Arthur Haines: Rewilding Fundamentals, The Human Rewilding Project, and the Allegory of the Cave

I am super excited, guys!

Today's episode is going to be really informative -- I hope you have pen and paper ready.

It is with none other than Stolan, the God of Plants, Arthur Haines himself.

It's really exciting because Arthur shares something that's really close to him and something he's really passionate about doing right now...

Which is essentially buying more land and creating a rewilding haven or rewilding community he calls the Human Rewilding Project.

He goes into the 12 Guiding Principles of the Human Rewilding Project later in this episode.

That's number seven, which is building community, on a list of 10 rewilding fundamentals he and I talk about.

On top of that, in today's episode you'll learn: 

  • Strategies that help you learn your natural ecology,
  • How to build musculature and skeletal strength suited for our natural landscape,
  • How to treat altered states of reality with respect, and...
  • Much, much more.

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Episode Breakdown

  • Introduction
  • Arthur shares his personal definition of rewilding and his two caveats with defining it
  • Arthur breaks down the stigma of the word "wild"
  • Why nature immersion is so important to the human organism
  • How to find people to help you relearn your natural ecology
  • The traits and features of domesticated people
  • What is biologically appropriate food?
  • What are disinfection byproducts and what do they do to the human animal
  • How to get closer to wild food and wild water
  • How to strengthen your body using the natural elements
  • How Arthur experiences spirituality
  • Arthur defines the contrasting differences between a wild community and a modern society
  • Arthur defines the 12 Guiding Principles of the Human Rewilding Project
  • How the Allegory of the Cave pertains to where we're currently at with rewilding

Questions I Ask 

  1. "Can you share what rewilding is and what exactly that means to you?"
  2. "What is the best way to learn about our natural history?"
  3. "What is wild food and wild water?"
  4. "Do you have any thoughts on the natural movement paradigm?"
  5. "What is hormesis?"
  6. "How might someone treat entheogens or altered states with respect?"
  7. "How do you define your spirituality?"
  8. "Is there a prerequisite to joining the community?"
  9. "What is the Allegory of the Cave?"

Mentioned Resources

Flora Novae Angliae: A manual for the identification of native and naturalized higher vascular plants of New England  by Arthur Haines 

Flora Novae Angliae: A manual for the identification of native and naturalized higher vascular plants of New England by Arthur Haines 

Quote Highlight

"A community is a small group of people who reside, sometimes loosely, on a given landscape, share common resources, experience equality and similar affluence between the genders, even though they may each do different tasks, and can operate by consensual decisions due to similarities in beliefs for the benefit of the group to accomplish living in their place." - Arthur Haines

Who is Arthur Haines?

Arthur Haines is a forager, ancestral skills mentor, author, public speaker, and botanical researcher.  He grew up in the western mountains of Maine, a rural area that was home to swift streams known for their trout fishing. He spent most of his childhood in the Sandy River Valley hiking, tracking, and foraging.  Arthur now runs the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, Maine, where he teaches human ecology, focusing on the values of foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and primitive living skills.  He continues to spend a great deal of his free time practicing his skills as a modern hunter-gatherer.  As a research botanist for the New England Wildflower Society, he recently completed a comprehensive flora of the New England region entitled “Flora Novae Angliae” and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science.  His series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in foraging wild edible and medicinal plants.

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