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24 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Phase One initiated! Check out our good news as we belatedly move toward the first phase of our woodland crofting project in the Spring of 2021! You can read our intentions for woodland crofting here on the Cowal peninsula here. We hope you have enjoyed the first series. Taigh Hyphae will return after a house-move, a sauna build, much vegetable planting; and a series of localised, positive emergent surprises from a seemingly apocalyptic global narrative. If you are interested in being a guest for the next series. please contact me here.
43 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
In this episode, contemporary Yoga teacher Christian Mollenhof reflects on his journey. From a traditional apprenticeship with Swami Janakananda Saraswati in Sweden, he now runs his own Yoga & Meditation school in Paris; teaches online and has become a husband and father. With reflections on integrating a personal practice into daily life, we explore the down to earth practices of karma yoga, khechari mudra; and experiencing a unified field in prolonged states of heightened awareness and increased sensitivity. NOTES: Forceful Tranquility-online Yoga resource here. Christians blog articles can be found here. Khechari Mudra- the revival of the spacewalking seal article here. Antar Mauna- all you need to know article here.
8 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
A winters day
A tale of an ordinary day working form home. In this episode I share some gratitude cultivated by creating small windows in a busy schedule of home and family life to connect with nature. Keep it cosy.
38 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Beneath The Surface
In this episode, Douglas Mackay steps away from his role as professional storyteller; and shares some reflections on his experience of winters ebb. We take a wander between the worlds of his renewal of creative path, the cessation of ceilidh culture and the constraints and restraints that are enabling a state of health for him during our national lockdown.
43 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
For the Celtic festival of Imbolc, i reach out to Steve Leckman of Programmes Coyotes. Having hung out with this guy in service to some immersive deep nature connection mentoring residential programmes for teens; I’m aware of the level of his embodiment of and relationship to handcrafts. From a basement wood-shop in rural Ontario, Steve shares some reflections on bow-hunting, as we speak about the ash bow he’s currently working on while his son sleeps. We dedicate this podcast to future generations and hold a torch for this ancient ancestral craft to be revitalized and legal again in the UK; and explore the relevance of stalking in engendering whole, healthy human beings
32 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
A vegetable packed podcast this week. Join me as I ask Abbi of Big meadow CSA about her journey from being a willing worker on an organic farm as a young backpacker; to running her own successful Community Supported Agriculture business in Wales.
26 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
In this episode I focus in on two foraged friends we are harvesting from the woods and consuming as a family this time of year. Reflecting on what it means to have a continuing relationship with fungal species and the landscape in which they are gathered; i share a little bit of gratitude for birch polypore and turkey tail mushrooms. Some 'early adopters' i mentioned in the podcast I was fortunate enough to meet earlier in my journey: Adam Deleo of Adams Mushrooms, Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods New concept of 'Lifeway', as wiki has it 'an interpretive effort to express indigenous understandings of human-earth relations as an interactive and pervasive context that outsiders might label religion'; brought to my attention via an Art of Mentoring International forum post here. Mycologist Paul Stamet's classic lecturette 6 mushrooms can save the world here.
35 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
This week is a bit of an ancestral odyssey normally reserved for autumn. Join Mark Morey & I as he tells a tale of breaking through the veil of fixed thinking and discovering a magical treasure island that held a bumper cache of acorns in December. We explore Marks relationship with one of his ancestral food sources, a seasonal ritual he renews each time the harvest time comes around. We look at the practicality of harvesting & processing acorn flour and also dive deeper into reflections on the impact of seasonal foraging on raising healthy and resilient children. There was some gold for me in this interview about breaking the cycle of fixed brain patterning. "Treasure is always there in plain sight, but its our mindset- like the tide- it comes in & its gone… like in all the mythic movies the portal is there and then it's gone and then an amnesia comes in.... And then, by fate, intention, luck, synchronicity or will the tide goes back out and the land bridge appears ..... & you make your way across into abundance". [Mark Morey]
19 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
I've been on the national grid for nearly a year now. This weeks podcast is a creative response to being cut off from the service. I pay a unit rate of 16.35p per kWh and a standing charge 29.05p per day. That's the price I pay for my family to keep warm, heat food and water, take hot showers, see in the dark, work from home, communicate with the outside world and play beats. All well and good, but what happens when the grid goes down? On a key meter? apparently the cats at bulb energy are the best ... I heard that from my buddy Iain who was an energy advisor; but don't take his word for it... check it out for yourself here and see what you think. If you go for it they give you and I fifty quid; which is handy.
29 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Kingers Pickled onions
A festive double-whammy this week as Kinger shares his passion for pickling; taking onions through the hungry gap with you. His Pirate Pickles are a recipe with a purpose, a 30 year voyage of discovery on land and sea. Get the kitchen craic on how to get an acid into a cream without curdling it; and make the ultimate cheesy mushroom sauce.
36 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Em shares her enthusiasm, process and principles for building an oven out of glacial deposits and found materials sourced roundabout her forest edge near Loch Broom in the NW of Scotland. Waxing from the use of marigolds as an icebreaker to standing on the shoulders of previous innovators; Em tells it like it is to live a low impact lifestyle, regenerating forest, fixing carbon and keeping cosy in 2020. More Fire!
2 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
*NOW ACCEPTING GUESTS*
4 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Taigh Hyphae is Coming soon
Taigh (Home) Hyphae (Hi-Fi) is for audiophiles in search of regenerative & connective human culture in an animate world. This is the home economics class you wish your parents had! Shared skills, insights, resources, humour & funky interviews form a community of practice; as we explore what it means to meet needs creatively in challenging times. Nested in the community of Tighnabruaich on the Cowal peninsula as a woodland croft business, Rhyddian showcases shared practice from folk learning to thrive with nature & share their liminal experiences.
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