David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing transformational and cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He spent much of this time in Guatemala managing volunteers at a farm and working with an indigenous artisan cooperative. His experience and degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty from UC Berkeley are a foundation of inspiration for PNM.
My personal mission
To create and connect people to transformational experiences that inspire new passions and life directions.
My most transformational travel experience
My most transformational travel experience was my first visit to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. I meant to visit for a couple days, but stayed over two weeks. Later I came back and stayed for 3 years. During my first visit, I took intensive Spanish lessons, while for the first time being immersed in an indigenous culture that was truly connected to their roots, ancestral practices and cultural traditions. They seemed content with a much lower “standard of living” than we are accustomed to in the West, and this showed me that material wealth is not the secret to happiness. I also met a number of expats from all around the world who had made Lake Atitlan their home, and were living out their dreams. It opened me up to the many alternate lifestyles that human beings can lead and still be happy. I realized that the lifestyle I dreamed about is possible, and there was nothing stopping me from taking the leap except myself.
The Journey is the Destination.