I feel myself to be a modern monk. My greatest joy is in the Divine’s presence and helping others be there, too. Naturally this is the realization that we eternally are. This joy has led me on a path of different strands that weave together continually in unexpected ways. I have been a student of Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotish and various vedic sciences for 17 years. In this time I’ve studied with people from Yogi Hari and Pandit Nandkishor Muley to Maria Garre and Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute.
Additionally, my green roots which formed during my youth in the country led me to avidly studying permaculture, the ecological design science whose core aim is to heal the Earth and thereby also humanity. While working with an international humanitarian environmental group called Salem (see Salem International) I saw first hand the powerful positive impacts we humans can have through working with those in need as I visited their various projects throughout Germany and Russia. I have studied bamboo architecture in Colombia, South America, and Cob/Earthen architecture in Kentucky in the United States. In Japan, I witnessed first hand the eloquent and awe-inspiring Japanese approach to horticultural design in their gardens. Additionally, I have traveled through approximately 20 countries visiting permaculture sites to add to my learning and perspective. It is all of this I love to share with my permaculture students. I typically teach and/or am involved with two permaculture design courses per year in addition to private consultations and other courses.
It is the intersecting and weaving of these two fibers that I’m most passionate about. It is in this space of honoring the elements in our bodies, as Āyurveda teaches, and the elements in the Earth, as permaculture teaches, that we will not only find peace but profoundly know our deepest truths.