This is a segment of episode #213 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Sacred Gardener: The Seeds Of Co-creative Partnership With The Earth w/ Steven Elliot Martyn.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWmartyn
Learn more about Steven and the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School: https://thesacredgardener.ca
In this segment of my discussion with Steven Elliot Martyn, author of ‘Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-Creative Agriculture’ and ‘The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden: Co-creating Integrated Polyculture’ and co-creator of the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School, Steven explores the roots of our dominant culture’s profound disconnection from the sacred roots of agriculture and land use. On his path of exploration into this subject, Steven has cultivated an intuitive and deeply expressed capacity of truly listening to the spirit(s) of the land and the living beings that reside there, having gained superb insights into how to reacquaint our culture with our sacred capacities of participating in a co-creative relationship with the living Earth. Steven’s development of this intuitive knowledge has manifested into something that is altogether missing in much of the dominant Western culture’s models of land use and agricultural production in the modern age (a culmination of the dominant culture’s obsession with logic, or as Steven has called it, the “cult of Reason”). In this interview, Steven refutes the idea that the development of agriculture in human societies is the result of a “wrong turn” in our development as a species (a primitivist assertion), and instead asserts that the roots of agricultural land use is rooted in our intuitive, sacred, and co-creative capacities as cultural beings with the living Earth, and that deprograming ourselves from the overly-reductionist approach to land use is essential in reclaiming our right role within the broad matrix of life, both on the local and global scale.
Steven Martyn (M.A. in traditional plant use, B.F.A. honours) is an artist, farmer, wildcrafter, builder, teacher, writer, and visionary. Steven has more than thirty years experience living co-creatively with the Earth practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. Steven created Livingstone & Greenbloom in 1986, Toronto’s first green landscaping company. In 1996, he created the Algonquin Tea Company, North America’s premiere bioregional tea company. He has given talks and workshops internationally for more than twenty years and taught plant identification and wilderness skills at Algonquin college for 11 years, and at the Orphan Wisdom School for 8 years. In 2014, Spencer and his wife Megan started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School. Steven released his first book, The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden in 2016, and his second Sacred Gardening in June 2017.