Repairing the Primal Tear: How Our Evolved Nest Heals Us, Our Animal Kin, and Our Planet

Lisa Reagan, Kindred’s editor, talks with Darcia Narvaez and Gay Bradshaw the authors of the new book, The Evolved Nest: Nature’s Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities. The Evolved Nest book has been cited as one of the best parenting books of 2023 by the Greater Good Science Center. Darcia is the founder of the Evolved Nest Initiative here at Kindred World and Gay is the executive director of The Kerulos Center in Jackson, Oregon. Gay is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity. Their integrative efforts to produce this work is generating acclaim from many fields of science and sustainability.

Gabor Mate has written the foreword to the book, which you can read on Kindred. Gabor champions the book for being “rich in mind-boggling scientific observation, will leave the reader both humbled and grateful.” The book has received numerous enthusiastic endorsements from leaders in neuroscience such as Bruce Perry, Allan Schore, Dan Siegel, and Vandava Shiva.

You can also read the first chapter of the book at and read Darcia’s posts on the Evolved Nest exclusively at Kindred.

Read the foreword:…to-the-new-book/

Read the first chapter of the book:

Read Darcia’s Evolved Nest posts on Kindred here.

Darcia Narvaez is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She is the founder of the public and professional educational outreach project The Evolved Nest Initiative whose nonprofit mission is to share her science research into developing appropriate baselines for lifelong human wellness by meeting the biological needs of infants. This wellbeing baseline is imperative at this time as the United States ranks 41st out of 41 developed countries in public policies that support families. Darcia is the current president of the award-winning, venerable nonprofit Kindred World, who has been “serving the re-generation since 1996.” The Evolved Nest is an initiative of Kindred World.


Gay A. Bradshaw is the Executive Director of The Kerulos Center in Jacksonville, Oregon. She is the author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, an in-depth psychological portrait of elephants in captivity and in the wild. Dr. Bradshaw’s work focuses on trans-species psychology, the theory and methods for the study and care of animal psychological well-being and multi-species cultures. Her research expertise includes the effects of violence on and trauma recovery for elephants, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, and parrots, and other species in captivity.




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