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About Me

My name is David Johnson. I live on the island of Maui in Hawaii, though I was born, raised and spent the first 40+ years of my life in the UK. Below I share a bullet pointed snapshot of my life and who I am, both a short and long version. My hope and wish is that the articles on this site will give you a flavour of who I am and how I view and experience the world.

I can also be found on Micro.Blog, and Twitter.


Here is the short version of some of the hats that I wear:

  • I am a Life Coach, and trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
  • I am an INFJ personality type.
  • I work with Introverts and Highly Sensitive People.
  • A niche of my coaching practice is working with men who identify with one or both of these personality types.
  • I am a Buddhist, the foundation of my practice being the Gelug-pa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • I sit in a men’s group that meets on a regular basis.
  • I co-facilitate Men’s Mentoring circles in the local jail here on Maui.
    • The group of women and men volunteers is called in Hawaiian, Ka Ipu Ha’a (in English, The Humble Vessel).
    • Ka Ipu Ha’a’s website is here.
  • An article about my life’s journey appeared in The Maui News.

Here is the slightly longer version, in the order that it has happened:

  • I was born in Bristol, England.
  • As a kid I lived in Seattle, USA for 1 year, and Jamaica for 2 years.
  • In my teens, I taught myself to program a Commodore PET that use to sit on our dining room table. My uncle lent the computer to me, from his place of work.
  • I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, BSc.
  • In my early 20’s I spent three years traveling, including a short trip home to refuel”, through New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, India, Nepal and China. Those years changed my life.
  • I have practiced Buddhism, particularly within the Gelug-pa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, for 30 years.
  • During the early part of those years, I lived in a Buddhist Community in South Wales for 7 years, where by Tibetan Buddhist teacher lived.
  • I built an award winning ecological house next door to the community and lived there for 10 years.
  • That little corner of Wales where I spent 17 years of my life is still very dear to me.
  • I have a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Ecopsychology, MA, from Naropa University.
  • While studying on that Master’s program, I met my future wife.
  • On getting married I moved to Portland, OR and had a wonderful 8 years there, living a very urban life, walking and biking everywhere.
  • I graduated from CTIs Certification, CPCC, program.
  • Reading about the personality traits of Introversion and High Sensitivity, I closed a bit more of the circle of understanding about who I was and how I ticked. As a man, I was particularly interested in how men who identified with these personality types, navigated through their lives.
  • My wife had lived on Maui for 18 years and during our time in Portland, kept a house there. So we visited at least once a year. After 8 years in Portland we moved back to Maui and 2 years later moved into a new house that we built.
  • In 2015 I went through a workshop with the ManKind Project, and in doing so felt as though I had filled in a missing piece in my life, men’s work. As I have heard a number of times over the past few years, For centuries men have been sitting in circles…”
  • Towards the end of 2017 I started a monthly men’s group for men who identify as Introverts and/or Highly Sensitive.
  • I recently appeared on the Micro Monday podcast, Episode #59, being interviewed by Jean MacDonald.
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