course development

In creating specialized content, I draw from my academic and professional backgrounds. I have extensive experience with developing syllabi, teaching/facilitation, grading/feedback and leading discussions/activities.

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Peace Can Be Learned

If we want to create a more peaceful and loving world, then we need to teach peace. To teach peace, we must be able to define it—and have a working knowledge of how it transforms our own lives and changes others around us for the better.

I define peace education as the process of cultivating the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to transform the world from a culture of violence towards a culture of peace and nonviolence (I also co-authored a definition with Katie Zanoni for David Smith’s Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace).

Specialized Content

Does your organization seek a teacher professional development program in peace education? Or perhaps your learning institution would like to create an in-depth study course to guide folks through your peace-based educational material? Maybe your yoga/wellness studio wants to jazz up its workshop offerings to something more action-oriented? I’m here to help! I’ll develop specialized course content that suits your unique aims and needs.

Here’s a sample of my work:

  • Person Power Yoga Program
  • PeaceMeal: Cultivating Peace Through Food
  • True Nature School of Yoga: The Heart of Living Your Yoga—Yamas & Niyamas

Career, Service & Training Highlights

Work History

  • Metta Center for Nonviolence, 2013–2018: Director of Education
  • Teachers Without Borders, 2010–2015: Peace Education Program Coordinator
  • Chapman University, International Studies Graduate Program, 2014–2016: Instructor
  • San Diego City College Peace Studies Program, 2013–2016: Instructor

Volunteer Experiences

  • Soliya, 2010–Present: Program Facilitator, Trainer & Mentor
  • Order of Interbeing Earth Holder Sangha, 2017–Present: Member of Caretaking Council
  • San Diego Peace Resource Center, 2014-2016: Board Member
  • Peace Corps, December 2002-February 2005: Returned Volunteer, Niger


  • Doctorate in Community, Liberation and Ecopsychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute (in progress; estimated graduation 2021)
  • Master of Arts in Peace Education, University for Peace (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Environment and Development, McGill University (2001)
  • Kripalu School of Yoga, 200-hour yoga teacher certification (2006)
  • True Nature School of Yoga, 500-hour yoga teacher certification (2012)

Let’s discuss your content needs