Northwest Poet and Writer
I began a life-long habit of journal keeping in second grade. From the beginning I understood that I write “to know what I know.” Writing is my way of paying attention, story catching, play, and a basic, essential spiritual practice. My writing has taken many forms besides poetry: essays, book chapters, journal articles, speeches, and “users’ guides” for various programs focused on the inner life (see publications). Usually my writing involves another constant in my professional journey, one of group work and co-creating with others.
I am a card-carrying English Major from the days when I earned in my BA at Whitworth University, and hold an MA in Applied Behavioral Science from The Leadership Institute of Spokane, also a part of Whitworth. I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2000 through the Chaplaincy Interfaith Seminary where I studied in San Francisco.
For 13 years I taught in and lead programs for the Graduate Studies Department at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon through the CORE, education, and Courage to Teach programs. For the last 20 years I have been working as a leader, mentor, and program designer for Circles of Trust Retreat Programs as developed by Parker J Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, and have also worked as the Project Coordinator for the Anamcara Project through the Sacred Art of Living Center, in Bend, Oregon. I co-designed and led the Befriending the Unknown Community Group Program through the Alliance for Living and Dying Well in Santa Barbara, California, and currently enjoy a spiritual direction practice and interfaith ministry on a private contract basis.
Much of my endeavors have taken place in group settings designed to invite participants into an inner journey which honors the dignity and life of their souls. I’ve lead retreat programs for professional conferences, groups of ministers, school leaders, health care professionals, hospice communities and women’s programs. I received the Lifetime Anamcara Award for my contributions in that program.
I currently live on the Deschutes River Trail off the Cascades Scenic Highway, 15 minutes downstream from Mt. Bachelor, near Bend, Oregon. I reside with my husband, Jesse John Casbon, and my two furry cat oracles, Morgan and Stewart, not to mention a constant stream of local dogs, raccoons, ducks, golden mantled ground squirrels, chip monks, deer, elk, etc. as they visit our backyard waterfalls and bird feeders.