John P. Milton

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John P. Milton is a meditation and Qigong instructor, author, and environmentalist. He is the founder of Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature.

He pioneered vision questing in contemporary Western culture in the 1940s.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] He received his M.S. in ecology and conservation from the University of Michigan in 1963.[1] 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.


External links[edit]

John P. Milton on Sacred Earth Conference - 1 of 4

John P. Milton on The Value of Solo Time in Nature - 2 of 4

John P. Milton on Sacred Earth Origins & Sacred Sites 3 of 4

John P. Milton on "Ecological Spirituality" - 4 of 4

Sacred Land: Healing Through Immersion in Nature – John Milton at U of Florida

Night in Nature at Tällberg Forum – John P. Milton & Goran Gennvi

John Milton's Bus Stop Meditation

Cultivate Longevity Clip – John P. Milton

Develop Qi Strength and Power – John P. Milton

Cleanse and Build Inner Qi – Jphn P. Milton Get Wild – Nature Quest in Sweden


  1. ^ 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.