About This Show
Hi! I’m Jennifer Grayson. Journey with me as we peel away the layers of urbanized, industrialized, technologized modern life, to uncover the core of how we were meant to live as human beings. We’ll examine a more meaningful existence that will help us restore balance to our imperiled planet, while reclaiming our original, inborn connection to the natural world. From food and conservation to reimagining urban landscapes and raising children, from self-reliance and simple living to building community, purposeful clean tech and beyond, we’ll look at the true fundamentals of "uncivilizing” urban life today—investigating it all through the long lens of human history (read: evolutionary biology, anthropology, indigenous knowledge and cultural history). Jennifer Grayson is an award-winning environmental journalist and the author of Unlatched, winner of the 2017 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Theme music is by Paul Damian Hogan. Photo by April K / CC BY 2.0. www.jennifergrayson.com.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
022 The Everwild Way - Amanda Caloia and Elizabeth Wells
From bottom, left: Amanda Caloia and Elizabeth Wells of EverWild. Photos: Emily Hart Roth.
Society expects us to go down one path. And then if it doesn’t feel right or it doesn’t feel good, often we don’t know that there [are] other resources available.
— Elizabeth Wells
I think the biggest question that you could ask, and that [the Everwild kids] ask constantly, is: ‘I wonder…’
— Amanda Caloia
Our Season 1 finale is here! I can't imagine a more fitting close to our six-month journey than this interview with Amanda Caloia and Elizabeth Wells, two of the co-founders of EverWild—a Los Angeles-based community that connects city-dwellers to the wild through family adventures, conservancy projects, and a pioneering nature-immersion homeschooling program. Amanda's and Elizabeth's journeys to create EverWild (along with Rebecca Chou, not featured in this episode) mirror so much of what we’ve been searching for on this show: a connection to nature, yes; but also a connection to true, human community. After all, the wild places we made our home in our ancient human past wouldn’t have been survivable without the tribe that surrounded us. As I’ve come to recognize over these past 22 episodes, we’re hardwired to be in the fold. While the loss of nature is palpable, community is that unnamable thing we’re grasping for in an increasingly virtualized and individualized world. In my LA backyard (over foraged yerba santa tea, homemade pumpkin bread, and a smattering of airplane and mower noise), Amanda and Elizabeth and I chatted it up about the quest for the "perfect" place to live, surfing and skating (Amanda is a Longboard Girls Crew USA skater), homeschooling in the wild, and how they ultimately found “the EverWild way” of life. Thank you all for your incredible support this first season! I wish you lots of time to “uncivilize” in your own life until I'm back again this fall. Here’s what we talk about: Surfing, snowboarding and searching for the “perfect” place to liveHow Amanda and Elizabeth balance living in the city with their need to be near natureElizabeth’s background: from Cape Town, South Africa to Santa MonicaBee and wasp attacksNavigating risk in Everwild’s classes and “bloops” Why kids need to learn according to their internal clockAmanda’s aha moment about outdoor educationHomeschooling, unschooling, LA Nature Kids, and the creation of EverWildElizabeth: “Like all of these choices we make, [EverWild] is a way of life.”Child-led learning and David SobelA surprise guest co-host and a day in the life at EverWild Want to learn more about the EverWild way? Check out EverWild’s programs and upcoming happenings on the EverWild website, where you can sign up for a free trial day for the homeschooling program. You can also follow their adventures on Facebookand Instagram. (And don’t miss Amanda’s personal IG page for some rad skating/surfing/snowboarding pics: @pandaskate.)If you enjoyed this show, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss the next one (and don’t forget to leave a rating and review). The theme music is by Paul Damian Hogan. Want to chime in on this episode or have an idea for a future show? Connect with me via my Instagram page, I’d love to hear your thoughts!Resources: Inspire Charter SchoolKiss the GroundHahamongna Watershed ParkBackbone TrailLA Nature KidsPam Laricchica's Exploring Unschooling podcast Red Rock Canyon State ParkRead more »