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I am a poet, author, freelance writer and editor, teacher, personal and organizational consultant, rites of passage guide, mother of two adult children, and lover of the wilds. 

A poet and writer since my early years, I graduated with a BA in Literary Studies (Trinity College, CT) and an MA in Creative Writing/English (UC-Boulder). In earlier chapters of my life, I was a massage therapist, an informal doula at many births, a domestic violence hot-line volunteer, and the co-founder and director of an all volunteer non-profit working with homeless communities in Philadelphia. I later taught Creative Writing and English for four years at the University of Colorado and beyond, before I joined the PassageWorks Institute~an educational non-profit supporting schools to cultivate meaningful and nourishing school cultures that integrate social, emotional and academic learning.

 My writing history includes: co-authoring  The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching  (a book for educators: Solution Tree 2013), co-authoring numerous curricula for the transitions years, and publishing dozens of poems, book chapters and essays on topics ranging from rites of passage to death and dying.  You can find samples of my work at or on my blog.  I am currently completing both a book about  Initiation & Rites of Passage (with the working title of Blooming from the Dark) and a volume of poetry entitled Luminous.

 In my 30’s I underwent a profound and intense healing journey that cracked open my heart and transformed me from the inside out.  This initiatory passage deeply informs my writing and work in the world.  It also became one of the taproots for my work as a guide and support to others in the midst of initiatory passages and thresholds of all kinds. Again and again, my life has brought me close to the portals of birth, death, illness and life-changing transitions.   You can read more about my own story in the article Illness as Initiation and my walk with three dear friends through death in the chapter Gifts from the Portal

 Raised in California, my first great teacher was the sea. As a child, I spent endless hours at my grandparents’ home~walking the the shoreline, feeling the pull of the swinging tides, and drinking in the ever-changing water-light. The sea taught me about belonging to both the human and the more than human world and gave me a felt-sense of the power and aliveness of thresholds~these mysterious and potent “in-between” places on the earth and in our lives where two (or more) worlds meet. In the natural world, these are the places where creation bursts forth, where ecosystems teem, where new life is born. In our lives, these are the unmapped wild spaces of the soul~and when we wander with intention here, we often meet our deepest longings, fears, and gifts.

 I have been rooted in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with my two children since 1998. Here, I am nourished and inspired by a different kind of threshold living. Here, where the high prairie meets granite upthrusted mountains, we are abundantly gifted with wide open spaces, audacious wildflowers, coursing snow-fed streams, diamond nights, fierce thunder storms, and extremities of weather and landscape that demand a particular flexibility of spirit.

 I am a weaver.  My work in the world draws from the many strands of my life experience~from my ongoing engagement as an activist and change agent, to two decades of parenting; from directing two non-profits, to serving as a consultant and facilitator in K-12 schools across the country; from walking through my own healing “crisis,” to growing and sustaining an ongoing relationship with my creative muse; from working in the field of therapeutic healing, to supporting the life passages of others; from tending my passion for wild spaces, to co-creating vibrant and inclusive human communities.  My core inquiry continues to be~what is it to be in right relationship to Life itself?  What does this call forth in each of us? And how do we tend this call individually and collectively, so we are fully and consciously participating in this beautiful and complex journey on the planet?

In my experience, each of us longs to offer our gifts, to serve Life, to know our belonging, to experience our wild, untameable spirit, and to live in sacred reciprocity with all that is. My work, in all its forms, is dedicated to the Re-Membering of who we are and what we are here for. 


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynne permalink
    May 4, 2014 9:15 pm

    Dear Laura, Just got this email in my box and recalled your story of the dreaming society of the Achuar as I am a dream teacher. Thought you might like to read it.

  2. May 4, 2014 10:44 pm

    wow, thanks for the link–I hadn’t heard about this. Amazing what is happening all over the globe right now. Would love to learn about your dream work Lynne…blessings.

  3. October 9, 2014 11:49 am

    Hi Laura, your writing always takes my breath away. The one I read this morning brought tears to my eyes. Have you published a book?

    • October 9, 2014 2:03 pm

      dear Amy–thank you for your words! I am in the midst of completing a book of poetry and book on Initiation. I will share widely as it is available! You can access more of my work from my website Thanks again for reaching out.

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