William received a BA from Middlebury College in 1982, majoring in political science. In his twenties and early thirties, he ran a floor sanding company and attended many dance and meditation retreats. In 1994, he completed a Master’s in international affairs at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He worked in the foreign exchange department at Chase from 1996 through 2001 and since that time has been engaged in both consulting and trading for his own account. He has been a frequent contributor to the letters section of the Financial Times, arguing that banks should not be allowed to make big bets on financial markets because when such bets go right, bankers pocket the profits and when they go wrong, taxpayers foot the bill.
Beth is a longtime dancer and meditator (Dance New England and Vipassana meditation) and mother of two very exceptional (!) thirty-something daughters. She earned a Masters of Education at Lesley College and has held positions teaching a wide variety of ages and populations, including head of the preschool at Brooklyn Friends School and,special education teacher at Mohawk High School. She has also worked with seniors as an activities director and personal caregiver. As of this writing, she has managed 5 years of weddings at Montague Retreat Center, for a grand total of 130 weddings, as well as numerous workshops, birthday parties, anniversaries and memorial services.
John has been a professional carpenter for close to 30 years. He has been published in Fine Woodworking magazine and renovated numerous barns for the Colebrook, CT Historical Society. From 1990 through 1998, John grew vegetables for and co-managed a farmer’s market in Great Barrington, MA. John is also an avid photographer whose work has been published in several magazines. Most recently, he did the photography for a book on Thai Foot Massage. Finally, John is a lifelong dancer and occasional performer and teacher.