At first blush, today’s episode with earth skills expert, Lynx Vilden, might not seem to be “about” herbs. But au contraire! At the heart of herbalism is connection with Earth and the entire web of life that dwells on Her. And my guest today, Lynx Vilden, lives and breathes that interconnectivity.
Like anything, living off the land while relying on primitive skills has its ups and downs. And Lynx has a knack for describing it in a way that’s completely unromanticized yet captures your imagination.
Rather than instructing, our conversation opens up an invitation for you to wonder… How many different ways are there to be a healer? What would you learn about the world and yourself, living in the wilderness for weeks at a time? And if you’re not ready for that, what might it look like to take just a step closer to connecting with Earth as our ancestors knew Her.
For those of you who don’t already know her, Lynx has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills with passion both in the US and in Europe since 1991. With her experience traveling, exploring, and researching the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain, and desert regions, she started the Four Seasons Prehistoric Projects program in 2001, which was dedicated to learning and sharing the ancient skills of primitive living, and created Living Wild in 2011. Lynx’s story has been featured in The New York Times, Outside Magazine, The Guardian, and others. She currently lives on an old homestead in Norway.
It’s such a special treat for me to share our conversation with you today!
Earth sustains us, circling the sun as we cycle through life, death and rebirth. Without her, we are lost. It’s a truth we all fundamentally know, but one that recedes in the rushing madness of modern life, the prioritization of convenience and money over time, community and connection.
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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.