Nature-Inspired Music with Alific and Man of the Forests

January 24, 2023
Hosted by Sydney WIlliams

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Episode Description

How does spending time outdoors influence music? For Brendan Dane (Alific), the call of the Loons from his childhood in New England inspired an entire song. Derek Waldmann (his last name translates to Man of the Forests) grew up in Colorado with parents who managed a garden center, so trees and plants have always been a core part of his identity. Alific and Man of the Forests together are a force of nature. One of their soon-to-be released collaborations is called Green Hillz, and we feature the music on the show. When they shared it for the first time, it was love at first note. With Alific on guitar and Man of the Forests on violin, this instrumental tune takes listeners on a musical journey through all four seasons. In this episode, we'll be chatting about their adventures on and off the trail, how time spent in nature inspires their music, and what they're creating in 2023.

Wellness in the Wilderness

Tuesday at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Did you know that the average American spends 90% of their lives indoors? It's tragic and it's true - we have lost our connection to the wilderness from which we came, and it is impacting every aspect of the human experience. If you're ready to slow down and take a cue from nature to help you bring your best self to life, love, and work - welcome to Wellness in the Wilderness, we're glad you're here! Join Hiking My Feelings founder + CEO Sydney Williams and her guests as they explore how creativity, connection, and community are amplified by time spent outside. Through shared story and self-reflection, we can gain tremendous insights and inspiration from our journey on the Trail of Life. Tune in each Tuesday at 1pm PT to feel a little less alone in this world, and understand how the outer wilderness influences our inner wilderness to support optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Sydney WIlliams

When former collegiate athlete and competitive skydiver, Sydney Williams, unexpectedly found herself on the receiving end of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis while grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature that helped kick her self-limiting beliefs and disease into remission. Over the years, she’s been featured on the SXSW stage, as well as in Health Magazine, Diabetic Living Magazine, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and numerous other publications. Today, she is the author of Hiking My Feelings: Stepping into the Healing Power of Nature, host of Wellness in the Wilderness on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment channel, a certified Wilderness First Responder, instructor at the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, and travels across the country empowering others to summit their personal mountains on their way to becoming Well Beings.

Episode Directory

February 2023

January 2023

  • 1/31/2023: Finding Wellness in the Catalina Backcountry with Barry Williams Listen Now
  • 1/24/2023: Nature-Inspired Music with Alific and Man of the Forests Listen Now
  • 1/17/2023: Transcending Tragedy in the Wilderness with Emily Henkel Listen Now
  • 1/10/2023: The Ups + Downs of Life in the Mountains with Drew Petersen Listen Now
  • 1/3/2023: Intention + Inspiration with Anastasia Allison of Kula Cloth Listen Now

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