Welcome to the Good Life Revival, where we share stories, knowledge, and perspectives encountered on the path back to nature.
I'm Sam Sycamore, a writer, homesteader, and farmer in rural Paoli, Indiana. I'm passionate about topics related to self-reliance, permaculture, rewilding, growing food, foraging, and learning how to better align my lifestyle with the landscape that I walk upon.
The Good Life Revival Podcast is my attempt to facilitate a space to share stories, information, and perspectives on the path back to the land in the 21st century.
With the interviews I share, I aim to shine a light on the "unknown" folks out there who are doing the hard work of fostering a more sustainable, regenerative culture in their neck of the woods.
Nothing wrong with heroes and rockstars - we'll hear from some of them along the way, too - but I find so much inspiration in the everymen and everywomen who are making it happen with borrowed land and shoestring budgets, driven by a hunger and a passion that transcends the individual ego.
- How do we live life on our own terms in this era?
- Is it possible to heal our domesticated minds and bodies by healing our degraded landscapes?
- What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land really look like, and how do we pull it off in a practical, realistic way?
- What is "the good life," and how do we attain it?
These are the kinds of questions that I aim to answer - or at least to discuss in a compelling way!
My partner Brooke and I live in a small, primitive community in one of the poorest counties in our region. We grow vegetables for market to make ends meet, and take on odd jobs when necessary. We lead a lifestyle of intentional poverty in order to maximize personal freedom from day to day. We're not glamorous and we're not pretending to be anything more than what we are: two individuals trying our best to live honestly, ethically, and sustainably.
We've spent the last several years busting our butts to learn the skills needed for a more self-reliant lifestyle, while also making efforts to network locally and regionally to help re-establish our severely crippled social bonds.
What Is "The Good Life"?
"The good life" means something a little different to everybody, but I love discussing this topic with other people because I find that everyone does indeed have their own definition, and I derive great joy and inspiration from hearing the stories of others who've also chosen this path back to nature.
Here's how I like to define the good life: our days are self-directed, our meals are self-produced, our communities are self-sustaining and our landscapes are self-regenerating. A lofty goal indeed, but I know for a fact that it's achievable!
I created the podcast as a way to share my own stories and facilitate the kinds of discussions that my wife and I wish to have with other people who are on the same path as us. Due to the somewhat isolated nature of our lifestyle and the culture that surrounds us, our opportunities to connect with like-minded folks in person are pretty limited.
My aim in publishing this podcast is to expose you to real-life examples of the folks out there fighting the good fight and living life on their own terms, and to encourage you to venture out on the land and start creating the world that you want to live in.
I hope that my vision of "the good life" inspires you to take action!