Watching a python slip through the bush or sneaking upon chattering monkey clans, what better childhood? Aged 21, I was forced to quit my motherland because my parents hadn't registered me as a Kenya citizen. Devastated, I travelled the world working boats, farms, factories and selling my artwork. In the Himalayas, a man taught me yoga; to my surprise I ended up running an internationally respected London meditation centre. Needing money, I set up a small art company, freely giving it to my surprised workers when I became a teacher. Geography and mountain sports inspired me to lead school groups on adventures during my holidays and spare time. Bored of the rigidity, I eventually joined a charity and wrote a curriculum for a remote tropical community encountering the modern world for the first time. A cocktail of tropical diseases rendered me permanently unable to work full time so I freelanced as an innovator for Education, sitting on 3 think-tanks, creating and editing an environmental magazine upheld as exemplary in Parliament, running environmental education conferences, writing articles, courses and books, one of which was serialised by the BBC. With ever worsening health, I keep myself mentally alive with writing and paintings projects.

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