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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.

In Memoriam

Joanna Harcourt-Smith

January 12, 1946 – October 11, 2020

Showtime Film:
“My Psychedelic Love Story”

Released on November 29th, 2020

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Latest Episodes

Protecting the Living Earth

Protecting the Living Earth

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.

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The Andes Summit

The Andes Summit

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.

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The Sound of Freedom

The Sound of Freedom

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.

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An Intelligent Cosmos

An Intelligent Cosmos

In this week’s episode, Ervin Laszlo speaks with Joanna about: differentiating between the universe and the cosmos; parallels between ancient insights and modern cosmology; is consciousness more than an epiphenomenon of matter?; near death experiences and consciousness beyond the body; we contain all the information of the universe; working in a sustainablw way with the Life Force; returning to our core being; what holds everything together.

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Resilience and Regeneration

Resilience and Regeneration

In this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: living resiliently in the dark night of the globe; the mirror of our collective shadow; the phases of the age of Kali; attending to our grief; the end of business as usual; the way through despair and emotional numbing; the death and rebirth process; indigenous perspectives on these times; uncolonizing our minds and hearts; finding our call to regeneration; honoring the animal in us; ending the myth of separation, we need each other; befriending the dark emotions; where is our dignity located individually and within our communities.

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Her Time is Now

Her Time is Now

In this episode Angela Sells speaks with Joanna about: rediscovering a major pioneer of psychology; the relationship between Sabina Spielrein and Carl Jung; retrieving Sabina’s story; her view of the “death instinct” as ecstatic ego dissolution for transformation; her pioneering work on female eroticism and archetypal psychology; updating Sabina Spielrein’s words, the task at hand; ‘writing as a way of coming into being”; the influence of Sabina Spielrein on Jean Piaget; the knowledge of a child’s soul; Eco and narcissus, the suppression of the female voice; Sabina’s thoughts about Mother Earth and the womb of imaginal time, being in tune with Gaia.

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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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