Andy Couturier moved to Japan in mid twenties with his partner Cynthia to teach English. Their plan was to save money then come back to the US and buy some land. After returning, they built a house in California using only hand tools, developing a piece of raw land into a functioning rural homestead.
Andy has studied Buddhist meditation and many other Asian philosophical systems. He has been a researcher for Greenpeace and has taught writing for more than twenty years.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Andy and his partner built a cabin using only hand tools
- If you give yourself time, a lot of things are enjoyable
- Making sure you’re enjoying the process
- The misery of too many things going on
- Putting buffers in so you’re not rushing from one thing to the next
- Making time to look at how you operate
- Andy’s flip phone and how it helps him slow down
- The tools you use craft who you become
- What is efficiency getting you?
- Moving to Japan in his mid twenties with his partner Cynthia, to teach English
- It’s a precious opportunity to think for yourself
- What does it mean to be alive?
- The origins of Andy’s draw to nature
- Our health depends not just on ourselves but also on our community and being connected to people
- Making time for contemplation each week
- A day in the life of Andy
- The modern predicament is a puzzle we all need to figure out
- Assess, be/think critical, and choose what is true for you
- Going deep into things
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