Tory has been working with individuals, couples, women and groups for the last 20 years. From 1980-1996, her life and career was deeply connected with the natural world. She worked as a wildlife biologist, backcountry ranger, and wilderness guide. Tory has been practicing Buddhism since 1978, including 8 years of Zen training, 8 years of Vipassana, and since 1994 in the Tibetan tradition. Tory has studied with many teachers, and her root teachers are Chogyam Trungpa, Reggie Ray and Adyashanti. She became a Buddhist minister in 2000. Her Master's degree in Buddhist studies included training in counseling, group facilitation, and chaplaincy. She is also certified in body-mind psychotherapy and Somatic Archeology. She has trained in shamanism, including shamanic journeying. Tory works with beginning students of meditation as well as being authorized to teach more advanced practices of the Vajrayana. She weaves deep embodiment and earth-based practices into all of her work. Lastly, Tory is director of the Threshold Choir, which offers the comfort of song to those at the thresholds of living and dying.
"I am a Buddhist body-oriented psychotherapist and teacher. I work with people in a compassionate and direct way to assist each person in recognizing their inherent sanity, healthiness, and goodness and in finding what is true and authentic for them. My goal is for my students to see and feel the absolute sacredness of all life, including all of our neurosis and wisdom. My work is mainly informed by Chogyam Trungpa, Reggie Ray, Pema Chodron, Adyashanti, numerous shamanic teachers, the body, the natural world, and improvisational theater."