For this episode I had a fascinating conversation with Mark Lakeman about the power of public spaces in transforming neighbourhoods, small communities, and even cities. We journey together as he takes us around the globe for 7 years while he visited and studied indigenous cultures and their perspectives on public spaces, a voyage that was inspired by his disillusionment with the corporate architectural industry and in particular by a toxic cover-up underneath new Bank of America building, a building that his team was involved in designing.
Mark is literally carrying on his parent’s legacy as his father helped create Portland’s Pioneer Square and his mother studied public spaces in Medieval and Neolithic villages. Now fueled by his own vision and applying principles of permaculture design, he is transforming cityscapes into public gathering grounds.
Mark is an international leader in the development of regenerative public places, villages, and farms. As a revolutionary designer and urban permaculture activist, in 1996 Mark cofounded the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, where he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than 700 new regenerative projects. Through his leadership in City Repair and its annual Village Building Convergence, and his architecture and planning firm Communitecture, Inc., Mark has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark is a cofounder and lead instructor of Planet Repair Institute's Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC), and he is also a faculty member of Pacific Rim College’s School of Permaculture Design. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the National Lewis Mumford Award for Social Justice Design. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.
If you value community vibrancy and connection and are interested in indigenous values of coexistence, this episode will hopefully give you a strong foundation for action in your own neighbourhood.
Mark’s Workshop at PRC: Permaculture, Place-Making and Planet Repair
Pacific Rim College’s School of Permaculture Design
Online Natural Building Workshops at PRCOnline
During this episode, I journey with Joshua Hathaway through a paradigm-shifting, vision quest that led him to question so much about personal accountability and emotional states. We talk about the power of “nonviolent communication” and how Joshua has used it on city streets to likely save lives. We explore the concept of distinguishing fact from narrative and are reminded of the power of listening. We also discuss the “choice” of living in a victimized state, and Joshua gives what is now some of my favourite advice for healing emotional wounds.
Joshua Hathaway helps relationships thrive through the art of interpersonal communication. He is devoted to building a more beautiful, equitable, and consensual world, one conversation at a time. Through training and coaching individuals, couples, and organizations in exquisite communication and collaboration at MasterYourBullshit.com, he has been championing authentic connection in the bedroom and the boardroom. For over 12 years, Joshua has been walking men back to their full humanity, connecting them to their deep sensitivity and primal potency, and growing their capacity for intimate relationships through his Men’s Leadership work, most recently at the BrotherhoodCommunity.com. And, in collaboration with his partner, Lillie Claire Love, he is offering live and virtual training in Reclaiming Our Sexual Sovereignty as a path to healing trauma and embracing deeply satisfying intimacy in relationship.
Joshua will be presenting a 2-day workshop at Pacific Rim College on April 4 & 5 called “The Marriage of Compassion and Power” where he intends to fundamentally shift and evolve the way we communicate.
If you are interested in enhancing your connection with others through the power of mindful and masterful communication, you won’t want to miss a word of this episode.
90-minute communication webinar: bit.ly/ShiFTHappens
PRC Workshop with Joshua Hathaway on April 4-5: "The Marriage of Compassion and Power"
For this episode I sat down with Stacey Toews, husband, father, humanitarian, ecological steward, and my friend. Stacey is undoubtedly one of the greatest humans I know. He is kind, generous, passionate, intelligent, talented, and a person who makes me better just by being in his company.
Stacey is co-founder of Level Ground Trading, a Victoria-based company engaged directly with small-scale farmer groups. Annually they purchase the harvests of more than 5,000 organic, family farms. Level Ground sources everything from coffee and tea to dried fruit, cane sugar, and spices. The 23-year-old company emphasizes bright futures for farmers, sustainability in business, and being ‘the coffee that connects you’.
We explore his company ethos and Stacey’s decades’-long journey in educating about beyond fair-trade practices. We discuss entrepreneurial disappointments and successes.
We also look beyond Level Ground into Stacey’s personal life and pervasive passion for sustainability. Through his small-scale family farm in and his YouTube channel, Sustainable Stace, he is educating people about growing their own organic food.
Stacey and his wife Laurie have 4 children, 3 of whom were adopted from Haiti. We talk about how adoption and fatherhood have impacted Stacey and helped him to learn to calibrate his intensity.
And we also briefly talk about Stacey’s love for cycling and running, and now his new passion of longbow archery. Last year Stacey joined me on a retreat where we made our own longbows out of Pacific Yew, and we regularly shoot together.
If Stacey does not inspire you to cultivate the best version of you, then I missed my interviewing target.
Level Ground Trading: https://levelground.com/
Sustainable Stace: sustainablestace.com
Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti: https://www.cfchcanada.ca
Factfulness by Hans Rosling: gapminder.org
One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka: https://onestrawrevolution.net/
Pacific Rim College School of Permaculture Design: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/program/permaculture-design-and-resilient-ecosystems-diploma/
Bow Building Leadership Retreat: https://www.anchorpointexpeditions.com/bow-building-retreat
Continuing Education Permaculture Courses: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/school-of-continuing-education/continuing-education/
Online Permaculture Courses: https://pacificrimcollege.online/course-category/natural-building/
Permaculture, Place-Making, and Planet Repair with Mark Lakeman: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/event/permaculture-place-making-and-planet-repair-3/
I had a blast sitting down with Ellie Shortt to record this episode on nutrition. Ellie is great company and incredibly knowledgeable about many topics related to food, including using holistic nutrition to help people discover their optimal health.
After years of her own health struggles, Ellie found a way to take back her health simply by observing and modifying her diet. She had great mentors as her family is well-stocked with healthcare professionals who greatly value food and its medicinal potential. Nutrition is not always a panacea, and Ellie still occasionally has flare-ups of symptoms, but by being conscientious of the foods that she consumes, she is able to heed the messages that those symptoms are delivering and literally eat her way back to health.
We talked about more than just her personal health struggles, as Ellie is a sought-after holistic nutritionist with a thriving practice under her company known as Whole Happy. She takes us into the scenario of what it is like to be a client of Whole Happy: from the thorough consultation and subsequent advice to potential chaperoned grocery shopping trips and even pantry raiding. She delivers a one-stop experience to her clients who are serious about creating abundant health, and, by using her journalistic background, she is passionate about disseminating nutrition knowledge far and wide.
We also talk about the regular cooking classes that she offers at Victoria’s prestigious cooking school, The London Chef. It was there where I met Ellie many years ago as she was teaching cooking to Pacific Rim College students in the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition, as she still does today.
And as if Ellie is not immersed enough in the world of nutrition, last year she co-founded the local bistro Marta Café + Pantry. We talk about some of her struggles in getting a restaurant off the ground and the lessons she continues to learn from it.
With her food knowledge and lifestyle philosophies, Ellie has a bounty to offer. I am confident this episode will give you a great deal of valuable information to chew on.
WholeHappy Website + Blog: wholehappy.com
Cooking Classes at The London Chef: http://thelondonchef.com/classes/?taxonomy=pa_instructors&term=ellie-shortt
Marta Cafe + Pantry: https://www.martacafeandpantry.com/
Pacific Rim College: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/
Pacific Rim College Workshops: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/
Pacific Rim College Student Clinic: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/clinical-services/
PRCOnline Nutrition Courses: https://pacificrimcollege.online/course-category/holistic-nutrition/
In this fascinating episode with Robert Dale Rogers, we only scratched the surface of the lessons with plants and mushrooms that he has to offer. Truth be told, I got so excited about our mushroom discussion that we did not have a chance to talk plant medicine at all. That will have to be addressed in another episode.
Robert Rogers has been an herbalist for over 45 years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in Graduate Studies at York University in Toronto.
He presently teaches plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta.
Robert is also a faculty member of the School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College.
Robert is the author of 52 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle, Mushroom Essences, and Herbal Allies that documents Robert's journey with plant medicine.
Robert is one of 9 renowned instructors in Pacific Rim College’s online herbal medicine programs, the Home Herbalist Program and the Community Herbalist Certificate. Launching to the public in February and March 2020 respectively, they might just be the best online herbal medicine programs available anywhere. Studio filmed, professionally edited, and expert curated, the programs lead students into the incredible and seemingly magical world of herbal medicine, just as Robert does in this podcast.
I hope this fascinating episode with Robert Rogers spores your interest in the world of mushroom medicine.
https://pacificrimcollege.online/herbalistprograms/ - Robert's online herbal medicine program at Pacific Rim College
https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/school-of-western-herbal-medicine-phytotherapy/ - School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College
For this episode I sat down with permaculturlist Oliver Kellhammer in June 2018. We discussed many topics related to mindful living, such as the practice of permaculture and what it is, the role of art in permaculture and how Oliver uses this to combat climate change, the spread of wildfires and other natural disasters and their implications, and also his marriage to Zen Buddhist priest and novelist Ruth Ozeki.
Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City.
If you are interested in doing your part to make our planet healthier for current generations and those to come, this podcast will help root your determination.
Oliver Kellhammer: http://oliverk.org/
Ruth Ozeki: http://www.ruthozeki.com/
Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma at Pacific Rim College
Pacific Rim College Online permaculture classes: Natural Building Basics, Part 1 and Part 2
For this episode I sat down with Dr. Martha Lucas, a renowned practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who also holds a Ph.D. in Research Psychology. We explore many areas of Chinese Medicine including education, her deep expertise in pulse diagnosis, the ancient martial arts known as Qi Gong, natural anti-aging treatments as an alternative to botox, and her research into relinquishment wounds, which are psychological wounds to any child who is taken from its mother at birth.
Dr. Lucas has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and regularly teaches workshops at Pacific Rim College. Two of her courses are available right now through Pacific Rim College Online: “Qi Gong for Pain and Anti-Aging” and the acupuncture course “Unique Point Functions and Combinations”. Dr. Lucas offers mentorships in Pulse Diagnosis and Biofeedback Systems and teaches the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System.
Martha Lucas Mentorships in Pulse Diagnosis and Biofeedback Systems: https://lucasteachings.com/pulse-diagnosis-seminars/
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System: https://lucasteachings.com/cosmetic-acupuncture-seminars/
School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/school-of-acupuncture-oriental-medicine/
Online Course with Martha Lucas - "Qi Gong for Pain and Anti-Aging": https://pacificrimcollege.online/course/qi-gong-for-pain-anti-aging/
Online Course with Martha Lucas - "Unique Point Functions and Combinations": https://pacificrimcollege.online/course/unique-point-functions/
In July 2019, I sat down with Jill van Gyn, CEO of Fatso, a high-performance, fat-based peanut butter product that is based in Victoria, BC. Jill is a high-powered entrepreneur who is cutting her teeth in the food production industry with this innovative product that is flying off shelves. She shares with us so much of her journey, including how her humanitarian work in Uganda helped to fuel her passion for this product, and what one of her companies core values – and inch wide, mile deep – means to her. We also dive into the environmental consequences of the nut industry, including the almond glut, the extreme humanitarian toll of cashews, and organic versus non-organic peanuts. Jill is passionate about making healthy food available to the masses, and thus she cares deeply about the accessibility and sustainability of the ingredients in Fatso, which we geek out on extensively. Jill also shares with us many of her company milestones, such as successfully auditioning “American Idol” style for Whole Foods shelf space, winning over the Dragons on Dragons Den, and launching into the United States. If you are interested in whole foods nutrition, where your food comes from, the food production industry, and start-ups in general, this is a fast-paced episode that is filled with tasty morsels.
Robin van Gyn: https://robinvangyn.com/
School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC: https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/faculties-programs/school-of-holistic-nutrition/
PRCOnline Holistic Nutrition courses: https://pacificrimcollege.online/course-category/holistic-nutrition/