I believe in SOUL.
We all come from stardust (or something even more amazing). Life is about learning to hear that "still, small voice" deep down inside - perhaps buried deep inside - that knows what's truest and best for us, and learning to trust and follow it, no matter what.
I believe in STORY.
People - just like places, plants, cultures and cosmoses - are stories. And our stories are works of art, myth and mystery. How you invent and embody your story - and the meaning you make about it - defines the life you will lead and the world you will leave behind.
I believe in PLACE.
The revolution will not be televised. The realest + most immediate context is in the air we breathe, the ground we walk, the waters we drink, and the food we eat. Right here. Right now. Nowhere else to be. Radical locality.
I believe in BODY.
Everything that is, has and ever will happen to us happens here. In this body. A sacred, deeply mysterious complex worthy of wonder, love and absolute surrender. A magical world - and doorway to worlds - to em-body.
I believe in COMMUNITY.
Much of our soulful brilliance emerges in service to community, to village. Not everyone wants to live in community, and I welcome that. Embodying and inspiring lives of soul, place and story reawakens the old-time belonging that knows how to welcome others.
I always knew I was different.
At age 8 I was told I had ADHD and made to swallow stimulants three times a day. It would take me 25 years to fully realize I was never disordered, I was wild, and that was actually a profoundly good thing, not a bad thing.
I grew up amidst massive privilege outside New York City, to divorced parents in a town where appearances were everything and the soul was unheard of. Though I was cared for and deeply loved, I slowly learned to mistrust myself, fear scarcity, conform to (or avoid) authority and organize my inner world around disappointment, if not outright depression and quiet, corporate acquiescence.
Through a major career change, a healing crisis in my late 20s and bouts with depression, misuse of alcohol and pornography, and debilitating inner criticism, I came into contact with the very real ways I was destroying myself and this one, precious life in which I had already glimpsed so much potential. Somehow, through the long, numb periods of quiet desperation and self-sabotage, I held on to a tiny thread of my original essence, my soul.
By the grace of meeting some extraordinary people, the guidance of several powerful dreams, and the help of a few life-changing teachers, I slowly but earnestly committed and re-committed (and re-committed again) to a life in service of that deep, gradually emerging essence that has been with me all along.
My particular journey was woven across a broad curriculum of somatic, relational, spiritual, artistic and commercial modes of inquiry and expression. As a body-based practitioner and leader, I danced in the 5Rhythms and Authentic Movement lineages for a decade, and for several years led (and continue to lead) “movement-based men’s groups” and workshops. Private study with Andrew Marcus and his "School of Disappearance" changed permanently the way I understand my body and the space around me.
In my explorations in nature and soul, I studied with Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute, the Wilderness Awareness School’s "Anake Outdoor School," naturalist training, and for 6 years with Martín Prechtel’s amazing Bolad’s Kitchen. This journey grew me up, grounded my wild heart, and directed my soul toward the numinous. the natural, and the “more-than-human.” Roger Strachan, my therapist and teacher, certified me in his Center for Creative Choice "Self-Soul-Spirit" facilitation model, and continues to mentor me in living life "soul-directed."
As an endlessly curious student of the relational I have practiced Non-violent Communication (NVC) for many years along with the transformational Authentic Relating models Circling, TGroup and Matrix Leadership.
In business, I received returns on a number of private investments, and harvested deep learnings from 4 years leadership training at GE and 2 years helping launch Bear Naked granola coast-to-coast.
I received a degree in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.
Meditation, grief work, dream tracking and daily movement and writing practice have been constant touchstones that have opened doors and illuminated wider lanes of exploration and belonging.
Today, I facilitate soul-directed outcomes for high-performing individuals, groups and organizations with a longing to meaningfully contribute to the awakening planetary moment. I am also a farmer, kitchen fermenter, songwriter and private pilot. I gratefully live on a farmstead in the Colorado mountains.