The Value Exchange podcast – Episode 22 – Out Now!


In July 2019, Ben Goldsmith lost his fifteen-year-old daughter, Iris, in an accident on their family farm in Somerset. Iris’s death left her family reeling. Grasping for answers, Ben threw himself into searching for some ongoing trace of his beloved child, exploring ideas that until then had seemed too abstract to mean much to him. Missing his daughter terribly and struggling to imagine how he would face the rest of his life in the shadow of this loss, Ben found solace in nature, the object of a lifelong fascination. As Ben set about rewilding his farm, nature became a vital source of meaning and hope. 

Feeling the importance of sharing the story of his journey he set about writing a book about his experiences. “God in an Octopus” is the story of a year of soul-searching that followed a terrible loss. In an instant, Ben’s world had turned dark. Yet, unbelievably to him, the seasons kept on turning, and as he immersed himself in the dramatic restoration of nature in the place where it happened, he found healing.

We were delighted to be able to chat with Ben recently about his experience, his book, but mostly about his finding meaning in his passion for nature/rewilding/the environment, how important access to nature is for all, especially for one’s health and wellbeing and learning about how indigenous cultures might be where we find a better future.



Youtube video – Episode 22: Ben Goldsmith – Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature (click to watch)

Podcast – Episode 22: Ben Goldsmith – Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature (click to listen)

TRANSCRIPT – Episode 22: Ben Goldsmith – Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature – COMING SOON!

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