Gifts From The Mountain

Gifts from the Mountain

Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities is a Ben Franklin Gold Award winner

Whether you are a world-weary worker juggling the demands of a hectic life or a seeker of soul-satisfying experiences, this deceptively simple book is your key to refresh, renew, rethink and recharge.

Inspired by the challenges of backpacking through the Sierras, I discover metaphors for understanding the mundane and the magnificent, the difficult and the delightful, the ordinary and the extraordinary in our 24/7 world. Join this walk in the wilderness to discover fresh perspectives, practical practices and laugh-out-loud-joy in the process.

You’ll find wisdom expressed in a beautiful, economical, easy-to-read-and-grasp fashion that helps your spirit soar and your mind expand. You’ll discover mountains about being, doing, living, and working. Simple truths for trekking through life await in this mountain university.

FREE Bonus—Conversation Firestarters:

To help you use this book as a way of engaging in deeper conversations, I’ve written three conversation fire-starters. One is for leaders. One is for coaches. And one is for companions.


Please let me know how you have used them and what questions you created on your own. You can write me at

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Gifts from the Mountain Video

Don’t just read the book! Come watch and learn six lessons from the world of backpacking. Join Eileen at 12,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains and become inspired.

The video also earned a coveted Silver Telly Award ! You can see a preview video and purchase here. Perfect for staff meetings, retreats, and workshops.



  • Beautiful in its simplicity and rich, timeless wisdom."
    — John L. McCranie, Education Chair, Florida Club Manager Association
  • Thank your for sending me Gifts From The Mountain. It is a treasure! I know that I will return to its pages time and again for inspiration and comfort. One phrase in particular hit home with me. 'What's worse: to err for the things you did or to err for the things you failed to do?' I need to make some changes in my life."
    — L.M.
Keynote Speaker Eileen McDargh