Kedar S. Brown

Rites of Passage Council
(828) 231-4290

Kedar is a licensed psychotherapist, healer, ceremonialist, intuitive, and teacher of psychological and spiritual awareness. Over the past thirty years, he has developed an effective and unique approach to emotional and spiritual healing by braiding together his depth of clinical knowledge of experiential psychotherapies with more nature-based, indigenous wisdom teachings and healing methods from around the world.

“I have known Kedar for a long time as a man of spirit with remarkable devotion to healing. He tends to his duty with royalty and ferocious commitment. As a man who hears the call of Earth and Nature, Kedar extends his hand to those in quest of change and transformation and is always willing to lead them into and guide them through a deep sense of communion with themselves. Having worked with him in a number of rituals and ceremonies and watched carefully the way he gives of himself to spirit, I have come to respect his priestly devotion to the sacred in Nature and in every human. His work deserves respect and reverence."
- Malidoma Somé, PhD, World-Renowned Author, Teacher, Shaman, & Initiated Tribal Elder from Burkina Faso, West Africa

Kedar is the founder and director of Rites of Passage Council, an organization offering nature-based treatment and professional training programs. Kedar is know for his ability to blend many creative and expressive forms of depth psychology and therapy, with more ancient methods of healing through vision quest ceremonies, sweat lodge ceremonies, rites of passage experiences and personalized ceremonies and rituals in his work with individuals, couples, groups, and communities. Kedar has previously worked with Four Circles Recovery Center and SUWS of the Carolinas as a senior therapist and program manager providing therapy for teens and young adults in wilderness-based treatment programs for addiction and substance abuse treatment.

Kedar began his work in 1985. In 1994, he apprenticed with Steven Foster and Meredith Little in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the form and process of the vision quest ceremony and eco-psychology. For the past twelve years, he also has apprenticed with Malidoma Somé, PhD, initiated elder and shaman of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa, learning indigenous methods of healing emotional trauma and relationship challenges through various forms of ritual processes and intuitive divination readings. Kedar has also had the honor and privilege to apprentice with Cherokee elder and medicine person, Will Rockingbear for a number of years.

Kedar is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist. Kedar’s healing retreats and professional training programs are offered both nationally and internationally. His previous work has taken him across the US and into Ireland, West Africa, Australia, Scotland, and Hawaii.

Kedar lives in Asheville, North Carolina.