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The Great Unlearn: Activate Your Wild Self and Awaken to a Fuller Life

The Great Unlearn Boyd Varty

On this podcast I sharem my wisdom on embracing our wild selves with my friend Cal Callahan from the Great Unlearn Podcast. We recently celebrated his 40th birthday on the South African coastline — hiking across the landscape, leaping from cliffs, and engaging in meaningful and revealing fireside conversations. Along this journey there was one primary aspect that we all felt truly touched by: the awakening of our unique wild self.

Boyd and I dive into…

➝ The ceremony of entering a new decade

➝ The journey to the wild self

➝ Becoming someone who cultivates and fosters life

➝ The intelligence of moving grief

➝ Uprooting what numbs us – identities, roles, unfelt emotions, stimulants

➝ And more!


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Align Podcast: The Meaning of Being Human, Overcoming Trauma and Learning to Say ‘I Don’t Know’

Align podcast with Boyd Varty

In this episode of the Align Podcast, Boyd tells us how African safaris can relate to the journey into our own lives. He also emphasizes how important it is to connect with nature for our personal well-being, especially in a world where technology is dehumanizing us on many levels. Boyd shares his personal experience with trauma and how he embarked on a healing journey through transformational practices and doing the work. Join us as we discuss what it means to be human, how to live towards the feeling and giving into the idea of “I don’t know”.

What we discussed in the episode:

  • 02:18 Deep Breathe might help you.
  • 06:50 Who is Boyd Varty?
  • 18:15 Awareness looking at itself as a separate point of awareness.
  • 30:33 If I’m not busy, I get depressed.
  • 32:26 The Deep dark, unconscious aspects of yourself will be made manifest in your material world.
  • 36:33 Ceremony Work
  • 49:16 How do we like to lead someone into more depth within ourselves?
  • 01:02:02 The kudu is really travelling with me.
  • 01:10:13 What is the evolutionary function of distrust, chronic comparison, and alienation from oneself and nature?
  • 01:15:22 What are some natural lifestyle choices that can help soothe the nervous system in a modern world?

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Ridiculously Human Podcast

Ridiculously Human Podcast


Discussion Topics: What you will discover from listening to this Podcast:

* Boyd’s experience of spending 40 days and 40 nights in nature, alone, without any technology
* Becoming attuned to nature
* The importance of campfires and storytelling
* Wrestling with the complexity of modern life
* How technology absorbs your attention
* Why we should stop and slow down
* The history of Londolozi Game Reserve
* Tracking animals in the wild bush
* Boyd’s journey of coming out of depression
* How to heal from your wounds and demons
* Spending time with Nelson Mandela after his release from prison
* The discovery of living an authentic life
* Almost being eaten by a crocodile
* How animals can teach us
* Restoring the wildness inside of you
* How to begin your own transformation

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Your fellow beings
Craig and Gareth

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Tim Ferriss Podcast – Boyd Varty: The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life (#571)

Boyd Varty Tim Ferriss Podcast

“If it had been a horror movie, people in the audience would’ve started saying, ‘Don’t go near the shadowy place!’ And of course, as I walked past the shadowy place, I actually sat down just on the edge of those shadows. And my perception was that the water was too shallow for crocodiles. But of course the crocodile was in the hole, and the first thing that you notice when a crocodile grabs you is just the ferocity and the pressure of the bite.” — Boyd Varty

Boyd Varty (@boydvarty) is the author of two books, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life and his memoir, Cathedral of the Wild. He has been featured in The New York Times, on NBC, and in other media and has taught his philosophy of “tracking your life” to individuals and companies around the world.

Boyd is a wildlife and literacy activist who has spent the last ten years refining the art of using wilderness as a place for deep introspection and personal transformation. He grew up in South Africa on Londolozi Game Reserve, a former hunting ground that was transformed into a nature preserve by Boyd’s father and uncle—both visionaries of the restoration movement. Under his family’s stewardship, the Reserve became renowned not only as a sanctuary for animals but as a place where once-ravaged land was able to flourish again and where the human spirit could be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment, he went to Londolozi to recover.

Boyd has a degree in psychology from the University of South Africa. He is a TED speaker and the host of the Track Your Life podcast.

Please enjoy!

A podcast with Tim Ferriss

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Skinny Confidential – How To Heal Your Trauma & Find The Track Of Your Life

A podcast with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast

On today’s episode we are joined by wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, author of the memoir Cathedral of the Wild, and recently The Lion Trackers Guide To Life. Boyd joins the show today to discuss how we can learn to connect with nature more to heal our trauma and find the track of our life.