Where do you currently live?
I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, just north of the District of Columbia. My wife, Pam, and I live on a small street with direct access to Sligo Creek Park, which has a nice trail for walking or cycling several miles up or downstream. The park has many large trees, and is home to deer, raccoons, and foxes. I saw a wild turkey once, and one year a young beaver came up the creek and caused a scene before moving on.
What are some ways you like to spend your time?
I enjoy spending time in the park, gardening, permaculture, and teaching yoga. I enjoy working with people who are interested more in learning, sharing, and being kind while finding the path out of our civilizational crisis.
How did you first connect with Pachamama Alliance?
In 2017, I went to Climate Reality Project training in Denver. I met a man there who was working in Peru at the time in a program to help youth. He mentioned Pachamama Alliance, and when I came home I looked at the website. I began to explore the programs, and found the vision of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet to be very compelling.
What is a memory or experience with Pachamama Alliance that stands out for you?
I took the Game Changer Intensive last year, and greatly enjoyed the weekly small group. Our relationships grew week by week, and by the end I truly felt we were a group of friends. I recently had another great experience working with Kathy Sipple, Doug May and Josh Wolf to organize and moderate the book discussion book on Charles Eisenstein's "Climate: A New Story". It was a great experience, for seven weeks, thanks to the committed participation of many people. I've also enjoyed working with Rogér Knoren who helps us with the DC Metro Pachamama Alliance community.
What is something you are proud to be doing in service of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet?
My intention every day is to be of service to the flourishing of life on Earth. I have a project called ClimateYogi, where I bring the practices of yoga into the context of climate change, particularly the emotional impacts on people living with the often overwhelming and disheartening science and impacts, both current and projected, of climate change. Through yoga, we strengthen our sense of connection and relationship to others and the world around us, and transform the negative energies that often become stuck in us into energy for positive action. I hope to help people feel they belong in the world, and that what they do matters.
What is something that you would like to see change in the world in the next 10 years?
I would like to see the current worldwide movement of youth energized about the climate crisis creating real, systemic, lasting change within ten years. I want my generation to help the younger generation gain control of their destiny, and I hope that it is a transformational process away from the Story of Separation.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
My journey has led me to believe that the essence of every person and thing is beauty. When my heart is open, I see beauty. Amazing things happen when you take even a small step toward beauty, instead of what may seem more practical.