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Into the Woods is all about going into the woods of you. It’s about personal growth through outdoor adventures and travel. It’s about getting to know yourself, so you can create the life you want to live. It’s also about the transformative power of Nature: of getting outdoors so you can reconnect with yourself at the deeper levels.

Into the Woods with Holly Worton Holly Worton

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Into the Woods is all about going into the woods of you. It’s about personal growth through outdoor adventures and travel. It’s about getting to know yourself, so you can create the life you want to live. It’s also about the transformative power of Nature: of getting outdoors so you can reconnect with yourself at the deeper levels.

    497 Christine Reed – Adventures on the Wonderland Trail

    497 Christine Reed – Adventures on the Wonderland Trail

    I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Christine Reed. I recently read her fantastic book, Alone in Wonderland, about her experience on the Wonderland Trail in Washington State, USA. It’s a fantastic blend of a travel journal and personal memoir, including reflections on her life experiences. I highly recommend it!
    In this episode, we talk about lessons learned from hiking multiple trails. We discuss how trails can help us to figure things out, and how to get started on your own solo backpacking adventures.
     
    About Christine
    Christine Reed is a long-distance backpacker and author of the memoir, Alone in Wonderland. She shares her personal journey from sedentary office worker to rugged outdoorswoman in hopes of inspiring others to see something bigger for themselves-- whatever that may be. But also to remind us that a good story is about sharing something of ourselves and connecting with others. She's found in the outdoor community the first place that ever felt like home.
     
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    Website Instagram Tiktok  Facebook  
    Get 20% OFF at http://aloneinwonderland.com (where you can find Christine's book, stickers and t-shirts) with the code: INTOTHEWOODS
     
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    What You'll Learn
    Where is the Wonderland Trail and why you might want to hike it How solo backpacking helps us to figure things out Benefits of solo backpacking Why thru-hiking is about finding ourselves How solo backpacking can help us to quit the comparison trap  
    Things We Discussed
    Alone in Wonderland  Empty, by Susan Burton  Go Macro bars Gu energy gels   
    Related Episodes
    492 Lauri McKean – Overcoming Fears To Solo Adventures 466 Holly Worton ~ Adventures in Integration (now with downloadable transcript!) 419 Holly Worton ~ Getting Through the Post-Adventure Blues 414 Rebecca Walsh ~ Solo Hiking for Women 367 Holly Worton ~ Finding Yourself Through Solo Travel and Outdoor Adventures (now with downloadable transcript!)  
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    • 43 min
    J.F. Penn – Adventures in Pilgrimage

    J.F. Penn – Adventures in Pilgrimage

    I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, J. F. Penn. Joanna is a friend of mine, and I’ve been listening to her fantastic podcast for over a decade now, The Creative Penn. Like me, Jo is a fan of solo walking, and she’s recently written a book on pilgrimage.
    While I’ve done various long-distance trails in England, I’ve never done a pilgrimage. The Camino de Santiago has been on my list of things to do since 1996 when I first read Paulo Coelho’s book about it, so it’s definitely something I’ve been wanting to do.
    In this episode, we talk about what pilgrimage is and why you might want to do one. You certainly don’t have to be religious—you can use a pilgrimage to explore your own inner journey or simply to visit ancient sites or sacred places. I hope this episode inspires you to start thinking about pilgrimage! 
     
    About J.F. Penn
    J.F. Penn is the Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, dark fantasy, and crime. She also writes non-fiction for writers as Joanna Penn, and is an award-winning podcaster, international speaker, and creative entrepreneur.
     
    Jo's Links
    Author website Publishing + podcast website Travel website Kickstarter  
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    What You'll Learn
    What is a pilgrimage and how it differs from other types of long-distance routes Why you don’t have to be religious to do a pilgrimage The three stages of a pilgrimage Jo’s top tips for someone who is considering a pilgrimage  
    Things We Discussed
    The Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury  St Cuthbert’s Way to Lindisfarne  Camino Portugués  Macs Adventure  Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan  Milford Track in New Zealand  Via Francigena  Cicerone guidebooks  The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred (The Spiritual Traveler’s Travel Guide), by Phil Cousineau   
    Related Episodes
    437 Shawn Anderson ~ Adventures on the Camino Primitivo in Spain 407 Keith Foskett ~ Through Hiking Long-Distance Trails in the USA and Spain (now with downloadable transcript!) 403 Susan Jagannath ~ Adventures on the Camino Inglés (now with downloadable transcript!) 359 Adam Wells ~ How To Prepare For Your First Long Distance Trail (now with downloadable transcript!) 354 Stephen Marriott ~ The Life-changing Magic of Walking a Long-Distance Trail (now with downloadable transcript!)  
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    • 53 min
    495 Holly Worton – When Your Adventures Test Your “Limits”

    495 Holly Worton – When Your Adventures Test Your “Limits”

    I'm back again, with another solo episode! I've been thinking lately about how certain adventures have tested my “limits.” I say that in quotes because I'm talking about perceived limitations: things we think we aren't capable of doing, when in reality it's possible.
     
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    What You'll Learn
    What are perceived limitations How our perceived limitations can hurt us How to know what your perceived limitations are How you can move beyond your perceived limitations  
    Things I Discussed
    Walking the Downs Link  PSYCH-K®   
    Related Episodes
    493 Holly Worton – The Benefits of Armchair Adventures 490 Holly Worton – How Bad Do You Want It? Finding Motivation For Your Adventures 488 Holly Worton ~ When Your Adventures Scare You 486 Holly Worton – How Outdoor Adventures Help Us to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable 478 Holly Worton ~ The Importance of Showing Up for Your Adventures  
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    • 16 min
    494 Gwen Zywicke - When Your Adventures Produce Mystical States

    494 Gwen Zywicke - When Your Adventures Produce Mystical States

    I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Gwendolyn Zywicke. I recently read her fantastic book, Ultrarunning Mysticism: Mind, Body, Spirit and the Sacredness of Overcoming Suffering. This book put words to an experience that I had had many times but couldn’t describe.
    It’s also not just for ultrarunning. If you do any type of endurance sport, such as cycling, walking, or hiking, you may have experienced this yourself.
     
    About Gwen Zywicke
    Gwen is a senior instructor of communication studies at Louisiana State University, an ultrarunner, and a perpetual student of philosophy.
     
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    What You'll Learn
    What is ultrarunning mysticism What are the 9 characteristics of mystical experiences How people tap into mystical experiences during endurance sports The chemical ultrarunning induces that you don’t get in shorter distances How you can evoke these experiences or be more open to them  
    Things We Discussed
    Ultrarunning Mysticism: Mind, Body, Spirit and the Sacredness of Overcoming Suffering  Walter Stace Dr Joe Dispenza   
    Related Episodes
    469 Holly Worton ~ How to Crew for an Ultramarathon (now with downloadable transcript!) 468 Eric Deeter ~ Use the Ultramarathon Mindset to Get Your Epic Life 450 Holly Worton ~ Adventures in Endurance 416 Holly Worton ~ Lessons Learned From My First Ultra 400 Holly Worton ~ Life is an Ultra (now with downloadable transcript!)  
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    • 29 min
    493 Holly Worton - The Benefits of Armchair Adventures

    493 Holly Worton - The Benefits of Armchair Adventures

    I'm back again, with another solo episode! Inspired by an entire week of armchair adventures over the holiday season, I've decided to share my experience with you and remind you of the importance (and pleasure!) of armchair adventures. We don't always need to be on the go—we can balance activity and rest by getting inspired through armchair adventures.
    In this episode, I talk about the benefits of armchair adventures, and how you can enjoy your own guilt-free adventures from the comfort of your own home.
     
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    What You'll Learn
    What are armchair adventures What I learned from my own armchair adventures The benefits of armchair adventures How to enjoy guilt-free armchair adventures How to have your own armchair adventures  
    Things I Discussed
    Ultrarunning Mysticism: Mind, Body, Spirit and the Sacredness of Overcoming Suffering, by Gwendolyn Zywicke  Alone in Wonderland, by Christine Reed  Pilgrimage: Lessons Learned from Solo Walking Three Ancient Ways, by J. F. Penn (advance copy)  Chasing Himalayan Dreams, by Susan Jagannath  Coast to Coast: Finding Wainwright's England, by Paul Amess  36 Islands: In Search of the Hidden Wonders of the Lake District and a Few Other Things Too, by Robert Twigger  Alone In Iceland | Hiking The Laugavegur Trail, by Abbie Barnes  The Cowboy Camper's Coast to Coast video  Jeff Pelletier's Namibia documentary  
    Related Episodes
    484 Holly Worton – Time to Evaluate Your Year in Adventures and Start Planning New Ones 451 Dr Andrea Perez ~ How to Balance Adventure and Recovery (now with downloadable transcript!) 433 Robert Twigger ~ How Adventure Satisfies Our Need for Childlike Play (now with downloadable transcript!) 428 Holly Worton ~ Moving Your Adventures Into the Slower Months of the Year 418 Holly Worton ~ Adventures in Rest 403 Susan Jagannath ~ Adventures on the Camino Inglés (now with downloadable transcript!) 391 Susan Jagannath ~ Hiking the Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas (now with downloadable transcript!) 378 Holly Worton ~ How to Balance Your Hobbies When You're a Multipassionate Person (now with downloadable transcript!)  
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    • 15 min
    492 Lauri McKean – Overcoming Fears To Solo Adventures

    492 Lauri McKean – Overcoming Fears To Solo Adventures

    I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Lauri McKean. I often get asked by women how to overcome fears of solo adventures. That’s why I talk about it so much on this podcast and on my blog.
    Lauri has a great story of how she overcame her fear of solo backpacking and camping, and how facing that fear has had a positive effect on other areas of her life. I hope you find it inspiring!
     
    About Lauri
    Lauri is a lover of the natural world who has a fondness for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and foraging edible and medicinal flora and fungi. She grew up in the magnificent state of Colorado (USA) where the Rocky Mountains meet the high desert and spent much of her childhood outdoors exploring these lands with her family.
    As an adult, she continued these outdoor adventures with friends and partners but felt uncomfortable with the idea of spending a night in the woods alone. At age 49, she decided to finally face this fear head-on and challenge herself to a one-night solo backpacking excursion. This not only resulted in a magnificent night but also the confidence and freedom to venture out for many others. Further, it was part of a transformational process that redefined her relationship with herself, her purpose, and others.
    Many of the things she learned during this process she now applies in her work as a Love, Dating, and Relating Coach through her business, Aligning to Love.
     
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    Website Facebook Freebie: Schedule a free 30-minute clarity session with Lauri if you're interested in discussing how nature and personal transformation influence love and relationships.   
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    What You'll Learn
    Why Lauri decided to challenge her fear of solo backpacking and camping How mindset work and personal development work helped Lauri overcome her fears How facing her fear of solo camping has changed Lauri’s life How facing this fear helped Lauri to face other fears Lauri’s top tips for women who are afraid to try solo adventures  
    Related Episodes
    477 Nicole Snell ~ Mastering Outdoor Self-Defense 462 Holly Worton ~ Overcoming the Fear of Solo Walking and Adventures (now with downloadable transcript!) 430 Sue-Ann Hickey ~ Adventures in Solo Cycling Tours 414 Rebecca Walsh ~ Solo Hiking for Women 367 Holly Worton ~ Finding Yourself Through Solo Travel and Outdoor Adventures (now with downloadable transcript!)  
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Doc EB ,

Wonderful Podcast

Nature could never be more important than it is now. Holly has a wonderful podcast about the benefits of time spent in nature and how “time out” is really “time in.”

-Ethan Gallogly, author of “The Trail”

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Informative, entertaining and inspiring

A conversation with Holly is a deep dive into a journey she helps navigate artfully, easing you into a chat with an old friend that you now want to share new memories with! Her questions are thoughtful, providing as much information as possible for her listeners. But she keeps the discussion casual so guests can continue at a pace comfortable to their experience. Excited for the new episodes and guests she will be bringing on!

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Holly is a bright light in the world!

Holly brings so many gifts to her listeners with this podcats, her books and her craft. Love it!

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