Category: Retreats & Workshops

Part 8 – From Spirit to Matter

Grace and Divine Presence Coming Home What a surprise it was to end my year of ashram life and enter into a year of residency as a hospital chaplain. Resistance is futile when you’re lead by Grace. I came full circle in my material and spiritual worlds; from almost dying while a hospital patient, to being a hospital chaplain ministering…

Part 7 – From Spirit to Matter

Wabi-Sabi – Nature’s Imperfection Seeing What Is  Two years into California life I still felt unsettled, ungrounded. I had studied with amazing spiritual teachers, taken a trip around the world and photographed to my heart’s content. I was still living off of savings, not working. I sought advice from one of my teachers, guru Babaji, and decided to go back…

Part 5 – From Spirit to Matter

Seeking Wholeness  – Divine Reflections in Nature PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SPIRITUAL/HEALING PRACTICE POST NDE The surgery, during which I had my near-death-experience (NDE), saved my life by gutting me from stem to stern, leaving me with an everlasting Buddha belly, a scar that I once considered having a tattoo created around, and my belly button off center. Processing and integrating my…

Part 4 – From Spirit to Matter

COMING ALIVE – A Photographic Journey – 50th Birthday 2006 PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SPIRITUAL/HEALING PRACTICE POST NDE These are a few photographs from my one-woman show that reveal my initial sense of… “Seeing What Else There Is,” illustrating my state of mind before, during and after my NDE, and celebrating my evolution. It’s about coming alive, and making the journey…

Part 3 – From Spirit to Matter

SEEING THE BOUNDLESSNESS of Time and Space Photography as a Spiritual/Healing Practice Post NDE During my NDE I took a fantastic ride, leaving my body, literally becoming a spark of light––first traveling along a circuit board, then flung out into the universe and through a life review––all in Imax 3D, 360 degree vision. Time and space know no bounds in…

Part 2 – From Spirit to Matter

LEARNING HOW TO SEE – Zen Contemplative Photography Photography as a Spiritual/Healing Practice Post NDE Only six weeks after I emerged from my month in the hospital and just a few weeks out of bed recovering at home, I immersed myself in a photo workshop, “learning how to see” with Zen Buddhist Abbot and master photographer, John Daido Loori, Roshi. …

Part 1 – May 3rd is My ReBirth Day!!!

This year is the 14th anniversary of my Near-Death-Experience (NDE), an event that profoundly changed my life on every level. Recently I’ve been contemplating those changes–– the after-effects of leaving a life behind, a fascination with death, years of seeking, of psycho-spiritual healing, and the circuitous path to here and now. All of this unfolding and replaying as I work…

Zen-Dozen: Spring Seeing thru the Heart Chakra

As a practitioner of creative, sacred and healing arts,  I’ve come to appreciate our subtle-body energy system, our chakras, as portals of perception, that sense energetic vibrations above and beyond our primary senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. These vibrations contribute to our thoughts, feelings and actions, so very often our inner and outer landscapes reflect each other,…

Receiving Photos with Eyes Wide Shut

…and other exercises using our chakras and all of our senses as “Portals of Perception,” tuning into the natural world around us… Master photographer Dorothea Lange is quoted as saying, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” The photography I teach helps us to “see” the non-dual relationship between self and other, to…

Spirit of Nature/Nature of Spirit – Sacred Self Care

Yesterday I invested in sacred self-care, tending to and mourning old wounds, traumas and disappointments –attuning my heart-mind with mother nature for her healing wisdom.  I invite you to unplug from the insanity in the world right now… as it appears it will continue.  Take time. Practice Self compassion and regenerate your courage and strength in the quiet beauty of nature.…