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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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Jun 25, 2015
It is a commonly-held (and media-fueled) belief in our culture that sun is bad and sunscreen is good. Not only is this inaccurate, but in fact, the opposite is true: Our skin is quite literally designed to be exposed to the sun’s rays, and sunscreen use actually causes a host of issues (one of which, ironically, is skin cancer). Nadine Artemis — sense visionary and founder of Living Libations — joins us to set the record straight on sun exposure and goes over how to properly interact with the sun for optimal health. Episode Breakdown: * Why you shouldn’t suntan through glass * How sunscreen works * Benefits of sungazing * Sunlight and bacteria * Why you don’t want empty vitamin D receptors * Negative press surrounding sun exposure and skin * Wise interaction with the sun * Kids and sun exposure * Our skin is designed to be exposed to the sun’s rays * What we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight * Skin cancer myths debunked * Using plant oils to harmonize your skin with the sun in lieu of toxic sunscreens
Jun 16, 2015
Unschooling is a growing movement for those looking for an alternative to the traditional schooling system. Ben Hewitt — modern homesteader, unschooling father and author — calls it "self-directed, adult-facilitated life learning” or “immersion learning.” In this episode, Ben shares his experience with unschooling his two boys on their Vermont homestead. Rather than sitting at a desk, in a fluorescent-lit classroom, memorizing facts all day, Ben’s boys’ days are spent doing things like building barns, apprenticing with a local blacksmith and foraging food for that night’s dinner. Our conversation is fascinating, and whether or not you are a parent (or soon-to-be parent), if you went through traditional schooling for any portion of your life (most of us), you are sure to enjoy this show! Episode Breakdown: * How Ben & his family raise and forage 90% of their calories * Self-directed, adult-facilitated life-learning * Role of mentors in unschooling * A day in the life of Ben’s kids * Immersive learning in rural vs urban environments * Induced busy-ness and time management * How to get started with unschooling
Jun 10, 2015
“You're captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live.… You are captives — and you have made a captive of the world itself. That's what's at stake, isn't it? —your captivity and the captivity of the world.” ― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Daniel Quinn is the author of the best-selling book Ishmael and a pioneer in the concept of ReWilding. Daniel’s books had a massive influence on my life trajectory, and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to interview him! Our conversation traverses animism, the Sixth extinction and so much more. Many of you are familiar with Daniel’s work, but if you’re not, I encourage you to go pick up a copy of Ishmael right away. Find links to the show notes and his books below! And if you are a fan of Daniel’s, I’d love to hear what you thought of our conversation in the comments below. Enjoy! **Note: Our conversation was recorded via phone, so the audio quality is not excellent. Apologies, and thanks for bearing with us on this one! EPISODE BREAKDOWN: * Daniel shares a bit about his background * Transitioning from Christianity to an animistic worldview * History and pre-history * The Sixth Extinction * Animism explained * Outlook for the future of our world
Jun 2, 2015
Are you getting enough time outside for your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and sexual well-being? Join me for a stream-of-consciousness rant on strategically setting up a lifestyle that affords you nature-connection! No matter where you live, or what your current lifestyle is like, nature-connection is always possible. In this episode, I break down a few of my top practices to add into your repertoire to foster (or restore) your connection to the natural world. Episode Breakdown: * My recent endeavors in archery and movement programming * A look inside Elementary School * Can you go without tan lines this summer? * Going barefoot — experiencing the environment with your feet * Nature deficit disorder * Walking as a practice — reprogramming your movement * Strategically setting up a lifestyle that affords you nature-connection * ReWilding tips for summer
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