A Bit of (His)tory...
The intersection between psychology and spirituality captivates me. From the time I was a young child, I have been indelibly connected to what I call non-ordinary reality. This means I often see things in ways others don't. It means I know things without ever having learned them, and that I regularly access information and experiences not generally observed in the 'ordinary' world around me. I also spent my childhood in an extremely dysfunctional home. I understood at a very young age that every challenge in my life was an opportunity to learn something about myself and the world around me. These forces, and others, instilled in me a deep and unrelenting desire to unravel the mysteries of Body, Mind and Spirit, and to understand the ways in which these mysteries, and our relationship to them, shape our existence in this world.
My personal spiritual journey began in early childhood, manifesting as an ability to heal using energy, frequent communication with the Spirit worlds, and a relentless fascination with the concept of 'god'. Dissatisfied with responses to my early questions about a christian god figurehead, I went on to pursue explorations of Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, New Age Spirituality, Paganism, Shamanism, Star Wisdom, Spiritualism, and Zen. Inevitably, each of these journeys led me back to myself - a profound discovery that informs my personal disciplines, my professional practice, and my approach to teaching, facilitation, and collaboration, to this day.
In the Body realm, Homeopathic medicine was my first love. It was still considered fringe medicine when I discovered it in the early 90's, but the more I learned, and the more I witnessed how effective it was, the deeper my love grew. Studying Homeopathy inspired me toward Herbalism and Bach Flower Remedies, which further moved me to learn Massage, Trigger-point Therapy, and other supportive healing modalities.
In my early 20's, compelled to further understand the workings of the mind and emotions, I began my formal inquiry into human psychology and behaviour, at the University of Guelph, where I studied Philosophy, Ethics and Sociology. I later went on to continue my education in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Victoria. Unsatisfied with vital elements I found lacking in University education, I dove deep into independent learning and the study of metaphysical and mystical practices including Energy Therapies, Meditation & Mantra disciplines, Sound Healing, Quantum Energetics, and others. I have studied alongside some of the most knowledgeable professionals in these fields, and continue to pursue extensive professional development and learning. More and more today, these ancient revolutionary practices are being studied and recognized for their merit - scientific and otherwise. It is my ultimate goal to empower as many people as possible to use these tools to improve the quality of their lives.
In 2005, I launched Equanimity Centre, an initiative aimed at empowering children and adults from all walks of life in the areas of Self-Awareness, Alternative Healing, Spiritual Inquiry, and Personal Mastery. Through Equanimity Centre, I designed and delivered workshops for hundreds of inspired and inspiring adults, youth, and children. White Turtle Learning Group gathered weekly to explore Meditation, Sound Healing, Raw Food Cuisine, and more. WolfTongue Workshops reached out to intergenerational groups, building bridges across generation gaps, and inspiring families and friends to learn and grow together, as children and parents learned to support one another in unprecedented ways. During this time, I also joined forces with Legacy of the Rose Foundation to spearhead an 'Indigo' focused community that grew in membership from 2 to over 200 in less than 6 months!
In 2009, I headed briefly in a different direction, accepting consecutive positions in the retirement industry - first in Recreation, then as General Manager of a luxury Supported Living residence. After 3 years in administration, it was clear that my people-centred approach and profit-first business models made unhappy bedfellows so, in 2012, I left the industry to return to the work I love.
Today, I continue my private practice, teach and facilitate workshops, and co-host special events with TANDMGems, alongside my wife and partner, Melissa.