The creation of Forest Center comes out of an amalgam of the above experiences together with the conviction that personal transformation
within a wider ecological-social context is a crucial aspect in our efforts to create a human culture able to live reciprocally with the living Earth.
My role as a facilitator is newly crafted and differs from my role as a
counselor in that the workshops are not therapy, but rather carefully
designed opportunities to understand and cultivate the self in an
Personal Growth for a Flourishing Planet
Throughout four decades I have served in the mental health field working as a psychotherapist with individuals committed to their emotional and interpersonal healing. While completing a Masters and a Doctorate I developed an affinity for a humanistic approach. Its focus on our greater human potential has guided and sustained my work. As today's disquieting uncertainty about our future became increasingly apparent to me I decided to make a shift in the way I work that stretches the boundaries of this human-focused perspective. It became important to adopt a more whole-centered framework and do my small part to contribute to a life-affirming society.
I was drawn to ecopsychology and deep ecology which address the interactions between ecological, social and psychological forces and, in turn, reveal the complexity of our planetary situation. To better comprehend this complexity, the far-reaching crisis of our times, and my own role in its causes and solutions, I participated in numerous programs and training opportunities including the following:
~Animas Valley Institute's wilderness-based programs
~Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy
~Transition Trainer Certification through Transition U.S.
~Mentorship with ecopsychology instructor & author, Andy Fisher
~Permaculture Design Course at Grow Permaculture
~Interfaith Seminary Program through One Spirit Learning Alliance
~Facilitator Training for the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium (Pachamama Alliance)
In 2008 I founded the Bridge, a nonprofit organization in Tampa whose purpose is to discuss
paradigm-shifting ideas while building community. We continue to be actively engaged today.