Matthew intimately understands the process of addiction, recovery, healing past traumas, and self-actualization with the wisdom and compassion of having gone through the process himself. The crucible of addiction provided his opportunity to take responsibility and to discover the true meaning of integrity, freedom, love, and self-determination. Since kicking heroin and beginning his recovery on his own at the age of 25, Matthew has reorganized his life around his spirituality and commitment to learning from intact indigenous spiritual lineages from North America, the Amazon, and the Himalaya.
Matthew is familiar with all hard and soft drugs of addiction, and has many years of experience in the ceremonial use of the sacred plant medicines. More importantly, Matthew can empathize with anybody in their current stage along the spectrum of substance abuse, recovery, and exploration of the medicines, and speak directly to that person’s heart with the wisdom of the process.
A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Anthropological Sciences, Matthew has walked a unique path of exploration and self-discovery through his working life. Matthew has been a full-time independent artist and craftsman designing and building fine furniture and ceremonial objects since graduating from the world-renowned College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 2013. More recently, he is pivoting away from his art to offer himself in greater service to others in their own healing journeys to know and meet their true, radiant, and capable selves.