Sacred Passage Retreat
Chiricahua Mountain Wilderness, AZ USA
April 10 - 21, 2021
Located in Southeast Arizona near the borders of Mexico and New Mexico, the isolated Chiricahua Mountains have played host to spiritual pilgrimage and Vision Quests for thousands of years. Accompanied by red-tailed hawks and golden eagles soaring among peaks at eight and nine thousand foot elevations, a Sacred Passage retreat here offers you a unique opportunity to explore your intrinsic spiritual connection to all of Nature, and to the ultimate Source of all Being.
The Chiricahuas are one of Way of Nature’s favorite base camps and Nature Quest/Sacred Passage destinations. Lush old growth canyon forests and cool streams adorn the landscape where an ancient volcano erupted 27 million years ago. Today this remote wilderness is home to golden eagles, trogons, tiny coos deer and even racoon-like coatimundis. These lovely mountains combine the amazingly rich plant communities of the Rockies from the north, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts to the west and east, and the subtropical Sierra Madre Mountains to the south, creating an incredibly unique, diverse ecosystem.
Sacred Passage in the Chiricahuas has provided support for many people seeking greater creativity & clarity, renewed energy and a pathway for their life purpose to open. Many report a feeling of liberation from suffering, leading to a more peaceful, fulfilling and tranquil life. John has discovered stone meditation seats throughout this ancient vision quest valley, which he will teach you to use during your Awareness Training. Numerous individuals have accomplished profound spiritual openings with the help of these primordial shamanic sites.
"I feel deeply changed by the experience in Arizona... I feel as though many more knowings have been awakened in me that have yet to manifest themselves. I feel connected to a wise intuition deep inside me in a way I've never known before. But the main thing I have noticed since the sacred passage has been a feeling of fearlessness - not recklessness or arrogance - but just feeling very confident and aware and centered and relaxed about how life is going."
~Heather Purcell, Sacred Passage, Chiricahua Mountain Wilderness, Arizona
Surrounded by the transporting beauty of your environment, John P. Milton provides an Awareness Training to prepare you for your solitary AllOne time, and to help you reintegrate upon your return. The core of these teachings are based on the WoN Twelve Principles, which are essentialized spiritual teachings inspired by many Earth-connected lineages.
During your awareness training and wilderness solo, known as AllOne time, you will learn powerful and practical ways to transmute old patterns and habits. With no cell phones, reading, writing or distractions during your solo, you have a unique and rare opportunity to be in an environment that supports you in your quest for deeply relaxed Presence and opening to Source Awareness. It's just you and the glorious gifts of contemplative and energy practices, surrounded by the magnificence of Nature. Participants emerge from this experience refreshed with a radiant and joyful new vitality to meet life’s challenges.
Some of the practices you will learn are: Meditation, Qi Gong, GaiaFlow, wilderness skills, sound healing, techniques for transforming blocked emotions, the Eleven Directions Ceremony, and many more!
Our private base camp cabin, constructed of local stone, is located next to the Chiricahua Wilderness Area. It provides support during the Awareness Training days with a basic kitchen, refrigeration, shower and camping facilities. A lovely stream flows through our retreat center, making stream bathing possible, and deep pine forests surround us - filled with ideal locations for our outdoor Awareness Training prior to your AllOne time solo.
Your safety and well-being is of our utmost concern. For Covid-19 protocols we will be 100% outdoors, provide hand sanitizer and soap & water, wear face coverings when in groups, and social distance. During the AllOne solo camp time, a uniquely designed "buddy system" with daily checkpoints allows you, your fellow Passagers, and your Guides to verify the safety of everyone involved, while still honoring your solitude. In addition, a base camp is located nearby, and a whistle call brings an adjoining Passager or Guide into your site within a few minutes.
Special travel note: We are closely monitoring the changing covid-19 situation... Since we reserve the potential action of possibly limiting participant arrival to "travel by car" only, we ask you to delay purchasing airline tickets until you have confirmation from us that both air travel and car travel are acceptable. Thank you.
(exact days of training and AllOne time are subject to change due to weather and preparedness of participants)
April 10: Arrival/Travel Day (Please plan on arriving sometime in the early afternoon)
April 11 - 13: Awareness Training to prepare you for your AllOne Time
April 13 - 19: AllOne Time solo at chosen site in Chiricahua Mountain Wilderness
April 19 - 20: Reintegration Training
April 21: Departure/Travel Day
Chiricahua Mountain Wilderness, Arizona (about 2 hours outside of Tucson, Arizona, the nearest airport). You will be camping during the entire retreat.
Teacher: John P. Milton
Assistant Guide: Brad Kahland
Cost: $2,250.00 USD (Price only includes Passage fees)
"Sky Above, Earth Below: Spiritual Practice in Nature" by John P. Milton
Optional Support Book:
"Cultivating Natural Liberation: Teachings on reconnecting with the 3 Natures, vol 1" by John P. Milton
Both books can be helpful during the Passage.
Special Travel Note:
We are closely monitoring the changing covid-19 situation. Since we reserve the potential action of possibly limiting participant arrival to "travel by car" only, we ask you to delay purchasing airline tickets until you have confirmation from us that both air travel and car travel are acceptable.
For questions about travel, or any questions about this Sacred Passage program, please email Senior Guide Brad Kahland at Thank you.
View WoN's Cancellation and Return Policy and ask about modifications due to covid-19.
If you have a large group, please contact us directly to explore the options available to you. In many cases, we may be able to arrange a custom retreat that meets the requirements needed to accommodate your group. If you are a business owner who would like to learn more about group retreats for your employees, and the benefits that reflect on your business as a result of such a program, please visit the Organizational and Leadership Development section of this website.
If you choose to trust, the natural world will bring you profound peace, self-respect and revelation.