From an early age he felt like an outsider. People were mysterious, fascinating, and scary. During a 3-decade career as a software designer his confusion and naivete about ordinary life led him into many difficult situations.
He became a workshop junkie, sometimes ending up in groups that were nothing like what he expected. He learned that not all “spiritual” people are what they claim to be. Still, Nick remained a seeker.
In the late 80s Nick encountered a psycho-spiritual model called the enneagram. It was the first model of human psychology that actually made sense to him. He looked into the profound mystery at the core of the system, and discovered levels of truth that still unfold to this day. The enneagram turned his life around. He finally became able to understand what it might be like to be someone else.
Nick found a wonderful pair of teachers named Don Riso and Russ Hudson. He remains grateful to them for their teaching and personal guidance during that time. In 1992 Nick became one of the first Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram Teachers (CET).
Nick has explored various spiritual traditions, including Taoism, Buddhism, Sufism, and modern paths. He has curiously studied many fields of science and nature. Since 1992 he has offered a variety of workshops, personal sessions, talks, and writings.
Today, Nick is the resident naturalist and spiritual guide at Willowspring, a retreat center and nature preserve in northwest Oregon.