How to figure out your life purpose in 5 minutes

Recommended TED talk of the month – lasts 10 minutes – April 2023

This 10 min 28 seconds TED talk by Adam Leipzig has 232 000 likes on Youtube, and for very good reason too – it is literally life-changing.

I have spent the last week creating a DIY retreat about identifying one’s life purpose.

Why? Because I clearly do not have enough to do, leading online retreats, leading onsite Camino de Santiago walking retreats here in the southwest of France, feeding my cats, dog and horses at relatively regular hours, keeping the house standing, the garden accessible and the paddocks securely fenced, and writing articles, newsletters and blog posts in the minutes during the one or two waking hours that are left.

Actually, that’s not true. I created this online retreat about identifying your life purpose because, since the pandemic, my retreat guests seem to be obsessed with it. Whether they are coming to Walk the Camino, Connect with the Horses, Fast Intermittently or even Binge Read over Christmas, sooner or later, they will bring this burning-a-hole-in-their-stomach-lining subject up.

As in, “I have been searching for my life’s purpose my whole life long! I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. I’ve read all the books, attended all the seminars, completed all the online courses (Really? You completed all the courses?) had counselling, had coaching, had my palm read…and I still don’t know!

That’s very sad.

In desperation, they come on a retreat to walk the Camino (it is an integral part of all my retreats) hoping that they will find their life’s purpose along the way.

When I tell them what I think of this brave endeavour, they are so shocked that they lose the power of speech, for several minutes.

Why? Well, that would be giving away the content of my online retreat, which I am going to resist doing here.

If you are interested in finding out more about my controversial and counter-intuitive approach, send a “Life Purpose” email to and I’ll put you on the waiting list.

Spoiler alert: If you watch this month’s recommended TED talk, you’ll get an idea of where I’m going with this.

If you have not identified your life purpose yet, you can do my online retreat the Hoofbeats to Your Heart’s Calling: Finding Your Life Purpose – guided by Horses.