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Nov 14, 2016

“All of the sudden, in human history, we’re  putting too much emphasis on productivity and not enough emphasis on connectivity. We need connection - both to ourselves, our community and nature. When you have all three of those you have a complete culture.” (Nicole Apelian - on the podcast)

I met Nicole for the first time during this sparky conversation. I bow to the podcast crew for bringing me new amigos and soul sistas. Nicole - it turns out - starred as the component humanist on reality tv show - Alone. I’d never heard of it until Nicole turned up on my schedule. And hallelujah for that.

I rap with Nicole Apelian about Restoring Functional Intelligence to Human Relationships

  • Being on Alone- and building a platform for her message
  • The 3 Necessities of a complete culture
  • Harvesting your own food and medicine

What you’ll get out of tuning in

  • Autoimmune + Celiacs
  • Gluten intolerance and your intestinal villi
  • Why ama is a problem for Celiacs



Nicole’s first exposure to true wilderness living began while working as a field biologist in Botswana. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa.

Nicole immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life, and later, while working with the San Bushmen, Nicole completed her doctorate, focused in Cultural Anthropology within the field of Sustainability Education.

Years of visiting the San Bushmen and developing strong relationships within the tribe allowed Nicole to learn many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2000 led Nicole to apply her research skills towards her own personal wellness. She developed a healthy living strategy, focusing on health and wholeness. Through simple changes in her lifestyle and eating habits, Nicole restored her vitality and she moved on to become a founder and primary guide for her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International.

Favorite Quotes from Nicole Apelian (+ Cate)

“Well. p.s. And otherwise you're going to go nuts.” Cate

“Well, people are going nuts in our modern day society.” Nicole

“We are lacking culture.

We are seeing a deeper connection.

We are seeking a meaningful experience of life.”

“Harvest your food, harvest your medicine, and live in an egalitarian society.”