My world changed back in 2010, when I began a 316 day walking trip down the West Coast of the USA, from Canada to Mexico.
During this solo, life-changing trip, as I walked the beaches, trails, and highway shoulders of Washington, Oregon and California, I passed through the lives and stories of the many thousands of people I met along the way.
Along the way, I learned first hand that every single one of us has a story.
Steadily — day by day, step by step — this journey changed me, in many ways that I still don’t have the language to describe. After the trip finished, I set off to write a memoir about this walk, and rented a tiny, one-room cabin on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia, not far from Vancouver. I hoped that I would write the next version of Eat, Pray, Love — except by a man. Instead, during the many, many hours I toiled over that never-completed book, I became a storyteller.
Along the way, I read and read and read on the subject of storytelling. Some of my teachers, like Joseph Campbell and Jean Houston, taught me from afar. And some, like the wonderful storytelling mentors Tom Schlesinger and Erwin Pearlman, worked with me one-on-one to hone my practice and storyteller’s voice.
To them, and to the many others I’ve met along this path, I remain grateful beyond measure.
Since then, my life’s work has been translating what I have learned so far on my journey to the world in which we live. I work to heighten values of courage, bravery, tolerance, acceptance, connection and especially forgiveness, as a way of making some small but significant contribution to the birth of a happier, more tolerant world.
I love storytelling, and I love sharing my passion. Please feel free to reach out to me. I respond to every message I get personally.
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