A fifth-generation Californian from Santa Monica, Julie earned a B.S. degree from California Polytechnic State University in Systematic Biology which led to a career in the fields of botany, horticulture and agriculture. She has authored numerous publications for the USDA-Forest Service and the University of California Cooperative Extension, as well as vocational horticultural video titles. Odonata is her first non-academic work.
Inspired by fresh-water mountain streams, Julie developed an intimate relationship with nature, finding in the plant kingdom the perfect model of poetic expression, through which she came to understand the purpose behind her childhood visions. Kriya Yoga practice, the science of deep meditation, as well as paying attention to sound and color prepared her for the profound truths that would arrive from higher octaves-the etheric realms above Shigatze, Tibet-the currents from whence came the authentic voice of her spiritual preceptor.
Surrounded by a Northern California forest, Julie loves playing piano, writing on her Macintosh and sharing her organic vegetable garden with a family of deer.