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 21, 2016

Season 2 of ReWild Yourself Podcast is coming to a close, and I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for your support this year! This episode is debuting on the Winter Solstice, a time of the year when many of us are reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the upcoming journey around the sun. In 2017, I’d like to encourage you to renew your ReWilding vow and become a master of the elements. I take you through each element — Earth (food), Water, Air, Fire — sharing my personal resolutions, as well as my suggestions for how you can resolve to upgrade your life and strengthen your relationship with each element. 

In each episode of ReWild Yourself Podcast this season, I’ve been asking each guest the same question: What is your prognosis for the future of the human species? I recap on the answers we’ve heard this past year and share my current thoughts on the topic.

Now I’d love to hear from you! What are your resolutions for the New Year? How will you ReWild Yourself?


  • Surthrival’s annual Solstice sale
  • Shoutout to our sponsors
  • ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club
  • Scholarship opportunity for ReWild 101
  • Acorn gathering
  • Daniel answers your questions on:
  • Using a pressure cooker in the acorn leaching process
  • Acorns and gluten
  • What causes years with more acorn production
  • Simple and delicious recipes using acorn flour
  • Natural time vs the Gregorian calendar
  • The difference between resolutions and intentions
  • A call to renew your ReWilding vow: Becoming a master of the elements in 2017
  • Eating from the Four Kingdoms — being more conscientious about your food choices
  • Making your own natural medicine
  • My personal food resolutions for the year
  • Upgrading your water
  • Cleaning up your air
  • Strengthening your relationship with fire
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Daniel's thoughts on the prognosis for the future of the human species
Dec 16, 2016

Summer Bock believes that good health starts in the gut, and she is dedicated to helping people heal their digestive issues naturally. You have about three pounds worth of microbiota lining your gut that is active, diverse and affects way more than just your digestion. In this interview, Summer is here to share how you can for keep your gut strong, healthy and motile. We discuss her top strategies for repopulating gut flora, how stress affects your gut health and what you can do about it, how to remineralize your body and we even get into the growing trend of fecal transplants.

This interview is a great reminder that we need to eat from all Four Kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Fungal and Bacterial. I hope it inspires you to infuse your diet with more fermented foods and cultivate a healthy, robust gut flora.


  • Daniel shares on ice fishing, fresh food and the origins of the Christmas tree
  • Daniel answers your questions on geophagy, favorite bedding options and Kava Root tea
  • How Summer became interested in gut health
  • What does your gut health affect?
  • Defining the gut
  • Strategies for repopulating our gut flora
  • Probiotics: supplements vs whole foods
  • How to remineralize your body
  • What are pre-biotics?
  • The lowdown on fecal transplants 
  • Thoughts on kombucha
  • Keeping our gut strong, healthy and motile
  • The connection between disbiosis and disorganization
  • Stress, survival strategies and emotional detox
  • Summer’s Gut Rebuilding Program
  • Summer’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Dec 14, 2016

Arthur Haines — botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast — is back on the show, and we have some VERY exciting news to share with you. For the past year, Arthur has been pouring his heart into writing a book that is a foundational education in human ecology and the ReWilding lifestyle. From the diet of Homo sapiens to a look at civilizations past to expanding comfort zones through hormesis, Arthur takes us through the book chapter by chapter, hitting the highlights of each topic as we go. At the heart of the book, and Arthur’s message, is something many of us feel — the missing lynchpin: a need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community.

In the past few shows, I’ve been hinting at an online program Arthur and I have put together for the upcoming winter season. This program will be a great way to stay connected with Arthur and I — and the ReWilding community — throughout the winter months. We’ll dive into study together and support one another in keeping ReWilding motivation high. In this episode, we share all the details on how you can get involved. I hope you’ll join us this winter!


  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Public speaking
    • When to teach your child about hunting
    • Building community
  • Daniel shares about ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club
    • Program details
    • Early bird pricing on the program
    • An exciting scholarship opportunity
  • Daniel and Arthur catch up
  • Arthur shares about his new book, A New Path
  • A need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community
  • A course book for the ReWilding lifestyle
  • Distilling the diet of Homo sapiens
  • Wild water and wild medicine
  • A look at past civilizations and what we can learn from them
  • Learning and unlearning
  • Real, wild movement for real living
  • Input from the ReWilding community
  • Hormesis: expanding comfort zones
  • The missing lynchpin: Community
  • Green choices and primitive technologies
  • Tying it all together
  • The legacy of Arthur’s book
  • What happened with Arthur’s publishing deal
  • ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club
  • Excerpt from A New Path
Dec 7, 2016

Nadine Artemis is a trailblazer in the new paradigm of women’s self care, and in this interview, she lays out her favorite practices to nurture the female body. Nadine is the founder of Living Libations — an exquisite line of lotions, potions, scents, creams and essential oils that I use personally — and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast.

In our past two interviews, Nadine has detailed her Stop, Seal and Seed method for dental care and skin care, and in this episode, she shares how women can apply this method to vaginal care. We learn what conventional female body care products and practices to avoid and Nadine’s favorite natural alternatives. We also discuss breast health and care, and Nadine reveals some fascinating information on breast cancer that is important for every woman to explore. Nadine’s nourishing self care practices are simple, low maintenance and accessible to all. Ladies (and the men who love them), I hope you enjoy this interview!


  • Daniel shares:
    • ReWild Yourself podcast updates
    • A teaser about an upcoming program with Arthur Haines
  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Parasite cleansing and eating brains
    • Optimizing your vehicle
  • Mainstream messaging on women’s beauty and hygiene
  • The “discovery” of the clitoris
  • Internet pornography vs. natural sexuality
  • What does the new paradigm of women’s self care look like?
  • How to avoid mycotoxins
  • Caring for your vagina with the stop, seal and seed method
  • Alternatives to conventional menstrual products
  • Yeast infections - re-listen
  • Marketing chemically-induced menopause to young girls
  • Relieving menstrual pain
  • The many issues with KY Jelly
  • Boosting the lubricant jouissance-ness of your life
  • Best oils to care for your vagina
  • Common natural lubricants
  • The different types of estrogens and how they’re affecting women’s bodies
  • The risk of breast cancer and the implications of a systemic myco-infection
  • Exploring some startling breast cancer stats
  • How bras inhibit the body and alternatives to the conventional bra
  • Low maintenance breast and body care
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of women
Dec 2, 2016

As an avid barefooter, I’ve tried countless barefooting shoes over the years, but none compare to Vibram FiveFingers. I’ve been a fan of FiveFingers for some time — they have allowed me to develop a foot dexterity, nimbleness and strength that I didn’t know was possible! It was so exciting to get a chance to talk to Vibram’s Director of Sales and Distribution, Chris Melton.

Chris shares the story of Vibram's early beginnings, how FiveFingers came to be, the evolution of some of their most loved models and what we can look forward to from them in the future. Most importantly, he answers every Vibram fan’s burning question: Is it pronounced Vee-bram or Vy-brum?? Whether you’re a loyal Vibram FiveFingers aficionado or a fan of barefooting in general, this show is for you!


  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • His top fabric choices for clothing
    • Squirrel hunting
    • Rationing animal protein from hunts
  • Daniel discusses a question on the topic of suicide
  • Is it Vee-bram or Vy-brum?
  • A bit about Chris’s background
  • Why are Vibram soles everywhere?
  • Vibram’s recent growth
  • The beginnings of Vibram’s Five Fingers
  • Barefooting shoes and stylishness
  • Women and Vibrams
  • The new Furokshiki shoe and boot
  • Should you wear socks with Vibrams?
  • Wearing barefoot shoes in obstacles courses like Tough Mudder
  • Review of favorite Vibram models
  • The evolution of Vibram models
  • The story of the Vibram class action lawsuit
  • The future of Vibram
  • Where to find Vibram online
Nov 30, 2016

Our brains produce new brain cells throughout our entire lives through a process called neurogenesis, and in this podcast, Dr. Brant Cortright is going to share what this means for our brain health and how we can enhance the way our brains operate. Dr. Cortright is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, specializing in cutting-edge brain health and neuroscience-informed depth therapy.

When we increase the rate of neurogenesis, we see things like improved cognitive function, better memory, less stress, more energy and increased immune health. When we decrease the rate of neurogenesis, however, we see the opposite: poor cognition and memory, increased stress and anxiety and decreased immune health. In this interview, Dr. Cortright discusses the diet and lifestyle components — which mirror the ReWilding diet and lifestyle — that are crucial for your neural development. He shares some interesting information on sleep, and we also get into the effects of substances like caffeine, cannabis and mushrooms on brain health. Tune in for a fascinating discussion — rich with actionable information — that can help improve the functioning of your human animal!

*There is a bit of background noise in parts of this interview that we were unable to edit out. Apologies for the less than excellent sound quality in this episode! We feel the content more than makes up for it (;


  • Daniel shares on:
    • Podcast updates
    • Feasting with Maine community on Thanksgiving
    • Hunting and gathering with a partner
    • Privilege
    • Strategic planning for 2017 hunting & gathering
  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Inflammation caused by down comforters
    • Eating parasites
    • Eating raw eggs from fresh water fish
  • What is neurogenesis?
  • The optimal diet for neurogenesis
  • How much DHA should you be getting per day?
  • Best DHA-rich foods
  • The “heart healthy” vegetable oil myth
  • Crucial foods for neural development
  • Best exercise for neurogenesis
  • Caffeine and neurogenesis
  • Cannabis, mushrooms and neurogenesis 
  • The importance of sleep for optimal cognitive functioning
  • An interesting occurrence in the last few hours of sleep
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Blending the natural and modern world
  • Dr. Cortright's prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Dr. Cortright's work
Nov 23, 2016

How much of your movement are you outsourcing? Biomechanist and best-selling author Katy Bowman is back on ReWild Yourself podcast to share how we can transition to a more movement-rich lifestyle by outsourcing less of our daily needs and operations.

Katy is passionate about Nutritious Movement, "a whole-body movement program that utilizes Movement Micronutrients, Movement Macronutrients, and habitat (lifestyle) changes to nourish all trillion of your body’s parts.” In this interview, we cover some of the valuable material in Katy’s new book Movement Matters where she dissects our cultural sedentism and the issues with our convenience-fueled society. We discuss simple ways to enter the world of foraging, how to stack your life to make the most of your time and energy, the luxury of exercise, movement ecology and more.


  • Daniel shares on:
    • Upcoming SurThrival sale
    • Hunting with hounds in North Carolina
    • Squirrel hunting and processing
    • Has the public spotlight made Daniel less likely to change his view on things?
    • Daniel’s thoughts on intermittent fasting
  • Daniel and Katy catch up
  • Outsourcing movement
  • Stacking your life
  • How to transition to foraging
  • Speciesism, disconnection from ecology and the luxury of exercise
  • Evidence-based living
  • Broadening your palette
  • What is movement ecology?
  • Katy’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Katy’s work
Nov 2, 2016

What is the mind? How does the mind differ from the brain? These are some of the questions Dr. Daniel Siegel explores in his second appearance on the ReWild Yourself podcast. Dr. Siegel is a noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author, and he has just released a new book that delves into consciousness, subjective experience and the self-organizational properties of the mind. In this episode, we go deeper into some of the topics we covered in our first conversation. We discuss how Dr. Siegel navigates the worlds of science and spirituality in his work, how brain activity differs from the mind, our perception of time and his hopes for his work in mindsight and personal transformation.


  • Daniel Vitalis shares and answers your questions on:
    • Hunter safety courses
    • Processing of meat after a hunt
    • Waiting until after the first freeze to hunt squirrel
    • Balancing the modern hunting & gathering lifestyle with a day job
  • Dr. Siegel’s latest book Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
  • Between two worlds
  • Self organization and integration
  • Science vs spirituality
  • “Mind” vs “brain activity"
  • Entanglement
  • The directionality of change & access to the infinite
  • Who are we, really?
  • Breaking down the Wheel of Awareness
  • Bridging the islands
  • Dr. Siegel’s hope for his work
Oct 26, 2016

Over the past year, I have fully immersed myself in the hunting side of the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. From trout and deep sea fishing to hunting wild turkey, black bear and coyote, my experiences harvesting wild animals to put meat on my table have been profound and life-changing, and I’d like to share my story with you. As a conscientious omnivore, I’m always striving to develop a closer relationship with the food I consume. Through hunting and gathering bio-regionally, I’m able to participate with my local ecology and develop an intimate relationship with the place I call home. In this solo episode, I detail the reasons why I hunt and share a bit about how I got started and how you can too.

Deep gratitude to my mentors, to the wild creatures who have become part of my body and to you for your support of my journey to deepen my connection to my local ecology and ancestral heritage.


  • Acorn harvesting & processed food
  • A dedication to my hunting mentors
  • Defining why I hunt
  • Veganism isn’t sustainable
  • The cruelty of raising domestic livestock vs free-roaming wildlife
  • Bioregionality — food as connection to place
  • Yoking together the hunting and foraging worlds
  • Popular criticisms of hunting
  • Bringing reverence into hunting — the practical vs the spiritual
  • Gender, hunting & classical male pursuits as “re-creation” of the hunt
  • What I’ve hunted this year
  • My diet evolution
  • Participating in ecology and connection to place
  • Mortality salience — hunting puts you in touch with your own mortality
  • Access to nutrient dense foods
  • Alternative high quality animal products
  • Purpose-driven trips into nature vs recreation
  • Cultivating a relationship with wild animals
  • Getting started in hunting
  • Primitive vs modern hunting tools
  • Food sovereignty and becoming hunter gatherers
  • The need for community
Oct 12, 2016

Are you eating what you think you are? As a modern hunter gatherer, I am quite conscious and meticulous about the foods I consume. I base my diet on a Four Kingdoms approach (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms), and I strive to source the majority of my food bio-regionally. I still shop at Whole Foods and occasionally dine at farm to table-style restaurants, of course, and I was shocked to learn of the rampant food fraud that extends to seemingly reputable grocers and eateries.

Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted wrote a comprehensive exposé on fraud in the unregulated food industry, and he is here to reveal some of the industry’s most adulterated foods. He teaches us how we can be more vigilant consumers as we navigate grocery store aisles, food labels and restaurant menus.


  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Cooking with fats
    • Choosing between a Samina bed and Clearlight Sauna
    • His thoughts on Asian/Oriental religions
  • How Larry got into the world of Real Food
  • The lowdown on Kobe beef
  • Are your grocery store tomatoes actually ripe?
  • Misleading wine labels
  • Farmed vs wild caught seafood
  • The history of seafood fraud
  • What’s in your sushi?
  • Our society's most adulterated foods
  • The most popular food fraud item
  • General buying guidelines to ensure you’re purchasing real food
  • Larry’s prognosis for the future of food
Oct 7, 2016

Julie Angel is a filmmaker, author and photographer who documents the current ‘age of athletisiscm’ with a focus on Parkour, MovNat, buildering and much more. What’s buildering, you might be asking? I thought it was a typo at first, too, but Julie explains this small, but passionate, subculture as we get into the fascinating world of urban movement mavericks. 

In this interview, Julie takes us back to the early beginnings of Parkour. In researching her Parkour-themed PhD thesis, she spent time on the streets getting to know the Yamakasi — the original group of Parkour practitioners — and got an up-close and personal look into the lives of these interesting characters who shaped the modern Parkour movement. To me, Parkour represents human wildness  breaking free in domesticated landscapes — the human animal in movement across urban habitat. City dwellers, take note, this can be a unique way for you to utilize your environment for your natural movement practice! At the heart of Parkour, is a message of looking past the limitations of our environment, our innate, primal drive for sovereignty and embracing our intrinsic wildness.


  • Daniel shares on:
    • How to prepare organ meats
    • Myers Briggs and personality tests
    • Creating harmonious habitat using the 4 Elements in your indoor office environment
  • How Julie got involved with MovNat
  • What is buildering?
  • Julie spends time on city streets learning Parkour culture
  • “Don’t climb on that!” — movement mavericks breaking movement taboos
  • Getting into the world of Parkour
  • Julie’s book, Breaking the Jump
  • How to get started in Parkour
  • What was parkour originally?
  • Yamikazi and parkour’s beginnings
  • Role of women in parkour
  • The future of parkour
  • Top takeaways for you
  • Julie’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Julie’s book and work 
Oct 5, 2016

What a treat it was to talk with primatologist and biological anthropologist Craig Stanford. If you’re a regular listener of ReWild Yourself podcast, you probably know how deeply fascinated I am with the great apes. I think they give us a window into understanding ourselves biologically, into understanding our wildness and even help us to glimpse into our origins.

Craig — author of sixteen books and over one hundred scholarly and popular articles — has studied chimpanzees extensively, studying their hunting behavior in Tanzania in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall, studying chimps and mountain gorillas in Uganda and more. He takes us on a journey to the meeting place of primatology and anthropology. He breaks down the social behaviors of some of the great apes, focusing on chimps and bonobos, and shares some of his controversial findings on the popularized "peaceful bonobo" research. This interview provides context to many of the themes we discuss on this podcast and was my favorite of the season. if you’re interested in ReWilding, I think you’ll find our conversation fascinating.


  • Daniel shares on:
    • Vibram FiveFingers
    • Fats, food fads and the ketogenic diet
    • Thoughts on contraception & my personal contraception strategy
    • An interesting interview experience: Christianity and ReWilding
  • Craig’s journey in writing and primatology
  • Our last common ancestor
  • Should we be in the same genus as chimps and bonobos?
  • The great apes as a window into our origins
  • Multiple species of apes vs one Homo sapiens species
  • What is a species?
  • The politics of naming species
  • Differences between chimps and bonobo
  • Omnivorous diets and hunting strategies of apes
  • Frodo’s story
  • Meat as a commodity for manipulation
  • The plight of the modern ape
  • Craig’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Sep 28, 2016

Leila Darwish, community organizer and grassroots bioremediation expert, joins me on the podcast to give us an inside look into the promising possibilities of bioremediation to heal our earth’s most damaged landscapes. Bioremediation is the use of biological agents to remove or neutralize contaminants; allying with living systems to detoxify contaminated environments.

Leila has worked as a community organizer in Canada and the US on campaigns such as tar sands, fracking, nuclear energy, coal, climate justice, water protection, and more. Her energy and optimism in the face of these devastating environmental issues is inspiring. In this interview, Leila shares an overview of bioremediation and how it’s successfully being used to recover many toxic landscapes in North America, how she remains positive, governmental outlook on bioremediation and much more. Perhaps most importantly, she shares how we can get involved with bioremediation on an individual level; she certainly left me inspired to do so!


  • Daniel shares on his recent hunt & gather adventures, and he answers your questions on:
    • Neoshamanism
    • Roadside foraging
  • Origins of Leila’s name
  • The beauty of Canada & the Texas of the North
  • What are the tar sands?
  • How Leila remains positive in her work
  • Staying “no” to create a new reality
  • Over-zealous mycoremdiation
  • How do government and industry feel about bioremediation?
  • Leila’s favorite mushrooms
  • The possibilities of bioremediation
  • Aquifer contamination
  • How to get involved with bioremediation
  • Tips for making compost tea
  • Leila’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Sep 14, 2016

Renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté joins me for a powerful conversation on addiction and takes us into the heart of where trauma originates. With years of both scientific research and direct interaction with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction and mental illness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté offers a unique and authentic perspective on the topics of addiction, mind-body wellness and ADD.

In this interview, Dr. Maté illuminates how our modern society perpetuates trauma by fostering a culture of disconnection and dissociation. From childhood trauma to trauma passed down to us from the generations that went before us, many of us carry unresolved trauma that often materializes in addiction. Addictive behavior goes beyond hard drug and alcohol addictions; our society is wrought with addictions to things like caffeine, less-than-optimal foods and dissociative behaviors, such as watching TV.

So how can we heal and become the most authentic version of ourselves? Dr. Maté sheds light on some of the traditional healing modalities he has found to be successful through years of wide-ranging experiences. With lots of golden nuggets on topics like death awareness, spiritual-bypassing and authenticity strewn throughout, there is something for everyone in this insightful conversation.

**Please note: During this interview, we experienced some Skype glitches, so you'll hear a bit of echoing with Daniel's voice that was not able to be edited out. We apologize in advance for the audio hiccups, but we think the interview is well worth it (;


  • Daniel shares on:
    • Regenerative foods
    • Harvesting feral apples
    • An exciting new Surthrival product
    • Eating coyote
    • A product discovery that will aid your spring water gathering
    • How to pique someone’s interest in ReWilding
  • Modern society and perpetuation of trauma
  • What does addiction do for you?
  • The essence of trauma is disconnection
  • Our current massive cultural dissociation
  • The most ideal social environment for children — humans crave connection
  • The multi-generational trauma of First Nations peoples
  • How medicines like coca and tobacco were traditionally used
  • The healing power of ayahuasca
  • What’s missing from AA and most rehab programs?
  • Healing, awareness and the path to authenticity
  • Spiritual bypass
  • Awareness of death
  • Dr. Mate’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Dr. Mate’s work
Sep 14, 2016

Stefano Tripney is a contextual movement coach and MovNat certified trainer who creatively bridges the inner workings of the mind and body with our collective external landscapes in order to explore, learn, experience, and play with the world and our place in it. Earlier this summer, Stefano and I spent a week together hiking through the forests of Maine, gathering wild foods, fishing and foraging wild water.

In between harvesting wild pine pollen and trout fishing, we sat down at the ReWilding headquarters to discuss Stefano's philosophies on being a more capable human. During this fun and wide-ranging conversation, we get into the correlation between movement and cognitive ability, how to stay motivated to train, moving through dynamic and texture-rich environments, unstructured play, forest bathing and much, much more.


  • Daniel shares about his latest bio-regional hunt and answers a question on including rich sources of Omega-3s in your diet
  • A more capable human
  • Unconscious competence
  • Adapting to our modern, virtual world
  • Movement and cognitive ability
  • Developing peripheral motor skills — changing the environment
  • Staying motivated to train
  • Progression from jungle gyms to sports & athleticism
  • Breaking down the movement complexities needed for wild food foraging
  • Adapting to your dynamic environment
  • Obstacle optics
  • Forest bathing and texture + stimulus rich environments
  • Utilizing playgrounds for training
  • The benefits of natural playgrounds
  • Stimulus breaks are the new cigarette breaks
  • All roads lead to the natural world
  • Stephano’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Working with Stephano
  • Closing thoughts on unstructured play
Sep 7, 2016
"Don't confuse me with being anything else other than proud. Proud to be a hunter. It's time we stop apologizing for how we get our protein. This is who we are. Unless you’re a small time rancher, small time farmer, a hunter or fishermen... you really have no idea where your food comes from. Most people don’t even think about it. Well, we think about it. ” —Donnie Vincent

Donnie Vincent — explorer, biologist, conservationist, and sportsman — explores some of the world’s most remote lands, sharing stories of his expeditions through a variety of films that inspire conservation and a love and respect for wild places. Donnie is here to share some insights on hunting that, for many of you, may be surprising. He sets the record straight on the stereotype of the “typical” hunter, and sheds light on the passion for ecology and conservation that most hunters possess. We also get into some helpful tips for getting started in hunting and the practicality of procuring meat for yourself and family through this avenue. No matter what your views on hunting, I think you’ll enjoy and resonate with Donnie’s message.


  • Daniel answers your questions on having children in an over-populated world, his personal thoughts on cannabis and supplement-taking practices
  • Daniel shares the details of his recent bear hunt
  • How Donnie got started with his work
  • You are from a lineage of hunters
  • The hunter’s passion for ecology
  • Donnie’s personal restoration project
  • Life cycle of a deer
  • Lives of domesticated animals vs wild animals
  • All of us have an imprint on this ecosystem
  • The practicality of hunting for food
  • Hunting barriers to entry
  • How to get started hunting
  • Feelings that arise when hunting
  • Passion-driven fitness
  • Hunting and the present moment
  • Donnie’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Donnie’s work
Aug 31, 2016

This solo episode is a comprehensive breakdown of my experiences with barefooting. As a long-time barefooting proponent, I’ve traversed thousands of miles of various terrain with bare feet or minimalist footwear, and I’ve learned quite a bit about the often unknown and under-utilized capabilities of the human foot. I detail my experiences wearing minimalist footwear in challenges like the Tough Mudder and GoRuck, as well as during my recent backcountry hunter course. I break down my favorite minimalist footwear brands, unpack the myth of arch support and share some not often discussed benefits of barefooting that I’ve discovered over the years. Note: This podcast is best enjoyed while walking barefoot on a forest trail.


  • Daniel elaborates on his Moon Dance experience, how he learns, mentors and detoxification
  • Bear hunting update and thoughts on bio-regional animism
  • Beards
  • No shoes, no shirt, no service
  • Cody Lundin and barefoot extremism
  • Connection to our earth mother
  • Daniel’s personal barefooting journey and barefooting shoe progression
  • Experiences wearing Vibram’s during Tough Mudder & GoRuck challenges
  • Recent experience wearing Vivo boots at Magpul Backcountry Hunter Course
  • "Are those comfortable?” — other people’s impressions of minimalist footwear
  • Homunculus explained
  • Treading lightly
  • Heels and conventional footwear
  • What about arch support?
  • Some of the cons of minimalist shoes
  • Prehensility
  • Breakdown of Daniel’s favorite barefoot shoes + his current shoe collection
  • What’s in Daniel’s first aid kit
  • Feet that are adaptable to the urban and natural worlds
  • Staying in touch with our environment — feet as sensory organs
  • Being a fully developed human
Aug 24, 2016

Radiant sense-visionary Nadine Artemis — creator of Living Libations — is back on ReWIld Yourself podcast! In this interview, Nadine gives us a complete breakdown of how to properly care for our skin with the Stop, Seal and Seed approach. She shares what dietary and self-care practices are proven to produce healthy, glowing skin, as well as what hygiene products and foods are less-than-optimal. You’ll learn why bacteria is your skin’s best friend, the popular skin care product that you most want to avoid, Nadine’s core skin care recommendations and so much more. Consider this an owner’s manual for your largest organ!


  • Daniel answers your questions on glyphosate detoxification, meditation, learning practices and his favorite podcasts
  • An exciting announcement!
  • Nadine’s skin care beginnings
  • Strategy vs simplicity with skin care
  • Bacteria is our beautician
  • The damage of excessive exfoliation
  • Stop, seal and seed approach
  • Deciphering labels and so-called “natural” ingredient lists
  • The primary organ of elimination
  • Switching from conventional deodorants and shampoos
  • How Cesarean births affect a baby’s micro biome  + a solution
  • Sun is your best friend
  • Flora friends with benefits
  • Best practices for using oil on your skin
  • Nadine’s core Living Libations products
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Aug 17, 2016

My long-time friend Mike Adams aka the Health Ranger joins us on the show to discuss lifestyle tips for the future human in the modern world. Mike is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director. Mike lives his life with purpose and integrity, and his passion shines through his prolific work.

Mike shares his latest research and findings on some of our modern toxicities like GMOs, glyphosate and radioactivity, and he offers his top lifestyle strategies to maintain resiliency and robust health in our post-industrial world. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, and we do venture into some areas of our current collective reality that are less than savory. Though we don’t go too far down those rabbit holes, these are subjects that, I feel, are vital to bring into our on-going discussion as we learn to navigate and adapt to our ever-changing wild, urban and virtual environments. This conversation is a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy!


  • Daniel discusses Moon Dance and answers your questions on fear-based living and omega-3s
  • Mike’s current work online, in the lab and on his off grid homestead
  • Glyphosate — generational affects, shelf life & origins
  • The de-evolution of our human species
  • Thoughts on world population control
  • Out-smarting the robots
  • What is bio-sludge?
  • Disturbing the “happy place"
  • Fluoride
  • Maintaining physical and mental fitness
  • How Mike stays fit
  • Being reclusive vs being social
  • Living with purpose
  • GMOs & radioactivity — what’s fact, what’s hype
  • Lifestyle tips for resiliency
  • Mike’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Mike’s work
Aug 10, 2016

Ben Falk joins us to discuss permaculture and the art of regenerating landscapes. Ben is an author and the founder of Whole Systems Design, LLC, a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. He shares about his experiences using permaculture to create edible landscapes and set ecosystems in motion. Ben, a former eco-warrior, has turned his passion for our earth into a beautiful dedication to healing the trauma of the land.


  • Daniel answer your questions on the role of dance in ReWilding and addresses your questions and comments on bear hunting
  • How Ben got into permaculture
  • Ben’s journey from eco-warrior to regenerating landscapes
  • What is permaculture?
  • Using permaculture to create habitat for other species
  • Regenerating the landscape
  • Setting ecosystems in motion
  • Intentional design vs surprise in permaculture
  • The intuitive nature of permaculture
  • Healing the trauma of the land
  • Getting started with permaculture
  • The radical backcountry farmer
  • Harnessing cross-fit energy
  • Getting involved with Ben
  • Ben’s prognosis for the future of the human species 
Aug 3, 2016

My good friend Luke Storey has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a robust way of life based on the principles of nature and spirituality, while embracing technology and modern convenience. Luke is back on the show for an in-depth conversation on vulnerability and authenticity in our edited modern world.

The health and personal development world tends to be filled with public figures projecting polished positivity and motivation, and while all of that has its place, true change is often inspired in others when you share vulnerabilities and shine light on your own shadows. Luke and I cover a lot of ground in this episode — from mentorship to podcasting to breatharianism to spirituality — but we continue to come back to this topic of authenticity and the rich fulfillment that comes from being true to your authentic self.


  • Daniel answers your questions on camping sleep positions, sexual mastery, BDSM and ways women can use their femininity to awaken the strong masculine in their man
  • Mentorship & the art of giving and receiving advice 
  • Luke’s new podcast: The Life Stylist
  • A peek behind the scenes of the podcasting world
  • Interviewing techniques to encourage vulnerable & authentic sharing
  • Luke’s wild Colorado upbringing
  • Diet ethics and the diet wars
  • Thoughts on breatharianism
  • Making peace with the werewolf & looking into the shadows
  • Spirituality and the ego
  • Vulnerability and a lack of authenticity in an edited modern world
Jul 27, 2016

Tom Myers — the originator of the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians — joins us on the show to teach us a bit about our anatomy and how the highly complex fascial network works in our bodies. According to Anatomy Trains, fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together; it’s the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that hold them all together in their proper placement.

I met with Tom up at the Anatomy Trains headquarters in Maine, and in this interview, Tom shares his incredible philosophies on a wide range of topics. Our conversation traverses human domestication, the potentials of integrating movement with virtual reality, how we can train the movement of the next generation, stress and much more. Enjoy!


  • Daniel shares about his recent Magpul backcountry hunter course
  • Daniel answers questions listener questions
  • Anatomy Trains and Tom’s seaside business
  • How mussels and oysters are grown
  • Tom’s work in anatomy
  • The fascia network
  • When your fascial network begins
  • Is fascia living or nonliving?
  • Adaptation to imposed demand
  • It’s a MAD (maladaptive degenerative) world
  • Human domestication & ReWilding explained
  • What separates us from animals?
  • Cooking with fire, agriculture & the evolution of Homo sapiens
  • The intricate movement patterns of hunters
  • What is kinesthetic literacy?
  • Training the movement of the next generation
  • Potentials of movement and virtual reality integration
  • The restrictive lives of today’s children
  • Eustress vs. distress
  • Tom’s thoughts on birth & death
  • Tom’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • How to connect with Tom 
Jul 20, 2016
"To deny that humans are predators is comparable to rejecting that humans are communal organisms."
— Arthur Haines

In a recent podcast episode (Why I'm Not a Vegan - Daniel Vitalis #94), I shared my personal experience with veganism and discussed the core reasons why I think we need to reexamine the Vegan approach. After this show aired, I received an outpouring of feedback from you — thank you to all who listened and took the time to write me! As promised, I invited Arthur Haines — botanist, taxonomist, primitive skill practitioner and regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast — to join me to discuss some of the refutations I received in response to the Why I’m Not A Vegan episode.

Arthur and I shed light on many popular meat-eating myths and get into some interesting conversation on sustainable eating, speciesism, omnivory, animal husbandry and looking at the big picture. We bring to the discussion our combined academic and experiential perspectives for a comprehensive look at an often polarizing topic. 


  • Daniel answers questions on tent living and the fifth element
  • A short passage from Arthur’s forthcoming book, A New Path
  • Gratitude to vegans for taking a stand against factory farming
  • A local and sustainable lifeway
  • Agriculture and the plight of 7 billion people
  • Anthropomorphizing animals and speciesism
  • Attempting to transcend our DNA
  • Are most vegetarians actually omnivores?
  • Seeking longevity vs long-term robust health
  • We’ve always been omnivores...
  • The meat & cancer myth
  • There are no multi-generational vegans
  • Veganism and children
  • Vitamins & minerals from plants vs. animals
  • Is animal husbandry destroying the planet?
  • Were there vegan tribes of hunter gatherers?
  • Cooking our food
  • Taboos of eating certain animals
  • Using our evolutionary history to guide our lifestyles
  • Concluding thoughts from Daniel and Arthur
  • Seeing the big picture 
Jul 13, 2016

If you’ve been following my adventures this summer, you’ll know that I’ve been really into foraging wild protein, particularly fish, from my local landscape. I’ve grown to love the Tenkara fishing — a minimalist fly fishing method that originates in the mountains of Japan. Daniel Galhardo — founder of Tenkara USA, the first company to introduce Tenkara outside of Japan —joins us to share his passion for Tenkara and the world of trout fishing. 

"A rod, line and fly. Line connects to the tip. Easy casting of a fly to spots where the fish are, intuitive landing. That's tenkara in a nutshell," according to Tenkara USA. In this interview, Daniel guides you through the basics of getting started fishing Tenkara. We discuss barriers to entering the world of fishing, fishing ethics, the complex world of Western fly fishing vs the simplicity of Tenkara and so much more. Whether you’re an avid fisherman or completely new to fishing, I hope this interview inspires you to check out this intuitive and minimalist method of fishing! 


  • Daniel responds to feedback on last week’s podcast 
  • Exploring waterways and finding low toxicity areas to fish 
  • What is Tenkara? 
  • Daniel Galhardo's background in fishing 
  • Fishing basics 
  • Barriers to entering the world of fishing 
  • Follow the trout 
  • Fishing ethics: Catch & release vs Catching to eat 
  • Barbed and non-barbed flies 
  • How to catch and release a fish unharmed 
  • How Daniel Galhardo got into Tenkara 
  • The simplicity of Japanese methods 
  • Tenkara vs Western fly fishing 
  • How to get started with Tenkara 
  • Talking flies 
  • What knot to learn when you first begin Tenkara 
  • Best practices for finding & catching fish
Jul 6, 2016

What is the best location for a ReWilder to live? I’m asked this question quite often, and in this episode, you’ll learn some important criteria to consider when thinking of where you want to live long-term. Joel Skousen — pioneer in the preparedness movement, author and publisher of the World Affairs Brief — joins us to discuss strategic relocation.

From potential environmental and governmental threats to ReWilding lifestyle requirements, there is much to factor in when strategically relocating. Do you want the freedom to homeschool or practice alternative medicine where you live? Do you want to have access to wild places to forage, fish or hunt? Joel shares grounded insights from his comprehensive work in analyzing some of the best (and worst) places to live in the US for your best chance for long-term, optimal living. He ventures into some conspiracy areas at times, but this interview is primarily focused on providing you with a practical perspective on selecting your ideal ReWilding location. In the introduction to the show, I add some of my own personal criteria for an ideal living situation. As you listen to this show, be thinking of what criteria you would add to Joel’s list to lead a life rich in the culture of the NeoAboriginal!


  • Daniel answers some listener questions!
  • What ReWilding criteria should you consider when moving to a new location?
  • How Joel got into Strategic Relocation
  • What is Strategic Relocation?
  • Potential threats to your stable lifestyle
  • Joel’s thoughts on the water shortage in California
  • Ebola, Zika and other pandemics
  • Are nuclear power plants a major threat?
  • Design and cost of building a “safe room"
  • Criteria for Joel’s state-by-state analysis for strategic relocation
  • Thoughts on relocating internationally
  • Long-term strategic issues with relocating to Canada
  • The most strategic places to live in the US
  • Threats from drug cartels in the south
  • How to integrate into a new community
  • Joel’s World Affairs Brief
  • Joel’s prognosis for the future of the human species

**There is a faint background buzzing in the introduction to this show. Apologies, and thanks for bearing with us!

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