When I was a kid, I accepted as literal the spiritual testament that God was in all things. I pictured little pieces of God within Pennsylvania shale, nighttime crickets, red-tail hawks and twisting beech branches. A child of the 60s, I saw the world at that time atomized by environmental degradation, social unrest and unjust war. With all the pieces of God torn asunder, I believed then as I do now in my calling to mend the tears in the whole-cloth fabric of life, to render the transcendent immanent.
In my studies in natural history and ecology, I’ve found the inspiration and wisdom that informs both my spiritual discipline and professional practice. It’s all about connecting; my words and images convey a deeply experienced relation to nature within and around me; my teaching, advising and mentoring link my students to ideas, books, places, each other, and to their deeper selves; my information systems expertise, consulting skills and board service weave institutions and projects into the warp and weft of community, ecology and technology.
Connecting seemingly isolated elements in nature and culture creates vivid tapestries of learning, healing, hope and sustenance. In both personal and professional capacities, I strive to bring each of the following organizing principles to bear in fulfilling my mission:
I have been involved in environmental education for nearly thirty-five years, with coursework including natural history, place-based writing, environmental literature, urban ecology and ecopsychology. I have a special interest in the American nature writing tradition and how it addresses the human-nature relationship. I'm currently developing three separate manuscripts: 'The Ecology of Paradox: Disturbance and Restoration in Land and Soul,' 'Thinking Like A Prairie,' and 'Radical Slowness.'
Since 1998 I have served on the editorial board of Whole Terrain, Antioch University New England's journal of reflective environmental practice, and is has been Managing Director since 2005. I co-coordinate several nature writer/artist gatherings including the Glen Brook Retreat in Marlborough, NH and Feeding the Writer Retreat at the NEED Center in Truro, MA on Cape Cod. Over the years, I have led or helped organize signature events such as the Community, Nature & Spirit Conference, the Monadnock Literary and Arts Festival, the Communicating Science Weekend, as well as theScience Soiree and MuseTopia performance/presentation series.
Over the years I have either co-founded or served on the board of a number of organizations that exist at the crossroads of youth, environment, education, creativity and restoration, including The Phoenix School, King County World Conservation Corps, Seattle Youth Garden Works, Compassionate Connections, Monadnock Farm and Community Connection and Friends of Public Art.