•During my graduate studies program I: attended a large retreat at the Shambhala Mountain Center, where we meditated for a month, 10-12 hours a day, mostly in silence; experienced the tremendous heartbreak of watching a three-year marriage engagement implode before my eyes; sat in the barracks at Auschwitz for five days with 120 people from around the world, as part of a "Bearing Witness" program led by Bernie Glassman; prayed at the Western Wall for a wife/life partner and danced in the streets of Jerusalem; fed fish in the Galilee; and lived for five days on the streets of Denver with a group of students interested in homelessness advocacy. Some of my favorite formal classroom topics were Mystical Judaism and the Kabbalah, Ken Wilber's Integral Theory, Buddha Nature and Tibetan Buddhism, Sanskrit, Biblical Hebrew and Father Thomas Keating's Centering Prayer practice.
•After graduating from Naropa, I met my soulmate and future wife and we fell madly in love. Soon after that we traveled together to Brazil where we sipped coconuts, danced on the rooftops in Rio, experienced a profound spiritual healer and witnessed a powerfully intense Candomblé ceremony.
•We later moved to the Bay Area, where we both worked in the Financial District of San Francisco. With the help of our loving community, we had a phenomenal wedding and a spectacular honeymoon.
•After I was laid off from my job, in the midst of the recession, we invented an eco-friendly cat toy, I started my own tax debt consulting firm and we both decided we wanted to have a baby; shortly thereafter our first daughter was conceived.
•I supported my remarkable wife as she pursued and completed her Master’s degree in the midst of getting pregnant and giving birth to our magical little girl. During the birth I had the extraordinarily good fortune to get to "catch" our daughter when she first came into the world. In 2014 our second magnificent daughter joined us, and our little tribe was complete.
•After many years of dancing and wrestling with the decision, I joyfully converted to Judaism through the inspiration of the Jewish Renewal movement and Kehilla Community Synagouge. This is also the time I received my Hebrew name, Micha'el. (Hebrew pronunciation of Michael)
•In 2013 I participated in the New Warrior Training Adventure with the ManKind Project and successfully completed a year long Clairvoyant Training Program at Aesclepion, in San Rafael.
•I have been working on an album with my brother-in-law Tanner Speas for the last four years (ready for release on April 22nd, 2018!) and am also currently writing my first book.
•In my free time I love to dance in my living room with my wife and two daughters, cheer on the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors, watch inspiring movies, play hoops and spend time with our wonderful community in Petaluma.
Enough about me. In a nutshell, over the course of the last two decades I've had the great fortune of getting to have some pretty profound experiences, and have learned a few things throughout my journey.
Amidst the myriad of other things I still hope to do, experience and accomplish in my lifetime, I have the deep desire to connect with YOU, to help YOU find YOUR inspiration, so that YOU can more fully live the life YOU came here to!