Craig Foster, Creator of My Octopus Teacher | How To Academy


Thu, 30 May 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Craig Foster, Creator of My Octopus Teacher

Live In Conversation With Kate Humble

Join the Academy Award winning filmmaker behind My Octopus Teacher, Craig Foster, for an awe-inspiring meditation on the power of nature and our place within in it.

We homo sapiens are by nature wild animals attempting to exist in a docile world. So how can we reclaim our wildness in a world that wants us to stay so tamed?

A decade ago, living in a city and feeling exhausted and empty, Craig Foster decided to return to his birthplace—the Cape of Good Hope—and dive into the great African Sea forest each day. His daily oceanic adventures not only helped him “rewild”, but helped him come to see his own “amphibious soul” as a powerful metaphor for the human condition. 

In this exclusive talk accompanied by incredible photography and never-before-seen footage of animal life, Craig Foster joins writer and broadcaster Kate Humble to share his extraordinary adventures in the natural world, challenge us to consider our personal relationship to nature, and inspire us to help save the global ecosystem.

He will show us how to nurture our individual wildness, tap into our empathy, and deepen our love for all living things. He will teach us to track the wild around us, and by doing so become present in the moment and revel in being wondrously alive.

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Praise for Craig Foster’s Amphibious Soul:

“This book isn’t about learning how to be wild but rather a guide to recognising and reconnecting with the wild in and around us. It is a book that will inspire hope.” — Dr Jane Goodall

“Craig Foster has spent every day in the ocean for years, tracking underwater animals and finding a deep sense of wildness. Amphibious Soul is about connecting to our humanity in the heart of the world, at the tip of Africa. This book will guide you to find your own wild heart wherever you might live.” — James Cameron

“An intimate guide to the wonders and mysteries of the ocean and human nature.” — Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist

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Craig Foster

Academy Award Winning Filmmaker

Craig Foster is one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers and co-founder of the Sea Change Project. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary for My Octopus Teacher, and has created over 100 films and documentaries in addition to his photography. He lives in South Africa.

Kate Humble

Writer and Broadcaster

Kate Humble is a writer and broadcaster.  Her television series include Escape to the Farm, Britain’s Best Coastal Walks, Back to the Land, Animal Park, Lambing Live, Springwatch, Living with Nomads and Wild Shepherdess.  She also the author of six books including Where the Hearth Is: Stories of Home, Homecooked: Recipes From the Farm and Thinking on My Feet: The Small Joys of Putting One Foot in Front of The Other (Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and the Stanford Travel Writing Award). She has been a columnist for The Telegraph, The Radio Times, and Country Smallholding and regularly writes on wildlife, rural affairs, travel and wellbeing for various publications. She was the first female president of the RSPB for 110 years and is currently president of WWT.