Michael has been immersed for 25 years in the healing arts, offering hands touch therapies, spiritual mentoring and holistic health coaching for those with chronic and life altering illnesses. He has spent much of the last 18 years as a palliative-based, hospice volunteer and private, end-of-life caregiver.
Michael has participated in several long silent meditation retreats over the years and spent more than two decades immersed in alternative healing methods, including Naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine, as well as touch therapies, time spent as an acupuncturist, Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, massage therapist, Thai yoga practitioner, and leader of holistic detoxification retreats.
In the early 1990s, Michael began training in the hands-on healing arts. Although his training includes many Western-style massage modalities, along with two years studying with a Native American healer, for most of the last 15 years, Michael trained in the Eastern energetic-based medicines of India, China, and Thailand and began practicing yoga in 1993. He taught yoga from 1995 to 2005 and became an accredited massage therapist in 1995. In 1996 he traveled on a spiritual pilgrimage to India. In 1997 he was Reiki certified with a Hopi-trained shaman and nationally certified in acupuncture in 2001. During 2005 and 2009, he traveled to Thailand to study Thai massage.
Having studied and trained with many masters and healers over the years, Michael sees them as great reflectors of oneness in unique and inspiring ways.
A powerful shift and spiritual awakening occurred in his life in 2003 while attending a retreat with Adyashanti. In the years that followed, with the inner guru (teacher) awake, he attunes to the teachings of his primary spiritual preceptor, Ramana Maharshi, while staying open to the wisdom that flows out of all authentic spiritual masters, including Jesus Christ, the Buddha and other ancient and contemporary Saints and Sages.
For Michael writing has become one of his favorite modes of meditation and inquiry. It helps in extracting and sharing the delights of the Soul. He self-published two books. Medicine of the Heart (published in 2009) is a travel narrative about his experience with Thai Massage (while in Thailand) during a trip in 2005. From Illness to Stillness: Uncovering Your Innermost Being was published in 2015 but never released to the general public (and is not available).
His newest book, released in September 2019, is called: Conscious Transition: A Journey into the Heart of Death & Dying. It is a spiritual memoir about his journey as an end of life caregiver.
Michael enjoys outer nature as much as the inner and likes to hike, practice qigong and yin yoga, and many other creative expressions.
Two of Michael’s favorite quotes speak of outer nature and inner contemplation:
“We had seen God in all His splendors, heard the text that nature renders. We reached the naked soul of man.”
–Ernest Shackleton (Polar Explorer)
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and storms their energy, while cares will drop away like autumn leaves.”
–John Muir (naturalist and preservationist)
Michael has a grown daughter, Jessica, and 3 grandsons: Peyton, Paxton, & Weston along with one granddaughter, Autumn. He lives with his wife Aleece in the Monterey bay area.