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  • 01:05

    A Himalayan Journey with Retired Fortune 500 Executive Kurt Koontz

    in Spirituality

    Retired Fortune 500 executive Kurt Koontz recently returned from an inspiring 20-day trek in the Himalayas, reaching heights as high as 16,000 feet and even higher spaces in the heart. Kurt returns to the show to share insights from his powerful journey. Kurt is the author of A Million Steps, in which he chronicles his life-changing adventure of nearly 500 miles on the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain, following the steps of a 1300-year-old pilgrimage bridging inner and outer worlds.


    Kurt retired at the age of 36. For the past decade, his travels have taken him to all corners of the world, requiring both physical and mental endurance. Kurt has been interviewed on over 50 radio programs, including NPR, and has been published in over 20 magazines. His Camino story was recently featured in a 30 minute PBS television interview. He regularly travels to share his experiences with audiences and recently became a Vistage International presenter. Kurt is a highly engaging, personable author and speaker who demonstrates we all have the capacity to journey beyond the limitations we perceive.


    Kurt's web site:  KurtKoontz.com


    Frontier Beyond Fear music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer, www.larryseyer.com, included in this podcast with his permission. Himalayan journey photographs copyrighted by Kurt Koontz, posted here with his permission.

  • 00:20

    Author Kurt Koontz stops by Conversations LIVE

    in Current Events

    Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Kurt Koontz to Conversations LIVE to discuss his book A MILLION STEPS.

  • 00:28

    The Life of A Spiritual Wanderer with Kurt Koontz & Edie Weinstein

    in Self Help

    Edie Weinstein welcomes Kurt Koontz; author of A Million Steps as they explore the life of a wanderer. Kurt’s experience of taking it on the road was fed by his curiosity about life beyond limits and the deep satisfaction that comes from stretching his comfort zones. The stories he brought back from his journeys allow listeners to have a vicarious experience.


    After retiring early from his job as a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 technology company, Kurt Koontz volunteered in his community and traveled across Europe and North America. He never considered writing a book until he walked nearly 500 miles across Spain in 2012. Those million steps were so compelling that he returned home and began writing and speaking about his life-changing adventures. www.kurtkoontz.com


    Edie Weinstein, LSW is a colorfully creative journalist, inspiring transformational speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, BLISS Coach and the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into the Extraordinary. She calls herself an Opti-Mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility. opti-mystical.com


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  • 00:30

    Author and Adventurer Kurt Koontz about his book A Million Steps

    in Self Help

    VividLife Radio's Kristen White speaks with author and adventurer Kurt Koontz about his recent book, A Million Steps. In A Million Steps, Kurt shares his month-long adventure walking from village to village in Spain along a route that pilgrims have followed since medieval times. Kurt also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. Kurt Koontz grew up with a lot of the outdoors in Boise, Idaho. He studied business at the University of Puget Sound, then returned to his hometown to rise through the ranks as a sales executive for Micron Technology. While working, he traveled on business across the U.S. and the world. When he retired at age 36, he took to adventure travel—mostly by bicycle across Europe and in the Western U.S. and Canada. It wasn't until 2012 that he began writing about his adventures. That year, he walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago, the Spanish pilgrimage route dating from medieval times. This journey, he says, was a very different kind of travel. On the Camino, he lived moment to moment, not knowing where he would find the next meal or sleep the next night. As he walked the 1,300-year-old route, he heard unforgettable stories from other pilgrims and took a deeper look at his own life stories. Recorded in his journal and e-mails home, they became the foundation for his first book, A Million Steps, due out late this year. He now lives and writes near family and friends, on a tree-lined creek in Boise. http://kurtkoontz.com/about-kurt/


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  • 00:30

    Kristen White speaks with author and adventurer Kurt Koontz "A Million Steps

    in Self Help

    VividLife Radio’s Kristen White speaks with author and adventurer Kurt Koontz about his recent book, A Million Steps. In A Million Steps, Kurt shares his month-long adventure walking from village to village in Spain along a route that pilgrims have followed since medieval times. Kurt also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love.


    Kurt Koontz grew up with a lot of the outdoors in Boise, Idaho. He studied business at the University of Puget Sound, then returned to his hometown to rise through the ranks as a sales executive for Micron Technology. While working, he traveled on business across the U.S. and the world. When he retired at age 36, he took to adventure travel—mostly by bicycle across Europe and in the Western U.S. and Canada.
    It wasn’t until 2012 that he began writing about his adventures. That year, he walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago, the Spanish pilgrimage route dating from medieval times. This journey, he says, was a very different kind of travel.


    On the Camino, he lived moment to moment, not knowing where he would find the next meal or sleep the next night. As he walked the 1,300-year-old route, he heard unforgettable stories from other pilgrims and took a deeper look at his own life stories. Recorded in his journal and e-mails home, they became the foundation for his first book, A Million Steps, due out late this year.


    He now lives and writes near family and friends, on a tree-lined creek in Boise.


    http://kurtkoontz.com/about-kurt/


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    http://www.kristenwhitetv.com

  • 00:47

    Walking to Santiago de Compostela - guest Kurt Koontz

    in Spirituality

    Imagine walking a million steps to one of the most a sacred sites in the world where one of the 12 apostles of Christ, St. James, is buried. Over 1,000 years pilgrims have made the trek to Santiago de Compostela to experience a spiritual and personal transformation. From the midwestern state of Idaho to the foothills of Spain, Kurt Koontz took a journey on foot that transformed his life. 


    Why would a successful sales executive retire at age 36 and begin to write and speak about his life-changing experience along the Camino de Santiago? Kurt Koontz is our guest on Between Heaven and Earth Radio.


    Listeners can call in during the second half hour of the show and ask a question of our guest or hosts. You may listen live or download an episode from the archives at http://www.betweenheavenandearthradio.com. To find out more about Lisa K., visit her website at http://www.LMK88.com


     

  • 01:06

    Kurt Koontz: A Million Steps

    in Spirituality

    Experience a transformative journey of nearly 500 miles on the historic Camino de Santiago with retired Fortune 500 executive Kurt Koontz.  Kurt's recently released book A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia.  The grandeur of Kurt's adventure is revealed not only on the trail but in the heart, as he navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery and love, all the while embracing the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world.


    Kurt retired at the age of 36.  For the past decade, his travels have taken him to all corners of the world, requiring both physical and mental endurance. 


    For all of us who enjoyed The Frontier Beyond Fear interview with "Walking the Camino" filmmaker Lydia B. Smith, hearing Kurt's account of his personal experiences will provide another profound perspective on a 1300-year-old pilgrimage bridging inner and outer worlds.


    Kurt's web site:  KurtKoontz.com


     


    Frontier Beyond Fear music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer, www.larryseyer.com, included in this podcast with his permission.


     


     

  • 00:30

    Kurt Koontz: Life, Love and Addiction

    in Self Help

    This week, Edie Weinstein invites you to Walk "A Million Steps" with author Kurt Koontz whose book by the same name chronicles his journey on the Camino De Santiago, He says it is about "Life, Love and Addiction" and adds that "the first third of the trip is for the body, the second for the mind, the third for the soul."


    After retiring early from his job as a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 technology company, Kurt Koontz volunteered in his community and traveled across Europe and North America. He never considered writing a book until he walked nearly 500 miles across Spain in 2012. Those million steps were so compelling that he returned home and began writing and speaking about his life-changing adventures. He lives and writes on a tree-lined creek in Boise, Idaho.  http://kurtkoontz.com/

  • 00:36

    Kurt Koonz: A Million Steps To Happiness

    in Self Help

    Our Host: Svetlana Kim, Speaker, Award-winning Author, and Consultant. www.svetlanakim.com 


     


    Our Guest: After retiring early from his job as a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 technology company, Kurt Koontz volunteered in his community and traveled across Europe and North America. He never considered writing a book until he walked nearly 500 miles across Spain in 2012. Those million steps were so compelling that he returned home and began writing and speaking about his life-changing adventures. He lives and writes on a tree-lined creek in Boise, Idaho. 


    www.kurtkoontz.com



    Kurt Koontz is available for select lectures and presentations.
    To inquire about an appearance, please contact him at k@kurtkoontz.com.



    Book Description


    Kurt Koontz thought he was well prepared for his 490-mile walking trip on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. He was fit and strong. He had a good guidebook and all the right equipment. His pilgrim passport would grant him access to the shelter of hostels along the way. But all that, however helpful, did not begin to encompass the grandeur of his external or internal adventure. A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Koontz also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond. 


     


     

  • 00:19

    ENLawyers blogtalk Friday Edition: Bourbon, the law, and life

    in Legal

    Today we have a quick discussion of all your favorite legal issues:



    The ever present freddy gray
    city politics
    Super bowl picks?  
    Who wins New Hampshire?


    with your favorite lawyers.  Kurt and Jeremy will be online to answer your questions.  

  • 00:35

    Kevin J. Anderson: Writer, Publisher, Enreprenuer, Collaborator and more!

    in Books

    Science fiction and fantasy writer Kevin J. Anderson (author of over 130 novels!) talks with our host Rodger Nichols about his books, especially Clockwork Lives and what it's like creating a novel from a rock band album, collaborating with authors like Dean Koontz, Brian Herbert, Doug Beason and his wife, Rebecca Moestra.


    If you are a fan of The Dune Series, Starwars, Star Trek, X-files and other science fiction mainstays, you'll want to hear from this marvelous talent and polymath Kevin J. Anderson!


    Find him:


    Twitter:  @TheKJA


    Website:  http://www.wordfire.com/


    His author page, bibliography and biography:  bit.ly/1PfCSon


    Purchase signed editions of his books:  www.vjbooks.com