Michael was raised in the 1950’s in Indiana. He went to high school and college in the 60’s. In the 70’s he worked as a mountain guide with the National Outdoor Leadership School. In 1978, he moved to Boston to study macrobiotics and 9 star ki with Michio Kushi. In the mid 80’s he and his young family moved to Alaska and helped found Ionia. In 2010, he moved to Austin, where he currently resides. He is the father of 7, and the grandfather of 10. He is deeply committed to serving the evolution of humanity.