Hello and Welcome!


I grew up on a working farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Although it is now known as wine country, in the 1960's, my family and our neighbors were subsistence farmers; all of the food I ate came from the land we worked.  At the time, I had no idea how lucky I was.  Many thanks to my parents for removing me from the city at a young age and taking me to this place that connected me to the land.  I am who I am today partly because of that change.

I spent my youth climbing one thing or another, and hiking long, long days.  In 1990, I hiked the state of Oregon on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.  In the woods, I practiced mindfulness, though I did not call it that at the time. 

Shortly after that long walk, I discovered mindfulness formally, and my life took a profoundly different turn.  I left technical writing and turned instead to social work, where I remain to this day.  They say I serve people with disabilities...  Funny, to me it seems that I am the one with the disability.

Around this same time, I discovered fire walking.  There were many trips across the coals, late nights and life time connections.

In 1996, I met an amazing woman at a fire walk, and instantly bonded to her.  This bond led to many more, and to a life lived in community with several families in Columbia County.  We raised children there.

In 2008 I moved to Eugene, Oregon, a small, quirky city that fits me perfectly.  There are woods here, like the ones my parents showed me fifty years ago.  There is also a creative muse in this town, created mostly by the loving, energetic people I am privileged to know here.  I practice my craft here, hike in the woods, and gradually, slowly, I also return to my mindfulness practice.  The loss and return are the path.

Welcome!  I wish for you many changes in life, so many that you forget "who you are." That is how you discover that you are not who you think you are...