Brian Stafford, MD, MPH: Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the wild depths of the psyche, and to serve as an agent of cultural renewal in the field of medicine. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should and was meant to be.
He graduated from the Tulane University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, completed his Triple Board program (Peds/Psych/Child Psych) at the University of Kentucky. He completed post-doctoral training in cultural psychiatry at the University of Cape Town and Early Childhood Psychiatry at Tulane where he stayed and went on start the Peds/Psych/Child Psych program and to become the Child Psychiatry Training Director and helped establish seven infant mental health clinics across the state. After Hurricane Katrina, he returned to his home state of Colorado, started four perinatal and co-located mental health clinics, and eventually received the Anschutz Family Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has published more than 30 articles, received more than 7 million dollars in research and service grants, has presented all over the world, and has received many institutional, state, and national awards.
After a period of wandering and his own vision fast, he retrained as an eco-therapist, depth psychotherapist, wilderness guide, and retreat facilitator and now guides individuals and groups in wild locales around the globe to the place they most long and fear to go – the numinous depths of their inner wilderness – their soul – the place of deepest medicine for themselves, their profession, and the Earth. Brian makes his home in Ojai, California.
Rebecca Wildbear, MS
Rebecca is a river and soul guide, compassionately helping people tune into the mysteries that live within the wild Earth community, Dreamtime, and their own wild Nature. She gently ushers people to the underground river of their greater story, so they may surrender to their soul’s deepest longing and embrace their sacred gifts, live a life of creative service, and rediscover their deep belonging to the Earth community. Rebecca has a Masters in counseling from Johns Hopkins and has worked as a therapist, as a wilderness therapist and a wilderness guide since 1997, Rebecca utilizes her training and experience with yoga, meditation, Hakomi, and somatic psychotherapy to support individuals in discovering and manifesting their soul gifts. Rebecca resides in Durango, Colorado.
Glenn Siegel, M.D. has been facilitating personal transformation through the privileged position of his profession as a psychiatrist for over three decades. Now retired from psychiatric practice, Glenn has retrained as a nature-based guide for those courageous enough to risk an encounter with their soul gifts and the psycho-spiritual upheaval that may result. It is only through a journey that deepest healing can occur and our most profound contributions to both humanity and the larger Earth community can be realized.
Glenn graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and trained in adult psychiatry at UCLA. After several years in private practice, he received further training in psychotherapy, completing a four-year fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. He subsequently co-developed a unique treatment model based on Authenticity as the healing force of optimal health and expansion from internal prisons.
Although educated and trained traditionally, Glenn has more recently become aware of the limitations of a medical system based on disease, diagnosis, and intervention at the expense of one’s inner resources and innate wholeness, which are best accessed through continued immersion in natural living systems. Glenn has been a wanderer, trekker, climber, musician, and poet, expanding the conversation beyond human confines to embrace the language of the wilderness. Glenn resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Wendy Robertson Fyfe, MA, is a Renaissance woman; a nature-based soul-centric guide and mentor, poet, writer, previously Associate Lecturer at The Open University in Scotland, psychosynthesis psychotherapist, and photographer. She previously worked as a Cultural Historian, researching the development and professionalism of/allies between medicine and law from the 19th Century in England with regard to redefining women’s bodies and social roles. In1995, the Wild, in the form of an Autumn Spruce along the Findhorn River, Scotland, invited her to sing. In 2001 she first offered ‘The Walk’ in East Lothian, filmed by BBC Scotland. Her listening eye has since led her to all sorts of awe-inspiring and wondrous places around the globe. She is passionate about, and committed to, this historic moment of ‘The Great Turning’ and through her journeying into and over lands experiences deeply Earth’s urgency for us to dive down to Holy roots; to our inheritance in Imagination and Intelligence of Earth’s Dreaming claiming our original mythopoetic voices…. returning with our unique and wild notes in service of Earth Community. Wendy lives in Dunbar, Scotland, the birthplace of John Muir.
Adrienne Panter, PsyD, LPC is a therapist, river and travel guide, artist and maker. She finds inspiration guiding others towards their innately wild, creative and fully authentic selves through the mirrors of wild nature, travel, the arts, and service to the greater circle of life. She is a grounded, passionate professional with a diverse skillset and contagious enthusiasm for adventure and self discovery in inspiring natural places. She graduated from Humboldt State University with degrees in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Music Education, and is an alumni of NOLS and Outward Bound. Adrienne completed graduate school and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from University of the Rockies. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Durango and Pagosa Springs, CO and is completing post doctoral requirements for independent licensure as a psychologist. Although she is educated in traditional psychological theories and practice, Adrienne has found that immersive encounters in nature tend to produce greater and more rapid impacts on personal growth, healing, and self-empowerment than conventional therapeutic interventions.