Scott Kiloby is a noted author, sought-after speaker, and passionate expert on the subject of mindfulness and authentic spiritual awakening as it is taught in the East. He is the author of seven books on the subject and has traveled the world extensively giving lectures, workshops, and intensives. He is the co-developer of a new model of addiction recovery that is based on mindfulness/inquiry and unconditional love. This new model discards the shame, stigma, judgment and punishment that has been a part of addiction treatment for 50 years. Scott is the co-founder of the Kiloby Center for Recovery in Palm Springs, California, the first addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma Intensive Outpatient Program in the U.S. to focus primarily on mindfulness. Scott was also a co-founder of the Natural Rest House in La Quinta, California, the first primarily mindfulness-based detox and residential center in the U.S. Both facilities focus on Scott’s new model of recovery. Scott and his team are currently working on expanding his program to other states.
Scott is also the inventor of Mindful Pain Management, an app that acts as an interface between physicians and chronic pain patients to help patients more mindfully treat chronic pain. This app is a step towards helping to solve the heroin epidemic by helping patients treat pain without becoming addicted to painkillers (addiction to painkillers is one of the leading causes of heroin addiction).
Scott is also the founder of two mindfulness/inquiry training programs: Living Kiloby Inquiries Community, a training program and group of trained facilitators who work with people in over 12 different countries, and the Natural Rest Advanced Mindfulness (NRAM) training program which focuses on the new and latest developments in Scott’s work. Scott’s training programs train therapists, counselors, mindfulness teachers, coaches and lay people in very simple, direct, and effective mindfulness methods.
Scott Kiloby grew up in the small town of Mt. Vernon, Indiana. He was an athlete and musician/songwriter while growing up. As a child who felt isolated and uncomfortable in his own skin as a result of bullying when he was in grade school, Scott turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope. For 20 years, Scott suffered from extreme forms of addiction to painkillers, alcohol, crack, meth, marijuana, sex, food, caffeine, gambling and a host of other substances and activities. When he first got clean and sober, he worked extensively in a 12 step program After a few years in the program. Scott began to venture out beyond the 12 step world because he found that many of his addictive cravings and self-esteem issues were not being addressed through his work in the program, and his trauma was practically ignored in the program, leading him to a highly increased risk of relapse. His mission was to find a better way to recover.
After leaving the 12 step program, Scott began to study with various spiritual enlightenment teachers who focused on mindfulness and present moment awareness. Through his study and experiential practice, Scott experienced a deeply transformative awakening experience in 2007. Very organically, people began to flock to Scott, seeing him as a spiritual teacher who actually “walked the talk.” He built a big following as a spiritual teacher. This led him to see that money was not the most important thing in his life. So he left his six-figure job as an attorney to focus on helping people find this incredible freedom that he discovered. His mindfulness/inquiry practice continues to deepen his experience of living peacefully in the present moment. Scott cites mindfulness and non-dual awakening as the keys to the deepest transformations that a person can experience in this life.
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“Scott Kiloby is probably the most congruent and clear man of the highest integrity I have ever known. He is the same whether home relaxing or giving talks to groups of people. His pajama self is the same as his public self. He walks and lives his talk, fully, continuing to open and go though his own deepening daily. And he honestly could care less if I said these things about him or not, which is also quite refreshing but I wanted to say them anyway.” – Marina Bajszar, former Lead Facilitator at the Kiloby Center