Author Joe Booth Hosts RESILIENCE – Using Lessons from the River to Cope with Addiction (July 28, 5:30 pm)


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One-hour Live Stream event to raise funds for American Whitewater, First Descents, and Team River Runner (RESILIENCE: July 28, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST)

For longtime paddling advocate Joe Booth, there is reassuring certainty that the outdoors has an authentic, transformative power in addiction healing and recovery. To reveal that sway and share its importance, Booth is hosting a live streaming event called RESILIENCE that will feature prominent voices from the paddling and outdoor community as well as behavioral health professionals. The one-hour discussion will highlight stories of resilience and discuss lessons the river and paddling provides for mental health.

“While the free-spirited mentality is part of the appeal and brand DNA for action sports, undertones of alcoholism and drug addiction are also prevalent,” says Booth. “The outdoor industry is starting to take notice, and the conversation of how to tackle this complex issue has begun. With this event we’re bringing the paddling community together to celebrate our sport and the profound lessons the healing power of nature has in the journey to a balanced life.”

This live-stream event coincides with the launch of Booth’s new book “From the River: A Guidebook to Sobriety from a Lifetime of Lessons Paddling” and his addiction recovery platform, which blends the power of the outdoors with online resources to foster addiction healing and recovery.

Following the book’s premise, the RESILIENCE live-stream event, will focus on using lessons from the river—including courage, commitment, humility, resilience, and flow—to cope with mental health issues. It will have an interactive question and answer format for participants.

The RESILIENCE event also serves as a fundraiser for three outdoor nonprofits that Booth has volunteered with over the years. Featured speakers include Team River Run founder Joe Mornini, First Descents founder Brad Ludden, American Whitewater communications director Evan Stafford. Along with donations received during the live-stream, Booth is also donating a dollar from every book sale to these nonprofit organizations.

“American Whitewater, First Descents, and Team River Runner have all taught me how to paddle for a purpose and think beyond my own boat,” says Booth. “These programs and the people they serve have shown me what resilience truly means.”


July 28, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

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About the Founder/Author

Joe Booth is a lifelong whitewater enthusiast who has worked as a kayaking instructor, river guide, safety boater, and nonprofit volunteer across the West. Through his own journey of finding a balanced life free from addiction, he has gained insight into the many challenges people face on and off the water. He is active in the outdoor behavioral health industry, using outdoor experiences as a path to healing. His book, From the River, is written from an insider’s perspective to address the issue of substance abuse among outdoor enthusiasts. Info:

 About the Beneficiaries

American Whitewater is a nonprofit river conservation organization working to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18 – 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions and is a leader in outdoor experiential programming. Team River Runner promotes camaraderie by helping wounded and disabled veterans embrace new challenges and leadership opportunities via adaptive paddling programs. 



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