Welcome. I dedicate my life to supporting my students and clients as they learn to uncover their unique capacity to soften the sharp edges of life’s difficulties and discover the unique mental, emotional, and physical capacities inviting them to sense life’s essential vitality. They find more of their unique and essential ease, joy, and clarity as they meet the challenges and accept the joys of a full life (see the clinical results of research done in my classrooms and read and listen to my students’ comments about their experiences). If you are interested, please review the diversity of classes and programs provided here: Services
Complementing Your Goals and Intentions
My teaching, coaching, and consulting are skilled, professional complements to your intentions and goals. I am a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor certified by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2007. The faculty there including Jon Kabat-Zinn have been my most influential teachers. My teaching continues to be deeply influenced by many other teachers, clinicians, and writers including Charlotte Joko Beck, Wim Hof, Werner Erhard, Meister Eckhart, Tony Robbins, David Whyte, John O’Donohue, William James, Dr. Loren Fishman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. My way of teaching adaptive and therapeutic movement and mindful yoga have been most heavily influenced by my many years of teaching and training in MBSR and also through many years of study with Aadil Pahkaliva, and senior teachers in the schools of Anusara, Iyengar and Kripalu yoga.
My Professional and Results-Oriented Approach
I was an early member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and an initial member of the Society for Participatory Medicine as I supported the therapeutic aspects of the practices I share with students. I am a registered teacher at the highest level of training and experience (ERYT-500) with the Yoga Alliance. I also help train and mentor yoga instructors as continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance. From 2014 through 2017 I taught mindfulness-based courses and helped conduct research as affiliate faculty at Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology. I was honored to help train Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructors with my teacher training colleagues at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School when it was the hub of mindfulness-based trainings in the mid-2000’s. While I follow national trends and training modes mostly now I spend time here in our local communities in direct contact with those I serve. I now have over 10,000 hours of in-classroom teaching experience in all these modalities.
My collaborations in clinical research regarding mindfulness practices are often published and presented at scientific conferences. Beyond this training and professional experience I find my decade of government service, my decade of corporate work from entry level to executive, and two Peace Corps tours in Asia and Latin America have prepared me well for working with folks from many walks of life and cultures who enter my programs. I welcome you as well.
Life-Coaching and Organizational Training & Coaching
My Resilience & Life Coaching and my Organizational Trainings and Coaching will support you or your group/organization toward your intentions for clarity, direction, health and well-being. We can arrange private or group sessions here, via distance learning (phone or Skype) or I can travel to work with you on-site. Contact me to set up a courtesy consultation.