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Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step twelve

A year into our shared musical journey, I bring you…An oldie.

Maybe a goodie?

This song is inspired by the real story behind the song, “Tie a yellow ribbon round that old oak tree.” It highlights the importance of home but also reminds us of our prison-industrial system. Though our incarceration rates are dropping, the United States still incarcerates a higher percentage of our population than any other country in the world, 13% higher than the second highest country, El Salvador (source). So, here’s hoping that we can evolve our culture from one that depends on such high rates of incarceration and control to an ecosystem culture that is restorative, connecting, resilient, and sustainable. Evolving to an ecosystem culture while connecting with your people is what my training, Kindness for a Change, is all about.

And, we need a little wise wild to evolve from dominator to ecosystem culture, an evolution that can transform our mental health, our relationships, and the planet. That’s the central theme of Kindness for a Change, the 5 star training that walks us through that transformation.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.