Study as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Wise advice from scholar Isidore of Seville, likely written by the Archbishop in the early 600s. While writing multi-volume, encyclopedic works like his Etymologiae are worthy pursuits, I gravitate towards audio and video media myself, although I certainly do my share of writing, both professionally and for personal enjoyment. I crowdfund these endeavors (and would love your support), but also offer mentoring, teaching, speaking, and consulting services on a fee-for-service basis. You can learn about these latter offerings below. Contact me if you would like to explore possibilities or talk details.
Some of my richest and most transformative learning experiences emerged from mentoring relationships. If you are interested in learning to navigate challenging conversations about social justice, rekindle a connection to your ancestry, or explore place-based culture and philosophy and the many hard and soft skills that go with it, reach out and we can talk details. As a mentor I can help you achieve agreed-upon goals without judging or ridiculing your stumbles, fumbles or foibles along the way. My mentorship programs can be in-person or online, and offer the sort of private, one-on-one relationship that might be just what you need to jumpstart your learning.
I have taught at the college level for years, and have designed courses spanning the realms of food, energy, and environmental systems for both undergraduate and graduate audiences. Whether teaching in the classroom or online I make use of diverse and engaging pedagogies and consistently earn solid course evaluations. If you work at an educational institution and would like me to teach a course in your department, contact me and we can talk. Outside of traditional college and university settings I teach classes and workshops on the above topics as well as various health and wellness practices, the human gut microbiome, wild edible and medicinal plants, voluntary simplicity, ancestral recovery, and place-based living skills. Reach out if you want me to organize a workshop or class in your area.
I have given talks at many conferences, symposia, and other events. You can find links to and watch a few of them on my media page, although many others were not recorded or were not made available to the public. I enjoy public speaking and particularly enjoy putting my storytelling skills to work, as I did when recording this parallel narrative destined for YouTube. Reach out to me if you would like to have me speak at your event.
Since 2003 I have consulted on a range of projects spanning energy, food, and environmental systems. I have partnered with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level, and have worked with international clients as well. These days I am most interested in projects at the nexus of systems analysis and environmental and social justice, though have assisted past clients with curriculum development, environmental analyses of various sorts, energy audits, life cycle assessment, data analysis, and science communication. Contact me if you are interested in partnering on a project.