Partners in Place

I grew up with hands in the dirt, bugs in a jar, and tadpoles in a tub. Over the years, I supported environmental and community collaborations as a biologist, ecologist, consultant, facilitator, teacher, and spiritual seeker. I applied all of above roles as an innovator in the design of participatory workshops, forums, and collaborations -- at the Center for Limnology, UW-Madison; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and Partners in Place, LLC.

I have practiced and led meditation practice groups for many years and am currently a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Bön Buddhist meditation master. In October 2013, I completed a rigorous 3-year course of study through The 3 Doors Academy (transforming minds through meditation), and in January 2016, I completed the followup training called the Presenters Path under the mentorship of Marcy Vaughn and Gabriel Rocco. I now host Inner Refuge practice sessions in Madison WI and sponsor local retreats by visiting senior teachers in The 3 Doors international organization. 

I am the author of Wheels of Time and Place, a unique toolkit for tracking all sorts of cycles and seasons. Although the original product is out of print, the materials are still available.

One of my favorite creative pastimes is collage. I am a certified SoulCollage® facilitator, and I am passionate about integrating the inner refection sparked by collage with meditation. 

As a volunteer, I serve on the staff of The 3 Doors, a contemplative educational organization inspired by the vision of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. The purpose is to offer simple yet powerful meditation methods of body, speech, and mind that work with the challenges of everyday life in modern society. I have also served as a founding volunteer for Consulting for Organizational Reflection and Effectiveness (CORE), an approach to community change-making, and for the Madison Area Wellness Collective. My home is near the shores of Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin; I was co-founder and past president of the Friends of Lake Wingra which recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

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