(Director of Community Resources)
Prior to joining Easton Mountain's management team as Director of Community Resources, Joseph attended multiple retreats here and was a long-term volunteer. Before moving to Easton, he lived for three years in an intentional community called Ganas on Staten Island NY. For two years prior to Ganas, he lived in Los Angeles as part of an interfaith spiritual community called Prana.
Joseph has a background in trauma counseling, with training in restorative justice and conflict mediation. Joseph studies include a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica as well as a Masters in Spiritual Science from the Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy (a non-denominational, ecumenical institution focusing on universal wisdoms).
Joseph career has included a stint as a bilingual (Spanish/English) counselor in New York City working with victims of Domestic Violence as well as with children who have experienced extensive trauma. He has also worked with male batterers in a trauma-based program where the men attended both individual and group counseling as an an alternative to incarceration. In Los Angeles, he worked with former youth gang members, as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, and as a hospice worker.
Joseph continues to pursue training in trauma work and is interested in attending Peter Levine’s certification program in somatic practice and Thomas Hubl’s work, which combines the latest in trauma knowledge with spiritual principles. His activity with men’s work includes staffing weekends for the Mankind Project. Joseph recently began a practice, via Skype, that uses spiritual clearing techniques.
Joseph is of mixed Brazilian-Anglo descent and has lived and worked abroad, including six years in Mexico City and other time working and traveling through South America.