Nicole Apelian

Hi everyone! One of the truly amazing aspects of writing Primal was all of the great people I got to interview, connect with, and hear their stories. The very first person I was able to interview was Nicole Apelian, a star of the show Alone, a mother, an herbalist, holistic doctor, and friend of the Kalahari bushmen.

The stories Nicole shared and her insights greatly informed chapter one of my book: Sur-thrival. Nicole provided deep insight into our relationship with fire, our longing for deep nature connection, and how we balance these with our modern busy lives. In a future blog post, I am hoping to share the interview I did with Nicole in a podcast-style format. But for now here's more information about Nicole:

-Nicole's website:

-Nicole also has her own blog:

-And she just came out with a book she co-authored:

A Reference Guide to Surviving Nature: Outdoor Preparation and Remedies

Check out her work and tell me what you think!


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Jon Young  is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah


Sarah is a energywork practitioner, bodyworker, wildlife tracker, and interspecies communicator. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. 


For over 19 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong, Emotional Clearing, and Five Elements Herbalism. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives in the sandhill mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.