Roger Holmes grew up in Donegal; a remote and beautiful county in the north west corner of Ireland. It was on sea cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in his home county that Roger first meditated, and immediately felt the benefits. From there, The Paris Method was born and so profound was the change in his life, that he began to write and blog about his experiences. It has been quite the journey…
Roger has often spoken of the magically transformative affect he feels when on, or thinking about, the Atlantic coastline around Donegal. He has surfed those waters, walked by them, and now he uses the raw power of the ocean combined with meditation to guide his ongoing projects.
Just a month after feeling an awakening by meditating near the Atlantic coast, Roger met his now wife Yesi, who was visiting Ireland from New York during thanksgiving 2014. A year later, in Yesi’s native Peru, the couple were engaged while on a trip to Machu Picchu. They were married in Donegal in October 2016, and now live in New York. Their romantic story was covered in the weddings section of The Irish Times.
Before departing for New York, Roger hosted a successful meditation weekend on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. Based in the remote hidden gem of Glencolmcille in south west Donegal, the event included hill walks overlooking the Atlantic, and workshops on meditation, and how it can be used to great purpose in terms of motivation and career.
In the summer of 2016, Roger put his motivation theories and skills to the test, by cycling across the United States alone and unsupported, from San Francisco to New York. The two month long challenge called Trans-Atlantic Cycle raised approx $8000 for the Irish Cancer Society.
Now settled into life in New York City, Roger is working on the delivery of motivation workshops, and a one on one motivation consultancy. He has established a training program called In8Motivation, which focuses on how to look within for the motivation to succeed. He is also planning retreat weekends in the Hamptons area of Long Island. A book recounting his adventures while riding a bicycle across America is also in the pipeline.
As for future adventures, Roger is planning to going to attempt the ‘Lowest to Highest‘ hike in California in the fall of 2017. He will hike solo from the lowest point in the western hemisphere – Badwater in Death Valley – to the highest point in the contiguous United States at Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada. It will be a huge challenge; hiking alone through some of the most remote and difficult terrain in North America, with limited water provisions. He hopes to complete the 135 mile challenge (over three mountain ranges) in 6 just days.
A graduate of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (BSc Applied Computing, 2004) and the University of Ulster (MSC Computing and Design, 2007), Roger has worked in several sectors including IT, Sales, Marketing, Advertising, PR, Digital Communications and Real Estate and has a strong commitment to life-long learning and personal development. He has trained in Transcendental Meditation at Midtown Manhattan, and currently attends a program called ‘Philosophy Works‘ at the School of Practical Philosophy on the upper east side of Manhattan.
Roger Holmes is open to collaborative projects and speaking engagements and can be contacted here