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Episode Info: In this episode, Jacks and Sascha interview Pınar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd from Queer Nature. We discuss everything from mythological remediation, challenging the colonial psychopharmaceutical system, and experiencing parallel realities to mystery as a primary need, ecological ancestral co-regulation, and that true identity can only be found in the collective. It’s a really exciting interview! About Queer Nature: Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project that actively dreams into decolonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land, and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQ2+ people and QTBIPOCs. We carry the story and hope that these spaces create resilient narratives of belonging for folks who have often been made to feel by systems of oppression that they biologically, socially, or culturally don’t belong. Bios of featured interviewees PINAR (THEY/THEM) Pınar is an Indigenous multi-species futurist, mentor, consultant and trans eco-philosopher; co-founder of Queer Nature, an “organism” stewarding earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, interspecies solidarity and rites of passage. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a future transcestor with Huanca Quechua, Turkish and Chinese lineages. A central prayer that guides them is envisioning decolonially-informed queer ancestral-futurism through interspecies accountability and the remediation of human exceptionalism in the Chthulucene. Their relationship with queerness, hybridity, neurodivergence, Indigeneity and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial lens. As a survival skills mentor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ and other intersectional systemically targeted populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance. They are a member of Diversify Outdoors coalition. Follow their work on IG via @queerquechua + @queernature SO (THEY/THEM) Sophia ("So") Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them) is a white queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of Alnobak territory (central Vermont). So is a nature-based educator, wilderness EMT, and writer. So worked as a seasonal shepherd throughout college and considers their life path(s) to be deeply inspired by the resilience and tenderness of cloven-hooved beings, who inspired them to study the earth more closely. In 2015 they founded Queer Nature w...
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