A writer, dancer and musician, addictive reader and passionate lover of Beauty, Wonder, and Imagination, I have also worked as a graphic designer, and generally gotten messy, noisy or outlandish in countless acts of creative abandon. I have studied the arts, creativity and the lives of artists passionately since I was a child.
I combine my extensive knowledge and experience in the creative process with contemporary, transformational practices from a wealth of powerful modalities. I’ve been a personal transformation junkie for years. Out of this, I’ve discovered and created a treasure trove of incredible tools to enable us to live from our innate creativity, freedom and joy. I also crafted my own unique, powerhouse system—my IMAGINE Dreamtending system—for unlocking your creativity, identifying your true heart dreams, and co-creating with life to have those dreams come true. All of my work and play is deeply infused with ancient, heart-centered teachings. I am an initiated Firekeeper in the Sacred Fire Community and have been a student of the profound, practical wisdom of an authentic, indigenous shamanic path since 2000.
A writer of poetry, fiction and essays, my poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. I have taught creative writing at the University of California, Davis Extension.
I am an award-winning composer and an avant-garde violinist, and have performed with such groups as the Relentless Compassion Orchestra, the Tiny Monsters, and Sawbones. As a dancer, my primary love is Contact Improvisation, which I have taught for many years. I have also studied dance-movement therapy at the Naropa Institute. I bring an understanding of deep body-intelligence and whole body learning to all of my teaching.
I believe we each come to this life with unique gifts we are here to share and that the world needs. In the giving of these gifts, we find a life that is rich, joyful and deeply fulfilling. I calls these gifts “your unique brilliance.” I help my students to find and cultivate these gifts in ways that bring them the greatest joy and meaning and contribute to our world. I am passionate about helping others to cultivate states of deep play, in which we are experiencing the timeless flow and joyful self-forgetting of doing what we love.
“Max, you are exceptional as a teacher: intuitive, supportive, enthusiastic, as well as having a wealth of your own experiences to draw from. I am so ready (and excited) to go forth with my dreamcatcher plans. I was so stuck, so firmly and fearfully rooted in place before taking this class…how could I not be happy with being set free? Thank you, Maxima, from the bottom of my joyful heart.”
“Since taking the class I am able to verbalize my dreams and then create concrete steps to fulfilling them. I allow myself to have impossible dreams and see how I can actually achieve them. It makes me happier because I am moving forward and making things possible. I also allow myself to take the time to pursue my dreams and give them great weight and significance. Amazing things are happening in my life. Thank you Max!”