What does it truly mean to live an enriched life? What choices do we make every day about how we show up? How we connect? Who we choose to be? To explore these questions, this week I invited Kailea Frederick to be a guest on the show.
Kailea Frederick is a First Nations woman dedicated to supporting individuals of all cultures in remembering their ties to the earth. Growing up off the grid in Maui, Hawai`i forever imprinted in her the importance of reciprocity through indigenous world – view. A graduate of the International Youth Initiative Program, Kailea is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow, and has served as a youth delegate twice to the United Nations Climate Change conferences (COP). Her work on the front-lines of international climate justice has forever connected her to the lives of those most impacted by climate change.
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In this episode we talk about Kailea’s childhood and what it was like growing up in Hawaii. Her family lives off the grid on the island of Maui. I know personally, like so many things, I have a habit of romanticizing alternative lifestyles. My dream is to live away from the big cities, surrounded by nature, off the grid, unplugged and in tune with nature. But what does that really mean? Kailea sheds some light on this and explains her work in Spiritual Ecology, a path I definitely want to explore.
Spiritual Ecology is about our connection to the Earth and to each other, the choices we make on a daily basis, and taking personal, grassroots responsibility to bring change to the systems we currently find ourselves in. It’s a movement that recognizes that none of the crises we face can be resolved until we recognize that we are profoundly connected to the Earth because we are part of the Earth.
Kailea also shares about her work with a course she’s created called Earth is Ohana (family). She is dedicated to bringing this work of healing and deep wisdom to people everywhere.
Resources mentioned in the show:
Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth
The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
100 Days for the Earth by Admund Seip (with the beautiful poem Kailea read in this episode)
Thank you to Kailea for being on the show this week! I’m definitely adding more books to my reading list and I look forward to exploring Spiritual Ecology. Next week I’ll be talking to Nick McArthur (EpicDanger) and I look forward to sharing the conversation with you! Until then, keep searching for the things that fill your heart with life.
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