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Am I A Buddhist?

March 23, 2015

On the final night of the 10-day Buddhist retreat in Bodh Gaya, I walk with five students to the Bodhi Tree. On an ordinary day about two thousand six hundred years ago, Siddhartha Gautama sat down to meditate under this tree and made a vow not to move until he had realized the answers to life’s biggest questions. Seven weeks later, he arose Continue reading >>

What is Banaras?

March 17, 2015

I have lived in Banaras for five weeks, and I need to ask: what is this place?

It’s the simple idea that spirituality is something you can pin down, and that you might find it in an ancient city in India.

It’s watching the tainted and holy Ganges river flow by and trying to comprehend that 600 million people, eight percent of the humans on earth live on the Ganga Plains.

It’s seeing hundreds of carefully constructed goddesses made of straw and six feet tall all waiting to be burned once they dry out from being dumped in the river eight weeks ago during the Saraswati festival.

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Father Francis and Caste

February 25, 2015

Father Francis grows more impassioned as each sentence brings him towards the end of his speech. “This isn’t a garden, it’s a fight for freedom!” He catches his breath after the declaration, keeping one arm held aloft for emphasis. His audience, eighteen Swedish college students, barrage the 79-year-old man with questions Continue reading >>

Photos: Kathmandu’s Boudha Stupa

February 5, 2015

Boda Stupa

Boda Stupa Wheel

Fracking as a Lifestyle Choice

January 9, 2015
Alternative Living

The Boulder Daily Camera published this piece I wrote on fracking last week, and it has turned into a piece for local debate. See all the responses here. In the Camera, it was titled “Morality of NIMBY”.

The Boulder County commissioners sent a clear message by extending the fracking moratorium: We don’t want fracking in Boulder County. As an environmentalist, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth because we are not banning natural gas use, just the extraction that Continue reading >>

2014 in Photographs

December 29, 2014

Canyoneering Southern Utah Continue reading >>

Published in Sierra!

November 6, 2014
AdventureAlternative LivingExperiential Education

My essay, Wild Connections, was published in Sierra Magazine’s online edition today! This was the winning essay for an essay contest they sponsored last year for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The prompt: what does wilderness mean for the millennial generation? My answer: 

I spend my life taking people into wilderness. I am a 23-year-old outdoor educator, and my students are people not much younger than myself: teenagers and twenty- somethings. Every time, whether we’re out there for a week or a month, there’s always a night when we lie on our backs and stare Continue reading >>

Fall in the Winds with NOLS

September 10, 2014

Me, Jessica Fuller, and Jake Perkinson

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Photos from WRW1 6/26/14

July 29, 2014
Experiential EducationNOLSPhotos

Photos from a magical July in the Winds. Thank you to Scott, Sarah, Clara, Joey, Alexis, Jenny, Marlon, Alex, Chris, Andy, Oliver, and Kristina: my wonderful students who helped make this something great.

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2013 in Photographs

December 30, 2013

Olympic Coast Hiker

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