I come from a hard-working family in Chicago, though it's been a long time since I called the Midwest home. I’ve lived coast to coast in the States, as well as in Europe & Morocco. I've also traveled to over fifty countries - sometimes to work with spiritual teachers & indigenous leaders, other times to hike through magical forests and climb snowy mountains, and always to observe the world from wildly new perspectives.
I have formally studied at New York University, in Aix-en-Provence France, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I received my graduate degree. Upon graduation, I was invited to teach in the UNLV Honors College, where I am currently an Associate Professor teaching multi-disciplinary seminars. You can find out more about me as a writer & a professor by visiting my sister site here.
Because I've encountered a wide range of relationships, lifestyles, and beliefs in both my personal & professional lives, I've been shaped into an adaptable, open-minded human being, and have seen which truths hold steady for individuals regardless of culture, status, or religious/philosophical imprinting. This awareness allows me to provide clients with a wealth of resources and wisdom gained not only from scholarly research, but also from an array of deeply lived experiences. I feel as if I've crammed at least ten lifetimes worth of living into this life so far. Not to mention, I'm an old, old soul.
My background in spiritual guidance and counseling evolved over decades of intensive shamanic work and focused learning from intuitive therapists, respected spiritual teachers, and indigenous medicine carriers who shared their wisdom, lineages, and direct transmissions with me. I am eternally grateful for the 12-year relationship I've had with my primary healer/teacher (who refuses to acknowledge he is a teacher at all.) He has played a vital role in shaping the way I hold space for both my students and my clients, and has greatly influenced my own guidance style - one that places integrity, alignment, safety, and love at the center. I am also indebted to the Sufi master with whom I studied in France, who first activated my innermost heart. And to the Yawanawa family of Amazonian Brazil for sharing their pure, un-unadulterated, Earth medicines with me. Recently, I also had the privilege of learning from the greatly-understated Dr. John Beaulieu, a brilliant and powerful soul. And, finally, I am grateful beyond words for my most reverent teacher: my Beloved. Our relationship is a continual, profound, sacred dance...and the most transformative spiritual practice I've ever had.
"We are all just walking each other home."