Mark Boyter is a traveler, educator, marathon runner, and recovering academic. As a traveler, he spent years in Asia and the Middle East, combined with shorter stints in Europe, South America and Africa. In Asia, he discovered Buddhism and Zen, both of which have informed everyday of his life since. As a teacher, he taught in Japan, the UAE, and Canada. He holds a MA in Teaching degree. As a runner, his races have been more local in nature, but in that locality have given him an ever deepening marveling for the capabilities of the human body and spirit. It also gave him fabulous legs. Throughout, Mark has carried a deeply felt sense of spirituality and place. He lives happily in Vancouver, sharing his life with his long time partner and her three cats.