An Epic New Zealand Walkabout
By Judy Newell
Every traveler starts their journey from a different location and takes a unique route. On Thursday, May 19 at 5 pm Richard Margesson will share stories from his four-month solo walk over 1000 miles down the length of New Zealand. The free presentation will be held in the Auditorium at Rancho Los Labradores.
Whether you’re an armchair traveler, a Bear Grylls wanna-be, have New Zealand on your bucket list or simply want to be entertained, this talk is for you! Take a step back and “Step into Nature’s Therapy Room” with Richard.
Presented by Judy Newell of Perfect Journeys, the talk is about the real Middle Earth. Richard developed a profound insight into New Zealand’s extraordinarily diverse people, culture and natural environment.
“Over a four month period I walked, slept in a hammock and survived in some of the world’s most remote, unforgiving and beautiful wilderness areas,” he says. “What I discovered among the mountains, rivers, beaches, volcanoes and forests astonished me. Now, I want to share those discoveries with you in person.”
Along the way, he “trialed” a process he calls “Step Into Nature’s Therapy Room”. Through direct experience of living close to nature for weeks on end while walking through wilderness areas, Richard became inspired to share his insights with others on how “walking shapes the brain”.
He believes his solitary communication with nature profoundly changed the way he felt about himself and permanently re-wired his thinking.
No stranger to high-stress careers, Richard was a British Army Guards officer from his early 20s. He saw active service in The Gulf, Central Bosnia and elsewhere and served in high-profile positions within Buckingham Palace and the British Embassy, Washington DC. He received The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for humanitarian efforts in Central Bosnia.
After leaving military service, he developed and led ground-breaking personal and relationships programs in the not-for-profit sector before launching a hypnotherapy practice that grew from one client to clinics in Australia and New Zealand. Today, he specializes in healing the effects of trauma and PTSD.
Richard is married to Rose, a New Zealand businesswoman and stress management teacher who fuses ancient techniques drawn from Yoga and meditation with modern neuroscience and psychology research to help her students find optimum balance between their work, home and inner lives.
Although Richard and Rose are formally styled Viscount and Viscountess Margesson, they call themselves “21st Century Digital Nomads.” Veteran travelers, they currently call San Miguel De Allende home.
Join Richard Margesson, Performance Psychotherapist, Author and “Mad Keen” Long-Distance Hiker at 5 pm on Thursday, May 19 in the Auditorium at Rancho Los Labradores. Call Judy Newell at 415-111-8765 for driving directions and reservations. This free event has limited seating.