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144: Paul Coleman Regenpreneur Story - Let Nature’s Beauty Inspire our Entrepreneurial Dreams

personal development regenpreneur startup story Feb 14, 2024
Paul Coleman - Seeds of Tao

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Join us for an inspiring conversation with Paul Coleman, a regenerative entrepreneur who shares his remarkable journey of exploration, environmental action, and entrepreneurship. In this episode, Paul takes us from floating the Amazon to walking across the Americas, and ultimately building a regenerative livelihood in Chile. He beautifully illustrates how nature's beauty has shaped his entrepreneurial dreams and influenced his approach to environmental conservation.

Through captivating stories and personal experiences, Paul reminds us of the importance of envisioning our goals, making plans, and taking small steps towards creating meaningful change in the world. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or simply seeking inspiration, this episode will leave you motivated to embrace the beauty of nature and pursue your dreams.

To connect with Paul Coleman and learn more about his work, visit or follow Paul & Konomi’s Garden on Facebook.

Don't miss this uplifting episode that highlights the power of nature's beauty in driving entrepreneurial endeavors. Tune in now!

Guest Bio: Paul Coleman

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey? Meet Paul, also known as the Earthwalker. He has traversed over 47,500 kilometers around the globe, dedicating his life to planting trees and inspiring others to preserve our precious natural environment.

Imagine walking alongside Paul as he shares his incredible story. Born in the UK, he now resides in La Junta, a serene village nestled in Chilean Patagonia. Together with his wife, Konomi, they have transformed a once degraded cattle pasture into an organic farm and sanctuary for wildlife. Their home, built with earth and turf, harmonizes with the surrounding nature.

Paul's life is a tapestry of captivating tales. From his upbringing in Manchester to his adventures at sea, his years as a private chauffeur, and his awe-inspiring expeditions down the Amazon, each experience has deepened his connection with the world we inhabit.

At Seeds of Tao, we invite you to join Paul on this remarkable journey. Explore the different chapters of his life, filled with adventure, wisdom, and profound insights. Allow yourself to be inspired by the beauty of nature and join the movement towards a more regenerative and sustainable future.

Together, let's embrace the transformative power of nature and unlock our potential to create positive change in the world.

Show Notes:

Editing Notes:

  • What got you up this morning?

    Been doing a bit of traveling, so what got me up this morning was your podcast

  • Tell us more about the work you’re doing in Chile

    We have a small farm of a couple of acres that we have restored with lots of trees. Recently, we attended a seed exchange in our remote region, and to our surprise, all our seeds were gone within just 10 minutes.

  • What got you started with this farm in Chile?

    In 2009, we started our farm and eventually formed a community Coop. As a community, we collaborated to advance our individual work, supporting each other by putting up fences, promoting each other's products, and sharing resources. Our role within the coop is as a supplier of seeds.

  • Tell us about your journey building your regenerative livelihood

    As a child, Paul Coleman grew up in the polluted and crowded city of Manchester. However, he had a dream of floating down the Amazon. In 1978, he moved to Canada and worked as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, driving Rolls Royces. It was during his time in Iceland that he had a transformative experience. Drinking water from a stream and tasting its purity made him wonder why that land had been kept so pristine. He discovered that stories played a vital role in protecting and valuing the natural environment. This realization inspired Paul to become a storyteller, dedicated to safeguarding the world's magical places.

    Motivated by his newfound purpose, Paul quit his job and moved to the Amazon, where he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a guide in the rainforest. However, financial constraints forced him to return to Canada briefly. It was during this time that he learned about the upcoming UN Earth Summit in 1990. As he journeyed from Canada to South America, people started handing him trees to plant. These small tree plantings grew exponentially, with more and more individuals joining the cause. From a few trees to hundreds and eventually thousands, people gathered together to make a positive impact on the planet.

    Paul's story exemplifies the power of nature's beauty and the significance of taking small steps towards creating change. His journey from Manchester to the Amazon and his experiences along the way have shaped his perspective on entrepreneurship and environmental conservation. By recognizing the beauty around us, envisioning our goals, and taking one step at a time, we can make a difference in the world. Paul's story serves as an inspiration for regenerative entrepreneurs and encourages us all to appreciate and protect the natural wonders of our planet.

    To learn more about Paul Coleman and his work, visit or follow Paul & Konomi’s Garden on Facebook.

  • After all the walking…

    For two years, I walked to the UN Earth Summit, and for another 15 years, I journeyed through various environments. During this time, I met my wife in Japan and promised to find her the most beautiful place in the world. We traveled together to Chile, a place I had never been to before. Although initially barren, it held the potential for beauty. We dedicated ourselves to transforming the land and planted over a thousand trees, regenerating it into a stunning landscape.

  • How did the beauty in the landscapes you visited inspire the local people you visited on your travels?

    When people recognize the beauty around them, they often feel the need to venture somewhere else and then return. This return journey allows them to appreciate their own place much more. People value beauty, but sometimes they feel the need to travel long distances to find it. It's important to note that nature's beauty provides both spiritual and physical benefits to us.

  • How has nature’s beauty helped you to accomplish your dreams?

    I led an expedition down the Amazon in 1989 and put out an ad for artists to join me on this transformative journey. I believed that experiencing the natural world would have a profound impact on their lives, and it did just that for each person who joined us. Through this expedition, I realized the power of sharing the beauty I had found in the Amazon and overcame my fear of public speaking. Nature's beauty not only inspires us to accomplish our dreams but also encourages us to act and engage with others.

    Nature's beauty has the ability to change and influence everything in our lives. It motivates us to take small steps towards making a positive impact on the world. By recognizing the incredible potential within ourselves and embracing the vision, we can build a plan and embark on a journey of accomplishment. It is important to stay rejuvenated along the way, avoiding burnout and staying focused on the simple milestones that lead us to success.

    To stay connected and learn more about my experiences and work, visit or follow Paul & Konomi's Garden on Facebook.

  • What would you hope regenerative entrepreneurs would take from you story?

    We have the ability to do the most incredible things in the world. However, it's important to remember that these incredible things happen step-by-step. As Paul Coleman learned from walking around the world, "The journey of 10,000 miles begins with a single step." To accomplish our dreams, we need to recognize where we are and concentrate on the simple milestones along the way. It is crucial to have a vision, build a plan, and take the next step, and then the next. Along the journey, it's important to keep ourselves rejuvenated to avoid burnout and getting lost.

    By embracing this mindset, we can make a meaningful impact and accomplish extraordinary feats. Let's take it one step at a time, staying focused on our goals, and enjoying the journey towards achieving our dreams.

  • How can we stay in touch with you?

How Nature Inspires Us to Achieve Our Dreams and Build Regenerative Enterprises

Nature has long been a source of inspiration for humanity, serving as a wellspring of creativity, innovation, and motivation. Its profound beauty and intricate design captivate our senses and ignite our imagination, propelling us to dream big and pursue our aspirations. For those striving to build regenerative enterprises, nature's influence goes beyond mere inspiration – it offers invaluable benefits that shape our mindset, guide our actions, and enhance our chances of success.

The Power of Nature's Beauty

One of the most profound ways in which nature inspires us is through its inherent beauty. From breathtaking landscapes to delicate ecosystems, the natural world encompasses an array of awe-inspiring sights and sounds that stir our emotions and ignite our inner creativity. When we immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature, our minds become open to new possibilities, and our imagination takes flight.

For individuals building regenerative enterprises, this connection to nature's beauty can be transformative. It serves as a constant reminder of the importance of their work, reinforcing their commitment to creating positive change in the world. Whether it's the sight of a pristine forest, the sound of a flowing river, or the vibrant colors of a sunrise, nature's beauty fuels their entrepreneurial spirit and provides a guiding light on their journey.

Finding Meaning in Environmental Action

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, nature also holds deep significance in terms of environmental conservation and sustainability. When we witness the wonders of the natural world, we become acutely aware of its fragility and the urgent need to protect it. This sense of responsibility drives individuals building regenerative enterprises to make a tangible difference in environmental action.

Nature's beauty serves as a catalyst for action, motivating entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions that promote ecological regeneration, reduce waste, and restore balance to ecosystems. They recognize that by aligning their enterprises with nature's principles, they can create a positive impact while nurturing their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Cultivating a Mindset of Regeneration

Building regenerative enterprises requires a unique mindset, one that embraces the concept of regeneration – the idea that our actions can restore and replenish rather than deplete. Nature serves as the ultimate teacher in this regard, demonstrating the cyclical processes of growth, renewal, and interconnectedness.

Entrepreneurs inspired by nature understand the importance of working in harmony with natural systems. They seek to create regenerative business models that not only minimize harm but actively contribute to the restoration and regeneration of the environment. By emulating nature's patterns and principles, they harness its inherent resilience and adaptability, setting the stage for sustainable long-term success.

Benefits of Nature for Regenerative Entrepreneurs

Nature provides regenerative entrepreneurs with a wealth of benefits that enhance their journey and increase their chances of success. Here are a few key advantages nature offers:

1. Enhanced Creativity

Spending time in nature stimulates our creativity and enhances our problem-solving abilities. The tranquility and serenity of natural environments provide the ideal backdrop for generating innovative ideas and finding solutions to complex challenges. Regenerative entrepreneurs leverage this creative boost to develop groundbreaking strategies and design products or services that align with nature's principles.

2. Emotional Well-being and Resilience

Nature has a profound impact on our emotional well-being, reducing stress, anxiety, and burnout. For entrepreneurs facing the pressures of building a business, nature serves as a sanctuary – a place to recharge, reflect, and gain perspective. Regular interactions with natural spaces foster emotional resilience, enabling entrepreneurs to navigate obstacles with a clear and focused mindset.

3. Inspiration for Regenerative Design

Nature's intricate design and efficient systems inspire regenerative entrepreneurs to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their enterprises. From product design to supply chain management, they draw inspiration from nature's ability to minimize waste, optimize resources, and create symbiotic relationships. By emulating these principles, they create businesses that operate in harmony with the environment, minimizing their ecological footprint and maximizing positive impact.

4. Connection to a Larger Purpose

Nature connects us to something bigger than ourselves – a sense of awe and wonder that transcends our individual existence. For regenerative entrepreneurs, this connection fosters a deep sense of purpose and meaning in their work. They recognize that their endeavors are part of a broader movement to create a regenerative and sustainable future for all. This connection fuels their passion, resilience, and determination to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams.

Embracing Nature's Gift

As we embark on the journey of building regenerative enterprises, let us not forget the profound influence that nature holds in shaping our dreams and actions. By immersing ourselves in nature's beauty, finding meaning in environmental action, and embracing a mindset of regeneration, we can harness its transformative power and create a positive impact on the world.

Let us celebrate nature as the ultimate source of inspiration, guidance, and resilience. As regenerative entrepreneurs, let us cherish its gifts and use them as tools to achieve our dreams, build regenerative enterprises, and leave a lasting legacy of harmony between humanity and the natural world.