“Your heart wants to greet the sun and the sun wants to greet you.”

There’s no wrong way to connect with nature. Getting out of your head and into the dirt is so simple, yet the resistance is often fierce. For this segment’s FIRST INTERVIEW – we have the amazing Angela Vincent, nature mentor, grad student, grief counselor, and educator. Angela is a huge proponent of nature connection, and shares the benefits of remembering our sacred roots. We explore what inspired her to study permaculture, how to handle news of environmental devastation, and why linear thinking prevents us from reaching our full potential.


  • [08:05] Is life nothing but a sacred game of peek-a-boo?
  • [13:10] Why it’s not about connecting to nature, but a journey of remembering.
  • [23:30] Do you ever go into nature and stay in your head? 
  • [25:25] What inspired Angela to explore permaculture, ecology, and nature connection?
  • [29:24] Why does our society have so many cultural orphans?
  • [38:09] Is there a wrong way to do nature connection?
  • [46:29] How do you handle the environmental destruction going on?
  • [50:01] Are greed, fear, and scarcity running the world?
  • [56:09] The limitations of linear thinking.
  • [1:01:35] What young children have taught Angela about the natural world.

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