Christopher Iwestel Kinman, MSc., M.DIV.
C. Kinman & Associates Ltd.
(and the Rhizome Network)
300 – 34334 Forrest Terrace
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Phone (Canada code – 001): 604.807.5564
Toll Free Phone (North America): 1.888.425.3248
Family therapist, photographer, poet, musician… there are many descriptions which could be used to describe Christopher. Throughout his whole life Christopher has felt a strong connection with what Gregory Bateson calls the Creatura – the world of all that is living, including those realms of relationship that sustain all that is living. He discovers numerous lines of connection moving throughout life. In Christopher’s writings and his work, relations emerge amongst people, rivers, trees, eagles, insects, salmon, etc. A few years ago, in a formal ceremony, Christopher was given the name Iwestel (meaning, one who guides) from the elders of Sts’ailes First Nation – an indigenous nation situated around the confluences of the Harrison and Fraser rivers, in what is often called British Columbia, Canada. He worked with this nation for almost 30 years.
Christopher has three graduate degrees, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education. He has been a consultant to a variety of human service organizations. He also is a speaker and workshop presenter, and has facilitated numerous training events for a variety of groups, professionals and community members. Christopher has presented in places as diverse as Mexico, Portugal, Great Britain, and in North America – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Bellingham, Calgary and Toronto.
He wrote, directed, and produced the film All manner of Poetic Disobedience, based on the life and work of Lynn Hoffman; it can be found in YouTube. There are several books that Christopher has authored, including: Territories of the Alive: Nature, Community and the Gift; Confluences: Politics of the Gift in an Institutional World (2006); and A Language of Gifts (2000). His dissertation, The River Carries that which the Mountains Cannot Hold: A Series of Geophilosophical Experiments with the Fraser River – his dissertation is in the process of becoming a book. All these books can be obtained from Christopher.