Blog

  • On Generosity

    I recently organized a gathering at my house. It was a collection of people I knew who were all engaged in some kind of service work in the world. I’d been wanting for some time a space where people could come together to renew and gather inspiration and ideas from others who are doing good work in the world. At this meeting we had the pleasure of the company of Nipun Mehta. Nipun has been devoting himself to the practice of generosity and kindness for the past 15 years. He founded a group that has met weekly for 14 years […]

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  • Rafting on the Veterans’ Retreat

    I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, doing a rafting retreat this June on the American River. This was no ordinary rafting trip as the participants were 18 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who had served since Desert Storm and into post-9/11. Seventeen men and one woman. For some time I’ve wanted to do something to respond to the tragedy of all the warfare that’s been happening in this last decade in the Middle East. I was aware of the vast amount of trauma endured by returning vets and how challenging it was to return to civilian life […]

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  • Climbing with Chris Sharma

    It was a hot, sunny day, the day I took my first climb on sun-drenched granite rock. We were up in the hills above Carlsbad where boulders of yellow, cream and rust peeked out of dark green shrubs. But this was no ordinary day of climbing. I happened to be with Chris Sharma, arguably one of the foremost climbers in the world today. Our guide was Beaver, co-founder of the clothing company Prana and owner of this remarkable land. We were also accompanied by a camera crew. We were filming for Prana as part of a series called the Inside […]

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  • Taking the wilderness work to veterans

    After 10 years of offering wilderness retreat programs, and many more years teaching meditation, I’ve decided to expand this wonderful work to communities and people who are particularly in need. It’s motivated by sensing the preciousness of time and knowing of the incredible amount of pain carried by so many. But it’s also coming from seeing how nature is such an incredible resource and refuge especially when people are in states of overwhelm, trauma, and pain. So many people go for refuge to the woods, parks, and ocean as a solace and balm for the inner and outer distress we […]

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  • The Flowering of Mindfulness in Society

    It was a cold spring night down in the Palo Alto Hills but it didn’t seem to matter as the warmth of connection between friends and colleagues that had turned up that night kept our spirits warm. Researchers, meditation teachers, and pioneers in the field of mindfulness, neuroscience and business had shown up for this unique book event at the house of James Doty, founder of C Care, Stanford’s groundbreaking research project on Compassion. It was a book launch for 2 groundbreaking books on mindfulness. The first book was Meng Tan’s Search Inside Yourself The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, […]

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  • Blessed Baja… Terrain of Joy

    Its hard to find anything more sublime than Baja’s dawn skies and sunrises that last for long dreamy hours. Every morning, as we meditated together on remote island beaches on this silent kayaking retreat we were filled with wonder. Crimson, gold and scarlet would light up morning clouds as still calm waters reflected the canopy with its own colorful greeting. This joy filled group of twelve meditators plus our trusty guides paddled out to protected islands near Loreto on the Sea of Cortez, and camped for a week in serene solitude. Everyone was in awe of the rugged wild beauty […]

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  • Welcome

    Hi! Welcome to my new blog. I’ve been wanting for some time an avenue to communicate many of the wonderful things that I get to do and see in my life as a meditation teacher and wilderness guide. Every so often I’ll be posting something from my world of meditation, nature, poetry, wilderness, ecology, mindfulness in the world and how those things intersect. I also have wanted a better way to communicate directly from you.  Sharing and supporting my students’ and clients’ spiritual journeys is an important part of my life.  But my frequent travel and obligations don’t always leave […]

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