Two questions inspire everything I do:
- How can people in the modern world connect 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.
I offer one-on-one mentoring sessions in Earth spirituality to strengthen each person’s connection to Nature-Spirit-Self. During individual consultations (usually by phone), we engage in shamanic-style journeys, pausing in our busy lives to seek the larger wisdom of Spirit. I listen to Spirit on your behalf, or I may support you in developing your ability to journey and consult directly with Spirit.
See the Spiritual Mentoring page for more information.
Occasional small-group workshops celebrate connecting with nature through rituals, meditative nature explorations, and good-humored mutual support. See Events for upcoming workshops.
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 a dog, a creek, or a tree frame each chapter and lead through a fifteen-year adventure of learning to connect with nature. Altogether, stories and reflections 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.”
Winner of the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction
Read the opening chapter.
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 plot on course. I specialize in memoirs and will also consider projects in fiction and nonfiction.
Please read my Author Coaching page for more information and to see if I might be a good match for your project.
A place to be bold about spirit in nature, to reflect on how nature spirituality can support modern people. Experimenting with the possibility that the matter-spirit split of Western thought is not how things are—that reality is far more unified than modern people give it credit for. Down-to-Earth reflections on matters both seen and unseen.
I am a writer and spiritual counselor 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 thesis writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
Nature advocacy started for me in Oakland, where I founded a small nonprofit land trust to preserve a nearby creek. I have cleaned and restored urban creeks, fed baby birds in wildlife rehab, and cofounded a local rights-of-nature group. Today I connect with nature through 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. Coming in July, Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self will be published by Counterpoint Press. I live in Placitas, New Mexico, next to Sandia Mountain 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.