Butterfly Blessings


Norie Huddle

I'm the second of five children and grew up in the middle of about 1500 acres of beautiful woods and fields in northern Virginia—which I watched being destroyed by suburban sprawl. This generated an early and very deep concern about the future of the natural environment of our Earth.

I graduated from Annandale High School (a year early) and went to Italy for a year as an exchange student (AFS)—an incredible eye-opener to a whole new world and way of thinking. 

After graduating from Brown University (Russian language major), I went into the Peace Corps (Colombia, South America) for two years, where I learned a great deal about problems in a developing country and where I was also trained in an excellent systems-thinking methodology—training I've used ever since in my work and have taught to many organizations.  

After returning to the USA in 1968, I spent a couple of years doing office work, realized I was getting addicted to the steady pay check, and "retired" at age 25 to do only what made absolute sense to me for the rest of my life.

As a result of my "early retirement plan", I learned to live well on very little money and have been blessed to lead a widely varied life with a strong sense of purpose. This included living in Japan (1971-75), bicycling across the USA with a group of Americans and Japanese (1976), doing anti-nuclear and alternative energy organizing, participating in citizen diplomacy projects in the former USSR (during the decade of the 1980s) and writing seven books (about the environment and about transforming human civilization).  For more about my books, please click here:

I've done a wide range of consulting and video and audio productions for an equally wide range of clients.  Over the years, I've read avidly and have conducted interviews with thousands of people, in an ongoing effort to understand as much as I can about our global realities, as well as how to create something new and wonderful within the (collapsing) old civilization. The basic story of this transformation is told in my book, Butterfly (published in 1990), a story that has been spread around the world by many people now.

I do public speaking, lead seminars and workshops (& playshops), as well as do one-on-one or group coaching.  I'm an Advanced Practitioner of the Voice Dialogue Process and several other psycho-spiritual processes.  In my consulting and coaching, I also use a state-of-the-art process I've developed that uses video feedback, to help people (and groups) move through blockages very quickly.  I love inventing processes and doing creative problem solving.  I enjoy art, music, gardening, cooking, carpentry, good conversation and interviewing, concept development & video production. I love helping to create and nurture effective teams to carry out worthwhile projects that can make a difference in society and in people’s lives.  

Beginning in the early 1990s, I fulfilled a life-long dream of physically building my own house with the help of neighbors and friends, on 12 acres of land in a beautiful part of West Virginia near Harpers Ferry, about an hour and a half west of Washington, D.C

In 2007, Richard Wheeler and I began to design and build the Garden of Paradise Healing and Retreat Center on a semi-abandoned, weed-covered farm in south-central Ecuador.  My function at the Center is as general project manager.  Richard and I collaborate closely in designing the many aspects of our Garden of Paradise.  

Richard and I spend part of the year in Ecuador and part of the year in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

In late August of 2010, under quite difficult circumstances, I began drawing 1001  “Butterfly Blessings”—one unique butterfly every day.  For more about this project, please click on the butterfly: