My training in the fields of natural healing research, health coaching, energy medicine, life coaching and teaching is extensive and spans more than two decades. Here is a rundown of some of my training: 

-B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego (June 1996)

-California K-8 Teaching Certificate, Language Arts and Bilingual emphasis (1999)

-MFA in Creative Writing (non-fiction/memoir emphasis, from the University of New Orleans (June 2010)

-Oneness Blessing Giver Certificate, Oneness University (Feb 2012)

-Extensive training with Life Purpose Institute in Life Purpose Coaching (April 2012) 

-BEMER Vascular Therapy Advanced Training, Carlsbad, CA & Santa Fe, NM (2017 & 2018)

-Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (Jan 2019) 

-Unlocking Transcendence with Jeffrey Allen, Certificate of Completion, Mindvalley University (Jan 2019)

-Reiki Masters certificate from Melissa Crowhurst/Natural (March 2019) 

-Crystal Healing Certificate, Crystal Vault (March 2019) 

-Reiki II Level HOLY FIRE Reiki (July 2019)

-Grief Recovery Workshop Participant, Hokseda Grief Recovery, Durango, CO (July2019)

In addition, since the late 1990’s I have unofficially studied the work of the following professionals and masters in the following disciplines-


Natural Medicine:

-Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (breast cancer)
-Dr. Paul Epstein
-Dr Christine Northrop
-Dr. Joan Borysenko
-Geneen Roth (intuitive eating)
-Dr. Joseph Mercola
-Dr. David Permutter (Grain Brain)
– (the late) Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez (enzyme therapy for cancer and other diseases)
-Dr. Tony Jimenez (Hope4Cancer)
-Donna Gate, The Body Ecology Diet (autoimmune disease, gut health, candida)
-Dr. Isabella Wenz (Hashimoto’s)
-Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (GAPS diet, candida, autoimmune, austism)
-Anthony Williams (medical intuitive)
-Deepak Chopra (Ayurveda)
-Dr. Daniel Amen (brain health)
-Dr. Memet Oz
-David Aspry (ketogenic diet)
-Dr. Lissa Rankin (Mind over Medicine)
-Linda Bacon (Health at Every Size)
-Dr. Mark Hyman (keto diet, brain health, candida)
-Joshua Rosenthal (Institute of Integrative Nutrition founder)


Energy Medicine:

– Dr. Bradley Nelson (Emotion Code)
-Jeffrey Allen
-Donna Eden (Energy Medicine)
– Dr. Alberto Villodo (shamanic healing)
-Melissa Crowhurst ( reiki)
-Heart Math Institute (Heart coherence)
-Lauren Walker (Energy Medicine Yoga)
-Carolyn Myss (medical intuitive) 


Spirituality/New Physics:

-Dr. Joe Dispenza
-Bentihno Massaro
-J J Hurtak
-Byron Katie
-Ekhart Tolle
-Thich Naht Hahn
-Abraham Hicks
-Dr. Wayne Dyer
-Marianne Williamson (Course in Miracles)
-Nicky Sutton
-Carol Tuttle
-Cynthia Su Larson
-Louis Hay
-Law of One/ Book of Ra
-Bruce Lipton
-Dr. Candice Pert
-Neale Donald Walsh
-Bernice Brown
-Greg Braden
-Jose Arguilles (Mayan Calendar, 4D Time)



-Elizabeth Gilbert
-Julia Cameron
-Pico Iyer
-Natalie Goldberg


Sacred Sexuality/ Feminine & Masculine Energies:

-David Deida
-Regina Tomasauer
-Amy Jo Goddard
-Elizabeth Wilcock

-Rori Raye

-Allison Armstrong 
-Diane Richardson

Financial Abundance:

-T Harv Eker
-Tony Robbins
-Robert Kiyosaki
-Maria Nemeth
-Kate Northrop
-Lynn Twist


Time Management / Marketing:

-David Allen
-Pat Flynn


New (Hidden) Technologies That Can Help Health:

-David Wilcock
-Gorey Goode
-Emery Smith
-Michael Tellinger
-Dr. Michael Salla
-Barbara Marciniak
-Law of One/ Book of Ra

-Laura Eisenhower
-Barbara Hand Clow


Just for fun (and to prove I REALLY AM a “Gentle Traveler”), here is a listing of my travel adventures: 

-Mexico, 1996-1999: research, human rights delegation member, journalist in Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Chiapas

-Cuba, 1997 and 2010: conference attendee, journalist, ship crew member 

-Atlantic Ocean, 2010: ship crew member on RV Heraclitis across the Atlantic, 9 month voyage

-Dominican Republic, 2010: 1 week holiday, ship crew member 

-Haiti, 2010: journalist, ship crew member 

-Azore Islands, 2010: research, two-week holiday, ship crew member  

-Morocco, 2010: holiday, ship crew member, journalist in Tangiers, Marakesh and Jujuka

-Spain, 2010: English Language teacher, ship crew offshore officer 

-United States, 2012-2019: extensive travel via plane, train, RV and car including long housesitting, short-term living and holiday stays in New York, Florida, New Orleans, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, California and Catalina Island

-United States, Pacific Northwest, 2014: 3-month RV trip through Northern California, Oregon and Washington 

-United Kingdom, January-March 2019: Two and half-month stay in Hastings, Sussex for house sitting assignment, blogging assignment

-France, April 2019: Three weeks, blogging and exploring in Paris and the Louire Valley

-Belgium, April 2019: One week housesitting in Gent 


Travel Memberships and Certifications:, 2016-present: Veteran member with over a dozen sits to date. See my profile for testimonials and references for my work. Do you need a housesitter? Click the link!

-American Writers and Artists, 2016 to present: The Professional Writers Association