About the Blog,
This blog is a series of short articles that I will later expand into a book. The blog entries are short and incomplete. They are meant to be thought provoking and inspiring. Most of the entries will leave you with more questions. Along with a series of blog posts I have included a poetry tab and a workshop tab.
The poetry tab will give you a link to my poetry blog. In that blog I have posted a selection of poems I wrote in my early twenties. As I began to wake up I choose to write poems about what I was feeling and experiencing during that period of my life.
The workshop tab is a link to what workshops I am currently doing and where I’m facilitating them. Unlike my blog posts, my workshops are designed to be compete teachings with closed logic on the topics I’m teaching about.
As a young boy I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, I’ve always felt that my time with her created an awakening within me at an early age. My grandmother was deaf, the silent world she lived in invoked the silence within me at a very young age. As I turned into a young man I felt this slip away from my experience.
In my early to mid-twenties I felt the call of my spirit and began searching for my truth. I studied hundreds of books, had all kinds of healing work and eventually I found meditation. I spent over eight years with the Ishaya monks turning inward.
My life has been a creative endeavor, which have come to include painting, tattooing and carpentry. I’ve been tattooing and painting for over twenty years. During that time I have had a lot of opportunity to sit and be still. The result of spending copious amounts of time in the stillness is that my life has become very effortless and my relationship with God is more fluent.
What I bring as a facilitator,
I’ve had a keen interest in self-help and spirituality for the last 20 years of my life. I spent eight years working with a doctor holding study groups, meditation groups and facilitating workshops which he and I developed.
During and after my time with Dr. Johnson I found the Ishaya Monks, in total I spent eight years traveling around with them. I eventually took vows and became an Ishaya for a year.
During my time with the Ishayas I would go on meditation retreats for up to two months at a time. After I left the Ishayas, I attended Western University to study psychology and English for a period of two years.
I have training in a few different healing modalities. Other courses I have taken include Palliative Care, Toast Masters to learn how to become a professional speaker, a native spirituality course and a fire keeper for a sweat lodge.
Over the years I have facilitated workshops and talks in schools, the Canadian mental health association, Rogers daytime TV and been a guest and a host on CHRW radio at Western University.
Currently, I’m a self-employed artist and have run my own business for the last 22 years. I have volunteered as a Big Brother (eight years), palliative care support worker (one year) and worked with special needs children and adults (three years).
In addition to the workshop for men, I also offer a meditation workshop for beginners and a workshop for meditation teachers or advanced students. For the advanced meditation workshop, I recommend the attendees have a minimum two years of experience with meditation.