About Michael

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Starting Out

A native of the Boston area, Michael's interest in self-discovery led him through Boston College (BA) and Duke University (MPP) - and was followed by forays into an international dialogue on peace and recovery in Central America, a long-shot presidential campaign and early attempts to study and mitigate the impact of climate change. 


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A Conversation with the Heart

A sense of neglecting his inner being prompted Michael to leave a small consulting group for a conversation with his heart, where he stumbled on a desire to know the deepest potential of love - followed by a strange series of events, a wrenching ordeal and a startling new vision in which the core of his heart was inseparable from everything in the visual field.  

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Learning to Work with Sacred Light

Michael's exploration of this raw, sacred intimacy led to exciting new work as a catalyst with several nonprofit ventures until his sense of an even deeper potential drew him to an experimental leadership gathering in 1998 - where his inquiry drew him into the origin of creation and an ecstatic talk about the "space beyond words"  (aka samadhi).


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Transitions

While keeping the revelation of a divine "I" close to the vest, Michael gave up his apartment in Washington, DC and drove a pickup truck across country where the engine seized outside a wilderness temple, so he rented a cottage in a small village in the middle of nowhere and breathed into the fabric of existence with no idea how the transition would go.     

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Working Undercover

To Michael's ears, some of the most prominent teachings of no path relied on relentless, caustic critiques of the teacher-student paradigm and sounded more like a political reprisal against authority than an invitation to know the depth and beauty of one's own heart, so he experimented with different venues for sharing the way of  love.  

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The Creative Side of Awakening

As the revelations continued to unfold in the desert, a luminous sage arrived in a dream with a final nudge, so Michael launched a series of small, informal talks, eclectic week-long gatherings and annual river/wilderness adventures, with an emphasis on converting the light of one's deepest Self into an actual, embodied reality – that is the Work.

Enigmatic Testimonials

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"Painting is definitely my path to G-d, but  insights that come from the creative process were not translating into my life. Michael's work bridged that gap and more." - B.K., workshop leader.


"People often misunderstand our work - it's not that Michael tells me what to do, he guides me to hear the deepest part of my Self." - D.S., spiritual seeker/guide


"There is not really a word to describe what you are". - V.B., bioenergy master


"At first, I was surprised that the Work did not offer a formal period of meditation, but then in the middle of a conversation, a deep silence would break out and draw everyone in." ~ C.E. healer/hospice worker


“When I tell my husband that I have a session with Michael, I laugh and say that I am going to the hangman’s noose.” ~ K.H., retired tree climber/forest advocate


"I have been in spiritual circles for most of my life, but never had this kind of conversation with my heart before." - E.M., frreelance writer


I tried to get Michael to sympathize with the hurt that I felt with my former master, but he gave my story no room to maneuver.” - J.S., yoga teacher


"It is tempting to say that I am learning to be more honest, but the more difficult truth is that I may be learning what honesty means for the very first time." - S.C.,  retired therapist 


"People keep asking how Michael has changed since high school and I tell them not much - there are just a few more people listening these days." - P.S. pilot


"I can't help noticing that those storm clouds above the rim are strangely responsive to our work on this sandbar (laughter)." - B.S., cosmic priest


"I found the experience amazing and transformative. I was unused to so much love – from both leader and participants – to be so openly expressed." ~ D.W., feminist scholar/poet 


"How are we supposed to tell people about this work when those of us who come to the gatherings can't even describe it to each other (laughter)?." - I.B, writer


"You sure do have a gift for bringing out the shadow in spiritual groups, whether you mean to or not." - S.B,. philanthropist


"After watching closely for a few years, it seems to me that this work places you on the edge of constant confrontation with our view of reality." - J.S., physicist


"Could you go away, we can't think when you are around." - P.T. , artist/healer


“Before witnessing that exchange, I never imagined that caring and fierceness could be combined as one and need to bring that blend into my work too." ~ J.S., meditation teacher


"What you are describing is found in the most ancient sutras from the East, even if you have not read them yet." - L.K., yoga teacher


"Tell Michael that everything that he warned us about turned out to be true." - R.Y., chicano activist


“We don't even know what to call Michael, but when anything new happens here, he is right in the middle of it.” ~ D.S., entrepreneur/philanthropist


"It's like you came and went without a care in the world and left total chaos in your wake." - J.O., leadership/change consultant


"Wait a second, you don't have any credentials to do this kind of work (laughter). " R.S., science writer/truth seeker


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