Two questions inspire everything I do:

  • How can people in the modern world reconnect with nature?
  • How can we align our lives more closely with nature and with the Living Source flowing through all nature?

I explore these questions through nature spirituality, through writing books and a blog, and through coaching authors with their creative projects.

Come Home to Nature, Come Home to Source

Spiritual Journeywork & Mentoring

I offer workshops and one-on-one sessions in nature spirituality to strengthen each person’s connection to Nature-Source. During individual consultations (usually by phone), we engage in shamanic-style journeys, pausing in our busy lives to seek the larger wisdom of Spirit. In a session I may enter a spirit-journey on your behalf to discern a response to a question you might bring, or I may support you in developing your ability to journey and consult directly with Spirit.

See the Nature-Spirit-Source page for more information.

Group workshops build on each person’s direct connection to Nature-Source. In a workshop, a small group of people celebrate nature connections through rituals, meditative nature explorations, and good-humored mutual support.

See Events for upcoming workshops.

Kissed by a Fox

And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

Inspired by years of listening to nature, my 2012 book Kissed by a Fox blends personal memoir with insights drawn from history, ecology, natural sciences, and many spiritual traditions—lyrical nature writing to rekindle your love for Earth. Heart-opening stories of my relationships with a dog, a creek, or a tree celebrate the profound connections linking people with all other creatures and point the way toward a deeply collaborative relationship with a living Earth.

“Tenderly woven . . . lyrical . . . [an] entertaining and emotionally resonant book.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

Winner of the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction

Read the opening chapter.

Author Coaching

Find the Heart of Your Story

Drawing on thirty years’ experience as an editor and writing coach as well as author, I offer one-on-one editorial sessions and editorial feedback on your writing projects. I might ask questions to help you sharpen the focus of your message, or I can offer suggestions to keep your story plot on course. I specialize in memoirs and will consider projects in fiction and nonfiction as well.

Please read my Author Coaching page for more information and to see if we might be a good match for your project.

This Lively Earth Blog

Nature • Spirituality • Politics • Writing

A place to muse now and then on the finer point of living in harmony with nature. Drawing connections between science and spirituality, questioning what I thought I knew about gardening or ecology, relating life experiences both challenging and joyous—all part of the quest to listen more deeply to Nature as Source.


I am a contemplative and writer with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. I received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and have taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. When I lived in Oakland a threatened nearby creek inspired efforts to preserve it, and I founded a small land trust and served as its first president. I have advocated for nature in other ways as well: through cleaning and restoring urban creeks, through feeding baby birds in wildlife rehab, and through cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. My favorite ways of connecting with nature these days are birdwatching, hiking, swimming, and listening to Nature-Spirit-Source in quiet meditation. My first book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, received the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction. I live in Santa Fe with my partner, Tim, and our blue heeler mix, Bodhi.


I would love to hear from you! Please get in touch, and I will respond soon.

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