Joy is the creator of Wattle Hollow Retreat Center, which she has been developing for over thirty-five years. She has been a fruit picker, homesteader, a world-wide hitch-hiker, baker, grief therapist, bereavement coordinator for Hospice, meditation and yoga teacher, and mud builder. Her root teachers, in the world of meditation, have been: S.M. Goenka, Jack Kornfield, Ruth Dennison, Soen Sa Nim, Mae chee Sansanee, and L.P. Pramote (the latter two are from Joy’s twelve winters in Thailand at a Buddhist retreat center).
Joy spent winter 2015 in a small village in Tanzania, at a sanctuary for (endangered) albino children and infants (Mary Mother of God Perpetual Help Center) and this past winter 2016 Joy was led to Capetown, South Africa, to again work with kids, in St. Helena’s Bay.
Her final report: This entire winter has been a study of freedom within bondage.
Life continues to fascinate and mystify her.