Russell spent his twenties becoming near-sighted reading philosophical books and sitting at the feet of so many swamis that he got athlete’s foot. As a result of a very painful experience with a sociopathic teacher he realized the “folly of following” and found the real guru in the least expected place…in himself.
After a number of profound awakening experiences on a retreat called the Enlightenment Intensive (now called The Coming Home Retreat), he spent many years training in this method, as well as a self-inquiry coaching modality called Clearing, which helps people overcome limiting beliefs and achieve greater success and fulfillment in life.
Having healed issues related to sexual-abuse, childhood physical trauma and an alcoholic parent, and having worked in many jobs from labour to corporate sales to addictions counseling, he carries a deep understanding and compassion of the human condition.
Recently, in his 11 years as the owner of the Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville, Ontario, he pioneered programs in green building, sustainable living and personal growth. He says he met more spiritual teachers than one can shake a zen-stick at and as a result developed a keen radar for teachings that either create dependency or liberation.
All this has led him to write the critically acclaimed book: “Awakening the Guru in You” and become well-known across Canada as one of the new generation of “no dogma spiritual guides” who helps the growing number of independent seekers, spiritual non-followers and mystic misfits live from a deep connection to the beauty, inner strength and magnificence of their true selves.
For 30 years he has presented over 100 retreats and done 1000’s of hours of Clearing, in the process he calls Co-evolution. He is sometimes known to pretend he is a swami and sing County and Eastern Songs.
Read more about Russell at: Russell's Story