Biography

Born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa, 75 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 drumming.  This is where the 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 the curiosity to know God/Reality/Truth became a dedicated passion of mine.  Since then, I have studied various spiritual traditions and have finally found myself at home in the non-dual direct path. 

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 in Santa Barbara, got married and moved to San Francisco.  I became the mother of two precious 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 dear friends all around me die.  A time of reckoning was at hand.

So I went back to graduate school and at the age of 48 received my Doctorate in East-West Psychology from CIIS, 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, Women's Studies and various spiritual experiential workshops for women at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and led retreats at a couple Christian Centers around Wisconsin.  

Over the past thirty 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 began seriously 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 photography 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 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.  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.  Currently, I am in the throws of editing my anthology of poetry, musings, photography and art, hoping to submit it to a publisher in the near future!

I am moved for being and doing what I love, especially being with two adorable grandkids, my dear loving daughters and son-in-law, caring siblings and fantastic friends!  Happy activities, such as hiking, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends and going on long solo road trips replenish my soul.  And 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 the groundless ground of Grace

                           With the deepest hearts of Gratitude...