I've titled this episode as a romance purely because it was the only word I could find to describe the relationship that Jake Cassar has with the land. Jake is an environmentalist, bushcraft teacher, singer and musician who teaches people the art of connecting to the land using indigenous skills and bushcraft. Emerging beyond the simple health advice of "spend more time in nature," we talk deeply about how to deepen that time spent on the land you walk, in nature, by learning the song, dance, tracks, sounds and slopes of your terrain. Beyond this, the skills needed for ensuring your capacity to thrive when going bush are discussed in some detail. We talk tracking, foraging, finding water & shelter, hunting are more in a way that shows how these skills aren't simply great for helping you survive, but are an access for entering a deeper, more profound relationship with the environment you walk upon, one that connects you deeply and opens a new realm of health to emerge no matter what kind of lifestyle you are currently living.
Stories are shared of the incredible experiences Jake has had on his survival missions, discussing health benefits that are truly astounding from simply being immersed on the land for days at a time. These include weight loss, body strength, sight, hearing and agility. This points to the vast healing that may occur simply through this intentional immersion in nature (with someone who knows what they're doing) that brings nutrient dense bush foods, wild water and dynamic movement through natural landscapes while having ALL the senses engage with the environment; something that does not happen in the Western world.
Enjoy the interview, please leave a rating and review as always so I know how you liked it.