As the sun set on an October evening in Lone Tree, a golden glow was cast upon Lorene Jervik as she walked silently with headphones on at the Bluffs Regional Park and Trail.
Beside her was …
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Beside her was her husband, Jeff Jervik, and four others walking quietly with headphones on, participating in a guided hike led by Adam Passarelli, the founder of the newly launched company, inspiraHike.
“We provide guided inspirational hikes to get you outside and really connecting with what's most important in your life,” Passarelli said.
Participants were given headphones to listen to as they quietly walked on the trail, hearing peaceful music curated by Passarelli while taking in the beauty of the park.
As the hikers traveled behind him, Passarelli occasionally spoke into a microphone connected to the headphones’ audio, sharing words of encouragement and inspiration.
“It was beautiful,” said Lorene Jervik, a Highlands Ranch resident.
She learned about the event from Passarelli, who used to work with her husband.
“This is clearly a dream that he has had for quite some time,” Jeff Jervik said, explaining he wanted to support Passarelli.
At the end of the hiking experience, Passarelli asked each participant to share a word that came to them.
“I said peaceful, but, you know, it’s also — there’s so much more than that,” Jeff Jervik said. “My mind was just starting to fill up with things, and such good things.”
The view from Bluffs Regional Park and Trail in Lone Tree on Oct. 21.
Bringing a sense of peace and inspiration to others is one of Passarelli’s favorite parts of inspiraHike, a company he had thought about creating for a while.
The majority of his professional life has been working in the wellness industry, he said, explaining he previously worked as the chief operating officer for WellBiz Brands, a health and wellness franchise.
“Our communities, we’re facing more and more mental health challenges every day,” he said. “I wanted to start inspiraHike because we’re all on the go these days, so stressed, that there really isn’t time anymore to just kind of think about and appreciate some of the things that are kind of most important in life.”
Having always loved the outdoors and a desire to start his own business, Passarelli officially launched inspiraHike in October.
“I think what really ties it together is being together with folks and then this sense of community that comes along with it,” he said about the hikes. “Going on that experience with others kind of enhances the feelings, and it’s a really cool way to do it.”
Participants in the Oct. 21 inspiraHike event at Bluffs Regional Park and Trail in Lone Tree on Oct. 21.
Establishing the business was a fun, challenging and rewarding process, he said, expressing gratitude for the help of his friends and family, especially his wife, Sarah.
“It feels great,” he said. “It is so cool to see a brand and a vision start to come to life.”
Passarelli has lived in Lone Tree with his wife and two children for six years, he said. His family loves the area and has often visited the Bluffs Regional Park and Trail, making it the perfect place to launch his business.
Currently, Passarelli leads all of the hikes, a role he gains a lot from.
“I love leading the hikes,” he said, explaining he enjoys going on the journey with others and getting their feedback. “It’s a very emotional and, kind of, connecting process that I really love.”
Adam Passarelli preparing to begin an evening hike at Bluffs Regional Park and Trail on Oct. 21.
Although the inspiraHike events are currently only taking place in Lone Tree, Passarelli would love to see inspireHike grow and expand to more Colorado locations, such as mountain towns and resorts.
“Every community has a beautiful space to some degree that you could do this in,” he said. “I want to make sure we continue to focus on improving the mental health and wellness of all of our individual communities that we operate in.”
He said inspiraHike plans to expand to some new locations in the metro Denver area next year, and the company has some plans in store for activities this winter as well.
A portion of the proceeds inspiraHike raises goes to PawsCO, an animal rescue nonprofit in Colorado.
“As we created a business, I always knew I wanted the business to give back in some form or fashion, you know, not just for profit, but to be able to do good in the world,” he said. “We’ve always wanted to support rescue dogs. We've had two rescue dogs. It's extremely important to us.”
Participants take in the view at Bluffs Regional Park and Trail on Oct. 21.
As the company name implies, Passarelli said he wants inspiraHike to help people feel inspired by the end of the hike.
“I wanted people to feel something that they didn’t quite feel when they came into the evening,” he said. “I think it can bring a lot of good to the world and help people’s mental health and well being.”
Those interested in learning more about inspiraHike and the schedule for hikes can visit inspiraHike.com.
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