About Bruce


Short bio:

 Builder of sacred-geometry structures;  distiller and maker of fine libations;  proprietor and steward of Birdsong Retreat & Sanctuary, our home and gathering place for like-minded seekers and explorers; and just a regular ol’ guy living a simple and magical life.

Long bio:

I’ve been on the road less-traveled, marching to the beat of my own drum.   I follow my nose and my heart which has taken me around the United States up through my forties and since 2006, to New Zealand.

I moved here to have a chance at a better and different life.  After stumbling into and working in the real estate market in San Francisco during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s,  I achieved more than I dreamed of and felt I could pull back and have a shot at something else.       New Zealand offered us the chance to go into semi-retirement and live a more simple life and focus on other important things like ourselves!

Ten years on ten acres has given me great teachings of what it is to have a relationship with the land.

I spend a lot of time working and communing with our trees – the trees grow and sometimes they need to come down.   I’ve gotten real good with a chainsaw and my latest skillset is in using a single-operator hand-held chainsaw mill to cut slabs of timber from our trees.  

I’m into building sacred-geometry structures and I’ve built two ‘temples’ for the Kiwiburn-Burning Man regional festival.   We have a merkabah meditation space on our property which incorporates the work of Wilhelm Reich and his principles of orgonomy.    My next foray into the world of making ferro-cement temples and structures are next on my list.