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Sep 2009Present


UBC - Department of English

Courses Taught at UBC

ENGL 225 - Poetry: "Poetry from Around the Globe"

ENGL 470 - Canadian Literature: "Echoes from Elsewhere, Echoes from Here"

ENGL 222 - Literature in Canada: "Storytelling and Identity"

ENGL 222 ‐ Literature in Canada: "Masks, Mirrors, and Myths" 

ENGL 112 - Stragtegies for University Writing

Sep 2008Present

Adjunct Faculty

FDU Vancouver

Courses Taught at FDU

CORE 1001 - Perspectives on the Individual

CORE 2002 - The American Experience

CORE 2003 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives

ENWR 1102 - Academic Writing and Research

ENGL 1101 - Introduction to Academic Writing

POLS-1001, 2112, 3113 - Global Scholars Seminar 1 & 2 & 3

FRSH 1000 - Fresh(wo)man Seminar

Jan 2006Jun 2007

Instructor for Music, Yoga, Fitness, and Relaxation

Stillness in Motion

Courses Taught at Stillness in Motion

Creative Movement (for Kids)

Dance-Fit (for Adults)

Meditation-Dance (for Adults)

Yoga (for Adults, for Kids, for Seniors, for Families)

Karate (for Adults, for Kids)

Strength Training (for Women)

Violin - Levels 1 & 2 (for Adults & for Kids)

Recorder - Levels 1 & 2 (for Kids)

Introduction to Music Theory (for Adults)

Fun with Music (for Kids)

Sep 1997Apr 2000

Teaching Assistant

UBC - Department of English

Course Taught as a TA at UBC

ENGL 110 - Approaches to Literature


Sep 1995Dec 2002


University of British Columbia

Dissertation (a polyphonic work that combines creative and academic voices):

Stories are Maps, Songs are Caches and Trails: The Verbal Art of Haayas, Kingagwaaw, Gumsiiwa, Ghandl, and Skaay – Five Classical Mythtellers from Haida Gwaii. Part I: Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay.

Ph.D. Dissertation, UBC, Vancouver, 2002.

On-line Version available at:

Objectives - Experiences - Skills - Goals


  • help people lead HAPPY, HEALTHY, and FULFILLED lives
  • help people connect with their own CREATIVITY
  • facilitate MULTI‐CULTURAL interaction and understanding everywhere
  • build GLOBAL PEACE & increase peace AWARENESS everywhere
  • increase RESPECT for ALL BEINGS and help PROTECT in particular ANIMALS and all ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
  • encourage humans to grant ALL ANIMALS a certain SET of RIGHTS comparable to human rights 
  • create an alternative university system based on the following “7 Arts” or or Artes Essentiales: Spiritual Arts, Intellectual Arts, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Holistic Arts, Healing Arts, Helping Arts


  • Writing (including Creative & Academic) 
  • Public Speaking & Presenting
  • Editing (any genre & style, including poetry, stories, plays, film scripts, articles)
  • Experience in the Fields of Creative & Performing Arts (Poetry, Drama, Music, Dance, Photography)
  • Training in the Areas of Fitness, Alternative Health, Relaxation, and General Well-Being (Yoga, Aikido, Fitness to Music, Personal Coaching, Relaxation Therapy, Reiki, Meditation)
  • Organization of Events & Projects
  • Teaching


After teaching music, yoga, creative movement, and relaxation at a small exercise and music studio on Haida Gwaii for a year and a half, I have spent the last three years teaching literature and writing at two universities in Vancouver, FDU and UBC, and am now becoming increasingly interested in helping my students bring out their full potential by re-connecting with their own natural creativity.

For this purpose, I integrate creative as well as interdisciplinary approaches into my courses and encourage my students to be open to their own intuition and to experiment as well as "just play around" with new ideas. What turned out to be particularly successful were collective creative projects, such as writing and performing a play or organizing an event designed to make a difference in the world (for example "Earth Day," "Cultural Sharing," "Peace Symposium and Fair").

In the future, I would like to extend my approach and go beyond the university classroom to reach other people as well -- in particular professionals but also seniors, teens, and children -- because I have found that most people feel a lot happier, healthier, and more fulfilled once they start reconnecting with their creativity, and I would like to help as many people benefit from this as I can.


Personal Website: 

My Personal Website includes:

a Projects Page (#10)

Samples of my Creative Writing (#8)  

Samples of my Academic Writing (#9.1/9.2)

Samples of my Teaching Material, in particular: my 1st-Year-English Tool Kit (#9.5)





*  Poetry (of all times and places)

*  Creative Writing

*  Literature and Music/ Literature and Visual Art/ Literature and Dance

*  World Literature

*  Multicultural Literature

*  First Nations Literature & Culture

    (in particular North-American Northwest Coast)

*  Comparative Mythology

*  Creativity

* Consciousness

* Science and Spirituality

* Alternative Education

* Curriculum Development

*  Drama

*  Fiction

*  Canadian Studies

*  British & American Literature 

    (focus: Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian, Modern, Contemporary) 


  • “Identifying the Flaws of the Current North American Education System and Transforming Them: Suggestions for a New Model of University Education.” Presentation at Globalize, Identify, Transform. Symposium at FDU Vancouver, May 16th & 17th, 2013. [Conference Presentation.]
  • “1st-Year University English Toolkit.” [with Handouts about Textual Analysis, Academic Research, etc.] 2012. <>. Web. [Teaching Material.]
  • “Yoga – a Brief Introduction.” Presentation for the On the Path GatheringApril 2012. Slides available at: <>. Web. [Presentation & Slides.]
  • “‘The Boys without Ears’: Gumsiiwa’s Message to the World – or: Why It is Highest Time to Listen to a Haida Myth.” Presentation for the Sharing Space - Sharing Cultures Vancouver, September 2011. [Presentation.]
  • “Out of the Air into Reality: The First FDU-Vancouver Peace Day.”<>. Web, January 2011. [Article.]
  • “Speaking In-between: Place & Parlance – Readings by Peter Midgley and Gudrun Dreher.” FDU Vancouver, November 15th, 2010. [Poetry Reading.]
  • “More Than One Song: Some Observations about Poetry and Music.” Crossing Boundaries I: Literature, Art and Culture. Symposium at FDU Vancouver, September 2nd, 2010. [Conference Presentation.]
  • “In the Heart of the Rainbow: Examples of Multicultural Poetry in British Columbia.” Presentation for the Regensburger Poetry Circle, Regensburg (Germany), July, 2010. [Presentation.]
  • “Homage to Haida Gwaii.” Reading at the Regensburger Poetry Circle, Regensburg (Germany), July, 2010. [Poetry Reading.]
  • Stories are Maps, Songs are Caches and Trails: The Verbal Art of Haayas, Kingagwaaw, Gumsiiwa, Ghandl, and Skaay – Five Classical Mythtellers from Haida GwaiiPart I: Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay.D. Dissertation, UBC, Vancouver, 2002. <>. Web. [Academic Dissertation with Fictional Dialogues, Journal Entries, Poems, and Other Creative Parts.]
  • “Who He Is Meant to Be: Circling Around a Haida Miniature Myth by Skaay.” American Vistas and Beyond: Festschrift for Roland Hagenbüchle. by Josef Raab & Marietta Messmer. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier, 2002. 109-26. Print. [Academic Essay.]
  • “’I Dwell in Possibility’ – A Day of Wit in Emily Dickinson’s Other Life.” The Voice of the COW,III, No.2. Eichstätt, Summer 1996. 10-12. [Excerpt; Creative Non-Fiction.]
  • “Midummernight-Dreaming.” The Voice of the COW,I, No.3. Eichstätt, Winter 1994. 23-24. [Poem.]
  • Prejudice, Stereotype, and Cliché in George Eliot’s Novels The Mill on the Floss and Adam Bede. MA Thesis, University of Eichstätt, Eichstätt, 1992. [Academic MA Thesis.]








Non-Fictional Essays:



Academic Conferences & Speaker Series:

  • New Maps, new Paths, New Vistas: Concepts, Creations, and Actions for Positive Change. Conference at UBC, Friday, March 16th, 2012. [Organizer.]
  • What Matters – Starting the Conversation to Define Key Values for the 21st Century – Conference at FDU Vancouver, Friday, March 23rd, 2012. [Co-Organizer – with Dr. Kiran Toor.]
  • In Our Hands: Creating a Better, Healthier, Happier, and More Sustainable Future – Conference at UBC, Thursday, March 21st, 2013. [Organizer.]
  • Perspectives on Native American Oral Literature – Conference at Green College, UBC, March 1998. [Main Organizer]
  • Telling the Story of Our Place: a Series of Talks, Performances, and Readings on First Nations Literature, Art, and Cultural Politics, Green College Speaker Series, Sept. 1996 to Apr. 1999. [Co-Organizer with Ethel Gardener (First Nations House of Learning) & Margery Fee (Department of English)]
  • Green College Performing Arts Series, Sept 1996 to Dec. 1996 & Sept 1997 to Nov. 1997. [Co-Chair & Main Organizer.]


Special Events:

  • “Out into the World: Readings and Performances by New UBC Poets and Other Creative Creatures.” UBC, November 2010. [Organizer.]
  • One World, One Peace, One Future – the 1st FDU Peace Symposium and Fair, December 2nd, 2010. [Co-Organizer with my FDU Students.]
  • On the Path to Peace – the 2nd FDU Peace Symposium and Fair, November 30th, 2011. [Organizer.]
  • Growing Peace – the 3rd FDU Peace Symposium and Fair, November 23rd, 2012.  [Organizer.]
  • Peace for All – the 4th FDU Peace Symposium and Fair, November 4th, 2013. [Organizer.]
  • The 1st FDU Earth Day – Ideas and Projects for a Greener Campus, March 29th, 2011. [Organizer.]
  • The 2nd FDU Earth Day – Ideas and Projects for a More Sustainable Life, March 13th, 2012. [Co-Organizer with Dr. Carlos Leon.]
  • The 1st FDU Happiness Day, March 25th, 2013. Event of all FDU Campuses in Cooperation with the United Nations. [Organizer for FDU Vancouver.]
  • The 2nd FDU Happiness Day, March 26th, 2014. Event of all FDU Campuses in Cooperation with the United Nations. [Co-Organizer with Dr. Ashraf Mohammed for FDU Vancouver.]
  • The 1st FDU Multicultural Day, June 28th, 2013. [Organizer.]
  • World Aids Day Awareness Campaign at FDU Vancouver, Dec 2nd, 2013 [Co-Organizer with Dr. Ashraf Mohammed.]
  • World Health Day at FDU Vancouver, April 7th, 2014. [Co-Organizer with Dr. Ashraf Mohammed.]



  • Designing the “Center for Finding Fulfillment” with its Alternative University with its “Seven Essential Arts” program (September 2011 to present)
  • Collaborating on several projects with my FDU students with the goal to help create more peace, more sustainability, and more happiness in the world (2010 to present)
  • Creative projects with Students at FDU Vancouver: 4 plays:
    • Play 1: The Big Banana Play. September to December 2008.
    • Play 2: In the Pink Kingdom. January to April 2009.
    • Play 3: Spice to Life. May to July 2009.
    • Play 4: The Long Walk Goes On: a Play in Honor of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Benazir Bhutto. June to July 2014.
  • Participation in various research projects – including First Nations and Oral History (1992 to 2001)
  • Helping People Find Fulfillment through Coaching & Workshops to Enhance Creativity, Spirituality, Academic Success, Best Career Choices, Financial Independence


  • Yoga Teacher Training Course with William Daniel (Patanjali Yoga Centre, Kerala, India), (Oct 2005 – May 2006).
  • Ashtanga Yoga Classes with Greg Nardi, Juan Carlos Galan, and Jason Lee (Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2015).
  • Ashtanga Yoga Workshops with Greg Nardi (May 2014 & Feb 2015) & Juan Carlos Galan (Dec 2014) & David Robson (Sep 2014) & Tim Miller (May 2015).
  • Yoga Classes at Chopra Yoga, Vancouver (Feb 2012-Aug 2015).
  • Yoga Philosophy Workshops with Greg Nardi (Feb 2014 to May 2015) & James Boag (Jul – Aug 2015).
  • Meditation Workshops with Dr. Deepak Chopra (Aug 2007 & Aug 2009 & Feb 2012) & Yogi Amandeep Singh (Nov 2013 & Nov 2014).
  • Completion of the Relaxation Therapist Diploma (2004).
  • Completion of the First and Second Degree of Reiki – the Usui System of Natural Healing (1993).
  • National Coaching Certificate: Introduction to Competition, Parts A & B (Aug. & Nov. 2006).
  • Completion of the BCPR Fitness Theory Course (Jan. 2005).
  • Participation in the BCPR Fitness to Music Module (Feb. 2005).
  • Participation in the BCPR Strength Training Module (Mar. 2005).
  • Aikido Classes at Vancouver West Aikikai (with Sensei Ishu Ishiyama, 7th Dan) & Vancouver Aikikai (with Sensei Zoran Krunic, 4th Dan) & East Van Aikikai (with Sensei Tony Hind, 6th Dan).
  • Karate Classes & Workshops in Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii (with Sensei William Daniel (2005-2006).
  • Industrial First Aid Certificate, Level 1 (May 2005).
  • Veterinary Assistant Diploma (2001).

Non-Academic Certifications

Please see above!