I am a husband, father, grandfather and a pilgrim on the Way of Jesus and the Way of the Tao. As an ordained minister and a member of the Lindisfarne Community, an ecumenical community in the Anglo-Celtic Christian tradition committed to the "new monasticism," I seek a spirituality that is a balance of prayer, study, service and rest.
I grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where I completed my bachelors and masters degrees at the University of South Florida. My sophomore year was spent studying at the Vita International Study Center located in the Chateau d’ Ansembourg in Luxembourg. I moved to Minnesota where I earned a specialist degree in counseling psychology and completed post graduate training in clinical hypnosis at the University of Minnesota. I later earned a PhD in Transpersonal Counseling.
In as much as the spiritual search is at the center of my life, and a vital factor in the lives of the people with whom I work, I answered a calling to ministry, completed seminary and was ordained as an Orthodox-Catholic priest. Because I also desired to serve people of all faith traditions as a hospital chaplain and pastoral counselor, I also completed the New Seminary's interfaith program and am ordained as an interfaith minister. Continuing my passion for learning, I have earned a post-graduate certificate in natural wellness for health care professionals, a diploma in Celtic Christian studies, and certification in Jungian Psychotherapy.
I serve people as a pastoral/spiritual counselor which is not a licensed profession in Wisconsin where I see individuals. I am a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (now part of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education), the Minnesota Jung Association, and the National Qigong Association.
For over 30 years I have been a student of qigong, tai chi, and the Taoist philosophy on which they are based. I trained with Master Gin Foon Mark for ten years, then with Master Hong Liu for nine years and then daily with Dr. Ma Xuzhou during her five month stay in the USA. I was among the first USA students certified as a master trainer in Tai Chi for Health by Dr. Paul Lam. Since 1999, I have taught qigong and tai chi in several locations, including at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing and at Health East (now Fairview) hospitals and clinics, and always include qigong or tai chi in my retreats and workshops.
I have taught in the graduate school at Hamline University and in the College of Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University. My articles on wellness, tai chi and crisis counseling have been published internationally. My wife Wendy and I were twice guest lecturers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. In addition, I have presented at the Haden Institute Summer Dream and Spirituality Conference and regularly lead retreats at St. Scholastica's McCabe Renewal Center In Duluth MN and the Christine Center in Wisconsin. Besides working as an educator and retreat leader, I have worked as a psychotherapist, emergency management coordinator, and as a chaplain at Woodwinds Health Campus, an integrative medicine hospital in Woodbury Minnesota.
I live with Wendy, who is an oil painter, in a beautiful wooded setting in Western Wisconsin. We love to walk along the riverfront and historic downtown of our little river town on the St. Croix River, and in nearby state parks, when we are not traveling, dancing or spending time with family and friends.