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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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Sep 30, 2016

Taboo-flouting Kim Anami has devoted her life to sexual mastery and passing on her knowledge to those wanting to harness their own sexual potential. Kim is a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast, and our conversations — ranging from consciously confronting sexual taboos to articulate vaginas to reclaiming the primal masculine — have been catalysts for growth in my own personal life.

In this conversation, we cover some new territory, and I get personal. Being in a committed relationship myself that continues to surprise me in its ever-expanding depth, growth and passion, I wanted to hear Kim’s insights on the secret to successful, thriving, passionate long-term relationships. We get to the heart of this, as well as some other fun topics, including how libido can translate into your life’s work, consciously choosing traditional (and, perhaps, non-PC) roles and what it means to be a truly sexually masterful man.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares and answers your questions on:
    • Hiking/backpacking as a "junk food movement" or healthy, natural movement practice
    • Calorie and nutrient-dense trail food recommendations
    • Being a participant in ecology
    • Verbiage of the “movement” movement
    • Value of being in relationship w/ yourself and periods of celibacy
  • Tuning in to natural sleep cycles
  • What does it mean to be a sexually masterful man?
  • Libido is the manifestation of your creativity out in the world
  • What is the secret to thriving & passionate long-term relationships?
  • Tips for keeping communication flowing in a committed relationship
  • Cultivating polarity & consciously choosing traditional roles
  • Tuning in to your sexual energy
  • Keeping the simmer going
  • Kim’s Sexual Mastery for Men salon
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!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • 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 (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • 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.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • 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.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • 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
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