Yosseph “Yossi” Ghinsberg (Hebrew: יוסי גינסברג) is an incredible Israeli adventurer, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and motivational speaker based in Australia. An international businessmen, a best selling author, a daring adventurer. He is most known for his incredible adventure/misadventure survival story, where he was stranded in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon jungle for three weeks in 1981.
Yossi’s survival story was enacted in the 2017 psychological thriller Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Yossi Ghinsberg. His amazing story was also featured in the documentary series I Shouldn’t Be Alive on Discovery Channel.
We have had the great privilege of sitting with Yossi as he recounted his entire adventure for A Thousand Grandparents & Bedtimes Stories; an inspirational, mind blowing, gripping tale and caution, for young adventurers and dreamers.
His passion for meeting cultures living off the grid, drove him to the Beduins deserts of Sinai where he lived for three years. He visited the Sahara seven times and counting. He was the first visitor to arrive in the remote Carteret Group Island of the shores of Papua New Guinea and was adopted by the community, these islands, tragically have succumbed now to rising sea level and disappeared.
In 2016 Yossi initiated a new tradition, once a year Yossi takes on a group of travelers on a real life changing adventure. The first expedition in Bolivia started at the high Andes descending to the Amazon on a rarely traveled dirt road. Followed by days in Canoes and rafts through the Amazon up the Madidi valley where Chalalan the resort Yossi has built with the Uchupiamonas in 1995.
Yossi is active as a spokesmen for Indigenous people and the defence of the Amazon jungle. He is an ambassador for Shalva.org for children with special needs and as a speaker he always volunteers for the community.
A true Earthling, Yossi travels the planet for business, community work and personal explorations. He is a cross-pollinator of paradigm shifting ideas, his keynotes inspire and transform the world’s leading corporations and organizations.
Seemingly endlessly mutli-faceted and mult-talented Yossi is also the founder and architect of a number of innovative creative projects such as the acclaimed Ecolodge, Chalalan.
Yossi’s book ‘Jungle,’ is published in over 20 languages and distributed worldwide with millions of copies sold. Published by Random House, Pan Macmillan, National Geographic, Penguin, Summersdale and Skyhorse amongst others and critically reviewed and acclaimed by the LA Times, The Washington Post, CNN and may others.