As an immigrant's daughter, I grew up surrounded by people of
different cultures and languages, and I have always had an eclectic
experience of spirituality.
As a young girl, I was troubled by the point of view that "we are
better than you" if we believe a certain way. The Creator is bigger
than our own egos would indicate!
Upon discovering the Mystics, I found a language that more clearly
expresses for me the universal truth that We Are One. As Meister
Eckhart put it many centuries ago, there is one river of Wisdom, but
there are many wells tapping into the river.
This spiritual language is found on many paths – where there is
compassion, lovingkindness, life-affirming action and an honouring
of the sacredness in all, is holy truth. Furthermore, there is no
real separation between sacred and profane, and as humans, we can
experience this, and create more joy for ourselves and others.
In college, my friends and I explored other faiths, and it is an
education I still cultivate, socially, spiritually and
professionally. Among these, while in Alaska, I found the Native
American traditions resonate profoundly within me, building a strong
eco-spirituality. I have a Buddhist meditation practice, and as a
musician, of course, Nada Brahma – “the World is Sound”. There is
much more we all have in common than we hold separate.
I earned a Bachelor of Music with Teaching Certification at Syracuse
University, and following that, studied acting and creative writing.
Upon completing a Master of Arts in Voice Performance in Michigan, I
embarked on the traditional “starving artist life”, performing in
theatre, opera, historical revue and cabaret, as well as singing and
conducting in various churches along the way, from Alaska to
In my travels and work across North American, I became keenly aware
of how many people have no particular spiritual path. So many
seekers are struggling with the deepest life questions, whether
consciously or not.
I was ordained an Interfaith Minister through All Faiths Seminary
International in New York City (https://allfaithsseminary.org/
) and I have had additional training in spiritual counseling at One
Spirit Interfaith Learning Alliance (http://www.1spirit.org/
), which I am affiliated with. An important idea reinforced in these
schools is that we don’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater” in
any tradition; we are on a spiritual path that is “Never instead,
always in addition.” I have also been fortunate to have studied
energy healing (laying on of hands) with Rev Ron Moor (https://theshelteringoak.net/
I am a practicing Buddhist in the Tibetan Shambhala tradition, and
was the Minneapolis Shambhala Centre Director (https://minneapolis.shambhala.org/
) for six years. I have studied and led workshops at United
Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and am trained as an
End-of-Life Doula through INELDA (https://www.inelda.org/
). I am a member of INELDA and the Minnesota Death Collaborative (https://www.mndeathcollaborative.com/).
I currently am completing a residency as a hospital chaplain. I
aspire to walk alongside you taking your journey, relishing the
exploration, and holding a gracious container for being with