Josip Markus is the proud son of Croatian immigrants. He was raised by his father, a political refugee from former Yugoslavia who endured hardship and sacrifice to follow his heart in the hopes of creating a better life. From an early age, Josip walked between two worlds—the old world of his father and the new world that he was born into. Being raised bicultural and bilingual taught him to see the world through an expanded lens, inspiring his curiosity, opening his mind, and fueling his adventurous spirit.
In 2018, after more than two decades of working internationally in the financial services and technology industries, Josip made the decision to step off the path he thought he was supposed to follow and embarked on completely transforming every facet of his life—from the inside out—in order to show up in the world as his most powerful, authentic self. He founded Walk Your Path, a life & leadership coaching business, and shifted the focus of his life to being of service to the world through coaching, teaching, philanthropy, and sharing his gifts.
Josip is an iPEC-certified professional coach with a deep commitment to lifelong learning and self-development. He holds a Certificate in Happiness Studies through the Happiness Studies Academy, has completed Level 1 & 2 training with ISTA (International School of Temple Art), and has done intensive programs on compassionate communications and leadership, grief recovery, and more.
His academic achievements include an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in East Asian Studies from John Carroll University. He is a native English speaker, is fluent in Croatian and Japanese, conversational in Spanish, and can get by with a little Portuguese and Italian.
Josip’s spiritual path includes working closely with plant medicines, studying indigenous spiritual and healing traditions, and various formal and informal mindfulness practices such as meditation and barefoot hiking. He is deeply committed to helping people reconnect with the beauty and magic that is all around us, and with the joy of being in balance with themselves, others, and the Earth.