Our ancestors were able to navigate long distances, find water, and even predict the weather simply by looking at their environment. My guest today says we still have this nature instinct inside of us and with a little practice, we can revive it. His name is Tristan Gooley, he's an outdoorsman and author, and his latest book is The Nature Instinct: Learn to Find Direction, Sense Danger, and Even Guess Nature’s Next Move—Faster Than Thought. Today on the show we discuss how humans have the ability to simply look at something in nature and immediately see direction, time, or weather conditions. While modern humans have lost this ability, Tristan makes the case that with some practice, anyone can re-learn it. We then discuss how learning how to read nature intuitively makes us more engaged with our surroundings and able to see more significance in our environment. Tristan then shares signs to look for in nature to anticipate animal behavior, find water, and predict the weather. After listening to this show, you'll never look at squirrels the same way.Get the show notes at aom.is/natureinstinct.
Tristan Gooley returns to ReWild Yourself Podcast to guide us through the lost art of reading nature’s signs. Tristan is an author and natural navigator. He teaches people to re-awaken their senses and tune into their ancestral ability to navigate across a landscape using the signs that nature provides. Tristan has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He has walked with and studied the methods of the Tuareg, Bedouin and Dayak in some of the remotest regions on Earth. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. In this episode, Tristan explains how — once we learn to use nature as a compass — we can create a natural navigation map based in ecological knowledge. We also discuss Tristan’s latest work and the importance of purposeful nature engagement. Tristan gives us practical tips for re-awakening our senses to the natural world and simple techniques for getting started in natural navigation. Tune in, and be inspired to interact with your local landscape in a new and more intimate way! EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Show Introduction: Hunt + gather updates: A recent trip to North Carolina and my Thanksgiving meal plan Season 3 of ReWild Yourself Podcast ends soon! Introducing Tristan Gooley Engaging with nature on a cerebral or physical level Simple techniques to dabbling in natural navigations Creating a natural navigation map based in ecology How people navigate around the world What Tristan’s working on now Going into nature with purpose How to inspire people to re-awaken their senses Getting someone started in navigation The future of natural navigation Tristan’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Cara chats with Tristan Gooley, author of the new book, “How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed.” They talk about the lost art of natural navigation, including the worldview that opens up when you begin to “intuit” your course. Follow Tristan: @NaturalNav.
A highlight of last year’s Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, The Natural Navigator himself, Tristan Gooley, returns to share his tips to free yourself forever from maps and compasses by following the clues in the world around you. Listen to the event in full below, or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and hear every event. Find … Continue reading Tristan Gooley
In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Tristan Gooley — author of The
Natural Navigator — gives us some wonderful insights into using natural
navigation in both natural and urban settings.
* Tristan’s adventures across the Atlantic Ocean
* Using clues from nature to navigate
* How to navigate when you’re in a foreign city
* 3 ways to navigate using migratory birds
* How to orient yourself under a forest canopy
* What to do when you get lost
* GPS technology: friend or foe?
* About his book and courses