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Episode 043: Developing a Living Systems Economy with Delton Chen

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2020

Hello there! We're glad to have you back for another episode of the Seeds of Tao Podcast, this week we have the brilliant Delton Chen with us, tackling a HUGE issue in the world, the economy. Before we dive into what exactly Delton is proposing, and the value of his hypothesis, we wanted to be sure to reach out to our permaculture community to let them know that Delton's Silver Gun Hypothesis is in need of some passionate permies to help them move their vision forward...

1. Living Systems Economy

Call for Help
"The website needs a graphic artist, as we want to develop the website on WordPress (or similar) and to create an attractive and inspiriting graphical look for the Living Systems Economy (LSE) movement. "
James McGreen (USA): [email protected] 
Delton Chen (Australia): [email protected]
2. The Silver Gun Hypothesis
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Episode 042: Raising Awareness and Respect for Our Food with Thane Kreiner

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2020

If you've been following us for a while now, you'll have noticed the emphasis we put on building consciousness so that we can create change. One of the many aspects this applies to our food. I'm personally super excited for this episode and post, because I am a major deciding factor when it comes to what food enters our house and makes it into our mouths. I've always been an outspoken advocate for taking out the synthetics in our foods that are negatively affecting our health, and for finding more sustainable options. I'm also the catalyst for a lot of our diet experiments, whether we tested out being vegetarian, vegan, keto, alkaline, you name it. I'm constantly looking at ways to improve the quality of food my family eats. So obviously, I'm super excited to dive into this topic with our guest from the podcast, Thane, who is an amazing author and permie. He mentioned a few of his books in the episode, so if you'd like to check them out, here are the links to those. 

A Walk in the Garden: Science, Spirituality, and Food by [Thane Kreiner Ph.D]

A Walk...

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Episode 041: Overcoming White Supremacy Through Unity and Creativity with Cortina Jenelle

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2020

Welcome back to the Seeds of Tao Podcast and blog post, today we're definitely talking about a hot topic in the world, and especially in the U.S. right now. For Episode 041, we've brought on the amazing Cortina Jenelle to address with us the White Supremacy narrative, and exploring how we can move past this global issue. 

First off, if you'd like to connect further with Cortina, you can listen to her podcast, Rhythm in Resilience on the major podcast platforms, and check out her website at http://www.theadeproject.org/.

Rhythms in Ourselves and Nature

 We began our podcast by addressing rhythms, and I think that's a great way to set up this topic. There are rhythms everywhere, from the planets and seasons, to our daily routines and thought patterns. Permaculture itself is a design rhythm, patterned after nature, that we can implement just about everywhere. One thing I've found through homeschooling is that you get much greater success by working WITH...

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Episode 040: Going Back to Grandma's Garden with Mike Dorion

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2020

Welcome back! This week on the Seeds of Tao podcast we're interviewing Mike Dorion, an awesome permaculture teacher and practitioner in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has an important and timely message to share with all of us - do it like Grandma did it! Before we dive into the post here, if you'd like to get in contact with Mike or check out what he's up to, you can pop over to...

His main business, Living Soil Solutions at https://www.livingsoil.ca/

His YouTube channel for Living Soil Solutions at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL8W6zR2MOXA4Xrdgyzreag

Then his land revitalization program in Calgary he mentioned in the podcast is at https://highfieldfarm.ca/

Grandma's Garden

My maternal grandmother's family were sheep farmers in Idaho, and my grandmother is one of nine children. While she went off to work, marry, and raise her family in California, many of her siblings and their families stayed in Idaho. Many summers growing up, my mom and I would go up to visit...

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Episode 039: Earth Care World Report on Soil Health

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2020

We're back for the next World Report, and around to Earth Care again! Recently we have been doing tons of research and watching documentaries on soil, the state of it, the direction it's moving across the globe, and how to help it. In Episode 039, Josh is addressing this soil-loss issue, and mentioning many resources he has found along his research path. However, there is a lot of information out there, and we feel like everyone needs to be in charge of their own education on this urgent matter. Here in the blog post we're going to list out some resources for you to dive in to, to understand the situation better for yourself. 


Here are some of the sources for this quote, the hot topic of this episode.






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Episode 038: The Power of Service as a Change Agent with Ronald Porter

Uncategorized May 26, 2020


This week on the Seeds of Tao Podcast, we have a very special guest. Ronald Porter is on the air with us telling his amazing story about traveling the world, and incorporating what he's learned into his teaching, permaculture practice, and yoga. 

Before we dive in, if you'd like to connect more with Ronald, you can do so through our Slack community, where he'll be posting his free online yoga classes he's putting on. Also, here are some resources Ronald recommends to dive into, some of which he mentioned in the episode...

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Luminous Emptiness: Guide to the Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita 
        Heart Sutra
The Alchemist (we've read and highly recommend)
Warrior of the Light: A Manual
Avatar: The Last Airbender (super great show for all ages, really cool
       to connect to eastern philosophies of chakras and such...)
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Episode 037: The Built Environment and Aligning Ourselves With Nature with Marcus Sheffer

Uncategorized May 19, 2020

Welcome back for Episode 037 of the Seeds of Tao Podcast! Today we're talking with Marcus Sheffer, Enviroenergist at 7Group, and he's telling us about his awesome journey to truly living in tune with his heart. The head and heart battle are very common, and many people really struggle with this. Let's dive into truly living with ours hearts in this post, but first, if you'd like to get in contact with Marcus...

You can check out his website at www.sevengroup.com

Or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Creating Change with the Head vs. the Heart

Marcus starts out his story with his struggle to create the impact he really wanted, showing people how to live more sustainably. Marcus was working in the sustainable energy field, trying to show people how to build for less, require less energy, and work more in harmony with the environment. And yet, all the data and numbers wouldn't make them change their ways. Through this journey, he discovered that people didn't necessarily make decisions...

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Episode 036: Small and Slow Solutions Can Change the World with Jenna Beatrice

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

This week's podcast episode is a real treat. We've got the fantastic Jenna Beatrice with us, an herbalist permie with a great message to share. There were so many profound things mentioned in the episode, here we'll be taking a closer look at a few of the ideas brought up. But before we get started, if you'd like to get in touch with or learn more about Jenna, here are some resources for you!

Her website... WildDandelion.co 

And she's very active on her LinkedIn Profile.

Revisiting the Three Ethics

One of the brilliant ways this conversation starts out is Jenna leading the discussion over to revisit the three ethics. We have Earth Care, one of the more common areas we find permies, rehabilitating the land and healing the soil. Next comes People Care, which is deeper than is seems. Not only does People Care include caring for those around us, but it also includes caring for ourselves, which would make sense considering the fact that we need to take care of ourselves in order to...

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Episode 035: Fair Share/Future Care World Report

Uncategorized May 05, 2020

And we're back again for the next World Report, this time focusing on Fair Share/Future Care. This comes at an interesting time in the world - we are still in the thralls of COVID-19, though politicians are planning to slowly open things back up. We're all looking to each other and to the future to try to figure out what our new "normal" will look like. But at the same time, the global environmental issues we were facing before the pandemic aren't going away anytime soon either. 

Last week we watched a documentary called The Need to Grow. It provided an in-depth look at the state of the world, and followed the stories of a few passionate movers and shakers trying to really help change the way we do things. One of the scariest statistics we encountered in the documentary was that the earth only has 60 years of top soil left if we keep food production going the way that it is. 

Sixty years.

Our oldest son will be 68, our daughters 66 and 64, and our little guy 62. This...

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Episode 034: Moving Beyond Sustainability in Education with Kevin Cormack

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2020


As we start winding up for next week's World Report revolving around Fair Share/Future Care, it seemed only fitting to share clips from another conversation we had with last week's guest, Kevin Cormack. We had some amazing conversations with Kevin, both of us are really passionate about being lifelong learners. What we really wanted to do here was to examine the education avenues available and ask good questions about those avenues.


While this story definitely wasn't a normal episode, we hope that it opened up the conversation so that we can get more eyes really looking at the situation with education so that we can find a more regenerative solution.

In your opinion, what is the most valuable education out there to learn?

What are the drawbacks to that?

Is there another route you can take to not deal with those drawbacks?

We've spent years in the learning space, in the beginning we relied a lot on books and YouTube videos. Then we went up to Montana believing...

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