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.
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.
Mira is a longtime community builder with extensive experience in program development. From 2000 through 2006, she ran wilderness programs for ECOS in Schenectady, NY. She has organized programs for Vermont Wilderness School since 2007. From 2008 through 2011, she co-ran a Smith College orientation program, during which time she also organized an apprenticeship program at Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA. She has a deep understanding of social dynamics, having been trained in a wide variety of techniques, including Non-Violent Communication, Mediation and Co-counselling. She is also a wonderful cook, providing extremely nutritional, fresh, local meals, cooked as an art with sauces and flowers and flare.