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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 episode poet Michael Brownstein speaks with Joanna about his newest book, “Let’s Burn the Flags of All Nations”: finding our way back to the sacredness of living on Earth; “Through the Looking Glass”; cultural identity without a nation-state; our longing for ecstatic community; patriarchy and the fear of the Goddess; a citizen of the sacred Earth; “Here Comes Kali Ma”; “The Jewish Poem”; meeting Her; “Trees Are My Favorite Kind of People”; making the borders between us transparent and open; rediscovering in multiple ways our common humanity.read more
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In this week’s episode Alan Clements speaks with Joanna about: the origin of the global lay mindfulness movement; “wisdom for the world: mindful advice for all nations”, a forthcoming book of conversations with U Pandita; the beauty of unknowing and vulnerability; “how can I come off the altar of my dogma?”; becoming more human in the face of mortality and loss; humbled by the vulnerability of this deep interconnectedness; the ultimate insight of breathing meditation; the complexity of the Burma situation; World Dharma, a dharma without dogma, beyond religion, beyond belief.read more
In this week’s episode Anthony Ward speaks with Joanna about: an early initiation to the magic of flowers; flower altars for thew Dalai Lama; working with living beauty; “the momentary face of God”; the plants are calling us to appreciate the moment; flower power, flower children; a life-changing meeting with Maya Angelou; the Zen of floral arrangement; a ballet of flowers; the natural altars of Nature; a sacred gift; the ancestral flower meditation.read more
Diana Beresford-Kroeger speaks with Joanna about: “Call of the Forest”; the forests of the world and climate change; one tree, one person, the Bioplan; a common dream experienced all over the world and prophesied by the Mohawk Nation; the rarest tree in North America; forest bathing and the immune system; instructions for forest bathing; learning the ancient ways of the Celtic culture to protect the world; tips for a kinder, healthier life; women standing together for the future; the trees hold the knowledge of the world; new amazing discoveries about the key role of the trees in the biosphere.read more
Trebbe Johnson speaks with Joanna about: feeling the grief for the loss of the places we love; finding and giving back beauty in the wounded places of Earth; the resilience and creativity of Nature; the Global Earth Exchange; acceptance and creative change; the joy of acting together; guerrilla beauty; taking the right action as if your whole life depends on it; holding joy and grief in our hands.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.”