By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
As founder and creator, Palisadian Lisa Taitelman builds a community through her Finding Your Trail hiking program. She is now expanding her reach as a guest on the first episode of VoyageLA’s podcast, released at the end of February.
“I realized pretty quickly that in order to help more people, I needed more people to know about who I am and my mission behind creating the movement for Finding Your Trail, and a podcast is one of the best ways to reach a wider audience,” the Alphabet Streets adjacent resident shared with the Palisadian-Post. “A podcast allows you to go deeper into your content, build personal connection, support one’s community and tap into each other’s audience.”
“I believe together we are stronger, which is why I love to collaborate with my community on many different platforms, to be a content partner [for VoyageLA] and help sponsor their mission as well as my own,” Taitelman continued.
“There is an enormous opportunity in podcasts to showcase one’s expertise in a way that other formats cannot accommodate. It is one of the quickest ways to build personal connections and trust with an audience who can resonate with what you are sharing.”
VoyageLA wrote that they are “thrilled” to introduce Taitelman through the episode of the podcast.
“Lisa is truly a trailblazer and she is also one of our content partners,” the description explains. “Partners support Voyage by collaborating on content, sponsoring our mission, spreading the word about our publication and more. We caught up with Lisa about the story behind the movement she has started called Finding Your Trail.”
Taitelman explained that Finding Your Trail was born out of her love of the outdoors and the “unbearable grief” she experienced over the loss of her mom 23 years ago.
Although her mother was a beach person, Taitelman found her stride in the mountains, eventually founding Finding Your Trail to show others the healing process. The hikes range from Brentwood to the Palisades to Topanga, and are mostly focused on groups for women.
Taitelman believes the program has become successful and popular because it provides women an opportunity to create a deeper connection with other women that we are so lacking, Taitelman shared with the Post.
“We’ve lost this art of togetherness in our world with phones and with computers and this is really about getting outdoors and connecting and building a community,” Taitelman said. “And that’s really my mission, to build my community in my backyard, through physical exercise, spiritual awakening and through emotional connectivity. That’s really what this is about.”
According to the Finding Your Trail website, each hike starts with a deep breath—“the deepest ones we have taken of the day”—to clear out emotional clutter, resistance and self-limiting beliefs.
Although there are a lot of beginner hikers in the groups, the program is really for everybody, Taitelman explained.
“Due to the state of affairs with this ripple effect of fear emanating in our world because of coronavirus,” Taitelman shared, “it has never been a better time to show up and practice mindfulness and taking extra care of you and your immune system outdoors. And that it is the time to say yes to you, it is an act of self-love and is essential now.”
The next trek group will begin on April 28.
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