Biography

Born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa 73 years ago, I was brought up in nature where everything was my playground.  Great open spaces held animals, big sky and sparkly starry nights.  We had no electricity or running water and slept with the sounds of frogs, lions and drums.  This is where my awe of existence took hold.  

In my late teens when I lived in Greece, my ancestral home, I clearly saw how the bright and crystal clear light brought into being the hidden beauty of everything.  That is when my curiosity of wanting to know reality became a dedicated interest of mine.  Since then, I have studied many spiritual traditions and have finally found myself at home in Rupert Spira's non~dual teachings. 

In my early twenties I came to California in order to continue my studies.  I received my Master's degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, got married, moved north to San Francisco and became the mother of two beautiful daughters who are my treasured gifts to this day.  I emersed myself in studying the energy fields of Acupressure and Reiki and became a practitioner of both.   In the late '80s I worked as a peer counselor on the Aids Ward at San Francisco General Hospital.  It was devastating to see my dear friends die all around me.  A time of reckoning was at hand.

So I decided to go back to graduate school and at the age of 48, I received my Doctorate in East~West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  I taught consciousness~based courses at John F. Kennedy University in Walnut Creek, California; World Religions and various experiential workshops for women at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; and led retreats at a couple Christian centers around the state.  

Over the past twenty four years, traveling extensively around the country ~ mostly hiking in Colorado, visiting the Northern California coast and going on Vision Quests in deserts and mountains ~ I seriously began capturing the light and beauty of nature in photos, especially the micro aspects of it.  The funny thing is that I have never taken a photoghraphy class.  Taking pictures makes my heart very happy! 

Poetry has been a companion of mine since my early thirties.  Writing poetry helps me move through the turbulent parts of my life.  I have selected some of the poems that I have written during these last forty years and have posted them here.  

Art, on the other hand, is a recent surprised discovery.  I feel like a kid playing with paints, colored pencils, charcoal, aerosol cans, stencils, stamps, photos, fabrics, glue gun, gel printing plates ~ a mixed media haven.  And to top it all off, I became a SoulCollage facilitator, which is a proces that dovetails with all of this somehow as it uses images, imagination and intuition to bring forth a deeper sense of inner knowing.  

The interesting thing is that I initially put together the website in order to sell my greeting cards. Although I am still making them they are now gifted to friends.  And what I am realizing is that when there is an inspiration to do something, to just do it, because the treasure is embedded in the doing itself.  At this time, it is propelling me to brand new horizons exploring different ways of combining my photography, art and poetry into some kind of media expression.  

I am moved for being and doing what I love, especially being with two adorable grandkids, my precious loving daughters and son~in~law, caring siblings and fantastic friends!  Loving activities,   such as hiking, reading and spending time with friends replenish my soul, while heart-felt activities engage me with my community by volunteering at a residential Hospice and getting my hands dirty in the Japanese Garden at Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon where my home is.

This site has become a fun and creative expression of a golden thread that is unfolding within me.   I continue adding and shifting things around, as Life keeps taking me and carrying me through some trying, humbling and wondrous places...

 

There is this big Love here 

          Bowing to this groundless ground of Grace

                           With the deepest of Gratitudes