For the past 14 years, I have been a parent and a teacher of humanistic education at Play Mountain Place (Los Angeles), one of the oldest humanistic alternative schools in the U.S. This school is inspired by the work of Carl Rogers and the philosophy of process over product. The child is seen unconditionally with positive regard, and according to Rogers, through this process — along with genuineness and empathic understanding — growth and psychological healing can occur. The main cause of suffering, in this school of thought, is due to people not being able to accept or allow themselves to fully experience all of who they are — which includes aspects that are not always socially acceptable.
I am on the board of Mindful Living Revolution, a non-profit that teaches the cultivation of a mindful, compassionate relationship with the Self, Community, Environment and the World-at-Large. I began my practice over seven years ago with its founder, Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, Deborah Eden Tull.
I have facilitated a small weekly meditation/mindfulness group for the past five years, and have stayed with this practice group through many incarnations, as sharing practice is both a passion and a cornerstone in my life.
I have studied and been certified to teach Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh in Los Angeles and participated in Marie Forleo’s B-School.
Recently, I wrote a book based on a series of love letters written to a friend over a period of 120 days. It’s part memoir, part inspiration and part mindfulness practice.