Allen Pittman

Allen Pittman has dedicated his life to the study of the Human Body as the enlightenment vehicle. He has apprenticed with Wisdom teachers around the world in medicine, martial arts and yoga. His main studies have combined the Warrior and the Healer. His medical education includes working with third degree burn patients to creating therapeutic protocols for brain injured patients. He has been actively involved since the age of eighteen in therapeutic protocols.

For ten years he worked extensively with children and teens in the Waldorf School movement using the work of Bothmer as a touchstone. At present he works with both children and adults in the creation of a new type of physical training which cross references developmental and integrative psychology with physical exercise progressions. This system he calls “The Wisdom of the Body”. The system weaves together individual history, world history and existential initiation into protocol of movement combining animal insights with Rites of Passage.

Allen has been the security coordinator and sometime personal escort/bodyguard for celebrities who participated in The Mythic Journeys Conferences (in conjunction with the Joseph Campbell foundation) and has participated on panels on Youth and Initiation as well as on The Meaning of the Scar. He has been at various times the bodyguard to H.H.the Dalai Lama, Ralph Nader, Andrew Young and Deepak Chopra. He is registered as a Vatican Researcher and has gone through both initiation and transmission of teaching by the Ganden Tipa (the highest official scholar of Tibet in the Yellow Hat or Gelugpa Order) in the highest yoga tantra. He has also been directly initiated by H.H. The Dalai Lama. Allens studies of Christianity began at the age of five as he was groomed as a missionary by the Plymouth Brethren from the ages of 5-18. He is a Chevalier in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and one of the initiates of a Taoist bodyguard system derived from the Book of Changes called Gao Ba-gua which he has practiced for nearly 30 years. Allen also has an essay with the University of Dublin on Hoplite (Greek) shield and spear fighting. His quests have carried him around the world – from the U.S. to India to Asia where he lived with a Chinese teacher, across to South Africa among the Zulu where he has studied stick and shield fighting. Allen now lives – when not traveling -  in the Blue Ridge Mountain of North Georgia where he teaches and continues to research the traditions and esoteric lore of the East and West.

Allen can be reached at apittman@ellijay.com