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Instructor Introduction

To all of you who also thrive in planting trees whose shade you may never sit under,

The day I sat down in my first Anthropology class, I had to remember to breathe I was so captivated by the diverse stories of communities, traditions, rituals and the workings of human organizations around the world. Over the course of my studies in Sociology, I found the answers to my enduring underlying melancholy and dissatisfaction with the society I had grown up in. There are as many ways to interpret and live this journey that is life as their are faces in the world, and that, to me, is the most exciting thought.

My life choices have all been driven by one common motivation, the recurring intuition that pushed me to follow the path I have so far: a strong desire to find ways to help myself and others toward more fulfilling lives through three specific tools, authenticity, community and education. I took on as my personal mission to investigate and identify communities that have come together and that truly do enrich the members’ lives. In doing so I traveled to many continents and most recently worked in an experiential learning institute and sustainable village in the jungle of Panama, teaching staff and students how to live healthier lives for themselves, others and the planet.

My interest are vast: I have studied film production, made documentaries and art of all kinds (painting, sketching, tattooing, murals, ceramics, dance, music, theatre); I am an avid reader and writer, and strive to write about what I am living in ways that can speak to the universal man or woman; I have a growing interest for politics and human rights; I have been a disciplined meditator for many years and find answers in practices of mindfulness and introspection; I am still in awe before a sunset or a bright blue butterfly and love to inspire in others a fascination for those things we often overlook; I have spent my life asking those questions you never get answers to and deeply enjoy discussing them with others.

I leave you with this poem by Thoreau to which I would add a diverse community of people in those woods!

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

May we enlighten each others paths when they cross!