I am a passionate hiker, backpacker, writer, and meditator. On this site you can view some of my writing or check out forthcoming mindfulness classes and hikes.
I teach mindfulness for beginners because meditation changed my own life, allowing me to experience peace and happiness and to create space for myself in the chaos of family, dogs, chickens and daily demands. I believe meditation has the power to propel us forward on our quest for self-discovery and growth, opening up opportunities to experience happiness and peace and the ability to act from our inner wisdom.
I lead hikes because I believe that connecting or reconnecting with nature is the key to feeling like we belong, that a sense of well-being, ease and relaxation comes from the very act of walking on earth and seeing some nature around us, and that learning the name of a flower or the time of year a tree blossoms awakens in us the ancestral memory of who we truly are and where we came from. In my hikes, I strive to create an atmosphere of discovery and exploration, luxuriating in the sense-of-wonder which the beauty of nature can rekindle within us.
I am a Wilderness First Responder, Certified Interpretive Guide and a California Naturalist, a member of the Sierra Club since 2003, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Santa Clara Audubon Society. I volunteer as a docent with Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich, leading hikes for school groups kindergarten through fourth grade. You can also find my hike reports and other articles on the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter newsletter. Look for me leading hikes soon with the newly revived Loma Prieta Family Explorers.