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I’ve spent the first 53-year chapter of my beautiful life with my feet on the ground long enough to raise 2 wonderful sons and to dig deep enough to understand a true sense of purpose. Now I’m entering the next chapter with the wisdom of a well-seasoned human and the (somewhat anxious) curiosity of a child. I’m on the cusp of a major transition (hence the anxiety) from a career and ambition-identified life to a life centered in community and relationship. I recently relocated to Redhook, NY in the Hudson Valley region.
Professionally (you’ll notice the career and ambition-identity), my work as an artist/educator synthesizes aspects of art, education and social action to create community-based projects that are personally and collectively transformative. I previously earned my living as an advertising and magazine photographer. I authored Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose in Your Life and Work to support my personal and professional development programs and classes. I’ve collaborated with museums, colleges, schools and organizations on community-based art projects that focus on various social issues. I am an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College and Adelphi University, both in Long Island, NY. http://robgoldman.net.
My photographs have appeared in galleries and magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and have appeared in ads for Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott and Seagrams to name a few. Over the last few years I created several youth empowerment and leadership programs including Just Like Me http://justlikemeproject.org and “I matter” http://imatterproject.org
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To explore the world and myself as a part of this world. I'm breaking down walls that have separated "me" as an individual self and experiencing interbeing - giving and receiving with openness and kindness.
FRIENDSHIP, forests, art, teaching and learning together, yoga, movies, love, photography, life, cooking with friends
- social action
Music, Movies, and Books
Being There, Dead Poet's Society, The Matrix, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King,
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Raised 2 great kids :-)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Cooking, photography and teaching photography, great company (I'm a really nice guy), reasonably good carpentry skills, inspiration
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Martinique, Mexico
Countries I’ve Lived In