I am a nature-fueled writer fond of mountains, composting, and living our most audacious, authentic selves.
I’m working on a first collection of poems, tentatively titled “Mud, Stars, and Other Memories.” (If you are a visionary earth-lover and poetry-aficionado with some surplus cash and would like to invest to help the work reach a wider audience, I would be a spring meadow full of mugwort grateful and you’d get a personal, first copy. See the Paypal donate button below :))
I am co-founder with therapist and writer Katie Baptist of Wild Nature Heart, leading journeys into reconnection: soul-rooted wilderness journeys, vision fasts, retreats, and creativity workshops. I am a certified Ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute and host the East Bay Return to the Earth Meetup.
One of my mottos is: Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share. I’m trying to wake up a little more each day, which I do by practicing my growing edge, staying connected to nature, and being present to what is. Curiosity is my best friend.
“Make the universe your companion, always bearing in mind the true nature of things—mountains and rivers, trees and grasses, and humanity—and enjoy the falling blossoms and the scattering leaves.” -Bashō
A couple years ago, I lived under a plum tree, practicing simple abundance in an intentional community called Mariposa Grove in Oakland, CA, where I lived for four years. Currently, I split my time between living in the forest in the Oakland hills and along the American River. I am also writing a book called The Nearby Faraway: My Year Living on the Threshold, about my experience through the season on the land between the city and the wild.
Here I share some of my creative writing, mostly poems, short stories, and chapters of novels. My writings often carry themes of nature, love, fear, play, wildness, shadows, growth, liberation, impermanence, and vulnerability. I hope you enjoy.
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.” -Rumi