If you could talk to someone from the future—a future where we succeeded in creating a regenerative world—wouldn’t you want to know what we did to get there?
In this episode I talk to Elizabeth Russell the creator of the Dreamfruit Almanac. An intuitive planning tool that centers around Thirteen “Dreams” from a future past detailing step by step instructions for how we build that world. As Elizabeth writes “The opportunity within Dreamfruit is to let the wisdom of the imaginal realm become a practical tool of transformation.”
In our interview, we look at the “Dreams” that Elizabeth downloaded for 2020 and see how they measured up to the events we just lived through. It’s kinda my nod to the ‘year in review’ podcasts and news stories you see everywhere, but with a feminist and magical twist.
We also talk about the importance of deep imagination in navigating these difficult and often confusing times, and take a sneak peek at the ‘Dreams’ Elizabeth has received for 2021.
More about Dream Fruit
Dream fruit focuses on the themes of Natural time, Animism and Natural Allies and revolves around the 13 Dreams discussed above.
“Each of the thirteen “Dreams from the Future” animates the themes of the time and gives the psyche a narrative of transformation. These dreams are written in past tense. They can be read as missives from a future being or from the collective dream to help you conceive a path forward through the particular terrain of the time.”
In this episode we discuss the zine I wrote last year describing my experience of leaving a Mystery School in Portland, and my journey to unpack the manipulative and damaging experience I had there. It asks questions about whether the school is a cult and explores the kind of support that was helpful for me when coming forward, and the things that were very unhelpful. We also discuss the new name and revised mission of this podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play, or listen right here:
In this episode I sit down with Yarrow Magdalena to talk about the magic of embodiment. She tells her story of how she slowed her life down and reclaimed her own body, and her connection to magic in the process.
Yarrow Magdalena is a queer writer, body worker, celebrant and plant lover who supports soft folks in reclaiming embodiment and a connection to nature through everyday magic and ritual. Her practices around folk herbalism, tarot, journaling, movement and creative expression are meant to support a trauma informed and accessible path towards body liberation, self-acceptance and community. Yarrow also runs a web design + tech studio called Yarrow Digital which supports small businesses in building heartfelt, sustainable online platforms made to hold big dreams and beautiful communities. She specialises in custom made WordPress sites as well as easy to understand tech support, offers no-nonsense business mentoring and runs a low cost DIY Small Business School.
Vanessa Couto is an archetypal astrologer, artist and teacher. Her passion is to help her clients align their soul’s purpose with right livelihood through their business. Weaving archetypal astrology and story she helps you see the bigger picture of how your soul’s purpose and business are intertwined – beckoning you to express all spokes of your life’s wheel in your business branding. She’s also the creator of the coloring book: The Astrology of Joy – The Sun’s Heroic Journey.
For this episode, we will talk about archetypes of transformation as seen through the monthly New Moon, and explore the upcoming cosmic weather for the next three months.
In this episode I talk with Ancestral Lineage practitioner and artist Kim Charles Kay. Kim shares her journey with discovering her intuitive gifts, and how the support of her ancestral lineage has changed her life on a physical, artistic and emotional level.
I got to speak to writer and professional hiker, Carrot Quinn, this past spring. Full disclosure, Carrot has been a good friend for over 10 years now, and I am so excited to get to have her on this podcast.
Carrot graciously shared a bit of her writing with us, a passage from her hike across the Brooks range last summer. This leads us to a discussion about risk and fun while hiking in remote wilderness areas.
The conversation then turns to what Alaska represents for her. Carrot was born in Anchorage and lived there until she was nearly a teenager. Carrot describes what childhood was like for her growing up in poverty with a mentally ill mother, and finding her father at the age of 20. She also describes her emotional connection to the Boreal Forests of the Anchorage area. Her new book The Sunset Route is about the story of her childhood and the time she spent in her 20s hopping trains in the continental US. We talk a bit about grief and trauma and how writing helps her put order to the chaotic experience of growing up, but also how it’s really hard for her to revisit that time in her life.
We talk a little bit about the concept of home, and how growing up with CPTSD has made it hard for her to stay in one place for long.
We then move towards a discussion of politics and privilege within the long-distance hiking community, and how white supremacy is the foundation of our modern wilderness system. This leads to a discussion about our current policies at the southern border and how our government devalues the humans that are currently dying in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.
This goes on to a discussion about why conservation and environmental movements must be lead by indigenous people and people of color.