Once upon a time I lived in a silent enclosed community as a contemplative monk (Trappist). This voyage through my inner landscape brought healing and insight, and finally, lasting peace.
Although a Trappist monk for 21 years, my Buddhist practice preceeded and continued to develop even after entry into this Roman Catholic monastic order. My interest lead me to transfer to another monastery in the same Order where I could follow an intensive koan training while remaining an enclosed Christian monk. After leaving the Trappists in 2011, I trained further in Guru Yoga and began to generate my own Dharma.
I have a particularly strong connection with the Irish figure of Columcille, described by some as the 'last Irish Druid', and with those of his ancient lineage, a western lineage originating perhaps even before the time of Atlantis. I left the monastery in 2011 after a powerful vision showing that my place was back out in the world, helping where I could in my own way.
Being half-Irish, I've always felt deeply drawn to the Celtic tradition. Unable to recognize myself in anything currently 'out there', and inspired by my vision when a monk, I founded the Order of the Longing Look. Within this Order, I now offer Anam Cara counselling, teach the Celtic School of Buddhism and share the insights of Shamanic Druidry via workshops and online.