Episodes

July 19, 2021

Majell Backhausen sees life lessons on the trails

Have you ever taken something on that, at the time you thought, ‘I’m in over my head here, what am I doing?’ Maybe it was moving cities, changing careers, building a house, going on an adventure? For me, it was running a marathon. I remember exactly how it happened. I was living and working in New Zealand, and the company that I worked for had sponsored the Auckland marathon and encouraged staff to enter. I felt pretty fit, and all my workmates signed up to the 10 or 21km runs I don’t know why,…

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July 6, 2021

Rachel Cavanagh sees connection to country (live @ Renew Fest)

It's NAIDOC week! A time to celebrate and amplify indigenous voices, and I have a great one for you on today’s episode This conversation was recorded live at Renew Fest back in May. It was SUCH an amazing festival with just the most incredible people, thinkers, talks, workshops, performances, and ceremonies. I highly recommend if you can to get out to Renew Fest next year Today's conversation was with one of the headline speakers, and over the next few weeks I will be sharing more of these live…

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June 23, 2021

Kate Nelson sees sovereignty in quitting plastics

It’s coming up to July, and many people take part in Plastic Free July as an opportunity to assess and eliminate their plastic use for a month to have less impact on our planet We’re going to see a lot of stuff over the next few weeks about it on social media, so I thought I’d get ahead of the game here and have a conversation with the expert herself, someone who hasn’t used single use plastics in over TWELVE years, Plastic Free Mermaid But the thing about this conversation is, this is not just…

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June 7, 2021

Jess Melbourne-Thomas sees the gifts of both science and wisdom

This episode follows on from last episode in that it was recorded in Tasmania; I had just come out of the takayna rainforest and I headed down to the CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research offices in Hobart to speak with a scientist who is working on new ways to link science with other sources of knowledge, including traditional wisdom. It’s fitting that this episode is being released on World Oceans Day because she is a marine, atmospheric, and climate scientist who has studied ecosystems ranging…

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May 24, 2021

Peter Whish-Wilson sees the need for truth

This episode was actually recorded on lutruwita country back in March; I had just come out of the takayna/Tarkine rainforest learning about the plight to protect it with the Bob Brown Foundation, and I went to Launceston to meet with today’s guest. It was first thing on a Monday morning and we jumped straight into some BIG issues. If I had to pick a theme for the conversation it would be: TRUTH You see in the first half of this conversation he shares his story; about being true to himself. He s…

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May 12, 2021

Jimmy Halfcut sees a return to whole rainforests

My guest today is… pretty hard to miss. He’s got half of a massive beard, talks like a kookaburra, and is a force of Nature in the charitable fundraising world. He and his organisation, Halfcut, have been campaigning HARD to raise funds for the protection and regeneration of our native Australian rainforests. I used to be a street fundraiser. I’d be out on the streets, Monday to Friday, 9-5, trying to stop people to get their credit card details for environmental causes. It’s hard work, and you…

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May 5, 2021

Mandy Nolan live @ the Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow

Today’s episode is from the fifth and final leg of the Resilience and Regeneration roadshow, this one live from Federal, in collaboration with Renew Fest and Resilient Byron. The timing is fitting because THIS WEEKEND, the 7th-9th May, is RENEW FEST! And if you are in the Byron region (or even not in the Byron region), get to Renew Fest, it’s going to be a full weekend of deep listening, connection, systems change, and regeneration. I will be holding live conversations with some amazing people,…

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April 28, 2021

Simon Richardson sees the value of political collaboration

I don’t know about you, but I really can’t stand the divisiveness that we see in politics and the media these days. Every day it’s he said/she said, this party vs that party, left vs right, black vs white, right vs wrong. At first it’s infuriating (and a lot of people get swept up in the anger of it), but after a while it becomes debilitating, and I can totally understand why so many people become apathetic to politics or political issues. We have this two-party system and, let’s be honest, the…

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April 18, 2021

Catherine Ingram live @ the Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow

Today’s episode is from the fourth in a series of five live conversations as part Renew Fest and Resilient Byron 's ‘Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow’; this episode from Ballina with special guest and local, Catherine Ingram. Keen listeners will remember Catherine from a previous episode on the show (Ep16) in which we spoke deeply on her essay called ‘Facing Extinction’, and if you listened to that episode (which I *highly recommend*), you’ll recall her profound thoughts and reflections on ou…

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April 6, 2021

Re-imagining our food system @ The Great Local Lunch

Do you eat food? Do you care where your food comes from, how it was grown, and who grows it? If the answer is YES, then this is the episode for you, because today’s episode was recorded during the National Sustainable Living Festival’s ‘ Great Local Lunch ’, where I had the absolute pleasure to join a bunch of legends who are re-inventing and re-imagining what our food system could & should look like. This was SUCH an interesting cast of characters, who are all at THE pointy end of regenerative…

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March 31, 2021

Richard Jones live @ the Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow

This conversation was recorded live, in Bangalow, as the third of five live interviews as part of Resilient Byron and Renew Fest's ‘ Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow’ These are community forums in villages around the Byron Shire bringing people together to discuss and action how we can create resilient communities. I was so grateful to have had the chance to sit in live conversation with Richard Jones who, back in the 70s wanted to make and sell ceramics at the markets but, by his own admissi…

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March 23, 2021

Bob Brown & Scott Jordan see a protected takayna rainforest

Usually I’m on Bundjalung country, but THIS episode was recorded on takayna land in lutruwita (otherwise known as Tasmania), and I’d like to pay respects to the takayna people, and all first nations people of beautiful lutruwita. I have been here in Tasmania for the last 5 days and if you’ve been listening to recent episodes or following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was running the takayna ultramarathon . This is a 51km trail through the pristine Tarkine rainforest, the largest temperatu…

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March 14, 2021

18 - Zara Noruzi live @ the Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow

This conversation was recorded live, at Brunswick Heads, as the second of five live interviews as part of the ‘ Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow ’, in collaboration with Renew Fest and Resilient Byron This is where we are holding community forums in villages around the Byron Shire bringing people together to discuss and action how we can create resilient communities. It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in these forums and the community involvement and enthusiasm has been just awes…

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March 8, 2021

17 - Chadden Hunter sees the beauty of the wild

Do you remember 'Planet Earth'? The original big, bold nature documentary starring David Attenborough? Of course you do. Chances are you own or owned it on DVD, because it’s the highest selling DVD in the world, by FAR. My guest today is the filmmaker and director behind not just Planet Earth, but Planet Earth 2, Frozen Planet, Frozen Planet 2, Seven Worlds one Planet, and more. Yes, he is the guy that led the teams to gather the footage and put together these incredible documentaries. Would yo…

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March 2, 2021

16 - Jean Renouf live @ the Resilience & Regeneration Roadshow

Today's episode takes a bit of a different format. Usually I have long-form, intimate conversations with people, often in their home. And I like that. Something I really love about this podcast medium is its long-form, grassroots, intimate nature… which for me is completely different to our 24hr media & social media clickbait society. But today’s episode was a live interview. Yes this is the first conversation in a 5-part series of live workshops, as part of Renew Fest and Resilient Byron's ' R…

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Feb. 21, 2021

15 - Dave Rastovich sees beyond the human centred experience

My guest today as a young adult was one of the best young surfers in the world. He had world at his fingertips, he was going to be one of the great competitive surfers, with sponsorships, prize money, and all that stuff coming his way. And at a relatively young age, he stepped away from the competitive surfing scene. He describes how he kept seeing how the act of surfing which is simple, wonderful, & therapeutic, was being complicated with money, fame, & competition. So he forged a different pa…

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Feb. 7, 2021

14 - Catherine Ingram sees the purpose of accepting the unacceptable

Today’s episode is not for the faint hearted. My guest today is an internationally renowned meditation practitioner, author, and dharma teacher, who has spent a lifetime specialising in the issues of consciousness and activism. As a former journalist she has travelled the world interviewing highly influential people, including Ram Dass and the Dalai Lama (twice, mind you); she’s authored books including In the Footsteps of Ghandi, and Passionate Prescence ; and for decades she has organised and…

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Jan. 24, 2021

13 - Kyle & Josh Slabb see the wisdom of their ancestors

Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in your home. You’re minding your own business and just enjoying your place. A place you’ve looked after for a long time. Someone comes in. They don’t knock, they just roll through the front door, look around and say “I’m just going to change this”. Maybe they pull out some of the plants in your garden, they trash your living room, eat all of your food. You’d be livid! And rightly so, of course you would. When you try to talk or fight back, they attack…

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