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The Nature of Sound: Sounds of the Ocean (Joshua Sam Miller)
Today we begin our series on ‘The Nature of Sound’. In this series we’ll be talking with people who are working at the intersection of sounds and the natural environment. Who better to start that with than globetrotting. multi-instrumentalist Joshua Sam Miller? Joshua is a world recording artist, composer and producer on a mission to connect people to the natural world through sound. Joshua travels the world collecting sounds from nature and combining them with musical traditions from all corners of the earth - all culminating in his live a remote multi-media experiences that provide a place for listeners to relax and embody sound. Joshua is here to talk to us about recording his latest album, Sounds of The Ocean, which is to be released 08 June 2022 and can be found at  Original music for this episode is titled 'Greetings' off the new album Sounds of The Ocean by Joshua Sam Miller. You can find info on Joshua's music, podcasts, live events and other work at: & Please Consider supporting The Transnatural Perspectives Podcast by leaving a episode based donation, become a monthly sponsor or share any questions or ideas with us @  Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram  TIMESTAMPS (+/- 30 seconds accuracy) 00:03:20 Introducing Joshua Sam Miller 00:04:057 Choosing Instruments to compliment what it sounds like underwater 00:05:55 Joshua’s Musical and Nature-Based Origins 00:08:00 Leaving and Returning to Music 00:09:45 Connecting with Nature in a New Way 00:15:00 Accepting and Integrating Technology, Nature and Music 00:18:50 Making Sounds of the Ocean 00:30:30 The Live Concert Experience 00:36:40 Bringing the Ocean Experience and Working with Local Communities 00:41:55 The Global Audience Response & The Call to Costa Rica 00:48:10 New Album, World Oceans Day at the UN, & The Future 00:52:40 The Embodied Sounds Podcast 00:54:20 Audience Question: Most Used Instruments? 00:58:10 Audience Question: Working with Sounds from Other Landscapes? 00:59:50 Audience Question: Increased Accessibility via Virtual Reality (VR) Experience? 01:05:30 Where to connect with Joshua and Sounds of the Ocean 00:07:35 Closing Thoughts 01:09:35 Song: ‘’Greetings’’ from Sounds of the Ocean by Joshua Sam Miller (Released: 08 June 2022)
June 01, 2022
Recapturing Life: Biking the Great American Rail-Trail ( Whitney Washington )
Whitney Washington is an Adventure Filmmaker, Storyteller and Long Distance Cyclist. I first came across Whitney’s work via Instagram in the summer of 2021. I along with many others watched for months as Whitney traveled by bike across the United States. Via social media, Whitney weaves followers an inspirational narrative tale of self-exploration while refurbishing a childhood bike and riding it 3000 miles across the North American continent with minimal previous biking or camping experience. Our conversation cover the trials, tribulations and joys of solo bike-packing and how Recapturing one’s life can mean challenging one’s nightmares to live out one’s dreams. Please LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE to this Podcast. For more info check out Whitney's Instagram (@recapturinglife) or website ( Consider leaving a tip, donation or sponsorship for this episode or others @ Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/  Medium. TIMESTAMPS (+/- 30 seconds accuracy) 00:00:00 Introduction: Opening Perspectives, Whitney Washington, Sponsorship Campaign 00:06:45 North Florida and Urban Sprawl, Whitney’s nature-based upbringing: Allowing myself to tell my own story, From corporate media to Cycling across the United States 00:15:15 Celebrating Movement, Recapturing Life 00:20:20 Riding Rail trails 00:25:28 Learning by Doing: Be Prepared and Improvise along the way 00:30:48 A journey of Wellness and Self Care, challenges and fears 00:35:00 Input from friends and Family, The appeal of the Long Journey 00:42:30 The kindness of strangers and meeting new friends 00:47:22 Making Nature Connections along the way 00:52:45 Overcoming tough times on the road: IOWA is NOT FLAT 00:56:30 Biking into the Future! Alaska to Argentina! 00:59:30 Where to stay up to date with Whitney’s work and journey 01:00:30 Recapturing Life: Confronting the ‘Nightmare’ 01:02:00 Closing Perspectives SFX: Music: ''Future'' by Fazerklang
April 23, 2022
Digital Mobile Technology & Outdoor Education ( Imre Van Kraalingen )
In this episode we discuss the impact of digital mobile technology on Outdoor Education with Cultural Anthropologist Imre van Kraalingen. Imre's PhD research, via the Department of Teacher Education and Outdoor Life Studies (Friluftsliv) at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, aims to develop accounts of how mobile technologies form a part of contemporary teaching and learning experiences in higher outdoor education in Norway.  Also, hear some comparative insights about winter outdoor life in Florida and Norway and we discuss a listener's questions about integrating the outdoors into daily lessons. All that and a whole lot more! Please sens you questions & comments! Please share, subscribe, support and enjoy! Thanks for listening! Visit for all our shows, publications, info on how to become a supporter and everything else you every wanted! Learn more about Imre's work here: Read Pathways to learn more about Outdoor Education and activities here: Timestamps: 00:00:50 Opening thoughts: Show updates, Comparative reflections on Winter in Florida & Norway 00:11:40 Imre van Kraalingen: Cultural Anthropologist, Research and International Super Volunteer 00:16:10 PhD Research in Outdoor Education with Adults 00:19:50 Connections & Controversy: Norwegian Outdoor Culture and Digital Technology 00:26:45 Understanding the nuances of technology use in Outdoor Education 00:36:10 Intentionality: the opportunity to adapt mobile technology to outdoor pedagogy 00:44:50 The accessibility gap to mobile tech around the world and it’s relevance 00:46:25 ‘’The Wall’’ of mobile tech as a classic challenge that Outdoor Ed is uniquely prepared for 00:49:00 Adaptability and Intentional use: the pedagogical use of tech in Outdoor Education 00:57:20 Further Research: Impact of Technology on Outdoor Experiences and International Online Outdoor Studies Forum 01:02:00 Reflections, Listener Question: How to get my student in touch with nature more regularly, Place Based Mindset, Adventure Around the Corner and more Music Credit: 'Future' by Fazerklang
February 10, 2022
Research on the Frontier of Discovery: From Antarctica to The Moon ( Wilson Cheung Wai Yin )
This episode was originally released a year ago, but due to technical difficulties has only resurfaced now! Wilson Cheung Wai Yin is the founder and director of Polar Research and Expedition Consultancy as well he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), a Member of The Explorers Club and on the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Humanities & Social Sciences Expert Group...he’s a graduate of the TEOS program where we studied together and you hear a lot about on this show. Wilson is a true renaissance person with a detailed professional skill set that covers just about anything one could imagine in the Air, on the Land, ice or below the sea. He guided everywhere you can imagine in the arctic and polar regions of the world, quite opposite of his native Hong Kong. In today's conversation we discuss his early nature experiences when growing up in Hong Kong, his experience in polar guiding, cross-cultural research in tourism and climate change, The role of citizen science in tourism, his plans to travel to space...yeah that’s right I said space...and a whole lot more. Wilson's photography is on Instagram @polarwilson or contact him via his website Support the show via Patreon: Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Blog Articles:  / Youtube One time Donation: Music by Fazerklang SFX: 00:08:07 from  From Polar guide to polar scientist 00:09:46 How Wilson’s experience in Polar tourism exploration began in Antarctica 00:12:47 The role of Language and Skill in becoming a Polar Guide 00:13:52 Wilsons early nature experiences growing up in Hong Kong’s British colonial period.  00:17:40 From failing entrance exams to representing his university on scholarship in Antarctica 00:24:45 Advantages and Disadvantages of pursuing a career in the Outdoors in Hong Kong 00:26:56 Working in “Paradise” a.k.a Antarctica as a Polar guide 00:28:51 Antarctica and the Asian Perspective (or lack of an Asian arctic exploration connection) 00:32:00 Antarctica as an International Space for Humankind 00:35:00 Antarctica as a place to influence peace 00:38:46 The Antarctica Treaty 00:42:05 Wilsons Polar Research 00:43:52 Growth of Chinese Tourism in Antarctica 00:49:28 Is it possible to avoid Disneyfication or McDonaldization of tourism Activity in Antarctica 00:53:30 The Need for arctic tourism & Citizen science Tourism in on Polar Tourism 00:59:56 Wilson climate and glacial melt research 01:10:24 Wilsons quest for a mountaineering world record 01:12:15 Researching on the Frontier of Discovery  01:16:45 Preparing for space travel and Moon Lab Construction 01:20:33 Outlook on a challenging Future and advice on achieving dreams and goals 01:25:45 Wilson's upcoming publications 01:25:00 Closing reflections
December 24, 2021
Reimagining Cemeteries as Recreational Spaces in Aotearoa/New Zealand ( Karl Nesbitt )
Karl Nesbitt has spent his career working in Parks and Recreation management in Aotearoa / New Zealand. Karl serves on the World Urban Parks Cemeteries committee and he has lead a number of initiative to transition cemeteries into recreational spaces, particularly in rural communities, whilst collaborating with the indigenous Maori community and other religious and cultural groups to create more equitable and accessible outdoor recreations spaces. Please Enjoy! Share! Send us your thoughts! Visit for more info on the podcast, blog, writing services, and how you can contact or become a supporter of the show. Plus check out my new song ‘Home Burial’, from my solo musical project BoTik. The album addresses, amongst other topics, existential environmental issues.  For more info and the link to listen, visit Listen to the whole album, ''Songs At The End of the World'', available at  TIMESTAMPS 00:00:59 Podcast updates, Lithuania, New Music & introducing our guest, Parks and Recreation Cemetery specialist Karl Nesbitt 00:08:35 Landscape in the Land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa/New Zealand 00:11:50 Settler/Indigenous co-governance and the influence of Indigenous knowledge’s on Politics, Education and land management 00:18:30 Transitioning cemeteries into recreation: Cultural Past, present & future in Aotearoa/New Zealand 00:25:45 Cemetery as a consistent place of peace and greenspace around the world 00:35:25 Different perspectives on death Current examples of cemeteries being (re)designed as recreational areas Taboos and Opposition to Cemeteries as a recreational spaces Cemeteries as highly accessible places for nature connection and play 00:41:30 Future of Cemeteries is in welcoming transition and respecting cultures 00:43:49 Closing Reflections 00:50:40 New Song: 'Home Burial' by BoTik
December 06, 2021
Nature Connection, Consciousness, Spirituality & Indigenous Knowledge ( Graham Ellis-Smith )
Graham Ellis-Smith has provided services in a range of areas concerning Aboriginal people, culture and economic development for over 25 years. Graham's work has focused on employment and enterprise development, intercultural and environmental education (2 Way), access to and management of land; and culturally aligned and appropriate healing processes for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In this episode we dig deep into Graham's life and experience perspectives on indigeneity, spirituality and universality throughout all aspects of his work. Plus check out my new song ‘Midnight Sun’, from my solo musical project BoTik. This is the newest single from the album ''Songs At The End of the World'' coming out October 2021. The album addresses, amongst other topics, existential environmental issues.  For more info and the link to listen, visit Visit for more info on the podcast, blog, writing services, and how you can become a supporter of the show. Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/  Medium. 00:00:00 Welcome Back! Season 2!New Music! 00:05:00 Getting to know Graham and his local landscape 00:10:00 An Authentic Outdoor Education:Growing up with the Australian Bush as Playground 00:19:10 Connection consciousness, Indigeneity & Spirituality 00:27:30 Fundamental truths expressed through nature & shared indigenous origins 00:31:28 The Life Cycle: parallels across peoples and outdoor programs 00:42:30 Aboriginal Elders and Quantum Physics 00:43:45 Facilitating open spaces to talk about ‘strange’, ‘supernatural’ and otherwise spiritual experiences 00:50:20 Graham’s introduction into Aborigianal society 00:55:32 Acceptance and Responsibility to the land 00:57:40 Why have we forgotten about out connections with nature 01:03:32 How are we remembering who we are? 01:06:00 Outdoor Programs :‘Slowing down’ & being ‘’present’’ into 01:15:00 Mindfulness: Negotiating our Past and future while remaining in the present 01:22:00 Aboriginal Teachers on destroying the earth, destroying ourselves 01:24:52 Re(Creation): What are we re-creating when engaging in recreation? 01:34:00 Awareness: Falling asleep Collectively, Waking up individually 01:36:45 Take the opportunity to provide triggers, sew seeds, and build bridges 01:39:50 Closing Reflections 01:43:00 Song: “Midnight Sun” by BoTik
October 13, 2021
Class Dismissed: Let's Diversify Community Sourced Education!
Live from THE PARK! Big thanks to everyone for tuning in, listening up and speaking out during this first season of the Transnatural Perspectives Podcast. The journey has just begun but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past season. It's be great and it's also been a ton of work behind the scenes (and maybe on our brains too!) and some critical distance is in order to recharge and marinate with some really expansive ideas on the horizon! In this episode I discuss Oslo Parks, Podcast Origins, Shout out to teachers, evolving perspectives on community based education and, of course, my top 17 episodes of the season. While we break, I hope you have time to enjoy yourself and catch up on all of our previous episodes while you're at it! Please Share, Subscribe & Support this podcast! Visit for more info on the podcast, blog, writing services, and how you can become a supporter of the show. Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/  Medium. Music by Fazerklang SFX: 00:01:44 Oslo Parks 00:03:48 Origins of the Podcast 00:06:38 Taking a podcast break 00:07:59 We all have the ability to educate 00:10:42 Same Planet...Different Worlds 00:12:30 Teaching! Hollywood production...without the support! 00:15:11 Diversified Community Based Education 00:17:15 My top 17 episodes: Thank yous and brief summaries 00:35:48 Closing Reflections
June 10, 2021
Speaking Through Coal: The Art of Appalachian Fatalism, Resource Extraction and Electracy ( Ernie Roby-Tomic )
In this new episode we hear from Artist and Researcher Ernie Roby-Tomic  in the wake of his recently released, online exhibition *Exposing Coal  Seams and Appalachian Fatalism with Digital Apparatuses* published in  the (online) Nordic Journal for Artistic Research. Ernie Roby-Tomic is a  multimedia artist and researcher who uses, among many mediums and  methods, music, poetry, archival research, video game design, GIS and 3D  printing via the paradigms of Electracy and Verticality to tell the  stories of resource extraction of rural coal country culture in West  Virginia in the United states.     The view the exhibit visit:    Visit for more info about Ernie's work     Visit for more info on the podcast,  blog, writing services, and how you can become a supporter of the show.      Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/  Medium.     Please Share, Subscribe & Support!     Music by Fazerklang SFX:    TIMESTAMPS:   00:00:00 Introduction (Listen! Share! Subscribe! Donate! Enjoy!)  00:05:00 All about balkan brass music and the Guca festival in Serbia  00:10:00 How we know each others, Florida and The Moonbus Fesitval  00:15.:00 Ernie's Art, Sleep Science and Labor movements in Late Capitalist Society  00:19:15 Reclamation: Exhibition on Resource extraction culture in Appalachia  00:24:00 Growing up in an Appalachian Coal mining culture  00:26:00 History of the Appalachian mountains and Coal mining  00:29:30 Politicization of the Coal Industry  00:36:20 Influence of Black Lung Disease and Japanese Video Games  00:44:20 Mining for Data recreating coal mining maps  00:56:00 Theory of Electracy, Heuristics & Talking through the bodies of miners  01:08:45 Walking us through the Exhibition Landscape  01:18:00 Redneck activism and Politics role in Coal Country  01:28:00 The Green Bank Observatory: Themes of paradox and verticality at the intersection of environment, society and industry.  01:34:45 Connection and reclamation through technology and familial relations  01:37:45 Appalachian Fatalism: The coal cycle, Disaster Ballads and Feminist Critique   01:55:00 Energy Extraction: Performance Project on the Sago Mine disaster, Doom Tubas and Sleep  02:08:00 Are you making Electracy?  02:11:00 Final Reflections
May 21, 2021
Experiential Education: Foster Care & Roma Communities in Hungary w/ Árpád Bárnai
Árpád Bárnai is the director of the Academy of Experience in Budapest. The Academy supports local youth in foster care programs and Roma communities through offering Outdoor and Experiential Education workshops, activities, and other community-building exchange opportunities. Learn more about Árpád's work with the Academy of Experience here Listen to Árpád's "Source" Podcast Visit for more info on this podcast, blog, writing services, and how you can become a $upporter of the show. Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/ Medium. Please Share, Subscribe & Support! Music by Fazerklang SFX:  In this episode (in this order)  00:00:00 Episode Opener 00:02:18 Introducing Arpad Barnai 00:05:50 Environment in Budapest, Hungary 00:12:20 Growing up in Hungary, nature connections, Grandma’s Village 00:18:45 The phenomenon of place based exploration vs charismatic mega experiences 00:20:35 Nature Connection & Ecological Consciousness in Hugarian Culture 00:25:45 Ecological issues in Hungary 00:29:00 Arpad’s work with Experiential Education at the Academy of Experience 00:39:25 Circumstances of Roma Communities & Experiential Education programs with Roma Youth in Budapest 00:48:35 The value of volunteering, exchange and creating a new community in a new place 00:54:50 The power of the facilitator 01:08:15 Societal oppostion, support and the role of discrimination encountered 01:12:45 The future of Social work and Environmental Experiential Learning 01:14:40 Arpad’s Podcast “The Source” & The Power of Discussion and Long form conversation 01:22:00 Closing Reflections
April 23, 2021
Ecofeminism, Surfing & Leisure Culture w/ Dr. Rebecca Olive
Dr. Rebecca Olive is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her feminist cultural studies research has focused on women’s experiences surfing and issues of localism, in the water and on social media. Her work focuses on issues of equity and diversity in action/lifestyle sports and cultures.  Learn more about Dr. Olive's work at Visit for more info on the podcast, blog, writing services, and how you can become a supporter of the show.  Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Youtube/ Medium. Please Share, Subscribe & Support! Music by Fazerklang SFX: Timestamps Introduction 00:04:00 Interview start and Dr. Olive’s amazing writing 00:05:20 Researching nature-based sports and the politics within Surfing, Sex & Gender politics 00:09:20 Place-based research:  Why Surfing? Why the Sea’? 00:14:10 Best and worst of Surfing: The culture doesn’t always do justice to what activities have to offer. 00:15:20 Localism and Exclusivity in Activity 00:19:35 Loving and researching problematic issues 00:22:55 Research Method: “Thinking the Social through the Self”f, auto/ethnography, Shared experience & Knowledge. 00:24:50 Issues in Accessibility & learning to surf 00:35:10 That “Aha moment” that lead to an interest in the localist culture & politics around surfing 00:40:15  Living with Sharks and understanding one's place in the environment and limitations. 00:54:24 Humans/Nature: Roller skiing in Norway, National identity and Climate Change 00:59:05 Feminism and Ecofeminism 01:04:23 Understanding misconceptions of Feminism 01:09:03 Critiques of Ecofeminism 01:10:32 Gendering and Feminisation of Nature 01:14:00 Gender as a starting point for Rethinking the Politics & Ethics of our societal  relationships 01:15:45 Appreciating the nature of one’s place 01:24:13 The importance of Sport & Leisure in achieving Social and Ecological sustainability and Systemic Change 01:32:30 Moving Oceans and more work from Dr. Olive 01:33:39 Closing Reflections
March 17, 2021
Ecological Economics w/ Dr. Ove Daniel Jakobsen
Dr. Ove Daniel Jakobsen is a Researcher and Professor of Ecological Economics at Nord University in the Arctic town of Bodø, Norway. Ove has dedicated his life to the study of Ecological economics and has written many books on the topic including his latest, Anarchism and Ecological economics. Ecological Economics takes a Transdisciplinary approach to the topic of economics that connects Ecology, Sociology and Culture while taking a holistic, decentralized, community lead, bottom-up approach in designing a more sustainable economy for both humans and the inhabitants of more than the human world. Please contact the show with your questions and thoughts via More on Dr. Jakobsen's work, books and contact information at Visit for more info on the podcast, our blog and writing offers, and how you can become a monthly supporter or donor to the show. Follow on @Transnatualpod on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Medium Please Share, Subscribe & Support! Time Stamps 00:04:29 A Transdisciplinary Study: Ecology, Sociology and Culture 00:07:49 Integrating Utopian Dialogue in Business and Education 00:13:00 Ecological Economics: A bottom up approach consisting of decentralized cooperative networks 00:14:50 What does ‘’The Good Life’’ look like in real life? 00:17:50Connecting nature, Individual development and Systems change 00:21:10In practice: Transition Towns in England 00:28:30 Demystifying the term UTOPIA 00:30:30 Why Greenwashing and Harm Reduction is problematic 00:32:45 Changing From Economic Growth to Green Growth 00:34:45 Why Growth? 00:37:00 The role of optimism: Start talking about what we SHOULD be doing TO develop! 00:40:45 From Crushing Capitalism to Eco Anarchism 00:48:00 Ove’s Book Anarchism and Ecological Economics More information: Introduction to Ecological Economics w/ Dr. Jakobsen (in English):
March 02, 2021
The Life Cycle: Travel Writing as Environmental Activism w/ Dr. Kate Rawles
Dr. Kate Rawles is an Outdoor Philosopher, Writer, Cyclist and activist who is using her love for epic journeys to communicate on environmental issues. Her upcoming book, The Life Cycle, sets our focus on Biodiversity as she bikes from Costa Rica to the southern tip of South American. Kate Joins us from here home in Northern England to discuss everything from what she left academia become a full time Environmental Activist and Travel writer! For more information about the Adventures of Dr. Kate Rawles and her writings visit her website or find her on Twitter @CarbonCycleKate For all show info, blog articles, and other information visit Please Share, Subscribe & consider donating to the show via Patreon:  One time or Custom Donation:  Follow on Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Youtube Music by Fazerklang SFX: Time Stamps 00:00:00 Pre-Show Notes 00:04:00 The Life Challenge of balancing Academia and Activism 00:06:15 Evolving Awareness of Existential issue sin the World of Adventure 00:08:37 How Tradition Adventure Narratives has been instrumental in the environmental crisis 00:11:37 Why approaching Adventure by Bike is innately unique? 00:14:36 Adventure Plus! Adventure With a Purpose 00:19:00 Adventure as an Engaging way to communicate on Environmental Issues 00:20:06 The Carbon Cycle Journey across North America 00:24:00 Kate’s Adventure Writing process 00:26:55 Traveling alone vs. Travelling with a partner 00:30:31 Dealing with Deadlines, Destinations and Fear of missing out while on Journeys 00:34:08 Dreaming of a trip with no end! 00:37:12 The Life Cycle: Newest Book and Journey through South America 00:38:01 BioDiversity in South America 00:42:20 Projects Kate visited on her journey through South America 00:46:44 How can someone prepare for such a journey? 00:47:51 Why ride a bamboo bike? 00:49:30 Logistic of where to stay? 00:51:33 Wildlife, Food and Camping on the South America Trip 00:52:59 Vegetarian eating in North America vs South America 00:55:07 Transatlantic Travel on a Carbon Diet: Cargo Ship Cruising! 00:59:32 Overall representation of Environmental Issues in 2021 vs 2006 01:02:10 How to Contact Kate 01:04:00 Post-Show reflections
February 17, 2021
The Tiny House Movement w/ Alice Wilson
Alice Wilson is an ERSC funded PhD researcher in Urban Sociology at the University of York in the U.K. Wilson's PhD research focuses on the experiences of women in the UK Tiny House movement and the potential that Tiny Houses have to address inter-generational justice issues whilst moving closer to achieving our environmental justice goals in the U.K. and around the world. As well, is the Director of Ophouse Tiny housing project in York & co-founder of Women in Academia. Connect with Alice via Twitter Tiny House Research in Action  &  Women in Academia: For all show info, blog articles and other links visit Please Share, Subscribe & consider donating to the show via Patreon:  One time or Custom Donation:  Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Youtube Music by Fazerklang SFX: 00:05:00 Origins of Alice’s research in Tiny Houses (Working from the inside out!) 00:09:25 The Place of Tiny Houses in Society 00:11:40 Legalities of Tiny House Living and Why Alice can’t live in her Tiny House 00:15:48 Communities Researched in the Study 00:17:55 Women in the current tiny house movement 00:20:29 Intergenerational Justice Issues 00:26:00 Social & Cultural Goals: Communication & Demystification of People living in Tiny Houses 00:28:45 Environmental Benefits of Tiny Houses: Sustainability! 00:30:43 Less space, less stuff, better LIFE! 00;34:00 Tiny Houses, Homelessness and affordable housing 00:38:58 Tiny Houses Nexus of accessibility to shelter and social mobility! 00:40:10 OpHouse - Tiny House Community and THE FUTURE 00:45:04 The Women in Academia Organization
January 31, 2021
Ecological Consciousness in the COVID era w/ Bob Henderson
Dr. Bob Henderson is an Outdoor Educator, Travel Guide, Speaker and Author of many great books on both Canadian Outdoor Recreation and Norwegian Friluftsliv. As well, Bob was a professor of Outdoor Education for 29 years at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. In this episode, Bob joins us from the Oak Ridges Moraine in Ontario for a conversation on trends observed in outdoor activities, land use, education and more in the COVID era (thus far) as they relate to Ecological Consciousness. We also reflect on how these trends may influence the years to come. This is an exercise in reflection and renegotiation of our actions, education and methods of communication in this overarching era of the Anthropocene. What do you think of our observations? Agree? disagree? Did we leave something out? Is there something you'd like to ad? Contact the show to let us know :) Check out the times stamps below & contact the show if you have a topic you'd like to discuss.  Contact Bob on Facebook, Instagram or at his website For all show info, blog articles and other links visit Please Share, Subscribe & consider donating to the show via Patreon:  One time or Custom Donation:  Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Youtube Music by Fazerklang SFX: Time Stamps 00:01:17 What is Ecological Consciousness? 00:03:00 Is Ecological Consciousness something we’re becoming conscious of OR something within our consciousness? 00:06:04 Ecological Consciousness as “The Matrix” and the Two pillars of Ecological Consciousness 00:08:37 Connections between COVID and Ecological Consciousness 00:09:30 The Rise in the Kidnapping Domestic Pets and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” 00:13:30 Seeking comfort, Hygge & Koselig-ness as the world becomes increasingly harsher 00:15:00 Rise of Norwegian Friluftsliv in North American Popular Culture and critique from Indigenous populations 00:19:00 More Friluftsliv = More Accessibility to the Outdoors 00:22:15 Forest are filling up! Outdoor equipment is SOLD OUT 00:24:30 How has increased activity in the forest altered the outdoor culture , the parks, trails and transportation infrastructure of these areas? 00:31:00 International VS Local “Tourism” in the time of COVID 00:35:00 Consciousness of Increased Screen Time 00:37:15 Changes in how people are thinking about travel 00:41:25 Increased Demand for Alternative Schools 00:45:40 Climate Change awareness and media narrative in the age of COVID 00:47:50 Fusion of Social, Cultural and Ecological Sustainability 00:52:55 Ecologizing Education, Politics and Society at large 00:55:41 Environmental Communication & Literacy 00:58:45 Environmental Education for Adults 01:00:17 Lack of will to accept Climate Change 01:02:20 Renegotiating our Inert Ideas & the Adventure of change More info about the show
January 13, 2021
Outdoor Adventure and Epilepsy w/ Fran Turauskis of Seize Your Adventure
Fran Turauskis is a writer and creator of the Seize Your Adventure podcast, which showcases stories of adventurers and outdoor lovers alike who also happen to have epilepsy, After Fran walked the Camino de Santiago, solo, in 2017, she became uncomfortable with descriptions such as 'brave' and 'inspirational' when people learned about her epilepsy diagnosis. She created the Seize Your Adventure podcast to normalize the idea of epilepsy in adventure settings. Fran has a lot of good ol’ adventure stories to share with us as well we discuss where this all fits in both the classic and emerging adventure narratives. If you looking for more information on this term the “adventure narrative” check back to episode 2 of this podcast where we break that term down in detail with Bob Henderson. Check out Fran's work at her website Seize Your Adventure. Follow Fran on Twitter | Facebook.  Support the show via Patreon: Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Blog Articles:  / Youtube One time Donation: Music by Fazerklang SFX: 00:00:00 Introduction 00:03:00 Welcome Fran to the show 00:04:30 What does Fran mean by “Seize your Adventure”? 00:05:45 What is Epilepsy? 00:08:05 What are some initial concerns, in regards to activity, when one finds out they have epilepsy? 00:09:50 How did the podcast start and Fran’s experience with epilepsy? 00:12:45 Fran’s adventure’s before and after finding out she has epilepsy 00:15:30 Can nature connection help with symptoms of epilepsy? 00:17:30 Why is there such a lack of research on the topic Epilepsy and Outdoor Recreation? 00:21:00 Are there certain activities that are maybe more conducive towards the epileptic experience? 00:25:54 About Fran’s recent Ultra Run 00:29:37 Fran’s interpretation of Adventure 00:31:47 Finding Adventure in London 00:35:00 Finding one’s “Inner Peak” 00:39:52 How is the “Adventure Narrative” evolving? 00:44:53 Things people with epilepsy might need to think about before going on a journey? 00:47:20 Tips about how friends can support a fellow traveler who happens to have epilepsy 00:50:26 Particular pre-journey logistical planning for those with epilepsy 00:53:45 Organizations that work with Epilepsy and Outdoor Pursuits 00:54:56 Seize Your Adventure and site-specific dramaturgy 00:56:20 Fran’s favorite microadventures and future plans 00:57:47 Fran’s obsession with BEARS! 00:59:54 Closing Reflections
December 02, 2020
Evolving Perspectives on Travel w/ Jason Moore (Zero to Travel Podcast)
Jason Moore is the host of the Zero to Travel podcast, one of the longest-running and most widely listened to travel podcasts available. Jason is also the co-founder of Location Indie, an online community that helps people combine their love of travel and entrepreneurship into sustainable ways of life that are not dependent on being in a single location. After interviewing over 400 travellers over the past 7 years on his podcast, Jason is here to share with us his nuanced perspectives on the state of travel and evolving perspectives on "What travel really means?".  As well, Jason is a fellow USAmerican living in Oslo, Norway, neighbour and a good friend, so we have lots to reflect on about life in and "outside the box". If you like what you hear on this show, you can check out an episode we did together over on his podcast and many others at The Zero to Travel Podcast. Follow Jason on YouTube | Twitter | CONTACT Josh with comments, ideas, interview requests,  funding/advertising propositions Email: Twitter / Facebook / Medium @TRANSNATURALPOD / Blog Articles:  / Youtube Donate: Music by Fazerklang SFX: 00:01:55 Etymology of the Word Travel 00:05:48 How this podcast got started 00:07:05 What does Transnaturalism really mean? An example...The Global Potato! 00:09:17 Living in Norway: Where Nature is the Home of Culture! How does nature inform the culture? 00:11:15 Zero 2 Travel Podcast: Sharing perspectives & Helping people travel the world on their terms 00:19:23 Changes in perceptions of travel due to climate change and pandemic times. Have you seen any trends happening in the way that people are travelling? 00:20:37 Human Powered & Slow Travel 00:26:44 Josh’s month biking trip in Norway, the layers of that experience & identifying with the roadside flora and fauna. 00:30:43 Shifting your mindset: Finding nature in cities and Landscape Architecture. 00:35:20 Get that “travel feeling” in your daily life and creating your own micro-adventures 00:39:27 Choosing Your own Adventure & the evolution of the travel mindset 00:46:05 Why study the Outdoors?...and the associated myths 00:48:00 Taking the time and space to appreciate things...when away or at home 00:50:58 Setting limitations in a world of unlimited options may lead to more freedom. The pandemic puts this to the test in a big way. 00:54:25 Digital Nomadism, Location Independence, and the Triangle of freedom 00:58:42 Personal fulfillment can lead to a positive impact on your community and environment at large 01:02:19 How can you connect with Jason? 01:03:41 Closing thoughts
November 25, 2020
Wild Swimming : Purposeful Adventure and Water Conservation in the U.K. w/ Laura Sanderson
** Please Subscribe, Share and Enjoy the show! ** Time Stamps and Show description Below ** Laura Owen Sanderson is the founder of "We Swim Wild" a non for profit organization that inspires, unites and empowers wild swimming communities and water users to take action against microplastic pollution and other silent contaminates in U.K waterways. Laura, base din Snowdownia, Wales in the U.K., stopped by the virtual studio to share her story of how wild cold water swimming changed her life, taking her from the pain of chronic illness to becoming an advocate for water conservation and her current mission of swimming across all 15 national parks in the U.K. while organizing over 100 volunteers to conduct the largest citizen science water research project ever conducted in the country. Laura’s story is one that shows the healing power of nature connectedness and the ability to return the favour by becoming a defender of the voiceless natural world. Find out more by visiting Watch the film “Hydrotherapy” For full show description check out Blog Articles: CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests,  funding/advertising propositions...etc Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD Facebook: Youtube: Email: Donate: Music by Fazerklang ************************************************************** 00:03:20 Welcome Laura! What is wild swimming? 00:04:45 Healing Fibromyalgia and inflammation with cold water swimming 00:09:20 Growing up in Snowdonia, disconnecting from nature while teaching &reconnecting for wellness 00:11:25 Laura’s film “Hydrotherapy” 00:14:15 Research on the health benefits of cold wild swimming 00:16:39 The Fear of open water & The surge of wild swimming in the time of COVID 00:18:40 Staying safe while wild cold water swimming 00:20:13 What is the “We Swim Wild” organization? 00:23:20 Citizen Science: mapping micro plastics in U.K. water with The #Waterloggers 00:26:17 #SourceToSea project: Swimming every national park in the U.K. 00:33:30 Silent contaminants & Agriculture Sewage 00:34:15 Initial findings from #SourceToSea project 00:35:30 Citizen Science as a form of activism 00:39:14 Tourism with a purpose 00:43:10 Urban Wild Swimming 00:45:50 Top Tips for getting started with wild swimming in your own local swim spot
November 17, 2020
"Outward Bound" : Psychology, Education, Activity & Environment w/ James T. Neill
** Please Subscribe, Share and Enjoy the show! ** Time Stamps and Show description Below ** For full show description check out Blog Articles:  CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests,  funding/advertising propositions...etc   Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD   Facebook:  Youtube:  Email:   Donate:   ************************************************************** Today we speak with James T. Neill who is an educational psychologist and professor at the University of Canberra. James’ expertise and interests lie in outdoor education, adventure therapy, green exercise, experiential education and more. James is a pioneer in his research with Outward Bound and other adventure therapy programs as they relate to life skills, mental health, and adjustment to health and medical conditions. James also has some incredible adventures on the high seas in his efforts to collect hard to get data on Outward Bound, a story he will share with us.  00:00:00 Intro & Welcome James T. Neill 00:07:04 A researcher of many themes! Are you an Ecopsychologist? Struggling for an identity!  00:10:36 The Education of picking fruit 00:13:39 An life-changing accident: Practice to Research 00:16:10 Collecting research on Outward Bound (OB) in the 1990s: Retracing Columbus' voyage 00:20:50  OB experiments in the field 00:29:28 Where is the ‘sweet spot’ for stress levels in an Outdoor Experience? 00:33:39 The Intra-Indigenous consciousness & Graham Ellis Smith 00:38:35 Green Exercise 00:41:34 Are multi-day Outdoor experiences better than short? Nature photos, well being, and Wilderdom, 00:50:25 Project Adventure Carl Rohnke, Facilitation & Thomas James’ “Can the Mountains speak for themselves”? 00:54:12 Motivation, Sustainability & Privileged Perspectives 00:58:30 The future for Outdoor Education: Sustainable, Low Impact & Reflective 01:04:43 Bring on the Climate Change & lessons form COVID 01:06:34 The Outward Bound “Cult” 01:10:01 Why are people attracted to Charismatic Super Activities? 01:13:14 Re-creation through Recreation & Dramaturgy  in post-communist Czech Republic 01:18:37 Are our unsustainable actions (like addiction) a form of compensation for lack of indigenous bodily expression? 01:23:47 Time Management & COVID Music: "Future" by Faserklang
November 10, 2020
Transboundary Nature Preservation along the European Green Belt w/ Klaudja Koci
Klaudja Koci joins us from Prespa National Park in Albania where she currently specializes in Transboundary Nature preservation through her work as the Outdoor Education Programs and Project Coordinator with the PPNEA - (Organization for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania). Klaudja has served as professor of Outdoor Sports at the University of Sports in Tirana, as well, as a former Erasmus Mundus student herself, Klaudja is a strong advocate and promoter of ERASMUS exchange programs and projects in the region.  (Timestamps & topics covered at the bottom) For more information on Klaudja, PPNEA, and Prespa National park follow this link CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests,  funding/advertising propositions...etc Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD Facebook: Blog Articles: Youtube: Email: Donate: Music: "Future" by Faserklang SFX: Time Stamps: 00:00:00 Music 00:00:15 Welcome to the show 00:06:16 Klaudja Koci is in Prespa National Park in Albania 00:09:06 From Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) and to Transboundary Conservation work with Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania 00:14:56 Getting to know Prespa National parks Landscape and Culture 00:19:16 Nature Connection in Albanian Culture 00:21:51 Projects and initiatives at Prespa / Establishment of PPNEA 00:24:06 Important of transborder cooperation and PRESPA NET 00:26:46 Transboundary/ Transcultural Challenges 00:32:41 Plans for more  transboundary community engagement 00:36:31 transboundary summer schools and field research opportunities 00:37:31  History of communism the region,The European Green belt, and further importance of this transboundary exchange 00:43:30 Regionalism & research in the Green Belt; Being the guide and facilitator of nature and culture 00:48:39 Need for research in the area and working with ERASMUS education exchange programs 00:54:10 How to study or research in Prespa with PPNEA 00:57:16 What is the ERASMUS and other education funding and exchange opportunities in Europe 01:06:11 Klaudja’s PhD plans in Transboundary Nature Preservation in England, Netherlands, and Albania 01:10:53 Klaudja’s outdoor origins, Transcultural European Outdoor Studies &  sail boat trip in Cumbria, England 01:15:10 Transformation Teaching Outdoor Sports at the University of Tirana 01:17:26 Klaudja’s message on experiencing nature to the Transnatural World 01:22:00 Closing Reflections 01:23:25 Music
November 02, 2020
Wilderness Survival, Sustainable Living & Other Sauna Stories in Finland w/ Huck Middeke
Huck Midekke is a Wilderness Guide and Survival Instructor based in Eastern Finland. Huck is the founder of NordicByNature which provides wilderness guide services, sustainability consulting, and survival workshops around the world, as well, he is Chairman of the International Wilderness Guide Association. Huck's latest endeavour is the establishment of Nomad Town/ Resilience Hub, an off-grid, minimalist, mobile, community that lies on the outskirts of Joensuu, Finland. We discuss much theory and philosophy of survival and it’s importance connect with nature in our anthropocentric world. Huck also introduces us to some methods of wilderness survival practice like the S.T.O.P method, the 6 Survival priorities, the 8 Shields Model and the practice of the #FullMoonFullStop which he suggests to use in daily life. I think we might be exploring some new frontiers here in the world of podcasting, at least on this show because our guest Huck is joining us from a sauna in Northern Finland. Enjoy! Share and Subscribe! (Timestamps at the end of this description below) More about Huck: YouTube -  NordicByNature (Guiding, Education and Sustainability Consulting) -  CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests,  funding/advertising propositions...etc     Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD    Facebook:     Youtube:     Email:     Donate:     Music: "Future" by Faserklang     SFX:      Time Stamps  00:00:16 Opening Thoughts  00:06:24 The importance of saunas in Finland and the North 00:11:31 Connecting through tech, screens, listening and the versatility of the podcast  00:15:08 Josh’s Sauna Experience  00:18:08 Humans Hibernating in the Winter  00:19:20 The Eight Shields Model  00:23:10 What is Nomad Town?  00:35:15 Wilderness Survival & the 6 Survival Priorities  00:47:26 The Power of trying  00:52:28 The S.T.O.P tool & the “Full Moon Stop”  00:59:50 Egocentric VS Ecocentric  01:05:41 Positive & Critical Thinking  01:16:15 Meet Reality: Go Outside!  01:17:30 Breathing Exercise  01:19:39 Invitation to visit Nomad Town  01:26:16 Closing Reflections #outdoors  #nature #finland #Wilderness #education #ecology   #philosophy #outdoorlearning #wildpedagogy #podcast   #environmentaleducation #survival #sauna #nomad #sustainability #sauna
October 21, 2020
Environmental Education, Diversity & Nature-Based Spiritual Arts w/ Deb Matlock
Deb Matlock calls the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, U.S.A. her life-long home, one rooted in the local rivers, mountains, and animals. Deb has been a Nature-Based Spiritual Arts Practitioner and Environmental Educator for over 25 years. Deb currently teaches in the Environmental Education program at Prescott College, as well, Deb is a coach and workshop organizer who facilitates animal communication, shamanic style journeys, and nature connection through her spiritual guidance practice, Wild Rhythms. Deb is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Education from Antioch University of New England. We discuss Deb's work with students, clients, and the more-than-human world, as well as, emerging concerns of diversity in education, spirituality, and the rising thirst for nature connection around the world. If you'd like to contact Deb with questions or inquire about pursuing your own nature-based spiritual artistic path please visit CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests, funding/advertising propositions and whatever else you can think of.   Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD   Facebook:   Youtube:   Email:   Donate:   Music: "Future" by Faserklang   SFX:    #outdoors #nature #spirituality #WildRhysthms #education #ecology  #philosophy #outdoorlearning #wildpedagogy #podcast  #environmentaleducation #animals #shamanic #colorado #diversity
October 13, 2020
A Sense of Wonder: Learning with Landscape, Ecology, and Imagination in the Pacific Northwest with Victor Elderton
Victor Elderton has lead a life of imagination, exploration, community and education in the great outdoors of British Columbia. Victor has been working within Nature-based Learning and Leadership for 30+ years primarily with the Cheakamus Center just outside of Vancouver, Canada. He is currently working on a PhD at Simon Fraser University about the Impact of Place & Nature-based Experiential Learning for Students who Attended North Vancouver Outdoor School over the past 50 years. More info on the Cheakamus Centre CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests, and whatever else you can think of.  Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD  Facebook:  Youtube:  Email:  Donate:  Music: "Future" by Faserklang  SFX:   #outdoors #nature #adventure #education #ecology #Friluftsliv #philosophy #outdoorlearning #wildpedagogy #podcast #worldteacherday
October 06, 2020
Friluftsliv, (Anti)Adventure Narratives & Cultivating Ecological Consciousness with Bob Henderson
Bob Henderson is a Writer, Speaker, Educator, and Travel Guide from Ontario, Canada who served for 3 decades as a professor of Outdoor Education at McMaster University, as well, he is the current resource editor for Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. Together, in the episode, we dig into a number of topics including Friluftsliv, the ‘3rd way’, the anti-adventure narrative, the role of the facilitator, technology in the wilderness, wild pedagogies, cultural change, and how all education is political (and more!).  For more info on Bob's Travels, teachings, and writings you can check out his website: Other Links to topics mentioned: Pathways' New Wild Pedagogies Issue (Edited by Bob Henderson): Pathways Journal @COEOoutdoors (archive of issues):  CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests, and whatever else you can think of. Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD Facebook: Youtube: Email: Donate: Music: "Future" by Faserklang SFX: #outdoors #nature #adventure #education #ecology #Friluftsliv #philosophy
September 29, 2020
Ecologizing Education: Estella Kuchta and Sean Blenkinsop
Our guests Estella Kuchta & Sean Blenkinsop discuss their long-term research project and upcoming book "Ecologizing Education". Ecologizing Education is a radical new, pedagogical model—one that aims to spark massive cultural change, resist and overcome alienation, prepare learners for the challenges of an uncertain future, and potentially reverse industrialized nations’ current destructive course.  Links of interest below.  Estella Kuchta's new book Finding the Daydreamer available at Elm Books -  Website:  Sean Blenkinsop Center for Imaginative Education - Website:  Wild Pedagogies Books & Publications:  CONTACT THE SHOW with comments, ideas, interview requests, and whatever else you can think of. Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD Facebook: Youtube: Email: Donate: Music: "Future" by Faserklang SFX: #outdoors #nature #adventure #education #ecology #Friluftsliv #philosophy
September 21, 2020
Welcome to Transnatural Perspectives: An Introduction
Welcome to the Transnatural Perspectives where we’re putting nature in focus as we cultivate global perspectives on Society & Culture across Environments & Landscapes. Here is just a little introduction to tell you what this show is all about. Sounds interesting to you? Then click that subscribe button right now to be updated every time there’s a new episode. Please feel free to contact the show with comments, ideas, interview requests, and whatever else you can think of. Twitter: @TRANSNATURALPOD Facebook: Youtube: Email: Donate: Music: "Future" by Faserklang "Nature the Home of Culture" quoted from Dahle; et. al (2007). Norwegian Friluftsliv: A Lifelong Communal. Nature first outdoor life the friluftsliv way(pp. 23-36). Toronto: Natural Heritage Books #outdoors #nature #adventure #education #ecology #Friluftsliv #philosophy
September 21, 2020