After working in start ups, therapeutic communities, urban and land-based social enterprises and collectives for twenty years, Turning Forward emerged as my organisational home for facilitating personal and collective engagement and growth in phases of accelerated change. Change happens, breath by breath, phase by phase, whether as a result of pressures from the inside-out, from the outside-in and/or simply being moved by the spirit of the times. Over the past 40 years, my experience has spanned Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, England, Wales, Israel, South Africa, Botswana, Norway, France, Sweden, USA, and Canada in various contexts - social services and housing, education, agriculture, business, media, and the military.
My experience in a range of roles from within organisations has helped me to appreciate the experience of role holders - as practitioner, administrator, educator, small business manager, in HR, as a team member and leader.
My experience, study and training as a facilitator, coach and consultant enable me to assist people and teams to discover the constant and stable elements hidden within the patterns of daily living and working, chaotic change, in the midst of tensions and conflict, as well as in the high dreams for self, others and the world. I have a special interest in the transformation of social care institutions recovering in the aftermath of abuse and becoming facilitators of self-powered people and communities.
I love working with people in the action finding energy points of leverage for an easier and more joyous life, work and relationships. In this atmosphere, it is easier for the whole to self-organise, true to its abiding purpose, even when times are tough. People at all levels of a collective can discover her/his unique way to facilitate their own being, dream and enjoy an entrepreneurial mindset to implement purposeful action. The heaviest load can feel lighter, when meaning, joy and the pull to cooperate through tensions and conflict, align.
Global network partner projects
- A deep democracy international coaching team providing bespoke coaching, training and facilitation in care organisations, businesses and grass roots initiatives.
- Co-facilitation of Open Forums
- Collaboration in corporate change projects: deep democracy coaching and multi-stakeholder facilitation
- Collaboration in further and higher education training seminars and programs
- Research projects and publications
- Diplomate in Process-oriented Psychology, from Deep Democracy Institute specialising in leadership, facilitation, coaching and conflict awareness.
- Ph.D in Human Ecology, ANU, Canberra - Doctoral thesis: Snakes and Ladders: Emergence of Deep Power in Transformational Change (2013)
- Masters of Applied Science in Social Ecology: University of Western Sydney (UWS) Australia. Organisational Development (2000)
- Ongoing intensive training with the global Deep Democracy Institute (DDI) - facilitation, leadership, coaching, consulting, conflict work in businesses, non-profits and grass roots initatives
- Certified trainer and assessor with Council on Quality and Leadership using Personal Outcome Measures® to learn what matters most to children and their families, youth and adults reliant on support.
- Certified facilitator LOTS® Scandinanvian Leadership
- Mediation: Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR)
- Conflict Coaching: CINERGY®
- EMDR: (trauma therapy) Child Trauma Institute, Greenfield, Ma USA
- Chair Board of Directors, Metavision Institute, NSW, Australia
- Treasurer, ARLASH - Alliance for Regenerative Landscapes and Social Health, Australia
- Founding moderator, Fenner School Writing Group, Australian National University, Canberra
- Member Resolution Institute, professional ADR association - Australia and New Zealand
- Member International Coaching Federation (ICF)
- Visiting scholar, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
My new book published by Eldership Academy Press, is titled:
Applying deep democracy in human services: diversity, inclusion and innate powers
Available on Amazon in paperback and kindle book from 25 April 2017
View other publications here
“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”* Andre Gide
This is one of my favorite proverbs to describe transformation within individuals and organisations especially if I add another thought: " Sometimes a new lake will do." Andre Gide
I am a Turning Forward network partner since 2014. I bring to our projects my experience in leadership, entrepeneurship and business development. I have 13 years of management and executive experience in the area of media and digital business. I served seven years as Vice President the executive board of the internet company AOL and 5 years as publishing director of Medienhaus Milchstraße/Burda)
Consulting, Training and Coaching
My focus areas are: facilitation of strategy and/or transformation processes, leadership consulting and training, conflict resolution and executive coaching
Education and Further Training
- Study of processwork facilitation and coaching focusing on conflict resolution and communication for individuals and groups at the Deep Democracy Institute, USA & Europe
- Systemic Consultant qualification from the Neuwaldegg Consulting Group, Vienna, Austria
- “Train the trainer” education at the Osterberg Institute, Malente, Germany
- MBA from the University of Louisville, USA
- Business Economy graduate from the University of Pforzheim, Germany
- Publisher apprenticeship, Südkurier, Konstanz, Germany
I have a passion for Tai Chi. I use elements from Tai Chi in our coaching and seminars, to bring inner movement into outer expression with leaders, teams and whole organisations. Furthermore I love exploring cities, cultures and countries and enjoy working in diverse teams.
I have lived and worked in cross-cultural communities, eco-villages and educational contexts such as Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland and Sacha Mama in Lamas Peru. My experience spans from leading trainings in care provider organizations such as Transition Projects and Camphill, facilitating meetings and organizational change processes with local cooperative businesses, and cross-cultural organizations such as the Cyprus Friendship program.
My Focus: I support individuals, groups and teams to increase their impact, clear communication, strengthen relationships. I specialize in, communication, conflict facilitation, visioning, and leadership development. I work locally, and internationally as a coach, facilitator, and consultant, and am based in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Along my journey, I have discovered that each individual, as well as each team, holds a field of potential, innate direction, and path toward development. Tapping into and unfolding this intrinsic direction is my passion. This unfolding is unique and multi-leveled, often arising at the fringes of our awareness. I have found that bringing information that is at the edges into view broadens the collective awareness, deepens interactions, enhances creativity, and enriches the culture of individuals and groups. Increasing awareness expands our capacity to flow with challenges, find meaning in difficulty, and embrace and live our full potential.
- MA and Diplomate in Process-Oriented Psychology - Process Work Institute (PWI), Portland Oregon,
- Process-Oriented Coaching and Facilitation - Deep Democracy Institute, Europe & USA
- Certified Grundkraft Facilitator, Zurich, Switzerland - for teachers to develop self awareness as key to social and professional challenges
- “Train the trainer” certification through Leaders Empowered, Barcelona, Spain
- “Mysterium Training for Helping Professionals” with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, focusing on analytical techniques that can be integrated into any form of healing, including developmental, depth, analytical, cognitive, and the expressive art therapies
- BA in Anthropology - Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
- Partners for Youth Empowerment, Portland,Oregon - Facilitator
- Grundkraft Professional Network
As a musician and a farmer I am interested in areas beyond the spoken word and I bring this knowledge into projects with Turning Forward in my role as an organisational facilitator and coach.
My life as a musician embraces classical music, experimental music, improvisation, meditative music and music that supports the processes of individuals and groups. In the 1990s I taught piano to professional music students at Musikhochschule Bern, Switzerland. For many years I am giving concerts and teaching piano, improvisation and chamber music. I have developed an approach to facilitation with individuals and groups, called tonal mind – with roots in Processwork, deep democracy and unintentional music.
I have lived and worked in the midst of the powerful forces of nature in the Swiss Alps for over 20 years. 1999 I co-created 'Kulturland' a cultural project on our farm, to host and facilitate creative workshops in nature. Many people have spent time on our farm to learn cheese-making, milk the cows and experience the day to day life of caring for the land and running a farm.
No longer a hands-on farmer, I continue to play music, create music and teach music alongside my coaching practice for indiviuals and groups. My main focus now is Processwork applied in music. I developed Tonal Mind Coaching, a non rational way to find our inner sources and getting deep answers from an essence level to questions and issues. My joy is to support people to deeply get in touch with their inner nature, and nature around us.
I love following the mystery of processes with curiosity for the unknown.
- Diploma in piano teaching – Musikhochschule Winterthur, Switzerland
- Diploma in performance – Musikhochschule Winterthur CH
- Masterclasses with internationally renowned composers and musicians
- Unintentional Music with Lane Arye
- Ongoing training with the Deep Democracy Institute: Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Coaching and Facilitation with individuals, teams and organisations.
7 Improvisations with Cow Bells
I am a facilitator,and coach, and CEO and cofounder of AgeSong, a vision-driven group of eldercare communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1992, I founded the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit organization that defines its mission as one of helping elders live meaningful lives through an existential-humanistic approach to care.
I am a frequent guest lecturer, including presenting at international conferences focusing on aging, psychotherapy, and forgetfulness (dementia). In 2003, I authored Faces of Aging, a book challenging stereotypical views of the aging process and of growing old.
2008 - Co-author Deeper Into the Soul, a book aimed at de-stigmatizing and broadening our understanding of dementia.
2009 - co-authored Conversations With Ed, a book challenging readers to look at dementia in different ways.
2011 - Elders Today, a photo essay describing the opportunities awaiting us in our second half of life. I
2011 - edited Gems of Wisdom, a book of poems written largely by elders living in assisted living communities throughout California.
2012 and 2014 - Encounters of the Real Kind, Book I & II, a compilation of stories highlighting Agesong's innovative GeroWellness program where young psychotherapy interns work hand in hand with often very frail and forgetful elders in assisted living communities.
2016 - Ambiguity of Suffering (2015) outlining my research on the importance of understanding the underlying meaning of psychological as well as physical symptoms for individuals.
Qualifications and awards
- PhD Stanford University
- Licensed psychotherapist
- The American Society of Aging (ASA) presented AgeSong in 2006 the Excellence in Innovation in Aging award.
Current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI). EHI serves as a training center for interns and professionals in existential-humanistic therapy and was recently awarded by the APA, Division 32, the Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award for an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to humanistic psychology.
I am founder and Academic Director of the Metavision Institute where professional training in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy has been offered for 13 years.
My life long passion for the human condition has shaped my clinical practice in holistic health care where I continues to develop a unique synthesis of Processwork, Chinese Medicine and spirituality. It is from this experience I develops courses at the Metavision Institute.
Dr Chinese Medicine, BSW, BAC, M App Sci, Cert of Advanced Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Hangzhou (China) Process Oriented Psychology (Phase 1). Member AACMA, MH AASW, AAMA
I currently work as clinical director and supervisor in a community outpatient mental health program that works with refugees and trauma survivors, in Portland Oregon. As a physician in Switzerland I worked in the fields of coma and brain injury recovery and psychosocial medicine. I am author of “Health in Sickness and Sickness in Health” in which I share my ideas about valuing health and sickness, and discovering our diversity, which includes processes that go beyond the narrow margins of conventional health and normality. I am an international coach and trainer of Process-oriented Psychology and the current co-president of the International Association of Process-oriented Psychology (IAPOP).
2015 - Health in Sickness, Sickness in Health
2010 - Co-author Inside Coma