None of us works alone.
We all do our work standing on the shoulders of giants, and I am no exception. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to these teachers, mentors, and friends.
Chris Carver, US Olympic Coach in Synchronized Swimming, and Betty Hazel, Past President of Synchro USA, played a vital formative role in my life as an athlete. These extraordinary coaches fostered creativity, discipline, and a commitment to excellence that has served me well throughout my life.
I am indebted to the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University – and in particular to Dr. William Durham and Dr. Robert Sapolsky – for schooling me in the complex and interrelated nature of mind, body, culture, and ecology. These two gentlemen shaped my understanding of the world at a very impressionable age, and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to study with them.
Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, founder of Strozzi Institute, and Staci Haines, founder of generative somatics, introduced me to the world of somatics and ultimately to my life’s work. My studies with them woke me up, changed my life, and brought me home. Mere gratitude is not enough.
Since then I have gone on to deepen my studies of embodied mindfulness with Wendy Palmer, Ginny Whitelaw, and Suzanne Roberts, among others. I am grateful to call these wise teachers trusted colleagues and friends.
Jay Fields, who sits on the faculty of the Awakend Heart, Embodied Mind yoga teacher training, is a deeply appreciated companion along the path of embodied learning. Two decades on, I still regularly call upon the wise teachings of Lynne Minton, my first-ever yoga teacher, and Larry Hatlett, one of my all-time favorite yoga teachers.
I have had the precious opportunity to study directly with Paul Hawken, Karl-Henrick Robert, and Fritjof Capra. Each has influenced my thinking on the state of the world and the role of science, organizations, and institutions in creating solutions to the deep problems we face in our era.
Mille fois merci, and a deep bow to each of you.