Hello out there! I’m a writer and Buddhist practitioner living in Downeast Maine with my dear wife, Lydia, and our two cute-but-mischievous terriers: Rose, an Airedale, and Mitzi, a Jack Russell.
Amongst other things, I facilitate writing and meditation retreats and also enjoy coaching and working with creative writers on a one-to-one basis.
I’m actually quite eclectic in nature, but my spiritual “home” has been Buddhism for over 30 years, having practiced in the Vipassana and Zen traditions and, for the last 13 years, in the Dzogchen lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
I have also been involved with writing—in one form or another—since I first peddled my own penciled “newspapers” door-to-door for a nickel an issue during second grade.
Although the practices of dharma and writing certainly have their unique qualities and attributes—and each pursuit is certainly sufficient unto itself—I am interested in the areas where they intermingle and complement each other. I will be exploring some of these subjects in my posts.
Over the years, I have studied with various writing teachers, including Deena Metzger and Natalie Goldberg, and worked with many writing groups. For the last 15 years or so, I have facilitated my own writing retreats, using an amalgam of techniques and practices that have proven very effective for enhancing the creative writing process. At some of these retreats, we combine writing within a context of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming retreats, please contact me.
I enjoy working with individual writers on a one-to-one basis and have a facility for quickly and effectively motivating the writing process and also helping writers give shape and form to specific projects. Please contact me for more information about coaching opportunities.
One book project that I am particularly proud to have helped rewrite and edit is: