Episodes

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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Jan. 10, 2021

12 - Julian Mitchell sees through the lens of the fungi kingdom

My intention with these conversations is to bring you a unique perspective. To hear from someone who maybe sees things a bit differently. Well, I can guarantee this episode's guest fits that bill perfectly. He sees the world though the beautiful and complex web of the fungi kingdom. Fungi. They're Nature’s recyclers. The decomposers of our world. The nutrient cyclers. They turn waste into new life. They're also valuable sources of food, medicine, environmental services, and SO many other practi…

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Dec. 31, 2020

Taking an 'overview effect' of Xmas, and 2020 episode reflections

In this special, short, interim episode, I reflect on my experience launching this podcast just a few months ago. I talk about the inspiration behind the 'Overview Effect' and what that means, and I give an example of taking the bigger picture perspective around Christmas, and the origins and meaning of Christmas (is it the 'birth of Christ' or much, much more??) I then reflect on the incredible guests I've had on the show so far, and give a brief glimpse into some VERY exciting stuff planned f…

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Dec. 13, 2020

11 - Lucas Patchett sees a positively connected community

Here we are in mid-December… 2020 is almost finished; a year where we became accustomed to things like 'self-isolation' and 'social distancing'. Did you know that the Australian National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year was ‘iso’? Because we all had to experience isolation for a brief period of time. And that was WITH things like Facetime calls, Netflix accounts, and food delivered to our door. Even with all of those things we still experienced hardship. We found out that it’s really tough …

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Nov. 29, 2020

10 - Helena Norberg-Hodge sees a localized and ancient future

This weekend the 'Black Friday/Cyber Monday' madness has taken hold. In a year where we all paused. Where we all saw the devastating impacts of lockdowns on local businesses. Where we all said we were going to support local. Where panic buying was shamed and our purchasing choices were restricted for the common good. Now... we're being told to 'buy buy buy' because there are 'deals deals deals!'. Despite our best intentions, this year we've seen the consolidation of power and wealth to the big,…

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Nov. 15, 2020

9 - Oliver Costello sees cultural connections through fire

Can you believe it was over a year ago that the Black Summer of bushfires in Australia started? In the news cycle we get bombarded with, we can almost lose touch with these once-in-a-lifetime events. Last week was also NAIDOC week here in Australia, and it was so great to see so many indigenous voices and platforms over the week and the support from a wide range of the general public. So in a beautiful harmony of those two topics, today's guest is Oliver Costello. Oliver is a Bundjalung man who…

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Nov. 1, 2020

8 - Geoff Lawton sees permaculture as a revolution of thought

It’s been a crazy year. One of the things we’ve seen is people choosing to flee the cities to the regional areas, partly to reconnect with Nature. We’ve also seen people turn to gardening in a big way, reconnecting with where their food is coming from and this push towards localisation. So it was really fitting to talk to Geoff Lawton, one of the gurus of permaculture. Geoff is a world-renowned permaculture designer and teacher. But more importantly than that, he is someone who really embodies …

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