He is an international pioneer in the fields of contemporary chant and intuitive songmaking, facilitating healing and creative programs in the arena of artistic expression.
His documentary film series, In Search of The Great Song, addresses the music inside all. The first feature-length episode, Shining Night, called ‘a heartening rarity’ by Wall Street Journal, received four “Best Documentary” awards at American film festivals.
Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living & Dying, his award-winning audio resource, is used nationwide in hospices to alleviate anxiety and support meaningful conversations.
Care for the Journey, his co-produced series of spoken word/music CDs, is used extensively by healthcare practitioners nationwide.
In addition, his programs include:
- SongSourcing—An innovative creative arts expressive method, using songmaking as a way of reconnecting to one’s essential creativity.
- Infusus—A video/photographic/music program being developed with an emphasis for in-house media in hospital rehab and palliative care.
- Art of Presence Retreats—Weekend and six-day renewal program for healthcare practitioners and general public, co-led with contemplative psychologist Doris Laesser Stillwater (Michael’s wife) and others.