Way of Nature Staff, North America
Brad Kahland began his study with John P. Milton in 2002, joining a Sacred Passage in Baja California. Since that first Passage, Brad has completed the 28-Day Solo Awareness Training in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Crestone, Colorado. Brad has also been engaged in John's Advanced Awareness Training. 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 he feels that the trainings with John 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 has also obtained 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.
Autumn Brooke Grinath
Autumn Brooke Grinath has been working for Way of Nature since Sept 2013, contributing her photography, editing, graphic design, writing, and website management skills to the creation and maintenance of this website and Way of Nature related marketing and fund-raising campaigns. She was born and raised in the rolling hills of rural Maryland, where she developed a love for nature at a young age through family camping trips, hiking, and playing in the creek and nearby woods. This deep appreciation and passion for the natural world has helped her cultivate a grounded presence and playful personality that creatively carries over into her work. Many of the nature photographs of Colorado you see on this website are examples of her photography.
Since 2007, she has been a Photography Editor for renowned Nature Photographer Kevin Fleming, based out of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Through her work with Kevin, she has had the opportunity to work on five coffee table photography books and travel to Hong Kong and China twice to supervise printing. In 2011, Autumn moved to the beautiful, remote mountain town of Crestone, Colorado. Here, she found an abundance of inspiration in the land's many natural gifts, taking the time to focus on her own photography and exploration of Spirit. It was in that quest to harmonize inner and outer nature that she inevitably met John. It wasn't long before they developed a friendship and Autumn began contributing her talents to Way of Nature.
She has recently moved to Boulder, CO, with hopes to share her gifts with the thriving community and launch a career that merges her strengths in a creative and well-intentioned environment.
Biography coming soon!
Jennifer B. Menke
Biography coming soon!