The first inkling Glenn had that the human body was okay – really okay – was upon reading Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in the late 60’s. This ah-ha moment led to his enduring passion for discovering and celebrating all the ways that the body itself is sacred.
Whether busking in the streets of New Orleans, studying yoga and meditation in California and New York City in the 70’s, or assisting in the home-birthing and home-schooling of his four children, he has consistently focused on resolving the apparent dilemma of the body/mind split. Is there actually such a split? How does one come into harmony with one’s own sacred energy of Life and “sing the body electric“?
Years of studying and teaching Re-Evaluation Counseling and Tai-Chi, mentoring teens, and facilitating men’s groups led to his realization that we are all conditioned to “forget” our Spirit-Life connection, and fall into doubting our innate state of freedom and pleasure. He says that most of us end up only dimly aware of this Life Energy, calling it a sexual “urge”, and content ourselves with the occasional release of conventional orgasm, or the genital sneeze, as he calls it.
Early studies in Tantra with Adi Da Samraj and Franz Bakker eventually led him to the work of Margot Anand. He was immediately moved by her practical system of honoring and integrating the whole body. Her many exercises of conducting the sexual Life energy throughout all of the body’s energy centers especially inspired him, and he became a teacher-in-training with her in 2006. He continues to teach in her style, and also studies with well-known teacher-authors Baba Dez and Laurie Handlers to the present day.
Glenn’s contagious enthusiasm, encyclopedic wisdom and unique style of offering relationship as a way of teaching mark him as a leader to watch. With his life-partner and co-facilitator Diana Owens, Glenn enjoys playing the supportive role of “answer man” and occasional raconteur to complement Diana’s empirical (and exuberant!) style of teaching.
“If somebody asks you what you do for a living, tell them you laugh for a living.” – Glenn’s favorite quote, from Bob Dylan
Glenn is a licensed massage therapist, faux-finish artist and painter, and occasional ghost writer. He’s raised four healthy adult children, learned innumerable ways to transcend the ego (none of which work with any predictability), and perfected the art of rhythm guitar and gravelly vocals. When he’s not writing songs about about sex, death and the paradox of living forever, he volunteers as a massage guy at a day-center for the mentally disabled.