Donald was born in 1957 in New York City, New York, Cheryl Lynne was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California, and both had highly creative artists for fathers. As kids, they were part of the culture from which awareness for the reverence and maintenance of the Earth grew. They were taught to wear clothes made from natural fibers, to recycle, and to plant organic gardens – Donald and his father, Don Rubbo Sr. (an artist influential to the pop art movement), planted the first community garden in Manhattan’s Lower West Side in 1968. Their parents and their parents friends were shifting the paradigm by studying acupuncture, herbal medicine, sustainable farming, and engaging in re-examining hierarchical modalities of living. In 1975, the Rubbos met while studying martial arts in San Francisco, and they married in 1992. In 1997, they co-founded the Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation, with the mission to raise awareness about the health benefits of ancient, self-directed healing systems and to integrate wisdom, compassion and spirituality into daily living.