The Shrink, The Seeker, and The Surprise Visitor

The Fog Rolls In

HERON LAKE SP, NM—Two weeks ago, Ellen Fox dropped by. She’s a psychotherapist and Zen student, so like a good Zen practice we just sat and gazed out over the water, then went for a walk (Zen practice is famous for sitting in zazen then getting up for some mindful walking (usually in slow circles)).

Last week, Andrea Eagles asked me to stop by. She was a long-time student of spiritual guru Andrew Cohen. Even though there are a lot of online rumors that Cohen is quite abusive to his students, Andrea says she never experienced or saw any of this and had nothing but good things to say about him.

Sunday, Boonie showed up and made camp for a night. Though I follow his blog, it was the first time we’ve met. We discussed rig design and human nature (now I understand what Morrissette meant by calling him a “consummate lady’s man“). Contrary to the way he sometimes comes across on his blog though, he’s actually a pretty nice guy.

Three unexpected visitors in three weeks. That’s gotta be some kind of record for me.

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3 thoughts on “The Shrink, The Seeker, and The Surprise Visitor

  1. What nice surprises! Good for you (and them).

    I am on my way to meet a fellow blogger this weekend who is workamping nearby. I am so excited to meet her F2F and see her rig. I get to take the dogs and stay all weekend! How awesome is that? I can’t wait. I got to meet you and Glenn and now this – very blessed am I!

    Maybe our paths wil cross again one day. Take care. HugZ!

  2. Hi Wayne,
    I want to modify my comment about Andrew Cohen. Although I did not at the time personally “experienced or saw any of this” (see above) abuses, I have since been in contact with literally hundreds of students on a private group Facebook page who have had miserable, horrific experiences. I have been reflecting about my own involvement over the years. I was on the periphery, that is, not a core student (thank goodness) and much of the abuse was hidden from all of us by secrets and codes of silence. Nevertheless, I want to set the record straight about Andrew Cohen. Folks should stay away. Although he has tepidly apologized and stepped down as a guru I think he should never be in any kind of a teaching role again.


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