In my mid twenties I spent 3 months in Cali, Colombia as an artist in residence at a small art gallery. I was there retracing the steps of my family who lived here in the 1960. In part the journey was about deepening my connection to my father and the grandparents I'd never met. These were idealistic years, my hair got long, I went off the raw vegan deep end and felt a deep desire to do good in the world.
The spandex, bio-marker, go fast years
A band of brothers that collectively supported one another into new levels of physical and mental toughness. Racing Ironman with these guys was a powerful experience with many teachings on hard work and human endurance as well as the importance of stress management and recovery.
Cutting loose with the Tribe & then cutting the Tribe loose
I'll forever be grateful for the antics and adventures I share with these friends but several years ago began a conscious withdrawal, acknowledging that the weekend lifestyle had ensnared me. In the years spent satisfying a desire for wild fun and peak experience I'd let my ambition, sense of self and intention slide.
This has got to be my favourite workout. Put a log on your shoulder and hike up a cold mountain stream.
The Loves of My Life
My favourite creatures all in one place: Lily our Mexican Rescue (who may bite your heels) and my inspiring wife, Christina.
The Samurai Brotherhood
This Vancouver based mens community has catalyzed a lot of growth in myself and some of my clients. Its core tenants of radical honesty and accountability, of holding one another to the flame – helps men cut through a lot of the bullshit they carry. It has inspired me to become a more focused and confident man.
Sleeping under the stars, earning your meal after a hard day and breathing gallons of fresh air – getting out into wild charges me up like nothing else. Among my favourite wild and free memories is this boat trip: 8 guys and a couple of Zodiac Hurricanes travelled from BC to Glacier Bay Alaska with enough horsepower and testosterone to have a seriously good time.
Room to breathe...and work
My wife and I recently moved from 700sf in Vancouver to near 50 acres of farm and field on Vancouver Island. As we begin to dig our way into this adventure there's much to learn. On deck will be a study in permaculture, hunting and foraging along with a bevy of barefooted, naked sun time.