Boyd Varty Tracking

The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life

About The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, life coach, and gifted storyteller reveals how ancient wisdom can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients that create a meaningful life.

Everyone is trying to find their path in life, whether it’s making the next career move, choosing a partner, navigating relationships with family and friends or carving a different route.

Trackers undertake the mission of conserving wildlife by navigating trails, dirt roads, watering holes, and riverbanks, carefully following clues to better understand the way nature evolves.

  1. Know how to navigate.
  2. Don’t worry about the destination.
  3. Stay alert.

These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both successful lion tracking and building a fulfilling life. What will it take to build a life that feels like a fuller expression of you and your creative potential? People who learn to “track” create lives that are unique, unconventional, and full of purpose. The life tracker builds an outer life that is a deeper reflection of their inner values by paying attention to their surroundings while tracking their internal guidance system.

In The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life, renowned author, life coach, and tracker Boyd takes you on a journey across the wilderness of South Africa.

Joining Boyd and his companions on a safari adventure, we are immersed in the South African bush. We learn the skills required for actual lion tracking, but the takeaways are guiding principles and strategies that can be applied to our everyday lives. Trackers learn how to use all of their senses to read the environment and enter into a state of “greater aliveness.” When we learn to find and follow our inner tracks, we learn to appreciate what is deeply important.

This book will help you:

  • Seek your true calling in life
  • Tune into your instincts and feelings to better understand them
  • Find the new and extraordinary in an old and familiar environment
  • Build a strong relationship with a mentor
  • Adapt and make the most of your circumstances
  • Find work so engaging that you lose yourself in it
  • Bring attention back to your mind, body, and the environment around you
  • Create a life path out of a pathless life & more

The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life is about connecting with nature, in the outside world and within. The ancient art form of tracking awakens a primal magnetism and understanding in people. People have a fundamental desire to connect with nature, The natural world is speaking to us, full of wisdom we need desperately as our lives become further driven by screen time and isolation.

Tracking is science, a mythology, an art form, and a toolkit. This book is a journey about the quest to track a pride of lions, which exists to help readers blaze the trail of their own life and discover what it is they are truly looking for.

Tracking is the first story that humanity ever told. It takes you places that you never would have expected to go.


Advance Praise for The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life

“A beautiful, timely book that will unleash brave minds. Packed with the rare wisdom one feels emanating off a human who has spent a lifetime attuned to and tested by nature.” — Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning

“This book is a treasure map. It leads to precious things we all need, through an ancient experience too few of us will ever have: tracking wild creatures through wild places. With his vivid, elegant storytelling, Boyd Varty invites us into his wilderness, and into the wilderness within each of us. He teaches us to follow the trail of something elusive and powerful within us. The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life will help you find, honor, befriend, and ultimately live in harmony with your own true nature.” — Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine

“Varty (Cathedral of the Wild, 2014) has led a bifurcated life. In South Africa, he learned to track animals in native habitat; as a life coach in the U.S., he helps people find their own path. The bush offers solace and healing, and tracking lions is not a science, but rather a plunge into life’s (and nature’s) mysteries. Varty recounts lessons from Renais, who is at one with the bush and its deep contradictions. This is not the book for those who demand seven keys or ten points in their guides to life. Rather, it’s a mind-bending meander into Zen spirituality and its confounding paradoxes. It is also a deep call for ecological awareness, which will come with a change in human consciousness, as Varty’s friend Ken explains. He should know: Ken miraculously restored Varty’s father’s devastated land. This may speak directly to readers seeking “a full vision for a new life,” or at least begin to catalyze a shift. Whimsical hand drawings and aphorisms pepper this quiet, delightful, unsettling read.” – Booklist Online Review