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  • 66 references 26 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Korean, Spanish, Swahili, Zulu
  • 49, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • The Goofy Guru
  • Through Life itself
  • From DC metro area
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About Me


To evolve and have a DAMN good time while doing it!


Kelly Recipe: 1/4 Indiana Jones; 1/4 Mother Teresa; 1/4 Hunter S Thompson; 1/4 Dr. Seuss--with a side of wasabi. Originally from Washington DC, Kelly has 20 (OMIGOD!! 20?!!! already?) years experience serving international nonprofits, development agencies, academic institutions, the arts, and social entrepreneurial enterprises on four continents--mainly in East and Southern Africa, Central America, NE Asia, and North America--on all levels.

Now known as THE GOOFY GURU, Kelly's personal and professional mission is to evolve (and thus, change the world!) and have a DAMN good time while doing it! How does she do it? By showing people how to integrate JOY, PLAY and LAUGHTER into ALL aspects of LIFE! When she is not working, Kelly can usually be found in someone's baby pool with a pomegranate margarita.


just read the Tao de Ching or The Desiderata for my philosophy on life or anything by Dr. Seuss

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


For 6 months, I was the CS Fundraising Guru! Alaska and Basecamp (Berzerkeley, CA)


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Short answer: EVERYTHING!
Longer answer includes: inner and outer exploration; anything to do with large bodies of water or boats or animals and nature; BOOKS; quality films; outdoor adventure sports; singing badly in public; skiing; volleyball; the arts; philosophies; dancing; world cultures; new experiences; learning; meditating; daydreaming; and music
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  • animals
  • arts
  • books
  • singing
  • dancing
  • movies
  • traveling
  • billiards
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • hunting
  • skiing
  • sports
  • volleyball
  • medicine

Music, Movies, and Books

FILMS: Kung Fu Hustle, Harold and Maude, Henry Fool, Mindwalk, What the Bleep Do We Know?, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ma Vie En Rose, anything with/by Christopher Guest; Amelie; Beetlejuice; Willy Wonka (with Gene Wilder, of course)

MUSIC: world beats to classical, reggae to dance; BOOKS: fave authors: Rushdie, Huxley, Atwood, Nabakov, Vonnegut, Eco, Kazantzakis, Twain, Joseph Campbell, Lao Tzu, Krishnamurti, Gibran, Rumi

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Smuggled my Cuban doctor fiance from Africa to the US, via Central America (and without rafts!)

Teach, Learn, Share

RADICAL transformation through integrating JOY, PLAY and LAUGHTER into ALL aspects of life--from the mundane to the BIG stuff!

Old School Badges

  • 18 Vouches
  • Pioneer Badge
  • Alaska Collective
  • BaseCamp Collective

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