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    Some years ago, while living in Kazakhstan, I had an experience that changed how I perceive freedom and, at a deeper level, how I see life. Let me invite you to come on a little walk with me.

    When I worked in Almaty, I was lucky to have some incredible mountains near my house. One weekend, after spring had melted most of the snow on the roads, I drove up to the valley just above the city.

    After three hours of walking following the powerful water stream descending from the white peaks, I hoped to reach the Ozernyy Pass, the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Still, I could not see any signage or information.

    The Ultimate Freedom - Walking Mentorship

    My phone was without coverage, meaning only my sense of orientation and my map could help me. I continued to enjoy my experience but had many doubts about my location.

    A few minutes later, one tiny dot moving down the mountain became another soul coming in my direction. We did not speak the same language, which made our interaction even funnier. With a little effort, I understood that my fellow walker asked me if I was going to Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. I smiled, replied no, and explained that I would stop at the border and return to Almaty. After one very long second, the man in front of me laughed so loud that I feared him provoking an avalanche.

    You can guess what happened. I learned I was already walking inside Kyrgyzstan for many kilometers without noticing. Years later, this story continues to trigger deep reflections about walking and freedom.

    The Ultimate Freedom

    I love to walk. I like to wander in the rain, in the sun, in the morning, in the evening, at night, uphill, and downhill. I enjoy walking fast but also slow.

    As the years go by, I understand more clearly that despite my love for walking, which led me to develop the Walking Mentorship, what I really love is freedom. Nothing in my world speaks of freedom louder than walking.

    I won’t waste your time enumerating all the challenges we have built and imposing on ourselves when it comes to freedom. Instead, I will focus on the half-full glass. Every time I walk. Every time I open the door and go out. I understand how free I am and how much I value it.

    Back then, on the top of the mountains in Kazakhstan, I understood what total freedom is. I felt like a Robin Wood of the modern days reclaiming my humanity, our humanity.

    The Ultimate Freedom

    My boots are my wings.

    When my feet touch the ground, I take off and fly because walking is my ultimate liberty, my freedom stick, and my way to stay true to myself.

    When we care about something, we want to conserve it. Right now, our world needs to conserve freedom. It starts within each one of us, and you can start today. Step outside your mind and go!

    You will feel free because you are free every time you walk.

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    WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

    Podcast
    2024 started with an interview on our podcast with Kirsten Poulsen. Kirsten founded the KMP+ House of Mentoring in 2000. She has more than 30 years of experience developing people and organizations. She is internationally recognized for her knowledge and contribution to the mentoring world, having trained more than 10,000 mentors and mentees with the Mentor+ Approach and the Mentor+Game™. Kirsten is an inspiration. It is time to pick up your headphones and walking shoes to listen to this beautiful conversation. Enjoy!

    Kirsten Poulsen Podcast - Walking Mentorship

    Listen here

     

    Programs
    We are happy to be back on the road with our Corporate Programs, especially when you can walk with the same team a year after the first program. That is precisely what happened with Social Innovations Sports, an inspiring project that uses physical activity to integrate people into society. It is incredible to see the individual evolution, the action plans in motion, and, above all, the trust created. What are you waiting for to bring your team to one of our programs?

    Social Innovations Sports - Walking Mentorship

    Watch the video here

    UPCOMING DATES

    Spring is around the corner, and very soon, we will be back on the road with our immersive group programs. Below are a couple of upcoming programs where we still have places available.

    NEW DATE – Join the Walking Mentorship on “The Way.” A journey of self-discovery where you can explore your needs, desires, fears, and obstacles that keep you from reaching your potential.

    Camino June 2024 - Walking Mentorship

    Apply here (6 places available)

    Join the Walking Mentorship on “The Fisherman’s Trail”. One of the best coastal trails in the world. Always by the sea, following the local paths to access the beaches and fishing grounds.

    Costa Vicentina - Walking Mentorship

    Apply here (6 places available)

    HOW CAN WE WALK TOGETHER?

    Walking Mentorship is a labor of love that helps you gain deeper insight and equips you to create a meaningful impact on your life and those around you.

    How can we work together? We keep things simple by offering Individual, Group, and Corporate programs. Check the best fit for you.

    Can I offer the WM experience to other people? Yes, you can! Check the different options for Gift Vouchers and share the Love.

    Until then, keep walking with me,

    Joao Perre Viana - Walking Mentorship

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    Próximos Programas

    6 places available

    Camino de Santiago | Espanha

    8 June - 15 June 2024

    Grupo completo

    Pais e filhos | Espanha

    20 July - 27 July 2024

    2 places available

    Francigena | Suiça e Itália

    24 August - 31 August 2024

    6 places available

    Costa Vicentina | Portugal

    26 October - 2 November 2024

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