Adam Dietz grew up in nearby Terra Linda before attending San Diego State for undergraduate studies and to play soccer. Ethics, Values and Far Eastern philosophy were particular areas of emphasis during his time there. Adam worked in the State Parks as a Resource Ecologist Park Aid in Sonoma and Marin before beginning postgraduate studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. There he continued to focus on East Asian philosophy including Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism as well as learning meditative techniques in the Tibetan, Burmese and Chinese Buddhist traditions which Adam uses to inform his ongoing daily Tai Chi Chuan practice. Adam took time, with his wife, to gain immersive experience in contemporary mainland Chinese culture, traveling across China and teaching in Hunan province, before returning to complete their postgraduate work. Adam earned his PhD with his dissertation titled “The Personality and Self-Cultivation of the Superior Person in Original Confucianism.” Adam is currently working on an article about the concept of spiritual transformation in the important Taoist text the “Chuang Tzu”. Adam returned to his Alma Mater to coach soccer for Terra Linda High School for several years. He now continues his coaching with Mill Valley Soccer Club. Adam lives in Petaluma with his wife and two children.