Author of "Jungle" and "Laws of the Jungle", Yossi Ghinsberg is one of the most exciting speakers you are likely to encounter anywhere today. Yossi's message is universal and inspirational - his manner soothing and reassuring, his style unassuming yet absorbing and most importantly, his messages can be taken further.
In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his three companions, a young Israeli traveler is tested to the extreme through three harrowing weeks of sheer survival. He lives to tell the amazing story as well as how the ordeal profoundly affected his understanding of himself and his life purpose.
Sharing his experiences with audiences around the world, Yossi is a riveting storyteller. Reliving his ordeal, he sweeps audiences into the depths of the primordial jungle and has them experience the challenges of survival, adapting to change and dealing with adversity from a calm and centered place within.
Born and raised in Israel, Yossi served three years in the Israeli Navy on the Red Sea. During these years he befriended the Bedouin of the Sinai desert and was greatly influenced by their philosophy and nomadic lifestyle.
After the service Yossi ventured the world as a backpacker traveling for two years mainly in South America.
Returning to Israel Yossi graduated from Tel Aviv University in Israel with Philosophy and Business degrees.
In 1986 Yossi released the international bestseller 'Heart of the Amazon', translated into 6 languages and published in 15 countries.
In 1992, Yossi returned to the Amazon to initiate The Chalalan Project proving that the best strategy to conserve biodiversity is sustainable development in cooperation with indigenous forest dwellers. Chalalan is one of the most celebrated Eco-Tourism resorts in the Amazon.
The projects Yossi initiated in the Bolivian rainforest helped to form the biggest nature reserve in the Amazon, known as The Madidi National Park. His work on the protection of intellectual properties and sustainable development of the Amazon won him international acclaim from such organizations as Conservation International, the World Resources Institute and The Inter-American Development Bank among others.
Yossi is the founder and director of EthnoBios S.A. a biodiversity prospecting company that is based in Bolivia.
In 1995 Yossi went through a major career change as he was recruited to and appointed Vice President of The Center for Investigation & Treatment of Addiction (CITA). Yossi promoted a new approach to treatment of opiate addiction, establishing 12 treatment and research centers around the world from Mexico to China.
In 1999, based in Australia, Yossi founded 'The Alma Libre Foundation', dedicated to assisting opiate addicts in their reintegration to society.
In 2001 during the peak of the Palestinian intifada, Yossi returned to Israel as CEO of a reconciliation festival. Despite the escalation of violence in the region, the festival managed to attract unprecedented audiences. Spiritual leaders of both Islam and Judaism conducted special prayers for peace. Musicians from around the world came to perform and support the cause.
Early in 2002 Yossi has launched a web based self-help site under the name philosphyinaction.com the first program on the site is an innovative interactive smoking cessation program.
Yossi was married and he is the father of 16 years old daughter named Mia.
In between projects Yossi's passion is directed at exploration of remote corners of the planet, guided by the Atlas only he still explores the uncharted. His travels brought him to the islands of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar to the sub continents of India and China and to many other places of inspiration.
Yossi is an internationally sought after public speaker. He currently is writing a new inspirational book, while continuing his travels around the world for business and personal explorations.
Yossi has a wonderful spirit and an incredible talent for storytelling. He is unique in his delivery and audiences walk away amazed. They find the key points in Yossi's talk are not just put in a list to them but they relive Yossi's experiences and really come to realization of them as Yossi did during his adventure. His accent tends to make audiences lean in and listen more intently. This combined with his storytelling talent keeps people on the edge of their seats wondering what's going to happen next.
Yossi says that the problem with life may be that it is not tough enough. When a moment of real struggle emerges, we naturally tap into our survival resources and find ourselves ready to fight. It is the day to day life with the mundane problems that can grind us. How do we rise to the challenge to live everyday of our life as if it was our last? Can we tap into our dormant inner resources? How can we bring radiating intensity to our thoughts, words and actions? An incredible storyteller and author, Yossi provides insight into the nature of survival and how life it is to be celebrated and taken to the highest level.
We are survivors by nature. We have the power! We just need to be reminded that we can always tap into it and draw upon it when challenges arise be it life and death threat or a day to day issue. You can look at something as extreme as 911 or Yossi's experience or the courage we all try to find day to day to call the next client or move to the next level.