TEDx Byron Bay – Dr Gregory P Smith: Forest Hermit to Professor, it’s Never Too Late to Change + ABC News Australia | The Rainforest Hermit who stepped Out of the Woods (1) + (2)

Dr Gregory P Smith (foto tedxbyronbay.au)

Dr Gregory P Smith – Out of the Woods (foto The Leader)

Dr Gregory P Smith: Forest Hermit to Professor, it’s Never Too Late to Change

Tedx Byron Bay (foto tedxbyronbay.au)

Gepubliceerd 2 aug. 2021

TEDx Talks

Completely Disillusioned with a Society that rejected him, Gregory P Smith walked into a Rainforest near Byron Bay and became a Hermit for 10 years. He exited the Forest, on the Brink of Death and still Haunted by Personal Demons, to eventually gain a PhD, become a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Law, and Arts and become an Ambassador for Australia’s ‘Forgotten Children’.

This incredible Story is a Personal Testament to ‘Never giving up’. Dr Gregory P Smith is a Survivor, an Academic, and a Social Researcher. Homeless for much of his Adult Life living as a Recluse in a Forest near Byron Bay, he now has a PhD in Sociology and teaches at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia. In 2018 he published his Memoir ‘Out of the Forest’ with Penguin Random House and has been the Subject of two Australian Documentaries.

His profoundly touching and uplifting Memoir is at once a unique Insight into how far off track a Life can go and a powerful Reminder that we can all find our way back. Gregory is heavily involved in advocating for the Vulnerable and Disadvantaged and continues to be the Patron of a number of Charity Organisations while also consulting with several Specialist Services and Agencies. Currently, Dr Smith is engaged as a Consultant and Program Evaluator in the Premiers Priority Project to Reduce Rough Sleeping in New South Wales (NSW), Australia by 50% in 2025 and Zero by 2030.

This Talk was given at a TEDx Event using the TED Conference Format but Independently Organized by a Local Community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


The Rainforest Hermit who stepped Out of the Woods (1)

Dr Gregory P Smith (foto ABC.net.au)

Published 3 sep. 2018

ABC News In depth

Beetles, Worms and Lizards | Gregory Smith ate just about anything To Stay Alive in the Forest.

From a Homeless Hermit to a University Lecturer, he’s proven you can overcome anything in your Search for a Safe Place. He shares his Story with Australian Story.

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The Rainforest Hermit who stepped Out of the Woods (2)

Out of the Woods | Australian Story (foto YouTube)

Published 16 dec. 2019

ABC News In depth

From a Homeless Alcoholic living In the Wild to Academic Success, this is the next Chapter in the inspiring Comeback Story of Forest Dweller Gregory Smith.

When he left School at 14, dogged by the Crushing Assessment from Teachers that he was “Functioning at the Lower Level of the Dull Range”, Gregory had already endured a Violent Upbringing and months in an Orphanage.

At 35, struggling with a Lifetime of Trauma, he opted to Escape Into the Wild with No Desire to Return to the Society that had failed him so dismally.
In an incredible Turnaround, he had an eventual Personal Restoration and emerged to gain an Undergraduate Degree and then a PhD at Southern Cross University.
This Powerful Story explores how Gregory is using his Voice to help others doing it rough.

You can watch the original 2018 Documentary here https://bit.ly/2PPfY03

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