A boy from Minnesota.
From an early age, I was interested in learning the secrets of the universe. Growing up in Montessori schools helped me become a passionate self-directed learner. I was raised in a small “new age” religious community that integrated spiritual knowledge from all the major world religions, so I always had a different perspective than my peers.
I felt like an outsider for much of middle school – insecurity and negative thinking were my default. As a natural extrovert, I stifled my nature because I was scared of what people would think if I expressed myself. By the end of middle school, the pain was too much and I only saw one option. I was going to master my life instead of feeling like a victim. I committed to learning whatever I needed to learn and doing whatever it took to become the person I knew in my heart that I could be.
Upon beginning high school, I started listening to podcasts by inspiring people. This was a much higher level of conversation and consciousness than what surrounded me during the day. I soon realized that I could Google anything being taught in the classroom, so I decided to not “let my schooling get in the way of my education,” as Jim Rohn said.
I went to Northeastern University in Boston, which gave me a chance to work with some of the world’s boldest and most innovative companies in the world for six months at a time – an incredible opportunity to learn as much as possible and meet as many inspiring people as I could. I worked at MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, Summit, where the world’s top impact-driven entrepreneurs gather, and Conscious Thought Revolution that aims to quantify and elevate global consciousness using AI and big data. Life became a lot more interesting as I studied abroad, played a role in world-class companies all around the world, explored the world’s most potent plant medicines, started online businesses, gave workshops and trainings, and taught online courses.
After graduating college, I was VP of business development for an up-and-coming company in the digital marketing industry while working remotely. I traveled and lived all around the world, totaling 47 countries and 47 US states so far. Between business conferences, I explored cutting edge personal development, ancient philosophy, powerful healing modalities and timeless spirituality while reading hundreds of books, talking with world-class mentors, going to idyllic retreats, and having immersive experiences. I soaked it up like a sponge, and built my global tribe in the process.
In my career, as time went on, I started to feel less and less fulfilled as I felt like I wasn’t learning anymore. I started a marketing agency for conscious companies, but living my true purpose fills my heart, and the agency wasn’t in alignment with it. I decided to shut the agency down and quit my marketing job too. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was seeking what we have all but lost in the Western world – an initiation, a rite of passage.
Synchronicity led me to an Iboga plant medicine ceremony in Costa Rica. This was where I discovered and embraced my life’s purpose, which is to teach, learn and have fun while doing it. It was there all along, deep down, but I had never faced and accepted it fully.
Later in 2018, I was in a rural village in Central Africa coughing up blood, the sickest I’ve ever been – and the closest hospital didn’t even have running water. I had to get an emergency flight to Europe to go to the hospital, and that journey was the hardest I’ve ever undertaken. I was in such a state that I even wrote a note for friends and family in case I didn’t make it. I breathed from an oxygen tank, and was wheelchaired off the plane. For the next few days in the hospital, I really didn’t know if I would make it. My experience was the initiation that I had been seeking. I had faced death, staring it right in the eyes, and survived. I was ready for my next phase in life, I just didn’t know what that was yet.
I felt a strong call to move to Austin, and even though I loved the city and my community, my physical and emotional health were a mess. I committed to rebuilding myself from the inside out, and prayed for a miracle – which I received.
I began working with some of the best healers and facilitators I’ve ever met, and when I started to experience results beyond my known reality, I trained with them so I could support others in their transformation. I then combined multiple miracle healing systems together and began offering this work to my clients.
As I transformed my inner reality, my outer reality transformed with me. My girlfriend Tatiana (we met in college!) moved in with me, we manifested a beautiful retreat center home in Dripping Springs (near Austin), and began offering rebirth retreats together, as she had gone through the same trainings as I. We even adopted two cute bunnies!
I am grateful for my journey so far and I know there is so much more to come. I am happy to share what I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) and I love offering my gifts. I am deeply optimistic for our future and I’m honored to serve.