I want to do extraordinary things,
and help others do them.
I want to feel what the epic heroes felt
Even when they were scared.
Welcome to Rogue Priest
I’m Drew, your philosopher-adventurer. I’m on a journey to put everything I believe to the test. My goal is to meet the gods. If they don’t exist, then the adventure is its own goal.
Here’s how it happened.
At age 14 I began to follow the gods of nature. I never expected I would become their priest.
At 17 I wanted to learn to fly planes. My dad convinced me to study philosophy instead. He worked at a coal plant and wanted to his kids get educated. He’s a smart guy.
At 20 I had my first adventure. I led a field study of possible stone circles on an island in Lake Michigan. For seven weeks we camped in a swamp, blistered in the sun, and shivered in the rain. We found no stone circles. I learned how to lead, and I knew my life would be one of adventure.
At 22 I founded Temple of the River in Minneapolis. The man I looked up to as my spiritual teacher betrayed me. It was the most crushing experience of my life, but with the encouragement of my students I continued to run the Temple successfully.
In 2006 I lived with hunter gatherers. My purpose was to learn to exist in the wild. Everything I thought I knew about nature was radically redefined. I discovered that it is possible to live comfortably with nothing.
I began to question the value of a sedentary life. The freedom and challenge of the open trail called to me.
In 2010, walking on a broken ankle, I went into retreat and rewrote the heart of my teachings. The purpose of spirituality is to challenge and transform the individual. Humans are capable of extraordinary things. I want to do those extraordinary things, and help others do them. I want to feel what the epic heroes felt. Life is a story worth telling.
In 2011 I walked away from everything I knew to put my ideas to the test.
I like it when you write. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and 91% of the time I’ll respond promptly.
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