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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 28, 2017

Can we eat our way out of our "invasive species" dilemma? Jackson Landers thinks that's part of the solution. The issue of invasives is becoming more prevalent as these species continue to spread, causing ecological destruction and the loss of native species and habitat all throughout our planet. As foragers and hunters, we have the opportunity to assist in the management of these non-native invasive species by targeting them when hunting and gathering. 

We’ve been discussing invasive species throughout this season of ReWild Yourself Podcast, and today’s interview will be the first in an informal series investigating the topic.

Our guest Jackson Landers is here to share his personal experience with eating invasives. Jackson is an author, science writer and adventurer based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in wildlife out of place. His most recent book, Eating Aliens, chronicles a year and a half spent hunting and fishing for invasive species and finding out whether we can eat our way out of some ecological disasters. In this episode, he recounts some of the interesting invasives he’s enjoying hunting and eating — from armadillo to lionfish. We discuss the true definition of invasive species, the effectiveness of hunting invasives as a form of eradication and how you can get involved with invasive species management. Enjoy this interview, and let’s keep this conversation going as we explore managing invasive species through hunting and gathering together this season!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Eating mackerel and milkweed season
    • Chewstick update
    • Q&A: Humanely killing fish
    • Q&A: Roadkill
    • On Invasive Species
  • Introducing Jackson Landers
  • How Jackson got into the world of hunting and fishing
  • Breaking the barrier to entry into the hunting world
  • Credible sources for hunting journals
  • What led Jackson to invasive species
  • Hunting the invasive armadillo
  • Defining invasives
  • Humans as an invasive species
  • What caused the great mass extinctions of years past?
  • How effective is hunting invasives as a form of eradication?
  • Palatability and easy to eat invasives
  • De-extinction explained
  • Jackson’s prognosis for the future of human species and conversation
  • How to get involved with Jackson
Jun 21, 2017

Author and practiculturalist Ben Hewitt is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast to give us a peek inside his adventures in building a lifestyle living with and from the land. Ben resides on a thriving 100-acre homestead in Vermont where he and his family explore back-to-the-land living, permaculture design, wildcrafting, traditional skills and alternative education paths for their two sons. 

In this episode, Ben shares on the evolution of his family’s personal journey as modern homesteaders. We discuss alternative childhood education and how his sons’ education paths have evolved in some unexpected directions. We also get into the topics of community-based living vs self-sufficient living, harvest sharing and how to strike a balance between foraging and farming. Ben’s non-dogmatic approach to this lifestyle is refreshing, and he has some wonderful insights for those aspiring to build their own ReWilded homestead.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • SurThrival Solstice Sale
    • Hunt + Gather updates: wild strawberries and brook trout fishing
    • Chewstick update
    • Q&A: Favorite books and documentaries on agriculture
  • Introducing Ben Hewitt
  • What’s wrong with the term “unschooling”
  • State requirements for alternative schooling paths
  • What Ben’s kids enjoy learning about
  • Fear of death and a firsthand experience with a home funeral
  • Challenges of homeschooling
  • Can you lead a ReWilding lifestyle in an urban setting?
  • Life on a 100-acre farm in Vermont
  • Community-based living vs self-sufficiency
  • What types of food Ben’s family outsources
  • Striking a balance between foraging and farming
  • Advice to aspiring homesteaders
  • Ben’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Jun 17, 2017

I’m often asked for advice on career opportunities in the world of ReWilding. Many people feel stuck in the rut of a 9-5 and dream of doing work in the world that’s fulfilling, meaningful, adds value to the lives of others and is in line with their personal beliefs and values. I’ve spent over a decade setting up a lifestyle where work and play blend seamlessly. It is a beautiful thing to wake up each day and do work that fuels you with passion, drive and purpose. I’ve seen health and wellness “trends” come and go over the years, and I’ve found the ones that stand the test of time are those rooted in our ancestral biology. Natural movement is one such niche of the ReWilding lifestyle, and today’s episode instructs on how you can get involved with natural movement as a career path.

Danny Clark — MovNat Performance Director and Master Instructor —  is here to share a bit about the MovNat Trainer Certification program with us. MovNat is more than a system of natural movements, it is a training platform for enhancing the efficiency of your motility — walking, running, climbing, crawling, bounding and vaulting, lifting and carrying. It is a ReWilding approach to movement, placing its emphasis on retraining the brain and reprogramming our movement software.

I’ve personally attended the MovNat Level 1 and 2 Trainer Certification courses and can vouch for the caliber of instruction and value received (and fun had!). What I learned from MovNat has helped me to become more efficient in how I move through day to day life. In particular, it has immensely improved my efficiency in hunting and gathering, which I explain more about in this show. If you are interested in a starting a more meaningful career path and are passionate about natural movement, now is a great time to get involved on the ground floor of this budding industry!

Tune in for a special discount on MovNat Level 1 Trainer Certification and MovNat Online Coaching!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show introduction:
    • SurThrival Pine Pollen Sale
    • Q&A: Stability ball vs standing
    • Q&A: Flexibility
    • Hunt + Gather updates
    • Experiment with chewing sticks
  • Introducing Danny Clark
  • Danny’s background
  • How Danny got involved with MovNat and natural movement
  • Learning movement through progression
  • Progressing through MovNat as a student
  • The 8 domains
  • How MovNat makes you fit for the ReWilding lifestyle
  • Getting involved with MovNat
  • MovNat Trainer Certification explained
  • Taking wildness to the mainstream
Jun 14, 2017

Why do I eat wild? There are many reasons behind my choice to eat wild and many levels at which this question can be answered.

Eating food is perhaps the most intimate act we perform, as my friend and regular podcast guest Arthur Haines so eloquently expresses in his lectures. The food — the organisms — you eat literally becomes your body. And, as we know, the dietary choices we make have vast implications on our environment as well as ourselves. Food, and where it comes from, reaches right to the heart of what it means to be human. Our dietary choices today deeply impact the future generations to come. Knowing this, it’s so important to be conscientious about the food we consume and how we choose to interact with our interconnected web of ecology.

In my first solo episode of the season, I unpack what eating wild — and living a modern hunter-gatherer lifestyle — means to me personally.


EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + Gather Updates: Black locust flower, Cattail shoots, Mackerel
    • New anthropological evidence pushing sapiens back to 300,000 years old
  • The Preamble 
    • Choosing and building your lifestyle
    • The modern human
    • Staying human
    • Self-mastery
    • What is food?
  • Why I Eat Wild
    • Species diversity and experiencing novelty
    • Walking humbly on the earth
    • Natural population limiter
    • Participating in the interconnected web of ecology
Jun 3, 2017

Caitlin Doughty — mortician, author and death acceptance advocate — joins us for a candid and humorous exploration of our mortality. Caitlin is on a mission to help our death-phobic society overcome anxieties about death and make death a part of life. She sheds light on all areas of death and the dying process in her popular Youtube channel “Ask a Mortician” and New York Times best-selling book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founded Death Salon. She also runs Undertaking LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit progressive funeral home that empowers families to have a closer relationship with their loved one’s death.

In this episode, Caitlin guides us through our rights — post mortem — and encourages us to consider a question not many are prepared to face: How would you like to die? Throughout our human history, families were responsible for the care of their own dead; the practice of transferring death care to a funeral home is a relatively new custom. Caitlin illuminates the non-funeral home & natural death care options that are available to us — at-home funerals, embracing decay, death doulas, natural burials and conservation cemeteries. Empower yourself to embrace the natural process of death and meaningfully interact with the dying process.

Episode Breakdown:

  • Show Introduction:
    • SurThrival Pine Pollen Sale, upcoming product teaser & I'd Rather Hunt + Gather t-Shirts
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Eating groundhog, roadkill deer and more!
    • Q&A: The sustainability of hunting for 7.5 billion people
  • Introducing Caitlin Doughty
  • How Caitlin become enamored with the post mortem aspect of anatomy
  • Theory and practice
  • What is the common response to humor about death?
  • The civilizing of civilization — what’s contributed to our fear and avoidance of death
  • Caitlin’s exploration into the death rituals of cultures around the world
  • Conservation cemeteries
  • Death doulas, the non-funeral home experience and death acceptance
  • The legalities of handling a dead body 
  • Immaturity about death
  • Elders vs orders
  • How Caitlin would like to die
  • Caitlin’s prognosis for the future of the human species
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