Brad Wetzler

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Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, podcaster, memoir writing instructor,  and yoga and mindfulness teacher. He writes books and articles and hosts a podcast about adventure, healing, emotional wellness, faith, and spirituality.

His memoir, Into the Soul of the World, will be published in 2023.

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Into the Soul of the World

Brad Wetzler’s memoir, Into the Soul of the World, will be published by the Hachette Book Group in the spring of 2023.

Into the Soul of the World is a memoir about my decade-long, round-the-world journey to cope with addiction and heal from trauma. In a riveting adventure story, I take readers to Palestine, Greenland, the Amazon, India, and other remote places. I also invite readers onto my yoga mat and meditation cushion, inside psychiatrist’s and therapist’s offices, and deep inside my own psyche.

I face my inner demons with persistence and courage. By the book’s end, I present to readers a roadmap for healing that may help anyone facing trauma and addiction.

The overarching message of the book is hopeful: Yes, we can heal.

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Enlightened-ish with Brad Wetzler Podcast

Enlightened-ish is a podcast about about adventure, storytelling, and how we can live with more courage and authenticity. In addition to great stories from abroad and home, Enlightened-ish features truths to live by and inspiration from the world's great wisdom traditions. Enlightened-ish can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other podcast outlets.

Episode 7: Living Our Authentic, True Self

Episode 7: Living Our Authentic, True Self

In this episode, Brad Wetzler revisits Siddhartha, the classic spiritual novel by Hermann Hesse, and discusses the concepts of "true self" and "authenticity." What do these words actually mean? He asks, how do we locate our true self? And how do we live from our true self? What is the cost of living in our true self?

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Episode 6: Yoga, Lovingkindness Meditation, and Finding Faith in Ourselves

Episode 6: Yoga, Lovingkindness Meditation, and Finding Faith in Ourselves

In this episode, author, journalist, yoga & mindfulness teacher, and seeker Brad Wetzler unpacks and shares the life lessons he learned on a pilgrimage to Mount Arunachala, the great Shiva mountain in southern India.

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Episode 5: Landscape of the Heart

Episode 5: Landscape of the Heart

Brad tells the story of a recent road trip across New Mexico and Colorado--and into the core of his own heart. What is the heart? What does it mean to drop into the heart? Is all this heart talk even real except to poets and romantics? Brad answers these questions, and he comes to a surprising conclusion about what enlightenment actually is. Hint: Cows do it.

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Advance Praise for Brad Wetzler's

ADVENTURES IN HEALING: My Decade-Long, Round-the-World Quest to Overcome Drug Addiction and Cope with Trauma

In the age of toxic masculinity and “mansplaining;” in a country in which most violent crimes are committed by men, Brad Wetzler’s Adventures in Healing offers a powerful, profound, and deeply personal road map for actively cultivating a different kind of manhood. As a young journalist in the 90s, Wetzler had it all: an amazing, enviable job as a travel and adventure journalist that sent him all over the world on assignments; a home in beautiful Santa Fe; a loving marriage. At the height of magazine journalism, Wetzler’s passport was littered with stamps, and he edited and wrote features for high-profile magazines like the New York Times, George, National Geographic, and many others. He commissioned Jon Krakauer’s piece about the lost climbers of Mt. Everest that later became the international bestselling book and hit movie, Into Thin Air.

But then the demons and trauma from his childhood caught up with him, and he sunk into a depression that increasing amounts of prescription drugs could not solve, and soon found himself divorced, essentially house-bound, and physically unhealthy.

He hit rock bottom when a friend – who was on a similar cocktail of medications — died by suicide. Adventures in Healing traces his road to recovery, from a checkpoint in Palestine to the cave of a 100-year-old yogi in India. He kicks the drugs, finds yoga, moves to Colorado, and learns — through the love of friends, animals, and a hard-won spiritual awakening that can’t be put into any particular dogmatic box — to be a man that is not celebrated often enough. A man of wisdom, kindness, insight, tenderness, and sensitivity.

Through energetic and lively prose, Wetzler takes us inside the heart and mind of a man who refuses to conform to society’s restrictive notion of manhood, and instead presents a new path for men to walk. This is not an easy path, Wetzler is clear, but we’ve never needed it more.

– Emily Rapp Black

author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Sanctuary.

–Hampton Sides Author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and others

As a far-flung journalist and celebrated editor, Brad Wetzler has led the very definition of an adventurous life, but in ADVENTURES IN HEALING he'll give an unflinching account of his interior adventures. Wetzler’s soulful quest, by turns anguished and transcendent, will resonate with readers around the world who struggle to find purpose and a sense of the holy in the ambient jitter of the digital age.

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