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The concept of the podcast is to have outdoor educators share the best stories from their days leading expeditions. The idea came to me a few months ago when I was telling my kids (another) bedtime story from an expedition I led. It made me think--wouldn't it be great if there was a platform for audiences to hear myself and all kinds of other instructors that have led outdoor education expeditions?

Apparently, the concept of a NOLS Instructor podcast, sharing stories from the field, has come up many times in the past but has never come to fruition. Now is the time to make this idea a reality.

Looking back at my outdoor education career, some of the best times were over a hot drink with an instructor team in camp sharing epic stories or sitting in a staff house with an adult beverage or a pint of ice cream after a course swapping tales from the field. This podcast aims to recreate those feelings while sharing these adventurous, impactful, educational, and funny stories with the world. 

Hot Drinks podcast will be the hub of these outstanding stories.


Shawn is an international leadership consultant, professional speaker, bestselling author, podcast host, Ironman and Ultramarathon competitor.

Shawn has a bachelor’s degree in Experiential Education and a Master’s in Leadership. He devoted 15 years to leading teams on wilderness expeditions around the world into some of the harshest environments, and, most recently, ten years consulting with corporations on leadership and team development. His first book, Teams on the Edge: Stories & Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions, was an instant bestseller and won a bronze medal in the Global E-Book Awards.


Shawn, is also the founder and director of the International Vegan Film Festival and World Tour. He started the festival in 2018 to inspire, educate and entertain audiences with vegan-themed films from around the world.


Shawn lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my wife and 3 girls (3, 7 & 9). 

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