Wayne was a lieutenant in the navy, taught massage at the Atlanta School of Massage and is a voracious reader and seeker of answers. He has never intentionally done anyone harm and is an incredibly sweet, intelligent fellow.
He was been engaged in this work with Jerry for over two decades and knows the ins and outs of it like nobody else. Wayne coaches people, fills courses and continues to cultivate his own intelligence and presence. Wayne lives with Rosie, the two of them met through this work and live, at least so far, happily ever after.
Brian runs his own landscape business. He is a friend of Mother Nature and spends much of his time outside. He has built many waterfalls, including a beautiful one on Jerry's property. Brian has been engaged in self help work for many years and brings great peace and perspective to life. He has been working with Jerry for over ten years.
Brian is in the midst of a life change, he has just begun eating meat for the first time in decades. He is a wonderfully odd fellow, a character really with a sense of humor that just won't quit. In terms of patterns he reflects a reference experience of someone who sorts for difference. He will, given half a chance, never do anything the same way twice. This makes him especially interesting and very open to new terrain and interesting ideas.
Jerry Stocking is a modern day Thoreau living in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in North Georgia with a view of our culture from the outside. Each day in his mountain retreat is an endless exploration of existence, consciousness, and feeling what it is to be a human being. Being present and mapping the terrain back to who we really are is Jerry's main occupation. His thirty-two acre farm creates an atmosphere conducive to introspection, opening, and playing, which are often lacking in our fast-paced world.
Jerry has two children, Emily (28), Judson (23), and a growing cast of friends and players. There is a continuous stream of fascinating and interested people traveling to the farm. Home to various seminars and retreats, it has unlimited areas for wandering, ponds for dipping, a rock garden for Chi Kung, owls, deer, coyotes, great oak trees, a blueberry orchard, and a daily sunrise and sunset inviting reverence.
Jerry’s credentials are impressive in education and experience alike. A Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Jerry has been studying and using NLP for 18 years. He is an Associate Instructor of the art of Chi Kung. He has done extensive training in other-than-conscious communication and no-fault psychology. He graduated in 1974 from Northern Michigan University with degrees in psychology and philosophy. Still learning and exploring daily, Jerry has reached a point where he is able to give back some of what he has learned in hopes that it will improve the quality of life for others. In addition to personal coaching he now hosts frequent tele-classes, and leads workshops in NYC, throughout the USA, and abroad. His courses and coaching are a mixture of art and craft uniting mind and body into a personal and pragmatic alliance.
Hasn’t always lived in the mountains. He used to live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and drive to work wearing a suit and tie. He was a successful financial consultant at Shearson-Lehman Brothers. His past careers span the gamut of experience from owning two retail stores, to industrial design, to selling investments. Yet all of Jerry's occupations have some things in common; he was successful at each of them and all of his job changes required a greater commitment to people and an increased ability to relate effectively with clients and co-workers.
Jerry loves people and is committed to finding out what is possible for "us" as human beings. His love of people and desire to contribute to them are apparent in his writings, books, and seminars. Jerry is founder of a non- profit educational corporation, A Choice Experience, Inc., which focuses on exploring human possibility and gently exposing illusion. He also runs a publishing company named Moose Ear Press.
Emily and Judson
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