One of the greatest survival stories of our time
Not many people realize that survival is a choice as deeply and intimately as Yossi Ghinsberg. In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his three companions, Yossi Ghinsberg was tested to the extreme. Alone for three harrowing weeks of sheer survival against all odds, Yossi Ghinsberg ultimately lived to tell this amazing story as well as how the ordeal profoundly affected his understanding of himself and his life’s purpose. The most important thing he learned from this experience was that we all have the power to survive.
Years later, Yossi Ghinsberg returned to the Amazon and made it his home. Working with indigenous forest dwellers for three years, they built Cha-la-lan, a model eco-tourism village that inspired the entire Amazon basin and the world. Yossi Ghinsberg also founded The Madidi National Park, the biggest biodiversity conserve in the Amazon.
Yossi Ghinsberg now travels the planet sharing his universal messages of strength, hope and inspiration. His choice to connect rather than retreat has become his life’s journey. Yossi Ghinsberg serves the CEO of an Israeli / Arab Reconciliation Festival, where spiritual leaders of both Islam and Judaism conduct special prayers for peace.
Yossi Ghinsberg’s first book Heart of the Amazon based on his harrowing adventures in South America, soon became an international bestseller. The Discovery Channel released a documentary film based on the book. Yossi Ghinsberg is also the author of Laws of the Jungle.
In times of rapid change, markets go through massive transition and in the process even the giants shake – some collapse. As fear and insecurity rise, times like these can feel like sheer survival for many. As a keynote speaker, Yossi Ghinsberg’s permeating authenticity instills in people the power to trust themselves and engage in life fully and passionately regardless of their circumstances.
A riveting storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg leads audiences to a deep state of listening, allowing them to experience and process the content within their own environments and thus immediately integrate it in their personal and professional life. His delivery is a powerful multi-sensory experience, evoking emotions and challenging commonly held concepts.
A philosopher of life, Yossi Ghinsberg is a man of passion, resolve and a connector of people. He believes that nothing promotes growth more than an unexpected experience and unconventional thinking. In these times of great challenge and change, his “Power to Survive” message is timely.
More About Yossi Ghinsberg
Ghinsberg was born and raised in Israel and served three years in the Israeli navy on the Red Sea. During this time, he befriended the Bedouins of the Sinai Desert whose wholesome philosophy and nomadic lifestyle greatly influenced his life’s path.
He studied Jewish Philosophy and Business Administration at Tel Aviv University, followed by a comprehensive study of the ‘Kabala’ in authentic environments. A truth seeker by an inner calling, Ghinsberg continues to study the religions and philosophies of the past and present – including the Ancients, the Classics, Eastern, Contemporary and the Shamanic path.
Ten years after almost losing his life in the Amazon, he returned to the river valley that was the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home. During this period, he was instrumental in the creation and construction of Chalalan, a model eco-tourism village that inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day. His work with indigenous Amazon tribes contributed to the creation of the Madidi National Park, the largest biosphere conservation belt in the Amazon.
The next phase of his life was dedicated to the treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of opiate addicts throughout the world as Vice President of The Center for Investigation & Treatment of Addiction (CITA). Ghinsberg promoted a new approach to the treatment of opiate addiction, establishing 12 treatment and research centers around the world from Mexico to China. He also founded ‘The Alma Libre Foundation’ based in Australia, dedicated to assisting opiate addicts in their re-integration to society.
Since that time he has initiated several different business ventures and published two books and two albums of original music. He has been involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East.
Today he is the founder of a new interior and landscape design label “collecteco” which represents his never ending roaming of the planet, his commitment to ecology, his connection to nature and his respect for indigenous cultures.
Ghinsberg is married to Belinda and father to four children: Mia, Cayam, Nissim, and the recently born baby boy Shalem. They live in Israel, Australia and the USA.
Yossi Ghinsberg’s Topics:
- What it takes to adapt to change
- The rewards of survival
- How to deal with adversity from a place of strength
- The laws of the jungle
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