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In 1995, after a thorough search of the literature and practice of mental training and the great warrior traditions, Ilgner formalized his methods, founded the Desiderata Institute, and began teaching his program full time.

Since then, he has helped hundreds of students sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic (and life) challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking. Ilgner considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort – the “journey” – intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the “destination.” Alumni of his courses now include some of the nation’s most prominent climbers.

Ilgner has run clinics across the USA and Australia. He has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his methods. He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea.

Email Arno to book a course with him (or select a prescheduled course, when available, below).

November 2019

Combat Veteran Course – Nashville, TN

November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019
The Crag, South Nashville, TN, 15115 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite C
Nashville,TN37211United States
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Combat Veteran Course – Austin, TX

November 22, 2019 - November 23, 2019
Crux Climbing Center, TX, 121 Pickle Road #100
Austin,TX78704United States
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December 2019

Combat Veteran Course – Las Vegas, NV

December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019
Origin Climbing & Fitness, NV, 7585 Commercial Way J
Henderson,NV89011United States
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Leaving with a strong sense of community, one of the biggest protective factors for overcoming traumatic stress.

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