Eli Shostak

Eli Shostak
Lecturer of Adventure Education

Expertise and Interests

  • Mindful leadership 
  • Environmental awareness
  • Adventure writing  
  • Ultra-running
  • Sea-kayaking 
  • Canyoneering 
  • Rock climbing 
  • Fly fishing 
  • Backpacking 


  • M.S., Experiential Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1999
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995


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About Eli Shostak

From boardrooms and classrooms to mountains, canyons, deserts and beaches, Eli Shostak has spent the past 25 years facilitating experientially based educational programs for a variety of audiences. Eli’s belief that adventure takes many forms has motivated him to continually craft journeys in which participants are encouraged to practice and develop their skills, explore and expand their self-awareness and train their bodies and brains to support who they want to be in this life. Eli always uses his background in experiential education, mindfulness and leadership to deliver innovative curriculum that inspire exploration and self-expression.

Notable Accomplishments

  • 137.1 weeks in the field leading courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and contributing to NOLS Canyon program through curriculum development and scouting/completing new canyon routes.
  • Enhancement of NOLS’ sense of place curriculum. Published a cover story in the Newsletter of the National Outdoor Leadership School: A Field Guide to Sensing Places.
  • Design and deliver custom mindfulness leadership workshops for Salesforce.com and PYXERA Global.
  • Adding mindfulness instruction to the leadership curriculum and expanding backcountry course areas for Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education Department.

Professional Connections

  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Deer Hill Expeditions
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • Canyon Country Discovery Center (Formerly The Four Corners School of Outdoor Education)
  • Blackfeather Wilderness Adventures