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Do you desire to write a memoir about your healing journey, recovery, or personal or spiritual transformation?
Maybe you've tried to write a memoir but your progress stalled and you don't know how to get the mojo working again?
Or did you succeed in getting the basic story down on paper–and you're happy about that–but now you feel as if your book is missing something. You know you can do better if you just had some coaching from an expert?
Hi, I'm Brad Wetzler, "the heart-centered memoir writing coach."
I'm an author, adventure writer, podcaster, and "the heart-centered memoir writing coach."
I help people live more meaningful, purpose-driven lives through memoir writing, mindfulness and self-love, and rediscovering the sacred.
I write and publish my own books and articles about healing, wellness, and adventure. My own memoir, Adventures in Healing, will be published by a major publisher in 2023.
In my spare time, I teach yoga and meditation.
Advance Praise for Brad Wetzler's forthcoming memoir (Spring, 2023) ADVENTURES IN HEALING: My Decade-Long, Round-the-World Quest to Heal Depression and Cope with Trauma
"In the age of toxic masculinity and "mainsplaining;" 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.
"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." Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and others
"I've followed Brad Wetzler's travels around the globe with envy and admiration for more than two decades. From what I've read, Adventures in Healing promises to be his most fascinating journey yet." –Mark Adams, author of Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000 mile journey around the Last Great American Frontier.
"Brad Wetzler is one of the best adventure writers I know. Now he's taking us on one of the biggest adventures of all -- a journey into the deepest reaches of his own life -- and I could not be more eager to see where it leads." –Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, Lance Armstrong's War, Hardball, and others.
What's my story? Click on the image below and watch (and listen to) me read an essay about a transformative event that occurred while traveling in India, a 12-hour mystical experience. Yes, I'm a journalist and a man of science. And (it's always both/and, it seems) the experience happened. It was as real as the laptop I'm typing on.
About Brad Wetzler
Brad is an author, journalist, podcaster, yoga teacher, and memoir writing coach. His forthcoming memoir, ADVENTURES IN HEALING: My Decade-Long Quest to Heal Depression and Cope with Trauma will be published in the spring of 2023.
He has three decades of experience writing and editing at the highest levels of publishing. Brad is dedicated to helping people write and publish books. He specializes in memoir and nonfiction. He brings a professional, results-oriented approach to his work as a writing coach. A certified yoga and mindfulness instructor, Brad is also a compassionate listener and a patient teacher. He will meet you where you are regardless of your writing experience.
In addition to being a writing coach, Brad is a working journalist, travel writer, editor, speaker, and yoga teacher. He is the author of Real Mosquitoes Don't Eat Meat, a collection of his Outside magazine "Wild File" columns. A former senior editor at Outside, Brad’s articles and essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Wired, GQ, Yoga Journal, Men's Journal, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, George, Outside, and other influential publications. His articles have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing series, Outside: 25: The Best of Outside’s First 25 Years, and Traveler’s Tales. Brad is a former contributing editor at Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and George.
Brad began his career as an editor at Outside. There he spent seven years overseeing the “adventure beat,” assigning and editing feature articles by some of America's finest magazine journalists and travel writers. A highlight of his editing career was conceiving, assigning, and editing “Into Thin Air,” by Jon Krakauer, which the author later expanded into the best-selling book of the same title. After seven years on staff at Outside, Brad left the staff to become a freelance magazine journalist and travel writer for Outside and other publications. During a fifteen-year freelance career, Brad traveled to forty-plus countries and published hundreds of articles and essays about exploration, adventure, politics, the environment, culture, and sports.
Adventure, spirituality and religion have long interested Brad. After nearly drowning at age twelve during a father-son canoe trip in Arkansas, Brad became a teenage Born-Again Christian. The Jesus phase didn’t last past high school. He dropped religion and, in college, he studied philosophy and the great writers of the English language. As an adventure-travel writer, Brad would “work fast” to finish his reporting so he could spend time visiting holy sites in the countries he visited. During a 1999 trip to India for Wired magazine, Brad, a practitioner of yoga, traveled to the ancient, holy city of Varanasi. There, he hired a boat to take him to the famous Burning Ghats, where he watched bodies being cremated. That experience, and a visit to an underground Shiva temple on the banks of the Ganges, left him mesmerized and curious to find a way to have faith in a higher power again. However, since Brad believes in science, he found faith to be at times tricky, elusive, and impossible proposition. He never stopped trying to be a believer, even when depression and overmedication with psychiatric medications left him numbed out and house-bound for seven years just as his successes as a writer were growing. After the death of a close friend, Brad had his dark night of the soul. He became determined to wean himself off the medications and recover his life and career.
In 2017, at age 51, Brad completed yoga teacher training course and began teaching vinyasa yoga at a popular Boulder, Colorado, yoga studio.
Brad’s July 2019 essay in Yoga Journal, “Yoga Healed Me after Depression” tells the story of how yoga saved his life and healed his past.
Today, Brad writes for publication, hosts the Enlightened-ish Podcast, coaches nonfiction authors, and teaches yoga on Zoom. He pens a blog called "Writing with Heart." Brad speaks to audiences about health, wellness, and the healing power of yoga.
Brad has appeared in the news media, including ABC News, MSNBC, and NPR. He has been a guest on multiple podcasts.
Brad has taught writing at the College of Santa Fe, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and through his private teaching/coaching website. He has lectured about adventure and writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State University. Brad holds a masters' degree from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
When he isn’t writing, coaching writers, and teaching yoga, Brad travels internationally, teaches yoga and meditation, and spends time hiking with his dog Tommy near his home in Austin, Texas.Read More About Me
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