Awakening Ourselves To A New Regeneration with Ryland Engelhart



Over seven years ago, food activist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and Café Gratitude founder Ryland Engelhart took a trip to New Zealand, where he saw a panel presentation that moved him to tears. He was convinced that there was simply too much carbon in the atmosphere. Even if humanity successfully reduced its emissions and decarbonized transportation, he likened the experience to slowly driving off a cliff.

But after this presentation, he saw another – and it helped him truly understand the connection between nature and humanity. He finally saw a way forward, a way to make the world better in seven generations, and could envision a pathway to the future that didn’t end in catastrophe.

Over the next seven years, Ryland put together the Kiss The Ground documentary to share this discovery with as many people as possible, and I’ve been excited about this film for a long time. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and now streaming worldwide on Netflix, the film has been called “The key to combating climate change” by Forbes and lauded for inspiring “A rare feeling of hope” by the New York Times. My family and I watched the film twice in the last week, and I’m astounded by what Ryland has achieved.

In our conversation today, Ryland and I discuss the incredible journey that led to him making the movie, and how to consciously think about the deep connection between the health of our bodies and the planet in your daily practice. We explore how to use these concepts in your life, in nature, in your business, and in your family to create sustainable growth. As Dads and entrepreneurs, it’s on us to protect and heal our families and the planet, and Ryland is issuing a call to arms in service of our planet.

 Gold Nuggets

  • What Ryland learned over the seven years he spent making Kiss The Ground.
  • How a presentation about carbon emissions and symbiosis helped Ryland connect the dots between the health of our bodies, our environment, and our planet and inspired his mission.
  • How Ryland is paying homage to an urgent, pressing story with ancient roots through his work as an activist. 
  • Why we are all waking up to the fact that things aren’t going well in our food system – and why this is a powerful opportunity for change.
''The dictionary definition of nature is plants, animals, and landscapes, as opposed to humans and cities and the infrastructure human beings have created. We've completely separated ourselves from nature.'' - @LoveBeingRyland Click To Tweet

Big Questions Asked

  • How can we use the principles of regeneration to heal ourselves and our planet? 
  • What can we do to make ourselves more effective storytellers? 
  • How can we help others make a commitment to their own health and the health of our planet? 
  • Is learning imprinted upon us, or are we enlightened by wisdom when we hear, see, or feel something? 
  • Why should regeneration matter to a Dad who hears this and says to himself, “I’m not a farmer,” and what roles can they take to protect and provide for their families and the planet? 
  • How much time do we have left to prevent the sixth mass extinction?
“If soil is alive and it needs to eat, and we’ve taken all the remnants of the last crop off the land, that soil is starving.” - @LoveBeingRyland Click To Tweet

Go Deeper


''More men will die from the plow than the sword.'' - Wendell Berry Click To Tweet

More About Ryland Engelhart

Ryland Engelhart is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kiss the Ground. He is also a co-creator of the award-winning, transformational documentary film, “May I Be Frank.” He is an entrepreneur and activist, and works to inspire more “gratitude” into our culture. He speaks on sacred commerce, tools for building community, and regeneration and is the host of Kiss the Ground’s “We Can Do This Podcast.”

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