Rachel Glueck has lived as a nomad for the last 16 years, moving between countries and cultures as though it were her God-given duty. Leaving home within days of high school graduation, she set out to explore new landscapes, unique perspectives, and unravel the mysteries of the mind, heart, and spirit. Rachel has worked as an English teacher, maritime educator, writer, server, caravan cleaner, baker, olive picker, deckhand, caretaker, vintage motorcycle restoration apprentice, and bird research assistant…amongst other things. She has lived in Hawaii, Australia, Vietnam, Alaska, NYC (on a 19th century ship), on a handmade boat sailing to Panama, Brazil, San Francisco, France, Switzerland, India, Nepal, and Mexico – her movements always motivated by the pursuit of truth. Through it all, Rachel has kept an open heart, using her experiences, charm, and outrageous stories to connect with a vast array of characters – from Swiss billionaires and French farmers, to salty sailors and wandering yogis. The keystone of her diverse experiences has always been her mission to get at the root of life – to challenge herself and others to take risks and live their fullest potential.
Throughout her wanderings, Rachel has kept diaries of the places, people, and insights she’s encountered. Her passion for writing stretches back to her teenage years, where her journal entries were as rich in fervor as they are now (albeit lacking in content quality, being filled primarily with teenage angst). In pursuit of her passion for writing, food, and farming, in 2008 Rachel began writing the blog for one of San Francisco’s premier restaurants, Nopa, covering issues in sustainable agriculture and its relevance to humankind’s cultural and spiritual psyche. She has continued to write about food sustainability, and was a regular contributor for the magazine Food + Chef, as well as to Cabo’s tourist website, icabo.com. Her work has also been published in Vairochana – an international Buddhist journal dedicated to supporting the personal development of the individual within a diverse community. She won a spot on the World Nomad’s shortlist for the 2014 food writing scholarship, Passport & Plate – placing in the top 55 out of 688 international entrants.
Rachel is currently looking for an agent and publisher for her book Adventures of a Spiritual Sexologist: a Nomad’s Memoir of Travel, Lust, and the Spiritual Quest. Her memoir is an existential study that reveals the divine in the taboo, as told through the tales of her 5 years of travel through Hawaii, Australia, Vietnam, NYC, and San Francisco. She is living in Mexico with her husband, a native Mexican healer and artisan, where they are building their mezcal business, El Amor del Diablo.
When not consumed by writing, exploring the subtleties of mezcal, or planning her next adventure, Rachel can be found conducting writing workshops with Nepalese orphans, meditating with monks, skinny-dipping with social entrepreneurs, or discussing metaphysics with rabbis and rock stars.
If you would like to contact Rachel with questions, comments, or book her for a speaking engagement or workshop, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find me on Twitter! @Wander_Glueck