Margaret Rush, first as a labor and delivery nurse, and then as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, spent her early career working in a hospital environment, and then, when starting a co-operative clinic in Denver, became a jack-of-all-trades as clinic supervisor/administrator/ practitioner. In retirement she and her husband traveled extensively—particularly in Latin America. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder. Twenty-two years ago she and her husband fell in love with Salida, designed and built (just the two of them—no contractors) their own house. Ten years ago they adopted a beautiful, beloved, Guatemalan baby boy—whom, Margaret says, has become her best life-teacher. She is currently volunteering at the Montessori Charter School, and is a member of their Board.
Baxter Pharr moved to Boulder, CO in 1986 after receiving his M.S. in Geology in 1983 and becoming a Ph.D. Candidate in Geology at the University of Michigan. He quickly immersed himself in Boulder's new age culture, hanging out at the Boulder Bookstore while practicing yoga, meditation, and chanting. An avid reader of psychology, philosophy, and religion, Baxter became attracted to the hopeful message of the Buddha that, with diligent effort, we can transform our lives and society. Baxter retired in 2014 after driving for 14 years with FedEx. When not meditating or reading, Baxter can be found in his organic fruit and vegetable garden, skiing in Colorado's beautiful mountains, soaking in the local hot springs, practicing yoga postures, attending meditation retreats in Crestone, CO, or kayaking the Arkansas River.