Bud Wilson

Advisory Board | Wilderness Guide

Bud has 40 years of experience as a social and environmental entrepreneur, leadership trainer, educator, business, non-profit and community leader. After graduating from Harvard University he spent 10 years as Director of Conferences for Snowmass Village in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He supported programs and presentations by Margaret Mead, R. Buckminster Fuller, Jean Houston, George Leonard, Swami Muktananda, among many others. He is a Qi Gong instructor, awareness trainer, writer, documentary producer, and Wilderness Guide. 

For more than 2 decades Bud studied and apprenticed with John P. Milton’s Sacred Passage and The Way of Nature programs, ultimately serving as the Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership. During this time, he was the coordinator for the first World Nature Quest, engaging 35 groups in 17 countries and 5 continents.

As the Founder and Director of Deep Nature Journeys, he has created an experiential nature-based program designed to quiet the mind and open the heart to enhance creativity, leadership capacity, compassion, and community engagement. He leads awareness training adventures in pristine wilderness settings throughout the southwestern United States. His goal is to help participants experience an awakening of their full potential, reduce stress, improve the quality of their relationships, enhance their effectiveness in life and increase their reverence for the natural world.

Bud has held executive positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He co-designed international symposia for John Denver’s Windstar Foundation entitled: “Choices for the Future”. He designed and coordinated the first World Nature Quest for 35 groups in 17 countries and has conducted programs for the University of Colorado, Naropa University, Rotary International’s Preserve Planet Earth Campaign, Bioneers Salon, Newfield Network, Life Force Project, Shambhala, Sacred Passage & The Way of Nature and The Pachamama Alliance “Awakening the Dreamer”. 

Bud has also served on the Board of Directors for Threshold, the Center for International Environmental Renewal he and he was a Board Member for eight years with Ballet West and Dance Aspen. He has also been a Leadership Aspen participant and is an Aspen Institute Executive Seminars Graduate.

Specialties: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary Manager, Communications Expert, Trainer, Sales, Cause Related Marketing, Writing, Leadership Development, Educational Design, Awareness Training, and Wilderness Guiding.