Monday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. PDT: writer/philosopher/adventurer André Solo
Join me for an inspiring conversation about adventure and living an extraordinary life!
RESCHEDULED: Join me on Monday, September 22nd at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 Eastern on Radio Enso when I welcome writer, philosopher, and professional adventurer André Solo, the Rogue Priest, who returns to the show for what promises to be another great conversation!
We’ll discuss his upcoming Fellowship of the Wheel bicycle trip across Mexico, his recent report on the quest to “meet the gods”, living an extraordinary life, and much more! To listen, go here.
“I want to do extraordinary things, and help others do them. I want to feel what the epic heroes felt even when they were scared.”
I’m André, your rogue priest. I’m a writer, a philosopher, and a professional adventurer. For me, adventure is a life practice, a tool for challenging yourself beyond your limit. To adventure is not just to discover who you are, but to re-create what you find.
I’m a polytheist priest. That means I recognize many faces of the divine, and I admit I do not know what the divine is. In fact, I’m on a rather long quest to find out if it exists at all. I do know that there is a powerful, beautiful force that moves many people through their spirituality. But I don’t know what that force is. Instead of putting my faith in it, I prefer to travel, learn and ask questions. And I like to think that we all have the power to improve our own lives, starting with ourselves, no matter what we believe. I’m traveling across the Americas to help others do that.
Here’s my story:
- At age 14 I began to follow the gods of nature. I never expected I would become their priest.
- At 17 I wanted to learn to fly planes. My dad convinced me to study philosophy instead. He worked at a coal plant and wanted his kids get educated. He’s a smart guy.
- At 20 I had my first adventure. I led a field study of possible stone circles on an island in Lake Michigan. For seven weeks we camped in a swamp, blistered in the sun, and shivered in the rain. We found no stone circles. I learned how to lead, and I knew my life would be one of adventure.
- At 22 I founded Temple of the River in Minneapolis. Together with the encouragement and help of my students we built a large community and, eventually, constructed the first Irish polytheist temple in the United States.
- In 2006 I lived with hunter gatherers. I learned how to exist in the wild. Everything I thought I knew about nature was radically redefined, and I discovered it’s possible to live comfortably with almost nothing.
- I began to question the value of a sedentary life. The freedom and challenge of the open road called to me.
- In 2010, walking on a broken ankle, I went into retreat and rewrote the heart of my teachings. The purpose of spirituality is to challenge and transform the individual. We are all capable of extraordinary things, and I want to do those things and help others do them.
Now I travel, trying to understand the meaning of heroism and determined to meet the gods.
For more information about André, visit http://roguepriest.net.
Join us on the journey across Mexico
Ever since I first started my journey across the Americas, it’s been my dream to share that journey with others. I think there are many of us who wish we could go out and do something adventurous, go on a quest, travel to new places… but for most of us it’s hard to do. I’d like to change that by making it as easy as possible for people to come along.
I’m bicycling across Mexico starting November 8 and I’d like you to come too. No cycling experience is necessary. I’ve divided the ride into 10 segments, some as short as 3 days and some as long as 7. My hope is that as many people as possible will try biking with me, and get a taste of adventure for themselves.
I call it the Fellowship of the Wheel. The ride across Mexico will start November 8, 2014 and take 80 days. Here are are the basics:
- There is no fee to join us. It is completely free.
- Beginners are welcome. I’ve ridden with a number of beginners with NO cycling experience. They did great and so will you!
- You’ll need to provide your own bicycle, basic equipment, and transportation to/from Mexico. Helpful information below.
- The focus will be on exploration and discovery. Many nights, we will have no planned sleeping place and we may camp out in town squares or near churches. We will look for places to stay each afternoon as we arrive at a new town.
- You do not need to speak Spanish, but it helps.
If you want join or just have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Fellowship of the Wheel, visit http://roguepriest.net/bike-mexico. To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-fellowship-of-the-wheel.