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ME!        (Image courtesy of Dee Dee McGann-Gollwitzer)

Welcome to our site (it’s your’s too).

My name is Nate Babcock and you can reach me at coachnateb@gmail.com.

A little about me:

I am married with 2 children (5yr old and a baby).

I teach Elementary Physical Education in California and also serve as the Coordinator of my school district’s Elementary Physical Education Program.

I also work with local universities and school districts in a variety of capacities, but mostly as a mentor/master teacher.

I’ve coached high school basketball for the last twenty years.

I’m interested in way too many things and love to read and learn.

What interests me:


  • Phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Bortoft, Heidegger, Hanna, Metheny)
  • Existentialism (Nietzsche, Frankl, May)
  • Metaphysics (Deleuze, Bergson, Whitehead, Bergson)
  • East-Asian (Taoist, Buddhist, Alan Watts, Bruce Lee, etc.)
  • Epistemology (Hume, Berkely, Bergson)
  • Post-Modernism (Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault)
  • Post-Structuralism (Deleuze, Foucault)
  • Integral Theory (everything)
  • Sport (Ravizza, Kretchmar)
  • Play (Brown, Kane, Nachmanovitch, Goold, Henricks, DeKoven, Schiller, etc.)
  • Hermeneutics (Gadamer, Bortoft)
  • Art (Kandinsky and many others)
  • Aesthetics (Schiller)
  • Political (Arendt, Deleuze, Marx, Ranciere)
  • Stoicism (Aurelius, Montaigne, Cicero)


  • Theories of Knowledge/Learning, etc. (Constructivism, etc.)
  • Physical Education (Kretchmar, Ovens, Johnson, Fitzpatrick, Stolz)
  • Critical Pedagogy (McLaren, Giroux, Freire)
  • Complexity in Education (Ovens, Biesta, Doll)

Social Theory

  • Critical Theory (Fromm, Marx)


  • Humanistic (Rogers, Maslow, Fromm) 
  • Psychotherapy (Hillman, Jung, Marks-Tarlow)
  • Psychoanalysis (Jung, Fromm)
  • Educational (Rogers, etc.)
  • Sport (Ravizza, Csikszentmihalyi)
  • Play (Brown, Kane, Nachmanovitch, Goold, etc.)
  • Social (Fromm)
  • Integral (everyone)
  • Flow and Peak Experience (Csikszentmihalyi, Maslow)


  • Nutrition (Peat, Chek, Masterjohn, Colpo)
  • Health (Peat, Chek, Capra)
  • Coaching (Wooden, Dunlap, Newell, Coach K, Meyer)


  • Systems Thinking (Capra, Sheldrake, Theise, Bohm, Bortoft)
  • Complexity Thinking
  • Functional Systems Theory (Sudakov, Anokhin)
  • Cybernetics (Bateson)
  • Whole Systems Thinking (Sterling, Bortoft, Goethe)
  • Bioenergetics (Wallace, Peat)
  • Consciousness and Mind (Maturana, Varela, Thompson, Theise)
  • Quantum Theory (Goswami, Bortoft, Capra, Laszlo, Bohm)
  • Psychedelics (Grof, Robert Anton Wilson, Kastrup, and many others)

Comparative Religion

  • Eastern (Watts)
  • Christian (Zahnd, Armstrong, Spong, Borg, Tillich, Thurman)
  • Judaism (Heschel)
  • Mysticism (Eckhart, Blake, Thurman, Fox, Teillhard de Chardin)
  • Perennial Philosophy/Religion (Huxley, Smith)

If you have any questions about any of these subjects, please contact me.  I won’t be of much help, but I can direct you to good resources.