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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

    Dreamtime Return

    In this week’s episode Steve Roach speaks with Joanna about: A deeper return to the Dreamtime experience; the primordial core of music; listening to the inner sound of the desert; discovering synthesizers as tools for immersion in the soundcurrent; the common ground of didgeridoos and synthesizers; breath awareness, pranic energy and music; the mystery behind and endless soundquest; “the music is the medicine”, creating sacred space for transformation and initiation; discovering the organic aliveness of pre-Hispanic instruments; connecting with the soul tone of the Earth; the intimate, immersive world of of Steve’s concerts; live transmission of the Santa Fe concerts at SomaFM.

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    The Quantum Revolution

    In this week’s episode Paul Levy speaks with Joanna about: In the middle of a collective nightmare; John Wheeler and the meaning of quantum physics; consciousness has entered the physics lab; the primary substratum of this universe is relational; the Universe is a singularity; the common ground of the outer world and our own minds; changing together the waking dream; an ecology of time; the incredible creative power inside our psyches; the freedom and responsibility of co-creating with reality; the way we observe the universe affects the way it manifests; quantum physics and alchemy; outer and inner activism; quantum physics is a psychedelic medicine.

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    Dancing with the Unknown

    In this week’s episode Vera de Chalambert speaks with Joanna about: dancing with the unknown; intimacy with the Mystery; mothers to ourselves; living in the time of disillusionment; the human soul’s calling and the World Soul; being part of a living planet; the nakedness of beautiful losers; life is the Tantric consort; when everything falls apart; the unexpected face of grace; hearts on fire in a time of trouble; the fierce love for our love is rooted in heartbreak; the paradox of wetiko; allowing suffering to speak; stepping into the lineage of Life.

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    Elderhood in Troubled Times

    In this week’s episode Stephen Jenkinson speaks with Joanna about: the etymology of the word “catastrophe”; the journey of descent into the mysteries of life; the fundamental function of elderhood; being awake as deep engagement; assuming the responsibilities of the sixties generation; the transient nature of leadership; the challenge of elders; the dilemma of mutual respect and responsibility; the love that Life has for us; unconditional gratitude.

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    Martial Arts and Psychedelics

    In this week’s episode Richard Haight speaks with Joanna about: his life-changing visions; finding a sustaining meaning; experiencing an inner pull to training in martial and healing arts in Japan; a message from ayahuasca in the Amazon; a relaxed, all-emcompassing awareness; recalling his psychedelic experiences; the call of teonanacatl; set, setting and context: a spiritual warrior approach to psychedelics; following the pull; unconditional love in the martial arts and psychedelics.

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    Infinite Awareness

    In this week’s episode Marjorie Woollacott speaks with Joanna about: consciousness beyond the brain; an ecstatic lightning to the heart; bridging the scientific and the mystic; the spontaneous unfolding of kundalini energy; William James and the depathologization of spiritual experiences; the link between psychedelics and meditation; two different ways of knowing reality through the brain hemispheres; sharing the hoy and bliss at the heart of who we really are; Kashmir Shaivism and the consciousness in everything; joyous communication with the consciousness in Nature; the continuity of consciousness across lifetimes.

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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.”