--Bodyworker, psychotherapist, explorer, world traveler, wilderness lover.
--Hiker, cyclist, lap swimmer, and yoga aficionado.
--Reader, life-long learner, Spanish speaker.
--Lover of photography.
--Bay area native.
--North Oakland homeowner/resident.
--Have lived in the East Bay for 15 years.
--Balanced and well-rounded.
--Some of my other favorite things in life are: wilderness backpacking, climbing volcanoes, immersing beneath giant waterfalls, and jumping in cold alpine lakes in the Sierras (brrrr!!!). And chocolate. (:
--I like to pause to appreciate the beauty of life.
--I enjoy alone time and also appreciate time with friends, family, and of course my partner (when I have one).
--Have been running my own massage therapy private practice since 2002. Thai Massage, Shiatsu and Deep Tissue are my bread and butter modalities. I feel grateful to be doing work I love.
--On the path of becoming a licensed psychotherapist. I am studying for and taking my MFT licensing exams this year. Hallelujah!...it's been an 8 year journey from grad school to licensing.
--Immersed myself in Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and meditation while traveling in South and South East Asia in my mid-20s. After my first silent 10-day meditation retreat in India in 1995, I knew my life path had been permanently altered for the better.
--I was fortunate to be close to my grandparents growing up and they continue to have a profound impact on me even though they passed away 15 years ago.
Favorite food: Thai, sushi, Indian, Italian, and Turkish/Middle Eastern round out my top 5.
Movies: Il Postino, Mala Educacion (I love all of Pedro Almodovar's films), Last King of Scotland, Crash, Lost in Translation, A Beautiful Mind, Motorcycle Diaries, Babel, Where the Green Grasshoppers Dream, Hotel Rwanda, Pelle the Conqueror, The Lives of Others, Barton Fink, Sideways, Asfalto, V for Vendetta, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, etc.
Books... that might take a while. How about favorite authors/poets: Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Joanna Macy, David Orr, Cormac Macarthy, Basho, Rumi, Rilke, David Whyte, Rollo May, Irving Yalom, Hermann Hesse, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield for starters.
2) Genuine friends and a loving family
3) Moments of intentional stillness and silence, awareness, inner freedom, balance, and yoga
4) Exercise and adventure under blue skies
5) Independent travel
6) Delicious and healthy food
--my inner world and the inner world of the people in my life
--the trade-offs between time and money and between material objects and freedom
--food, my next meal, and whether I have enough chocolate in my house to survive for a month without being able to resupply (:
--how to kill the relentless weeds that grow on my driveway
--how to survive and thrive in the midst of the economic, social, and ecological crises we face
--the paradox of so much beauty and ugliness that simultaneously surround us
--how to live in an ecologically sustainable manner; living off the grid
--how to live a balanced, joyful, meaningful, and no-regrets life
--climate change and energy issues
--alternatives to our broken capitalist system
--where i want to live, work, travel, and retire
--how to stay connected to nature and healthy in mind, body, and spirit while living in an urban zone
you're genuine, kind, honest, loving, affectionate/warm, a good communicator, mentally/emotionally stable & available, financially responsible, adventurous, love to travel, love being active in the outdoors, are flexible and easy going about most things, care about the planet, eat healthy food, and have a good sense of humor.
Bonus points if you're a great cook! :)