From the deck of a kayak on the broad Pacific, to a journey across the Arctic icepack so bold that it was acclaimed by both National Geographic and Canoe and Kayak Magazine, what do travels in remote landscapes teach us about our place as humans in this internet-crazed, oil-soaked, consumer-oriented modern world? In storytelling fashion, backed by stunning imagery, Jon Turk will take you on a trans-global adventure: Sea kayaking in the Solomon Islands, the circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in the polar Arctic, and a bicycle ride across the Tibetan plateau to the birthplace of the Dalai Lama. These stories springboard the discussion into the “Consciousness Revolution” that must underlie humanity’s greater journey into the 21st century – with any reasonable hope of creating a peaceful, equitable, healthy, and sustainable world.
Since The Raven’s Gift was released, I’ve given over 200 performances, sometimes in small bookstores and often in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, Mountain Film in Telluride, Omega Center, TED-X, Yale University, and the corporate boardroom of Montana Rail Link. My performances generate over-the-top enthusiasm because they are thought-provoking, lively, and fun; because they inspire people to be inspired by a reciprocal relationship with nature. The message is so broad and universal, that with slight shifts in emphasis, I have tailored it for a variety of different audiences:
Outdoor Adventure enthusiasts at Universities and Symposia,
Environmental Advocacy groups,
The fundamental core of all of my talks is that Deep Wild is a space that builds mindfulness; mindfulness is a space where we can grow as individuals and as a society. Some recent talk titles include:
Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild
The Shaman, The Hunter, and The Tundra
Big Brains -- No Tools
Total Awareness -- Total Clarity
Sample Praise for Jon Turk's Speaking
Sarah Potenza: University of Montana
Jon Turk is an amazing and gifted storytelling who helps audiences understand magic through his fascinating experiences, that lie outside of our linear models. Jon made magic a presentable idea in a university setting.
Darren Bush: Event Organizer at Canoecopia
One of your fans told me that your presentation today was the best that they had ever heard in 13 years of attending Canoecopia events and presentations.
Alan Formanek: Director, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Your show in 2012 was one of the best I've ever seen, and I've seen 1000+1 of these things, really. A deep spiritual, almost shamanic experience.
Jim Harrison: Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values Southern Utah University
I have always believed that the aim of life is not only to experience all you can, but to become the type of person who inspires others to experience all they can. If I am right, then you can take pride in being a five star success. Your presentation is one of the very best that I have heard at our school in the past twenty years.
Dr. Natalie Dawson: Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
Jon’s energetic storytelling captures the audience, bringing them along on a wild ride through landscapes that many of us can only imagine. Everyone walks away from his stories with more insight into the world we all live in, the people we interact with, and the unseen gifts that we are given in challenging moments throughout our lives. I was honored to have Jon as a speaker in our lecture series. He inspired my students to go out there into the wild world, find their own stories, and create their own adventures.
Cilla Ann Moseley: Swan Ecosystem Center
All I have received are rave reviews of your talk at the event and everyone loved the workshop that attended.
Sean Morley: Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium
Your presentation was one of the best, most entertaining and inspiring presentations I have ever seen. Your standing ovation was well deserved.
Comment Sheet: Canoecopia
The whole weekend was worth this one talk - thanks much! Nice to have the balance between magic and logic at Canoecopia.
Comment Sheet: Canoecopia
I will always come for Jon. interesting guy; profound messages; great storyteller; very unique speaker. Balance of magic vs. logic is what life is all about. AWESOME. Can’t wait to buy his new book.
Meredythe Goethe: Event Manager, Patagonia Store in New York
Not only was your presentation dynamic and inspiring, we are still talking about your incredible journey and cannot wait to have you both back! As Patagonia ambassadors, you represent adventure, environmental concern and pushing your own boundaries, and I can't think of two people better suited for the job!
Len Barron: Storyteller and Drama Instructor
Astounding content and a terrific delivery style. I loved the pauses and all the surprises. The uncertainty principle is very very large. I'm certain that everyone in that room was both awed and inspired and very very glad to be there last evening.
Angie, Fort Bragg, California
I saw you speak in Fort Bragg last week end and greeted you full of tears. I wish I could have been more articulate at that moment, but was so struck by your presentation, and presence, I think the most Real thing I could do was just say hello, and express my gratitude. I want to thank you for being so open and real about your adventures up north, and your realizations throughout that journey. It was your ease and fearlessness in conveying what you experienced that moved me so deeply, and struck a familiar chord in my own life. Somehow you simply stating what you know to be true, makes my existence valid.