Considerable practice has been done in both long and short retreat venues as well as utilizing these modalities in wild nature. Bill led an annual wilderness retreat for 7 years (2008-2015) and loves the way practice in the wild supports the development of an open, receptive awareness and the softening of the everyday egoic self. This love for practice in the outdoors was influenced by his years as a wilderness guide at Animas Valley Institute.
Bill has also completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader program and served on the Dharma Center Board of directors for much of the last 17 years. Bill has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work. He has also served as a chaplain for Hospice of Mercy in Durango.
In 2017, Bill transitioned from being a Community Dharma Leader to a Community Dharma Elder. While he will no longer serve on the Board of Directors or take a role in day-to-day operations, he will continue to give Dharma talks along with the occasional classes, daylong retreat as well as conduct sessions with individuals to discuss their Dharma practice.