Welcome. TerraVita means living, vibrant Earth. This website celebrates and explores the beauty, mystery, and wonder of our home planet through original music, essays, blog posts, poetry, and more.

See upcoming courses and piano performances below. Please see the tabs above for poetry, original piano music, interviews, essays, my blog, and more.

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December 1, 2023 - Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek, Calif.
7:30 p.m.
Piano Composers Group

Music videos of my piano works can be found on Youtube at these links:

Prelude in Tree Minor
An inspiring celebration of the beauty and magical presence of trees in our lives. Redwood, sycamore, birch, and more.

Meditation #1 
Enter into the beauty and grandeur of our Universe through images and a meditative piano solo. A video to remind us of our deeper connections and larger reality during a stressful and divisive time.

Spring Eternal
A musical offering for stressful times based on Earth’s powers of renewal.

New Essays

A Magnificent Pedigree

A Paean to Our Deepest Ancestral Roots

Originally entitled "Self as Ancestor," this essay explores how we become ancestors to future generations through cultivation of the Self. And how our most ancient ancestors, even the stars themselves, powers that lineage.

Toward a New Cultural Reverie

A Cosmological Basis for the Ecological Citizen

How does the evolutionary power of discernment contribute to our landscape of formation and give rise to our choices and actions? This essay explores the notion that in a creative cosmos, depth of seeing is depth of being.

Radical Presence

Practicing the Art of Wonder

What can we learn from the hummingbird's love affair with the flower? That which draws us most deeply is what we become. Even more, letting ourselves be drawn to what we truly love is the basis for creativity and deepening complexity in evolution.




I invite you to be part of creating a unique online co-learning community.

I am a visiting professor for an M.Ed program in Integrative Learning offered through the Institute for Educational Studies / Endicott College.  The aim of the program is to explore our role in the Great Work as articulated by Thomas Berry and others. The Great Work is the creation of "mutually enhancing relations" (Berry's phrase) among all members of the Earth community and to create a vibrant, ecologically sustainable world for future generations of all species.earth_from_space

The program is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to engage in a deeper inquiry into ecology and cosmology. Professionals wanting to integrate an M.Ed. with their chosen work can do so within an eco-cosmological context.

Coursework draws on a combination of the thought of Thomas Berry, Fritjof Capra, Brian Swimme, Meg Wheatley, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Loren Eiseley, Paul Shepard, Lynn Margulis, David Bohm, and others.

The online campus uses a type of dialogue based on David Bohm's work that facilitates a practice of reflective listening and response, encouraging the emergence of shared meaning. You can capture and print your own comments and those of your classmates for further reflection when the coursework is complete. This method and the online campus are the creation of educators Phil Gang and Marsha Morgan who have used them with great results with Montessori educators for more than 20 years.


For a full program description or more information, go to https://www.ties-edu.org and click on "Integrative Learning / The Great Work M.Ed.  You may also call 800-457-5672, or email ties@endicott.edu.

Essays and Articles:

Magnificent Pedigree - Published in Parabola, Summer 2022
Sea Around Us, Sea Within Us   
Constant Connection, Total Distraction   
Spiritual Ecology: A Practice of the Heart Beyond a Culture of Fear    
At Home in the Breath  
The Kinglet at the Door  


My Blog


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