Biography

Born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa 74 years ago, I was brought up in nature, where big open spaces held animals, big sky and sparkly starry nights.  The earth vibrated with great aliveness as we 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 to know God/Reality/Truth became a dedicated passion of mine.  Since then, I have studied many spiritual traditions and have finally found myself at home in the 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 into 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 spiritual experiential workshops for women at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; and led retreats at a couple of Christian centers around the state.  

Over the past twenty five years, traveling extensively around the country - mostly hiking the Colorado mountains, 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 teens.  Writing poetry helps me move through the turbulent parts of my life.  I have selected some of the poems that I have written during the last 25 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 process 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 part of all this is that I initially put together this 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 point and time I feel that I am being propelled 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 meditating, hiking, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends and long solo road trips replenish my soul.  And heart-felt activities engage me with my community by volunteering at a residential Hospice; a woman's shelter; and getting my hands dirty at the Japanese Garden in 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 a big Love here 

          Bowing to this groundless ground of Grace

                           With the deepest hearts of Gratitude...