Who I Am


Richard Seidman photo by Rachael R Resch 7-27-14I love helping individuals and organizations become more fully themselves so they are better able to bring their unique expressions to the world.

My intent is to help you live a life of service, creativity, fulfillment and personal and business success.

My approach to coaching incorporates several decades of experience as an author, screenwriter, and non-profit leader. I’ve studied extensively in Zen Buddhism, Jewish mysticism, Hellinger family and organizational constellations, and martial arts. My coaching work is also informed by my knowledge of the Human Design System, Senté energetics, and indigenous approaches to feeding and serving life.

New Oracle front coverIn 2001, St. Martin’s Press published my nonfiction book for adults, Oracle of Kabbalah: Mystical Teachings of the Hebrew Letters. White Cloud Press published a revised edition, A New Oracle of Kabbalah, in 2015.

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MyWorld Cup Mouse-cover-ARC book for 7 to 9 year-olds, World Cup Mouse, was published in May 2014. I’m also the author of several award-winning screenplays for family films.

I’m a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I also compiled a nonfiction children’s book published by Benchmark Education, I Am Deaf and I Dance: A Memoir.

FOT_logo_color-1024x610I am the founder of Friends of Trees, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit urban forestry organization now in its 27th year.  Since its beginning, Friends of Trees has involved more than 20,000 volunteers to plant more than 500,000 trees.

I have a M.Ed in Teaching the Deaf from Lewis and Clark College, and a B.A. in English and General Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

I’ve run the Boston Marathon five times, and in the fall of 2013, after training in the martial arts for eighteen years, I earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

I’m a member of the Leitzanim Kadosh, an order of Jewish sacred clowns.  The Spirit of Play inspires all of my work.

I currently work as executive director of Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.

My teachers include:

Robert Aitken
Nelson Foster

Jewish Mysticism
Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, zt”l
Rabbi David Zaslow
Rabbi Julia Melanie Vaughns

Hellinger Constellations
Stephen Victor

Human Design
Diane Kennedy
Laveena Lovick

Senté Applied Energetics
Paul Richards

Indigenous Understandings
Martín Prechtel

Martial Arts
Aaron Ortega Piddington
Paul Richards
Wade McQueen
Jay Schroeder

I’m proud and honored to blend these various paths into a unique practice of healing and guidance for individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

I live in Ashland, Oregon, USA with my wife, Rachael Resch.