Having given a few talks in the last couple of months, I have come to realize how much I enjoy being able to inspire people to go visit Iran on one level and hopefully change their perceptions but also how on another level my story and journey seem to resonate with many people from whatever background. We all have dreams and passions, maybe we haven't found them yet but life is all about living your dream and in that journey we face many battles and obstacles and we sometimes do not have the courage to face up to them or we are often scared of pushing bounderies and taking risks.
Upcoming talks and events
12-14 Aug 2016 Head over to London's Adventure Travel Film Festival to see 'Damavand, an Iranian Dream' showing along some other amazing films http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/2016/shorts/
19 October 2016 Alpine Club London lecture. I will be talking about the current scene for climbing, hiking and skiing in Iran.
21-23 October 2016 Mountain Arts Film Festival
Damavand film will be shown over the weekend and I will be around so come and say hi.
8 November 2016 Explorers Connect London Lecture - I will be talking about how climbing changed my life since I was little and touch on the current atmosphere for female climbers and the potential for outdoor pursuits in Iran
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports - Manchester
Where & When
Thursday 12th May 2016
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Wellington Mill Duke Street
Tickets from £5
Shirin Shabestari spent her childhood growing up in Iran. In an often restrictive country, she would explore the mountains to find her sense of freedom. This experience would come to shape her future as she dreamt of bigger adventures.
Today Shirin lives in London with her family and in this talk she will explain just how climbing changed her life when growing up and how its impact is still being felt now that she has her own children. Shirin's passion for the mountains and Iran is now very much part of her life and she has run three expeditions to explore the country's peaks. During the talk, Shirin will show Damavand - An Iranian Dream, a 15 minute film covering her expedition of Iran's highest mountain. She will also be offering advice for climbing in remote and volatile areas such as Iran including travel info, safety and security, and restrictions.
Explorers Connect Bristol
Meet like-minded people. Get inspired. Everyone welcome. Thursday 5th May
6.30pm Doors open.
7.30pm Shirin Shabestari will talk about trekking and climbing in Iran
Growing up Iran, childhood trips to the mountains with her father gave Shirin a taste for adventure and a sense of freedom. Now living in London with a young family, Shirin shares her love for the mountains and culture of Iran through running expeditions to Damavand, Iran’s highest peak.
The talk will include a screening of Damavand – an Iranian Dream, which follows a ski-mountaineering team from the UK, led by Shirin, and examines the pivotal role mountaineering played in her upbringing. Watch a preview clip of Damavand – an Iranian Dream on Vimeo
Venue: The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1HB 0117 921 045
Llanberis Mountain Film Festival 2016
6 March 2016 -
One of the core charitable aims for the Llanberis Film Festival is to promote adventure for EVERYONE regardless of age, sex, race or ability.
Join us for the festival finale to be inspired by adventurers from all walk's of life to show anything is possible. Our inspiring panelists include -
Simon Harmer http://blown-away.org
Rebecca Coles http://www.allbutessentialtravel.com/about/
Terry James http://disabledramblers.co.uk/terry-taylor-2014-heart-of-dartmoor/
Shirin Shebestari http://persianpursuits.com/about-us/
Barbara James http://www.itchingtoclimb.com
This evening will inspire, wow you, and make you want to run out of the event and get straight on an adventure!
Now showing a world first beforehand. A 30min edit of the AMAZING film by Karen Darke called Impossible from Polished Project.
IMPOSSIBLE examines how we psychologically tackle apparently insurmountable challenges through the eyes of some of Britain's most renowned adventurers and athletes. Karen Darke provides the backdrop to the film as she tackles an Ironman challenge alongside Guinness record-breaking Spanish athlete Jose Manuel for his 90th ironman in a year.
This is punctuated with interviews and insights about motivation and the resilience to keep going towards far-reaching goals, with the world's greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, multiple World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, founder of Climbers Against Cancer, John Ellison and renown sports psychiatrist Prof Steve Peters, author of the best-selling book, The Chimp Paradox.
Royal Society of Asian Affairs
17 February 2016 - 6.30 pm
ranian born Shirin Shabestari will describe how climbing changed her life as a girl growing up in Iran and where, in a country where ‘freedom’ can be an unattainable dream for many girls, how climbing and exposure to the mountains made her feel free, shaped her future, her dreams and made her want to explore. Her talk will include a short 15 minute film detailing her climbing exploits as part of her life as it is now.
London & SE Area Meeting and Shirin Shabestari talk & film
The Devereux, 20 Devereux Court, Temple, London, Greater London, WC2R 3J
Wednesday 3 February, starting at 7.00pm.
Growing up Iran, childhood trips to the mountains with her father gave Shirin a taste for adventure and a sense of freedom. Now living in London with a young family, Shirin shares her love for the mountains and culture of Iran through Persian Pursuits, running expeditions to Damavand, Iran’s highest peak. The talk will include a screening of Damavand – an Iranian Dream, which follows a ski-mountaineering team from the UK, led by Shirin, and examines the pivotal role mountaineering played in her upbringing.
Wednesday, January 27th - 8pm, London
Climbing, Iran and me -Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports presents in association with Sherpa Adventure Gear and Osprey packs. Tickets only £5. Raffle with great prizes from Sherpa and Osprey
TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY 2016 - CHAMONIX
Come and join me in Chamonix at 5 pm at the lovely Bighorn Bistro for a talk and viewing of my film 'Damavand - an Iranian Dream'.
Check out the article I wrote about our Damavand ski expedition in April 2015 in this November's issue. Lots of useful tips and info