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ReWild Yourself

Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human ecology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that our ancient human bodies and minds need to thrive in a modern world — awakening our instincts and freeing ourselves from the degenerative effects of human domestication.
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Dec 30, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Tristan Gooley — author of The Natural Navigator — gives us some wonderful insights into using natural navigation in both natural and urban settings. Episode Breakdown: * Tristan’s adventures across the Atlantic Ocean * Using clues from nature to navigate * How to navigate when you’re in a foreign city * 3 ways to navigate using migratory birds * How to orient yourself under a forest canopy * What to do when you get lost * GPS technology: friend or foe? * About his book and courses
Dec 23, 2014
In this stream-of-consciousness rant, I break down the main skills we need to learn to be fit for the 3 main environments: wild, urban and virtual. Episode Breakdown: * Fit for what? * Being fit for the 3 main environments: wild, urban and virtual * The Glyph explained * Earth | Food Foraging * Water | Water Gathering * Air | Shelter Building * Fire | Fire Starting * Human Self Defense * First Aid * Awareness
Dec 16, 2014
It was an honor to talk with Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Isaac — doctor, gynecologist, medicine-man and ambassador for the Bufo alvarius toad — about the best ways to harvest and experience the Bufo alvarius toad venom and 5-MeO-DMT. Episode Breakdown: * Dr. Gerry’s first entheogenic experiences * What happens in a shamanic sacred mushroom ceremony * Importance of letting go during entheogenic experiences * The Bufo alvarius toad * How to harvest and consume the Bufo alvarius toad venom * 5 most common effects of smoking 5-MeO-DMT * How and why the body produces DMT * Entheogenic homework * Message from the Bufo alvarius toad * How to prepare yourself before you experience the toad * How you can help to protect the Bufo alvarius toad
Dec 9, 2014
Arthur Haines joins us on the podcast to discuss the missing nutrient in our diets: entheogens! He talks about entheogen use in hunter-gatherer societies and tells us a little about his own personal experiences with these sacred plant medicines. Episode Breakdown: * A bit about Arthur’s background * How Arthur was introduced to psychoactive plants * Being a credible witness * Entheogen use in hunter-gatherers * Spiritual realm vs the scientific realm * Arthur’s personal entheogenic experiences * Entheogens are endogenous compounds * Entheogens were called “teacher plants” by indigenous tribal leaders for a reason * The missing nutrient in our diet? * Using entheogens to deal with death trauma * Arthur describes his sacred experience with Saguaro Cactus * Discerning tips for working with a shaman
Dec 2, 2014
In this stream-of-consciousness rant, I reflect on Dispatch 6 of ReWild Yourself! magazine. EPISODE BREAKDOWN: * Influenza season * Who really uses psychoactive medicines * Using entheogens to awaken spirituality | Hallmark card spirituality * Realizing that plants and animals are not our “resources" * Death simulator * The blurry line of food and drugs * The shaman path * Getting into the right state and space when experiencing entheogens
Nov 25, 2014
I'm thrilled to have Nora Gedgaudas — author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life — back on ReWild Yourself! podcast to talk entheogens. Episode Breakdown: * Traditional native entheogen use * Holotropic Breathwork * Recreational experience vs meaningful spiritual experience * We have an interconnected network of specific receptors that seem to illicit different types of consciousness * Entheogen help for PTSD * What does the future of shamanism look like? * Controlling drug use is controlling consciousness * Entheogen use can give you the state change that “stuff” cannot  * Legality of entheogens * Effects of marijuana use on the brain * Psychedelics help de-condition us from our cultural values * Let medicine be thy food
Nov 19, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Dennis McKenna — an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years — explains what happens when psychedelics are in our systems and recounts some of his fascinating adventures with his brother Terence McKenna in South America hunting psilocybin mushrooms and DMT. Episode Breakdown: * What is ethnopharmacology? * Merging science and the spiritual * The spectrum of food and medicine in tribal cultures * What happens when psychedelics are in our system * Seretonin upgrades * Psychedelics bring the background to the foreground * Plant vs synthetic drugs * Adventures with his brother Terence McKenna in South America hunting mushrooms and DMT * A nutrient deficiency causing reductionist and materialistic world view
Oct 28, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Dr. Ronald Goldman — author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and the leading expert in the field — about the deep, oft-repressed psychological trauma stemming from circumcision.  Episode Breakdown: * How Dr. Goldman became involved with circumcision awareness * The difference between Jewish perspective and non-religious perspective * Mainstream media’s avoidance of balanced circumcision reporting * Psychological trauma of circumcision * The horrifying process of circumcision * Informed consent * One thing you can do to raise awareness of this issue * What is foreskin, and what does it do? * Repressed feelings of circumcised men 
Oct 21, 2014
The NeoAboriginal Lifeway series with Arthur Haines continues! Episode Breakdown: * We have set up an inhospitable habitat for the next generation * How Arthur shifted his mindset when preparing for a child * Arthur's suggestions for preparing to have a baby * We are a deformed version of our actual blueprint * Foods to keep out of your diet during pregnancy * Prenatal vitamins vs procuring vitamins from nutrient dense foods * It’s not just what the mother eats (it's what the father eats too)! * Super nutrient dense animal foods * What Arthur’s daughter eats * Eating sea creatures during pregnancy * Arthur's recommendations for a prenatal diet program * The foraged plant that Arthur’s partner took religiously to prepare for birth * What indigenous humans did with their placenta * Combining breast milk with solid foods * The importance of breastfeeding * Spacing pregnancies for optimal health of the next child and the mother
Oct 13, 2014
My second stream of consciousness rant! Have you ever taken a moment to consider the origins of our "swear words" and how they are related? Episode Breakdown: * Arrangements of sounds * The taboo of sexual and body excrement language * The themes of head and face * An examination of taboo sexual language * Motherfucker — the principle inbred taboo * Cunt — the word that can make a room go silent
Oct 7, 2014
Nadine Artemis — sense visionary and creator of Living Libations — tells us why we should skip mainstream hygiene products and stick to botanicals and the elements to care for our skin. Episode Breakdown: * Poetic Pits - the sensual "odorant" that blends harmoniously with your natural, primal scent * The 411 on essential oils * Nadine’s first forays into oil blending * Toxicity of mainstream beauty products * Tips to have the best skin ever * Feeding the body with essential oils * Sexual communication through our armpits * The toxic cocktail in the average supermarket deodorant stick * The trifecta that makes up the perfect storm for breast cancer * What you can do to naturally lower your risk of breast cancer * The sunlight vitamin * Iodine’s key roles in the body * Toxic ingredients found in mainstream "feminine hygiene" products * What a woman can incorporate into her lifestyle to take great care of her lady lotus * No tan lines - why this is such an important part of your self care toolkit!
Sep 29, 2014
It was great fun to talk with Christopher Ryan, author of the New York Times best-seller Sex At Dawn. Episode Breakdown: * The nuclear family and how hunter-gatherers structure socially * How women went from being equal partners to being domesticated animals * Scarcity consciousness of modern society * The difference between sexual jealousy and wealth jealousy * How Chris views the nuclear family * The Shame Exorcist * What Chris would tell kids about sex * Persian edition of Sex at Dawn * Chris’s new book and his writing process * Finding the exhale in your work
Sep 23, 2014
Kim Anami — sex and relationship coach, writer and speaker — is one of my favorite voices in the sexuality space. In this interview, we get into some of today's sexual cultural conditioning and examine how we can consciously confront sexual taboos. Episode Breakdown: * Kim’s first profound transcendent sexual experiences * The sacred vs the profane * Born to f*ck * Male and female sexual cultural conditioning * The primal masculine energy that every woman wants * Don’t slather on the lubricant!  * Consciously approaching sexual taboos * Waves of opening: deep throating and anal * The deeper themes of BDSM * Vaginal Kung Fu * Kim’s courses * Deep vaginal life-changing orgasms * Sexual Mastery for Men * Polyamory vs monogamy * The true use of celibacy
Sep 15, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! Podcast, I talk with Sheri Winston, author of Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure and leading sex expert. Episode Breakdown: * Sheri’s books * Taboo sexual language * Solo sex is our laboratory for pleasure experiments * Altered states of consciousness * Going into deep trance for mega-orgasmic experiences * The ecology of sex * Rediscovering the clitoris * Taking time with arousal for transcendent sex * The yin and yang of sexual energy * How to teach your children about sex * Sheri’s top sex tips for men and women
Sep 8, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Stephen Harrod Buhner, an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment and herbal medicine. He is probably best known for is extensive writing in the field of herbalism and plant intelligence, though I would offer that he is one of the most significant writers and thought leaders of the modern ReWilding movement. Episode Breakdown: * Stephen’s early experiences with the metaphysical background of the world * The reality police * Fear of wildness * The education system shuts us down * Opening sensory gating channels * The 6th sensory channel: the feeling capacity * Using NeuroGnostics to open sensory gating channels * Reset your software program * Orient towards meaning rather than form * How to reclaim the feeling sense * How to operate from the feeling sense in this information-rich modern world * Sophisticated writing cultivates the feeling sense for the reader
Sep 2, 2014

Arthur Haines and I continue our discussion of the NeoAboriginal Lifeway. In this episode, Arthur shows us how the English language restricts our worldview, and why we should consider learning an indigenous language to cultivate the feral mindset. We discuss: * The wild experience vs. the civilized experience * The language of imperialism * How Arthur became interested in learning an indigenous language * Language shapes how we think * Loss of language diversity * The narrow aperture of the English language * English is a language of war * Indigenous languages integrate verbs into the landscape * Freedom of mind * Religion and language * Language of a fluid worldview * Experiencing life as verbs and not as nouns * "Spending time" * Future of the Passamaquoddy language * How Arthur integrates Passamaquoddy into his lifestyle * Exploring languages indigenous to your area * Indigenous language reveals water as medicine

Aug 26, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I have a deep discussion with Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, one of the pioneers of Conscious Evolution and founder of Birth Into Being, about how our traumatic birth experiences shape our psychology. Episode Breakdown: * Our world experience begins before conception * Birth experience is related to emotional memory * We are raising a society programmed to have needs neglected * Thousands of years of slavery still live in our bones * Daniel’s birth and childhood experience * Most of our fears have deep ancestral roots * Myths of birth complications * The altered state of Ecstatic Birth * The #1 way to avoid complications during birth * Give birth in a place, in a way, that connects to your true nature * How to deal with outside pressure when making decisions about your pregnancy * What does today’s ReWilded child look like? * Dissociation is ingrained in us from birth * An amazing story of a child healing herself from birth trauma * Healing words of wisdom from Elena
Aug 19, 2014
I will be sharing the occasional stream of consciousness rant on ReWild Yourself! podcast, and I've just recorded the first one! Episode Breakdown: * Podcast song origins * Information on my only ReWilding immersion workshop this year * Will you ever see me on a TV show? * Dispatch 4 reflections and Gobekli Tepe
Aug 11, 2014
I am fascinated with entomophagy as of late, and so it was great fun to record this interview with Daniella Martin — author of Edible: An Adventure Into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet  and the host of Girl Meets Bug, the insect cooking/travel show! In the interview, we discuss: * How Daniella became “the bug girl" * The great resources in Daniella’s book * Farming insects is not part of indigenous culture * Insect identification when foraging * How to avoid parasites when eating insects * Legs, intestines and exoskeletons — oh my! * Insect farming * Cultural taboos surrounding entomophagy * Tastes of different insects * Vegans, vegetarians and eating insects * Long chain fatty acids in insects * Where is the “insect trend” going? * The best starter insects * Freezing vs cooking
Aug 5, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Ido Portal, founder of Movement Culture and teacher of movement workshops around the world. Episode breakdown: * Modeling brachiation after apes and children * Movement diet — digesting movement nutrition * Specialization vs. Generalization * "Movement" vs. "Training" * The problems with modern yoga * Moving out of alignment * The natural human resting position * Flexibility vs. Mobility * Spine longevity — look to the cat * Prioritize movement
Jul 28, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! Podcast, Arthur Haines and I continue our conversation from earlier podcasts, this time focusing on the transition from semi-nomadism to sedentism. Episode breakdown: * Daily and seasonal movement was a huge part of hunter-gatherer existence * Nomadic peoples were not just endless wanderers * Agriculture is a spectrum * What emerges when people stop moving?  * Hunter-gatherers were generalists * Walking was a significant part of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle * Fit for the gym vs. fit for the earth * Is working out wasted energy? * Dissociative gym workouts * The amazing strength of foraging mothers
Jul 21, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! Podcast, I talk with Scott Sonnon, world renowned fitness trainer, founder of TACFIT, public speaker and author. Episode breakdown: * Diminished complexity of physical movement means diminished capacity for imagination * Importance of sweating for stress relief * Reprogramming movement at the brain stem level * Being more athletic does not make you more fit for daily life * Getting back to mobility basics for truly advanced fitness * When you "stand up straight," are you aligning or distorting your posture? * Experience high stress and maintain your fine motor skills * Literally shake off stress * Focus on the exhale * Scott's programs and innovative teaching techniques
Jul 15, 2014
In this episode of the ReWild Yourself! podcast, Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat, joins me to talk about natural movement.  Episode breakdown: * What natural movement means to Erwan * "Movement" vs. "Exercise" * Do we need to re-learn to move naturally? * Connection between movement and survival skills * Erwan's top strategies to avoid injury during movement training * Specificity causes body alienation * The movement you can do this afternoon
Jul 12, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Nora Gedgaudas , author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind  and widely recognized expert on the Paleo Diet.  Episode breakdown: * The Paleo diet * Milankovitch cycles explained * Gobekli Tepi  * The human zoo vs. the factory farm * Nora’s thoughts on gluten * Climate of complacency * The wild mind vs. the domesticated mind * Cultivate the feral mindset
Jul 10, 2014
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Arthur Haines and I continue our conversation; this time delving into the difference between Food Fads and the Homo sapiens Diet. Episode breakdown: * All diets are fad diets * What constitutes a fad diet * The issues with the loss of seasonal foods * The good side of grains * Wild rice benefits * Cultivated foods vs. wild foods * 4 guidelines for choosing domesticated foods * Bitter lettuce over iceburg lettuce * How to eat animal foods * ReWild your mind 
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