I am a gardener of soil and soul. I grew up in Michigan in a working-class single-mother household, eating hot dogs and bologna. I ate my first organic tomato off the vine when I was 29 years old, working as an apprentice on a Community Supported Agriculture organic farm. I wept for the fact that I had lived for three decades without knowing the true taste of a tomato. That moment changed my life. It brought me deeper into connection with my earth body as I learned how to create fertile soil for life to grow. I awakened to the politics of food, access and equity – which is the birthright of everyone. I found my place again within the web of life, remembering how everything is connected to everything else.
I help to create fertile conditions for people to learn, grow, heal and transform together. As a curriculum designer, facilitator, trainer and coach, I support individuals and groups to find that seed of potential inside, water it with love and practice, shine light on what is possible, pull the weeds of old paradigms and flourish. I seek to dismantle the myth of separation and supremacy by developing collaborative leadership skills and cultures of belonging, knowing that our liberation is bound together. Having lived, traveled and worked in over 30 countries with hundreds of communities, I know the power of art, story, community organizing and dialogue to protect our biological and cultural diversity, awaken our radical imagination and address the social and ecological challenges of our time. My work is inspired by social movements around the world and rooted in the traditions of popular education, deep ecology, systems thinking, somatics and cultural activism. I speak fluent Spanish and have two MAs in Education: Equity and Social Justice and International Relations: Peace, Conflict and Security.
I would love to collaborate with you to tend the soil and harvest the abundant potential within your life, team, organization or community!