I have ongoing gratitude for the thousands of brave souls that have joined me for retreats over these past years! They come to retreats to free themselves from old stories, limiting beliefs, doubts, confusion and anxiety and to reignite their clarity, passion and wholeness.
I have learned from their example.
My story includes stumbling into a circle of quiet soul work, in a time of struggle and seeking direction. My twenty year marriage had ended, my beautiful daughters were emerging into adults, I felt a growing distance from my religious identity, and was no longer content in my career as a priest. In this tumult, I was inspired by the writings of the Quaker activist Parker Palmer, who soon became my mentor, friend and teacher in a lineage of soul work: “Circles of Trust”. I found something healing and liberating in these disciplined spaces.
As this unfolded, the amazing yogi and meditation teacher Robyn came into my life. We are now co-guiding experiences together which has been a rich gift.
I made the decision, after some years of training as a facilitator, to launch out into freelance and to host various life changing encounters for others. For over a decade now, I have travelled around the world, guiding retreats for those who long for their true self: a greater awareness, authenticity, peace and joy.
I love to bring together various practices that weave together solitude in community, journal writing, poetry, the art of open questions, wisdom narratives, imagery, art, movement, wisdom narratives, the art of open questions, guided meditation and other methods. Robyn has joined me now in what we provide together and offers rich learning in the embodied lineages of yoga, breathwork and meditation.
We are avid sailors and love sharing with others our sailboat Anam Cara. As we spend time on the water, I continue to uncover new insights and awareness of the skills of traditional open ocean navigation. There is something transformative in the rich metaphors and stories of the wayfinding lineage. I honour my generous teachers who courageously voyage the Pacific and who bless me with their blessings to share what they have revealed to me.
In all the retreats I guide, I begin with a simple belief.
The soul is real.
I have no doubts after seeing so many access this primal and elemental source of wisdom.
Each of us has a trustworthy inner navigator who has guidance and offers clear direction. Our true hearts know True North! My soul knows how I got here, why I showed up, and what lies over the horizon, held in the vision that leads me forward.
You are invited to join us! We are hosting various retreats in some incredible places!!
Register to renew your vision.
A few more things about me.
As co-founder of the intentional community, RareBirds Housing Co-operative, I have a passion for environmental justice, exploring alternative living and a sustainable relationship to the land. I’m very glad to provide several soulful programs during the summer months on Okanagan Lake on our sailboat Anam Cara and ongoing leadership with the team at Naramata Centre in the Interior of BC, Canada.
I serve as an Ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network. I am involved in political work and have run for office as a provincial candidate. I am ordained as an Anglican priest, have also managed a zoo! and was raised and live on the traditional and unceded territory of Secwepemcúĺecw.
There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all, Natura Naturans. There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and of joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.
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