Attention: Calling All Wildpreneurs!

Attention: Calling All Wildpreneurs!

Wanted: Free-spirits who are blazing their own trails through business!

Goodbye 9 – 5. Hello flip flops and freedom! We are breaking free of old business models and creating a new paradigm for entrepreneurs.

We do what we love and love what we do!

Wildpreneurship takes many forms, but are united by LOVE and guided by the following principles:

1. Love of life. A yearning to learn and a craving for unique experiences.  A willingness to absorb each moment as it comes is required!

2. Love of the unknown. We journey into new territory with open minds and open hearts. We are attuned to the mantra “the only certain thing in life is change.”

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Artful Mistake Making

Artful Mistake Making

I have not failed. I've just found 1000 ways that don't work. - Thomas A Edison

I am a master of mistake making. I moved to the jungle at 23 years old. What happens when you take a white skinned blond girl out of a liberal arts college in Vermont and plop her down in the jungle on the Mexican Pacific? A very lost gringa! I gripped my freshly printed business plan in my sweaty hand and proceeded to make every mistake you can image. Yikes, I certainly have a few memories of blood, sweat and moats of tears that I cried into the sand. Though I was living in paradise chasing my dream those first few years were rough.

Perhaps the roughest part was that every time I made a mistake I beat myself up! I've since learned that mistake making never ends, it’s how you respond to and approach mistake making that can make all the difference.

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Sailing Vessel TAILWIND

Sailing Vessel TAILWIND

Play With A Purpose

Wildpreneurship takes many forms. At the Tailwind Jungle Lodge, the wind is blowing us into new territory with our 47 ft Olympic ketch. Sailing vessel TAILWIND will combine adventure with awareness around marine and coastal conservation issues.

Mission: To embody and educate about the ways we can minimize our impact on the places where we love to play and explore. Trigger individual action locally that creates waves of positive change globally.

Purpose: Sailing vessel TAILWIND will be a non-profit branch of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge. This structure will allow us to seek grants and donations, that will fund our  desire to provide opportunities for school age children, scientific researchers, and tourists to come learn and explore on the Mexican Pacific Ocean.

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The Mexican Fisherman Story

The Mexican Fisherman Story

I discovered the parable of the Mexican Fisherman in 2010, a few years into the creation of my jungle lodge. This simple story triggered a tremendous ah-ha moment for me and has since become a cornerstone philosophy for wildpreneurs. Gracias to my Mexican amigos for sharing your wisdom with me! The passage below is sourced from Courtney Carver at Be More With Less.

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

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Carolyn Barnwell - Documentary Story Teller & Life Coach

Carolyn Barnwell - Documentary Story Teller & Life Coach

Carolyn Barnwell proudly wears many hats as a documentary storyteller & branded content video and audio producer (she has worked extensively for National Geographic), integrative life coach, voice over actor, and joy seeker. Not only that, Carolyn has been one of my closest friends since our time together at Middlebury College. I'm one of her biggest fans!


Describe your perfect day as a wildpreneur.
My perfect day starts with going through my self-care morning rituals and eating a healthy savory breakfast, followed by work that needs detailed attention or peak energy. I have deep, meaningful conversations with clients, an energizing workout to re-set my mind and body, and lunch outdoors. In the afternoon I take care of business upkeep, planning and production. I lose track of time when I’m totally engaged and focused. I end the work day feeling fulfilled that I served others well, and was able to use my intuition, creativity and logistical skills. My perfect day would continue with a family-style dinner with friends and laughter and a spacious view of the sunset. It sounds rather cliche, but I have had many days like this and they are absolutely wonderful so I plan to keep it up. :-)  

Is this work your passion? What keeps you motivated?
I am fueled by joy and gratitude that I get to do what I do. It fills my tank, so to speak. My tangible sense of possibility and freedom keeps me motivated! And, more specifically, witnessing moments of awareness, connection and the transformation of other human beings.

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The Awesomeness Factor - Couplepreneurs Paul Girardi & Danielle Hachey

The Awesomeness Factor - Couplepreneurs Paul Girardi & Danielle Hachey

Paul & Danielle hosted their surfing & yoga retreat at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge in 2015. I immediately fell in love with this couplepreneur duo and have since followed them to the waves of Nicaragua and to their cozy cabin in the Kootenay moutains of British Columbia. This inspiring couple recently tied the knot (congratulations newly weds! loved the pre-wedding hootenany!). I can't wait to see where their life adventures together take them...and I hope they don't mind me tagging along! Check out their interview here, you definitely don't want to miss the wildpreneur wisdom in this one :).

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SweatPlayLive with Shanti Tilling

SweatPlayLive with Shanti Tilling

SweatPlayLive offers fitness, wellness, surf and yoga retreats. I have personally attended many of Shanti's Move Your Asana classes and beach HIIT workouts in Sayulita, Mexico. I am always amazed at my personal transformation during and after class, it's truly the best reset for mind and body I've ever experienced. The classes are intense, challenging and crazy fun! What could be better then sprinting, jumping and playing in the sand with your amigos? Shanti is a tremendous source of inspiration for me and she was one of the first people I interviewed for my book. See her responses here.

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Party In My Plants with Talia Pollock

Party In My Plants with Talia Pollock

Take the Hell Out of Healthy Living

It's been amazing to watch Talia sprout wings and soar as a wildpreneur. I few years back I was lucky enough to be Talia's business coach/accountability buddy as she sprouted her idea for PartyInMyPlants. She's been charging forward and transforming people lives leaving a wake of happy, healthy laughter behind her ever since! 

Q: Describe your perfect day as a wildpreneur.

My perfect day as a wild entrepreneur varies greatly which is a cliche and also in-keeping with the “wild” part of the equation! Entrepreneur life IS wild and there’s rarely consistency for me but my favorite days always bookend with meditation and include movement and “me” time first thing in the morning. From there it’s a combination of interviewing guests for my podcast, filming a cooking video, writing my upcoming book, swimming my way out of the email deep-end, having coaching calls with clients or meetings with collaborators, hitting the road for a speaking gig or event, or testing a recipe with Friends, an audiobook or a podcast on in the background! And plants. There are always lots of plants being eaten in between things.

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As Natural as Squatting in the Woods

As Natural as Squatting in the Woods

I recently went on a canoe camping trip on Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York.  We watched the sunset over the lake, the moonrise over the mountains, and sat by the camp fire telling stories and grilling local goodies. T’was a blissful night indeed and I fell asleep with my heart full, feeling alive and inspired.

At dawn, nature called and I wandered into the woods away from my sleeping amigos. I dug a hole and began to untie my pajama pants. Suddenly I heard some twigs snap in the bushes behind me. I looked over in alarm to find that one of my amigos had followed me…my yellow lab, Paris! She wagged her tail, grinning happily. She then proceeded to spin around in a circle a few times and pop a squat right next to me. Time for her morning duty too! I rose my eyebrows and thought “why not?”

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