John McKinney, The Trailmaster, Calls On Us To Take a Spiritual Approach to the Care of Nature in his New Video: “Letter from John to the Hikers”


The Trail Master – 18/4/18

On Earth Day April 22 and every day, “Begin the restoration of nature by restoring yourself,” urges author John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, in his new video Letter from John to the Hikers. “Give up blame. Set aside anger. Give thanks for God’s many blessings, for friends and family, and for the natural world around you.”

While he was on an accidental pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain, John encountered Greek monks who shared their “Deep Ecology,” an Orthodox Christian view of the care of the creation that calls on us to take personal responsibility for our attitudes and actions toward nature.

Moved by the monk’s message, John wrote “Letter from John to the Hikers,” one of the standout chapters in his new book: Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece.  See Hiking the Holy Mountain Book Trailer.

Adapted from the book, the short video makes creative use of stunning images to inspire viewers to: “Make nature the stuff of your prayers. Bring the tall mountain, roaring river, and singing bird into the sanctuary of your heart.”

Order Hiking the Holy Mountain from Amazon. Learn more about this glorious (and sometimes hilarious) true story and read the full text of “Letter from John to the Hikers” at

About the Author: John McKinney, aka The Trailmaster, is the author of 30 books about hiking including Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes and 1600 Miles on the California Coastal Trail. A passionate advocate for hiking and our need to reconnect with nature, John shares his expertise on radio, TV, online, and as a public speaker.For more info about books and talks by John McKinney or interview requests, visit and contact, 805-845-7102.