Tom Hafer

Tom's Bio:  As a minister and a physical therapist for three decades, Tom Hafer has cultivated a unique approach to our health and wellness through synergizing the physical and the spiritual aspects of our lives. He is the author of six books: Faith & Fitness, Well Planet, Aging Grace, Soul Man, When You Pray Move Your Feet, Ramble On, and Happy & Healthy. The wisdom of healthy living he shares is partly borrowed from dozens of healthy, disability-free 100-year-olds he has had the privilege to work with over the decades. When we care for ourselves to better care for others, our efforts made towards personal fitness become a true spiritual discipline; an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for the community we serve. Tom shares stories of triumph and compassion and uses humor and personal anecdotes from his work, his travels, and from his adventures on the Appalachian Trail. Through practical tips, timeless wisdom, and hands-on participation, Hafer motivates his audiences to intensify their quest for physical and spiritual discipline while strengthening any team. 

 

Speaking topics include: 
Caring for ourselves to better care for others as motivation
Happy & Healthy, beginning with the end in mind
The practical wisdom of healthy centenarians
The Village Effect – Benefits of living in a community

Contact: Speaker@tomhafer.com or text: (239) 246-7623

 

Books

Happy & Healthy

If winning the marathon of life means to cross the finish-line satisfied after a century of living, then consider this to be the well-researched training manual inspired by the many who had won the race already. If you need motivation, then this is your gentle nudge to ensure you also finish happy and healthy. "The most 'alive' people I know are 100-year-olds. While so many of us leverage this moment for a more profitable future moment, they no longer live with the illusion we have forever, so they no longer waste valuable present moments. They are free to live fully, happy and healthy, in the present moment." “As a Physical Therapist, I urge suffering patient to remove excess stress, eat right, and exercise to find the path to health and happiness. As a minister, I ask the suffering to do the same.” "With inner peace, we see that there is no more need for comfort food, or fad diets, or trendy exercise programs, or drugs, or alcohol, or guilt, or shame. In every case, with inner peace, we eat healthy and exercise daily out of gratitude for the happy and healthy life we are living." "Real health and happiness are free, away from the madness of salesman telling us that happiness has a price tag and commercials insisting health is in a pill." "We manifest our own happiness and health. We simply need to be aware it is up to us to manifest our own happiness and health."

Ramble On

With only a backpack of worldly possessions, the distance hiker is acutely aware of need over want. Long silent contemplation through unspoiled woods allows him to reconnect with the Creator - shedding fears, doubts, and anxieties - while his ongoing physical efforts reduce his body weight, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, and other chronic ailments and chemical dependencies. He steps with purpose; He is freed. With this new-found freedom, he allows himself to be open and vulnerable with others. Supportive community forms among hikers who are experiencing the same freedom. Ramble On finds our physical and spiritual center while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Soul Man

Once upon a time, one deeply troubled soul entered the woods in Georgia to hike the Appalachian Trail. Life became too much for him to handle; this would be his last hope to find any peace. Six months and five-million steps later, he emerged from the woods of Maine completely transformed: mind, body, and spirit. His long journey of physical exertion coupled with deep spiritual contemplation for months on end transformed him into the Soul Man. This hiker became a superhero of sorts, possessing the wisdom to heal a restless nation. This is the short story about our superhero, Soul Man.

Aging Grace

Healthy one-hundred-year-olds tell us our Creator nourishes, nudges, and motivates us in the direction of sustainable health of body and spirit from cradle to the grave. We simply need to “be still”, listen, and be guided by their collected wisdom. We can discern God’s gentle voice from all the noise the world makes when we settle the dust we tend to kick-up while we are busy fighting the declining frailties of our aging bodies. From the wisdom of the healthy one-hundred-year-olds, we, too, can experience wellness and peace for a century.

Well Planet

Before becoming a monk, Brother Mark O’Reilly was an extraordinary small town physician. With his guru-like clarity, this one-hundred-year-old sage introduced Fitness as a Spiritual Discipline to his student, Hope. His timeless wisdom is for everyone who has fought the demons of weight-loss and won, then lost. Then gained, then lost. For the sake of our personal health, or neighbor, and the planet, we have never had a timelier message to embrace…once again.

Faith and fitness

(10th Anniversary Edition) Our efforts made towards personal fitness can become a true spiritual discipline, an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for life. When we learn to care for ourselves to better care for others, we simplify and intensify our quest towards wellness while enhancing our ability to serve others. This is the spiritual journey of Faith & Fitness.