Satori Adventures and Expeditions

In the Zen Buddhist tradition, Satori refers to a flash of sudden awareness, or individual enlightenment and is considered a “first step” or embarkation toward nirvana. Satori Adventures and Expeditions assists in this individual enlightenment by providing our clients with the best possible outdoor experiences in some of the world’s most amazing locations. Our goal is to provide you with a life changing experience that will help transform and enrich your life for years to come.

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  • This would've been the week ...⁣
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Clients usually gather in the first or second day of April in Kathmandu to gather supplies, get organized and head off to Lukla. Had it not been for this pandemic this would have been the week our team would have been heading up the mountain ... ⁣
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Dreams can be postponed but NOT stifled ...⁣
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Photo: Manaslu, Nepal
  • This shelter-in-place time has made me think about some trips that I had meant to take, but haven't. Even though I run a travel and adventure business, I still let the rest of life get in the way, too. ⁣⁣
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I'm using my time to put together a couple other trips I've been wanting to put together, but I also have an obligation to you to let you know what's going on with the rest of the world and the places we travel to. ALSO, as adventure travel is usually planned for 6 - 12 months out in the future, we need to make sure you are aware of significant travel deals and other things that are going on. ⁣⁣
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To make sure you have the information you need to make smarter decisions about your future travel plans - and also to actually help you go ahead and make some travel plans right now to take advantage of significant cost savings and more importantly preserve your mental sanity as we wade through these unprecedented times, I'll be hosting Facebook LIVES about once per week in the Satori Expeditions LIVE group associated with our Facebook page. ⁣⁣
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Hope you'll join us for casual conversations, special guests, keeping the dreams alive and becoming a 𝗦𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗘𝗥 and 𝗕𝗘𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗥 travel plans when these tough times pass - because they will pass. ⁣⁣
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Photo: Alpamayo, Peru⁣
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/satoriexpeditionsLIVE/
  • As we are all trying to avoid strange bacteria, losing jobs and business, and watching retirement savings disintegrate, we're also finding a lot more time to 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁. ⁣
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What are we on this earth for? Are we getting as much out of life as we 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 be? Even though our families are driving us nuts at times, we're realizing how nice it is to have them, and also how much time we don't have with them in normal times. 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸.⁣
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As we've been helping clients reschedule trips, we're also seeing (and experiencing personally) the quest for adventure growing. We're not only itching to get out of the house, we're itching to satisfy that adventure-bone, especially as we're wondering if we're getting as much out of life as we should be. ⁣
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Although most of us aren't ready to plan any trips right now, we're helping our clients find some fantastic airfare deals for their upcoming summer and fall trips. Things may still need to adjust, but airlines know this and there are a lot of incentives in place to help you still take advantage of those deals. ⁣
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We want to make sure you're getting the information you need when we get back to regular travel - because that day may be sooner than we think. For this and many other reasons, I'm going to start going LIVE weekly in the Satori Expeditions LIVE group attached to our main page here. ⁣
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Besides, it will give us a chance to connect and keep the dreams alive while answering any and all questions you have, on top of being smart and taking advantage of travel incentives as the travel industry takes a detour. ⁣
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As I've said before, I know we are going to come out 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 and 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿. The only question is when. ⁣
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See you in there. ⁣
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/satoriexpeditionsLIVE/⁣
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Photo: Manaslu, Nepal
  • When times are tough and people are fearful, unsure, or full of anxiety, they look to others for help. ⁣
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Even if they don't admit it, or they don't show how they're really feeling.⁣
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The problem is not everyone does it 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺. ⁣
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Pros do it the 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 way. They don't lash out. They don't hide behind pride. They don't procrastinate. ⁣
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Pros become pros because they get past the problems that keep them from being a pro. How do we know? Because they wouldn't be pros if they didn't.⁣
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𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗶𝗹. ⁣
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What do you think?⁣
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5dirtylittlesecrets.com⁣
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Photo: Patagonia
  • Whether Everest is shut down, or St Patrick's Day is (effectively) shut down, the air comes out of the balloon a little bit. ⁣
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The Nepalese government has shut down the Everest climbing season until the end of April and China has cancelled expeditions from Tibet, effectively shutting down the 2020 climbing season. We know how excited our teams were, and now how much preparation have gone into getting ready for Everest, whether their ultimate goal was Base Camp or the summit of the world's highest peak. It's 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴.⁣
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But life is very much adjusting to difficult and changing circumstances. We've been working with our clients to reschedule plans and want to give a shout out to their positive and upbeat outlook 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 the disappointment. We really have the 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 clients in the world. ⁣
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We know this decision would have been very hard for the Nepalese and Chinese governments to make, but the last thing anyone needs is 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 respiratory risk in the mountains. ⁣
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This latest coronavirus will continue to move on, and so will life. We will prevail and become stronger, I have 𝗻𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝘂𝗯𝘁. ⁣
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In the meantime, protect yourself, protect your family and loved ones and community, and let us shine through the challenges. ⁣
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Photo: Everest South
  • What's the one thing I notice about 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽?⁣
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Leadership can be a funny thing, because what's the common fact among all leaders? Whether you are discussing George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, George Patton, or any other great leader, what's that thing that's common among all of them? They gained respect and got people to follow, not through force, or intimidation, or even love - because a good leader doesn't make their primary mission getting people to fear them, or love them (that would be the sign of a bad leader). ⁣
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People 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 them, they 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲, they got people past the limits of their fears. ⁣
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There is a story about Joe Montana, who was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The undisputed leader of his team, maybe that team's dynasty back in the day. It was the Super Bowl XXIII, 1988, and the 49ers were losing with less than one minute in the game. The game and the world championship were on the line and as Montana got into the huddle, he could tell his teammates were nervous, full of anxiety and fearful of losing the biggest game in their lives. ⁣
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As Montana surveyed the crowd, he saw the late actor John Candy sitting in the stands and said to his team, “Is that John Candy over there?” The players looked - and for a minute forgot their fears and anxiety. Montana quietly looked at his teammates, called the play and brought them out of the huddle. Several plays later the 49ers scored the winning touchdown and won the Super Bowl. ⁣
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Montana did not have to yell, or scream, or even give some inspiring speech or a pep talk. He 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗱 his teammates, 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗱 their fears and 𝗳𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 them on their task.⁣
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Is it enough to say great leaders help their team focus? Or that great leaders relieve the fears of their team? But focus on what? Fears of what?⁣
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The way I've come to understand great leadership over the years is to understand that great leaders, above all else, help every member of their team 𝗗𝗘𝗙𝗜𝗡𝗘 and 𝗕𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗘𝗩𝗘 𝗜𝗡 the vision of their future, more than they possibly could on their own.⁣
  • 𝗘𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗲.⁣
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With March Madness being put behind closed doors, the markets tanking with reckless abandon, and everyone washing hands until their skin is raw, there seems 𝘧𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳 escapes than normal.⁣
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When I think escape, I think mountains. 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. 𝘞𝘢𝘺 fewer germs out there.⁣
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Climbing a mountain isn't for everyone. I've even heard some people tell me they "don't like nature."⁣
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To each his own but for people who say they don't like nature I think they just haven't 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗶𝘁 yet. Yeah, you could live without it but do you want to be the one to argue that people are better off without getting outside, with watching trees blossom and the sound of the birds?⁣
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Anyway, 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲. You don't need to touch anyone out there. You don't need to touch surfaces with germs.⁣
You just need to 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗶𝗿 and 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗺. You're really 𝘯𝘰𝘵 better off freaking out. Contrary to what seems to be the usual, you can be deeply aware, careful and cautious - and 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗺 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦.⁣
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Equally, just remember people deal with things differently. Some people are better at self control and stress management than others. It's human nature. So if you see people hoarding toilet paper, 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨.⁣
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But as we like to promote feelings of calm and discipline - because no matter how terrible things are these are qualities that will 𝗔𝗟𝗪𝗔𝗬𝗦 help - we wanted to make sure we reached out to say we were thinking about you - and 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗢𝗞.⁣
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For those in our Hiking the Ozarks world, our next class on the calendar is the 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 next weekend, March 21 - 22. 𝗪𝗲'𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵. Besides, we'll have some extra special precautions to make sure you've got lots of opportunities to clean your hands. You'll probably be exposed to 𝘧𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳 germs out there than you would if you stayed home.⁣
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If you'd still like to come, visit hikingtheozarksevents.com and scroll down to the 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹.⁣
  • Climbing a mountain 𝘪𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦. ⁣
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But the chances it's 𝗙𝗢𝗥 you are probably bigger than you think. ⁣
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If you've climbed a mountain, then you know 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 what we're talking about. Couldn't tell you how many people have come to me only 10% sure they would climb a mountain - and eventually come to see it's always going to bug them if they don't, so they do and then realize how crazy it was that they even 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 about it. ⁣
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It's just an amazing thing to do that helps us grow in more ways than could be imagined. ⁣
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There's a lot more to this and I'll make sure I talk more about it for those of you on our email list, but for now know the #𝟭 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 ... is to make sure you know 𝘄𝗵𝘆 you're doing it (and consequently 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 you want to get out of it). ⁣
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If you don't, it'll just be a trip. And life's too short for "𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵" a trip. An 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 requires a bit more heart. ⁣
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If you have that, you'll want this resource to move your planning along. 5dirtylittlesecrets.com⁣
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Photo: Pisco, Peru
  • The weird connection between 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 and 𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 ... ⁣
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However you define "spirituality" many of us are looking for a 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, whether that something is God, yourself, or the people around you. ⁣
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That connection is often made 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘦𝘳 in nature. Human beings seem to be more 𝘃𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁, 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗿 and 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗿 when they spend some time outside. ⁣
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You don't need a scientific study to know this. Just imagine that something happened in your life where you'd need to spend the next 6 months completely indoors. Now compare that to someone saying "You need to spend at least 2 hours outside every day for the next 6 months." Even if you sit on a log and do nothing while you're outside, we all know which situation we'd 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 be in. ⁣
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It's no surprise that we tend to connect spiritually to nature. We can't explain it ... but based on the number of clients who've told me about the 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲, or 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆, or 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲, or 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 while they stood on a mountain top or looked over an expanse of land they've never seen before ...⁣
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... it's clearly a "𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴."⁣
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If you're ready to make your "𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴" happen, you'll need to start with 5dirtylittlesecrets.com.⁣
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