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Third (Eye) Beach La Push

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog 2019, Hiking | Comments Off on Third (Eye) Beach La Push

                                                                              Always be sure to consult tide tables, wind and wave forecast. Never turn your back on the surf. Be careful of large sets and rogue waves which can be 250% higher than the norm. Beach walks which round points not recommended in winter. If the water from the beach slowly...

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Quinault Forest Bathing 1.4.19

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog 2019, Hiking | Comments Off on Quinault Forest Bathing 1.4.19


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Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog 2019, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 1 comment

Glacial erratic covered in moss, mushrooms, and licorice root. Groceries for the rest of week were in the cardboard box on the back of my new bike as I suddenly realized I was going down. I had tried to turn too sharply on the sidewalk, looking for the button to activate the crosswalk light. Foolish maneuver in hindsight. Bam! The sound of my helmet hitting the concrete, like a cosmic exclamation point and still reverberating days later, urges me to wake up and be more careful. Karma is ripening in each moment. Serious injury or death could...

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Balanced Perspective

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Blog 2018, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Sustainability | Comments Off on Balanced Perspective

Thanksgiving 2018. A holiday founded on colonialism and genocide, repurposed to allow gratitude and connection – with family, community, and all life.  As I turn the compost pile in the front yard, a neighbor walks to her car beneath a sunny Seattle morning sky with double rainbows. “Happy Thanksgiving Jordan”.  Returning the perfunctory greeting, I am aware of the deep inner conflict and discomfort at any hint of celebration over a holiday which – for some – symbolizes the beginning of a centuries long European...

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I Bow Down to Your Beauty and Wisdom Mother Earth

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on I Bow Down to Your Beauty and Wisdom Mother Earth

After attending a racial diversity conference on Thursday against the backdrop of two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings, during which the full scale ugliness of patriarchy was on display, I felt a call from the wilderness to go to a place of silence, to look within, and resolve any internal conflict and separation from life.  In order to serve others, sometimes we need to focus on our own self-care. We left the Denny Creek trailhead at 730am and hiked up towards Melakwa Lake amidst the colors of autumn.          ...

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Rooting out Patriarchal (White) Privilege

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Blog 2018 | Comments Off on Rooting out Patriarchal (White) Privilege

I’ve been wondering about the attention I’ve devoted to following the rapidly changing news cycle surrounding the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh. Am I merely addicted to the drama and spectacle? Or am I taking inventory, doing the necessary reflection and inner work that will lead to transformation and healing in the world? That’s the key question, especially for any white men like me. Having attended an elite college in the late 70s and early 80s, and witnessed the drunkenness and debauchery of fraternity...

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Bailey Range Rescue

Posted by on Sep 2, 2018 in Blog 2018, Stories | 4 comments

Olympic National Park, August 30, 2018. I was alone and cold. My shoes, and most of my gear were soaked. I was tired, lost, and had only a few ounces of water as I put on all my pile clothes and zipped up my sleeping bag over my head with a wool hat on. As I lay there shivering and wet, I contemplated my situation. Would my body warm up? Would the fog and clouds lift in the morning so that I could determine my location? I had just climbed up some very steep and sketchy terrain, pulling myself up by root and tree trunk, carefully selecting...

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Crisis Intervention and the Path to Freedom

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Blog 2018, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | Comments Off on Crisis Intervention and the Path to Freedom

“There is no path to peace, peace is the path.” Gandhi Reading the story of how one woman, tuned in to trauma dynamics, helped deescalate a hostage situation, brought back memories of my own brush with a potentially violent situation.  Unfortunately, the incident last week at a Trader Joe’s in California resulted in an innocent bystander shot by police, but the potential for peaceful resolution to conflict is always present when we tune into our innate compassion and sense of connection with others. I was on a train with my...

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Sol Duc

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog 2018, Environmental Healing, Hiking, Peace | Comments Off on Sol Duc

  Any wilderness journey is a story of contrasts – low and high, water, rock and snow, challenges and rewards. With a sense of deep reverence for the great circle of life, the elemental forces flowing into each other, we began our journey with a trip to the seashore. An eagle drifted over head as we departed the beach for the Sol Duc trail-head, the first of many auspicious signs.                                            ...

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A Little Beauty to Brighten Your World – Baldy

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking | 1 comment

At times, it can seem like these are dark times for those noble spirits endeavoring to work for peace and justice against the forces of greed, intolerance, ignorance and hate. It’s important to fill your cup on a regular basis, and drink from the fountain of life. In that spirit, I offer you these images from a July 1 hike up Baldy Mountain in the traditional Twana territory of the Coast Salish tribes. Yes – this is a steep trail, gaining 4500 feet from the Dungeness River trailhead to the top of Baldy (elevation 6800 feet). For...

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