My journey to this work began as a child, eager to lead “expeditions” to out of the way places, and later in books and museums. Like giant magnets, the ancient Olmec, Aztec, Toltec and Mayan sites of Mesoamerica drew me to them. I was still in my teens when I first visited Mexico City and explored the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan and other ancient sites in the area. I did not know then that I was being initiated into a lifetime adventure.
Massive stones and structures spoke to me then, as they do now. This was home.
A year later, the ancient city of Tangiers, Moorish beauty of the Alhambra Palace, artworks of the Louvre and London’s British Museum whispered stories written in the auras of antiquities telling of times passed and lost civilizations.
I spent many days in the Egyptian Exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and made my way back frequently to be close to objects that seemed so familiar, to breath their essence into my soul.
By the time I was 19 years old, I initiated an art and antique business that kept me in the loop of my explorations and gave me a tactile relationship with objects of the past. Ancient civilizations and forgotten worlds enveloped me in their magic. I traveled, collected art and artifacts, read, studied and visited sacred sites. I planned my journeys to mystical places and, eventually, I began to include others in the adventure, just as I did when I was a child.
Years passed and I eventually moved to San Francisco and took five years to study painting and performance/video at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduation, I continued to paint and perform and delved deeper into the great mystery, the mystic. The world I inhabited since childhood included the unseen, what was invisible to others. It took me a good portion of my life to acquire a language for my experience and to develop methods to address the unspeakable.
Now, as an author, painter, world traveler and real estate broker, my work shares a common thread: the treasure hunt.
Over the last fifty years I have researched, visited, explored, painted and written about hundreds of archaeological sites, ancient, sacred and ceremonial.
Together, my experiences add up to a lifetime of focused extensive exploration covering almost every continent and over 35 countries.
As founder and CEO of the Integrative Archaeology Foundation, our purpose is continued research, production of educational materials and events and to assist with the preservation of indigenous cultures.
I have facilitated transformational journeys worldwide since 1986.
If you’re curious to learn more about this methodology, my book INTEGRATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY delivers what explorers of sacred places are seeking–something that tourism cannot provide—access to the hidden spiritual wealth, life-changing personal messages and unique stories these mystical places have to reveal.
(No plans to travel? Use the skills in this book to enrich your everyday life and honor the Self as a sacred place.)
And you can click here for details of our next expedition, Peru 2018.