My Path

In Buddhism there is a saying that dharma gates are numberless,.  I have found this to be true in my own life path.  At each gate, I have found tools, insights and practices.  I have created a consistent compassionate relationship with myself over the years through embracing these practices.

These practices I share with my clients.  Growing up a devout Christian I carried my faith through to seminary at which time I left the church.  What was missing for me then was a more inclusive world view that transcended traditional religious dogma.  I also felt that I could not experience my own spiritual liberation within such confines.

In my 30’s, I suffered bouts of depression through a significant dependence on alcohol.   Beginning in 2005, I delved into the process work of the Mankind Project, helping me to understand and embrace my emotions.  In 2009, I moved back to Rhode Island to be a caregiver for my beloved grandmother who suffered from dementia.  Stepping into this compassionate role only opened my heart further, calling me to my work as a coach and spiritual guide.

In 2011, I was certified as a professional coach by the highly regarded Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.

In the spring of 2017, I authored the “30 Days to Fostering Greater Self-Compassion” Program,  an interactive coaching support program that offered clients the 15 key elements to deepening their relationship with themselves.

Since 2015, my spiritual growth has found its home in the Hollow Bones Order of Rinzai Zen Buddhism.  In August of 2020, I enrolled in their priest training program.  My daily meditation & Qi Gong practices foster a connection to my deeper nature, the Essence of Life.  Through my greater awareness and mindful living, I find joy and fulfillment.  I am grateful for the inner peace and well-being this practice has nurtured, and I have found that passing it along to my clients has also helped them.

I love to play in the ocean whether it be sailing, kayaking or open water swimming.  My artistic endeavors include haiku and photography.

My cozy home is nestled in the middle of an apple orchard in Damariscotta, Maine.

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