Planetwalker Dr. John Francis: Walk the earth, 17 year vow of silence

One of my major inspirations in life has been Dr. John Francis. I first discovered his Ted Talk back in 2009 when I was researching people who have walked countries around the world.

He spoke with such a joy and peace that truly resonated with me, and his life story as a “planetwalker,” his dedication to what he believed was right and a willingness to change inspired me later on to take my own pilgrimages around the United States.

Here is his talk given at the TED Conference in 2008.

A few years ago I contacted Dr. Francis to see if I might help him with his work/walk. I now have the honor of working with him on the website for his nonprofit organization at Please take a look at it to learn more.

What do you think about this?