Nondual-Shamanic Teachings and Services
Nondual-Shamanic Teachings and Services
I am a non-dual teacher and shamanic practitioner, a poet and a writer. I have had a writing, shamanic and non-duality practice for over 20 years. My main interest is in how non-dual insight can be combined with a daily spiritual shamanic practice and services. I have also been a professional educational, leader and teacher for over 25 years.
I approach life from an integral, non-dual and shamanic perspective of reality. The inner world is a vivid and alive place for me which informs the outer world and the creative process. I use travel in the inner and the outer world to inform and transform my perspective and heal and shape my world.
Nondual-Shamanic mentoring and teaching. I specialize in leading groups and individuals on inner-world journeys for the purpose of transformation and awakening.
Aiden Kane: Engineeer
I first met Matt on an online NDS journey practice session. I was struck by his immediacy and vast knowledge of so many different traditions and teachings, both Spiritual and Psychological. His depth of understanding enables him to effect transformational change. His ability to relate these to my own experience has given my life a new meaning. He has given me a new richness, understanding and acceptance of myself. His frank language and humour cut straight to the heart of any enquiry. I always enjoy working with him and walk away feeling enlightened and curious.
John Silkey: Management Consultant
As a coach and advisor, Matt's approach has been a revelation. His patience has allowed our conversations to emerge, rather than being driven by an idea or agenda. Together we co-create the conversation that we need to have, not the one I thought was needed, and the results are far more profound and revealing. He sets a comfortable energy that is inviting into a non-dual space, allowing what is to just be, and what wants to be discussed to arise between us. In those moments where I seem hesitant or pre-occupied his fluency in shamanic journies offers a great and fun and relaxing path to deeper parts of my consciousness. Matt and I don't "meet," we go on a journey.
Christy Dargus: Nonprofit Administrator
Matt has been a spiritual companion, mentor and teacher of mine for more than 5 years. His wisdom stream course offerings provided access to wisdom and synthesized the teachings from a variety of different traditions in a truly original manner. The sheer breadth and depth of knowledge Matt uses to teach from gives students the opportunity to understand the wisdom that permeates across traditions and various approaches that can be used to encounter the Divine. Matt's unique approach to spiritual teaching and companionship invites one to not only learn about but experience the non-dual space and discover your own truths along the way.
Calista Mincks: College Graduate: Performing Artist: Modern Dance
Within just my first conversation with Matt, I knew that I had stumbled upon a connection that would change my life, though I never could have foreseen the truth which would unfold. We developed a precious archive of lessons and conversations regarding poetry, artistry, truth, love, death, transformation, mythical exploration. Little did I know that something was arising with each of these endeavors that would later surface to our awareness as an ocean of non-dual truth. I say ocean because that is truly the feeling as the non-dual self begins to pervade our surroundings. It permeates seamlessly to encompass our hearts, minds and the environment. This kind of space allows for our reflections and discoveries to effortlessly arise with a subtle power. I am grateful to have such a genuine teacher and friend to sail with in the ever thrashing and gleaming sea of transformation.
Chloe Dubisch: Graduate Student: English Literature
Poetry myth and the Art of Transformation is a class like no other. The curriculum teaches students how to exist honestly and earnestly. I learned how to seek with open eyes, to value myself, and to practice what I have always been passionate about. It was a place where my words were always valid, and where logic was not the absolute dictator. This class is truly like no other, and its effects cannot be replicated. I learned not to discard fear, but to live it. I learned to be kind to myself, and to accept the reality that is all around me. In all my years of schooling, I have never taken a course as invaluable as this one.
Ella Flatgard: College Student: Accounting
Poetry myth and the Art of Transformation has changed my perception and appreciaton of the world. Before this class I never had to look inside myself and question what I saw. I lived my life in constant dread and anxiety. With Mr. Baker's help, and insight from my peers, I began to view my surrounding as a platform to be instead of a reason to fear. This class taught me ways to handle my anxiety and gave me a safe space to express fears, thoughts, and poetry.
This class gave me a magical place to simply exist and create art. It challenged me to open up and become a more well rounded person. This course gave me a sturdy foundation that allowed me to create poetry and learn who I am as a person. In this class I discovered more about myself that any other experience I've had.
Sam Fresquez: College Graduate: Visual and Interdisciplinary Artist
in Poetry myth and the Art of Transformation I was given time to reflect not only on what was going on in my life but also given time to take a step back from it. This class stopped me from switching schools. It also gave me mental health tools that I still use on an every day basis. This is something that I wish that everyone was given the chance to be a part of.
Laura Sherrill: College Graduate
Poetry, Myth and Transformation was undoubtedly the most useful class. The class taught me invaluable lessons about myself as a writer and as a person. I wanted everything to be stringent, literal, and to make concrete sense. This held me back from honestly expressing myself through writing. The class taught me to shift my perception, and to write through my feelings. Feelings are volatile, and it is okay that they do not always make sense. Learning to write for, and about, my feelings has given me an outlet that has greatly strengthened my emotional health overall.
Poetry has given me a number of tools that have helped me navigate my first year of University. Learning the importance of keeping a journal, valuing epic myths for what their characters can teach us about ourselves, and finding time to unplug from the world and just exist with myself have been crucial during this year of dramatic change. Moreover, the class fostered meaningful connections. I became closer with a friend and I made new friendships with other students who I would not have grown close with otherwise. I am so grateful to have been directed to express myself among a small circle of peers. The relationships I built through Poetry will last a lifetime.
Services are by the hour, or by month or by class or event. Services are $60 an hour. Please contact me for more information.
Matt has been engaged in spiritual study and transformation for over 30 years. He completed a seven year spiritual study course through the international Order of Bards Ovate and Druids. After he completed the course he was invited to be a tutor for others in the course and did so for several years until retiring from the role.
While studying in the Celtic Druidic Wisdom Stream Matt also received an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University. He then went on to receive a Masters in Psychology and Counseling from Prescott College, focussing on Adolesent Development, Depth Psychology, Shamanism and Transpersonal Psychology.
In 1998, while studying for the counseling degree he founded a charter school (Metro-arts.org) for the visual, literary and performing arts in Phoenix Arizona. He is still currently the Head of School of Metro Arts and teaches a creative writing course titled Poetry, Myth and the Art of Transformation. His undergraduate degree is in International Relations and he graduated Cum Laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania in 1991. He spent his junior year studying in Bologna Italy and travelled extensively in Europe.
Matt grew up in Concord, Massachusetts not far from Walden Pond. He was inspired at an early age by the Transcendentalists who lived in Concord in the early 19th century. In particular Ralph Waldo Emerson’s urging that each person find “an original relation to the universe,” was a influential seed concept. Many years later this concept became a foundation for the Metro Arts vision which entails the quest for authenticity and the true self.
In 2000 at the age of 30, after many years of seeking and practice, Matt arrived at a critical juncture in his spiritual development. He felt a deep and powerful need to know the truth of who we really are. Then, while reading traditional Buddhist "pointing out instructions" written down by Ken Wilber in "The Eye of Spirit" Matt experienced a spontaneous awakening to the non-dual nature of reality and a recognition of the conscious Awareness that all beings are and share.
That awakening radically altered his view of himself, people and even objects in the world. Everything appeared to be spontaneously arising out of one awake field of Awareness. The entire world was calling him to see this essential truth about our true nature. Over the next few months this awake Presence permeated his body-mind and opened his heart to a powerful joy and love for all of the manifest world.
Over the years since, Matt has been learning to live into that initial insight and embody the radical nature of the truth about who we really are. Although the powerful nature of the initial insight has naturally become less intense over time, the experience of the truth is always accessible to the mind and heart at any moment. In addition, the intelligence of that Awareness has in fact burned down and rebuilt his personality leaving no stone untransformed in some fashion. It is this process of transformation that Matt refers to as living in the Wisdom Stream.
Transpersonal Psychology recognizes that this entire process of transformation, awakening and continued transformation is in fact a normal process in human development that can be encouraged and fostered. In recent years more and more people are traveling into and through various versions of the spiritual awakening process with each person’s experience being unique. Matt suspects that the transformational process never really ends. For there is always more of the Presence to embody and always more that can unfold on our human journey as we transform into ever wiser, more compassionate and creative beings.