I reached the end of my challenging journey on the Pacific Crest Trail (a 2,700 mile footpath beginning at the US/ Mexican border in CA and ending over the Canadian Border) on September 17, 2013. Since then, I have been trying to heal my body from the intestinal illnesses that I acquired along this hike (which have developed into systemic autoimmune disorders this past year). I have also been working on creating my own path in life- finding a way to make a living by doing what I have been called to do. My long distance hikes, my yoga teachers, and my yoga practice over the last five years have opened me to a world of possibility and perspective that I had not previously been introduced to. I am deeply grateful for these teachings and experiences and for the opportunity to share what I have learned with others. The PCT was not just a personal journey for me. I knew when I finished that I had something powerful to say and that I wanted to share what I had learned with others.
I have created an hour long presentation (featuring a talk and a slideshow) that is centered around the the reasons that I hike long trails and the lessons that I have learned from them. My goal is to inspire people to step outside of their comfort zones and follow their hearts’ desires.
I am currently working on a second presentation, entitled “The Gifts of Chronic Illness: How We Can Turn Adversity into a Path of Transformation and Awakening”. Although the emphasis will be on the causes and possible remedies for chronic illness (which our healthcare system has no answers for), its empowering theme will apply to any difficult human experience that one may be going through.
If you know of any group or venue that you think might be interested in hosting either of my presentations, I would very much appreciate it if you let me know.
I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy visiting my website!