Ever since I can remember I've yearned to deepen my understanding about the meaning and purpose of being human. Eventually this evolved into a desire to contribute to creating a culture that supports all its members in growing into the fullness of our potential, in alignment with our birthright.
In my journey I have earned a B.A. in Anthropology, lived with indigenous people, explored meditation, twelve-step work, therapy, and a variety of healing modalities. I married, and raised a son, now in his twenties. I have started and operated my own businesses for the past 25 years, first designing restaurants in Sacramento, California, and for 14 years, a coffee farm and thriving cafe in Kona. In my business and work with community organizations I have explored ways to share power and decision-making with others with whom I've worked. I've especially enjoyed creating teams based on a foundation of mutual understanding and support. This is not always easy, and yet is always rewarding.
I feel grateful to have found one of my life's passions in woodcut printmaking. Through this creative expression I experience great joy and peace. Exploring Hawaii's forests, tide pools, and lava fields is the primary inspiration for my art. I enjoy organizing art shows and creative collaboration with other artists. My work is represented in galleries and in private collections internationally.
In 2003 I began training in Nonviolent Communication and within three years began facilitating classes and groups. I am one of the founding members and a board member of Hawaii Nonviolent Communication, an organization that supports NVC education in Hawaii. Over the years my work with people has expanded to include components of my own healing practices including Nonviolent Communication, breath-work, Twelve-step, and qi gong.
My life has been a fascinating, sometimes challenging, and joyful journey of immense growth and evolution. My diverse experience and my willingness to embrace the discomfort, along with the infinite possibilities of growth, enable me to be with and guide others as they do the work of inner exploration and change that leads to more fulfilling lives.
Education and Training Related to my Work
Certified Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication
- B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska 1981
- Mediation Training, Mediation Center of the Pacific, Oahu 2007
- Ho'oponopono with Dr. Hew Len 2009
- Qi Gong Training and Practice 2009- present
With Trainers Certified by the Center for Nonviolent Communication
- Spirituality and Living Compassion 2005 – 2010 - Robert Gonzales
- NVC Teacher/Trainer Program 2008 - Trainer Mary Mackenzie
- Sociocratic Governance for Organizations 2008 - Jim and Jori Manske, Glenda Mattinson
- NVC Mediation Training 2009 - John Kinyon
- Empathic Living Program 2012 – Francois Beausoleil
- Hawaii Center for Nonviolent Communication- Board Member