- Detailed Biography
While a life story can be interesting, it is neither
the wealth of our pasts,
nor the depth of our experiences that determine who we
Who we are is rightly revealed by our actions
for the future.
Mick has been a bartender, a delivery person, a civil servant.
started six different companies, one while he was an illegal alien,
of which were sold, two of which were multimillion -dollar technology
companies based in New York City, and one of which was destroyed
Mick Quinn's life was radically transformed in the summer of 2001 while
sitting in meditation with world-renowned spiritual teacher,
Cohen during a long-term retreat in the South
before all this, in 1986, after his studies at Trinity College,
Mick left his hometown of Athlone, Ireland for a new life in the United
several years of a thrilling, yet precarious escapade, he
Green Card in an official lottery.
This was to be the first major turning point in his quest for
Dream". The second turning point came in 1992 when he
took a meditation
class in Boston. The teacher of this class was Will Arntz, the director
hit recent movie, 'What the Bleep do we know!'.
recommendation of his teacher, and the visionary behind,
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American
Buddhism, Mick moved
to New York City. There he enrolled at Columbia
University to study
computer technology. He also continued his studies of sales,
business, Buddhism, Zen, and meditation.
In 1994, Mick seized an opportunity to join a fledgling technology
in New York City. In less than three years the company had
multi-million dollar operation with offices throughout the
next seven years in NYC, Mick
simultaneously maintained an
interest in spirituality, but it was a distant second to
even though at that time he thought 'spirit' was primary in his
In a short time with both his home and business
addresses on New York
City’s prestigious Fifth Avenue, he was confident
that this perfect balance
of spiritual seeking and the pursuit of the "American Dream"
eventually lead to the end of emotional and psychological
Deep down, however, ease and contentment remained elusive.
In 1997, after completing a pre-IPO merger with a
resigned his founding position in this first start-up. He went on to
second successful company from the 79th floor of World
Trade Center, Tower 1.
By late 1999, Mick sold his interest in
the business to his partners and
started an executive leadership practice. He worked with an
clientele of business leaders and entrepreneurs. This new
career gave him
the flexibility to pursue his spiritual interests in
Mick traveled the US, and to India and France to
attend workshops and retreats.
There he met other people who were
also grappling with the questions that
had plagued him since his twenties, ones he had
unsuccessfully tried to
smother with the myriad distractions of a busy life,
questions such as:
Who Am I?
How Shall I live?
Do I have a role in the future of humanity?
His bookshelves were filled with spiritual bestsellers, but in his heart
really changed. Going from one retreat to the next, he found
rooms full of
those who had been seeking inner peace for twenty-five or
As a curious neophyte, this state of
affairs seemed to hold little hope for the
success of his own quest. Then, on August 26, 2001, in
meditation near Nice,
France, everything became apparent.
In those instants of Unity, Mick
also realized that the motives and intentions
that had been driving his relationships, careers, and his spiritual
exclusive products of individual and collective conditioning.
What he firmly believed had been his spiritual path was just a
progress, courtesy of conditioning, which had been leading him
circles around the
possibility of awakening.
On September 9, 2001, Mick returned
to New York City wondering what to
do with a life that was no longer personal.
Compelled by the revelation that life is
full and complete just as it
began to wind down his existing lifestyle and the litany
and relationships he had formed based on the presence of
Following the tragic event of 9/11, the loss of several friends
business at the Towers, Mick choose to move back to his native
to deepen his practice and to write.
Letting go of a conditioned way of living was not without
its cost. But,
the surprising part was that when released, the content that
so closely guarded was no longer wanted.
A quick search led to a wonderful
19th-century watermill in northern
Portugal. This home was to become the birthplace of his
This move to rural northern Portugal also
led him to meet Debora Prieto,
a native of neighboring Spain, and subsequently to their
a first publishing contract in 2007. Mick and Debora now teach
Quinn, Debora Prieto Morais