"You have showed me how to fully open my heart and love the people around me and embrace my full potential and live for what I believe in. You have made me realize that true empathy is possible and that life can be full and beautiful. You make it seem so much more possible to survive your pain."- Rosa (Mindfulness retreat student)
"I don’t have a lot of positive male role models in my life and I can’t say thank you enough times for your sensitivity and honesty." - S. L. (Dharma mentee since 2011)
"I appreciate your humble sensitive leadership. You are a model of strength through vulnerability - very rare and inspirational." - Phoenix S. (Dharma Teacher)
"When I first came to teen retreat, I was 15, and absolutely terrified of myself, and of the world. And I’m still terrified, but I feel like I can handle it now. And you are greatly responsible for that. I’m on my way to being Big, and owning my anger and not apologizing for who I am and I have you and your love to thank for that."
- Dronme (Teen Retreat student for 4 years)
"You know how to make each individual feel seen. You seamlessly uplift all of the voices and presences in our Sanghas (communities) to the capacity that they are able. The patience with which you continuously reach out reminds everyone that they are valued and supported. You have been a role model for so many teens who couldn’t find that elsewhere in their lives. Your commitment to using Dharma as a foundation for social justice work is always present in your facilitator roles." - R. M. (Dharma student since 2015)
"I am so grateful for how you model such a powerfully tender and resilient masculine energy for our young people."
- Andie (Mindfulness Teacher)
"I so appreciate your deep heart, spacious and loving presence and incredible facilitation skills. You have such a gift in the way you honor teens where they’re at and bring out their strengths and celebrate and empower them."
- Celeste Young (Dharma Teacher)
"You have been a grounding presence in my life since I was 14. Your wisdom and kindness never cease to touch me. I would not be who I am now if I had never met you and I am so damn grateful that I did. You are a rock in my life and in the lives of so many others. Thank you so so much for everything you’ve brought to my life."
- Sylvia (Teen Retreat and Teen Sangha student for 5 years)