Mission Statement

I have been called a gifted artist, teacher and performer. I guess that’s mostly true. I prefer to say I am a carrier of artistic medicine in words and sounds. I work in the wise fool tradition so that means I take what I do very seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously at all.

I love to guide community circles through ecstatic and sacred experiences that celebrate the human spirit. I draw upon many of the world’s religious traditions to create with chants and songs an inner mosaic of beauty that hopefully remains in an individual’s heart long after the day or night has passed.

I am at ease leading hundreds of people, gathered as strangers, into an almost instant chorus of radiant voices. Then the hopeful fun begins!

I present chanting and singing workshops, study trips, poetry performances, rituals and other festive surprises in widening circles around the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bali and Italy.

I am always interested in exploring new opportunities to celebrate beauty in community. What’s on your mind? Let’s talk!


"It is said that life
is like a bowl of cherries. Being in group song with Doug is like actually sitting in the middle of the bowl… and you are the cherry. Sweet, sweet, sweet."

Leif Tellmann,
Licensed Counseling, Body and Movement-Based Psychotherapy

Hands joined in a circle.


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Maya Angelou