Ep. 14: Fern Gully Magic

From eco-punk roots to the jungles of the Riviera Maya; a journey with the spirits of a damaged paradise.

This is the story of how I discovered my purpose, and passion, and how my wife and I got started on our grand adventure to build sanctuary and a permaculture food forest in the tropical Riviera Maya in Mexico. From psychedelics and spirit communication to crossroads dirt and jungle spirits, it’s a one-way trip into wild places that changed the course of our lives and the core of our spiritual praxis.

It’s a story filled with time loops, synchronicities, uncanny fortune, and experimental sorcery. In this episode I trace the threads of fate that wove together to make me who I am today; from the fairy magic of the movie Fern Gully planting seeds in my young mind, to a fated encounter at the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, to a few years ago when I finally put all the pieces together with mushroom tea and gardening.

I went looking for purpose and found that I had been feeling a call into the wild for decades -and not just anywhere- but the heavily damaged jungles along the Mexican Caribbean; victim to over a hundred years of destructive forestry and extractive farming practices brought on by colonialism.

It was in this uniquely beautiful, but equally damaged, expanse of jungle that has not yet been converted into condos or commercial centers, that we’ve invested our savings and committed our future.

We’ve partnered with its spirits and spend our days dreaming of ways to fulfill our ultimate goal: to create a living example of a regenerative homestead and food forest filled with all kinds of plant, animal, and insect species to showcase how biodiversity is the key to reclaiming damaged ecosystems and healing the earth.

Get the inside story on our adventure: where we came from and where we’re going -and the magic I’ve learned along the way- the earthly magic of spirits of place, or “dirt sorcery” as I call it. What it is, how it works, and what it’s good for…

This is a fun story for me to tell because it’s mine -and it’s not a dull one. So join me to explore fated journeys, the call of the wild, nature spirits, and experimental sorcery in episode 14 of the Postmugglism Podcast.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Soapbox, Soapbox with Rev. Janglebones and Kurt Huggins: Ep. 33 Fern Gully,” (2023)

Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods,” (1995) Three Rivers Press, New York, NY

Peter Griggs, Deforestation and Sugar Cane Growing in Eastern Australia, 1860-1995,”  (2007) Environment and History, Vol. 13, No. 3

Pronatura, “Yucatán has lost over half its jungle,” (2021), YucatanMagazine.com

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