Way of Nature
Frequently Used Terms
AllOne Time is the portion of Way of Nature retreats that involves a solo immersion in nature. In most Sacred Passage retreats, the AllOne Time can last from 5-6 nights, however, shorter programs will have shorter periods of AllOne Time. Nature Quest retreats may include 1-3 nights of AllOne Time, while Natural Renewal programs typically have a block of a few hours spent alone, AllOne, in nature. During this time, no electronics are permitted and reading and writing are limited to your notes from Awareness Training or the book Sky Above, Earth Below by John P. Milton. By eliminating the trappings of everyday life, you unleash your true essence, allowing the qi energy you gather from Gaia to permeate your body without being drained. Utilizing both the teachings learned in Awareness Training and the healing qualities of the sacred land upon which you are practicing, you are able to release or transmute emotional and energetic blockages, opening your body and spirit to profound healing and growth. This is truly a unique and beautiful experience, and the very heart of a Way of Nature retreat.
Awareness Training, or Source Awareness Training, is the portion of Way of Nature retreats that comes before the AllOne Time solo. During this training, participants set up camp at our base-camp and learn various energy cultivating practices, meditation, Qi Gong, GaiaFlow, wilderness skills, overtoning, techniques for transmuting emotional and energetic blockages, and more. These teachings, taught directly by John P. Milton or a certified WoN Guide, prepare your mind, body and spirit for the AllOne Time to follow. Most Sacred Passages include 2-3 days of Awareness Training before the AllOne Time solo, followed by 2 more days of Awareness Training, or Reintegration Training, at the end of the retreat.
GaiaFlow is a method unique to Way of Nature, and is commonly practiced during Awareness Training and AllOne Time. Developed by WoN Founder John P. Milton, this free-form moving meditation involves slowing down our movements in order to recognize contractions within our bodies. Upon noticing these contractions, we are then able to consciously release those subtle tensions, attaining new levels of relaxation and sensory refinement, and gliding ever more slowly and smoothly through the movements. Some find it beneficial to mimic the movements of an animal or the elements, deepening their connection to their surroundings. It is a slow, aware, connected and relaxed Dance with Nature!
Reintegration Training takes place in the days following AllOne Time during a Sacred Passage or Nature Quest retreat. It is a continuation of Awareness Training, but with an emphasis on grounding your experience into your everyday life, allowing you to go back to your home, families and work with a renewed sense of awareness and greatly enhanced ability to handle life's challenges.
Sacred Passage is our foundational program at Way of Nature, taking place in a variety of stunningly beautiful, sacred locations worldwide. Typically lasting 12 days, the retreat begins with a travel day, followed by 2-3 days of Source Awareness Training. During this training, participants set up camp at our base-camp and learn various energy cultivating practices, meditation, Qi Gong, GaiaFlow, wilderness skills, overtoning, techniques for transmuting emotional and energetic blockages, and more. These teachings, taught directly by John P. Milton or a certified WoN Guide, prepare your mind, body and spirit for the solo immersion to follow. After Awareness Training, participants venture out to their AllOne Time locations, where they will spend 5-6 nights in nature alone. This is where the magic happens! Without any phones, computers or worries to distract you from the present moment, you eliminate the trappings of everyday life, unleashing your true essence and allowing the qi energy you gather from Gaia to permeate your body without being drained. This opens the portal to profound revelation and healing! After emerging from your AllOne Time, there is adequate time for group sharing and 2 days of Reintegration Training. Reintegration Training is a continuation of Awareness Training, but with an emphasis on grounding your experience into your everyday life, allowing you to go back to your home, families and work with a renewed sense of awareness and greatly enhanced ability to handle life's challenges. Learn more here.
The Primordial Essence of all Life
An awareness of our inextricable connection to the Primordial Essence of all Life
Twelve Principles of Natural Liberation
Developed by Way of Nature Founder, John P. Milton, the 12 Principles are an interfaith path to Liberation, or Spiritual Realization. They represent the core sacred principles that the teachings of the world's most profoundly enlightening, earth-honoring lineages have in common. These 12 Principles organically emerged after many years of devoted study and deep training in traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Dzogchen, Tantra, Vedanta, and several Shamanic paths, as well as from 70 years of habitual spiritual practice and solo immersion in the wilderness. For a list and explanations of the Twelve Guiding Principles, please visit here.