Bringing Amazon Survival Skills to Business

Yossi’s ‘Amazon Survival Skills for Business’ is a mesmerizing storytelling session that will keep audiences riveted to the edge of their seats. However, this total absorption facilitates also a deep learning experience. Yossi’s counter-intuitive insights will expand horizons, open new dimensions and facilitates new possibilities.

What can be learned from a man who survived against all the odds in the Amazon Jungle?

Yossi Ghinsberg is a master storyteller with an epic story to share. Lost alone in the midst of the Amazon rainforest for three weeks, he not only survived, he found new meaning for his life and work. The author of the international bestseller ‘Jungle’ , now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Yossi was recently rated as one of the top ten speakers in the business.

His survival skills for business are designed to shift your attendees’ perspective and inspire them to always assume responsibility, taking their game to the next level. His energy is contagious – his insights mind-bending and counter-intuitive.

Key Takeaways:

  • Survival is not a negative. Survival is a desired state for the workplace, driving everyone to their peak performance.

  • Survival should be part of the work culture since survival is an intense competition where everybody wins, and no one loses.

  • Survival equals peak performance – peak performance of all faculties – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – all are at the top of their game and consolidated on one single purpose.

  • Survival is extremely efficient.  The ‘secret sauce’ of survival is the realization that competition is a waste of energy and inefficient, hence a poor survival strategy. A better, more efficient strategy is investing the energy in innovation, creating a Niche Monopoly™.

  • Niche Monopoly™ is nature’s secret weapon in generating greater yields with less effort. In niche monopolies you have no competition; no energy is wasted. The free energy can be invested in rewarding the team, giving back to society and investing in further innovation to maintain the edge of the Niche Monopoly™.


Look Inside 'Jungle'
Busting the Myth of Survival
Staying Naive
Survival Skills for Business
Short Promo
True Power
Look Inside 'Jungle'
Busting the Myth of Survival
Staying Naive
Survival Skills for Business
Promo Video - Short
True Power


About Yossi

Yossi Ghinsberg’s business adventures include: a tech entrepreneur in the heart of Silicon Valley, VP of a groundbreaking medical corporation and the visionary behind Chalalan the most celebrated eco-resort in the Bolivian Amazon. A world explorer and epic storyteller, he is a graduate of philosophy and business administration from Tel Aviv University.

His book ‘Jungle’  has sold millions of copies globally, aired as a docudrama on Discovery Channel and has been produced as a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, entitled Jungle.

Yossi has met with world leaders, bringing his Amazon survival skills to institutes and organizations worldwide. He knows survival like no one else, and he knows why it is important for businesses to learn and embed these survival principles. Yossi advises leaders and teams worldwide on how to awaken their ‘Day to Day Hero,’ following a set of natural survival skills we have all forgotten that we possess. His unique insights are counter-intuitive, mind-bending and nothing short of transformational for individuals and organizations today.

Yossi knows that the old Darwinian approach is wrong, limiting and dated, and yet so prevalent. There is a new way of thinking about leadership and business with new science behind it. Fascinating and enlightening, Yossi is an epic storyteller who has shared the stage with luminaries such as Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and Wayne Dyer.

Yossi Ghinsberg is the Good Will Ambassador for Shalva

Yossi is honoured to be the global ambassador for this wonderful organization dedicated to the care and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Yossi Ghinsberg is Co-Founder and Director of Chalalan Ecolodge

Ten years after almost losing his life in the Amazon, he returned to the river valley that was the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home.  During this period, he was instrumental in the creation and construction of Chalalan, a model eco-tourism village that inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day. His work with indigenous Amazon tribes contributed to the creation of the Madidi National Park, the largest biosphere conservation belt in the Amazon.


  • Best Selling Author –Jungle and Laws of the Jungle
  • Discovery Documentary entitled “I Shouldn’t Be Alive
  • Founder of the new interior and landscape design label “collecteco
  • Founder and Director of EthnoBios S.A., a Bolivian bio-diversity prospecting company
  • Founder of Chalalan a model eco-tourism village
  • CEO of an Israeli / Arab Reconciliation Festival


Yossi Ghinsberg Creates A Profound Experience For The Audience.


Many people have commented to me how moved they were by Yossi's amazing story, by his honesty, humility and the courage he showed us by sharing the impact his journey had on him as a human being. I am honored to have met Yossi and to have had the privilege of creating, through him, a profound experience for the audience.

Anne Manson, CI Investments

The entire crowd was amazed with Yossi

"The entire YPO crowd was amazed with Yossi during the cocktail hour. Everyone went into the conversations looking to discuss "The Jungle", but were taken through a web of interesting events/stories that he went through during his life after the jungle. I then had the luxury of sitting next to Yossi at dinner and watched as he connected with people around the table. As for speech, he had a line of 35 members and spouses waiting for him to sign his book and ask follow up questions. That is really saying something for this group. They are not easily impressed."

YPO Orange County

The Highest-Rated Speaker!


Yossi was the highest-rated speaker at the Auckland Symposium, with an incredible 6.6 rating on CoreNet’s standard seven-point scale.

Peter Chenoweth, CoreNet Global


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Yossi Ghinsberg Introduction

In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his three companions, alone and bare to the bone, one man was tested to the extreme for three harrowing weeks of sheer survival against all odds.

He lived to tell the amazing story as well as how the ordeal profoundly affected his understanding of himself and his life purpose. Ten years later, Yossi Ghinsberg returned to the Amazon and made it his home. Working with indigenous forest dwellers for three years they built Cha-la-lan, a model eco-tourism village that inspired the entire Amazon basin and the world.

The following decade of his life he dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of opiate addicts around the world. Yossi now travels the planet sharing his universal messages of strength, hope and inspiration. Author of the international best-seller „Heart of the Amazon‟ now published as ‘Jungle’, Yossi’s message is bound to touch your heart.

***Let’s watch a short video clip from “Escape from the Amazon,” the film released by Discovery Channel.

Ladies & gentlemen please welcome…Yossi Ghinsberg!

Yossi Ghinsberg Technical Requirements

  • Laptop and LCD projector and large screen
  • Yossi brings a DVD or memory stick with him with the intro segment
  • A cordless lavaliere (lapel) microphone
  • A small bottle of still water – no ice please
  • Podium must be stage left or right at the rear of the stage
  • Yossi is a very animated speaker and usually stands at the forefront of the stage facing the audience directly while pacing up and down the stage
  • It is important for Yossi to maintain eye contact with his audience
  • Please ensure the stage is close to the audience
  • Please ensure the audience and Yossi are appropriately lit and if possible no direct spotlight shining on his face

Video Taping

Yossi is happy to be videotaped – prior written approval must be obtained regarding the copyright of the video tape – Yossi requires a copy of the videotaping on MiniDV or DV-Cam.

Please contact his management team by emailing events@cmispeakers.com to request the copyright agreement.


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    Inexperience can be the key to success, says professional explorer Yossi Ghinsberg
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    Art, as told by Yossi Ghinsberg

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Ascending to the Heavens on Crutches

By Yossi Ghinsberg | August 10, 2018

Insights from Inca

By Keynote Speaker Yossi Ghinsberg

We landed in Lima an odd group of 35 people and drew attention at the airport as we made a lot of noise. Israelis speak loudly and with passion. To the uninitiated it seems they are about to explode! What made us odder was the way we looked – ragged. The first half were Israeli Army handicapped soldiers who were maimed defending a country. They were injured in combat, by acts of terror, or in training while serving their mandatory duty. The other half, me amongst them, was a team of volunteers that came to support these ‘salt of the earth soldiers’ as mentors, on an adventure of a lifetime, climbing by foot to the legendary lost city of the Inca – Machu Picchu.

(A few words on being an earthling and global citizen, and Israeli as well. I am an earthling, earth is my birthplace, all people, regardless of race, origin, or creed are my brothers and sisters. Yet I was born and raised in Israel, and that makes me an Israeli. I am proud of my culture and my heritage. At the same time, I think we should drop our nationalities and hang onto our cultures. Nationalities foster separation, cultures unite us. Sometimes I wish aliens would appear – if only to help us see that we are all from here.  One tiny planet, a blue speck in a milky way. One HUMAN race. Our planet belongs to all of us.)

From Lima we flew to Cusco, the capital of the empire of the Inca. The legend tells a story of two drops that fell from the sky into the big lake, Titicaca. They emerged as two gods, brother and sister who came to establish heaven on earth. With a golden stick they searched for the perfect place to build their city – it was Cusco. The old city of Ollantaytambo, is where we started our trek. It is nestled amongst the Andes, like a jewel, almost unchanged. The stones intact tell a tall story of a successful empire where no one went poor or hungry.

Early in the morning our group started to climb, from the height of 2800 meters (9,186 feet) we ascend. Leading the expedition was Opher Ugash, who is built like a rock. He is a legend of the most elite combat units, now retired from the army, and has built an adventure travel company that specializes in extreme challenges. The trail was narrow, the air thin, and weather conditions predicted hailstorms and constant rain. In the brief to the escorts, Opher expressed great satisfaction, telling us that climbing the mountain in bad weather was not much harder, but it would make everyone more miserable! Opher knew what we knew — the greater the sacrifice the greater the joy you reap! I already climbed to Machu Picchu twice. I was 21 years old the first time, 33 years old the second time, and I am 59 now. For those walking on crutches, wheeling a wheelchair, or dragging an artificial limb, it is clear that a person has a handicap. But, what no one knew was that a few months earlier my disk herniated and for 6 months, I couldn’t even stand. The pressure and inflammation in my spinal canal was the most debilitating pain I have ever experienced, and I was still recovering when I got the call to join the expedition.

When you face a challenge, and you think you cannot make it, the best way to move on is to help someone else. Focusing on someone else is where our true power is revealed. A goal that is larger than ourselves, the need to help another, is far greater than our need to do things for ourselves. So I held on to Shai Yair, who lost his leg by friendly fire as he battled the slippery slopes. I was his fallback support as we climbed some 900 meters (2,952 feet) into the thinning air.

At the lead was a fierce group who sets the merciless pace. Asael, an officer who took a direct hit by a missile to his combat vehicle, spent two years in a hospital bed, and still has a few hundred pieces of steal fragments floating in his body. Closely behind him, Shimon who was decorated for his bravery saving trapped soldiers in the casbah, who cannot stand without crutches, but boy, he sure could walk uphill fast! Despite the weather, no one gave up or complained, inspired by our leaders.  

At night the cold was below zero, with a steady, freezing rain. To my horror, I discovered that my tent leaked and my sleeping bag was wet. A night like that became the definition of misery, endurance the name of the game, accepting pain, and enduring.

We were escorted by a team of Peruvian sherpas, quick to support every need. They drove a mule with our equipment up the mountains, set up camps, and cooked tasty, healthy food to support us heart, muscle, and soul.  At 4600 meters (15,091 feet) and two more days of hiking in rain, hail, and cold, we reached our destination — a deserted well from ancient times. A place selected for a very special ceremony. We gathered in a circle, each soldier telling their story of bravery and endurance, then burying an item that reminds the past that needs to be left behind. The mountain taught us our limitations are not real. Trauma is an opportunity to grow and tragedy can make us appreciate our life and aspire for a better future rather than become victims.

We mourned enough for ourselves, for the ones we loved who stayed behind. Life is for the living. Their stories? Raz was stabbed seven times in his neck and back, the knife missed his heart by millimeters. Roy was run over by a terrorist driving a car into a group of soldiers. Shai wounded by an explosion of an RPG. Shimon took a full round in the casbah. Asael took a direct hit of an anti-tank missile. Rotem, had a grenade explode in his armed vehicle. Akiva took a brick thrown from a roof of a four-story high building straight to his neck. These and more stories of bravery and sacrifice were extraordinary, and the tears fell. Each buried something of meaning. Moran buried her crutches. Shimon, his boots still covered in blood. Asael, a piece of shrapnel that came out of his body. Shai, the identity disk. Itamar, his red beret. Memories thrown deep into an ancient well in Peru. Both surreal and real.

The following day we descended to Machu Picchu all of us together bonded as a family forever.

As for me, I buried my injuries silently. The previous year was the hardest in my life, not only my back injury, but also my soul injury. My family had fallen apart. I was separated from my loved ones, my kids far away, and I mourned the death of love. My handicap was hidden but present. I managed to climb to 4600 meters (15,091 feet) to help others, and be the storyteller on duty to carry everyone deep into the nights with stories of adventure and inspiration. What I learned is how limitless life is. That life is a gift regardless of hardship and challenges make us strong. On that trip to the mountain, we touched the heavens, and, having buried our ghosts in the ground, ensured that nothing can haunt us or bring us down again.

A big thank you from the cmi team to Yossi for sharing this story! Click here if you would like to see a video about this experience. Yossi’s artful ability to communicate what he has learned in ways that help organizations and audience members grow and adapt to change is extraordinary.  To learn more about Yossi, his adventures, and the lessons he shares with audiences worldwide, please click here.

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