Despite my best efforts to hide my online presence with superb stealthcraft and poor SEO, it appears you have found me. My name is Eric Garza. I live in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, in the Northeastern United States. I spend much of my time here pondering the skills and practices that might help us navigate the changing world in which we live.
This pondering lends itself well to a career in education, and an educator I am. I teach part-time at the University of Vermont, and also through Quillwood Academy. My academic studies focused on ecological economics, energy systems, environmental science, and public affairs, among other topics. Read through my curriculum vitae for the grizzly details, if you feel inspired. Outside academia I train in various martial arts, and find great value in the body awareness, movement practice, and conditioning they offer. I also invest thousands of hours practicing place-based skills, including foraging, tracking, interpreting landscapes, and crafting useful tools from gathered materials. I mentor individuals and small groups in these skills, and sometimes in martial arts and movement practices as well.
To complement my educational pursuits I do a fair bit of writing. I publish much of it on my Patreon page. You can also find my old podcast episodes there, along with audio versions of my written work and other creative outputs. A few days after its initial Patreon release I publish my writing on Medium, then, eventually, on my blog.
I am sometimes asked about the origins of my surname, Garza. My father, from whom I inherit it, was born in Mexico. His family immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s, when he was very young. My paternal grandparents were migrant farm workers who eventually settled in Wyoming. My grandfather was Basque, and my grandmother had Native ancestry though her tribal heritage remains unclear. She died before I was born, so I never got to meet her.
While I inherit my last name from my father, my light skin tone comes from my mother. She was born in Northwest Indiana, as was I. She is of primarily Scottish and Irish descent, though her mother had some French ancestry too. Her ancestors immigrated to North America in the years following the Irish Potato Famine. Some settled in Canada before immigrating to the United States. Today, most of my mother’s relatives live in the US Midwest.
I have learned from many brilliant people over the years. I count among my teachers Bayo Akomolafe, adrienne maree and Autumn Brown, rain crowe, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, So Faun and Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Layla Feghali, Jack D. Forbes, Karl Haloj, Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, Stephen Jenkinson, Aaron Johnson, Shihan Robert Johnson, Lyla June Johnston, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gabor Maté, Pat McCabe, Resmaa Menakem, Sherri Mitchell, Lama Rod Owens, Stephen Porges, Martín Prechtel, Zen Master Barbara Rhodes, Bessel van der Kolk, and Reverend angel Kyodo williams. I have studied with some on this list directly, and learn from others through their writing and recorded media.
Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to my email list at the bottom of this page.