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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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Apr 26, 2017

In part two of the Way of the Sea Huntress, professional spearfisherwoman Kimi Werner shares the beautiful story of her relationship with her local aquatic ecology and what led her from competitive spearfishing to spearfishing for food. Coming full circle, one of the most important parts of spearfishing for Kimi is getting to prepare her harvest to share with her loved ones and community. Tune in for an inspiring story of a woman dedicated to her craft and passionate about a healthy, sustainable future for our global community. And if you enjoy this conversation, check out part one where Kimi and I go deeper into her spearfishing hunting practice!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Introducing Kimi Werner
  • How Kimi became a spearfisherwoman
  • What led Kimi to competitive spearfishing
  • Spearfishing in Hawaii vs Rhode Island
  • Walking away from competition
  • Who is Kimi today
  • Participating in ecology
  • Kimi’s relationship to her prey
  • Kimi on holding her breath
  • Women and hunting
  • The beauty of your food’s story
  • Kimi’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Apr 26, 2017

The ocean has long been a source of sustenance, inspiration and adventure for Kimi Werner. Free diving to the ocean floor on a single breath to catch each day’s meal, Kimi is intimately connected with her local ecosystem. Her passion for spearfishing and ocean ecology has led her to be a heart-driven voice for conscientious hunting and conservation.

Growing up off the grid in an isolated part of coastal Maui, Kimi was introduced to spearfishing by her father, who freedove for her family’s primary food source. Discovering her passion for free diving later in life, she went on to become the U.S. National Spearfishing Champion. 

While there are many complexities to identifying as a hunter, Kimi believes that conscientious hunting is a meaningful way to have true connection to where our food comes from. We discuss this, as well as the role hunters play in restoring the earth back to balance. For those who are interested in the more tactical, day-to-day elements of Kimi’s spearfishing practice, you’ll enjoy hearing Kimi break down her spearfishing kit, the fish to table process, her favorite smoker grill and more!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • Kim Anami’s Coming Together 10-week Salon
    • Fountain of Truth Spring Water crowdfunding campaign
    • Q&A: Building strength and agility for archery and hunting
    • Q&A: Daniel's tick strategy
  • Introducing Kimi Werner
  • Kimi’s recent adventures
  • The complexity of identifying as a hunter
  • Connection to our food and our sense of self
  • Kimi explains her spearfishing hunting practice
  • How Kimi remains undetected from prey underwater
  • Kimi’s basic spearfishing kit
  • Special relationships with certain tools
  • What species have meant to the most to Kimi
  • The most humbling species that Kimi has shared the water with
  • The fish to table process
  • How Kimi keeps her fish cold after the hunt
  • Kimi’s favorite smoker grill
  • Getting into mammal hunting and hunting invasive species
  • Do hunters play a role in the future of bringing the earth back to balance?
  • How to connect with Kimi
Apr 19, 2017

I’m thrilled to have my friend Chef Frank Giglio back on ReWild Yourself Podcast! Frank is an incredible chef who creates innovative dishes utilizing wild, local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. A fellow Mainer, he and his family live on an off-the-grid homestead called Three Lily Farm where they are committed to living harmoniously with their local ecology.

In this conversation, Frank and I have a great time chatting about all things hunting, gathering and farming. We share personal stories about our hunting and gathering experiences and discuss everything from invasive species to learning new skills by volunteering to how Frank makes coffee and so much more! 

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction
    • Spring hunting & gathering
    • Q&A: How to avoid rewilding splitting into camps and "denominations" based on philosophy and praxis
    • Q&A: What Daniel plans to feed his new hunting dog
  • Introducing Frank Giglio
  • New generation of farmers
  • Maple water
  • How Frank makes coffee
  • A story about Frank’s dog Jasmine
  • Recapping maple syrup season
  • Using acorn in recipes
  • Volunteering to learn skills — Frank’s recent mussel trip
  • Cod fishing
  • Wild fish vs farmed fish
  • Heavily managed game animals
  • Targeting invasive species
  • An upcoming fish adventure
  • Predictions for the new generations of farmers
  • Inspiring Netflix recommendations
  • A teaser for a potential upcoming course collaboration between Frank and Daniel
  • Breaking down butchering
Apr 12, 2017
“…The modern day renewal of rites of passage is essential not only for the health of the individual, but also for the health of our communities and for the planet." -School of Lost Borders

Petra Lentz-Snow has guided vision fasts and wilderness rite of passage programs for over 20 years and is currently serving as Co-Director and Board Member at the School of Lost Borders. A rite of passage is a ceremony or ritual that marks a transition into a new life stage. Some rites of passage occur naturally over the course of your life and others are brought about by crisis or a significant change in your life. The modern day renewal of rite of passage ceremonies, initiated by organizations like the School of Lost Borders, gives us the opportunity to intentionally step into our lives more fully and reclaim our indigenous soul.

In this episode, Petra gives us an in-depth look into the purpose and process of rites of passage, both naturally-occurring and intentionally sought out ceremonies, such as guided vision fasts. She takes us through the many different types of rites of passage, discusses why crisis is crucial for growth and shares about the role of the natural world in rite of passage.  Enjoy, and be prepared to soak up Petra's deep, healing wisdom throughout this conversation.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction
    • New Surthrival product teaser
    • I’d Rather Hunt + Gather T-shirt Pre-order ending soon!
    • Spring, maple syrup tapping & upcoming hunt + gather adventures
    • Winners of “I’d Rather Hunt + Gather” giveaway
    • Q&A: Daniel’s thoughts on proposed bill that could end foraging in Maine
    • Arthur Haines’ new project on sustainably harvesting native plants 
  • Introducing Petra Lentz-Snow
  • How Petra got into guiding rite of passage retreats
  • What is a rite of passage?
  • Bringing your gift out into the world
  • The first and foremost rite of passage
  • Common rites of passage for women and men
  • What calls people to a rite of passage?
  • Protecting your status
  • Why is crisis crucial?
  • Preparing for a rite of passage
  • The role of the natural world in rite of passage
  • Coming back from a rite of passage
  • Petra’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Apr 5, 2017

Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. After many years spent living in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah, Chris left his primitive lifestyle and transitioned to living in the metropolis of Los Angeles. Through this experience, Chris has gained a unique perspective on the intersection of ancient skills and future technology, and he’s here to tell us why it’s essential for humanity to understand how to merge the wisdom of our ancestors with the ideas and technology of the future.

In this episode, Chris encourages us to look at the bigger picture philosophies of ReWilding. While learning how to tan a hide and start a friction fire are valuable skills, the true purpose of ReWilding can sometimes get lost in these minute details. Chris shares how we can use primitive skills, nature connection and indigenous wisdom as doorways to healing and gaining a better understanding of our interconnectedness.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • How to win a free “I’d Rather Hunt + Gather” T-shirt/Sticker
    • Thriving by staying fit for our three environments: natural, artificial & virtual
    • Q&A: Why Daniel chooses to live in Maine
    • Q&A: How to ReWild in the city
    • Q&A: How to explain ReWilding to people in your life who might find it hard to relate to
    • A new piece of acorn processing equipment
    • Stewarding land and harvesting maple sap
  • Introducing Chris Morasky
  • How Chris developed a passion for awakening the ancestral human spirit
  • How Chris got involved in pre-agricultural ways of being
  • The nature of our enslavement
  • Looking at the bigger picture in ReWilding
  • The rugged individualist
  • Chris’s story of leaving the wilderness and moving to LA
  • Our human trajectory
  • How can we heal?
  • Chris’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • How to work with Chris
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