A journey into Deep Wild
expressed through books and speaking

Crocodiles and Ice News

From Conrad Anker, North Face extreme alpinist
Why explore? Why expose oneself to undue hardship? These questions are at the root of human existence. In an age when adventure is a sales tool Jon Turk looks into the meaning of wild places. How have these sacred places transformed the individual and society? With first-hand experience ranging from the tropics to the arctic Jon Turk shares the importance of finding the wild in our daily lives. An important read as our society collides headlong into an over-subscribed world.

Release Date: Sept 15, 2016

Awards and Accolades Following the Ellesmere Expedition

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Top Ten Adventurers of the Year

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Best Expedition of the Year


First Place for Print Journalism

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New York Times Front Page

What's Happening 

Tundra, Hunter, and Shaman

Jody Weber (the artistic director of Weber Dance) and I just published an article in Sacred Hoop Magazine called “Tundra, Hunter, and Shaman.”  Jody just finished her shaman training, while I remain, “a lousy traveler in the Other World”.  But the journeys are identical, just expressed by different personalities, under the embrace of the tundra, as I learned from my Koryak friends in Kamchatka.

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The Dance of the Tides
Hollyhock Institute
To happen: July 31 - August 5, 2016
For as long as I can remember, I have known with absolute certainty, that activities and adventures in nature -- climbing, kayaking, skiing, riding my bike, going for a quiet walk in the woods -- all calm my mind, relax my think-too-much-know-it-all brain, and usher me into a state of:  Mindfulness, Peace, FLOW --whatever you want to call it.  Now, after all these years I am striving to share this wondrous journey with others.  In The Dance of the Tides, at the Hollyhock Institute, I join with my dear friend Jody Weber, artistic director of Weber Dance to build a five day workshop, called The Dance of the Tides. 
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We'll be updating this website as we get closer to the date.  
To book a reservation at the workshop, call: 1-800-933-6339 x232


TEDx Canmore
January 29, 2016

I gave the lead off talk at TEDx Canmore on Jan 29, 2016.  The theme of the conference was "Evolve" and my talk was "Big Brains, No Tools."  The idea is that for most of the 3 million years that humans and their direct ancestors have lived on the planet, we have had very simple tools.  But, at the same time, we evolved Big Brains.  What were we doing with those Big Brains, how did those activities help us survive, and what does this teach us about humanity's journey into the 21st century?