Hello and welcome!
I am the founder of Mejo, a company dedicated to celebrating our amazing planet by shining a light on the beautiful and wonderful places on it: the natural areas, wildlife, cultures, and people.
I am an award wining writer, photographer, and educator who has traveled the globe leading tours that focus on everything from classic art in Europe to Grey whales in Baja. I've trekked the Moroccan Sahara by camel to watch the sun rise over the red sand dunes, hiked across blue glaciers in Antarctica between penguin rookeries, visited remote islands in French Polynesia to dive with sharks, interviewed contemporary authors in China for an E.E. Ford Fellowship research project, and was one of the first tourists to be allowed into the Kingdom of Bhutan after it had been closed to foreigners for two and a half years.
After retiring from 37 years of teaching English, journalism, and creative writing to high school and middle school students, I began devoting my life to full time traveling and writing, shining a spotlight on our beautiful planet and the life and cultures on it in order to raise awareness of their existence, strengthen global empathy for their value, and inspire a mutual desire to protect them.
Mejo is a way for me to share my love for the treasures of this world and inspire others to experience them as well.
I currently lead trips for Damesly, one of the best women's tour companies in the world, and for Mejo, my boutique travel company that designs specially curated trips for small groups of all genders.
Recent Mejo Journeys have included a cultural tour of the Inside Passage in Alaska, a walk between villages along the Southwest Coast Path in Cornwall, an exploration of ancient Crete, a cultural tour of Buenos Aires, and a food tour of the Amalfi Coast which, of course, included a cooking course on classic southern Italian dishes.
I love to help my fellow travelers unplug and experience their surroundings on a deeper level. My Mejo Journeys are rich cultural experiences that are designed to help travelers better understand how people live, eat, play, and relate to their environment. And of course, each trip includes a custom Mejo Travel Journal.
Repeated requests from fellow travelers and friends for me to design a book they could use on their trips like the ones I use on mine, inspired me to launch Mejo and share this system with them.
Memoir Journals can be used on any trip to any destination.
Companion Guidebooks are an expanded form that also include cultural, historical, and site information for specific countries.
Both Mejo types enrich the experience of the traveler and become the best souvenir of the trip.
In the late 1980's, I worked as a Tour Manager for a rock band, which probably inspired my love for the road and my trips as a solo traveler in Rideaux, my custom van.
I take Rideaux along the coast, across the county, into cities, small towns, deserts, and mountains across North America.
My favorite place to camp is in my 'van down by a river.'
I love sharing stories from my travels.
I am working on some fun projects that will be published soon.
Follow my social media accounts to learn more.
Writing is a great way to learn how a place personally affected the traveler. Mejo Travel Journals and Companion Guidebooks provide space for quiet reflection and saving memories from the journey.
Both those new to journaling and daily writers love their Mejos.
One of my favorite weeks of the year is the Mejo Writers Retreat.
It's held at a private castle in England which is the perfect location for writers to have uninterrupted time to make progress on their work. I support each writer individually and teach a workshop every evening after a delicious dinner cooked by a local chef and served in the gorgeous dining hall.
I have been teaching creative writing and journalism for over 37 years and love helping writers, many of whom have published their work.
This event sells out quickly.
Please inquire if you are interested in joining me.
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