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Founder, Vision Conduit and Chief Floor Sweeper
Playing drum kit in unconventional time signatures
Contributing to my neighbors and community
Supporting people to be the most powerful change agents they can be
Surfacing dissenting views constructively in groups
Play, humor, trust, and integrity
I grew up bilingual, bicultural in Mexico City, Mexico.
At 16 (1987) I decided to be part of the solution rather than the problem, and to discover or create best practices for living in harmony within ourselves, with each other, and with our home planet
At 18, I realized that my life needed to be about service and contribution, and that that would probably look different than traditional employment.
At 21 I began following the steps in the Financial Integrity Program detailed in Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez, which taught me how to be very clear and empowered in relation to money.
By 27 I had enough savings to — while living simply — embark on a seven-year self-directed period of intensive research and learning.
It was during this time that I:
• became a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication
• acquired my Certificate in Permaculture Design
• took many classes with Wilderness Awareness School
• participated in several 10-day silent meditation courses
• researched and visited intentional communities and learning centers
• studied Dynamic Facilitation and conflict resolution
• was given permission by Jon Young to teach the 8-Shields Model
• immersed myself in Integral Theory, including a 6-day Integral Ecology and Sustainability Seminar
• conducted a search for our dream property, which we bought in 2002, in order to live in community, closer to the natural world, and have a base from which to share everything I had learned
• served in various volunteer leadership positions, gaining valuable skills along the way.
Since then my passion has been to work with people and organizations who are committed not only to their own growth and development, but also to leaving the world a better place than they found it.
Certified Trainer at the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2003
Seminar Leader at New Road Map Foundation since 1994
Board President at New Road Map Foundation from 2006-2009
National Team Member and Local Director at Sustainable Global Leadership Alliance (SGLA), 2007 – 2008
Certificate in Permaculture Design, Bullock Brothers Farm, Orcas Island, WA, USA, 1999
Training and Education:
Wilderness Awareness School, including Coyote Mentoring, Art of Mentoring, and Mind of Mentoring
Dispute Resolution Center, 60+ hours of training
4-Day Intensive offered by Jim Rough and Dynamic Facilitation Associates
Outward Bound, participant and volunteer
School for Field Studies, Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (College Semester)
Denison University, self-designed major in Whole Systems Sustainability (“Eco-Studies”)
I am a tried and true North-Westerner – with bits of the Salish Sea, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in my blood. Though I call Bellingham home for now, I am originally from Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula, where I grew up riding horses barefoot, digging clams, fording rivers and stealing cars. I have since grown out of at least one of those habits.
I relocated to Bellingham to finish my undergrad studying the relationship between international migration and global development. After graduation, a chance connection with a mutual friend brought Alan and I together – and my work at Cascadia just keeps growing.
Outside of work, life is full with parenting my now 11 year old son, Cypress; caring for our cat, dog and two alpacas; and learning how to have a life outside of being a full time student.
B.A., W.W.U – Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Degree Title: “Symptomatic Migration: Patterns of Development and Diaspora”
A.A., North Seattle Community College