Sam Sycamore is creating the Good Life Revival Podcast
61

patrons

$236
per month

“The value of doing something does not lie in the ease or difficulty, the probability or improbability of its achievement, but in the vision, the plan, the determination and the perseverance, the effort and the struggle which go into the project. Life is enriched by aspiration and effort, rather than by acquisition and accumulation.”

– Scott & Helen Nearing, The Good Life



Who I Am & What I'm About



I'm Sam Sycamore, a writer and radical ecologist from Kentucky, currently residing in the Bay Area, California.

The Good Life Revival Podcast is the space I’ve created to share stories, information, and perspectives I encounter on the path back to the land in the 21st century.

With the interviews I share, I aim to shine a light on the folks out there who are doing the hard work of fostering a more sustainable, regenerative culture in their neck of the woods, and finding practical as well as philosophical solutions to the problems that plague our modern society.


These are the kinds of questions that I aim to answer -- or at least to discuss in a compelling way!

I've spent the last several years busting my butt to learn the skills needed for a more self-reliant lifestyle, while also making efforts to network locally, regionally, and nationally, to help re-establish our culture's severely crippled social bonds.

In addition to my work with the podcast, I also serve on the board of directors for Radical Joy For Hard Times, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity learn to deal with, and heal with, damaged and degraded landscapes.


What Is "The Good Life"?



Originally launched as a how-to blog in the summer 2016, since then this project has pivoted slightly to become The Good Life Revival Podcast -- the name being a nod to Scott and Helen Nearing, early pioneers of the back-to-the-land movement in the Depression era.

"The good life" means something a little different to everybody, but I love discussing this topic with other people because I find that everyone does indeed have their own definition, and I derive great joy and inspiration from hearing the stories of others who've also chosen this path back to nature.

Here's how I like to define the good life, in the simplest terms:
  • our days are self-directed,
  • our meals are self-produced,
  • our communities are self-sustaining, and
  • our landscapes are self-regenerating.
A lofty goal indeed, but I know for a fact that it's achievable!

My aim in publishing this podcast is to expose you to real-life examples of the folks out there fighting the good fight and living life on their own terms — and to share my own stories as I go for it, too — to encourage you to venture out and start creating the world that you want to live in.

You Can Help This Thing Grow



I lead a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity and intentional poverty in order to minimize my engagement with the dominant culture and maximize personal freedom from day to day.

I aim to be illegible and irrelevant to the economy, to borrow from James C. Scott and the late Toby Hemenway. It’s not for everybody, but it (mostly) works for me, and I enjoy talking about it.

I'm not glamorous, I’m definitely not a “guru,” and I can’t pretend to be anything more than one individual of below-average means trying my best to figure out how to live honestly, ethically, and sustainably.

I make it a priority to get by from day-to-day with as little cash as possible. As you can imagine, this comes with a wide range of benefits and setbacks.

How I Would Benefit From Your Contribution



I can only afford to expand the scope of this thing with your help.

I've really been stepping my game up over the last year to connect with unique individuals around the world who I believe are doing exciting and inspirational work worth knowing about.

But it's not without significant personal cost to me -- I don't exactly have much in the way of "playing around" money, ya feel me?

And you wouldn't believe me if I told you how much time I actually invest in writing, researching, editing, promoting, and everything else that goes into this podcast. 10-20 hours is a reasonable estimate for a single episode.

Your support as a patron would greatly soften the burden on my side. Any amount you can spare on a monthly basis will go a long way, cumulatively speaking!

I would love for this podcast to be a legitimate part-time (or possibly full-time) job, but that can only become a reality with your direct support.

I hope you’ll consider contributing to this project at any level that you are able to. Your support means the world to me.

But more than anything else, I hope that my vision of "the good life" inspires you to take action to create the world that you'd like to live in. It is within reach.

With love,

Sam Sycamore

(updated Feb 2019)

Tiers
Sowing seed
$1 or more per month 30 patrons

Thank you for voting with your dollar for more from me! 


I'll keep doing this as long as you continue to make it possible.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll get access to all of my music, plus pretty much all multimedia content I share along the way.

Early access
$4 or more per month 20 patrons

A pledge at this tier will get you early access to raw audio from interviews, often immediately after they are recorded.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Ad-free archives
$6 or more per month 6 patrons

Don't want to hear ads at the top of the show? Sick and tired of hearing me busk for cash in every episode?


In addition to early audio, a pledge at this tier will grant you access to the ad-free, Patreon-pitch-free version of the show, generally released in advance of the full episode on the main feed.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Serious support
$9 or more per month 6 patrons

This is a serious investment on your part, and your patronage at this tier will go a *long* way towards helping me turn this podcast into a legitimate job! 


You'll gain early access to raw audio from interviews, as well as the ad-free version of the show.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Earning a living
$18 or more per month 2 patrons

This is a pledge that says, "Sam, the world needs your podcast and I want to ensure that you can earn a decent living while creating it!" 


A pledge at this tier will get you early access to raw audio from interviews, as well as the ad-free version of the show.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Goals
$236 of $250 per month
$250 might not sound like a *lot*, but that represents something like a quarter of my monthly living costs, which means this podcast would effectively be a legitimate part-time job. If that were the case, I could justify investing a whole lot more of my time and energy into this thing!
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“The value of doing something does not lie in the ease or difficulty, the probability or improbability of its achievement, but in the vision, the plan, the determination and the perseverance, the effort and the struggle which go into the project. Life is enriched by aspiration and effort, rather than by acquisition and accumulation.”

– Scott & Helen Nearing, The Good Life



Who I Am & What I'm About



I'm Sam Sycamore, a writer and radical ecologist from Kentucky, currently residing in the Bay Area, California.

The Good Life Revival Podcast is the space I’ve created to share stories, information, and perspectives I encounter on the path back to the land in the 21st century.

With the interviews I share, I aim to shine a light on the folks out there who are doing the hard work of fostering a more sustainable, regenerative culture in their neck of the woods, and finding practical as well as philosophical solutions to the problems that plague our modern society.


These are the kinds of questions that I aim to answer -- or at least to discuss in a compelling way!

I've spent the last several years busting my butt to learn the skills needed for a more self-reliant lifestyle, while also making efforts to network locally, regionally, and nationally, to help re-establish our culture's severely crippled social bonds.

In addition to my work with the podcast, I also serve on the board of directors for Radical Joy For Hard Times, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping humanity learn to deal with, and heal with, damaged and degraded landscapes.


What Is "The Good Life"?



Originally launched as a how-to blog in the summer 2016, since then this project has pivoted slightly to become The Good Life Revival Podcast -- the name being a nod to Scott and Helen Nearing, early pioneers of the back-to-the-land movement in the Depression era.

"The good life" means something a little different to everybody, but I love discussing this topic with other people because I find that everyone does indeed have their own definition, and I derive great joy and inspiration from hearing the stories of others who've also chosen this path back to nature.

Here's how I like to define the good life, in the simplest terms:
  • our days are self-directed,
  • our meals are self-produced,
  • our communities are self-sustaining, and
  • our landscapes are self-regenerating.
A lofty goal indeed, but I know for a fact that it's achievable!

My aim in publishing this podcast is to expose you to real-life examples of the folks out there fighting the good fight and living life on their own terms — and to share my own stories as I go for it, too — to encourage you to venture out and start creating the world that you want to live in.

You Can Help This Thing Grow



I lead a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity and intentional poverty in order to minimize my engagement with the dominant culture and maximize personal freedom from day to day.

I aim to be illegible and irrelevant to the economy, to borrow from James C. Scott and the late Toby Hemenway. It’s not for everybody, but it (mostly) works for me, and I enjoy talking about it.

I'm not glamorous, I’m definitely not a “guru,” and I can’t pretend to be anything more than one individual of below-average means trying my best to figure out how to live honestly, ethically, and sustainably.

I make it a priority to get by from day-to-day with as little cash as possible. As you can imagine, this comes with a wide range of benefits and setbacks.

How I Would Benefit From Your Contribution



I can only afford to expand the scope of this thing with your help.

I've really been stepping my game up over the last year to connect with unique individuals around the world who I believe are doing exciting and inspirational work worth knowing about.

But it's not without significant personal cost to me -- I don't exactly have much in the way of "playing around" money, ya feel me?

And you wouldn't believe me if I told you how much time I actually invest in writing, researching, editing, promoting, and everything else that goes into this podcast. 10-20 hours is a reasonable estimate for a single episode.

Your support as a patron would greatly soften the burden on my side. Any amount you can spare on a monthly basis will go a long way, cumulatively speaking!

I would love for this podcast to be a legitimate part-time (or possibly full-time) job, but that can only become a reality with your direct support.

I hope you’ll consider contributing to this project at any level that you are able to. Your support means the world to me.

But more than anything else, I hope that my vision of "the good life" inspires you to take action to create the world that you'd like to live in. It is within reach.

With love,

Sam Sycamore

(updated Feb 2019)

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Tiers
Sowing seed
$1 or more per month 30 patrons

Thank you for voting with your dollar for more from me! 


I'll keep doing this as long as you continue to make it possible.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll get access to all of my music, plus pretty much all multimedia content I share along the way.

Early access
$4 or more per month 20 patrons

A pledge at this tier will get you early access to raw audio from interviews, often immediately after they are recorded.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Ad-free archives
$6 or more per month 6 patrons

Don't want to hear ads at the top of the show? Sick and tired of hearing me busk for cash in every episode?


In addition to early audio, a pledge at this tier will grant you access to the ad-free, Patreon-pitch-free version of the show, generally released in advance of the full episode on the main feed.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Serious support
$9 or more per month 6 patrons

This is a serious investment on your part, and your patronage at this tier will go a *long* way towards helping me turn this podcast into a legitimate job! 


You'll gain early access to raw audio from interviews, as well as the ad-free version of the show.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.

Earning a living
$18 or more per month 2 patrons

This is a pledge that says, "Sam, the world needs your podcast and I want to ensure that you can earn a decent living while creating it!" 


A pledge at this tier will get you early access to raw audio from interviews, as well as the ad-free version of the show.


Listen for a shout-out in an upcoming episode after you pledge your support!


You'll also get access to all of my music and all of my multimedia content, some of which you'll get to see before anybody else.