Marissa Pulaski is Co-Founder of Drylands Agroecology Research (DAR), an educational and community non-profit headquartered at Elk Run Farm near Lyons, Colorado. In this episode, Marissa discusses regenerative patterns, community relationships, food sovereignty projects with Shoshone, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Ute colleagues, Harvest of All First Nations, Spirit of the Sun seed saving projects, Community Roots Midwife Collective, and the Folk Farm School for youngsters. Describing the importance of the “language of the heart,” Marissa also discusses the imperatives of play, pleasure, spontaneity, dancing, grounding, praying, weeping, dreaming, freedom, and recognizing that we are all indigenous to Earth. She discusses her global travels and immersion in indigenous cultures in Tanzania, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and elsewhere as profoundly influential to her worldview and to her commitment to help create a new, post-industrial, post-colonial, “place-based” culture.
HIS and HERS
This episode with Marissa is a special “HERS” episode, which pairs with the “HIS” episode with DAR Co-Founder Nick DiDominico. Through DAR, the couple offer Permaculture Design Certification workshops, regenerative agriculture and drylands silvopasture design workshops, retreats for pre- and post-partum healing and restoration, and delightfully grounding dance parties.
ABOUT MARISSA PULASKI
As a graduate of Environmental Studies and the Psychology of Health and Healing at Naropa University, Marissa is passionate about igniting the innate human-earth connection within herself and others. She runs Folk Farm at Elk Run, encouraging play and the importance of intuition. A trained Doula, skilled herbalist, and cultural advocate, Marissa continues to evolve through practicing ritual, embodiment, and communication with the unseen. Marissa directs both the cultural advocacy and education branch within DAR. Leading programs for indigenous led cultivation and regenerative practice.
RESOURCES & RELATED EPISODES
- Episode 19 – Brigitte Mars on Herbal Medicine
- Episode 57 – Mohawk Women Lead the Three Sisters Sovereignty Project
- Episode 95 – John Liu, Founder, Ecosystem Restoration Camps
- Episode 108 – Ann Armbrecht, Author of Business of Botanicals
- Episode 121 – Oliver Retzloff, Co-Founder, Wild Nectar Farm
- Episode 124 – Nick DiDomenico, Co-Founder, Drylands Agroecology Research