It’s nice to meet you
Hi, I’m Jeff. I’ve been described as having infectious enthusiasm, relentless positive energy, and always a smile to share. Truth is, I’m just thrilled to be alive and to have the chance to pursue my passions on a daily basis. I love helping people improve their lives and offering them tools and insights for thriving in adversity. The more opportunities I have to make new connections and help people awaken and strengthen their supportive inner voice, the happier and more fulfilled I am.
My perspective and mentoring approach are not based on elite performances, acrobatic feats for social media, or a career in professional athletics. Rather, they are based on enduring and overcoming the Struggle in myself and others. Personally, this includes the struggle in transitioning from an overweight, sedentary IT professional into an ultra endurance athlete and healthy person. The struggle of transitioning from a stressed-out corporate worker into a fulfilled small business owner. The struggle of language and cultural immersion, and overload. And the struggle of chasing down and making big dreams come true despite the many temptations to remain in a comfort zone.
Do what you love: help people
I fully embraced a philosophy of “Do what you love” in 2010 by leaving a successful 18-year corporate career to focus full time on coaching, writing, and teaching. Professionally, I am a yoga teacher, coach, author, and a few other roles. Purely for joy, I am an ultra-endurance athlete, musician, and outdoor sports enthusiast. I am also an active supporter of charity work in Malawi and Cambodia as a Board of Directors member at the nonprofit Face-to-Face Project.
In 2010, I founded Hillseeker Fitness GmbH, a Switzerland-based firm that delivers coaching guidance, books, and content to a global audience and motivational speaking to groups and companies. I launched the Flow State® coaching series of books in 2016, starting with Flow State Runner. In 2018, I published Run Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks.
I am a qualified yoga teacher, with over 600 hours of teacher education and 22+ years of practice. My Yoga studies have spanned the following styles and practices: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Rocket, Budokon, Qigong. I’m grateful to have studied and practiced yoga with these wonderful teachers: Ricardo Martin, Joy Kunkanit, Jamie Clarke, Dulce Dulce Aguilar, Cameron Shayne, Tara South, David Regelin, and Vari Morales.
Below are my Yoga Alliance Qualifications.
The Universal Language of Music
I am in love with music. When I was 12, my wonderful parents supported their child’s desire to learn the largest instrument he had ever seen, the upright Bass. Next, I discovered trombone, moving from the largest string instrument to arguably the loudest wind instrument. My poor parents! I went on to study music at the University of Georgia, focusing on trombone, but enjoying any chance I had to learn a little bit about every instrument. While never a trained percussionist, I always gravitated to percussion instruments–tapping, whapping, and slapping out beats on real and improvised instruments whenever the mood struck. I’ve had some wonderful moments over the years connecting with people through the universal language of music, from African drumming in Malawi, to the mesmerizing handpan in nature, Ukulele jamming at airports whenever I travel, and the majestic Swiss Alphorn in the Alps.
I use music as well in my yoga practice, to support sound meditations and guided visualizations. While recorded music has a beautiful potential to reach people and assist a practice, nothing beats the vibrations and energy delivered from live music. My primary instruments for Yoga are Handpans and Singing Bowls.
Turning experiences into coaching guidance to help others
I also have a 22+ years experience in endurance and adventure sports. This includes finishing some of the toughest events on the planet, including the Marathon des Sables (a weeklong stage race through the Moroccan Sahara), the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (a 166KM extremely mountainous run in the Alps), numerous ultra marathons, Ironman Hawaii and other long distance adventures.
In 2010, I branched out from traditional endurance sports to complete the grueling SEALFIT Kokoro Camp, a 50-hour non-stop, no-sleep crucible modeled after the US Navy SEAL’s Hell Week and designed to teach mental toughness and test participant’s limits across many spectrums. After several years of hard work, I earned a unique civilian instructor position in the cadre for this grueling and transformational mental and physical challenge.
I ran a CrossFit gym and functional training center for 5+ years, completing numerous training certifications along the way, and studied the Pose Method® directly from Dr. Nicolas Romanov. I built and ran the Hillseeker® online coaching business for 7+ years and have coached hundreds of runners in workshops in Switzerland and the US. I also enjoy playing jazz trombone, blues harmonica, and African drums, as well as dancing Lindy Hopp.