Founder and Chief Shenanigator
I believe that all change is relational, and I am offering my heart and mind to the world to help people (re)form relationships with the other-than-human world.
I am a certified nature therapy guide, an outdoor chaplain, and a retreat facilitator who invites people into experiences where they can remember their kinship with the natural world, through forest bathing, sacred saunters, and wild church services, and even wild inside terrarium building.
A wildwood is an uncultivated forest that has been allowed to grow naturally. I have, over the course of my life, allowed my path to unfold in natural ways that at times may seem wildly uncultivated, but in the rearview mirror were ways in which my weird and wonderful heart could flourish in the world.
After decades of diverse careers from aerial photographer to instructor at Zoo Atlanta and instructional technology specialist at a grass-roots charter school, I earned an M.Div. from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where my studies focused on progressive and liberation theologies. While at Candler, I engaged in a deep study of pastoral counseling, contemplative practices, constructivist pedagogy, and the intersection of faith and justice.
Since 2008, I’ve led hundreds of hours of in-person and online spiritual practices in forests, parks, schools, pubs, Second Life, Livestream.com, Zoom and on Facebook.
I’m currently living in The Netherlands where I moved with my wife seven years ago.
a certified ANFT nature therapy guide,
the digital landscape coordinator for the ANFT,
ecoSpiritual Leaders course guide at The BTS Center,
certified an outdoor life coach;
a Veriditas trained labyrinth guide;
a nature-partnered spiritual care provider,
and a digital strategist serving heart-centered wellpreneurs.
I’ve also served as…
- administrative assistant at American School of The Hague
- the digital strategist for The Nature Talks
- the director of digital strategy at Agnes Scott College,
- the minister of digital community with Extravagance UCC,
- an online organizer for The Beatitudes Society,
- a chaplain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
- one of many founding parents of Neighborhood Charter School in Atlanta,
- and a stage manager for over a dozen productions.
The golden thread running through my life’s journey is a persistent calling to find, as Frederick Buechner describes, the place where my deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger. I hope that this offering will be one in which we can flourish and discern together how best to live into that fiercely tender calling.