I am a descendant of artists, chaplains, cowboys, country doctors, ministers, poets, and teachers, with ancestral roots that originate predominantly in Scandinavia and Scotland. An active hillwalker and organic gardener, I'm also the author of three books of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, The Temple of Warm Harmony, and Stirrup of the Sun & Moon.

I earned an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, and pursued post-graduate studies in Jungian Dreambody work, spiritual direction studies, and Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP), a course of study developed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. I also studied for a decade with Darion Kuma Gracen (1949-2007), a mentor in the Path of Wayfaring, an educator, counselor, and wilderness guide.

My Spiritual Journey & Orientation

My spiritual journey began, in earnest, on the threshold between childhood and adolescence, spurred by a series of numinous dreams and synchronicities that initiated a deep search in my life. At that time, my mother (a student of Jungian thought) introduced me to dreamwork, the work of C.G. Jung, and the I Ching (the Dao-and-Nature-inspired Chinese Book of Changes).

Though I was originally raised in a Christian home with two clergy parents, my process of seeking took me away from their faith tradition into a cross-cultural exploration of Nature-oriented spirituality and - eventually - into a deep process of study of traditions and practices originating in East Asia.

By the time I reached my college and graduate school years, this included formal academic studies of Daoist philosophy, Ch'an/Zen, Neo-Confucianism, and Japanese religions in general with the scholar Thomas Kasulis, author of Shinto: The Way Home and Zen Action, Zen Person. During this time, I also embarked upon studies of psychosynthesis and other experiential studies such as training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

In time, I would meet my late teacher whose own Wayfaring spirituality and Zen lifestyle was a weave of orientations and practices. Hers was a creative spirituality that drew inspiration from Nature, different approaches to meditation practice, and verses from some of the hermit-poets of the past as practice hints for the path. My time with Kuma-sensei opened me to a path I came to realize had always been under my feet all along: the Path of the Wayfarers, which weaves together contemplative practice, connecting with Great Nature, and creative expression. I continue to follow this way-within-the-Way today.

In my work with others, I adhere to a transpersonal orientation (we are more than just body and mind), and an interfaith ethic of hospitality (I support each person, whatever their spiritual or religious path).

Archetypally, I see my role as "the hermit at the foot of the mountain" -- one who has had (and continues to have) his own journey, but who now holds a lantern of inquiry to support others along their way. In my work, I refer to people as "fellow travelers" rather than "patients" or "students." There are no doctors or spiritual gurus here.

Wayfarer, Poet, Inner Counsel, Guide

Year-long SIP Program (Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy), 2021

Life Path Exploration Facilitator Training I, II, III with Darion Kuma Gracen, 1996-1998

M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, 1996

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Naropa University, 1993

Humanistic Psychology/Japanese Religions, Northland College, 1988-1991


Post-Graduate Jungian Studies and Advanced Dreamwork with Clyde Reid, Ph.D.

Diversity Awareness Training with Victor Lewis

Process-Oriented Psychology & Dreambody Training with Max Schupbach and Jytte Vikkelsoe

850-hour supervised graduate clinical internship


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This work is a form of spiritual companioning, intuitive inquiry, and life path exploration. Our work together is held in strict confidentiality. Though I have a graduate degree in counseling psychology and advanced training in psychotherapy, this work is not reparative psychotherapy, therapeutic in focus, and not intended to serve as a substitute for mental health counseling, psychiatric treatment, addiction or trauma recovery, or other medical care. If, in the process of working together, themes, content, or issues arise that necessitate traditional counseling, psychotherapy, recovery work, or psychiatric services, every effort will be made to connect you with those resources.