Andy Couturier is the son of a biographer and a civil rights activist. He has studied many Asian philosophical systems, and has traveled extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia, and India. In California, he and his partner built their own house using only hand tools, developing a piece of raw land into a functioning rural homestead with solar and hydro-electric power, running hot and cold water, and a Japanese-style bath. He has been a researcher for Greenpeace and has taught writing for more than two decades, currently at his own writing center, The Opening (theopening.org). He is the author of Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and the Writer.