I was raised between oak and cedar in a communal Buddhist household in the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, also known as Vancouver, Canada. I am now a migratory bird who lives close to the seasons, listening carefully for the mountain and river spirits who wish to accompany me through the next cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
I have a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University. I'm also a lifelong student of Vajrayana Buddhism and my spiritual ancestors come by way of Tibet through the lineages of the Shangpa and Takpo Kagyu and the Nyingma. I have spent considerable time in group and solitary somatic meditation retreats deepening my connection to these ancient traditions. The emergent Dharma of life itself is my greatest guru.
Familiar with the groundless ground of the undertow, I live with the basic trust that even in the midst of the darkest shadow lands it’s possible to return to the unconditioned wisdom, warmth and responsiveness of the heart, from which the wellspring of skillful action emerges. I give deep thanks to my primary teachers and mentors: Kalu Rimpoche, Jeremy Lowery, Neil McKinlay, Norman Elizondo, Jessika Siorai, Laurel Miller, Gaia Mika, Hilary Leighton, Daniel Foor, and Shannon Willis for instilling this in me.