I have been named as a featured speaker at World Workplace ’09, IFMA’s annual conference, to be held this year in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida from 7 through 9 October 2009. IFMA is the International Facility Management Association, 19,500 strong, headquartered in Houston, Texas. They expect from 5,000 to 9,000 attendees at this annual conference.
I will be speaking about my experiences on the Camino de Santiago, the same topic as my book A Journey of Days: Relearning Life’s Lessons on the Camino de Santiago. Here is what the conference brochure has to say about this presentation:
“Many of us seek meaning in our lives beyond our daily professional and personal routines. Hear the story of one FM who set out on a quest of self-discovery. For five weeks in the spring of 2007, Guy Thatcher trekked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain. On his journey, he discovered beauty, fatigue, despair and joy, and forged friendships with the welcoming people he met along the way. Following this extraordinary experience, he returned home with a renewed faith in the remarkable goodness of people. Based on his book, A Journey of Days, Relearning Life’s Lessons on the Camino de Santiago, this session may be the incentive you need to follow your dream. Guy’s book will be available at the IFMA Bookstore during the conference and there will be a book signing immediately after his presentation.”
This is an opportunity for me to reach a very large audience with my views on discovering the restorative benefits of stepping outside of your daily routine and gaining motivation and inspiration to pursue a dream, goal or ambition. As you might imagine, I am very excited about this prospect.