Teacher. Author. Coach.
Since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to the preciousness of this human experiment, to experiencing the Sacred in all that exists, and to exploring the great Mysteries of life. After a substantial period of ‘forgetting who I am,’ I was blessed to reconnect with my deeper guidance and discover both the profound power and practicality of presence. It is a gift available to all if we just know where to look. Beyond my education, training and professional experience, I am deeply inspired by my faith in the capacity of the divine and human soul that urges each of us toward manifesting our highest nature.
We all have a thread that runs through our lives. It shows itself when we pay attention to the inner voice. Since my youngest days growing up in the rural Midwest of the U.S., I’ve been drawn to the big spiritual questions of life-Who Am I Really? What’s Life Really About? Why Am I here? What’s my relationship to that which comes onto my path? My quest has led to exploring the deep terrain of the human soul and coming face to face with the Unknown, the great Mystery of life.
I have had many teachers, some of whom I sought and others whose seemingly ‘just’ appeared all the way. I unexpectedly came to know one during my early professional years working at the United Cerebral Palsy Association. There, a young woman named Terri, gave me a lesson in the power of the human spirit. She was a wheelchair user who lived in a nursing home due to the extent of her physical care needs. With no speech or control of any of her limbs, she willingly became the subject of a documentary which she wrote over a long period of time, pointing to one letter at a time using a headstick. She named the video “Don’t Just Look.”
The subtitle could have been, See Deeply at What’s Inside. Recognize Who Is Here. I feel her influence still.
For over 20 years, I had the great pleasure of serving on the faculty at San Jose State, San Francisco State and Boston Universities where I taught dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses in leisure theory, recreation therapy, leadership, wellness, and research. With a diverse student body, my most important challenge was to discover ways to deeply connect with students so that they might have a meaningful and real learning and growth experience. I co-authored what turned out to be a leading edge textbook, Therapeutic Recreation: An Ecological Perspective, contributed a dozen sometimes controversial articles in professional, juried literature, served as an editor for professional journals, gave numerous keynote speeches and presented hundreds of workshops and conference sessions to professional groups. I look back with deep gratitude for all the wonderful students and colleagues I came to know.
As much as I loved teaching, the time came to make a change-I was drawn to work with adults in a new capacity. In 1997, I founded an executive and life coaching and training company. After studying and finding ways to incorporate the profound wisdom of the Enneagram into coaching, my next book, Deep Coaching: Using the Enneagram as a Catalyst for Profound Change was published in 2007. Adopted internationally, it led to the development of the Deep Coaching Institute’s Certification Program. This accredited and advanced school trains growth-oriented professionals from around the world who want to wisely integrate the art and science of the presence-oriented Enneagram into their personal and business lives.
It is my great honor to offer my newest book, Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything That Matters Through the Enneagram, and Deep Living program offerings and resources to support you in being at home in yourself and at ease in the world.
I live with my husband and kitty in the beautiful high mountain desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I have long loved this poem.
The Way It Is
There’s a thread you follow.
It goes among things that change.
But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Excerpt from William Stafford’s poem, The Way It Is