“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

-When did you stop dancing?


When did you stop singing?

-When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

-When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.
Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.”

– Gabrielle Roth

Photo courtesy of L.B.



This picture was taken in Pembina River, Alberta, Canada (just outside the town of Entwistle) during my first Fall of rock balancing… just over 4 years ago… Pembina is a sacred place for me. It was a frequently visited spot with family almost every summer of my childhood. I think being exposed to this kind of scenery so much as a kid had an effect on my attraction to Boulder Creek … and my familiarity to silence.

First thing I notice when I look back on old pictures like this is the evolution of experience and style.  Ha.. this was just after graduating from College. In some ways I feel as if I’ve learned more while rock balancing than in my college career.  However, one would not have happened without the experience of the other.  Every day led me one step closer to being in a specific time and place with a specific person.. to uncover a new found passion.

Most valuable lesson so far…? It’s all there inside you. happiness. Love. everything. some might say that there is a very small point inside the heart muscle that is actually a microscopic black hole, generating the magnetic fields of our bodies. Perhaps death is simply the inevitable collapse that black hole. I’m no expert. do your own research.


30 Responses
  1. Yoav

    Thank you so much!

    Do you have recommendations or advise on how to begin practicin stone balancing?

    What to look for? Pay attention to?


  2. Tracey A.

    Hi Michael,
    When I reflect on your art, it reminds me of the importance of findings one’s center. The stone are the world around us, pulling in all directions, but if you can find your own center of peace and harmony, you to can balance in this world.
    I am truly fascinated by your talent and enjoy greatly looking at your photos. Thank you for sharing your tremendous talent. All the best to you. Tracey A.

  3. I have seen smaller versions of work like this on my travels. Once in Hawaii I saw rocks balanced in this way, and was taken aback. It was as if I couldn’t believe my own eyes; and wondered, who was the maker? This is profound work, and I thank you for sharing it with the world.

  4. Farah

    Your works are very much impressive! Any time I look at them they take me far away…
    They’re also similar to Zen fields.

  5. Bob Weaver

    Every time I see one of your works, someone comes t mind that I want to share you work with. God bless you. Bob W

  6. Mish Myers

    A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me an email with pictures of your stone installations in nature. When I looked at these images,I found them captivating and magical. Your website does not show all the images that my friend’s email included – Why is that? Viewing your website, I was hoping to see more images, but you only have a limited number of them. Please include more images of your work on your website.

    Keep up the good work and I will share your images and website with others that I think will appreciate your skills and expertise.

    1. thanks Mish :) there are many things that are not yet posted on my site, but i’m in the process of filling in the blanks :) thanks for sharing my work!


  7. Otto Wulff

    I saw the art when my cousin forwarded me a link. This is awesome work and I wish we could see some in South Africa

  8. Alviemar Cesar Chavez

    The artist and philosopher Barrios Gonzales Perez … better known as Zoez. Creator of the “Jardín de la Piedras Marinas Soñadoras” Museo de Arte Ecológico Located in the Parque Nacional El Avila Caracas Venezuela doing this for over 23 years … I think you have an ancestor!

  9. Dodgey-Damo

    Hi. Been a fan for a while. Of course I think all your work is sensational…some just amazing.
    Would love to see more pictures of your earlier work….

  10. eliane cassimiro

    gostaria de saber o local de sua exposiçao. Para indicar aos amigos que estao de ferias no canada

  11. …..amazing…..I’d be interesting in those crayfish and salamanders you find under all those rocks in the crick. (yeah, it’s called a crick where I come from) What fun that is !!!!

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