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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...)
The...
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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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Episode 033: The Power of an Authentic Permie with Kevin Cormack

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2020

Welcome back! This week on the Seeds of Tao Podcast we have the world-traveler, Kevin Cormack, here to share his fantastic story of his adventures in finding himself and becoming who he was meant to be. This is a journey all of us face in our lives, some more than others, and a big takeaway from this podcast was really to go after your passions wholeheartedly. 

Making the Decision

In Kevin’s interview, he brings up some really common struggles that he was faced with when he was younger, including finding out who he was and what he wanted out of life. We hear this all too often. Teenagers will spend their adolescent years trying to “find” themselves, most of the time trying to be what other people expect out of them. But even then, it’s extremely common for adults in their 20’s and 30’s to finish college and get a job, only to find out that’s not what they really want to be doing. Sometimes we even hear of the older adult who just...

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Episode 032: Food, the Ultimate Connector with Marie-Pierre Bilodeau

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2020

Hello again everyone, we’re glad to see you here again for another episode of the Seeds of Tao Podcast, we’re on Episode 032 and today we have a very special guest, Marie-Pierre Bilodeau. A big theme that came up in MP's interview is that food is this amazing, universal connecting agent. Everyone is involved with food in some capacity, whether they are a connoisseur, chef, cook of the family, or mere eater of food. Food connects us to our earth, to our families, to our communities, and to our world. Here in this blog post we’re going to dive into those connections, but first some amazing resources from Marie-Pierre...

https://www.communityseednetwork.org - This is a North American
initiative and people can find seed libraries and individuals in their
communities in Canada and the US. 

https://www.ecoliteracy.org/article/wendell-berry-pleasures-eating -
This is a copy of the wonderful essay by Wendell Berry farmer, activist, writer who also...

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Episode 031: The People Care World Report

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2020

Here we are at Episode 031 of the Seeds of Tao Podcast. Josh is back for the World Report, focusing on People Care this month. What a fantastic time to air this episode with the global pandemic going on. People Care should be the topmost priority right now. To start the blog post I’d love to quote the fantastic David Holmgren, he says that Care for People, “means accepting personally responsibility for our situation as far as possible, rather than regarding external forces or influences as controlling our lives. The permaculture approach is to focus on the positive influences and opportunities that exist even in the most desperate situation.”

Care of the People

Caring for the people does not mean jumping off our couch and going off to save humanity. Effective people care starts with the self. The healthcare professionals right now around the world are not racing into hospitals to save every patient with COVID-19 without thought of their own safety. They know,...

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Episode 30: World Changers Need Mentors with Natalie Hormann

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2020

This week on the Seeds of Tao podcast we have Natalie Hormann from New Zealand with us. In the episode, Natalie shares her amazing story from growing up in Germany, to living through Chernobyl fallout, moving to New Zealand, and transferring careers from law to community education to personal development coaching. One big idea we really latched on to when listening to the episode was the value of mentors in our lives. No matter where you are, no matter what line of work you are in, everyone needs a mentor.

If you'd like to get in touch with Natalie, you can check out her website at www.futurelivingcoach.com or on Facebook, on her page or in her free Facebook Group.

 

Our Lives Were Changed by a Mentor

A couple of years ago, Josh and I were introduced to personal development through mentorship by recommendation of a friend. We went to an event that was going to help us focus on our marriage. I personally wasn’t so sure about it. Yes, Josh and I weren't very...

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Episode 029: A Vision of Permaculture in Suburbia with Jim Gale

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2020

This week on the Seeds of Tao podcast for Episode 029 we are talking with Jim Gale, designer at FUUD Forest Abundance in Florida. He is an amazing source of enthusiasm and a true permaculture visionary. We love visionaries here at Seeds of Tao, they are our people. 

 

Get involved with Jim https://www.foodforestabundance.com/ or on his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/FoodForestAbundance/.

Here in the blog post we’ll be discussing the elements of maintaining enthusiasm for your vision, like Jim outlines, and then wrapping it around staying true to your vision, even if you live in the suburbs.

 

If you have been hanging out with us for a while now, you’ll remember back in Episode 011 where we talked about how important dreams and visions are. We are avid believers in dreaming big, creating the big visions you’re truly passionate about and then going after them.

Envision What You Want

One of the first steps in working towards a vision is...

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