Brian Stratton Dillon is a horticulturist, dome-grower, and adept percussionist. In this episode, enjoy a tour inside his Growing Spaces geodesic greenhouse, where, at 8,300 feet high in the Rocky Mountains, Brian grows subtropical fruits, veggies, and herbs. At the end of the episode, get a sneak peak into Brian’s music and recording studio where he gives us an exclusive “mini concert” on his drum kit.
Brian also shares intimately about his near-death auto accident, from which he had severe brain injuries (including DAI – “Diffuse Axonal Injury”). This experience led him on a path of discovery and awakening – connecting the dots between brain health, psycho-spiritual well-being, the benefits of fresh, locally-grown food, and the importance of his Vipasina meditation practice. Not only does Vipasina come to us in a 2,500+ year tradition of “brain training,” so is the tradition of food forests an ancient one – including 2,000 year old food forests in Morocco, and centuries-old Permaculture stewardship of the Amazon Basin.
Brian discusses how the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel, M.D. has been a game changer for him, and how Dr. Siegel’s “Interpersonal Neurobiology” is essential for mind/body/spirit integration. Dr. Siegel’s books, including “The Yes Brain,” “Mindsight,” and “Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human” come highly recommended. Brian recommends Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight Institute, the Mind Up Program, and the books “No Drama Discipline” and “Mindful Therapist.”
In his Growing Spaces dome garden, Brian cultivates figs, Gingko Biloba, passion flower fruits, tomatoes, grapes, pineapple guava, curry plant, Romanesco cauliflower, Red Russian Kale, arugula, and tilapia. He cultivates his soil with High Plains Biochar, Xtreme Gardening mycorrhizal fungi, and Recharge microbial SuperPack from Real Growers.
In this inspirational episode, Brian reminds us that “healing takes courage, bravery and hard work!”
growingspaces.com/yonearth (grow domes – mention Y on Earth & get a 5% discount!)
onegreenworld.com (Seeds and starts)
mindsightinstitute.com (Dr. Daniel Siegel’s work)
dhamma.org (Vipasina meditation retreats)