Julian’s goal: increased capacity for wellbeing of people and planet.
Regenerative practitioner: Julian studied with Regenesis Group in New Mexico and is part of a vibrant SF Bay Area node of other practitioners. Regenesis Group is both a mentor and partner in projects.
Community-building facilitator: helping communities to design ways in which they can capitalize on their potential and develop their future. The focus of this work is to jump out of the box to explore new roles and relationships that bring social, economic and ecological benefits to the whole community. The outcomes of this community developmental work include: increased awareness of who we are as a community, increased potential of what could be possible, and vibrant and resilient people networks for the ongoing process of building community.
Master planner and designer: designing retreat centers, emphasizing the building of harmony before buildings; designing co-housing projects that demonstrate a systems approach to the future; designing energy efficient residential buildings with permaculture food gardens integrated into the surrounding landscape patterns. The outcome of this work shifts the emphasis from hasty gratification to visioning and developing resilient futures.
Culture and art: Julian graduated from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and has continued to create and explore through his own work. He founded the the Southampton Dancers’ Workshop, a blend of expressive movement and interpersonal exploration, leading more than 100 workshops. Julian trained and worked in traditional carpentry and joinery in the “Japanese” woodworking crew at Green Gulch Zen Center, Muir Beach, California, where, the emphasis was on joinery, hand tools, natural materials, a precision focus, and an aesthetic appreciation of human scale buildings.
Active student and practitioner/teacher of Vipassana meditation: Vipassana is a mindfulness meditation developing focus, integrity, equanimity and insight into the changing nature of all things. This work is most central to and informs all of the above.
Recent local Living Guild projects that Julian has been involved in include: working with housing developers and the community to close the gap between disparate interests towards a coherent whole, designing two cohousing projects and working with government agencies, consultants and non profits to examine new potential in their relationships to community and environment.
Jensen Lane development, Windsor: Organize and facilitate meeting with the neighborhood residents and the Developer.
Vintage Oaks development, Windsor: Organize and facilitate meetings with Windsor residents and the Developer.
Bright Village cohousing Loch Lomond, Lake County: Developing place based narrative with the members of Bright Village LLC. Organize and facilitate 5 day charrette. Develop site plan for 40 unit village.
Sonoma County district 5 supervisor candidate forum: Co-created and facilitated a supervisor candidate forum in which the successful objective of the forum was to shift from debate to dialog, from competition to collaboration.
Bike and pedestrian connectivity in Windsor: Working with Public Works and project consultant to design citizen walkabouts and facilitate a town wide meeting in a way that begins to develop the community capacity to co-create its future.
Russian River Confluence: “Partnering Towards a Regenerative Future” with multiple government agencies and non-profits in the RR watershed. Co-creator and event planning, with/for the Sonoma County Water Agency.
Recent community service projects: working in multiple ways to positively impact the community.
Windsor Wellness Partnership: Working on the WWP steering committees to raise awareness and develop wellbeing in all aspects of community including town policy and processes of engagement.
Windsor Cafe: Creating Windsor Cafe (www.windsorcafe.net) initially to explore in-depth-dialog around the General Plan Update through 35 workshops and meetings over a two year period.
Healdsburg SDAT: An outcome of being early participant in the SDAT coordinating and steering committees was imagining “Co-imagining” (www.co-imagining.com), a way of discovering our potential and creating futures for Healdsburg.
Windsor Public Arts Advisory Commission: Helping design the vision for Windsor to be an art destination that raises the potential for education, innovation, collaborative community engagement and cultural exploration, and a purpose to create multiple benefits by integrating art programs and projects into the social, economic and educational fabric of Windsor.