A challenging childhood gifted Larry with the experience of turning to nature for solace and learning. Rough years in his youth found him selling his blood for food money, spending his last quarter for a cup of Spokane’s black coffee on a winter morning, and digging for food out of a Safeway dumpster. He once walked into the woods to die — or to come out a different man; and Larry credits a Black Bear he once met face to face in his tent with saving his life.
Larry has worked as a family therapist, social science research consultant, forest fire fighter and lookout, wilderness therapist and guide, somatic therapist, and as an international executive and organizational learning coach and consultant.
The founding of the Wild Resiliency Institute, in 2004 by Larry, represents the coalescing of his diverse background and interests into an ecological model of human change and transformation. The model is informed and inspired by the Indigenous and western living systems and complexity sciences, the emerging science of resiliency, the field of deep ecology, the junctures of depth, eco- and terra- psychology and by world mythologies.
Larry now works with individuals and organization to sustain and strengthen their thrivability, their relationship with the River of Life. He provides inspirational and provocative multimedia presentations and workshops around the themes wild resiliency, relational and emotional intelligence, accessing collective intelligence and wisdom, and learning agility and Oneness as change hardiness strategies. He lives and plays out his own wild joy while base-camped near Santa Fe, New Mexico.