John P. Milton
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He pioneered vision questing in contemporary Western culture in the 1940s. In 1945, at the time he began his sacred solo retreats in the wilderness, vision quests were unknown in the Americas outside Native American culture. He received his M.S. in ecology and conservation from the University of Michigan in 1963. Milton is also known for organizing and leading dozens of expeditions into some of the wildest areas left on Earth, starting in his late teens. A founding father of the environmental movement in the early 1960s, he was a professor of environmental studies and a Woodrow Wilson Center scholar at the Smithsonian Institution. He was one of the first ecologists on staff at the White House as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, and was a founding member of the environmental organization Friends of the Earth.
He is a frequent lecturer and workshop leader, and sought-after meditation and Qi Gong teacher. Thousands of people have sought his instruction since he began teaching in the 1950s. He has developed unique practices for uniting inner and outer nature through training in Buddhist, Taoist, Vedantic, Tantric, and Native American spiritual traditions, and he incorporates T'ai chi and yoga in his work. The book Discovering Beautiful: On The Road To Somewhere includes several sections detailing a student's apprenticeship with John.
His books and articles focus on inner development, Qi Gong and ecology. He recently published the book Sky Above, Earth Below. Devotees of Milton say his programs inspire Earth stewardship by cultivating natural wisdom and an open, loving heart in the wild.
John Milton lives in Tucson, Arizona.
- Milton, John P., Sky Above Earth Below: Study Guide, Sentient Publications, Boulder CO, ISBN 1-59181-028-0.
- Wilson, Bud and Jennifer Lennon, John P. Milton, Sacred Passages Teachers, retrieved March 2007.
John P. Milton on Sacred Earth Conference - 1 of 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0oLX-Hf4Dw&feature=related
John P. Milton on The Value of Solo Time in Nature - 2 of 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTJeO9wT9sg
John P. Milton on Sacred Earth Origins & Sacred Sites 3 of 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOQMTraMdTY&feature=related
John P. Milton on "Ecological Spirituality" - 4 of 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdnncQiKGpc
Sacred Land: Healing Through Immersion in Nature – John Milton at U of Florida http://www.ufspiritualityandhealth.org/assets/wmv/miltonStream.wmv
Night in Nature at Tällberg Forum – John P. Milton & Goran Gennvi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_UkDTdt8cU
John Milton's Bus Stop Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlFLOfwjHVI&feature=related
Cultivate Longevity Clip – John P. Milton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYErCchAyVI&feature=related
Develop Qi Strength and Power – John P. Milton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMrIjLvPTLA&feature=related
Cleanse and Build Inner Qi – Jphn P. Milton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ7DrhdKE8U&feature=related Get Wild – Nature Quest in Sweden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZKYS0I6Ux0
- Milton, John P., Sky Above, Earth Below, Sounds True, Boulder CO, 1999, ISBN 1-59181-028-0
Future environments of North America: Transformation of a Continent. (1966). Eds: F. Fraser Darling & John P. Milton Garden City, NY: The Natural History Press.
The Careless Technology: Ecology and International Development (1969). Eds. Farvar, M. T., Milton, J. P. Washington D.C.: The Conservation Foundation and The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Washington Univ.
Milton, John P. 1969. Nameless Valleys, Shining Mountains: the Record of an Expedition into the Vanishing Wilderness of Alaska's Brooks Range. New York: Walker & Co.
Dasman, R. F., Milton, J. P., & Freeman, P. H. (1973). Ecological Principles for Economic Development. NY: John Wiley & Sons.