Growing up in the Bronx at a time when kids spent their days outside, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and the various (then) wild places along the Bronx River were John’s sources of adventure and contemplation. As he came into his own, John moved up into the Hudson Valley so he could explore the many trails and mysteries the region has to offer and fell in love with the area.
With almost 20 years in IT Management in the news industry, dealing with daily deadlines, crisis management and disaster recovery, John has long relied on forest therapy and hiking to build his resilience to the stresses that come with such work. The result is a good-natured yet edgy – sometimes mischievous – adventurer with a passion for nature and a desire to help others discover the wonders, adventures, and serenity that patiently await just inside the woods and wild places.
John is also the founder of You Are Who You Create dedicated to building a supportive community for those seeking to further their personal growth by facilitating support groups and providing transformational coaching services. As a coach John works with people struggling to make needed changes in their life by helping them bring focus and set practical goals.
An animal lover at heart, John volunteers his web support services to Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon NY, a no-kill shelter where he adopted his beloved cats Wilhelm and Jacob (aka the Brothers Grimm). If you find yourself in need of a pet or like to support good causes, they are certainly worth a visit!
A few fun facts about John…
- Loves trying new and unusual foods (yeah he’s eaten bugs).
- Has been studying Japanese for the last 4 years but is still shy to speak it!
- Is fascinated with urban decay, especially sites found in the woods.
- Loves to hike at night, preferably without lights.
- Is a tea fiend with a wall-o-tea in his kitchen.
- He once used the same toilet Hillary Clinton did. Jealous?
Through John’s guidance, I reconnected with a part of me and with nature that I had long forgotten as a person who lives amongst buildings, cars and trains. I found my childish wonder return, and my desire to feel more present and connected in the trees as well as after I returned home. It seems to me that John is a skillful facilitator that helped me connect more with my natural environments as well as connect more with myself.
Lovely experience. Our host John provided a supportive atmosphere to calm and relax and appreciate our time together and the nettle tea was wonderful!
What a fun guide! Thanks for making me feel comfortable since I did not know anyone. I had a blast!!!
What an amazing experience! A great mini getaway from the busy city life. John was super welcoming and informative! Would definitely do this again!
Very well-run event. Our guide John was personable, knowledgeable and experienced. We had a blast and made several new friends. I thought I knew Central Park but this Meetup Experience opened a whole new side of the park to me. Highly recommend!
John has such a calming demeanor and brings such warmth and soul to his forest therapy programs. I highly recommend spending this guided time in nature if you’re feeling burnt out and disconnected from nature. The world would be such a better place if more people took the time to get back to nature and mindfulness in this way!
What I love best about my coaching sessions with John is that he really LISTENS to me. I am not used to that and it is so refreshing. John takes an active interest in my success and it shows!
The host (John) was excellent. He was knowledgeable and provided a great experience which I found meaningful and interesting
John has this subtle humor at times which is hysterical once you catch it. Really a fun person to work with!!! This guy has class!
I wasn’t at all sure what to expect today. I am so happy I attended. We had a great group of people and the venue was perfect. Our guide, John was very organized, kind and informative. I left the walk feeling both relaxed AND invigorated. After a few reflective “invitations” from John and the forest, we ended with a lovely tea and chat session.