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?
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!
A lovely place and charming way to spend the morning. You will leave with a deeper connection with the natural beauty around you.
What a fun guide! Thanks for making me feel comfortable since I did not know anyone. I had a blast!!!
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.
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!
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!
John created and held a space where I could open up, be creative, silly, conceptual, sad, excited, etc. He moved me into the nuts and bolts of what truly mattered to me and he got me out of the unproductive loops running in my mind. From there, we explored possibilities and I was able to create action items and challenge myself while he held me accountable. It worked. I got tangible results in creating some marketing items for my business and he helped me remain present and centered when I was …
I have participated in a lot of meditation retreats over many years, so when I saw this experience being offered, I jumped at the chance. I’d heard of Japanese Forest Bathing/Therapy, but never done it and didn’t quite know what to expect. For me, it was even better than I’d imagined. I feel like I’ve so far only touched the surface of the gorgeous abundance of the forest as it meets the power of an aware, receptive mind. Thank you!!!
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.
Thanks to John’s exceptional guidance I now have a broader perspective of my relationship with nature.