Facets: Meet Liz. After a B.A., 2 Masters and a Ph.D., she's doing exactly what she wants to do.


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Meet Liz. Meet Liz. After a B.A., 2 Masters and a Ph.D., she's finally doing exactly what she wants to do.  

Liz was born in Evanston, Illinois. She grew up outside Manchester, New Hampshire with her brother and sister. She was very athletic in high school, rowing and she skiing competitively. Her ski team was actually pretty good. Liz's first job was working for the Appalachian Mountain Club's on its hut crew. The crew would make sure the various huts along the Appalachian Trail were properly maintained for the many summer visitors hiking through. It was a great job.

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Liz went to college in Vermont, where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing. When she graduated, she moved to Wyoming and worked for an herbal medicine company wildcrafting plants and making tinctures for a few years. Then she moved to Colorado to study Fine Arts and Poetry. Then it was back to Vermont where started working with the Vajrasattva Buddhist Center. She traveled with the Center's director as a personal editor on and off for 11 years. Then she went back to school in Wisconsin and studied Languages and Cultures of Asia for 3 years.

She'd already spent a lot of time studying at this point, but what she really wanted to do was to study Buddhism. So she went to Cambridge and got a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a focus on Buddhism. As part of her studies, Liz spent 2 years in Bhutan doing dissertation research. She also met Lama Willa, a woman who was the Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the teachings of the Buddhadharma in the West. When Liz got her Ph.D., Lama Willa invited Liz to become her Co-Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and to help create a Buddhist meditation retreat center in New Hampshire. She liked that idea a lot so she said yes.

Liz lives in Springfield, New Hampshire with her husband. She's still the Co-Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and she oversees the activities of the Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a Buddhist meditation retreat center there. Liz is 50.

Where she'd like to ride a bicycle: through Central Bhutan

Favorite color: blue

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