Brad Kahland began his study with John P. Milton in 2002, joining a Sacred Passage in Baja California Mexico. Since that first Passage 20 years ago, Brad has completed many Passages and the 28-Day Solo Awareness Training in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Crestone, Colorado where he currently resides. Having also completed a 8-year Advanced Awareness Training with John, Brad guides Sacred Passage programs, as well as provides teaching and logistical support for other Way of Nature programs. Brad designs, organizes, and guides multi-day Wilderness River Rafting programs and Whale Encounter Expeditions for Way of Nature. He enacts his own wilderness meditation solos each year. Brad has enjoyed a close relationship with Nature since growing up in the Ozark Mountains of rural Arkansas, and values the trainings with John which have brought an incalculable depth and breadth to his path of relationship with inner and outer Nature and the communion of the two. He is happiest when able to share this joyful path of mystery with others.
In addition to studying with John, Brad has been blessed with receiving teachings from several Native American teachers from Lakota, Ojibwe, and Hopi lineages.
Along with his work guiding Sacred Passage programs, Brad has worked as a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger, a Sea Kayak Guide in Monterey Bay and Tomales Bay, California, an Adventure Guide in Vietnam, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., and a naturalist in Boulder, Colorado. Brad's professional work also includes work with wilderness therapy programs in Colorado for adolescents and their families, serving variously as a Field Instructor, Logistics Coordinator, Education Director, and Family Counselor. Through this extensive outdoor guiding experience, he also maintains a Wilderness First Responder medical certification. Brad was also a support team member of the Extreme Ice Survey, a global project documenting the rapid retreat of the world's glaciers.