About David

David Clark -Guide in the Wild

From an early age I have been obsessed with the question of meaning – call me “existentially precocious”.

Actually, my earliest memory is from growing up on Padre Island off the Texas Gulf Coast.  I remember I was looking up at the vast array of the stars glittering above the swaying palm trees on a balmy summer evening, and thinking: what is the meaning of it all?  My life has been a search to address these fundamental human questions:

“Who am I?  Why am I here? What is the meaning and purpose of my life?”

My experience as a priest, spiritual counselor, wilderness guide, vision quest guide, college teacher of philosophy and comparative religion, meditator, and hospice chaplain, is that without intentionally and purposely answering these questions (which because they are dynamic will change and grow), no matter what we may accomplish in life our life will be less than it could be.  At our deepest core when we take the space and time to touch in to our deepest core, we will feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

My experience confirms that “the unexamined life is not worth living”

David’s Experience and Certifications

These include:

  • Episcopal priest for over a decade in service to mentoring people to discover their profound spiritual connection with the more-than-human world.
  • Buddhist meditation guide and mentor
  • University professor in eco-spirituality and wilderness spirituality.
  • Hospice chaplain
  • MA in wilderness therapy and eco-psychology
  • Wilderness therapy guide
  • Vision Quest guide (Certified: The School of Lost Borders)
  • Rites of Passage guide
  • Wilderness Guide Certification (NOLS, Wilderness Education Association, and Outdoor Leadership Training Seminars)
  • Colorado River Guide Certification
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification (NOLS)

My Mission

Wild Spirit Passages offers soul-centered Vision Quests, Eco-Spirituality mentoring backpacking retreats, and transformational experiences in the wild focusing on living a passionate and adventurous life.

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