Phyllis Robinson

Phyllis founded an organizational development and consulting firm called Courageous Crossings which provides training, coaching, leadership retreats, and teaches contemplative practices to aid development workers during their R&R from refugee hot spots to help reduce stress/burnout.


She has been living on the island of Maui since 2005 where she served on the Maui County Board of Water Supply for five years and served as Chair in her final year.


Then as President of a Maui Chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union United she co-founded a beginning farmer program focused on regenerative and organic agricultural practices. She was the Program Director of FAM Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program from 2015-20.  She was quoted in a local newspaper article about the program saying:


Every day I marvel at the role the Hawaii Farmers Union United and our chapters here on Maui play in furthering the vision to support the success of small family farms as they strive to create healthy soil, healthy food and food security.


Phyllis also worked as a lecturer at the University of Hawaii’s Maui College in their workplace training program, VITEC, where she taught Emotional Intelligence classes.


She and Vachel Miller were co-editors of a book, Integrative Learning and Action: A Call to Wholeness, published in 2006. 


She is now semi-retired and planning a trip to Bhutan in 2021 for the Queen’s birthday celebration. [7-20]




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