To extend is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is.
— A Course in Miracles
Hi there! I’m a spiritual healer/counselor/teacher who draws on practices from A Course in Miracles, improvisational theater, and contemporary shamanism to help people remember who they really are: perfect and limitless expressions of love. Really, what I try to do is to remember who I am and be a witness to your truth and have a playful and joyful time doing it!
I have been studying A Course in Miracles (ACIM) with CRS Founder Yasuko Kasaki since 2003, and since 2004 at CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) where I am the Director. For the past several years I have assisted her in teaching ACIM on Monday nights and leading the class in the three months when she is away teaching in Japan. I also teach A Course of Love on Wednesday nights and participate as a CRS Healer in our Walk-in Spiritual Healing Clinics on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Once a month I lead Sound Healing Circles, where we explore different approaches to sound healing, meditation, guided visualization, and contemporary shamanic journeying/healing practices, which I have mostly learned from Barnaby Ruhe, founder of Shamandome at Burning Man, and Irma StarSpirit Woman, co-founder of the NY Shamanic Circle.
I passionately support the movements for women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability, human/animal rights, and economic justice & frequently help to organize various arts and cultural events that explore and promote these issues.
Off and on I have worked as an amateur artist (variously actor, writer, director, graphic designer and filmmaker). I studied ensemble theatre with Doris Duke Impact Award Winner Johnny Simons of the Hip Pocket Theatre, improvisation with the late Gloria Maddox (and elsewhere). and The Spiritual Psychology of Acting with John Osborne Hughes. I began producing live performance events in 1997 and have had the privilege of presenting dozens and dozens of wonderful artists from all over the world, including luminaries such as Alexandra Beller, Big Apple Playback Theatre, Lake Simons, and Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, among many others.
From a young age, I immersed himself in the study of various Utopian and Marxist texts and philosophies. While attending Harvard Summer School in 1986, I took a class in “Revolution & Society” and participated in various public participatory art projects in Harvard Square led by artist/writer/computer scientist Richard Gardner, who had lived for a time at the FH art commune outside Vienna founded by Actionist artist Otto Muehl. These two experiences and my later residency during my undergraduate years at Duke University in Epworth/SHARE (Student Housing for Academic and Residential Experimentation), fostered my commitment to the exploration and development of creative communities.
In college I majored in 20th century/post-colonial literature and literary theory at Duke University, most notably with Frank Lentricchia, Michael Moses, Thomas Ferraro, Jody McAuliffe. After a semester studying American Lit in the graduate English program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, I returned to the theatre to play the role of the Policeman in Rodrigo Dorfman‘s production of Fassbinder’s Blood on the Cat’s Neck. I then appeared for four seasons with Johnny Simons’ Hip Pocket Theatre in productions at Duke University and at the Hip Pocket’s idyllic Oak Acres Amphitheatre in Fort Worth, Texas, appearing in a number of world premieres including Dabloids by Leonid Tishkov and dogman by Lake Simons. My personal career highlight as an actor was creating the role of the Snoid in Robert Crumb’s R. Crumb Comix III.
As a member of MadWomanoftheWoods Productions, I co-produced five Off Off Broadway productions and performed in and helped to create Antigone Through Time and An Absolute Mystery. Antigone Through Time was the first production of the New York International Fringe Festival to be reviewed by the New York Times. The show was created from the poems and stories of the many Greek women who were imprisoned, some for decades, and executed in secret island concentration camps by the Greek fascist government following WWII. MadWoman also presented a staged reading of Christopher’s play American Spirits at the Miranda Theatre in 2000. With Lake Simons and Herald Lehmann, Christopher performed in and helped to create The Nose, Two and Two, and Imagining Cain in the American Living Room Series at HERE.
I studied dance for nine years at Dance Space Center with teachers such as Guido Tuveri, Jana Hicks, Rachel Feinerman, Diane McCarthy, Beth Goheen, and Sara Neece, and performed in several dance theatre works by Guido Tuveri, Mark Drahozal, and others. I completed an intensive course in video filmmaking at New York Film Academy and worked at times as an event videographer, proofreader, and online producer.