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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Stepehen Nachmanovitch speaks with Joanna about: interdependence, the source of improvising; the poetic genius of Thich Nhat Hanh, emptiness is interbeing; the dance of the secular and the sacred; fluidity makes things new; breathing and time; the gateway to living life as art; mistakes create extraordinary things; the circularity of leadership; allowing oneself to have a fresh perception of objects or processes; the life-affirming power of beauty; how an experimental musician changed a small town for the better; life is art itself.
Leslie M Browning speaks with Joanna about: learning to move forward with traumatic experiences; healing is a journey; making meaning out of the loss; connected in vulnerability; the healing magic and beauty of the Southwest; the solace and nurturance of the “wild silence”; embracing our complexity; the daily practice of radical acceptance; poetry and memoir, soul and life journey; sharing our stories in the radical authenticity community.
Steven Herrmann speaks with Joanna about: an American poet shoulder to shoulder with Walt Whitman; a traiblazer of women’s rights; the importance of listening to our own authentic voice; the integrity of language; a visionary of ecstatic states through language and Nature; she expanded the understanding of our embeddedness in the complexity of Earth and its natural rhythms; tasting an ecstatic elixir in the garden; bringing a female voice to spiritual democracy; a breaker of all bounds of normative stereotypes; a brave explorer of consciousness; the resurrection of the world.
Evelyn Rysdyk speaks with Joanna about: Bhumi Devi, a divine feminine being called Earth; a mythopoetic image for supporting Mother Earth; embraced by the Earth family and the Cosmos; a very tangible connection to the deepest ancestors; the longing for re-membering Nature and each other; the elder role of a spiritual tradition; the sense of caring in Nepalese culture; a joyful expression of the sanctity of life; the soulwork of changing our perception; celebrating the sensory world and the wider world surrounding it; altering our trajectory in a joyful way; the gift of gratitude to Nature.
Judith Blackstone speaks with Joanna about about: the natural experience of fundamental consciousness; trauma and the constrictions in our body; the ripening of our humanness; the increasing recognition of the importance of embodiment in contemporary spirituality; opening ourselves to a blend of love, awareness and physical sensation; the spontaneous arising of self-love deep within; “form is emptiness, emptiness is form” describes the permeability of consciousness; the gateway of the central channel; the healing property of fundamental consciousness; a lifetime of embodied exploration; her mysterious healing experience; a breathing meditation in the core of ourselves.
Nina Simons speaks with Joanna about: women, Nature and justice; guided by relational intelligence, delight and love; deep inquiry into racial equity; Nature is the Sacred; diversity and indigenous wisdom; an untapped resource, the capacity for women to grow each other into leadership piercing the shell of white privilege; diversity and resilience; the challenge of reimagining ourselves as part of this cosmic dance; transition into relationship economy; the nexus that makes us unstoppable; ritual creates relationship; imagining everyday the world we want.
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.”