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Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Host and Co-Founder

Jose Luis
Gomez Soler

Producer and Co-Founder

Jacob Aman

Co-Host and Producer

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

    The Heart of Incarnation

    In this week’s episode Lee Irwin speaks with Joanna about: we need a more complex theory and appreciation of reincarnation; the collective influence in reincarnation; writing about reincarnation in the West; reincarnation and resurrection; opening to a trans-temporal perspective; karma and living according to your values; participating in the deep imagination of the world; transmigration, reincarnation in a more-than-human world; psychedelics and the new spiritual syncretism; a deeper remembering of what it means to be human.

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    A Language of Consciousness

    In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about the chapter dedicated to the runes in her book “Witches and Pagans”: her newest book “Deasophy”, traditional images to contemplate and color; a broad range of meaning for the word “rune”; runes and ceremonial acts; cliches about the witches have basis in archaeological records; the origins of the word “heathen”; the modern reclamation of the Old Religion; Europe was wilderness; the mystics in the trees; the effect of language on the way we think; historic examples of the magical use of runes; haliorunnae, the women who commune with the ancestors; singing to remember.

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    Small Acts Matter

    In this week’s episode Justine Willis Toms speaks with Joanna about: the grace to keep the wonder and awe active in our life; imaginal cells coalescing together for tghe betterment of the planet; deep exploration and healing through psychedelics; Nature is all about fierce celebration; social and political engagement rooted in spiritual practice;  interviewing as a spiritual practice; the enlivenment of ecstatic singing together; bringing our fullness and gifts to the world.

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    A Holistic Economy

    In this week’s episode Helena Norberg-Hodge speaks with Joanna Harcourt-Smith and Jacob Aman about: a  deregulated global system, responsible for every problem we face; the economic shift in the West in the last thirty years; growing things organically is more efficient; millions of initiatives connecting producers and consumers; the great hope lies in the people’s movement; rebuilding face-to-face cultures and deep connection with Nature; everyday indigenosity; a decentralization that understands ecological and human realities;; creating a way of life where people and planet matter; we need a holistic view helping us to create political, community and personal change.

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    The Medicine is the Teacher

    In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks with Jacob Aman and Christine Marie at the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival: the lack of cultural context for LSD in the 60s; the emergence of psychedelic consciousness through the mushrooms; fifty years of engagement with ethnopharmacology; psychedelics from a co-evolutionary perspective; plant intelligence emerging in the world stage; we are symbionts with eberything on Earth; the urgent need for non authoritarian, genuine, spiritual experience; the essential message from ayahuasca to Dennis; ayahuasca, beyond the biomedical model; intriguing perspectives at La Chorrera.

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    A Deep Unified Reality

    In this week’s episode Jude Currivan speaks with Joanna about: a mystic and scientist walking between the worlds; the Universe, a coherent, unified entity; we are microcosmic co-creators; all reality has a purpose and a meaning; celebrating the diversity of oneness; children of Gaia; divine sparks of the cosmic fire; a dynamic, patterned in-formation of the world; the Big Breath; through the birth pains of a new awareness of reality; an ancient, poetic description of fractals; empowerment from a place of transpersonal awareness and compassion; consciousness and information are taking center stage.

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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.”