About us

Sacred World Explorations is a small publishing company. We publish books about adventure travel, the environment, spirituality, food and wine, sacredness, and far flung journeys around the world. Guiding and consulting available upon request.

Our destination is, in a sense, sacred, with the belief that certain voyages out, might become voyages in. Think of it as a sort of geo-poetic quest; the glint of an outer light reflected, or of an inner light revealed. Through our memory maps, we will navigate the sacred world, creating a web of connections from everywhere to everywhere.

Peripatetic traveler, Rob ‘Tor’ Torkildson, is a lifelong seeker and explorer who has worked and lived around the world for the last 40 years. Rob has tramped through the Amazon, over the Himalaya, and across the Sahara in his quest to experience sacred landscapes in over 120 countries. He has worked as a diver, commercial fisherman, ship navigator, customs and immigration expert, dog musher, writer and publisher, a fixer in Africa, and as a vintner and owner of The Wild Hare Winery in San’t Alfio, Sicily. Rob has published three travel memoirs, a novella, and in such publications as the Wandering Series-Japan, the Kyoto Journal, Beat Scene, Ripcord Adventure Journal, Canadian Mountain Journal, the American Alpine Journal, and has won two SOLAS Awards-Gold Medal with Travelers Tales. He has been interviewed on numerous radio podcasts and in numerous magazines. Rob has degrees in Asian History, Psychology and a certificate in Communication Arts. He is an international Fellow of the Explorers Club, speaker for The Explorers Bureau, has carried the Explorers Museum Pennant on an expedition, and was a member of the Midgard Viking Expedition. Rob is working on a book about the outdoorsman Calvin Rutstrum.

Caroline ‘Siffy’ Torkildson is a geographer, cartographer, dark sky advocate, life-long star gazer, author, editor, and book designer. She has worked for two science museums, an international mapping firm, for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and taught an introduction to the history of women explorers at Southern Oregon College, as well as astronomy at Eisenhower Observatory. She has published a travel guide book, as well as a travel-memoir and the soon to be published ‘My Home is where my Trunk is: Traveling Toward my Dreams with Annie Smith Peck.’ She has carried the Explorers Museum Pennant on an expedition to Peru to follow in the footsteps of the explorer Annie Smith Peck. Caroline has published in Ripcord Adventure Journal, Panorama: the Journal of Intelligent Travel, won a Traveler’s Tales Solas Award, and was nominated for the Pushcart award. Caroline has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from Humboldt State University in California, as well as a M.S. in geographic information science from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She was the keynote speaker at the Minnesota GIS/LIS consortium/National States Geographic Information Council, and a speaker for the Explorers Bureau. In her search for sacred landscapes and dark skies, Caroline has explored the Himalaya, Sahara, Europe, Alaska, the Andes, and lived in Madagascar where she served in the Peace Corps. She is the former president of the Society of Woman Geographers, and a board member of Starry Skies North, a chapter of DarkSky International.