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I grew up in Erlangen, Germany. I attended a high school that specialized in music education. There I started learning piano, adding to accordion, which I had started at age six and played in a youth orchestra. Due to the separation of my parents I moved to Saalfelden, Austria, when I was 12 years old where I attended a boarding school, the last 3 years with an emphasize on sports. After graduation from high school, so called "Gymnasium", I did undergraduate studies in psychology and clinical psychology in Salzburg, Austria. Already as a student my career as a professional software developer and systems analyst began. Since then I have been either self-employed or owned a software company in the field of information technology. At the same time, during a ten year period, I gathered lots of experience in organizing events from small to very large, specifically the registration side of things. Before I moved to the USA in 1993 to live with Berta, I had lived in different places in Germany, mainly in Berlin and Frankfurt. In the USA we first lived in Boulder, Colorado. Berta and I married in 1994. After Berta completed her training as a licensed Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist, we moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1995 where we bought our current home in 1998.
Since my teenage time I have been on a journey of personal growth and development. During my time as a student in Salzburg I lived for several years in an ashram, renouncing any material possessions beyond personal clothes and toiletries, spending the day doing service, meditation, attending inspirational meetings with and without my spiritual teacher and, in my case, studying for university. After 25 years of daily meditation practice and following the teachings of my spiritual master, over a time of several years I started to disassociate myself from this path. Finally I paused from any inner work for a while. Some years later I felt the need to continue my personal journey. I visited several times a healer in Brazil and today I am working with the medicine wheel of an Incan shamanic tradition.
My learning and developing of skills in the field of information technology has started at age 15, when I learned my first programming language, Fortran, from a book. I have worked as an operator for mainframe and mini computer systems, as a programmer, systems analyst, project manager and business consultant. Together with a friend, I was the owner of a German software company that we managed. Then as still today this company provides solution for publishing companies, including magazines, advertising journals and daily newspapers. After moving to Sandpoint I worked for 4 1/2 years for Dakotah Direct (later a subsidiary of West), first as a programmer/analyst and later as the manager of the application development department. This has been at this point my only long term employment and gave me valuable insights into the corporate world of the USA and into myself.
In the mid eighties I got interested in sustainability, at that time associated with environmentalism. I took my first Permaculture Design course in 1985 in Germany and maintained an experimental permaculture garden bed for a couple of years at an Eco-Center in Berlin, Germany. I assisted in the development of an apartment sized composting toilet building several prototypes. I interned at an organic farm, worked on a few straw bale projects, visited some permaculture projects and several eco-villages around the world and developed educational materials.
I started and operated a local fruit
collection scheme for a year.
I am an active member of several organizations:
I do web and software projects for sustainable oriented professionals, organizations and businesses, among them the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, Studio for Sustainable Design, Yaak Valley Forest Council and Gaia University.
I am an Austrian citizen, a resident US alien, fluent in German as well as English. I have an older brother, two half sisters, a step sister and 4 nieces. My mother still lives in Erlangen, has remarried and has been severely disabled for the last 20 years. I am a challenged cook and athlete. In our household we receive subscriptions to Natural Home, the permaculture Activist, Ode, The permaculture Magazine, The Last Straw, Acres USA and the local newspaper, called the Daily Bee. We are members of AAA and enjoy the occasional hike and going out to restaurants and cultural events. I can use tools, drive a car and ride a bike, organize just about anything and forgot how to play instruments. We live quite healthy and haven't skied for years or taken pharmaceuticals beyond an aspirin. I am interested in real estate and money. I still have a lot of dreams, enjoy the company of people and like to watch movies, laugh, have good conversations and play chess. I love hugs, dancing and specially Berta.Sincerely,
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