Mentoring, Anthropology + Reconnecting with our Ancestral Humanity with Nicole Apelian, Part 1

Mentoring, Anthropology + Reconnecting with our Ancestral Humanity with Nicole Apelian, Part 1

I met Nicole Apelian 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.

On the mentor/mentee relationship in her African tribal second family:

“The parents only job is to love their children. That’s it. They don’t have to discipline their children, or teach their children. Only love them. The job of teaching and disciplining the children goes to the Grandparents, aunties, uncles. And your job as an adult is to teach your nieces and nephews and cousins. But for the parent, that is it. Imagine that! Imagine if your only job with your children was to love them and nothing else. And kids always learn better from people who aren’t their parents.” (Nicole Apelian – on the podcast)

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

  • Be entertained with a sparky conversation
  • Survival skills vs. wilderness living skills
  • Mentoring, thinking, and tech limitation

What you’ll get out of tuning in

  • Adrenal fatigue + Ayurveda Q+A
  • Ashwagandha for adrenals
  • Balancing Vata + Building Ojas for your adrenals



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.”


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