I live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, California. I'm
currently into my fourth year of an originally 6 month tour of
Mexico, which I've extended indefinitely. I keep saying I'm going
back soon, cuz I gotta keep a foot planted in the Bay. Eventually,
I want to split my time between both places.
Anyway, I completed a six month Spanish language program at a funky
art school in San Miguel de Allende, and now I've got projects that
keep me busy but I also do a lot of hanging out. Like going to
brunch on a weekday. Going out on weeknights. Taking road trips.
Going to the hot springs. Checking out the flea market. Poaching
the free booze at art and restaurant openings.
I wear many hats and have multiple passions.
I'm deeply involved with social, environmental
, & food justice
. I have
a deep passion for gender equity, and I am an unabashed fan,
supporter, cheerleader, lover, guerrilla fighter and all around
badass for women...which means giving up my bullshit, stepping up,
and playing big. The macho crap's played out, fellas.
I love working with my hands. I own a business designing and
(on hold while I'm
in Mexico) and have taught urban veggie gardening
in Bay Area schools.
I used to be the quintessential Bay Area workshop junkie, and now I
love coming up with my own and teaching them, like cooking, veggie
gardening, permaculture design, direct action civil disobedience
training, and massage courses. I've done media and communications
strategizing and consulting for grassroots organizations and
non-profits developing pressure campaigns to take on big, bad
corporations and politicians doing shitty things in the world. Love
it!! Modern day David & Goliath work. Feels amazing to do an
honest day's work by sticking your thumb in the eye of an evil
corporation and getting paid for it.
I love to cook
I especially love to cook for friends. I show love by sharing food.
Food brings us together. It's the foundation of life.
UPDATE: I've been creating pop-up restaurants in San Miguel. Big
fun. I get to mix my pleasure of entertaining guests, cooking and
making some money. What I've done thus far: Vietnamese, Indian,
Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean.
I am a lover of the senses. I am a renegade massage
therapist and bodyworker, a body
alchemist if you will. I call myself renegade, because I hate, HATE
New Age anything, especially music. I refuse to play Native
American flute music played by some baby boomer white guy with
ocean waves crashing in the background remixed with synth sitar
accompanied by Indian mantras with horrible American accents. I
refuse! I believe that the pathway to divinity is through the body.
Touch is my passion. It builds more empathy and connection with our
fellow human beings.
I spent the first four months in Mexico teaching organic veggie
gardening & permaculture
to elementary and
middle school aged kids at a Montessori school here in San Miguel.
I developed and taught a delicious, natural foods cooking course
here. Mmmm....Que rico! I'm co-producing my sixth TEDx conference
here in San Miguel. Check it:
I'm also co-producing the third TEDxBlackRockCity conference at
Burning Man this year. We've got an amazing lineup of speakers, so
if you're on the playa check it out!
Currently, I'm building out a rooftop veggie & flower garden
and bedroom for my friend and teaching a workshop on
eco-architectural design. UPDATE: Built, planted and growing.
Here's something crazy about Mexico. Most middle-class educated
folks here make about $4,000 pesos a month, which is a little less
than $400 U.S. dollars. An a**hole gringo on a tourist visa can
roll into town and make $500 pesos per hour doing massage, which is
around $45 dollars. Which is exactly what I did.
I live in a resort town, and demand for good massage is high. The
problem is, is that the local Mexican massage therapists generally
aren't trained well and are paid low wages. So, a gringo like me
comes along and takes their job. The spas love this set-up, because
they mostly cater to English speaking clientele, while the
therapists are left with no power, no real skills, and are easily
So, I decided to start a massage program where local Mexican women
can learn advanced level bodywork, high-end luxury spa techniques,
make great cash, and be so good at what they do that they can roll
into any resort city in the world and be the a**hole taking someone
I have two current projects that I'm really excited about. The
first is that I've teamed up with a friend in San Francisco and we
just started a business doing luxury retreats to Mexico. Massage,
yoga, meditation, horseback riding, hot springs, Mexican cuisine,
and nightlife. Our first group is coming in October...a
bachelorette party. Should be fun.
This is the third year that I'm co-producing an arts and music
festival during the week of Day of the Dead called, La Calaca. I
get to bring some of my amazingly talented and creative peeps from
around the world to Mexico for a week to participate in the Day of
the Dead celebrations and to perform. I love it when my different
Check out the website here:
Our Facebook fan page:
Check out our new promo video for 2014:
Here's a longer six minute version you can check out. It's really
I hope you can come to magical San Miguel de Allende and check out
the La Calaca festival!