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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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!

Jul 1, 2016

Sweating has always been an integral part of being human. Indigenous groups, like those in North America, used the sweat lodge used a sweat lodge, and today, many of us use saunas for this purpose. In this episode, you’ll learn the benefits of regular sauna use in my conversation with the leaders in the infrared sauna industry, Dr. Raleigh Duncan and Andy Kaps of Clearlight Saunas.

When you’re using a sauna regularly, the health benefits are clear, and these benefits are also backed by extensive studies and research. The folks from Clearlight are here to share this fascinating research, as well as the details on their premier line of infrared, low EMF/ELF saunas. Tune in to learn why you should consider making regular sauna use a part of your overall health strategy!


  • How Raleigh and Andy got started in the sauna industry
  • The incredible cardiovascular benefits of sauna use
  • Detoxifying your body through regular sauna use
  • Infrared saunas vs sweat lodges
  • Electricity use of an infrared sauna
  • Daniel’s experience with one of Clearlight’s competitors
  • Why we need to pay attention to ELFs and EMFs
  • Circuit requirements for a Clearlight in-home sauna
  • Common feedback from Clearlight's customers
  • Relaxing the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Clearlight sauna breakdown
  • Clearlight's company culture
  • What to expect when you order a sauna
  • Andy's & Raleigh’s prognoses for the future of the human species