Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli motivational speaker and author. He is known for having been stranded in an uncharted part of the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia for three weeks in 1981, surviving against all odds.
A philosopher of life, Ghinsberg is a man of passion, fixed 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.
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 into society.
He is the founder of a new interior and landscape design label named 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 also a tech-entrepreneur and the founder of the mobile applications Headbox, designed to integrate all social media activity into one feed, and Blinq, which provides social media and activity live updates. He is also involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East.
His survival story was enacted in the 2017 psychological thriller Jungle, which starred Daniel Radcliffe as Ghinsberg. Ghinsberg's story was also featured in the documentary series "I Shouldn't Be Alive" on Discovery Channel.
As an author, Ghinsberg's bestselling books include 1993's "Back from Tuichi" and 2008's "Laws of the Jungle: Jaguars Don't Need Self-Help Books."
Ghinsberg is married and the proud father of four children. They live in Israel and Australia.
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