American Dream; the impact of climate change and the uncertain future of humanity; climate direct action before a situation of global emergency; the Climate Necessity Defense; “what is legal is not always right”; scaling back the use of fossil fuels and transition to alternative energy; shutting down the pipeline; living in times of radical uncertainty; committed to inspiring, nonviolent, prayerful civil disobedience; the three domains of the work to be done according to Joanna Macy; finding our place in the shift from industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization; doing something that get people more in touch with the emergency we are facing; being silenced about the intent of the pipeline shutdown; inspired by the prayerful protectors of Standing Rock.read more
In this week’s episode Itzhak Beery speaks with Joanna about: The upcoming Andes Summit, meeting the wisdom and healing of the elder Yachacks of Ecuador; the teachings of the condor; Ushai, the fifth Element; the healing sounds of the Andes; teaching deep wisdom through your body movement; opening the feminine heart in this new Pachakuti; a school where the indigenous children learn the ancient agricultural ways; the Three Sisters, a Nature teaching in interconnectedness; the Valley of the Dawn and three special mountains; sound and vibration, plant medicine ceremonies with the Tsachilas; the rich diversity of indigenous tribes in Ecuador; trating the untreatable; incorporating the shamanic system into Western medicine; experiencing another reality that honors the human condition.read more
In this week’s episode, Christopher Hill speaks with Joanna about: despair and hope in The Beatles’s “A Day in the Life”; the role of the Beatles in the shift from the fifties to the the sixties; the Beach Boys and the expression of adolescent longing; Bob Dylan, rediscovering the cultural diversity beyond the mainstream culture; the difference between American and English musical psychedelia; Pink Floyd and the Piper at the Gates of Dawn; the Rolling Stones and the traditions of the “Lord of Misrule”; Timothy Leary on the influence of the English visionary tradition on rock music; female power and grace, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane.read more
Praise from Our Listeners
“thank you for these podcasts…OMG…I love you so much…thank you again…your spirit is so wonderful”
“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.”
“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. “
“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.”
“Thanks for all you work. You are making a difference.“
“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.”
“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.”