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ALISON YOUNG • speaker. writer. adventurer

ALISON YOUNG
speaker • writer • adventurer

Blissful Hiker

INSPIRING YOU TO HIKE YOUR OWN HIKE

INSPIRING YOU TO HIKE YOUR OWN HIKE

Alison Young uses imagery and metaphor from spectacular hikes around the world to help you find your personal and most successful path in life’s journey. 

Learn to
reinvent yourself

and get back
on the right path

Learn to
reinvent yourself

and get back on
the right path

Whether we like it or not, failures, setbacks, and ‘cosmic rip-offs’ happen – and when they do, they can leave us feeling ungrounded, like we missed a waypoint and are walking the wrong trail.

But oftentimes, these transitions are opportunities disguised as loss, opening us up to alternative paths on our life journey.

And the good news is – harnessing difficulty and powerful emotions for positive action is a teachable, learnable skill that can be successfully developed in both individuals and teams.

“Alison brought the Blissful Hiker story to my Forbes Business Council group on public speaking and it was a great opportunity for others interested in public speaking to see a masterful example of a speaker/storyteller in action. Even if your hikes are confined to your backyard you’ll be inspired by her tales from the trail.”

BOBBIE CARLTON | FOUNDER, INNOVATION WOMEN

Alison Young's Offerings

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SPEAKER

LIVE AND ONLINE

A syndicated American Public Media radio host and award-winning flutist, Alison Young brings her extensive artistic training and communication skills to her role of professional speaker, using lessons from the trail, as well as research-based practices, tools, and techniques to inspire and teach audiences how to find joy, understand the power of intentional quitting, and tap into their creativity. 

WRITER

– and PHOTOGRAPHER

It takes hard work, dedication and determination to stay the course when walking, tramping, sauntering or trekking. But like life, the rewards are sweet for those willing to put one foot in front of the other. During Alison’s hiking ‘career,’ her feet have moved her forward on six continents, for a total of over 12,000 miles. As a cancer thriver with two titanium hips, the blissful hiker journey and insights continue.

PODCASTER

AUDIO STORYTELLER

With over 100,000 downloads, Blissful Hiker Podcast is a series of personal essays coupled with found sound and Alison’s own award-winning flute playing. An extension of “audio narratives,” each episode is a journey of self-discovery where the trail becomes the classroom to reveal valuable lessons. Alison’s aim is to empower you to hike your own “bad ass” hike in this journey that we all share called life.

SPEAKER

LIVE AND ONLINE

A syndicated American Public Media radio host and award-winning flutist, Alison Young brings her extensive artistic training and communication skills to her role of professional speaker, using lessons from the trail, as well as research-based practices, tools, and techniques to inspire and teach audiences how to find joy, understand the power of intentional quitting, and tap into their creativity. 

WRITER

– and PHOTOGRAPHER

It takes hard work, dedication and determination to stay the course when walking, tramping, sauntering or trekking. But like life, the rewards are sweet for those willing to put one foot in front of the other. During Alison’s hiking ‘career,’ her feet have moved her forward on six continents, for a total of over 12,000 miles. As a cancer thriver with two titanium hips, the blissful hiker journey and insights continue.

PODCASTER

AUDIO STORYTELLER

With over 100,000 downloads, Blissful Hiker Podcast is a series of personal essays coupled with found sound and Alison’s own award-winning flute playing. An extension of “audio narratives,” each episode is a journey of self-discovery where the trail becomes the classroom to reveal valuable lessons. Alison’s aim is to empower you to hike your own “bad ass” hike in this journey that we all share called life.

hi! I'm alison young,
Blissful Hiker

hi! I'm
alison young,

Blissful Hiker

As the Blissful Hiker, I am a professional backpacker.

Now, you might be wondering what exactly is a professional backpacker?

Well, I’ve walked over 12,000 miles on six continents and in all those millions of steps of walking meditation, I’ve learned some pretty big lessons – plus techniques – for tackling life’s difficult problems.

Like, “How do we quit without feeling like a failure?” or “What does it mean to reinvent ourselves?” as well as “How do we keep moving forward when the path isn’t clear?”

To be honest, I am an expert at reinvention, having lived in a variety of identities from world-class professional musician to syndicated radio host.

Although change can be difficult and painful, I’ve discovered incredible growth and joy in the process and that life may be short, but it’s also wide.

What that means for you is that I am now your expert guide for life’s journey, helping you find the navigate your most personal and successful path.

Using hiking – plus spectacular images – as the setting, we’ll harness powerful emotions for positive action as well as visualize a wider path to make that mental shift needed for success.

hi! I'm alison young, Blissful Hiker

As the Blissful Hiker, I am a professional backpacker.

Now, you might be wondering what exactly is a professional backpacker?

Well, I’ve walked over 12,000 miles on six continents and in all those millions of steps of walking meditation, I’ve learned some pretty big lessons – plus techniques – for tackling life’s difficult problems.

Like, “How do we quit without feeling like a failure?” or “What does it mean to reinvent ourselves?” as well as “How do we keep moving forward when the path isn’t clear?”

To be honest, I am an expert at reinvention, having lived in a variety of identities from world-class professional musician to syndicated radio host.

Although change can be difficult and painful, I’ve discovered incredible growth and joy in the process and that life may be short, but it’s also wide.

What that means for you is that I am now your expert guide for life’s journey, helping you find the navigate your most personal and successful path.

Using hiking – plus spectacular images – as the setting, we’ll harness powerful emotions for positive action as well as visualize a wider path to make that mental shift needed for success.

Professional backpacker

blissful hiker's Hike Diary

Professional backpacker

blissful hiker's Hike Diary

blissful hiker's
Hike Diary

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