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Tim Ferriss Podcast – Boyd Varty: The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life (#571)

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“If it had been a horror movie, people in the audience would’ve started saying, ‘Don’t go near the shadowy place!’ And of course, as I walked past the shadowy place, I actually sat down just on the edge of those shadows. And my perception was that the water was too shallow for crocodiles. But of course the crocodile was in the hole, and the first thing that you notice when a crocodile grabs you is just the ferocity and the pressure of the bite.” — Boyd Varty

Boyd Varty (@boydvarty) is the author of two books, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life and his memoir, Cathedral of the Wild. He has been featured in The New York Times, on NBC, and in other media and has taught his philosophy of “tracking your life” to individuals and companies around the world.

Boyd is a wildlife and literacy activist who has spent the last ten years refining the art of using wilderness as a place for deep introspection and personal transformation. He grew up in South Africa on Londolozi Game Reserve, a former hunting ground that was transformed into a nature preserve by Boyd’s father and uncle—both visionaries of the restoration movement. Under his family’s stewardship, the Reserve became renowned not only as a sanctuary for animals but as a place where once-ravaged land was able to flourish again and where the human spirit could be restored. When Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment, he went to Londolozi to recover.

Boyd has a degree in psychology from the University of South Africa. He is a TED speaker and the host of the Track Your Life podcast.

Please enjoy!

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Skinny Confidential – How To Heal Your Trauma & Find The Track Of Your Life

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On today’s episode we are joined by wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, author of the memoir Cathedral of the Wild, and recently The Lion Trackers Guide To Life. Boyd joins the show today to discuss how we can learn to connect with nature more to heal our trauma and find the track of our life.

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The Life Stylist Podcast : A LION TRACKER’S INNER JOURNEY OF AWAKENING & INSPIRATION

“I’m still tingling from my in-depth, heart-opening conversation with Boyd Varty, a true man-of-the-earth whose book, “The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life,” I ravaged through last week in eager anticipation of this recording.

Boyd Varty grew up on the verdant plains of a South African safari, within touching distance of the epic wildlife most of us only catch glimpses of on 2D screens. As a lion tracker, Boyd has studied the movements and mindset of the animal kingdom in a way I have never encountered before. He’s articulately folded the truths from the bush into the human experience, using his background to explore trauma – both for himself and as a facilitator for others – in sacred ceremonies.

Medicine flows through this man, and this raw, meaty, wild ride of an episode is as enlightening as it is emotional. ” ~ Luke Storey

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SCP Podcast Episode 205: Boyd Varty – Following The Track Of Your Life

In this episode, join us as we talk with Boyd Varty, author of “The Lion Tracker’s Guide To Life”.  A wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, had an unconventional upbringing. Born to a family of conservationists, Boyd grew up on Londolozi Game Reserve in the South African wilderness, a place where man and nature strive for balance, where perils exist alongside wonders.

Since childhood, Boyd shared his home with lions, leopards, snakes, and elephants and has spent his life in apprenticeship to the wisdom of nature. Boyd survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose. As a university student, he studied psychology and ecology, supplementing his education by learning martial arts in Thailand, hiking through the jungles of the Amazon, and apprenticing to a renowned tracker from the Shangaan tribe deepening his intimate knowledge of the natural world. Boyd grew up speaking the local language and learning the true meaning of coexistence between people and with nature.

Highlights of this podcast include:

  • Awareness begins transformation
  • Tracking
  • Authentic self vs social self
  • The story we tell ourselves 
  • Realistic changes
  • Healing 
  • Solitude in nature
  • The story we tell ourselves
  • And so much more
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Finding Your Own Track To Follow with Brilliant Miller

I was recently interviewed for this unique podcast hosted by Brilliant Miller, who has an incredibly fun, fresh style. He started the School for Good Living to help everyone live more fulfilling and joyful lives. In our discussion we explored my books and some encounters from my time as a tracker, as well as what it means to live a good life. We also talk about what it took to get my books written and my tips for future writers!

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The Unconventionalists

#152 HOW TO FIND YOUR LIFE TRACK WITH BOYD VARTY

Thank you Mark Leruste from  The Unconventionalists – and for your words below:

“There’s nothing more healing than finding your gift and sharing it.” – Boyd Varty

Since childhood, Boyd Varty shared his home with lions, leopards, snakes, and elephants and has spent his life in apprenticeship to the wisdom of nature.

Boyd survived a harrowing black mamba encounter, a debilitating bout with malaria, even a vicious crocodile attack, but his biggest challenge was a personal crisis of purpose.

As a university student, he studied psychology and ecology, supplementing his education by learning martial arts in Thailand, hiking through the jungles of the Amazon, and apprenticing to a renowned tracker from the Shangaan tribe deepening his intimate knowledge of the natural world. Boyd grew up speaking the local language and learning the true meaning of coexistence between people and with nature.

Today, Boyd has a psychology degree from the University of South Africa, is a certified Master Life Coach, is the author of two books, a TED speaker and has taught his philosophy of “Tracking your Life” to companies and individuals all over the world.

He has since been featured in the New York Times and NBC.

I can’t wait to read your comments over on social media (@markleruste) and hear what golden nuggets you got out of our powerful conversation.

Be true, be brave, be kind. And let it rip.

Mark Leruste

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We Are the Creators & the Healers of Our Own Suffering – The Great Unlearn

Fan favorite lion tracker, Boyd Varty, is back with us and diving into the “art” of suffering – a self-inflicted phenomenon.

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It’s safe to say that we’ve all suffered one time or another, but oftentimes people remain in the drama-filled stories that they, themselves, have created. I know I have. With this, the suffering doesn’t end… it only replicates. In this episode, Boyd breaks down a few of his own stories of suffering and his discoveries from the untrue stories that he placed atop the kind reality.

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The Life Changing Lessons Nature Can Teach You

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Boyd Varty is in the unique position of being both a lion tracker, and a tracker of human psychology. What he learns from nature he can immediately share as a lesson for our own mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. In his latest adventure, he spent 40 days alone in the African bush. He encountered fear in its purest form, and grace in its most divine. He’s also one hell of a story teller!

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Woke and Wired

Following The Track Of Your Life and Creative Process in The Digital Age

Boyd Varty’s podcast series, 40 days and 40 nights, is the most impactful content I’ve experienced this year. In it, Boyd explores the archetype of the mystic in nature, how consciousness changes outside of the structures of modern life, and what it means to be wild.

In this episode we discuss:

We discuss: 

  • Boyd’s top lesson from living in a treehouse in the wild for 40 days
  • How to create space for a different system of intelligence to unfold
  • Being a conduit for nature’s wisdom
  • Boyd’s content creation process
  • Taking notes as a way to connect to the Divine
  • Restoring the land
  • Being a creator and an artist in the digital age
  • The vital part of the famous Joseph Campbell quote that’s often left out
  • The power of discipline
  • Letting go of societal norms to step into your wild nature
  • Going beyond the playbook of “success”
  • Feeling alive and expansive as an indicator of moving closer to your purpose
  • Boyd walks us through the 4-step process that’s been the most profound teacher in his life
  • How to question and reframe your limiting beliefs
  • Podcast as an opportunity to broadcast your frequency
  • Boyd’s personal approach to boundaries with Instagram

 

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Discovering The Track Of Your Life With Boyd Varty

Born and raised at Londolozi Game Reserve in the South African wilderness in a family of conservationists, Boyd Varty grew up with lions, leopards, snakes, and elephants, speaking the local language and learning how humans and nature can naturally and beautifully co-exist. Boyd is a wildlife and literacy activist and a lion tracker, life coach, storyteller, and author. On today’s podcast, he joins Katherine Twells to talk about how you can discover the track of your life and find your authentic path. He also shares some deep insights that can guide us, especially as we navigate these uncertain times.