Yossi Ghinsberg

Storyteller, philosopher and explorer, Yossi Ghinsberg was stranded for three weeks in the Amazon.


Isolated in the Amazonian jungle after his raft went over a waterfall, Yossi Ghinsberg should have perished. Instead the Israeli, a 22-year-old youth at the time, gathered his wits and embarked on a three-week-long escapade surviving floods, poisonous snakes, fire ants, and more, as he attempted to walk to the nearest town. Fresh out of his military service in the Israeli navy, Yossi hungered for adventure. He traveled to Bolivia where he joined up with a few other backpackers to go on an expedition in the rain forest. Underprepared, the group eventually divided, and two of his colleagues were never heard from again. He and an American traveling companion tried to raft down a river to a nearby town, but failed to realize there was a giant waterfall lying in their way. Yossi’s friend managed to jump out of the raft and swim to shore, but Yossi was swept over the edge. After 20 days of surviving in the jungle without supplies or equipment, Yossi was rescued against all probability. The story of his survival was the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary and Yossi’s book Lost in the Jungle, which has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Currently there are talks to adapt his book into a film with actor Kevin Bacon possibly playing one of Yossi’s traveling companions.10 years after his rescue, Yossi returned to the jungle where he had been lost and collaborated with the indigenous people there in the construction of an eco-lodge and the creation of a wildlife reserve. The eco-lodge has since become a highly regarded eco-resort called Chalalan. In other parts of the world Yossi has opened and directed several treatment centers for opiate addicts. He consistently is active in grassroots efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. Currently he is the co-founder and CEO at Blinq. me, a Silicon Valley based start-up company financed by 500 Startups acceleration Micro Fund. Blinq is an innovative mobile solution that with one touch brings social updates from across social media platforms about any contact so you enter into every dialogue with confidence. Breathing new perspectives into individuals and organizations worldwide. Igniting the human spirit to overcome rising challenges, maintain naiveté and celebrate life. Yossi does not teach; he touches deeply and meaningfully. Yossi is a professional keynote speaker with a strong, inspiring and timely message of overcoming adversity and keeping the dream alive. One of the world’s leading motivational speakers, Yossi works regularly with top tier corporate clients internationally. Yossi’s delivery is entrancing; he uses no PowerPoint or any AV, no tricks, no gimmicks; just the power of the spoken word that comes deep from the heart. Audience response is overwhelming and emotional, and long lasting learning is sustained. International bestselling author of Jungle, (over one million copies sold), a true story of survival against all odds in the Amazon rainforest and the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary (and now a feature film in production), Yossi Ghinsberg is one of the most celebrated inspirational speakers of our time. He is recognized by Google organic search in the top 3 for Motivational Speakers, and noted by Wikipedia for being in the top 5 in this field. A business motivational speaker and a riveting storyteller, Yossi leads audiences to a deep state of listening, allowing them to experience and process the content of his message within their own environments and thus immediately integrate it into their personal and professional lives. Yossi draws from his rich life experience as a daring explorer and visionary entrepreneur. Reflecting on his harrowing experiences, Yossi moves his audiences through insights and realizations that result in deep transformation. Bio:Yossi 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, Yossi 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 there, he returned to the Amazon 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. Since that time he has initiated several different business ventures, published two books and two albums of original music. He has been involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East. Currently he has founded 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.


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